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The A-Z Of Occupation, Occupy Wall Street

Politics / US Politics Jan 11, 2012 - 04:41 AM GMT

By: Danny_Schechter


Every social movement I have been involved with, or covering,  develops invents its own language of liberation, its own alphabet, and its own buzzwords, rhetoric and discourse. Here are some of the key words I heard/retained in covering the Occupy Wall Street movement. I am sure there are many words, phrases, and slogans I overlooked, never heard or forgot. Send your favorites to:

These are words that power a struggle and speak to the internal processes that attracted so many to take part, as well as the issues that drive it and the obstacles that face it. They are some of the phrases, terms, sayings and expressions that the occupiers use in their conversations to define themselves and discuss their mission.

A. Adbusters, Anarchy, Arrest, Activist, Action, Anger, Angry, Atrium, Assembly (Freedom of,) Arab Spring, Autonomy, Anonymous. All Night, All Week, Austerity, Autumn Awakening

B. Bloomberg, Billionaire, Banker, Bank Transfer, Bankster, Barricade, Brookfield, Brooklyn Bridge, Battery, Bowling Green, (The) Bull, Bubble Tea, Building 7, Bishop, Burger King (Bathrooms), Bailout, Broke, BOA, Municipal Bonds, Bail Bonds, Bonus, Block, Beginning (As in “The Beginning Is Near.”) Become (Your Dream)

C. Capitalism, CEO, Convergence, Corporate, Co-op, Cedar St. Congress, Campaign, Cops, Comrades, Comfort, Confrontation, Community, Courts, Church, Chase, Cairo. Citibank, Contract, Clusters, Class, Color, Caucus, Citizens, Charlotte’s Web, Community Board, Courage, Causes  (Not Symptoms), Citizens United. Control

D. D17, demonstration, direct Democracy democracy, democratize, Donate, Drumming, Drones, Derivatives, Depression, Debt, Donuts, Downtown, Down With, Deutsche Bank, DC, Diogenes, Duarte Square, Diversity, Dialogic, Discourse, Debate, Dow Jones, Dreamers, Decolonization, Discipline

E. Encampment, Events, Engage, Equity, Everyone, Eviction, Elite, Economic Elite, Economy, Exercising (Our Rights), Egypt, Enacting (The Impossible)

F. Freedom, Fed, (as in End The) Facebook, Foreclosure, Foley Square, Faith Leaders, Fifty Broadway, Front Line (on Broadway)

G. Greed, GA, Garbage, Goldman Sachs, Ground Zero, Generator, General Strike, Guy Fawkes, Global, Guards (as in Brookfield Realty), Grievances, Grannies

H. Hope, Horizontalism, Hand Gestures, Hacking, Habeus, Hugs, Hypothermia, Health Care, Not Hedge Funds, Homeland Security, Halal,

I. Internet, Info, infiltrator, inequality, injury, insurgency, Indignados

J. Justice, Judge, Jobs, JP Morgan

K. Kitchen, Kettling,

L. Leaderless. Labor. Legal, Love, Library (as in People’s), LiveStream, Lower Zuc, Liberty Square, Liberty Street, Lehman Brothers, Loans, Leverage, Libertarian, LAPD

M. Mic Check, Money, Mickey D (Toilets), Movement, Mobilization, March, Media, Medical Tent, Motorcycle Cops,, Meditate, Mohammed Bouazizi, Men’s Holding Cell, First Precinct, Matrix. Militant, MF Global, Metrocard

N. Now, Nurse, Nonviolent Training, NYPD, NYFD, NDAA, N+1, National Lawyers Guild, Ninety Nine Percent, Native Americans

O. OWS, Occupation, Occupy, OccuPie, Occupy Times Square, Occupy Broadway, Occupy the Holidays, Occupy Thanksgiving, Occupy Christmas, Occupy The Hood, Occupy The Barrio, Occupy The World, Occupy Our Homes, Occupy The Dream, Occupy Buildings, Occupy Workplaces, Occupy 2.0, Outreach, O40 (Organizing for Occupation), Overthrow (The Courts), Oakland, One Percent

P. Pizza, Pizza, Pizza, Public Space, Peace, Peaceful. Protest, Pepper Spray, Police, Police Foundation, Poster, Press, Parks. Personhood (Corporate), Privatization, Point of Process, Predator, Precarity, Plunder, Private Army, Profit. Port, Public Safety, Poverty (as in growing), Profiteering (as in Growing), Pressure, Populism, Plutocracy

Q. Queer, Question,

R. Revolution, Re-occupy, Righteous, Restraining Order, rage,, Raid (as in police Raid), Ratings. Reverend Billy, Reclaim Democracy, Riot Squad  (“Take Off Your Riot Gear, There’s No Riot Here”)

S. Speech (As in Free), Strategy, Security, Symbols, System, Sanctuary, Sustainable, Spies, Surveillance, Struggle, Stock Exchange, Sign, Solidarity, Subways (A,C,N,R,1 2 3 4,5), Sanitation, Sleeping Bag, Starbucks (Toilet), Sothebys, Social Media,  Spokes, Spokescouncil, Sixty Wall, Student Loans, Shutdown, Sell Out, Spring (and the Hope Of Renewal) Supreme Court

T. Truth Telling, Tidal, Thermal, Thematic, Tactics, Trust, Tarp, TARP, Twitter Tumblr, Trinity, Traders, Tents, TV Trucks, TURU Truck, Toilets, Tombs, Tunisia, The Commons, T-Shirt. Turning Point, Think Tank, Troy Davis

U. Unemployment, Unity, Unions, Up Stream, Union Square, Unleadership, UC Davis, UFT

V: Victory, Veterans, Vegan, Vegetarian, Videos (You Tube)

W. Wall Street, workers, Web Site, Workgroup, Welcome Desk, White Shirt, White Collar Crime, Wikileaks, Washington Square, Winter, Weird Red Thing, Walk (To Washington), Whose Street? (Our Street),  “Walmart for Rats” Media (Putdown of Zuccotti Park), Wachovia, We Are Everywhere, We Are The 99%, War (No More)

X. Xhale, Extraordinary

Y. Youth, You Cannot Evict An Idea Whose Time Has Come, Yippie, Yippie Museum

Z. Zuccotti Park, Zephyr the Therapy Dog At Medical Tent

Written as a birthday present for Bea, an Occupier Supremo.

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11 Jan 12, 10:34

Really? A list of words I heard at OWS? This is "news" or "journalism," and somehow informative?

12 Jan 12, 19:47
Free will

People don't choose to be rich or poor, as nobody has free will. People don't choose their genes or where they grow up. Both of those factors determine everything about the condition of a person's brain. People aren't responsible for their actions, since people didn't choose their parents or the childhood environment that shaped their neuroanatomy. Whether someone becomes a criminal or a hero is determined by the condition of their brain's frontal lobe. Sam Harris and David Eagleman are two neuroscientists who convincingly argue against the unscientific notion of free will.

12 Jan 12, 22:56
Free Will is fundemental to human existance.

People do choose to be rich, it is a state of MIND!

If you don't believe in free will then yuor just an automaton.

I KNOW free will exists, its what pushes one beyond ALL barriers.

Free will is a state of mind, if yuo belive you do not have free will then you are crippling yourself for LIFE!

You will blame your parents, blame your environment instead of blaming yourself for being lazy.

For example my father had the toughest, hardest childhood imagimable, luckily his free will enabled him to go farther than anyone could ever have imagined possible.

Todays neuro scientists will be seen in a similar light as the lobotmy advicates of 50 years ago, because the reality is we barely understand 1% of the brain or conciousness.

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