OM Mic Checks Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, 28 Nov, 2011 [extract]; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkFIQNdyL9s
We are Occupy Melbourne.
We are a part of a global movement.
Our movement is non-violent.
Our movement seeks to reclaim our voice in democracy.
We occupy because people’s needs are not being met.
We occupy because we are opposed injustice.
Because injustice makes us sick to our stomachs.
We occupy because there are simple and systemic reasons for this.
We occupy because it is unacceptable, and there IS an alternative.
We occupy because the colonization of indigenous peoples
is a horror we have never accounted for.
We occupy because we are fighting wars
Where 90% of casualties are civilians.
We occupy because a system
in which homeless people freeze outside
while others live in luxury
does not deserve to exist.
We occupy because a system
that allows for people to go hungry
while others make billions is unacceptable.
We occupy because 'our' economic, corporate and political systems
are corrupted and co-opted.
They are creating an unjust and inhumane global society.
We occupy because we are sure
That it does not have to be this way.
We occupy because another world is possible.
We occupy for the people and the survival of our planet.
We occupy because we have already allowed too much destruction.
We occupy because we have already allowed too much suffering
for the sake of power and greed.
We occupy because we have had enough of our own apathy.
We occupy because we have had enough of your petty complicity.
We will continue to occupy because you cannot evict an idea.
We will continue to occupy because there is no deadline on our civil rights.
We will continue to occupy despite council harassment.
We will continue to occupy despite police brutality and intimidation.
We will continue to occupy for the fundamental tenets of democracy.
We will not move.
We will continue to occupy.
Please approach us
With love and respect.
From "The Great Dictator", 1941
I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor.
That’s not my business.
I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone.
I should like to help everyone if possible;
Jew, Gentile, black man, white.
We all want to help one another.
Human beings are like that.
We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery.
We don’t want to hate and despise one another.
In this world there is room for everyone
and the good earth is rich
and can provide for everyone.
The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate;
Has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.
We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in.
Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want.
Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind.
We think too much and feel too little.
More than machinery, we need humanity.
More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.
Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.
The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together.
The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men
Cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all.
Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world
Millions of despairing men, women, and little children
Victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.
To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair.
The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed
The bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress.
The hate of men will pass, and dictators die
And the power they took from the people will return to the people.
And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.
Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes
Men who despise you, enslave you, who regiment your lives
Tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel!
Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder.
Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men with machine minds and machine hearts!
You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men!
You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate!
Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural.
Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!
In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke
It is written that the kingdom of God is within man, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men!
In you! You, the people, have the power
The power to create machines, the power to create happiness!
You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful
To make this life a wonderful adventure.
Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power.
Let us all unite.
Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to wor
That will give youth a future and old age a security.
By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power.
But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will!
Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people.
Now let us fight to fulfill that promise.
Let us fight to free the world!
To do away with national barriers!
To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance!
Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.
Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!
We are here today
To say that drones have no place
In our civilised society.
Our technological innovation
Has outstripped our moral capability.
We kill without compunction
And from a distance.
Drone operators have greater rates of post traumatic stress disorder
Than regular soldiers
Drone bombings are the cause
Of mass civilian casualties
And much anger and bitterness around the world.
In particular Afghanistan
And the tribal areas of Pakistan
See regular drone bombings.
Some of us know innocent, ordinary Afghans
Who are terrified by your silent weapons from the sky.
Will give you stacks of information
On the latest in drone technology
But it will not give you information
On how to be more compassionate or more human.
As Martin Luther King said
We must rapidly begin the shift
from a thing-oriented society
to a person-oriented society.
When machines and computers,
profit motives and property rights,
are considered more important than people,
the giant triplets of racism,
are incapable of being conquered.
In the words of the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers
Why not love?
Why not put your considerable expertise
Towards technology which benefits humanity?
This is the voice of the people.
We are your conscience.
Joel Kershaw, January 2011
Australia's Foreign trade policy
Makes us all complicit in human rights abuses experienced worldwide.
One example is the plight of refugees
Another is that of sweat shop workers.
Last week Nick Carson asked: "What is real democracy"?
Ben from the Refugee Action Group
Spoke about the plight of refugees
Specifically, Ali Abas
Who was held in detention and considered a security risk
By our government.
