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F29- Shut Down the Corporations

On February 29th, we will reclaim our future from the 1%. We will shut down the corporations and recreate our democracy.

Join us! Leap into action! Reclaim our future! Shut down the corporations!
Occupy Portland calls this national day of action to reclaim our ability to make the decisions that affect our lives. We live in a society which does not allow us control of our future. We are faced with foreclosure, unemployment, lack of health care, climate change, hunger, environmental destruction, and so many other issues. Our collective voices which seek to solve these problems are being actively silenced and suppressed.

There has been a theft of our democratic ability to shape and form the society in which we live. The corporations, which run our government, place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and domination over equality. This situation stems from our society's obsession with profit, consumption and greed, which corporations only take to its logical and frightening conclusion. In this obsessive pursuit of profit above all else, our voices have been drowned out. In this justice, liberty and a livable future are casualties.

We call on people across the country to join this action and shut down the corporations! We specifically call on people to target corporations that are members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The biggest corporations in America, like ExxonMobil, Bank of America, BP, Monsanto, Pfizer, and Wal-Mart use ALEC to buy off legislators and craft legislation that serves only the interests of corporations and not people. They then duplicate and spread this corporate legislation in Washington, D.C. and in state legislatures across the country. The anti-labor legislation in Wisconsin and the racist bill SB 1070 in Arizona are two recent and destructive examples of what corporations use ALEC to do.

As a first step in reclaiming our voices and challenging our society's obsession with profit and greed we will shut down the corporations that are part of ALEC. We call for creative direct action. Use your imagination to shut down corporate headquarters and stop business as usual.

We demand that ALEC, as an undemocratic organization, disband immediately. We demand corporations remove themselves from those decisions that affect our lives. We demand the direct democracy necessary to be able to decide the shape of our society so that we can work together to address those challenges confronting us. The future of our species and the planet requires this. We will decide our own fate. Together we are unstoppable. Community power not corporate power! Occupy ALEC!

Join us on February 29th, 2012. Leap into action! Reclaim our future! Shut down the corporations!

*This action received unanimous consensus from the Portland General Assembly on Sunday January 1st, 2012.

For more information:  http://www.shutdownthecorporations.org

Want to get involved in the action spokescouncil that brought together the N17 protests? We have changed our name to the Portland Action Lab and are continuing by planning this action, which is similar to our previous action N17 - Occupy the Banks. If you want to get involved contact us at  join@portlandactionlab.org!

homepage: homepage: http://www.portlandactionlab.org/

Meh. 03.Jan.2012 18:21


How about demanding the abolition of Capitalism and the State? Seems like the only reasonable demand to me.

Capitalism Has Sold Us Out! 04.Jan.2012 03:53


I keep repeating this because my ability to type is severely limited, so here it is again:

I am not for "communism." The present economic disaster has come about because everybody ignored the obvious fact that a nation that allows 1% to own almost everything, while 99% own almost nothing, cannot be free. The 1% exists because they have have accumulated so much power that they do not get taxed at all. Meanwhile, people with normal jobs, even minimum wage jobs (few are informed of this) are required to give up at least 25% of their income to taxes!

We are back in the Gilded Age of 1931; the 1% rich own it all; the 99% non-rich own virtually nothing. But there is a difference now. All of our productional industry has been sent off-shore, and our workers are without skills and sound education. Beware!

"George Washington famously said, 'Government is Force.'" Well he was as slave owner, wasn't he? But there is more to it than that. Force is not government. Owning slaves is real force! Property implies force, in fact. Too much property implies too much force! What right do the super-rich have to use GOVERNMENT FORCE to "protect" their extravagant wealth? Wealth is force without democracy. Money + information (about other people) = power.

We in the United States of America now have the purest form of what most people would call capitalism. We also have more people in jail than any nation has had in history. The average person has very few rights, you will notice. Only the rich oligarchs have real freedom, of course, as wealth is 99% similar to raw power in wealth-dominated societies. The average class cannot live in socialism, since they are basically too poor, and also, they have no rights. What right do they have to impose tyrannical wealth royalism over the rest of us? Why can't we be free of the absolute power of the super-rich economic royalty?

End The Rich!

The super-rich contribute NOTHING to our so-called "economy"! They have sold out 90% of our productional assets down the river to China, India, Japan, etc. All for pure Profit! They care about us about as much a they care about the Iraqi children they burned to death with white phosphorus!

No one should be allowed to own more that 20 times what they need to make a living and live comfortably. People should be required to register their substantial holdings, and if they exceed the 20 times limit, a random jury should force them to sell off the excess, and reduce their holdings to 15 times what they need. The proceeds should go to the commonwealth. Anything they fail to register should be confiscated, and those who willfully avoid registering assets should be punished. That is the only way to control economic royalism and protect freedom and human rights. Otherwise the 99% will inexorably be reduced to slavery.

Most of our industry has been sold for profit and shipped down the river to other nations, and there is perhaps only one way to rebuild it. All large industry should be owned and completely controlled by democratic communities and towns. Each community would own an industry, which could only be sold to another community. Some communities would have to be larger than others. For example, an ironmaking operation would require a large community, or consortium of communities. There could be government sponsored research and development communities too. Employees would have to live in the communities, and thus there would be a powerful incentive to minimize pollution. Small businesses would be operated by ordinary companies.

There will be no more rich political parties. No more rich to be protected by vicious policing. Freedom at last!