October 2011 (Freedom Plaza, Wash, D.C.)

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The October2011 occupation of Freedom Plaza is in response to most of the social justice and economic issues of our time. Here is a discussion about our ongoing wars followed by the movement’s stated core principals.

October2011 is organizating a non-violent occupation of Freedom Plaza. This is really important because if enough people show up the politicians will be forced to take notice. The bill to withdraw quickly from Afghanistan got bi-partisan support and nearly passed.

Even if you initially supported the invasion, it has simply gone on too long. Intelligence sources estimate that there are less than 100 active al Qaeda members remaining in the entire country. Osama bin Ladin is dead. Sheesh, mission accomplished already! Bring the troops home. Our occupying presence serves only to fuel the enmity people have towards the U.S.

The continuation of the “war on terror” has had so many negative anticipated and unintended consequences. To name a few:

  • Our men and women in the military have sacrificed enough. We don’t need one more damaged or dead soldier.
  • We don’t need more of what is euphemistically called collateral damage. They are dead human beings.
  • We don’t need to fuel the fire of hatred by our continued occupation.
  • What do ya think, could we find better ways to spend the billions?

The organizers are of course hoping for a big turn out. I wonder if we are strong enough, compassionate enough, brave enough and can get over our selfish self centered ways to take a stand. I hope so. Go to Washington in October. I promise it will make you feel better about yourself. You will be a better person for it. 

Here’s the pledge the October2011.org website is asking you to commit to:

“I pledge that if any U.S. troops, contractors, or mercenaries remain in Afghanistan on Thursday, October 6, 2011, as that occupation goes into its 11th year, I will commit to being in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., with others on that day or the days immediately following, for as long as I can, with the intention of making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin, where we will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine by occupying Freedom Plaza to demand that America’s resources be invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation. We can do this together. We will be the beginning.”

This action is more than just about the wars. As laid out on the October2011 site:

 

Fifteen Core Issues The Country Must Face

 

These are the core issues identified by the October2011 Movement steering committee. Soon each issue will be linked to a page which will explain more about the problem, the solutions and resources.

 

This is meant to get a conversation started. We hope that you will join discussions on each issue on the Discussion board and give us your feedback.

Committees are forming for each of the 15 issues. Please contact info@october2011.org

if you would like to volunteer on a committee.

 

This will ultimately represent a vision of where we want to go in creating a peaceful, just and sustainable world. The October action is a beginning on the path to this new world.

For more information, you can read about where the majority of people in America stand

on the issues.

 

1. Corporatism– firmly establish that money is not speech, corporations are not people, only people have Constitutional rights, end corporate influence over the political process, protect people and the environment from damage by corporations.

 

2. Wars and Militarism – end wars and occupations, end private for-profit military contractors, reduce the national security state and end the weapons export industry. War crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes against peace must be addressed and those responsible held accountable under international law.

 

3. Human Rights – end exploitation of people in the US and abroad, end discrimination in all forms, equal civil rights and due process for all people.

 

4. Worker Rights and jobs – all working-age people have the right to safe, just, non-discriminatory and dignified working conditions, a sustainable living wage, paid leave and economic protection.

 

5. Government – all processes of the three branches of government should be accountable to international law, transparent and follow the rule of law, people have the right to participate in decisions which affect them.

 

6. Elections – all citizens 18 and older have the right to vote without barriers, all candidates have the right to be heard and to run and all votes should be counted.

 

7. Criminal justice and prisons –end private for-profit prisons, adopt evidence-based drug policy, prisoners have the right to humane and just conditions with a focus on rehabilitation and reintegration into society, abolish the death penalty.

 

8. Healthcare – create a national, universal and publicly financed comprehensive health system.

 

9. Education – all people have the right to a high quality, publicly-funded and broad education from pre-school through vocational training or university.

 

10. Housing – all people have the right to affordable and safe housing.

 

11. Environment – adopt policies which effectively create a carbon-free and radio-active free energy economy.

 

12. Finance and the economy – end policies which foster a wealth divide and move to a localized and democratic financial system, reform taxes so that they are progressive and provide goods, monetary gain and services for the people.

 

13. Media – airwaves and the internet are public goods, require that media be honest, accurate and accountable to the people.

 

14. Food and water – create systems that protect the land and water, create local and sustainable food networks and practices.

15. Transportation – provide affordable, clean and convenient public transportation and safe spaces for pedestrian and non-automobile travel.

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