After posting the upcoming October occupation of Washington Square in D.C. I now see that the hacker collective Anon called for Operation Empire State Rebellion in Liberty Square in New York, to begin June 14th. Their plan is to “occupy the park indefinitely, to express non-violent dissent to the further consolidation of wealth into the hands of international corporations by the corrupted two-party oligarchy. This is a non-violent action that seeks to express dissent and raise awareness of the failures of our current political discourse, until our demands are satisfied.” Anon has been calling for Bernanke to step down from the Fed since March.
I have no idea of the kind of coverage they got. They did get RT to cover it beforehand. And as the announcer there concludes, seemingly tongue-in-cheek: “We’ll see if anon bring out the masses — and make a difference.”
Here’s an article on it before it happened.
Activists to Occupy Financial District’s Liberty Park Until Demands Are Met – Operation Empire State Rebellion Begins
On June 14th at 1pm EST, a group of activists will begin occupation of Liberty Park (recently renamed Zuccotti Park) in lower Manhattan’s Financial District, a few blocks from Wall Street (14971 Broadway, 10007).
* End the campaign finance and lobbying racket
* Break up the Fed & Too Big to Fail banks
* Enforce RICO laws against organized criminal class
* Order Ben Bernanke to step down”
Acts of Resistance: What Are You Going To Do On June 14th to Rebel Against Economic Tyranny?
The big banks have sold us out.
Democrats and Republicans have sold us out.
No one is defending our interests.
Our future is going up in flames.
It’s time for us to stand up and defend ourselves.
Trillions of dollars in fraudulent activity by the big banks on Wall Street caused our current economic crisis. Paid off politicians from both parties, along with secret deals made by the Federal Reserve, gave trillions of taxpayer dollars and subsidies to the very people who caused our crisis. After taking our tax dollars, they had the audacity to give themselves all-time recording-breaking bonuses and consolidate wealth in unprecedented fashion within the economic top 0.01% of the population.
While a record number of Americans are currently living in poverty and on food stamps; while millions of American families have been foreclosed upon; while health care, food and gas costs are skyrocketing; while over 200 million Americans are living paycheck to paycheck struggling to make ends meet, the super-wealthy have never had it better. We now have the most severe inequality of wealth in American history. The depravity of the Robber Barons has been outdone.
As their current policies prove, economic central planners have become so arrogant and tyrannical in their shortsighted greed. They think we are an ignorant and apathetic population that they can continue to exploit without fear of rebellion.
We are finally declaring that we have had enough. We will not remain passive while global banking interests destroy our future. We know the systemic causes of our current crisis and we are going to strike at the root.
On this Flag Day, June 14th, Operation Empire State Rebellion (#OpESR) will launch. #OpESR is a decentralized non-violent resistance movement to end the system of political bribery (campaign finance and lobbying) and break up the big banks centered at the Federal Reserve.
To coincide with the launch of this movement, people have begun organizing acts of resistance throughout the US. We are calling upon you to take an action of your own. Whether it’s taking part in a local public protest, withdrawing your money from one of the big six banks, starting a community group or passing out fliers. Anything you can do to rebel against the system of economic tyranny in a non-violent manner is welcome.
Operation Empire State Rebellion Engaged: Ctrl+Alt+Bernanke
As one of the forces behind this movement, Anonymous has just released a new video announcing the launch of Operation Empire State Rebellion, which calls for the resignation of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. They have also called for public protests beginning on June 14th, continuing “until Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke steps down.” To make their case, they have presented a list of recent scandalous Federal Reserve actions. Here is the video (full video transcript can be found on Zero Hedge.)
This movement has inspired and united supporters from across a broad range of political opinion. Here are a few links:
Lee Camp: Fight the Banks On June 14th
The Sons of Liberty: Leaderless Resistance – Don’t Tread On Me
Charles Hugh Smith: The Necessity of Resisting Financial Tyranny On June 14th and Beyond
Max Keiser featured in musical call to action: Global Insurrection Against Banker Occupation
Partial list of June 14th public protest locations:
Fort Worth, TX
Lake Forest, Orange County, CA
New York, NY
Oklahoma City, OK
Salt Lake City, UT
San Francisco, CA
Vancouver, British Columbia
Note: For further information concerning actions in these cities visit: http://opesr.wordpress.com/