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Foley Square: The 1% start to go nuts

Consider this an open thread on tonight's events!

NOTE Thanks to so many Corrente contributors for pitching in while I experience a series of RL issues, some actually good. I am awed and gratified. In a way, it's good for me to let go a bit!

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Submitted by coyotecreek on

"8:23 pm: There is now a people's library, a marching band and a projector on the Brooklyn Bridge, according to @occupywallst people on the ground."


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Submitted by affinis on

Here's the link.
If someone would like to embed this, please do so (my attempts so far have not succeeded).

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[ i always check the 'use old embed code' box]

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Submitted by affinis on

OWS reaching out in the subways.
See here also.

LUNCH: Occupy The Subways - 3:00 p.m.
We will start by Occupying Our Blocks! Then throughout the five boroughs, we will gather at 16 central subway hubs and take our own stories to the trains, using the "People's Mic".

Direct face-to-face outreach, unfiltered by the MSM.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

sorry if it's already made the rounds. i gotta run or i'd blog on it.

Lyrics to "We Are The Many," by Makana

Ye come here, gather 'round the stage
The time has come for us to voice our rage
Against the ones who've trapped us in a cage
To steal from us the value of our wage

From underneath the vestiture of law
The lobbyists at Washington do gnaw
At liberty, the bureaucrats guffaw
And until they are purged, we won't withdraw

We'll occupy the streets
We'll occupy the courts
We'll occupy the offices of you
Till you do
The bidding of the many, not the few

Our nation was built upon the right
Of every person to improve their plight
But laws of this Republic they rewrite
And now a few own everything in sight

They own it free of liability
They own, but they are not like you and me
Their influence dictates legality
And until they are stopped we are not free

We'll occupy the streets
We'll occupy the courts
We'll occupy the offices of you
Till you do
The bidding of the many, not the few

You enforce your monopolies with guns
While sacrificing our daughters and sons
But certain things belong to everyone
Your thievery has left the people none

So take heed of our notice to redress
We have little to lose, we must confess
Your empty words do leave us unimpressed
A growing number join us in protest

We occupy the streets
We occupy the courts
We occupy the offices of you
Till you do
The bidding of the many, not the few

You can't divide us into sides
And from our gaze, you cannot hide
Denial serves to amplify
And our allegiance you can't buy

Our government is not for sale
The banks do not deserve a bail
We will not reward those who fail
We will not move till we prevail

We'll occupy the streets
We'll occupy the courts
We'll occupy the offices of you
Till you do
The bidding of the many, not the few

We'll occupy the streets
We'll occupy the courts
We'll occupy the offices of you
Till you do
The bidding of the many, not the few

We are the many
You are the few

Honolulu - A change in the programmed entertainment at last night's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) gala left a few world leaders slack-jawed, though most seemed not to notice that anything was amiss.

During the gala dinner, renowned Hawaiian guitarist Makana, who performed at the White House in 2009, opened his suit jacket to reveal a home-made “Occupy with Aloha” T-shirt. Then, instead of playing the expected instrumental background music, he spent almost 45 minutes repeatedly singing his protest ballad released earlier that day. The ballad, called “We Are the Many,” includes lines such as “The lobbyists at Washington do gnaw.... And until they are purged, we won't withdraw,” and ends with the refrain: “We'll occupy the streets, we'll occupy the courts, we'll occupy the offices of you, till you do the bidding of the many, not the few.”

Those who could hear Makana’s message included Presidents Barack Obama of the United States of America, Hu Jintao of China, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, and over a dozen other heads of state.

“At first, I was worried about playing ‘We Are The Many,’” said Makana. “But I found it odd that I was afraid to sing a song I’d written, especially since I'd written it with these people in mind.”

The gala was the most secure event of the summit. It was held inside the Hale Koa hotel, a 72-acre facility owned and controlled by the US Defense Department; the site was fortified with an additional three miles of fencing constructed solely for the APEC summit.

Makana was surprised that no one objected to him playing the overtly critical song. “I just kept doing different versions,” he said. “I must’ve repeated ‘the bidding of the many, not the few’ at least 50 times, like a mantra. It was surreal and sobering.”

Makana’s new song is inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has taken root in cities worldwide. Last Saturday, eight protesters were arrested when they refused to leave the Occupy Honolulu encampment at Thomas Square Park. Occupy Honolulu has joined other groups, including Moana Nui, to protest the APEC meeting, and while Makana performed, hundreds of people protested outside.

After facing large-scale protests in South Korea, Australia, Peru, and Japan, APEC moved this year's event to Hawaii, the most isolated piece of land on earth. In preparation for the meeting, homeless families were moved out of sight and millions of taxpayer dollars were spent on security—including over $700,000 on non-lethal weapons for crowd control. In a bitter twist, the multi-million dollar security plans backfired when a local Hawaiian man was shot and killed by a 27-year-old DC-based federal agent providing security for dignitaries.

Makana’s action was assisted by the Yes Lab and Occupy the Boardroom. In recent weeks, Occupy protesters have been showing up at corporate events, headquarters and even on the doorsteps of those in power. “Makana really raised the bar by delivering the Occupy message inside what is probably the most secure place on the planet right now,” said Mike Bonanno of the Yes Lab.

“My uncle taught me to feel out the audience and play what my heart tells me to,” said Makana. “That’s what I did tonight.”

Mike Bonanno:, 917-209-3282
John Sweeney:, 808-230-0799


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Submitted by lambert on

And I like it when world leaders are "slack-jawed." That seems righteous.

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Submitted by coyotecreek on

.....seems very slow with this video and also the one of the Verizon Bat Spotlight? (Can they hear us now?)

I've read some places that things are being doctored to suppress the view numbers. 'Course I have tin-foil on my head this morning.....

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Submitted by okanogen on

I've noticed that the counter takes a while for all videos to increase, when friends would have videos we all are watching, it takes hours or even a day for those to show any increase at all. Maybe it's a cache thing. As for slow, I've read they have a bandwidth limit on any one video. I don't always have a fast connection, so I'm used to just letting things upload and then watching them when the gray bar is complete....

The lo-fi aloha I posted yesterday is Ray Kane, who Makana describes as the first of many main influences.

I like how slack-key leaves them slack-jawed.

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Submitted by coyotecreek on

Thanks, I can take the tin-foil off. I was getting some strange stares...

Submitted by Fran on

It pisses me off that the reports keeping saying things like - Protests marred by clashes - etc. It gives the wrong impression. Who was violent, anyway??!! Civil Disobedience may break a (minor) law, but it is not violent. The real news is how thousands of people got together non-violently, even as police tried to trap them in every direction. The police come in full riot gear and military equipment when they know this protest is non-violent.

What about the many cities, like Philadelphia and many others, where there an no 'clashes'?! Guess that does not make interesting news.

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Submitted by goldberry on

There were so many people there that the police would only let you in when someone else left. Those of us at the back end of the march had to wait until they let us cross the street. But I didn't miss anything because there were so many people who couldn't get in that we just spilled onto the sidewalks across the street. Well, I *did* miss the people who were giving out the little light thingies.
There were so many people that it took about 3 hours to get out of the square. We got there around 5:00 and didn't get to the Brooklyn Bridge until about 8:30.
Tired, cold, sore, but still having a blast. The bat signal was the best. thing. ever.
So worth the trip and the early hours getting to the train station and the running up and down manhattan and nearly getting caught in the kettle in Zucotti Park (I got out at the very last second). Too, too good.
Can't wait to see what happens next.

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Submitted by coyotecreek on

I am living vicariously through all of you NY "locals" today. Very jealous. But also very very happy.