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Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! For now, I’ve returned from my Joiyssey to participate in the "revolution":I’ve been at many Occupy sites across the country:1st in D.C. Freedom Plaza I faced & challenged racism/white supremacy, sexism/patriarchy, classism, heterosexism & eventually was kicked off the island; then I offered workshops as I drove to CA:“Anti-Racism Geared for White Occupiers”; “NO DRONES” "Successes and Pitfalls of OWS"

Friday, October 07, 2011

Come to D.C. she said WHEN?

NOW!

This is it commadres! This is what we’ve been working so hard for these past almost 10 years! U.S.  peoples’ revolution. You wouldn’t want to miss this, would you?

People from all over the country – & several other countries – from all walks of life (the wealthy missing) and passionately devoted to addressing all ranges of issues, continue to materialize, represent, and make the connections as we OCCUPY D.C.

Over 200 people intentionally sleep on the plaza last nite – at least until 4:30am when the organizers went around waking up folks at the behest of the police!

Many activists are committed to occupying D.C. until a majority U.S. Americans rise up and join us on the plaza, demanding the end to wars, killing, rapes & torture, & bringing our troops & contractors immediately home.

Demanding an end to the brutal rule and blatant violence of the rich and corporate. Demanding the honoring and protecting of all life on this planet.

We all know it is only numbers of bodies and prolonged occupation until our demands are met that will END WARS! 

Consider what kind of a place we would have now if the same small numbers of people would have showed up in the 60's and 70's as are showing up today!

End the suffering of the people of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Somalia - and our soldiers. Halt the extinction of 200 species a day on the Mother Earth. Begin the toppling of the empire, and the rebuilding of kind of society we want, need, have to have.

Rise up. It is the only thing that truly matters today.

So come to D.C. NOW and join the revolution! Don’t be “left behind”!

At Freedom Plaza to be continued

What an amazing action, this Occupy Freedom Plaza! Lots of youth are here. Lots of actions happening. Music and speakers on the stage. General Assemblies. Consensus building. Amazing giving voice to everyone who wants to be heard. Talking 'stacks', mike checks, megaphones and microphones.

Marches, sit-ins, closing down Chamber of Commerce, General Atomics, Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. Lots of interacting with the public, both at the Plaza and around D.C.

Food not bombs has been feeding everyone. There's another "Occupy D.C." Wall Street action happening simultaneously at McPherson Plaza a few blocks away. We are trying to bring the anti-war message over to these 99% people, and include that message of money with our messages of protecting human and all life on the planet.

This plaza is raised up from the street about three or four steps, has a marble floor, and covers a very large city block. There are sections of grass along one side of the plaza and section in the middle back. Portapotties line the sidewalk at the west far end of the Plaza and at the east far end is the stage.

Waking up on the plaza

Some male voice, urgent, quiet, resonating like long single notes from a sax under the constant city hum, carries thru the dark to our inert forms bundled in sleeping bags and/or cardboard boxes, carrying the message from the police: get up. No more sleeping on the ground.

It is 4:30a.m.

Apparently it is illegal in Washington D.C. to actually sleep in a sleeping bag, tent, cardboard box, any structure anywhere on the ground. You can sleep on a chair.You can lay down on the ground but you can’t sleep.

There are no birds to wake up to. The noise of the city never cedes. It is very wet and cold, much like a San Francisco summer morn. Our sleeping bags and anything exposed to the nite air are dripping with dew.

The murmur of hundreds of folks stirring awake, as the cold increases in direct proportion to the darkness leaking out into dawn, leaks slowly over the plaza as the early sun illuminates the capitol.