#F29: Occupy Goes After ALEC & Corporate America; Matt Taibbi Rips Into Bank of America

Written by Scott Parkin

Topics: Direct Action, Finance

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via Rolling Stone

Today, #F29, a global day of action against a shadowy corporate front group called the American Legislative Exchange Commission (ALEC), has turned into a revitalization of the Occupy movement.

ALEC creates model legislation written to increase the profits of large corporations, and hands it off in secret to lawmakers who then introduce it as their own. ALEC has been responsible for some of the worst legislation on a variety of issues introduced into state houses in the past few years. This includes Scott Walker’s union-busting bill in Wisconsin, the anti-immigrant SB 1070 in Arizona, and other anti-labor and climate denial legislation.

ALEC has a rolodex of the worst corporations, like Exxon, Walmart, Pfizer, and BP, as its corporate members. That list also includes Bank of America, the largest forecloser of homes in the U.S. and the largest funder of coal in the U.S.

The Occupy movement is striking hard and fast and we are seeing environmental, social justice, and anti-capitalist activists across the country and world taking action against ALEC and its corporate members.

via Rolling Stone

Today’s action includes:

  • A massive six-hour blockade and shutdown at the Walmart distro center near Los Angeles led to a police attack and standoff.
  • A huge march going on in Portland right now will be visiting ALEC members throughout the downtown area.
  • Rallies, protests and actions across the country from Bozeman, MT to Charlotte, NC to Orlando, FL with about 80 other cities in the mix.
  • Marches and blockades throughout New York City to Pfizer and Bank of America offices. And a teach-in featuring Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi.

via Rolling Stone

Occupy Wall Street’s public teach-in with Rolling Stone‘s Matt Taibbi (coiner of the “vampire squid” meme) was about Bank of America. While Occupy Wall Street groups shut down Bank of America branches around Mid-Town Manhattan, Taibbi called Bank of America “the biggest welfare recipient in America” and suggested that customers “should absolutely take your money out of Bank of America.

Despite flashy public relations jujitsu, Bank of America is one of the most troubled financial institutions in the world right now. It has lost major profits, closed branches, laid off tens of thousands of employees, and had thousands of customers close their accounts in the just the past few months. Thought leaders are beginning to question the consolidation BoA has been doing the past few decades, and are calling to break up Bank of America into smaller pieces.

The bank’s vulnerability is an opportunity for environmental, social justice and anti-capitalist campaigns. As Taibbi said: “Bank of America is a great target for #ows – its barely hanging on, but enough public pressure could put it under.

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    Think About the way you act and how you gain your livelihood.
    I wrote this little poem, for all of you to share,
    So please rap it out loud, with music- if you dare.
    Shove it up your ass, if you still don’t care!
    From now on, we’ll be tellin’ you what’s fair!!

    Acts say you can’t own a gun!
    Acts say you can never run!
    Acts force you to have no fun!
    Acts say your whole life is done!
    Acts say you can’t stop to rest!
    Acts say they can burn your nest!
    Acts say you can’t try your best;

    …..So don’t act!…..

