On January 12, 2012, at a random time during the morning, Pacific Standard time, Shepard Fairey will be releasing a print of his new TIME Magazine cover for person of the year. That distinction went to “the protestor,” so Shepard is releasing the Occupy Protestor print. All proceeds go to Occupy Wall Street.
President Obama Declared “January To Be National Slavery And Human Trafficking Prevention Month.”
DEFINITION: “Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others.” For sex, domestic or farm labor.
According to the United Nations:
• Someone becomes a victim every 30 seconds.
• Human Trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world (after drug trade).
• Human Trafficking is modern slavery. Todays:
› It is approximated that 27 million people are currently enslaved worldwide (80% are females).
› Over half of the victims are children around the age of 13 (Every 2 minuted a child is being prepared for sexual exploitation).
› 85% of them are being traded for sex exploitation (The average victim is raped up to 30 times a day).
• The U.S is one of the top nations involved in human trafficking.
• In the U.S, it is estimated that around two hundred thousand minors are forced into sex trafficking every years (the average age of entry into prostitution is 13 y/o).
“Trafficking networks operate both domestically and trans-nationally, and although abuses disproportionally affect women and girls, the victims of this ongoing global tragedy are men, women and children of all ages.”
• Today, there are more slave than there have ever been in the history of humanity.
–”A million it’s just a statistic until you meet the one”
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New York City Council Passes Resolution Opposing Corporate Personhood
The New York City Council symbolically passed a resolution Wednesday opposing “corporate personhood.” Resolution 1172 formally expressed disapproval of the landmark US Supreme Court decision in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, which declared that corporations have the same first amendment rights as people.
The bill, which urges Congress to take action against corporate personhood, was sponsored by councilmembers Brad Lander, Melissa Mark-Viverito and Steve Levin, all members of the Progressive Caucus. After the vote, the Caucus released a statement, which read in part:
“As our support of this resolution demonstrates, restoring confidence in government and strengthening democratic participation is a core principle of the Progressive Caucus. We believe that corporations should not share the same rights as people, that unlimited and unreported corporate donations meant to sway the electoral process should not be considered freedom of speech, and that the government should regulate the raising and spending of money by corporations intended to influence elections. We cannot allow corporate money to manipulate our democracy.”
Occupy Wall Street’s New York General Assembly voted to support the resolution. Corporate personhood has been a target of Occupy since the movement began in September.
The non-binding resolution passed along party lines with 41 yes-votes from Democrats, five no-votes from all five Council Republicans and one abstention from Democrat Peter Vallone.
Speaking at the hearing, Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Queens) spoke against the resolution, but was nearly drowned out by the boos and hisses of Occupy Wall Street protesters in attendance, The Gotham Gazette reports. “Corporations are people,” he said. “All their money goes back to the people.”
The New York City Council joins a growing list of local governments across the US who have passed similar resolutions, including Los Angeles, Albany, Boulder and Oakland.
January 6th, 2012: First night of Jan. 10th weekend — countdown to the start of the Florida legislative session
Occupy Tallahassee and the first arrivals from Occupy Jacksonville! Featuring photos from the radical tea and coffee and IMPROMPTU DANCE party.
January 6th, 2012: First day of Jan. 10th weekend — countdown to the start of the Florida legislative session
Occupy Tallahassee and the first arrivals from Occupy Jacksonville!
Way to go Brit and Doc! Represent Occupy Jax!
Occupy Wall St. legislation? Meet the “Restore the American Dream for the 99% Act.”
Legislation from the heads of the Congressional Progressive Caucus - Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) - may be Capitol Hill’s response to the Occupy Wall St. movement. You can see the fact sheet below or you can download the full sheet here.
Tell Decoder what you think and we’ll break down the package a little later on.