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Activists Step Up For Flood Relief In Colorado

As I write, it is Sunday night.  It’s been raining all day, and we are once again seeing flooding across the region.  And the relief group once again spent all day building infrastructure and organizing volunteer efforts.  In less than three days we’ve sent out five cleanup teams, built a database of 400 volunteers, raised two thousand dollars, established relationships with a dozen other organizations, and built a large online presence and internal digital communications system.

It is still raining outside and fresh information about devastated areas and new evacuations comes in every few minutes.  There is a growing feeling that the damage is absolutely massive, but at this point, no one really knows.  All we can do is organize as quickly as possible and help as many folks as we can, while staying safe ourselves.  But ultimately this is a once in a generation natural disaster that will have permanent impact in central Colorado.  There is nothing that citizen’s groups like Boulder Flood Relief, or more established organizations and agencies can do to avert that fact.

More information about Boulder Flood Relief is available at boulderfloodrelief.org and they are on Facebook at Occupy Boulder Flood Relief.

Beautiful

Filed under COFlood Colorado Boulder Boulder Flood natural disaster activism Occupy Occupy Boulder Occupy Boulder Flood Relief community collectivism emergency flood

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We all should thank Newt Gingrich

Not only was he entertaining as hell (moon colonies, y’all!), he’s celebrating May Day by suspending his campaign on May 1st.

It’s about time a GOP candidate thought of the working class </sarcasm>

We should all tweet him and thank him for bringing attention to May Day and participating in a General Strike.

That’s what he’s doing, right?

No?

Eh, fuck it. Thank him anyhow: 

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

Filed under Newt Gingrich politics lulz May Day General strike GOP labor May 1 Occupy Republican Conservative

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Occupy Tulsa Denounces Ron Paul and Other Republican Candidates: “Puppets for the One Percent.”

Occupy Tulsa issued on its website today a condemnation of Ron Paul and other Republican presidential candidates, calling them “puppets for the One Percent.” Group organizer Daniel Lee writes, “The Republican Party has worked for years against the working class of this country, promoting crony capitalism and unregulated corporate corruption, handing tax breaks and corporate welfare to the rich, while slashing public support programs for the poor and encouraging the exploitation of the people. Ron Paul is no exception.”

[Lee] continued, “His blatant racism and fanatical support of rampant unregulated corporate greed under the guise of ‘free markets’ poses as great a threat to the freedom and equality of the people of this country as bloated, openly bigoted Republican bureaucrats like Newt Gingrich or the trust-fund club elitists like Mitt Romney.”

Occupy Tulsa, now as ever, does not promote or endorse political parties or candidates. However, it is committed to exposing corruption and cronyism wherever it is found, and it bears a strong responsibility to the people to warn of candidates seeking to adopt a populist stance while promoting the interests of the One Percent, such as Ron Paul. Paul’s strong defense of Mitt Romney’s record as a venture capitalist shows clearly he is on the side of the very institutions which have exploited the American people and ruined our economy. Despite his stance on the war and other popular libertarian issues, Paul’s public social and economic policy would bring this country to a complete state of ruin, and dismantle what little safety net is left for minorities, the poor, and the working class.

As such, his positions are incompatible with the ideals and goals of the Occupy movement, and concerted attempts by Ron Paul groups to co-opt the movement should be taken as a serious threat to the cohesion and unity of the revolution. As always, all individuals are welcome to join Occupy Tulsa as part of the 99%, but it is imperative that the movement remain true to its founding ideals of direct democracy and complete social and economic equality.

I’m delighted to see a condemnation like this for one significant reason - in recent debates and interviews, Ron Paul has begun stating he sympathizes with the plight of the 99%. Notice he also essentially states he empathizes with the one percent as well, using the same language as Romney about punishing success, then typically moves into claims it was too much government regulation which caused the financial crisis. 

If over-regulation were the case, the decrease of government oversight, coupled with the increase in severity of crises and complexity of risky financial instruments, makes for an awfully interesting correlation.

