Thursday, October 20, 2011

Working Group Proposal for Communication & Networking

People are occupying spaces in over 150 communities throughout the nation and many more worldwide. We have all become part of a network of people who are working together for something much bigger than any single person, idea, or group. The growth of this movement has been vast and rapid. As we are growing, it is important for us to be able to communicate with one another so we can support each other, share ideas, information and knowledge. This is how we will grow stronger. We have already seen a couple of locations start to form working groups taking on the large task of networking and opening up communication.

Occupy Together is humbly submitting a proposal for consideration: a working group formed by each general assembly that would communicate and network with other “occupations.” Since often times specific working groups from one area want to speak with similar working groups in another, ideally this new working group would be comprised of liaisons or a sampling from the others within the general assembly.

This is only a proposal, if and how these groups are formed and which communication tools they use is up to each general assembly.

Occupy Together is first and foremost a website to aggregate and accessibly distribute information. Outside of this, we try to stay as neutral as possible. We feel that we are simply serving a function as part of this decentralized movement. We never intended on being—and don’t want to be—any kind of organizer, voice or leader of this movement. We feel that we’ve made our intentions clear to everyone who has visited our site or has contacted us and acted accordingly.

That being said, since we’re at least loosely connected with all of the general assemblies forming around the country, we’re in a unique position to be monitoring and hearing what the current needs across the nation and world are. We feel that communication between general assemblies is crucial and is already past due. With this information presented, we felt it was outside of our scope and mission to be creating these communication tools. We did, however, see the urgency and necessity for them so we started talking with others who were beginning their development. When it comes down to it, we just want to be able to inform everyone of how they can be in contact with one another.

Here are some tools in place that can currently be used for this kind of communication:

If/as these working groups form, Occupy Together can add those involved on a listerv that is hosted on TakeTheSquare’s private server. This listserv is already created and ready to go. A listserv essentially acts as a way to mass email each other in a more organized manner.

In addition to the listserv, an IRC room can be created where those involved with the working groups will have voice priority. Meaning, if the room gets out of hand the moderators can stop the chat so that those involved in the working groups are able to talk to each other. There is an IRC phone app that can be used for wider access for those who don’t have computer access.

TakeTheSquare has offered assistance in setting up N-1, an open-source social networking program. They have used this extensively in the Madrid uprising.

Also, there is a voice-chat service (can also be used on any smart phone) that is being developed at

Ultimately, Occupy Together is neutral on which tools are used to communicate. We just want to inform you of ways you may be able to effectively communicate. If these working groups do form and want to start by using one or more of these tools, they are available. If better tools or better ways of communicating come along they can be used at any moment.

If your general assembly does decide on creating this type of working group, and you together decide you want to use these tools, please send us your location and email addresses for those involved to and we can add you to the listserv to further discuss communication options.

-info found here

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Educate Yourself, then Educate Others








Andrew Napolitano, On The Constitution and its History/Contents (57 min)

Max Igan's THE AWAKENING (1h 5min)

ZEITGEIST: THE MOVIE 2007, (2h 1min)

ZEITGEIST: ADDENDUM 2008, (2h 3min)


KYMATICA (1h 23m)


Inside Job (2010) 
Dir. Charles Ferguson, written by Charles Ferguson, Chad Beck, 108 min.: This Oscar-winning documentary from Sony Classics piles on the chronic aches and pains of Wall Street, from Lehman Brothers to AIG, mapping out the systemic corruption that causes the financial crisis to keep bleeding.

Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) 
Dir. Michael Moore, written by Michael Moore, 127 min.: With the U.S. subprime mortgage fiasco well under way and the casino mentality in full throttle, Moore goes door to door looking for a sound explanation of why we trust in a system that is leaving more and more people behind.

Enron:  The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) 
Dir. Alex Gibney, written by Bethany McLean, Peter Eikind, Alex Gibney, 109 min.: Obsession, compulsion, and addiction, coupled with shell companies and a high stakes game of endless profits, created the deception and fraud that ultimately drove Enron into the ground.

Food, Inc. (2008) 
Dir. Robert Kenner, written by Robert Kenner, Kim Roberts, Elise Pearlstein: The "spinning of a pastoral fantasy" gets unspun in this must-watch look at the food on our dinner table and the wage slaves who bastardize it for the big companies that monetize Mother Nature.

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006) 
Dir. Basil Gelpke, Ray McCormack, 94 min.: Peak oil may be the one elephant in the room we're hoping the techocrats and wizards can chase away, but as this doc explains, no magic wand is that big.

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005) 
Dir. Robert Greenwald, 98 min.: Wal-Mart is the poster child for an American corporation gone bad in this in-depth analysis of how the retail giant keeps prices low and profits high. 

