Apr 032014

The waves of mobilization underway are incredible!

This is American based.  Just a small sampling.  Most of them are new to me.

I have particular interest in Reset The Net  (you’ll see it below) because it’s related to the Edward Snowden leaks and thereby to Lockheed Martin’s participation in Statistics Canada.

Excerpts from



Tim DeChristopher, March 3, 2011 after being convicted of falsely bidding on oil and gas leases to fight climate change. Video here.

(INSERT:  DeChristopher was released from prison in April 2013.  He is a hero – did a creative and BOLD action.  The video is short,  worth watching.  His story. see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_DeChristopher.)

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. . .    The current social movement that has roots which run more than a decade deep and had a nationwide “Take Off” with the wave of occupy encampments that rose up, coast-to-coast together.

Of course, like all waves, the encampment wave receded but that did not signal the end of the popular movement, it signaled another stage.  Since the encampment stage we have seen a wide array of movement actions.

(INSERT:  In Canada, Occupy was followed by Idle No More, followed by March Against Monsanto.  And everything in between that you can imagine.   Young people mobilized under Occupy, First Nations mobilized under Idle No More, Mothers mobilized under March Against Monsanto.  The groups become empowered, they share information, they learn that the issues run deep, they join the larger whole.)

Some like   Occupy Sandy   took the occupy name in their mutual aid for victims of the massive storm Sandy as well as for their efforts in building a new economy in the affected communities. Others like   Strike Debt,  which came directly out of Occupy, took another name but continued to fight for the same values, challenging the debt-based economy. Some, like  Fight For 15  and   Our Walmart/ForRespect, arose after Occupy but fight for the same values of an equitable economy where workers can live in dignity, not in poverty and many involved in Occupy joined in.  And, the movement against extreme energy extraction and climate justice rose up, as seen in the campaigns against hydro-fracking, tar sands, mountain top removal, uranium mining and off-shore oil. These are a few examples of many of the waves of resistance that continue.

Popular Resistance   grew out of many conversations and meetings with people in the Occupy movement from across the country as well as people involved in other social justice campaigns.

From its first announcement we have supported the #WaveOfAction and encouraged participation.

the Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit, an education and direct action campaign beginning this spring with “10 days to change course.”

Reset the Net, seeks to restore privacy to the Internet by our own actions rather than waiting for the government, which seems to put the security state ahead of our privacy. People are taking action now to push Internet providers to provide privacy.

Second, is a campaign against the abuses of international finance, particularly by the World Bank, Our Land Our Business. The IMF and World Bank have their spring meeting on April 7 to 13 in Washington, DC and actions are being urged around the world during that time period.

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