    Don’t act like it’s not one big lie!
    don’t act like you have never saw!
    Don’t act like you can now deny!
    these A.C.T.S. break every fuckin’ law!
    …Act #1…
    “If you do not act un-naturally, we will detain you indefinitely” !!!
    So….
    Don’t act and do like you are told!
    Don’t act like there’s no one to blame!
    Don’t act like you cannot be bold!
    These acts try to take away your name!
    Don’t act like you don’t have a care!
    Don’t act like you should have no shame!
    Don’t act like you would never dare!
    These acts play a very deadly game!
    …Act #2…
    “If you don’t buy our sick delusions’ we’ll cast a spell on you of grand Illusions” !!!
    So…
    Don’t act like it’s not one big lie!
    Don’t act like you have never saw!
    Don’t act like you can now deny!
    These A.C.T.S. break every fuckin’ law!
    …Act #3…
    “If you speak with clarity, we will cast you out of society” !!!
    So …
    Don’t act like there is nothing wrong!
    Don’t act like you are not a part!
    Don’t act like you cannot be strong!
    These acts can’t take away your heart!
    Don’t act like you can’t do anything!
    Don’t act like you are not in pain!
    Don’t act like this ain’t happening!
    These acts try to flush you down the drain!
    …Act #4…
    “If you don’t like our waste emissions, We’ll pay ourselves more huge commissions”!
    So…
    Don’t act like it’s not one big lie!
    Don’t act like you have never saw!
    Don’t act like you can now deny!
    These A.C.T.S. break every fuckin’ law!
    …Act #5…
    “If you act benevolently, we will without a doubt show our perversity” !!!
    So…
    Don’t act like you are now all blind!
    Don’t act like you are now their slave!
    Don’t act like you have lost your mind!
    These acts will put you in the grave!
    Don’t act like you will never find!
    Don’t act like you don’t know a thing!
    Don’t act like you can be un-kind!
    These acts destruction to all us bring!
    …Act # 6…
    “If you don’t act oblivious we’ll build our walls to be impervious”!
    So…
    Don’t act like it’s not one big lie!
    Don’t act like you have never saw!
    Don’t act like you can now deny!
    These A.C.T.S. break every fuckin’ law!
    …Act #7…
    “If you do not act appropriately, we’ll turn your lights off permanently” !!!
    So…
    Don’t act like you won’t even try!
    Don’t act like it is all okay!
    Don’t act like your life they can buy!
    These acts will send you all away!
    Don’t act like they just check your facts!
    Don’t act like it’s not part your fault!
    These acts are merely evil acts!
    These acts will put you in a vault!
    ..Act #8…
    “If you don’t like our evil intentions, We’ll take your land with home invasions” !!!
    So…
    Don’t act like it’s not one big lie!
    Don’t act like you have never saw!
    Don’t act like you can now deny!
    These A.C.T.S. break every fuckin’ law!
    …Act # 9…
    “If you act in any way defiantly, we’ll destroy your entire family” !!!
    So…
    Don’t act without integrity!
    Don’t act like there’s nothing you can do!
    Don’t act without morality!
    These acts are killing me and you!
    Don’t act like there’s no irony!
    Don’t act like you can’t use your head!
    Our government acts out tyranny!
    These acts have counted you as dead!
    …Act #10…
    “If you don’t ask for our permission, We’ll drug you into blind submission”!!!

    So…
    Don’t act like it’s not one big lie!
    Don’t act like you have never saw!
    Don’t act like you can now deny!
    These A.C.T.S. break every fuckin’ law!
    So now…
    F.act #1
    We know that you refuse to show!
    We know you have no merit!
    We know that you’re all sniffin’ blow!
    We won’t extend your credit!
    F.act #2
    We know that you refuse to know!
    We know you’ve no aversion!
    We know that you refuse to grow!
    We know your sick perversion!
    F.act #3
    We know that with our dignity,
    your acts can’t bind our fate!
    We know that with our honor,
    love will always defeat hate!
    F.act #4
    We know that we don’t have to fear,
    we know our faith is great!
    We know that life is precious;
    and we know it’s not too late!
    F.act #5
    So..We’ll fight for our prosperity;
    We’ll fight for a brand new start!
    We’ll fight you with integrity;
    we’ll fight you to do our part!
    We’ll fight you with morality;
    we’ll fight with a loving heart!
    F.act #6
    Our spirit is our destiny!
    We’ll fight you and never tire!
    We’ll fight you till our dying breath!
    because you are a liar!
    We’ll overcome your tyranny!
    We’ll fight like blazing fire!
    F.act #7
    We’ll fight you with everything!
    Because we checked our facts!
    We’ll fight you –you are all insane!
    Back to you- your evil ACTs!
    F.act #8
    We’ll fight you- is our battle cry!
    We’re not callin’ this one a draw!
    We’ll fight you cuz your tryin to make us die!

    We’ll fight you with universal law!
    F.act #9
    We’ll fight with facts that you can’t escape!
    We’ll fight you with all our insurgence!
    All that you’ve done is cruel and to rape!
    How’s that for our pledge of allegiance!
    F.act #10
    We’ll fight this war until the end,
    We’ll fight you for our dependants.
    We’ll pray to God – Our souls please send,
    We’ll fight you-for our independence!

    Last but not least,
    F.-ight A.-ll C.-razy T.-errorists.
    Number
    eleven
    we know that we’ll win’
    we have the power of heaven!
    Written By: Pamela Cordeiro (White Tiger Star 5)
    February 20, 2012 -this is the day out of time-

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