Key Organizers and Affiliates

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Protestors at One Liberty Plaza/Zuccotti Park

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Though Occupy Wall Street is not an organization and its key figures have avoided adopting an hierarchical structure, it is being loosely orchestrated by an ad hoc coalition of groups.

Adbusters: The magazine that kicked it all off. Although the magazine (published out of Canada) has mostly handed off the reins to OccupyWallStreet.org, it still chimes in with daily updates and orientation guides.

Credo: “Inspired by the Egyptian Tahrir Square uprising and the Spanish acampadas, we vow to end the monied corruption of our democracy.”

They have a lot of demands for the President and corporate America, and refuse to pare them down.

New York City’s General Assembly: Created August 2, this freeform consortium acts as de facto decision-makers for the protesters. The group, which includes anyone who wishes to attend, works in a horizontal, or “hyper-democratic” fashion: no one individual is bound by the group’s decision, consensus is reached when no one objects to a decision, and everything takes forever to get decided, because everyone is allowed a chance to speak. But in the end, a majority vote determines a given course of action.

According to the New York Observer‘s Adrianne Jeffries:

There are three key components to the meetings: the “human microphone,” in which the people closest to the speaker repeat his or her words in unison for the rest of the crowd; the “stack taker,” who manages the list of people who want to speak; and a set of hand signals that include “spirit fingers” to indicate assent and arms crossed in an X to indicate a question or objection.

The General Assembly has not adopted a slogan or central issue but is “building the capacity to constitute ourselves in public as autonomous collective forces within and against the constant crises of our times.” Here are General Assembly’s Principles of Solidarity.

anonymous group1 Key Organizers and AffiliatesAnonymous: “Those  guys with the Guy Fawkes masks,” basically. Anonymous is the civil disobedience group that first got attention by going up against the entire Scientology organization in 2008′s Project Chanology. It was one of the first groups to sign on to the Occupy Wall Street cause as well, joining sometime in August according to  The Nation. These are the “hacktivists” that created a Twitter tool called Urge to trend up messages calling for a peaceful protest. After Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna was identified (via a blown up photograph), they tracked down his personal information (also known as “doxxing”) and sent the evidence to Gawker.

Anonymous does most of its activism/damage through the Internet, so its hard to pinpoint any one person who actually belongs to the group. However, two “former members” are currently writing a book on Anonymous. Most protesters do not want to be associated with Anonymous, for a myriad of reasons. (Including the Fight Club-y credo that once you identify yourself as Anonymous, you are no longer Anonymous.) So their presence is often referenced at the protests by people wearing masks, but those people may or may not really be Anonymous. Get it?

What they are protesting: What have you got?

US Day of Rage: Another early sign-on, this group was originally spearheaded on the Internet by IT designer Alexis O’Brien with the goal of assembling protesters via Twitter hashtag #USDOR. They, at least, have a mission statement and a list of demands:

We demand that Citizens United versus FEC which deems corporations to be people when it come to political contributions be overturned.

We demand that corporate personhood be abolished.

We demand state and federal election and campaign finance laws be reformed.

New York’s Labor groups: New York’s labor coalitions have voted unanimously to join with Occupy Wall Street in an October 5 protest. This includes The New York Transit Workers Union, which will join an October 12th protest in solidarity.

Affiliated Sites:

Feed the Protest

Global Revolution Livestream

We Are the 99 Percent

Occupy Los Angeles

Some of the key players:

Nathan Schneider: editor of WagingNonviolence.org. He’s working on the media side of the protests and wrote the F.A.Q. on the protests for The Nation.

Patrick Bruner: Working in the public relations team at the protests.

Hero: Another P.R. team member for Occupy Wall Street. The media team can be reached at press@occupywallst.org.

Wylie Stecklow: Lawyer whose firm was hired by General Assembly. His counsel is around to offer legal advice to the protesters.

Mailing address: Postal service now delivering mail to “One Liberty Plaza.”

Phone hotline: 347 603 6258.

Comments

  1. Commieskill says:

    My guess is its the same Stalinists who organized all the anti-war protests, International ANSWER, which is a front for the Stalinists Worker’s World Party, who split from the CPUSA after the that group failed to support Stalin’s invasion of Czechoslovakia.  