2012: Time for Change (2010)
Dir. Joao G. Amorim, 85 min.: Even if you're not into shamanism or psychedelic drugs, "Time for Change" offers more than just Iboga roots to chew on.

Casino Jack (2010) 
Dir. Alex Gibney, written by Alex Gibney, 118 min.: Wherever money and politics meet, lobbyist Jack Abramoff leaps in through the back door, highlighting just how much the fabric of the U.S. government resembles swiss cheese. 

(information from,


Severn Suzuki, 12yo girl Addressing the UN, amazing (6min) 

Ron Paul History

Monday, October 10, 2011

Gearing up for the BIG DAY!

Although it has not yet been put to a vote, as it will be this Wednesday, the specific date and location of our long term occupation are on almost everyone minds. If you were not already aware, make sure you are there this Wednesday @ 6pm if you want your vote to be heard.

Once the actual Occupation begins things should become much more fluid. Everyone will have an opportunity to express themselves to one another on site. The committees will have the opportunity to meet whenever they like since some people from each will most likely always be available. This is exactly why the occupy Wall Street model works, "It is always present and always growing." We have an opportunity to learn from one another, to share our stories and information. We have an opportunity to be a constant reminder to the community that we are not mindless and not a mob, we are simply a group of like minded individuals who's many different concerns all run along a few parallels. So this needs to be PRIORITY 1!

Our numbers in the US and around the world are now at staggering levels. These mini cities that are popping up everywhere are becoming local communication hubs for a greater cause. As the end of the week approaches I can tell all of you one thing, even if we have not yet had a voting opportunity,.. I will be there. I will begin to occupy one of the potential locations, even if I have to do it alone. I know it is time for the world to change, let us be the ones to affect that change! Join me, join us, occupy the world!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Tonight was fun. We reached out and people responded.

First off I would like to thank everyone who showed their support by standing with us tonight.
And for those of you that decided to randomly join in and march with us  THANK YOU!! :) 

Our pre march get together was a big sucsess (did lose my keys though..  sadness)  We made signs and shirts and passed out stickers that have a UPC code to direct you to our site!!  KSPR dropped in and got some footage as well as took a few interviews.  They informed us that we would make the news tongiht, this is a big positive, the more media coverage the better.  We headed to the Art Walk at around 6pm.
I believe we started out with around thirty people and as the night went on the numbers only grew.  We used chalk and held signs, we raised our voices and spread a little truth.  I cannot tell you how amazing it was to hear from so many other people.   I would fill you in on the details but honestly, my feet and vocal cords are killing me so I hope to see everyone of you Wednesday that can make it at out.  Same place and time as our last one.  Phelps Grove park, 6pm.

Homeless Reality in America.. is this our future?

Last nights meeting and todays activities

Hello everyone,
After having attended last nights meeting and getting a better view on what is to come over the next week, I figured I should share as much with those interested in keeping up with the movement as it happens.

5:30pm Today (Oct 7th) we will be meeting in Phelps Grove park and marching to the art walk.  I will be there at 4pm getting signs ready and picking up the stencils for our t-shirts. REMINDER - tomorrow you should wear a shirt that you do not mind being stenciled upon. We will add the 99% logo to your shirt if you are willing to wear it proudly during the march. If you would like to show up early, bring materials if you can, otherwise bring good conversation and positive energy.

We are are currently letting the Occupy New York General Assembly know when we are planning our big event ;) Things are in the works, if you want to know more, SHOW UP!  As far as our next general assembly meeting, we will be announcing that tomorrow during the march.  On a more personal note, I want to thank each and every one of you that help us raise awareness. If your reading this you are surely one those that I am referring too.

Looking forward to seeing you all,
Kellen McIlroy

Thursday, October 6, 2011

If someone asks you a question, be ready to answer.

What is our End Game?
Transparency in government and the removal and/or seization of all ultra nationalist media and banking interests. It is not communism simply justice long overdue. These 'interests' modus operandi has been to infiltrate and usurp global governments through pay offs/bribes/blackmail/murder/ and terrorism, to push their agenda. Profit, at all costs.

How will we Achieve these goals?
We will achieve these goals by simply stopping the operation of these entities at the consumer level. Occupying banks, refusing to give up our homes, civic disobedience and peaceful demonstrations will be our initial tactics.  We will tax the coffers of those that have raised our global cost of living and repressed technological development as to maintain power.  We will continue to raise awareness of the crimes these entities have committed against humanity and the earth as a whole. That is why we hold protests, in the hope that people who have not yet had an opportunity to confront this information, will approach us and inquire.

Is there a Call to Arms?
Yes!  We are constantly seeking others like us.  Those that are disenfranchised with the world around them as it is today, those that have new and innovative ideas for our future.  Join us, the movement is now.