10 Occupy Movement Websites You Have To Check Out

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protests4   10 Occupy Movement Websites You Have To Check OutUnless you’ve been living under a rock, then the odds are pretty good that you’ve heard a little bit about the “Occupy” protests that started in New York City on Wall Street and then spread like wildfire across the country and across the globe.

Frankly, I had nearly given up hope for America, because I was convinced that Americans had finally become too fat, too lazy, and too content with the status quo to take a stand against the rampant corporate greed and corruption.

Now that it has started, it has expanded like mad. Barely a month after the protests were sparked, the Internet has lit up with websites for each of the disparate movements. You’ve probably heard of them – Occupy Boston, Occupy Chicago, and Occupy Oakland are only a few. You’ve also got movements in other parts of the world, like Occupy Vancouver and Occupy London.

These movements make me proud to be a freedom-loving citizen again – taking a stand, hand in hand, with citizens across the world that are tired of greed and corruption destroying lives and communities.

Occupying the Internet

However, I wanted to explore not only those movements taking place in the world, but also the “Occupy” movements taking place on the Internet.

There are actually some very cool “Occupy” websites that have launched since the protests began in October, and I wanted to share a few of them with you. ¬†One example we’ve already covered is OccupyTheURL, where you can occupy any website (try it!). The first one is the easiest to share, because it is so simple, but it is powerful because of that simplicity. It’s a website called Occupy George.

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Occupy George is filled with informative infographics using American currency. The graphics show the massive disparity between the rich and the poor in the U.S., and how the share of income has changed over time. Some of the facts shared in these graphics are pretty surprising.

Another site that’s actually pretty hilarious is Occupy Occupy Wall Street. When I first saw the site, I seriously thought it was started by rich dudes fighting back against Occupy Wall Street. After watching a couple of the videos, I found myself laughing so hard I was in stitches.

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My favorite part in one of the videos was where one of the guys yelled to the Wall Street protesters, “If you guys keep this up, I’m going to have to give up my cocaine habit!” ¬†Satire makes for a brilliant protest tool.

Another one of my favorite sites that’s Occupying the Internet is Occupy the Board Room.

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The folks that run this website accept letter submissions, and then periodically send the executives all of those letters directly. Better yet, the letters also get published right on the website for the world to see.

The next few sites shed light on just how pervasive the Occupy movement is, based on who is actually joining it. The first of those that I was both surprised and pleased to see was Occupy Police.

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The logo of the site reads, “We are the 99%, Protecting 100%”. It’s very cool to see some of the comments at this site, particularly the letters to and from police officers. ¬†Once you lose your police force, what have you got left to control the population?

Then of course, there are the Marines, with Occupy Marines (OMC).

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The tagline reads, “We will support demonstrators with organization, direction, supply and logistics, and leadership.” Historically, the Marines are always the first to fight. I guess that’s true.
Another group joining forces with the rest of the world in its stand against Corporate corruption are college students, over at Occupy Colleges.

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The goal of these organizers is to stage “teach-ins” at colleges around the country, where professors and students all take part in a dialogue about what Occupy Wall Street stands for, and how a dialogue can help to create change.

There are also a few websites that seek to centralize information about Occupy Wall Street and all of the supporting movements across the world. One of those is called Occupy Love.

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The name must have been created by the same folks that came up with “Make Love Not War” slogan in the 60’s, but you know, that’s alright. The blog covers stories and events from the heart of Occupy Wall Street, covering speakers that talk there, such as the presentation by black feminist activist Angela Davis on October 31st.

Occupy Boston Globe seeks to become the “Boston Globe” of the Occupy movement, providing news and stories from all protests and actions.

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Or, you could go with Occupy Everything, another site that’s trying to collate all events and news from the entire Occupy Movement.

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And then, there’s Occupy Together, which is a site intended to be more of an organizational tool, or a central spot where people looking to join the movement can go to find events and meet with like-minded individuals near where they live.

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No matter what opinion you have of the Occupy movement, one thing that is for certain is the fact that it has grown beyond the realm of simply being a small-scale blip on the radar. It is a global collaboration among a very large portion of the population that has grown tired of the status quo.

It will be interesting to see how things progress as 2012 rolls around, but one thing that’s for certain is that if you want to follow along with the action, make sure to visit the websites listed above.

What’s your take on these sites? Whats your opinion of how the Occupy movement is shaping up on the web? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

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Jeff Fabish

Nice compilation, thanks.

Occupy The Internet

I’m all in favor of the Occupy movement. This is “Generation 2.0’s” Woodstock, Chicago Seven, Sacco & Vanzetti, and Bolshevik Revolution all rolled into one. Power To The People!

The one irony I find is that it is largely communicated by social media websites, most of which are, in fact, multinational corporations. The late Steve Jobs’ counterculture ethic notwithstanding, it just strikes me as somehow a “failure to communicate” total opposition to corporate monopolies when people are accessing Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus on their $400 iPhones. YouTube is a Google product, and so many of these videos are being posted on YouTube. YT videos often use proprietary codecs like DivX and Windows Media, and are presented on the site with Adobe Flash.

Not to mention the protesters might also be using Micro$oft system software on Hewlett Packard, Dell, or Acer laptops. Calling each other with Skype. Putting up blogs on Google Blogger or Tumbler (in fact, I believe the “We Are The 99 Percent” motto apparently originated from a Tumbler page of the same name).

