In its upside-down view of America, OWS writes:
- On January 17 Americans from across the nation and the world will assemble in the shadows of a broken system to participate in real democracy.
At 9 am on the opening day of Congress, Occupy Congress will convene for a day of action against a corrupt political institution.
Actions include a multi-occupational General Assembly, teach-ins, an OCCUParty, a pink slip for every congressional “representative” and a march on all three branches of a puppet government that sold our rights and our futures to the 1%.
This is an illegitimate system. Around half of the nation’s population doesn’t participate in electoral politics. More than 6 million Americans who want to vote are disenfranchised, including the entire populace of the District of Columbia. There is consensus that we are on the wrong track and that our “leaders” do not have our interests at heart.
All “elected” officials bought their way into gerrymandered seats with Wall Street money. These bankers’ henchmen have shown themselves both unwilling and unable to take on the tremendous, systemic issues in our country, our place in this world.
In the face of this endemic corruption, the Occupy movement is about organizing locally to discuss and change these problems from the ground up. We came to show the 1%’s Congress what democracy looks like. …
We refuse to accept the grim future that Wall Street’s cronies have designed. We refuse to be the 1%’s captive citizenry. We stand together to show that the 99% are creating a better world.
The 99% will no longer be complacent. Our many voices will be amplified on the steps of Capitol Hill. We shall have a nation by, for, and powered by the people once again. We are building it.
YourAnonNews tweeted a little more than a week ago to remind us that there were less than “10 days until #OccupyCongress, the next big incarnation of #OWS.”
“It’s time for the American People to send a message to Congress. Ordinary citizens are not being represented by their elected leaders,” according to the OccupyCongress facebook page.
Why January 17th?
- The U.S. House of Representatives convenes for the first time in 2012 on January 17th, and they will be welcomed by the largest national unification of Occupiers to date.
- West Front Lawn at Capitol Hill
. 9am – Converge at West Front Lawn at Capitol Hill
(Meetings with Representatives concurrent)
. 10 am – Training for volunteers on De-escalation, Legal Observing, Medical, Direct Action
. 11 am – Teach-ins and Open Mic start and go all day
. 12 noon – Multi-Occupation General Assembly
. 2 pm – Open Activities and Idea Sharing Sessions
. *6pm* – Occupy Congress Rally and Protest and DC Voting Rights Vigil
. 8pm – 11pm – OCCUParty
The December 20th Occupy Congress press release continues:
- This grassroots assembly of nationwide occupations will be a peaceful and non-violent demonstration against our corrupted political system, aiming to further the movement’s success at shifting the political discourse towards real issues that matter to the people of America. Organizers invite all to take part in a National General Assembly to be held at Capitol Hill to show the tainted institution what real democracy looks like. …
This event is still taking shape and Occupiers are building this national assembly in the spirit that collective action empowers people to govern themselves. With that in mind, we plan to organize space and time to hold educational sessions, share ideas, collaborate, network, and discuss next steps and directions for the movement. We will also take direct action to bring change to our political system, though the specifics of the actions are still under development. We will host a creative after party featuring music to close off the day of solidarity.
This day of action will be PURELY grassroots. There are no leaders, we are all leaders. We come together to show that each individual can make a difference in the future of the nation and the world. This assembly is the next step in taking power back from a distant financial-governmental elite and placing it where it belongs—in the hands of the people.
On January 17th, we will create a forum for the people to take our future back from a Congress that, for too long, has placed financial interest above human interest.
Katie Rogers wrote a week later in the Washington Post that protesters had filed a permit “seeking permission to demonstrate on the National Mall” with the National Park Service.
The application posted with Roger’s article shows the timeframe for the protest as being between 7:00 AM and 11:00 PM ET.
Rogers noted that whether or not the permit was approved “may be irrelevant; protesters living in the McPherson Square encampment since early October have never had a permit to stay.”
“’Submitted. . . . approved or not we’re coming. This will just make it easier to provide some basic necessities and structure to this event,’ read an update posted to the ‘Occupy Congress January 17, 2012′ Facebook page,” Rogers reported.
Note that the application claims the purpose of the proposed activity is to be “Peaceful 1st Amendment demonstrations including holding signs and group speaking.”
- We are individuals organizing ourselves to send a strong message to our elected leaders… “We have had it with your inability to govern and we are coming to confront you in person!” Peacefully.
We are coming because of the corruption.
We are coming because of the bribery.
We are coming to remind congress that they work for the people.
The largest Occupy protest ever!
Mic check, anyone?