A broad coalition of organizations, initiatives and networks are mobilizing to diverse days of action in Frankfurt from May 16th to 18th . The central element of the protest choreography is mass blockades on May 18, taking place after the take the squares action on May 17 and before the mass demonstration on May 19. The goal of our action on this day is to effectively disrupt the normal business activities of European Central Bank and other central actors in the financial center in Frankfurt. The parties responsible for the global politics of crisis and impoverishment are to be confronted directly in front of the doors of their decision-making headquarters with imaginative blockades and creative forms of civil disobedience. Our mobilization aims at a mix of mass and decisiveness. Thousands of people with various backgrounds and cultures of protest want to and will participate in the protest actions in arranged affinity groups or spontaneous swarming.
Thursday, May 17: Take the Squares
May 17, the day before the blockades, has the motto “take the squares”. Various spaces in the city center as well as green areas near the bank towers shall – to the extent that authorities prohibit declared activities – be appropriated for cultural-political protest events and asambleas. As blockade groups, we will participate in the occupy activities as much as possible and attempt – to the extent that the police wants to deter us from the occupation with prohibition measures – to contribute to the implementation of the occupations. “Take the squares” is a unique element of the Blockupy mobilization. It should symbolize our solidarity with the struggles at Tahrir Square in Cairo, the Puerta del Sol in Madrid, Syntagma in Athens and all Occupy camps.
As we, the blockade groups, want to begin our action the following morning at 6:00 am, successful occupations in the banking district additionally provide us with a good point of departure. We want to use these spaces for blockade-training, and the occupations on May 17 can both temporally and spatially flow into the blockades on May 18.
Friday, May 18: Block the ECB
On Friday, May 18, the blockades start at 6:00 in the morning. The primary focus of this day is the European Central Bank. The ECB is not only the symbol of the crisis management of finance politics that benefits major banks – as part of the Troika, the ECB is also a direct social political actor. It plays a role in dictating austerity policies and impoverishment programs in Greece and Portugal. This is enough reason to pester this institution.
Early in the morning on May 18, demonstration groups coming from multiple directions in the city center will begin to move in order to block all entrances of the Eurotower. To accomplish this, we will use mobile blockade fingers to flexibly react to police concepts and actions, and we will – if necessary – obstruct the adjacent streets in order to make it impossible to access the ECB.
The blockade groups that are making preparations have agreed on a common consensus for action (http://17to19m.blogsport.eu/2012/04/07/blockade-action-consensus/). The consensus mentions that each blockade finger will carry diverse objects and symbols in line with thematic concentrations in order to simultaneously visualize the diverse elements of our resistance against the authoritarian crisis regime. We will use shopping carts, cooking pots and hospital beds to criticize the impositions and cuts of social policies as well as policies of privatization in the healthcare system. Cardboard military tanks will symbolize the militarization of society and show the connection between war and crisis. Boats and ladders will symbolize resistance against the border regime. Giant marionettes will refer to the precarious labor relations of (not only) migrants. The protest against education policies will be present in a book block made of oversized books. We will use ventilators, stilts and yucca palms to express the struggles against global climate change. We will use barrels, white protection suits and masks to expose the countless disastrous ecological catastrophes, such as Fukushima and Deep Water Horizon. We will use all of these symbols and objects – which will also include red-and-white barrier tape and woolen thread – in order to effectively set up and hold onto substantive blockade points.
Both in the time before and on the day of the blockade itself, we will publicly communicate our the subject matter and goals of our actions – to persons who work in the bank towers who will not be able to reach their places of work and to all persons who will not be able to use the streets and particular subways and other local trains that are blocked. The transportation authorities will be informed prior to the actions that the stations surrounding the ECB and in the banking district will be affected by a “strike from elsewhere” as well as why this will be so. The blockade of the ECB will affect other banking and business centers in this district. Depending on the strength of the mobilization, the call to blockupy should be spread as early as possible to further actors of global exploitation.
With blockades and occupations, go-ins, encirclements and diverse forms of creative action, we wish to and we will transform the financial center for this entire day into a colorful and loud zone of protest.
May 19: Mass demonstration
On the day after the blockades, May 19, the mass demonstration will take place. For this and for all the action days, mobilization is occurring on a Europe-wide scale. As blockade groups we will participate in this demonstration with all of our symbols and thematic forms of expression. We are hoping for a resolute demonstration that points to our (hopefully) successful occupations and blockades on the day before and send a strong signal of transnational solidarity. We are using our symbols to express that we understand the collaborative mobilization of Blockupy Frankfurt as a catalyst and demand to transform the unendurable conditions in intensified struggles in our daily lives.
Amid near-constant police harassment, the Occupy Movement marked its third week of protest in La Defense, France’s financial heart. Confrontations have occurred almost daily, with protesters beaten and tents continually confiscated. The degradations of France’s Social Safety Net have not happened as with the USA, Spain, Italy, and Greece. Our Occupiers have tried new “local” issues focus and community interaction strategies to spread their message and these new techniques have blossomed with positive results. It looks like the Occupations can and do learn locally and then share that with the others via our horizontal communications.
