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Welcome to Occupy Winston-Salem

October 5, 2011 in News

Thanks for visiting Occupy Winston-Salem. We are working hard to complete this website, and should have it ready in a few days.

In the meantime, here is a statement from our brothers and sisters from Occupy Wall Street that helps frame our thinking.

What follows is the first official, collective statement of the protesters in Zuccotti Park:

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.

They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.

They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.

They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.

They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.

They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.

They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.

They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.*

To the people of the world, We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

22 responses to Welcome to Occupy Winston-Salem

  1. Your anger seems misguided and misdirected. Can you not find ANY faults with our current administration? I bet that 99% of your protesters voted for Obama. His presidency has had devastating consequences for our country! The only thing that can fix our economy is less Government and less Government spending! Federal Government has no business in our…Education, Health Care, Banking, Housing, Marriage, Etc. The ONLY thing that the Federal Government should be doing is protecting our national security!

  2. Reading the Facts as stated above, the first two businesses to come to my mind were Walmart and Bank of America. Walmart has forced textile companies to go overseas in order to continue delivering products at the price they set. They manipulate the farmer by agreeing to take produce at a set price, ie from a farmer in Indiana, Walmart will pay no more than .12 cents for an ear of corn. I feel the reason that this takes place is because the government that is in place now has made our tax system a non business friendly environment. A good book to read http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Furniture_Wars.html?id=0l46PgAACAAJ
    Bank of America does everthing they can to take advantage of the consumer. You must have an account to cash a check printed on there account or pay a fee. They encouraged people to take overdraft protection, thus being able to collect overdraft fees everytime it was used. I believe one of there CEO’s actually stated that he would raise profits for his shareholders thru this practice. Now they want to charge everytime you use your debit card to make any purchase. Again this is happening because the government that we have in place allows it.
    I would say that to blame the corporations is wrong. They are in business to make money. Unfortunately our government allows them to do such unfair business practices through the many laws that are not passed. It is in my opinion that to effectively get corporations to play fair would be to seriously boycott these companies. I would be curious to know how many of your followers that complain about these corporations taking advantage of the public are actually still using them. The power of the dollar is far more consequential than people peacefully protesting downtown. Unfortunately a mob of people standing around 4th st and Marshall will prevent local workers from being able to patronize the small business owners during lunch.

  3. I don’t agree with all of your issues, but I am glad you are and have the right to organize, I would like to be there, but it might be a lot more interesting/fun to go to Banktown, ie Charlotte!

    • Indeed, DC. There’s lots of fun to be had all over, and some of us have been able to travel and experience the movement in many different towns. I know they’re planning some BoA marches in Charlotte and they’d love your voice. As for Winston, we’re here to help spread the word and educate the community on these issues they may not hear about otherwise.

  4. Everyone is suffering from hardships created more by government than by capitalism, but they pay their bills, do their best to support their family and friends, and don’t burden everyone with their complaining. People lose their homes because they don’t pay for them, and government policy forced banks to make loans to people who couldn’t pay for them. What you seek is a free ride and the right to whine and bleat. Why don’t you try to improve the system instead of destroying it?

    • We appreciate the time you took to make your comment, and welcome you to engage in the conversation politely as you’ve mostly done. I understand your point of view, and also that most of it comes from a place of media misinformation and manipulation.

      The government and the top one percent of money earners in this country (we’re not opposed to capitalism so I’m not going to bother debating that) are one and the same right now. Complaints aren’t a burden, but rather a Constitutionally-protected right that forms the core of our democracy. Our rights to free speech and assembly were created for just this reason.

      Home foreclosure is a many-sided subject. Your statement about foreclosure is nearly correct. People lose their homes when they can’t pay for them. We are looking into the reasons why so many foreclosures are happening, and we’ve determined that job cuts (especially those which happen when companies move jobs overseas), increased prices of goods and services without increased pay, and usurious interest rates among sub-prime lenders have contributed significantly to the decline of home-ownership in America. This isn’t a complete dissection of the topic, but should give you a good place to start looking to do some independent research.

      The corporations fund the lawmakers personally, so to suggest that the government has the upper hand here is tenuous at best.

      And lastly, as people united to protect Americans from a system that is destroying the lives and futures of millions of families, we feel these actions are exactly what is needed to improve our country. We serve the 99%, which means we serve you as well. Thank you for your participation.

