“I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.”— Jon Stewart (via thesavagelegend)
“I was screaming, ‘I am pregnant, I am pregnant. Let me through. I am trying to get out.’” At that point, Fox continues, a Seattle police officer lifted his foot and it hit her in the stomach, and another officer pushed his bicycle into the crowd, again hitting Fox in the stomach.
How rich are the superrich? Eleven charts that explain what’s wrong with America:
A huge share of the nation’s economic growth over the past 30 years has gone to the top one-hundredth of one percent, who now make an average of $27 million per household. The average income for the bottom 90 percent of us? $31,244. See all of Mother Jones’ inequality charts here.
A timeline of the Occupy Wall Street movement:
July 13: The Canadian magazine Adbustersmakes a call to Occupy Wall Street.
August 30: The hacktivist collective known as Anonymous releases a video answering the call and encouraging others to follow suit.
September 17: Nearly 1,000 gather to protest corporate greed and begin occupying the financial district in New York City.
September 22: Demonstrators interrupt a Sotheby’s Auction, “in a show of solidarity with the art handler’s union that had been locked out.” This is the first instance of labor unions and the movement locking step.
September 24: 80 protesters are arrested during a peaceful march; a video of a policeofficer pepper-spraying a nonthreatening woman goes viral.
October 8: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum shuts down in DC after protesters clash with security. Patrick Howley, an editor at the American Spectator,claims he infiltrated the protest to “mock and undermine it.”
October 12: At 7 AM, protesters in San Francisco engage in a sit-in in front of Wells Fargo headquarters. With entrances blocked for over five hours, the office decides to shut down for the day. Police arrest 11 demonstrators.
October 17:Adbusterscalls for a global protest on October 29, demanding that leaders meeting at the G20 summit in France impose a Robin Hood Tax. The tax levies 1 percent on financial transactions and currency trades, which would raise funds to protect public services, fight climate change, and combat poverty.
October 27: The General Assembly votes for a general strike in Oakland on November 2. The proposal passes by a vote of 1,484 to 46.
November 2: Occupy Oakland’s general strike peacefully shuts down the Oakland port.Late night clashes between protesters and police follow after protesters occupy an abandoned Traveler’s Aid building and barricade surrounding straights.
November 17: A mass demonstration in New York protests the recent crackdowns on encampments nation-wide.
“they say you must fight for your
I know that.
only I didn’t fight the Japanese, the Italians, the Germans
or the Russians
for my freedom.
I fought Americans: the parents, the school yards,
the bosses, the ladies of the street, the friends, the
itself.”—Charles Bukowski (via henrycharlesbukowski)
“Toward the center of the field is an open plot with a marker denoting a common grave. Here lie the forgotten. Time will not remember their names any more readily than they were remembered while alive, for here are the mentally ill, the locked away and the vagrants. One large marker bids us to forget identity entirely.”—Justin Scott, Corpse Colloquy