Don’t get me wrong, I think their efforts are indeed valiant, and I can only hope the movement increases its “strength in numbers.” The problem is, corporate fingers are, thanks to the Internet (a project that started, ironically, within the Department of Defense during the “establishment” funded Vietnam War), more embedded within our daily lives than perhaps ever before. What I’d like to see is an Occupy Silicon Valley, Occupy Redmond, and Occupy Cupertino.

A national day of protest like the one recently for national banks, in which people cancel their social-networking accounts in droves and uninstall Windows from their computers. Kiosks and volunteer call centers with computer-savvy DOMESTIC Linux aficionados who give the average user assistance with open-source migration, real face-to-face interaction that doesn’t involve a long-distance call to tech support in Turbanistan. People setting up their own mass social network site via distributed computing rather than centralized servers a la Facebook, Google, and Twitter. And human built RAID servers running this major grid rather than factory-formed monoliths with proprietary HP/Dell insignia. And those grids run by 100% green power (i.e. solar) rather than 100% “green” ($$$) power. The old slogan says, 99% of the world runs on Linux. Which makes Gates, Zuckerberg and even Jobs, God rest him, still part of the demonized One Percent.

Occupy The Internet, and you Occupy The World. :-D

Nyevicz

The Bolshevik Revolution resulted in the execution/slaughter of tens of millions of Soviet Citizens. Quite the role model.

Jeff

Mass bloodshed is sometimes the only option if you want to bring about actual change. It’s a sad fact, people can not reason. That’s why I cringe when I see these cops beating the hell out of peaceful protesters, saying that linking arms with other protesters is a form of violence. It doesn’t matter which side you’re on here, that obviously is bullshit.¬†

Ryan Dube

Jeff – the scary thing is that the authorities keep taking those risks, thinking that the worst scenario, a violent revolution, will no occur. But, like you, I believe that if the American people are provoked often enough by having their rights to Assemble abused often enough, the spark of revolution is still there.

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Have you seen the video with the riot cop pepper-spraying peaceful sit-in participants in CA who weren’t even doing anything, not even moving? This is why in the 1960s the anti-establishment crowd referred to the cops as “pigs.” (Although I’m an animal rights supporter and I think pigs deserve more credit.) ;-)

They haven’t left; in fact, IMHO the movement is getting stronger, and NY could lose billions of $ for its holiday travel season. Someone chopping down the Rockefeller Xmas tree on live TV, in protest of “the opiate of the masses” (religion, but also television), and the capitalist Rockefeller empire, that’d send a message all right. Someone going after the big screen in Times Square, a la the 1984 Mac ad? That would too!

But I think there’s an important point in how social media websites and modern technology — the same Internet that things like SOPA, DMCA, Protect IP and the websites themselves are incorporating to spy on the collective masses. Google is a modern-day implementation of the “Panopticon” (Duck Duck Go it if you’re not sure). And yes, these protesters are Tweeting and Facebooking on HP laptops with M$ Windows, on Google phones using Google Blogger and Google OS, with even the electricity and lightbulbs powered by corporate GE (which owns NBC, and which itself practically “owns” Rockefeller Center) and “Con” Edison.

@Nyevicz Soviet communism failed, brutally and tragically, because it
became totalitarianism rather than egalitarianism. Stalin, Khruschev,
the KGB thugs, they were oppressors who used a message of nonpartisan,
money-blind equality to persecute people they just didn’t like or who
they believed didn’t “fit” into their worldview. It’s just like the One
Percent — now the protesters are starting to occupy the outside of
Bloomberg’s penthouse. He must be pissed big time.

I hope I don’t get “disappeared” for saying this: it’s sad but brutally true that when things get to the level they are, corruption so embedded and money-grubbing everything such an everyday part of everyone’s lives that sometimes the only way to get things done is by literally lighting a stick of Acme dynamite under Wile E. Coyote’s tuchus.

H Pearce

Contrary to the person above , I only support voluntary association … even those between greedy people others … much as I may not like greedy people. ¬†But I am pretty sure they have right too.

As for power to the people, I assume you support a democracy where the majority is always right. Lot of not so good things have been done my majorities in the past which is why we have a bill rights that supposedly cannot be overturned my majorites .. if the courts are doing their job.

PaulKemp

Occupy Website Thumbs and Links. http://www.machiventa.org/phpBB3/viewforum.php?f=37

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gordon knapp

Respectfully, does the Occupy movement have a platform of any kind?  For starters, I would suggest for them to promote the idea of having everyone participate in the Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security programs, no exceptions.  All government employees, including the military, should not have a different set of benefits.  Doing this would get these programs fixed PRONTO!  Somehow, some way, they would come to agreement!

Ryan Dube

Gordon – I do think they have a platform….forcing policies to properly police corporate corruption and the use of corporate lobbyists to overcome public interest in preference for corporate interest. Seems pretty clear? ¬†I like your idea to an extent, but it crosses over the line into socialism a little bit too deeply, don’t you think? Unless of course you see socialism as an appropriate solution…

gordon knapp

Ryan,  Thank you for your response but I disagree.  We already have this minor type of socialism.  Look at the military.  Look at the government employees.  Over 50% of our work force belongs to one of these, with far better coverage than those that are paying their wages.