Thursday, September 29, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Resources; Russell Simmons, Susan Sarandon Join Protests

(SCROLL DOWN for directory of Wall Street protests resources)
From Mogulite, also the source for the above photo; Simmons is sitting on right, eyes closed or gazing down.
(Scroll below Simmons for Susan Sarandon story.)
Who’s that sitting right there with the determined Occupy Wall Street protesters (or meditators, rather)? It’s Russell Simmons.

Just a quick question. Do these very non-violent protesters have any idea what Simmons is worth? $340 million. Do they know that he wrote a book about how to get rich? Really, it’s called Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All.

Apparently Simmons forgot a bunch of these facts too, as he’s suddenly decided to join the Occupy Wall Street protesters, who are protesting the uneven distribution of wealth (or something like that, they’re not quite sure either). Though we thought at first that the devoted yogi just wanted to get his zen on, he actually (strangely enough) seems committed to the cause. He wrote the following explanation on his website Global Grind:

“Today I will join in solidarity the peaceful protesters at Liberty Plaza in New York City who are “Occupying Wall Street.”

For far too long in this country we have allowed the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer.

I believe in a nation where everyone gets a fair share of the fruits of our labor and where everyone pays a fair share for what they receive.

I am asking the United States government to raise my taxes and not allow the Republicans to use this economic recession as an opportunity to strip the basic programs that protect our most vulnerable.

Lastly, I am demanding that the big banks and corporations stop unduly influencing our government to make decisions that are not in the best interest of the majority of our citizens.

We need to re-examine our whole American political system that allows corporations and their lobbyists to rule over the people.”

Susan Sarandon at Occupy Wall Street, Christian Sci. Monitor, 9/28/11, "Susan Sarandon lends star power to Wall Street protests: Susan Sarandon joins Wall Street protests to 'educate' herself. Visits by Sarandon and other high-profile activists are helping 'Occupy Wall Street' gain attention"

"Occupy Wall Street resources. With list of states & cities."
(Keep updating this notice for new organizing notices for this weekend and next week:
Daily updates, links for donations, and an agenda calender. Also, chat, forum, photos & conference. /

Adbusters, the group that originally called this action.
A Great Resource For Finding Info About Sister Occupations And Protests
With a caveat... Please scroll down the page to see links to ongoing and organizing cities When you open the site a few actions are highlighted on the right but a comprehensive list is down a bit further. Links on the list take you to your local organizing committee sites. /

The Dissenter live blogging every day at Fire Dog Lake /

Roar Magazine, Reflections of a Revolution
Commentary, links and updates from actions around the world. /

US Day of Rage:

Twitpic sharing photos of the revolution

Live streams

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