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(rawstory.com) Hip hop magnate Russell Simmons said Thursday on MSNBC that he planned on joining the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” in lower Manhattan.

Simmons, who has an estimated net-worth of $340 million, noted that all his employees paid more taxes than he did.

“Last time I got involved in a protest I brought a hundred thousand people there, for the Rockefeller Drug Laws,” he said. “And if I get involved really heavily in this one, we find the agenda and have a common ground… we can bring hundreds of thousands of people… small seeds are planted, but it could grow into something very big.”

Watch video, courtesy of MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/44722140#44722140

(spiegel.de) Once the Greens were Germany’s political rebels. But on Sunday they lost their title to the Pirate Party, which won seats in a regional government for the first time. The success of their data-driven message took even the party itself by surprise.

As Berlin election results came in on Sunday evening, sweaty members of the Pirate Party danced arm in arm beneath a disco ball at popular club in the city’s Kreuzberg district. The smell of marijuana spread through the informal party, where guests made their own sandwiches and drank bottled beer.

“I can’t believe it,” said newly elected parliamentarian Christopher Lauer as he fell onto a sofa, sending a message of thanks out via his Twitter account for the 8.9 percent of voter support. “It is breathtaking, a surreal feeling, because there is nothing that compares to this.”

Standing before the television screen, the leader of the Pirate Party, Sebastian Nerz, called the historic moment “cool.”

“It’s the first time since the 1980s that a new political power has come onto the stage,” he said.

Indeed, the support for the party — founded in 2006 on a civil liberties platform that focused on Internet freedoms — was sensational. Not only will the Pirate Party enter a regional government for the first time, but its results far surpassed the five percent hurdle needed for parliamentary representation. The success was so unexpected that the party had only put 15 candidates on its list of nominations. Had their support been just a little higher, some of their seats would have remained empty because post-election nominations of candidates isn’t allowed.

Read more: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,787044,00.html

() on Sep 29, 2011 Hundreds of demonstrators have been occupying a park in New York’s financial district for more than a week in protest against what they call corporate greed and social inequality.

Police have arrested about 80 people and used pepper spray on the non-violent activists as they marched on Wall Street.

Al Jazeera’s Scott Heidler reports from New York.

(Anoncentral) The purpose of these boycotts would be to show solidarity towards a more democratic society while serving notice to the corporations who use us as disposable assets that we do not need them as much as they think we do.  Please consider sharing and participating.  Cheers.

     MONDAYS – Drink water when you eat out.  Drink whatever you want at home, or if you have lunch at mom and pop establishments because they’re finding it hard enough to survive as it is.  But if you go to some corporate chain restaurant, don’t ask for coffee or soda, just water – simply to show these big corporations we know how much profit they derive from the sale of beverages, and can shut down this aspect of their profiteering any time we want.

     TUESDAYS – Have a sleep over with friends and family.  Turn off the air conditioner (or turn down the heat), put a couple of lights on timers so potential theives cannot take advantage of you while you’re out, and spend the night with people you love.  The purpose being to show the utility companies that we very well may need them at this point in time, but only half as much as they think.  Plus it will serve notice that many of us are not happy with the dirty coal emissions and nuclear hazards associated with the current means of creating energy.

     WEDNESDAYS – Don’t buy gas, for obvious reasons.  Buy it as usual during the rest of the week, but refuse to line up at the pump and gulp down this environmentally dangerous product in the middle of the week.

     THURSDAYS – Ignore the media.  That’s  right, fuck ‘em.  Do not watch television, buy newspapers or magazines, go to movies, purchase music, attend any sporting events that are broadcast on what my grandfather called the Boob Tube, or use the internet for anything other than communication purposes.  Just to show the lying rat bastards that we’ve had enough of the smoke and mirrors bullshit they blow up our asses for the benefit of the ruling elite.

     FRIDAYS – Debate how wise it is to allow over 60% of this nation’s retail sales to revolve around a holiday that, whether you’re a Christian or not, has devolved into a capitalistic feeding frenzy of materialism.  Then if you should feel so inclined, suggest that we might boycott Christmas this year, if only to make a point about greed’s negative impacts on life.

     WEEKENDS – Relax, you’ve done a good job.

Source: http://anoncentral.tumblr.com/post/10692383083/peaceful-boycotts

(guardian.co.uk) New York police accused of heavy-handed tactics as 80 anti-capitalist protesters on ‘Occupy Wall Street’ march are arrested.

The anti-capitalist protests that have become something of a fixture in Lower Manhattan over the past week or so have taken on a distinctly ugly turn.

Police have been accused of heavy-handed tactics after making 80 arrests on Saturday when protesters marched uptown from their makeshift camp in a private park in the financial district.

Footage has emerged on YouTube showing stocky police officers coralling a group of young female protesters and then spraying them with mace, despite being surrounded and apparently posing threats of only the verbal kind.

NYPD officers strung orange netting across the streets to trap groups of protesters, a tactic described by some of them as “kettling” – a term more commonly used by critics of a similar tactic deployed by police in London to contain potentially violent demonstrations there.

The media here in New York has been accused of being slow off the mark to cover the demonstrations, which have been going on for more than a week. The Guardian was one of the first mainstream news organisation to give detailed coverage to the protests… Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/sep/25/occupywallstreet-occupy-wall-street-protests