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.

Creative resources

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.

Flooding Frankfurt

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.

-The Blockade Working Group of Blockupy Frankfurt, April 1, 2012 (via Take the Square) More: European Resistance

(Source: occupywallst.org)

"We need some public space and we will have public space necessary to protest." Occupy London looses battle for space to peaceably assemble. Case to go to the World Court on Human Rights.

The Real Terrorists are on Wall Street. 

Occupy “Die In” at Iowa DNC protests NDAA, Corporate Control Of Politics

Occupy The Caucus took aim at Democrats on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, holding a “die in” to protest President Obama signing a law that could allow Americans to be held indefinitely without trial if they are accused of terrorism. “It’s a slippery slope of what is terrorism and coming at the American people.” said one of the group. Protesters also wanted Democrats to know they were just as guilty as Republicans when it comes to allowing corporate money to heavily influence the nation’s policy decisions. Protesters lay on the floor of a hotel that houses the Democratic National Committee’s Iowa “war room”, playing dead while one read a statement. “The people lying before you represent the victims of the one percent’s war on democracy both at home and abroad. We are determine to remain here until Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee agrees to meet with us to discuss our demands that corporate money be removed from national politics and civil liberties be restored to their primary position in all public policy. We seek a discussion about how the democratic party will stop serving the interests of Wall Street and corporate money and start putting people before profits.” On Sunday, the group had invited Schultz to meet with them, but she declined the invention according to an Occupy press release. Twelve of the protesters were arrested for trespassing. Video by Roger Routh.

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. 

Proposal for a Coordinated West Coast Port Shutdown, Passed With Unanimous Consensus by vote of the Occupy Oakland General Assembly 11/18/2012:

In response to coordinated attacks on the occupations and attacks on workers across the nation:

Occupy Oakland calls for the blockade and disruption of the economic apparatus of the 1% with a coordinated shutdown of ports on the entire West Coast on December 12th. The 1% has disrupted the lives of longshoremen and port truckers and the workers who create their wealth, just as coordinated nationwide police attacks have turned our cities into battlegrounds in an effort to disrupt our Occupy movement.

We call on each West Coast occupation to organize a mass mobilization to shut down its local port. Our eyes are on the continued union-busting and attacks on organized labor, in particular the rupture of Longshoremen jurisdiction in Longview Washington by the EGT. Already, Occupy Los Angeles has passed a resolution to carry out a port action on the Port Of Los Angeles on December 12th, to shut down SSA terminals, which are owned by Goldman Sachs.

Occupy Oakland expands this call to the entire West Coast, and calls for continuing solidarity with the Longshoremen in Longview Washington in their ongoing struggle against the EGT. The EGT is an international grain exporter led by Bunge LTD, a company constituted of 1% bankers whose practices have ruined the lives of the working class all over the world, from Argentina to the West Coast of the US. During the November 2nd General Strike, tens of thousands shutdown the Port Of Oakland as a warning shot to EGT to stop its attacks on Longview. Since the EGT has disregarded this message, and continues to attack the Longshoremen at Longview, we will now shut down ports along the entire West Coast.

Participating occupations are asked to ensure that during the port shutdowns the local arbitrator rules in favor of longshoremen not crossing community picket lines in order to avoid recriminations against them. Should there be any retaliation against any workers as a result of their honoring pickets or supporting our port actions, additional solidarity actions should be prepared. In the event of police repression of any of the mobilizations, shutdown actions may be extended to multiple days.

In Solidarity and Struggle,

Occupy Oakland

- In Oakland: the West Coast Port Shutdown Coordinating Committee will meet on General Assembly days at 5pm before the GA to organize the local shutdown, and to network with other occupations.

Occupy San Francisco welcomes Occupy CAL (Berkeley and Santa Cruz).  We are all the 99%

(Source: youtube.com)

In New York, David Rockefeller owns “the city”. In London, Evelyn Rothchild owns “The City”. A banner reading ‘Revolution’ is displayed in front of St Paul’s Cathedral in London. The City of London Corporation says it will resume legal action to clear the anti-capitalist camp outside the cathedral, after New York police took down a similar camp. This “Occupation” is crystalizing around the alleged property rights of the 1% who robbed us all, and the property rights of the 99% who were robbed. Its time to end the Terrorist Banker Occupations of our Nations and our Communities - all over the world. In China, the Communist Party is the 1%. In San Francisco, the Mayor who stole the election and Willie Brown are the 1%. Obama is the 1%, as are the G20 - 16 of which are the British Empire - which it’s self is the old Roman Empire, Knights of Malta, Knights Templar and all that crap. What is our one demand?

It is getting clear to me that we (the 99%) need to end private banks, and private banking. We need to replace our complete financial system with public banks, like the State Bank of North Dakota. We need these in every County and State in the USA, and our US Treasury must seize the Federal Reserve Bank. All over the world, people everywhere must seize their Central Banks, and end private banking. Every Central Bank is privately owned, and the 1% own these banks and use these banks as their shield to defend their thievery of our commonwealth and common law as well as our personal wealth and personal property. Our Bill of Rights and our Human Rights are now in conflict with the alleged Property Rights of the 1%. The time is here for a global Debt Jubilee, and the seizure of assets claimed by all the private banks.

We must organize to take the political and economic power away from the 1% and restore these “things” to the 99%.  Receivership works, but not with “their Judges”.  Their Politicians are corrupt.  Soft Corruption and insider trading is the same as organized crime, racketeering (with all or any of the elements necessary to imprison the 1% for 20 year terms) bribes, collusion, and the fraudulent conveyance of public property for private gain, self dealing, and antitrust, secreted and drafted in their board rooms and chambers, and then further shielded in “their Courts”.  We must awaken to the criminal nature of the Judges in all of this.  The Judges must be arrested and prosecuted for collusion. The Politicians must be arrested and prosecuted for collusion as well.  It is not the 1% who need to clean up our Parks.  It is us - all of us, who must remove the 1% from their castles (our future parks and museums) and estates and send them to prison for theft of the commons from our commonwealth.  Of course derivatives are fraudulent instruments of felony.  Of course the global banking and settlement system is organized terrorism, and organized criminal racketeering dressed up as politics and structured private banking processes.  Since fraudulent instruments (derivatives) are the basis of organized crime based on counterfeiting, and the presentation of counterfeit claims on real property, all the felons and the agents of felony need be arrested now.  We have whole governments who need to go to prison.  It’s time.  It’s past time.

Here is some news from Occupy Tokyo as of November 13, 2011.