When the crowdsourced #WaveOfAction campaign was being planned for April 4th – July 4th, we were confident that it was going to be a pivotal strategic timeframe based on the amount of activists and organizations planning actions. As the campaign hits the 60-day mark, we are excited to report that it has exceeded our expectations. It has quickly evolved from a three-month long campaign into a global movement of movements, with hundreds of groups and tens of thousands of activists joining in. Crowdsourced Wave of Action videos and graphics have received millions of views. Many Wave of Action social media accounts have been created. #WaveOfAction has become a unifying hashtag that movements are using to show solidarity with each other, to show that all of our issues are connected. This is the first part in a collaborative series that we will be releasing summing up actions taken throughout the Wave. We highlighted over 150 actions occurring during the first 45 days; based upon a collection of information compiled from the WaveOfAction.org online organizing network and social media posts using the #WaveOfAction hashtag. While this is an extensive recap, it is not an all-inclusive report covering every action. With so many actions happening worldwide, it exceeded our capacity to track all of them. Here is a research spreadsheet listing many of the actions that we are using for this report. In the true collaborative and crowdsourced nature of this campaign, we invite you to add actions that we have not included and create your own reports. (See the end of this article for further information.)
Worldwide Wave of Action
Underneath and driving all of the major problems in our world is the fact that people are more financially incentivized to perpetuate them than to solve them. As long as killing a whale confers a million dollars of advantage to a fishing company, while leaving it alive confers none, we will continue to hunt whales towards extinction. As long as a millennia old redwood tree is worth no specific amount to us alive, but worth $100k as timber, we will continue destroying the tiny percentage of old growth forests we have left. Based on a very old, primitive and barbaric dominator worldview, our economic system doesn’t ask if they are ours to take, and doesn’t factor whose balance sheet the costs show up on. How different is this in its fundamental rationale, than taking Africans as slaves for the economic value their “free” labor conferred? That was not that long ago. If you look at the conditions of the labor force in the third world responsible for manufacturing almost all our goods, you will realize that this still hasn’t changed as much as we’d like to think. Our goods economy was built upon and requires the continuance of cheap labor resulting from extreme economic disparity. Get that: our current economic system could not function with anything near economic equality for all.
Spawning from the Worldwide Wave of Action comes a new campaign for the 99 percent. A movement aimed at concrete radical reform, the Green Rush is promoting a new economy by and for the 99 percent through monetary reform and marijuana legalization. As they “plant the seeds for a new economy,” the campaign is calling for Occupy organizers to begin organizing around specific needs. According to Occupy.com, the Green Rush calls for “nationalization of the Federal Reserve through the National Emergency Employment Defence Act (NEED)”—a bill initially proposed by Dennis Kucinich, an Ohio Congressman, to make the Federal Reserve fall under the U.S. Treasury—along with the legalization of marijuana in New York. Founded by Harrison Tesoura Schultz and Lorna Shannon, dedicated anarchist activists, the Green Rush’s objective is to build a grassroots movement into a full-fledged political movement aimed to increase congressional support of the NEED Act, which sits stagnant, according to their website, Just Activism.
Below is a photo essay and video about the Worldwide#WaveOfAction. We are sure these are not all of the events but these are the ones that have been reported on the Worldwide Wave of Action Facebook page which is where all of the photos in the photo essay come from. Today the third organizing call for the Worldwide Wave of Action will be held. Here is the information for the call:Worldwide Wave of action third organizer call ORGANIZER CALL #3!!! Please share Widely!! Starhawk, Velcrow Ripper, Daniel Schmachtenberger, Patricia Ellsberg, Steven Starr, More!! Organizer Report backs <--> New Action Updates! YES, WE'RE JUST GETTING STARTED! If you've got a previous reg. link, use it! If not, register Here: http://bit.ly/1e6wAu9 Please share Widely!! Here is a video by "We Are Change" that asks people "What is the Worldwide #WaveOfAction? People give lots of good answers to the question.