When Nick spoke, he mentioned
That if you lift the blanket and take a closer look
You'll see that our country isn't quite what it claims to be.
And that the path to addressing this
Was to start having discussions
About what Democracy really means.In ancient Greece
The word 'Democracy' meant power to the people
Or the people's power.Until we reclaim our democracy as citizens
The current state of affairs
Is one in which the government's nefarious relationship with the 1%
Finds the interests of the 99%
Not being considered by elected officials.Ben from Refugee Action
Spoke about Ali Abas
Who had made it to Australia at the age of 16
After fleeing from Kuwait.
He is now 18 and locked in a cage, like an animal
Here in Australia
And considered a security risk.Ali Abas is a victim at the bottom of the ladder.
He is not a security risk.
And its regressive policies are the real security risk.Does anyone remember the AWB?
The Australian Wheat Board?
Being caught paying kickbacks to Middle Eastern dictators
So that those countries would buy the wheat our farmers grew?
These kickbacks totalled millions of Australian dollars
Paid to repressive regimes
Essentially funding these dictators to rule as fascists over their citizens.
Citizens like Ali Abas
Who wanted something better
And who fled in fear of his life
Out of a desire for basic human rights.
Basic rights some either take for granted here
Or through ignorance treat with contempt.
He travelled on a boat trip,
One which many refugees take
At risk of drowning.
Many do drown as a result of undertaking this journey.We are sure no one will forget the traumatic images
Of a refugee boat smashing ashore at Christmas Island.
And then when these people arrive here
They are locked in cages
A fellow human further traumatised and dehumanised
By being locked in a cage and treated like an animal.
And he is considered the security risk?
He isn't the security risk.
And their foreign trade policies
Are the security risk.
We are complicit in the conditions from which Ali Abas fled.
And we treat him in a way that no human deserves to be treated.
He manages to emancipate himself from such conditions
Only to end up again imprisoned and enslaved.
It is inhumane
And those responsible for this need to be held accountable.
"Advance Australia Fair".
This isn't just an idea.
It's a standard that must be fought for.
Darcy Fisk, date unknown
I'm a young Indigenous Australian.
The only thing stolen from me that i miss
Is the color of my skin
But still I have no hate
My father was stolen from his mother
And fostered into a family.
The abuse he suffered while young
Made him a very hard man
But still i have no hate
I have been left on the street and forgotten
Spat on for being proud
Of something I knew only in my heart
Through all this i learned that
Everyone is my family
My Uncles, Aunties, Brothers, Sisters
We are one big messed up family
But all is not lost
We are all waiting for the right day
To stand up against the injustices we see
Racism, sexism and discrimination effect us all
They run rampant through the streets,
Our schools, and even our homes
But still we hide
Voting for a lost chance
Trying to survive the perpetual madness
Thrust upon us by the people
We have in power to save us.
Now is the time
There's never been a better one
Or even now is just as good
You can save future generations
From having to suffer intolerance, greed and hate
Remember we are one big messed up family
I'm your brother, your nephew, your son
Save me, save us, save yourself
Douglas Rushkoff @ OWS, November 2011; http://vimeo.com/31918806
My name is Douglas Rushkoff I am humbled and honored to be amplified by your voices.
You are not fighting against people, but against a machine.
It was put in place over 500 years ago.
By a wealthy elite – trying to repress a booming peer to peer economy.
Those people are all dead, but their program lives on.
They invented an operating system called central currency.
People who used to trade directly,
were now forced to borrow money from the king’s bank.
The elite also invented software for that operating system.
It was called the chartered monopoly. Today we call it the corporation.
It is a program designed to extract value.
It has legal monopoly over its industries.
We are legally prohibited from creating and exchanging value
unless we do it through the corporation.
We cannot work unless we have a “job.”
We outsource our work, we outsource our savings, we outsource our borrowing, we outsource our investing – all instead of sourcing one another.
This 13th Century, printing-press era operating system
is incompatible with a 21st Century economy.
It is broken and dying. But it is still occupying our reality.
Too many are mistaking this operating system – for the way things are.
They see the Occupy Movement as the impediment.
We are not asking for wealth to be redistributed.
We are asking for the redistribution to STOP.
The Long Extraction is Over.
The peer to peer society is back.
We are ready to create and exchange value as people.
