Kathleen Danckel and her three children made the trip from Belfast, Maine to join the movement at the capital in Augusta on Saturday, November 5, 2011. This isn’t just young people, the poor and homeless, and the jobless who are supporting the movement. Kathleen is like millions of Americans who do what they can to support those who are camping out in public spaces. They bring money, food, wood, tools, bales of hay, tarps, and medicine.
You too can help out by contributing what you can to sustain the effort through the winter months. Here’s Kathleen and her children in this short video clip.
Chris Kessler took park in Occupy Maine in Monument Park in Portland. He’s a college graduate with a huge debt. He just wants a simple debt-free life so he’s out protesting against those who have prevented it.
You can see all of my Occupy Maine interviews on my Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/my_videos?feature=mhee
All around the globe, untold thousands stand in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. In Spain, 60,000 turned out. Tens of thousands descended on Times Square in what was a peaceful demonstration.
I sure hope the politicians are taking notice, especially those smug Republicans in Congress who think it is a mob uprising or that WE the People are not angry with their obstructionist behavior and their pandering to the wealthiest among us, Wall Street, and large corporations.
In my previous post for today, I shared Warren Buffett’s recommendation on how we fix Congress. Please read and share.
This video, shot yesterday, looking down on Wall Street is amazing.
Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best
quotes about the debt ceiling:
“I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just pass a law
that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all
sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election
The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only
3 months &8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That
was in 1971…before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less
to become the law of the land…all because of public pressure.
Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum
of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do
In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the
message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.
Congressional Reform Act of 2011
1. No Tenure / No Pension.
A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when
they are out of office.
2. Congress (past, present &future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security
system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system,
and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for
any other purpose.
3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay
will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the
same health care system as the American people.
6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American
7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective
1/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen.
Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress
is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen
legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to
If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take
three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Maybe it
THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!!
If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete.
Delina Malo-Juvera, born and raised in Mexico City and now a U.S. Citizen travels from Acton, Maine to Portland, more than an hour’s drive, to make her voice heard. She inspired me with her basic sense of justice and her passion to make America a better place for everyone.
This is her story.
My series on “We The People – Taking Back America One Person, One State at a Time,” will feature everyday Americans like Delina who are taking part in what has become a global phenomenon of proportions not yet seen. Unfortunately, Republicans in Congress seem to be tone deaf and are calling it class warfare. They are clearly on the wrong side of history.
I’m doing this series because I hope it will play a tiny role in spreading the word so that more people will join in and support this once in a lifetime happening. We are the 99% and our time is NOW.
As Michael Moore said recently, “I don’t like living in a country like this. And, I’m not leaving.” It is time for us to take American back. We The People demand to be heard.
This is so amazing! 28 days ago in NYC a small group of activists gathered on Wall Street to protest the greed and immorality of a financial system that has profited at the expense of the rest of the country, and against a Congress that has catered to corporate interests.
The rallying cry, “we are the 99%” has resonated with millions of Americans and people all around the globe. Mainstream media, as usual don’t know what is happening and Republicans in Congress and those running for president believe it is “class warfare.” Once again, they are tone deaf and not getting it. They obviously believe we will go away and allow them to continue. People everywhere are saying, “Enough is enough!”
Please visit this website to see for yourself what is taking place all over the globe and do everything you can to participate in events on October 15th. http://15october.net/
UNITED FOR #GLOBALCHANGE
On October 15th people from all over the world will take to the streets and squares.
From America to Asia, from Africa to Europe, people are rising up to claim their rights and demand a true democracy. Now it is time for all of us to join in a global non violent protest.
The ruling powers work for the benefit of just a few, ignoring the will of the vast majority and the human and environmental price we all have to pay. This intolerable situation must end.
United in one voice, we will let politicians, and the financial elites they serve, know it is up to us, the people, to decide our future. We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers who do not represent us.
On October 15th, we will meet on the streets to initiate the global change we want. We will peacefully demonstrate, talk and organize until we make it happen.
It’s time for us to unite. It’s time for them to listen.
On July 18th, I drove up to Millinocket, Maine to videotape Roxanne Quimby’s presentation to the townspeople at Stearns High School. By the time the presentation was over and I had packed up three video cameras, tripods, and audio cables, it was 10 pm, too late to drive home.
Marsha Donahue, the owner of North Light Gallery in downtown Millinocket, let me “camp” behind her building in the back of my Jeep! When I arrived around 10:30 and parked my Jeep between the Gallery and another building, I thought I was alone.
Suddenly I heard a voice that scared the you-know-what out of me. I said “who’s there?” A voice from somewhere replied, “Brad.” He was in a truck with a camper shell and in a sleeping bag with a mosquito net. My first thought, in the dark, was “who is this guy?” I hardly remember what he was saying, but there was a steady stream of sound coming from the truck.
As I walked over to the back of his truck, he poked his head out from under the mosquito net and introduced himself. He started talking about climbing Mt. Katahdin in the morning for the 99th time. He explained that he had also done it numerous times in the winter. He said something about being an outdoor writer for the Bangor Daily News and that he was going to write an article about his climb the following morning.
This stranger in the night told me he was going to be up at the crack of dawn to begin his trek. I just wanted to move all of my video equipment into the front seats of my Jeep so I could have room in the back to curl up and try to get some sleep. Brad wanted to talk.
Finally, I said, “I need to go to sleep because I have to leave very early in the morning.” He said something about hoping his snoring wouldn’t bother me. It didn’t, but it was very difficult to fall asleep because the back of the Jeep is quite cramped and uncomfortable. It must have been well after mid-might that I finally dozed off. It was a long and uncomfortable night with a handful of mosquitoes buzzing around to keep me awake.
By the time the first light of day appeared, I was ready to get up and get going. Brad heard me stirring about, and he too clambered out of his bag and there he stood. About six feet tall, skinny, and wearing a t-shirt and shorts.
As I moved my gear from the front seats to the back of the Jeep, we picked up our conversation from the night before. Brad told me he was an avid hiker, angler, and lover of the region. That’s when he told me about Maine Woods Gear and his intention to move from Ellsworth to Millinocket. He invited me to stop in and visit his shop. I agreed, and bid farewell. I was anxious to get home.
On my next trip to Millinocket on July 28th to videotape the town council meeting that would vote on a resolution to oppose Roxanne Quimby’s plan for a new national park in the Katahdin region, I dropped in on Brad at his shop.
He’s a very engaging and conversational man with stories and information about the region. I hauled out my camera and recorded this video. If you are on your way to Baxter be sure to stop in and say hello to Brad. You won’t be sorry you did!