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SEPTEMBER 2011

 

A Two-Minute Meditation
Put your hand on your heart and just ask yourself internally--'What kind of world do I want to live in?' And LISTEN. Do it now. And now ask yourself, 'How can I make that happen? How can I make that happen from a place of love, compassion, joy and equanimity?' Simple anger will only perpetuate what already is out there. It was created by greed and fear and we have to go beyond that--and come from a place of compassion, centered equanimity and creativity.

Once again ask yourself, 'How can I be the change that I want to see in the world?' Thank You.

Deepak Chopra, from his meditation; Occupy Wall Street Grounded TV Network

 

I AM THE 99%

The reality won't appear on the garbage found in Reality TV. Go here to share your own story with the world.

I am 21 years old. I have to pick paying bills over eating food. I sleep in my car or on friend’s couches because I am in debt and can’t get approved for an apartment. My father lost his job and the bank took our house, forcing my parents to move out of state for work. My mother is sick and the cost for medicine continues to rise in price. I make $10.50 an hour and I am forced to find a second job so I can afford to TRY and stay SANE. I am the 99%.

 

DECLARING THE OCCUPATION OF NYC

Below is NYC's declaration that is helping guide the 850+ cities across the US who are finding the truth in their collective voices---from sea to shining sea.

"As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.
As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known …"

Read the complete declaration here.

 

UNPLUG THE CORPORATE MEDIA!

There are so many fantastic videos being posted across the country that households really no longer need to pay to allow corporate media pap into their homes. Who needs to be “entertained” by Fox--really? Imagine life without Jersey Shore. You find the time to educate yourself. Consider asking the corporate media to find another dupe to pay YOUR monthly fee. Consider helping to fund the local and national occupy wall street campaigns and live feed. Or visit the official Occupy Together website.

Also, read the Mediawatch article.

 

ASK THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO STAND UP TO BIG BANKS!

Several state attorneys general are standing up against a deal that would let five big banks get away with a slap on the wrist for widespread fraud against investors and homeowners.

The proposed deal would allow banks to pay only $20 billion —a fraction of what they could owe if fully prosecuted—and receive immunity from prosecution of the greed, negligence, and fraud that caused this crisis.

So far, Kamala Harris hasn't said where she stands. We need as many attorneys general as possible to resist this deal and insist on a settlement that allows for a full investigation, forces banks to pay what they really owe, and provides significant relief to homeowners. Because of the size of the mortgage crisis in California, Harris will have a critical role in any settlement, so it's essential that she take a strong public stand. This crisis has hit Black people and Latinos particularly hard, creating a racial wealth gap that is now bigger than when the Census Bureau first began measuring it in 1984. Please join Media Watch in asking California Attorney General Kamala Harris to stand strong against the big banks:
Thanks to Colorlines.org for this info and action!

 

YOUR BIAS IS SHOWING. CBS DISTORTS WALL STREET OCCUPATION

Former CNBC reporter Erin Burnett's CNN show OutFront debuted Monday night (10/3/11) with a failed attempt to fact check the Occupy Wall Street protests. The show kicked off with Burnett explaining that she went to Wall Street today "to see those protests for myself. I saw dancing, bongo drums, even a clown.... I asked several protesters what it was that they wanted. Now, they did not know.... They did know what they don't want.

Burnett used to work for the same financial companies that profited from the bailouts--Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. Her journalistic career includes plenty of attempts to promote Wall Street interests, earning her praise from the likes of Rush Limbaugh (FAIR Blog, 10/3/11).
If CNN is interested in fact checking claims about Wall Street, they might want to start by taking a look at those made by their new host. At the very least, the show should invite the economists and policy experts who could set the record straight.

ACTION: Please tell CNN's OutFront that Erin Burnett's fact check of Occupy Wall Street needs fact checking.
CONTACT: CNN OutFront
You can also send your comments to the show via Facebook and on Twitter: @ErinBurnettCNN or @OutFrontCNN
Thanks to FAIR.org!

 

AN OPEN LETTER FROM BLACK WOMEN TO THE SLUTWALK

We the undersigned women of African descent and anti-violence advocates, activists, scholars, organizational and spiritual leaders wish to address the SlutWalk. First, we commend the organizers on their bold and vast mobilization to end the shaming and blaming of sexual assault victims for violence committed against them by other members of society. We are proud to be living in this moment in time where girls and boys have the opportunity to witness the acts of extraordinary women resisting oppression and challenging the myths that feed rape culture everywhere.
Read the complete statement.

 

THE BRO CULTURE: HOW CONTEMPORARY CULTURE CREATES SEXIST MEN

Thomas Keith exposes the forces present in our culture that condition men and boys to dehumanize and disrespect women. In The Bro Code, Keith outlines the wide range of contemporary media forms that are saturated with sexism – movies and music videos that glamorize misogyny; pornography that teaches youth to sexualize the brutalization of women; comedy routines that make fun of sexual assault; and a slate of men's magazines and cable TV shows whose sole purpose is to revel in the dangerous myths of masculinity. The Bro Code challenges young men, boys, teachers and parents to step up and fight back against the idea that being a real man includes disrespecting women and ultimately belittling their own human potential. In the long run men are only hurting themselves and narrowing their ability to experience humanity. Bro Code is finally asking men to break the unspoken rule that every heterosexual man must never to be attracted to women who are their equal. Watch the trailer and the full length preview online.

VIOLENT HUMANITY

The list of countries and cities disintegrating or unraveling because of violence, economic and political turmoil, lack of food and civil unrest is growing. Human violence is a very important subject at this particular moment in time. Violence has always been a basic part of human nature and we have a lot to be ashamed of.
It is a shame to find out that the most dangerous place for women and children is actually in their own homes—homes being the place where we actually find the most violence. Family life in our insane civilization has turned into a nightmare for way too many people, but then again we have had the same problems throughout history.

Read more at Dr. Sircus' blog.

CONGRATULATIONS!

To: Teresa Ulloa Ziáurriz who won the 2011 Gleitsman International Activist Award for her 40 years of work fighting human trafficking and violence against women. A lawyer by training, Ulloa has litigated more than 30,000 rape cases in her career. As regional director of the Coalition Against Trafficking Women’s (CATW) Latin American and Caribbean division, Ulloa created the Red Alert System in Mexico in 2006. Coordinating the work of government agencies, prosecutors' offices and police departments, this system has been responsible for rescuing nearly 700 women and children from the snares of sex traffickers.
To: The three brave women Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman who togethe
r won the Nobel Peace Prize.

To: RAWA who hasn't won an award but fights on despite the horror, violence and terror as the US arms the most dangerous war lords in Afghanistan.

 
 
 

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