Using the language of populism does not make one a champion of the working class.

Filed under Ron Paul One percent 99 percent politics Occupy Occupy Tulsa populism crisis economy economic crisis

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2 things that make this post make sense:
1. When I was very little, my dad taught me to say &#8220;Go Union!&#8221; since he was the president of the AFSMCE chapter in my hometown. Being little, it came out &#8220;Go Onion!&#8221; So now that&#8217;s a running joke in my family.
2. My dad likes to put on an old VHS tape of the Graceland concert, have a few drinks, and expound upon theories to fix the world. The concert, held by Paul Simon and several African musicians in South Africa, was a benefit to assist victims of apartheid and featured freeing Nelson Mandela as an overall theme. My family used to watch the concert often and my dad would hold court with my brother and I (most often, just me), and even dance with us. 
My dad is going to be 67 this year, and he still supports the Occupy movement and organized labor. Anyone who wonders where my activism comes from needn&#8217;t look far - the apple didn&#8217;t fall far from the tree. Because of him, I know Newt Gingrich is wrong about Saul Alinsky and that Charles Bukowski wrote some of the most brutally honest poetry known to man. One year, without planning it, we gave each other the unedited, original scroll edition of On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Whenever I see the most interesting man in the world commercials, I&#8217;m reminded of my father. 
And this is why my dad is awesome. 

My dad, Mike, with my nephew Charlie at Thanksgiving this year

2 things that make this post make sense:

1. When I was very little, my dad taught me to say “Go Union!” since he was the president of the AFSMCE chapter in my hometown. Being little, it came out “Go Onion!” So now that’s a running joke in my family.

2. My dad likes to put on an old VHS tape of the Graceland concert, have a few drinks, and expound upon theories to fix the world. The concert, held by Paul Simon and several African musicians in South Africa, was a benefit to assist victims of apartheid and featured freeing Nelson Mandela as an overall theme. My family used to watch the concert often and my dad would hold court with my brother and I (most often, just me), and even dance with us. 

My dad is going to be 67 this year, and he still supports the Occupy movement and organized labor. Anyone who wonders where my activism comes from needn’t look far - the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Because of him, I know Newt Gingrich is wrong about Saul Alinsky and that Charles Bukowski wrote some of the most brutally honest poetry known to man. One year, without planning it, we gave each other the unedited, original scroll edition of On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Whenever I see the most interesting man in the world commercials, I’m reminded of my father. 

And this is why my dad is awesome. 

My dad, Mike, with my nephew Charlie at Thanksgiving this year

Filed under Mike Lanker My dad personal politics Occupy Everything Occupy There is power in a union

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Comedian Paula Poundstone mocks the LA media

And it’s spot on. If anyone was watching KCAL’s coverage of the #OccupyLA raid, you’ll know how disgusting it was, particularly when their anchors admitted on-air, “We have to be careful what we say,” and “we’re not showing anything we’re not allowed to show” because the “LAPD is working with us and giving us information. In return, we don’t report their tactical information.”

Filed under Paula Poundstone Occupy LA Occupy OWS Occupy Wall Street Politics Protest humor lulz KCAL CBS media LA

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ALERT from Occupy Portland

ALERT! A man named Justin James Bridges, musician & ASL translator for Occupy Portland General Assembly, was assaulted by @PortlandPolice today during camp clean out.

He was beaten repeatedly in the back and has now lost use of his right arm. Though Justin was lying on the ground in compliance, Portland Police continuously beat him in the back with clubs until his eyes rolled back in his head. Fellow protesters thought he was dead. He is now in critical care.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION, ESPECIALLY PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE, DO NOT HESITATE TO COME FORWARD. National Lawyers’ Guild # 503-902-5340. Protect rights, protect the truth.

Please share. And if you have info or evidence, for the sake of justice, come forward.

(Source: twitlonger.com)

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