"To Occupy"

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------------- To Occupy

1. We are here to seize possession of

& maintain control over

----not the Earth, but the world

not by military conquest

but peaceably, without violence.

2. We are here to fill up;

-------------take time & space

to make known our grievances,

to say that the Earth & its riches

are for us all to share

(with our brothers & sisters, our relations

the other animals, the plants, the minerals),

that greed & lust for power over others,

over the Earth, are not virtues but sins,

that the fruits of what we produce

are ours to share.

3. We are here to dwell & reside in;

be tenants of the Earth & the world,

------a world of our creation

in which, as the great teachers have taught,

love is the greatest virtue,

root & source of justice

without which there can be no peace.

4. We are here to hold & fill

our office & position as citizens,

not only of this country, this empire,

------but of the world

in union with all who hold sacred

the Earth, one another,

our relations the other animals

the trees, the brush, the grass,

the air, the fire, the water, the soil.

5. We are here to engage, to employ,

& to busy ourselves with all peaceful means

to say that we will no longer stand idle

in the face of injustice & knavery,

in the face of perpetual war,

in the face of power that is used

only for the good of the few

at the expense of the rest

& of the Earth

------Yes, we are here to occupy,

-- ----& we will not go away

bamboo's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm


Another great poem heard this morning on KPFA

Occupy Wall Street

We need global
citizens for some sit-ins
I say we all meet
on Wall Street
and lock down--
lock the whole block down!

[Drew Dellinger, 2001]

I take exception to the rule
of the greedy and the cruel.

This fall, school’s in session
and the lesson is Wall Street.
It’s time for action
and your name’s on the call sheet.
It’s time we all meet
and name what it is:
the game has been rigged
to enrich corporate
business interests that sent this economy spinning.
Charlie Sheen is not the only clueless dude that thinks he’s winning.

See, the one percent done spent all the rent.
And now the rent’s due, so we’re coming to a tent near you.

We’re the like-minded ninety-nine percent
standing up to corruption with loving dissent.

We stand for justice,
and the future,
and all of humanity.
Embracing all people.
Yes, even Sean Hannity.

The message is simple:
greed, injustice, and eco-destruction have to go.
Pay attention corporate media. We’ll try to say it slow.

It’s time to
rock the nation,
rock this occupation.

It’s time for the people to peacefully fight back.
Tell Congress and the media we’re taking the mic back.

Tell the jaded it’s that long-awaited revolution.
Put away the pepper spray and re-read the Constitution.
These cops are paid to go crazy, yo.
But we’re peaceful.
Don’t tase me, bro.

We came to incite insight,
unite and discuss this.
We came to hang, and to bang the drums of justice.

Let’s occupy
with our love and our light.

Let’s occupy
the earth and the sky,
and live with all beings
as a planet-wide tribe.

Occupy the divine mind residing inside.

See, I’m the type writer
that’s known to light fires
and prone to inspire
the moment’s own higher desire.

‘Cause history knows it’s the time
for resisting the team at the scene of the crime.

Tell your friends I’ll meet ‘em there at Freedom Square.
They can’t stop us, from Seattle to Chiapas.
It’s our mission to envision
what comes after the catastrophe.
How do we move past
the capitalist disaster?

Our communities need us.
We are all leaders.

How could we ask for anything less than the future?

--Drew Dellinger

(October 13, 2011)

bamboo's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm
Quote bamboo:

We’re the like-minded ninety-nine percent

Completely false. The 99% is probably closer to 20 or 30 percent. 99 percent in your dreams. Please try to be a little honest.

How do you define greed?

Would George Soros, Al Gore, Micheal Moore and Barbara Streisand qualify?

rigel1's picture
Jan. 31, 2011 7:49 am

"When I strike you,
your blood will certainly flow from my veins.
When you are starving,
your bloated belly is gnawing into my flesh.
The laughter in your eyes
lights up mine.
I can see my face in yours.
Can you see yours in mine?"


bamboo's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

what are you guys doing ??

MarygailLLCXi's picture
Dec. 20, 2011 9:34 pm

There's a 1 in 20 Chance of the Apocalypse. Shouldn't We Act Now?

A new study published in Science argues that we as a civilization need to move "rapidly" -- as in almost immediately -- towards a carbon emissions free future if we are to have any chance of holding off runaway global warming:

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