The National Occupation of Washington, DC: Occupy Power!
Submitted by Margaret Flowers on Sat, 01/14/2012 – 19:14 NOWDC.org
March 30, 2012, people from across the country will gather for an American Spring in Washington, DC. The National Occupation of Washington, DC (NOW DC) opposes the corruption of both parties in conducting U.S. domestic and foreign policies. Our most precious safeguard, the Bill of Rights, has been effectively destroyed, and the Supreme Court has allowed the Constitution to be perverted. This cannot be allowed to stand unopposed. We are uniting against a corporate-controlled government which has failed abysmally to promote the public well-being, and in doing so we will demonstrate our commitment to creating a new world where the people, not the 1%, rule.
NOW DC invites any occupiers who are interested and dedicated to the NOW DC mission to join in organizing NOW DC. Let’s work together to create a very creative, informative and powerful event!!
Watch for the organizing calls on InterOccupy.org and join in.
NOW DC—education, protest and mobilization—will begin with an inspiring Occupy Social Forum to bring together the experience, knowledge and thinking of the 99%. Occupiers from across the country will present workshops on socially relevant areas, including political and policy issues, strategies for shifting power from the 1% to the 99%, ending wars and militarization, and the strengths and weaknesses of the Occupy movement, as well as concrete descriptions of how to organize communities, hold General Assemblies, live-stream and create your own media and other practical necessities for successful occupations.
The civil resistance of NOW DC will focus on the power structure in Washington, DC. The first phase of the Occupy Movement showed that people acting in solidarity have power and can change the direction of the country. NOW DC aims to unite occupations in a focused campaign to demonstrate to elected officials in Washington, DC, and K Street and corporate interests that the people no longer trust or accept their rule, that a radical transformation to a participatory democracy operating under the rule of law is essential.
The reign of money in government has fostered policies that throw people out of their homes and drive families into bankruptcy, impoverish whole communities, deny access to medical treatment and wage unending wars abroad. Worst of all, the policies of greed are literally destroying our planet. All this must change soon and change dramatically. The political puppets now occupying public space will not bring about this change. Only a united, courageous and enlightened public can do this.
Join us in Washington, DC, beginning on March 30 for NOW DC and Occupy Power!
“I pledge to support the nonviolent occupation of Washington, DC, in Freedom Plaza, participating either in person on Freedom Plaza or from wherever I am, as we nonviolently resist a corporate-driven war-and-Wall-Street government that exploits people and the planet for the 1%. I commit to supporting this resistance until we have a real democracy and our resources are invested in human needs and environmental protection.”