In spite of raw and rainy weather, several hundred activists participated in Wave of Action events last weekend in New York. April 4 kicked off a three-month period of heightened activism, which Wave of Action’s website describes as “people throughout the world…protesting corruption, rallying around solutions and taking part in alternative systems.” Here are some highlights from New York’s Wave: Harlem: The Robin Hood Tax campaign demonstrated outside Congressman Rangel’s office. “The Robin Hood Tax would raise hundreds of billions of dollars every year for people in our communities,” said Michael Tikili, an organizer with the Health Global Action Project. The Robin Hood Tax, also known as the Inclusive Prosperity Act (HR1579) sponsored by Rep. Keith Ellison, proposes a fee on speculative financial trades on Wall Street. “With those resources we could commit to Dr. King’s dream with the real revenue we need for jobs, living wages, healthcare and equal access to education,” said Tikili.
What will prove to be either the last gasp of the Occupy Movement, or its Renaissance as a social powerhouse, will lie in the success and its embrace of a highly-publicized #WaveOfAction which launches a major 90-day program of protest and resistance on April 4. The Wave begins, symbolically, on the date of the assassination of Martin Luther King and ends, symbolically, on July the 4th. It will run from the date of the death of a dream that will not die to the date of the birth of a vision which has yet to be fulfilled. So, what is the purpose of this ambitious campaign, who is behind it, and what can we expect of it – and of ourselves? The purpose is stated on its website and is quite clear. We are a Movement of Movements
The Worldwide Wave of Action begins on April 4 at "former occupation sites around the world." A music video was released yesterday by elements of Anonymous along with Ice Cube, Eminem, and Korn. , calling people to action at the former Occupy encampments: They team up to splice together a nuance-eschewing, face-melting, testosterone-charged collaboration meant to incept a massive wave of action against the seemingly indomitable power of corporatist-totalitarianism within the world's leading liberal republics. The video features some hilarious spots of Rob Ford--perhaps the Western world's most flamboyant symbol of transparent corpo-political stoogism--as well as the mainstream media's two favorite tools of distraction, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. There are also a number of clips of Obama acting especially bourgeois while surrounded by animated cameras, implying that the spying-industrial-complex is an apolitical institution supported and grown by whichevever political party is in office.
New Iberia has been an impoverished, rural, racially divided area along the Bayou in Louisiana for some time. Like countless communities worldwide, it was severely lacking available fresh local foods. Last year, a small community of people took a new approach to resolving the crisis, with solar-powered hydroponic organic greenhouses. The initiative has impacted New Iberia beyond the realm of fresh foods, as racial barriers are shattering and community members find common ground to form a collective identity. In this sense, New Iberia exemplifies how an entire community can evolve if a few people take action and get the ball rolling. Last December, Evelyn Ducote, Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain, Phanat Xanamane, and other local community members got the ball rolling when they purchased basic hydroponic growing equipment and enrolled Louis Lancon, an USA Military veteran, to build and operate a solar-powered hydroponic organic greenhouse in nearby Jeanerette, Louisana.
Join local peace activists as they join the World Wide Wave of Action with a candle light vigil & silent night march from Foley Square to the NY Veterans Memorial to raise awareness about those killed & imprisoned during the on going non-violent struggle for justice for all. Gather at Foley Square starting at 6:30 PM for sunset kick off of speakers & a know your rights presentation. The evening will end at the New York City Veterans Memorial at 55 Water Street will a candle light vigil & an informal community share on those lost to the system.
Charlie Chaplin rides the #WaveOfAction ~ Part 1: "Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up, Hannah. The clouds are lifting. The sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world, a kindlier world, where men will rise above their hate, their greed and brutality. Look up, Hannah. The soul of man has been given wings, and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow — into the light of hope, into the future, the glorious future that belongs to you, to me, and to all of us. Look up, Hannah. Look up." Video adapted from Tragedy & Hope