  2. Anonymous says:

    “It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.”  ~Murray N. Rothbard.

  3. Anonymous says:

    “IT designer Alexis O’Brien”  The correct spelling is Alexa O’Brien.  US Day of Rage organized five protests across the nation in solidarity with our organizational of the call to Occupy Wall Street on Sept 17.  Those were in Austin, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles and organized by US Day of Rage supporters in those states. We are currently have organizers in 16 cities and states. 

  4. Moorie Parrillo says:

    I get that to sustain and maintain any civialization for any productive term some organized entity that represents the interests of the masses must establish or at a minimum propose a threshold list of criteria by which the multiculteral mixed bag of paranoid polically correct protestors can cope with.  Otherwise, chaoes would ensue similiar to the rapidly approaching free for all that is soon to engulf that Great Idea that started out as “Occupying Wallstreet”.  Corporations voting as individuals, unions joining the cause in bulk, threat of eviction because you can not keep your ‘shit together’ literally?  Really!  If there is a mirror or wading pool in the park take a moment to se your reflection.  You are dangerously close to becoming an embreyo to the monster you despise.
      Slow it down a few notches and remove the alter ego face plates from speaking for the millions of people who don’t have enough money to attend or have families to feed and don’t have the convienence of living within the sound of a shutter to promote their ‘not so failing career’.
      Realize all those IT adjectives, verbs and dangling participles are not landing close to those that really represent the people you claim to.  Remember, this is your mega media monster you created not the design of a Kansas share cropper or an Ohio steel worker, God rest their soles, if any still exist.
      It is a grand thing you’ve done here.  No, not even remotely similiar to those people in other repressed parts of the world that had to walk for 40 days just to escape genticide.  You are Americans-emerse yourself in it and get over yourselves.
      Yes, Keep On Keeping On.  It is your right to do so and every citizen in the country will support you all if you get your individual face time in check and don’t burden yourselves with your minority population percentage.  Keep it clean, just like you should the part.  Leave the park and our country in a better condition then when you found it a few weeks ago.
      PS-Good Luck.  I sincerely mean that.
    The BoSho

  5. Moorie Parrillo says:

    I get that to sustain and maintain any civialization for any productive term some organized entity that represents the interests of the masses must establish or at a minimum propose a threshold list of criteria by which the multiculteral mixed bag of paranoid polically correct protestors can cope with.  Otherwise, chaoes would ensue similiar to the rapidly approaching free for all that is soon to engulf that Great Idea that started out as “Occupying Wallstreet”.  Corporations voting as individuals, unions joining the cause in bulk, threat of eviction because you can not keep your ‘shit together’ literally?  Really!  If there is a mirror or wading pool in the park take a moment to se your reflection.  You are dangerously close to becoming an embreyo to the monster you despise.
      Slow it down a few notches and remove the alter ego face plates from speaking for the millions of people who don’t have enough money to attend or have families to feed and don’t have the convienence of living within the sound of a shutter to promote their ‘not so failing career’.
      Realize all those IT adjectives, verbs and dangling participles are not landing close to those that really represent the people you claim to.  Remember, this is your mega media monster you created not the design of a Kansas share cropper or an Ohio steel worker, God rest their soles, if any still exist.
      It is a grand thing you’ve done here.  No, not even remotely similiar to those people in other repressed parts of the world that had to walk for 40 days just to escape genticide.  You are Americans-emerse yourself in it and get over yourselves.
      Yes, Keep On Keeping On.  It is your right to do so and every citizen in the country will support you all if you get your individual face time in check and don’t burden yourselves with your minority population percentage.  Keep it clean, just like you should the part.  Leave the park and our country in a better condition then when you found it a few weeks ago.
      PS-Good Luck.  I sincerely mean that.
    The BoSho

