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The meeting is set for September 17 in front of the New York Stock Exchange to protest the power of banks and corporations

They're fed up and getting reading ready to protest on the other side of the ocean as well. After Greece, Spain, Iceland and Israel, they'll be making an appearance in Italy in Rome on September 10 and then it's the US's turn on September 17. The place chosen for the protest is more than symbolic: Wall Street, site of the New York Stock Exchange.

A call to action was put out in July by Adbusters, the history-making group of anti-globalization "artivists," and reissued last month by the "hacktivists" of Anonymous. Their plan is to "occupy Wall Street" with a permanent tent city of 20,000 protesters determined to resist-peacefully-any attempt to clear them out. The protest explicitly bills itself as "revolutionary" and a continuation of the anti-globalization movement born at the end of the nineties.

You can read the call to action by Culture Jammers HQ on the Adbusters site: "A worldwide shift in revolutionary tactics is underway right now that bodes well for the future. The spirit of this fresh tactic, a fusion of Tahrir with the acampadas of Spain, is captured in this quote: ‘The antiglobalization movement was the first step on the road. Back then our model was to attack the system like a pack of wolves. There was an alpha male, a wolf who led the pack, and those who followed behind. Now the model has evolved. Today we are one big swarm of people' (Raimundo Viejo, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona)."

The group Anonymous also issued a call to join the protest: "... like Egypt it will be a political breakthrough moment, or like in Spain tens of thousands of citizens did begin a direct-democratic process to build a new movement for social justice. Where the earlier alter-globalization (a.k.a. anti-globalization) movement left off, we will pick up the slack with a flourishing new movement of movements."

According to Adbusters' original announcement: "The time has come to deploy this emerging stratagem against the greatest corrupter of our democracy: Wall Street, the financial Gomorrah of America. On September 17, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices. We demand that Barack Obama ordain a Presidential Commission tasked with ending the influence money has over our representatives in Washington. It's time for DEMOCRACY NOT CORPORATOCRACY, we're doomed without it."

"If we hang in there, 20,000-strong, week after week against every police and National Guard effort to expel us from Wall Street, it would be impossible for Obama to ignore us. Our government would be forced to choose publicly between the will of the people and the lucre of the corporations. This could be the beginning of a whole new social dynamic in America, a step beyond the Tea Party movement, where, instead of being caught helpless by the current power structure, we the people start getting what we want."

Among the demands outlined in a general call for "separation between money and politics" currently articulated in a survey on Facebook are: outlawing of corporate financing of politics, substantial taxation of corporate profits, a seriously progressive tax code, collective control of local economies, a new "New Deal" of economic and social reforms to stimulate the economy.

According to one of the movement's two websites: "Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. The original call for this occupation was published by Adbusters in July; since then, many individuals across the country have stepped up to organize this event, such as the people of the NYC General Assembly and US Day of Rage. There'll also be similar occupations in the near future such as October2011 in Freedom Plaza, Washington D.C. (on the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan).

The comments continue: "The sovereign people of any nation have the power, the right, and the duty, of guiding the destiny of their nation. Why occupy Wall Street? Because it belongs to us! Because we can!"

"If we can pull together just the right mix of nonviolence, tenacity and strategic smarts, S17 could be the beginning of the global revolution we've all been dreaming about for so long ... wouldn't that be lovely."


Enrico Piovesana
translated by Gary Cestaro