    • Just so I understand. “Government Policy” FORCED banks to make bad loans? Huh??? Marcus is right on. I highly doubt that banks wanted to make money but were somehow held at gunpoint to create bad loans. Here’s a snapshot to get an idea of how this all really works. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/375/transcript

    • How do you improve an oligarchy? This is no longer a republic, this is an oligarchy, the tirany of the elite. You have obviously allowed the corp. news propaganda machine brainwash you, this is not a request for a free handout, this a a fight for a fair and just government that is for the people and by the people that holds the best interest of the United States of America in high regard and not just do the bidding of lobbyist. These people you choose to mock are doing more for the average American Joe than any polititian has in past 70 years.

    • We ned to listen to those who are real leaders, dead or alive. . .
      Socialism, taking from the rich and sharing it with the not so rich is a dead end street.
      Believe one of the major problems is Washington. But, no one ever votes against their representative and they keep on keeping on. Voting 90&% of them out is the primary way to effect real change.
      Believe this group and others like them are headed in the right direction.

      • You falsely hide behind this 99% of America rhetoric which could not be more misinformed. 99% of America does not support your movement, nor does your movement represent the goals of 99% of America. I laugh in your general direction as all of these protests are going to get absolutely zero results. Mind you that the 1% that you unjustly attack pay for 50% of the American citizens who freeride on the hardwork of others. Failure to not succeed is an individual’s problem, not the problem of others. You realize you could be working right now, making a living, and adding to the benefit of the 99% of America by paying taxes like the 1% that has taken their undue burden of.

        • The most common misconception I’ve heard so far is that we don’t have jobs. How many folks have you spoken with about their employment status? Have a conversation before making assumptions, please. We’d do the same for you.

          • I am aware that the majority of this “99%” group has jobs but they are wasting their time not working and protesting for a socialistic change. Let me ask you something, hell let me ask all of this 99% of America, what do you think the fair amount the 1% should now pay the rest of America for their success? They already pay for ALL the freeriders. This movement is hilarious. Its getting nowhere, but please do continue. I enjoy the entertainment. To each their own. Cheers.

          • I think they should pay at least the same amount in taxes as lower-income people do. If you think they are, please provide your research. Ours suggests otherwise. Corporate taxes paid 6.6% of our federal revenue in 2009, which has declined for the past 60 years. Exxon, GE, and Bank of America all paid $0 in federal taxes in 2010 while making billions in profit. It’s your money that’s paying for freeriders, not the corporations, so I’m glad to know you’re enjoying yourself while you get screwed with your pants on.

  5. site is coming along kool

  6. We are the 99%. We need to say this in almost very statement made. Removing money from politics. Having a house of representatives that actual work towards presenting and voting the wishes of their respective base; instead of playing party politics and working from day two to get reelected. And maybe most important of all understanding that the expansion of the economy model can not be sustained for ever may be the most important thing. We can not grow for ever. No economy through history has been able to do this and eventual collapse. We will be no different. We can only try to change this or start thinking about what will arise from the ashes.

  7. Welcome Occupy Winston Salem. It is time for this movement to change the world.

    • Can you people see this is nothing but Marxist and communist. The organizers are using you as their useful idoits as Hitler, Stalin and others did in the recent past. Consider the goals of these organizers. They are anti-American and anti-Capitalists. Their actions will lead to the slavery of theirs and your own children. This has happened many other times in history. Understand what you are doing!! You may regret what you joined not knowing what their true goals are for you, your children and this nation.

      • At the moment, among the goals of this organization are making sure there is money left to educate and employ us, our children and the rest of this nation. I can’t think of anything less enslaving or more American than that.

    • I agree but jobs come from freeing up those evil corporations to be able to hire people. Oh, and by the way I am sure there is some corporate greed out there. Thats why we have laws. However greed exists in all of us to some degree. Including you and me. Do you not think the organizers are greedy in wanting those who have worked and earned money to give it up to those who have not simply because they are alive. That is not greed, that is theft. Read where socialism took over the Ukraine or China or Cuba. It never ends like it is promised. Those who do not know the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it. Wake up. Its our turn to stand up for America now! And besides, why are you not protesting the massive debt run up by your president?

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