In this clip, the Egyptian Police shoot an unarmed protestor dead in Cairo a few hours ago. Other martyrs were shot dead by Police in Alexandria Egypt also. There were 200 tents in Tahir Square put up by the Egyptians in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street in New York City. The Egyptian police have trashed the non-violent demonstrators and now there are many unconfirmed reports coming out of Egypt. The police appear to use the same tactics the NYPD and Oakland Police used here over the last week in the USA. The Police assault on Tahir Square appears the same as the UC Davis Police Assault in California. Could the US Department of Homeland Security, the CIA and State Department be coordinating all these attacks on non-violent protestors around the world?
Greece will default. The G20 failed. The Euro is now a problem currency. The opaque markets in credit swaps, and other derivatives are the big question. On these points I agree. I differ on the use of leverage and the idea that economies are limited to money.
I do not agree that any government must take in more money in taxes than it spends or it must make corrective adjustments. Governments also do the load balancing of other resources, other than money. Clean and adequate water & air, electricity, land use and values, housing, public health and wellness, as well as education, parks, roads, and transit systems are all functions of both governments and economies. The economists who fail to link politics to the science miss these facts. I reject austerity and economic contraction as a solution to peoples problems. In fact, austerity and economic contraction cause problems, just like failure to educate our kids, or take care of our health causes problems.
America recognized the need for American money before the War of Independence (from the Bank of England) and again during the Civil War. The civil war was caused by more than our need to end slavery. Our civil war was caused by the Bank of England and the same Money Trusts we battle with to this day, in the form of the Federal Reserve, their corporations and their private Central Banks, which they have now set up all over the world. Our American money recognizes the wealth of the community and our other resources as having value - as well as does our currency and coin.
The wealth of our America is in our good faith and credit as a people, and our currency is an expression of this. When our economies are down, thats when we step in with our governments and pick up the slack. Abraham Lincoln knew this with his Green Back, as did FDR with his Regulations, and as did JFK with his return to the American Green Back. Currency is needed for any economy to facilitate the exchange of goods and services. That is what money is for - to allow payment of all debts public and private.
When private enterprise no longer delivers the distribution of real work and real wealth across a community, that is when our governments step in and issue both work and script. The existence and flow of both work and currency are necessary for Americans to prosper. This is what communities are for. One thing is clear since the experiment in private banking, which took over our nation in 1910-1913, is that has failed both America and the world. We need to outlaw Private Banking and seize the Federal Reserve Bank. We need to seize all the Private Banks and reopen Public County Banks and Public State Banks. Our US Treasury should print our US currency and no further use of Private Banks should be allowed in the USA.
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.The US Day of Rage held despite police presence
Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:6PM GMT
Anti-capitalist protesters have continued their rally against U.S. corporatism in New York despite heavy police presence in the U.S. financial hub.
Protesters in New York prepared to bed down in Zuccotti Park, a park a few blocks away from Wall Street. Several hundred protesters remained after the anti-capitalist protest that began at noon on Saturday. The protesters had hoped to “Occupy Wall Street,” but were kept away by a large but benevolent police presence. Storyful
For months the protesters had planned to descend on Wall Street on a Saturday and occupy parts of it as an expression of anger over a financial system that they say favors the rich and powerful at the expense of ordinary citizens
MEDIA BLACKOUT ON DAYS OF RAGE PROTESTS?
September 18, 2011
(NATIONAL) — Some left of center websites and bloggers are not happy that there has been virtually no media coverage by the big corporate news outfits on the “Days of Rage” protests Saturday, yet by comparison every time Sarah Palin sneezes a national news story pops up, or so goes the argument.
"Most Americans are being kept in the dark about the US Day of Rage by the corporate cable news giants at CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC who have imposed a de facto blackout on the protest," complained politicususa.com in a story about the protests and lack of coverage.
The left of center website said even though estimates have varied from hundreds to as many as tens of thousands that came to Manhattan and others cities around the country to nonviolently disrupt the “disloyal, incompetent, and corrupt special interests which have usurped our nation’s civil and military power, spawning a host of threats to our liberty, lives and national security,” the three cable news networks devoted no airtime to the story.
The bigger complaint is, according to the website, that this sort of non-coverage of events that challenge corporate America is becoming all too familiar.
"In Wisconsin hundreds of thousands of regular people took to the streets each weekend to protest the theft of their rights, and were completely ignored by CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. Sarah Palin’s Iowa tea party speech was 1/50 as big as the Wisconsin protests, yet she was deemed worthy of national media coverage," said the report which you can read here.
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Updates on Occupy Wall Street Protests
Sunday, September 18 2011 @ 01:21 PM CDT
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This weekend, people converged on New York City and Wall Street for a new round of protests against international capitalism. The time is ripe for a rejuvenated anti-capitalist movement, given the global economic crisis, the expanding class war by the rich against the poor, and economic austerity measures being inflicted on working people. Even New York mayor Bloomberg is warning that economic riots are coming to the United States.
The Occupy Wall Street protest was called by Adbusters magazine and includes other groups.
*Protesters Converge on Lower Manhattan, Plan ‘Occupation’
*Wall Street Protest Begins, With Demonstrators Blocked
*Thousands to protest on Wall Street for US Day of Rage September 17, 2011
*Photos: Anonymous’s Occupation Of Wall Street
*Protests show disillusionment with Wall Street capitalism