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Friday, January 27, 2012

Remember "Occupy?"

Remember the self-absorbed "Occupy" movement? The parent organization, AdBusters, is calling for a redux this Spring in Chicago.

The Occupy movement will always remind me of that Occupy woman the television interviewer asked, "Why are you here?" He already had her full attention for several seconds at that point -- an eternity in television.

Her answer was "What?" and a blank stare.

Anyway, here is the email....


Hey you redeemers, rebels and radicals out there,

Do you suppose they have an inflated sense of ego?

Against the backdrop of a global uprising that is simmering in dozens of countries and thousands of cities and towns, the G8 and NATO will hold a rare simultaneous summit in Chicago this May. The world’s military and political elites, heads of state, 7,500 officials from 80 nations, and more than 2,500 journalists will be there.

And so will we.

On May 1, 50,000 people from all over the world will flock to Chicago, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and #OCCUPYCHICAGO for a month. With a bit of luck, we’ll pull off the biggest multinational occupation of a summit meeting the world has ever seen.

Mmm... 50,000. Talk about a target rich environment.

And this time around we’re not going to put up with the kind of police repression that happened during the Democratic National Convention protests in Chicago, 1968 … (1968? How old are these guys?.) nor will we abide by any phony restrictions the City of Chicago may want to impose on our first amendment rights. We’ll go there with our heads held high and assemble for a month-long people’s summit … we’ll march and chant and sing and shout and exercise our right to tell our elected representatives what we want … the constitution will be our guide.

And when the G8 and NATO meet behind closed doors on May 19, we’ll be ready with our demands: a Robin Hood Tax … a ban on high frequency ‘flash’ trading … a binding climate change accord … a three strikes and you’re out law for corporate criminals … an all out initiative for a nuclear-free Middle East … whatever we decide in our general assemblies and in our global internet brainstorm – we the people will set the agenda for the next few years and demand our leaders carry it out.

"Guided by the Constitution" my eyeball. Criminal conduct is always unlawful.

They're apparently trying to get a number of their enthusiasts to stupidly offer their bodies so the Chicago hierarchy can go martial law. That will be just the stimulus Obama wants to justify himself to take (more of the) law into his own hands.

And if they don’t listen … if they ignore us and put our demands on the back burner like they’ve done so many times before … then, with Gandhian ferocity, we’ll flashmob the streets, shut down stock exchanges, campuses, corporate headquarters and cities across the globe … we’ll make the price of doing business as usual too much to bear.

Gandhian ferocity? Gandhi was not an unreasoning criminal.

Jammers, pack your tents, muster up your courage and prepare for a big bang in Chicago this Spring. If we don’t stand up now and fight now for a different kind of future we may not have much of a future … so let’s live without dead time for a month in May and see what happens …

for the wild,
Culture Jammers HQ

Adbusters issue #100 is hitting doorsteps and newsstands in a couple of weeks. Go online or call Nicole at 1-800-663-1243 to make sure you don’t miss it!

If you should see a copy of Adbusters, soil it. And call Nicole... repeatedly. Its an 800 number -- it only costs them. Lets see if they can take a jamming.

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