  6. Debra says:

    I feel they should change the name of the movement to ‘The Tree Party’. It sounds more civil and the message would be to Wall Street that our economy should resemble a tree. Imagine the beautiful green leaves on top of the tree to be the top 1 percent and the  roots of the tree, the rest of us. Without good healthy well fed roots, the green leaves would die and fall and the entire tree will perish. Wall Street needs to understand that sending our jobs overseas, has damaged it’s own roots and that to continue to hold jobs hostage to make their political statement will eventually lead to their demise. If we are all jobless, who’s going to buy their products? I don’t think they can support their own economy forever! If they are going to starve us to death, just take comfort in the fact that we will only die once, when it’s done than where will their billions come from. And to the banks who got their Welfare checks at my expense, thanks by the way, get off the money for business loans and lets get some jobs started. Obviously Wall Street is not innovative enough to create jobs only sell ours to China, let the people who are inventive and innovative get a loan. Even if you don’t change the name from Occupy Wall Street to The Tree Party, know that I, and others like me are behind the movement 100%.
    -Debra Bray  Lake City Florida.

  7. Cookie says:

    Think about spreading the word  December 1, 2011  NATIONAL STOP DAY
                                             Every citizen with an underwater mortgage stops paying it!                                           Government wants a clear message. This is the message.  Address the housing crisis head on.  No more pathetic failure refi pansie programs to serve no one.   We are strapped in our mortgages, no cash to spend, cannot move, cannot put our children in college some can’t feed families.   We were not irresponsible to arrived here.  In fact, we put all of our cash savings in the purchase.  Shame on government.   There is no escape in sight.  The message here is clear.   NATIONAL STOP DAY.  WHO IS IN?

  8. Cookie says:

    Think about spreading the word  December 1, 2011  NATIONAL STOP DAY
                                             Every citizen with an underwater mortgage stops paying it!                                           Government wants a clear message. This is the message.  Address the housing crisis head on.  No more pathetic failure refi pansie programs to serve no one.   We are strapped in our mortgages, no cash to spend, cannot move, cannot put our children in college some can’t feed families.   We were not irresponsible to arrived here.  In fact, we put all of our cash savings in the purchase.  Shame on government.   There is no escape in sight.  The message here is clear.   NATIONAL STOP DAY.  WHO IS IN?

  9. Silence Does NO Good says:

                            To The People 

     

          Our system today is such that it takes millions of dollars to win a political seat that pays at most $200,000. A year. The very nature of our elective system is such that a politician is in debt to so many people, and corporations that there is no way they can be objective about most of the issues that come before them.

    If We The People truly wish to fix our system, we must act, not with guns or violence, but with our pens, pencils, typewriters, and computer word processors.

    Our system is truly the best in the world; we the people can fix it in this manner, without rising up to overthrow the current system.

    If we desire to remove individual and corporate influences, we must eliminate the massive amounts of funds it takes to win a political seat, or to bring a proposition to law.

    I submit that if We The People wish change the system, it can and will change. Petitions with the following proposals could put them on the ballot in time for this next presidential election.

    1.Elections must have spending limits on them. A reasonable spending level would be .50 per registered voter effected by the office in question. This would eliminate negative ads, and even the race so more candidates would have a fare chance to win.

    2.Currently all broadcast media must have as part of their license a certain amount of “community service” as part of their programming. A requirement to air debates between all the qualified candidates can be made part of that time requirement. Local radio and TV stations for local office. Networks the Internet and National Radio for National ones.

    3.All sample ballots must included a section on how each candidate has voted, and or acted on major issues and what they have accomplished in lesser offices or related employment.

    4.Bills and Propositions must have spending limits enforced; the dollars spent to push special interests programs through, and to stop the people’s interests from becoming law are far too excessive. Spending must be limited to a reasonable amount. $.50 per person effected would be reasonable.

         5.Make it a crime for our Government officials: Congressmen, Representatives and all other levels of Public Office; to vote on any bill or law where they have received funds or have any ties to any one involved with the “Special Interests” involved. Trading votes with others would be considered as conspiracy to commit treason. Make no mistake, it is Treason to act in the private sectors interest when you are a public official.   

    The 5 modifications submitted before you could fix our system in less than 6 years. The choice to act is now yours, write to your representative, the President, the Media, and request the above modifications.

     

                          Silence Does NO Good