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The Memes of Occupy Everywhere

 

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Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are now engaged in the Occupy Everywhere movement in hundreds of cities around the globe.  Many are carrying signs.  Of all the fragments of culture being paraded as slogans, the central meme that has caught fire starting with Occupy Wall Street is the idea of extreme wealth disparities and the lack of opportunities for youth to live within the mainstream economy of their country and live a meaningful life.  

The central message is not about arrests or police violence, it is about resilience, sustainability, and economic well-being in a time of energy descent and economic decline.  It will be interesting to see what emerges as central themes as the Occupy Everywhere movement continues to grow and evolve. What memes will morph and which memes will remain stable.

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Gallup Poll: 37% Support Occupy Wall Street Movement

A recent poll is showing that very large numbers of Americans support the Occupy Wall Street movement and that this support may be growing.  This story also shows the general difference between OWS protesters and Tea Party protesters.  OWS protesters are tending to blame the private sector.  The Tea Party protesters are tending to look at government as being at the heart of the problem.  As the OWS movement grows many Tea Party protesters are realizing that they too are part of the 99% embraced by the Occupy Everywhere movement. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/23/occupy-wall-street-poll_n_1027109.html

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Guardian: Maps and Lists of Occupy Everywhere Sites

 

The below Guardian article provides a map and lists of where Occupy Everywhere protests are emerging.  They are primarily, but not exclusively in the U.S. and Europe, in countries where the economy is in significant decline and inequities are significant.  In most of these places, the youth fear that their future will be worse than their parents, due to the greed of a global elite insensitive to the destruction they have caused economically and environmentally.

 

The list includes 951 cities in 82 countries.

 

To see the story and full list, go to:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/oct/17/occupy-protests-world-list-map

 

 

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Guardian: Snapshots of the Occupy Everywhere Protesters Views

 

This Guardian photo slideshow depicts how the Occupy Everywhere movement is growing globally. The protesters talk about what is motivating them.  In generzl, they are talking about how their governments have failed to provide the fundamentals of resilience to their generation.  They intend to take these matters into their own hands. 

 

Occupy protests: Rita Maestre, Madrid

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2011/oct/23/protests-around-the-world-in-pictures

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Occupy Sydney

In Sydney, as well as Melbourne, the police have been very aggressive against the Occupy Syndney demonstrators.

Many arrests have been made.

 

http://www.theage.com.au/nsw/police-deny-excessive-force-used-in-occupy-sydney-raid-20111023-1me59.html

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Police Attack Demonstrators in Occupy Melbourne

The word from the streets of Melbourne is that the police have been very aggressive.  The violence against demonstrators is leading to investigations and legal actions against the city.  The violence by the police, instead of suppressing the crowds, has amplified the numbers of people joining the protests.

 

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/doyle-defiant-as-protesters-plan-legal-action-20111022-1mdvu.html

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NPR: "Occupy D.C. Learns To Like The Tea Party"

 

It has been interesting to see NPR firing staff that go to the Occupy Everywhere demonstrations.  This article depicts Occupy Everywhere as gaining potential benefits from aligning and learning from the Tea Party.  

 

http://www.npr.org/2011/10/22/141613683/occupy-d-c-learns-to-like-the-tea-party

 

This is most likely not a view embraced by the Occupy Everywhere movement.  That said, the Occupy Everywhere Movement does believe that the people in the Tea Party grassroots that are not "astroturf for the Koch brothers" are a part of the 99%.

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ABC News: "I'm a One Percenter Who's Pre-Occupied with Wall Street"

The Occupy Everywhere movement is growing in its distaste for corporate media.  This ABC news site provides the corporate perspective on Occupy Wall Street.  It features investment portfolio company advertisements and President Obama's speech on his jobs bill.

Would it be fair to say that this site is depicting the problem or viable solutions that the 99% can embrace?  What about 50%, or 30%?

For more information of this story:

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/views-percent-occupy-wall-street-bank-america-fee/story?id=14787924

 

If 70% of Americans in the Occupy Everywhere movement are independent, will the President be able to rally them to support political solutions to unemployment and other key issues against a recalcitrant Congress?

Who are depicted as victims, villains, and heroes in this site and why?

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Strong Communities Are Necessary

by John McKnight
Co-Director of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute and Director of Community Studies of the Institute of Policy Researh, Northwestern University.


There is a new worldwide movement developing, made up of people with a different vision for their local communities. They know that movements are not organizations, institutions or systems. Movements have no CEO, central office, or plan. Instead, they happen when thousands and thousands of people discover together new possibilities for their lives. They have a calling. They are called. And together they call upon themselves.

In many nations local people have been called to come together to pursue a common calling. It would be a mistake to label that calling ABCD, or Community Building. Those are just names. They are inadequate words for groups of local people who have the courage to discover their own way—to create a culture made by their own vision. It is a handmade, homemade vision. And, wherever we look, it is a culture that starts the same way:

First, we see what we have—individually, as neighbors and in this place of ours.

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