They say that the Occupy Movement has no leadership.
They are wrong.
You are the leaders
The rest of us are your followers.
What you do here – shows what we can do out there.
You are the classroom – we are the students
You are the experiment – we are the results.
You are the proposition – we are the resolution.
If you can sleep under tarps
the rest of us can tell your story to our children at bedtime
If you can resist the cops.
The rest of us can resist the market and the mall
If you can live on shared food
The rest of us can buy and grow local crops
If you can live with no money
The rest of us can start using alternative currencies
If you can stand firm in the streets
The rest of us can stand firm in our foreclosed homes
and stand with our neighbors in theirs.
If you can occupy Zucotti Park
The rest of us can occupy reality.
And by that same logic:
As the nights get colder,
as the Mayor grows less tolerant,
or as the police get more violent,
Remember that you have already won.
Whatever happens in this square,
the day you leave is not the day you have lost
it is not the day you have surrendered.
It is the day you have spread out.
It is the day you have declared a bigger battlefield.
It is the day you teachers and we students become the same.
It is the day we Occupy the World.
You can't fight city hall, death, and taxes.
Don't talk about politics or religion. This is all the equivalent of enemy propaganda rolling across the picket line.
"Lay down, GI; lay down, GI."
We saw it all through the 20th century.
And now in the 21st century
It's time to stand up and realise
That we should not allow ourselves To be crammed into this rat maze.
We should not submit to dehumanisation.
I don't know about you
But I'm concerned with what's happening in this world.
I'm concerned with the structure.
I'm concerned with the systems of control;
Those that control my life, And those that seek to control it even more!
I want freedom!
That's what I want! And that's what you should want!
It's up to each and every one of us
To turn loose and show them
The greed, the hatred, the envy
And yes - the insecurities,
Because that is the central mode of control:
Make us feel pathetic; feel small
So we'll willingly give up our sovereignty,
Our liberty, Our destiny.
We have got to realise
That we're being conditioned on a mass scale.
Start challenging this corporate slave state!
The 21st century is going to be a new century.
Not the century of slavery.
Not the century of lies,
And issues of no significance,
And classism, and statism And all the rest of the modes of control!
It's going to be the age of humankind standing up For something pure and something right!
Liberal Democrat; Conservative Republican -
What a bunch of garbage.
It's all there to control you.
Two sides of the same coin.
Two management teams bidding for control! The CEO job of Slavery, Incorporated!
The truth is out there in front of you,
But they lay out this buffet of lies.
I'm sick of it, And I'm not going to take a bite out of it!
Do you got me?
Resistance is not futile.
We're gonna win this thing.
Humankind is too good!
We're not a bunch of underachievers!
We're gonna stand up
And we're gonna be human beings!
We're gonna get fired up about the real things
The things that matter.
And the dynamic human spirit That refuses to submit!
Well, that's it! That's all I got to say!
It's in your court.
Scott Day, March 2012
Was the year of the protest
With the Arab Spring
Leaders overthrown in Tunisia
The indignados from Spain
Who continue to demonstrate
And call for a radical change to politics
The revolution of Iceland
Overthrew their Government
And the people
Rewrote their constitution
And left it to the people
Not the Government
To renegotiate their foreign debt
Then came the Occupy Movement
From Occupy Wall Street
On the financial institutions of Wall Street
Their accountability in the GFC
And their influence in the US Government
It has grown from a protest
To a worldwide movement
And is for many nations
The biggest movement since the 1970’s
Its goal is the best possible world
To do away with traditional heirarchies
To empower the human race
To lead itself
To choose its own destiny
To put an end to war
To put an end to famine
To put an end to corruption
To put an end to greed
To put an end to an economic system
Where money is created
As interest-bearing debt
And a reliance on infinite growth exists
To build a new political system
A truly democratic one
Not a dated system
That suited the world
100 years ago
The time for change is now
Instead of being split into false temas
That encourage us to compete
We must unite
We must unite
Discover new technologies
Adopt new practices
To respect each other
Adopt new methods
To work together
To start living sustainably
To propel humanity
Out of the dark ages
Another world is possible
But what kind of world do you want?
There is no such thing
As being outside of this global uprising
You are human
We are all human
This affects you
This affects everyone
And the time has come
In the year 2012
For us all to create a better world