nice video from new york asking a good question: ‘where do we go from here?’
just received some sad news from oakland, where police seemed to have used tear gas, rubber bullets and smoke bombs to clear out the protest camp.
in berlin, there was a group of 25-30 people spending the night out in front of the reichstag, even though they were not allowed to have tents. so in effect, this was the first occupation! and they also made it through another night till monday, and as far as i know, also till tuesday morning. thanks to all of you who stayed there in the night!
however, on tuesday the asamblea was informed that they will not be tolerated any longer on the reichstagswiese. even individuals (i guess if they ‘look like’ they support #occupy) will be arrested and charged! so they had to move to an ‘alternative spot’ 350 m to the west. the bundestag will vote on the EFSF on wednesday, so it doesn’t seem like a huge coincidence that the government wants the protesters gone. the plan for tomorrow is to meet at the ‘alternative spot’ at 3pm to figure out how and where to do the asamblea at 5pm. it seems there also might be support camps in kreuzberg and friedrichshain. let’s hope there will be a livestream! so much for now, i’ll leave you with this interesting video manifesto (in german) and i will be back on saturday.
die WISO reportage, die u.a. auch für wirbel sorgte, da eine weitere version zunächst wegen einer “regierungsanfrage" von youtube entfernt wurde. im nachhinein angeblich ein automatisierungs- bzw. übersetzungsproblem. dies ist jedoch die fassung mit der geschichte über die sparkasse bremen.
[EDIT: hier noch ein sehr guter beitrag von monitor zur lobbymacht der finanzbranche]
wir schlittern also geradewegs in die nächste finanzkrise, und es scheint als ob hierzulande niemand hinsieht oder hinsehen will. derweil regt sich inzwischen in vielen städten der USA protest: #occupywallst breitet sich auf die ganze nation aus! sehr inspirierend:
naomi klein hat eine tolle rede geschrieben, die den kern des problems gut einfängt:
The point is, today everyone can see that the system is deeply unjust and careening out of control. Unfettered greed has trashed the global economy. And it is trashing the natural world as well. […] The new normal is serial disasters: economic and ecological.
die bewegung erfährt viel prominente unterstützung, jüngst von den ökonomen joseph stiglitz und paul krugman, sowie bill mckibben von 350.org. in diesem video seiner rede wird noch etwas deutlich: da die NYPD keinerlei elektronische verstärker für redner duldet, haben die demonstranten das “human microphone” entwickelt- zeugnis des einfallsreichtums der menschen vor ort!
es wird endlich zeit, dass wir strukturelle veränderungen vornehmen, um die endlosschleife an desastern endlich hinter uns zu lassen. #occupywallst inspiriert nicht nur nordamerikaner, sondern menschen weltweit: am 15. oktober finden weltweit aktionen statt- laut www.occupytogether.org sind mind. 85 aktionen bestätigt, und an 1150 orten laufen die vorbereitungen dafür. in deutschland sind bisher aktionen in frankfurt, hamburg, berlin angekündigt.
new york sieht sich ja gerne als mittelpunkt der welt, als kreatives epizentrum. #occupywallst liefert auf jeden fall ein überzeugendes argument dafür, dass da etwas dran sein könnte.
best comment on the police brutality incidents at the #occupywallst protests in new york, glad to hear a major media outlet call this one out. because this does happen every day, in the US but also in other “democratic” societies.
remember the berlin cop that kicked the head of a demonstrator lying on the ground in 2010? or the guy with his bike at the freiheit statt angst demo 2009, who was first punched by a cop, wrestled to the ground, arrested and charged with assault on a cop - because he was asking for the identification number of another cop. or what happened to the older retired guy bleeding out of his eyes in stuttgart last year?
last year, amnesty international reported on 15 detailed cases of police brutality in germany, some of which even ended in death. like oury jalloh, who burned to death in a prison cell in dessau, with his hands and feet tied to a flame-retardant bed, and none of the cops on duty were held responsible. in a society we’d like to call democratic or free, this simply cannot stand. if the “western governments” want to differentiate themselves from the totalitarian regimes we love to criticize/bomb for oppressing their people, they better start cleaning up their act at home.
it’s sad that an initially peaceful protest will only be newsworthy through police brutality or riots. the real news is, that there is a scent of change in the air during these crisis-ridden times. people realize that the systems are not working anymore, taking it to the streets and protesting their governments (essentially for failing them). and this change is happening bottom-up, with brave individuals at the forefront. in closing, one more great comment from o’donnell on “tony boloney”:
i may have posted this video a while back, if you’re short on time you can check out the trailer. the green movement needs more influencers! transforming into a sustainable future will also need a shift in the culture that surrounds us, it needs to become part of that which produces meaning among our society.
on october 7, the influencer conference is coming to berlin (fb event). the conference took place for the first time in new york last year and “seeks to identify, understand and support influencer culture globally.” this year, it is also happening in berlin and london and i’m very happy to be part of this conference, since it looks like it’s exactly down my alley! the overarching theme for berlin is ‘reaching new audiences’ and the sessions are called: changing to green, making contributions and rebranding the arts. the ‘new by deconstruction’ workshop also looks exciting.
the conference venue is in west berlin, smack down in the ‘city’ - where you can really feel the difference to east berlin. the place is called ‘bikini berlin' and it's directly at breitscheidplatz where we did the silent climate parade last weekend.
looking forward to engaging conversations with inspiring people next week!
[EDIT: i would never have thought i’d post a video from fox, but it seems to be the best video available] here a good video on the #occupywallstreet protests, since most media outlets seem to be ignoring these news. people are gathering outside of the wall street financial institutions and protesting! apparently, adbusters started mobilizing for this protest, and then anonymous jumping on board.
it appears that the ‘arab revolutions’ are inspiring people all over the world to take their frustration to the streets and protest the systems that so obviously fail us. for two years now, it feels like we are living in a constant state of crisis. with governments all around the world failing to address these systemic problems, it’s great to see people claiming their democratic rights and speak out. this is reason for hope that we won’t be ‘shocked' into more neoconservative disaster capitalism.
[EDIT: nice collection of images and videos at al jazeera]