Occupy Eugene Celebrates Friday the 13th with Zombie Bank Protest

What’s more scary than a psychopath with a hockey mask and a knife? How about a “Zombie Bank” that keeps rising from the dead to terrorize our community?

Join Occupy Eugene in protest this Friday the 13th at the 11th and Pearl St. Bank of America branch from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. as we “pull the plug” on this Zombie Bank to keep it in the grave where it belongs!

The Zombie Bank (Bank of America) has been mired in problems for years: illegal foreclosures, robo-signing, outrageous executive compensation packages, questionable investment practices, sub-prime mortgage scandals, using the illegal Mortgage Electronic Registration System (MERS) to avoid paying property title transfer fees and taxes, ridiculous customer charges like $5 a month debit card fees, and more. Without massive taxpayer bailouts, Bank of America would have been dead years ago, but they keep rising up from the grave! It’s not brains they want, but our homes and money!

We’ll outline the horrors of dealing with Bank of America and their frightening practices that threaten the people and businesses in our community. Enjoy lively street theater featuring a Zombie March, a seance to bring back the Glass-Steagall Act that the Banksters murdered in their insatiable quest for more profits, and much more!

Please note the event details have changed. This Friday the 13th we are having a zombie bank themed protest! Dress up as a zombie!

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Women Amplified: International Women’s Day March

Cascadia Action Lab Presents: Women Amplified—IWD Solidarity March and Pot Luck 3/8/2012
Women’s Day International : Uniting Girls, Inspiring Futures

When: Thursday, March 8, 4 – 11 pm.

Where: Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza

Nearly 50% of the worlds population is comprised of the generation about to come of age. Our youth stand to be most impacted by our political and social decisions – empower them now. What kind of future do you want to see for your sisters, daughters, granddaughters, cousins and friends? What do you want for the world we live in to become?

A few things from the news:
*Planned Parenthood is a hot topic and likely to remain that way through the presidential elections.

*Girls not brides…Global campaign to end child marriages!

*LGBT equality ‘waters down marriage.’ ~Santorum strikes again

Given the frequency of oppression in this world, and the amount of people about to come of age, rallying to connect and empower our youth (especially our daughters—bringers of life) as their guardians seems past due to say the least…

Join us in the streets, bring your demands, prepare to be empowered.

Rally at 4, March at 4:30 (route TBA), and a dinner/potluck event afterward (location TBA). Costume and street theater details developing organically, stay tuned.

Letter from Berkeley Veteran to Occupy Eugene

The following came via Facebook:
“Sue and I were out for a little run this morning, and we ran, as we usually do, down to the site. Most folks were asleep (trying to stay warm, we assumed) but we met a gentleman our age who said he was a veteran of Berkeley in the 60’s, and had come to give us this letter. It was typed, not word-processed, so I re-typed it in a document that I can send folks who want a copy. I also have the 3 typed copies he gave us–where should they go?”

I thought on this website would be a great place for the letter, it follows below.

Honorable and Intrepid Occupiers:

I am speaking to you across nearly three generations to advise you that you are doing exactly the right thing at exactly the right time.

We who have gone before, urge you to remain strong and committed to our common cause.

We who were at the Athens of the West back in the day (CA 1965-70) also had a lot on our plate: stopping the obscene war in Viet Nam; pushing the Civil Rights Movement; promoting the Women’s Movement and fighting for Freedom of Speech on our own campus.

These struggles were, most often, tedious and thankless since a majority of our fellow citizens seemed not to care or even approve of our efforts. It usually felt as if nothing was happening or changing, and it seemed to many of us, at the time, that “this isn’t working.”

The “Establishment” seemed to control everything: all the levers of power, all important institutions and, of course, the lamestream press which was just as lame then as now.

When push came to shove violence was routinely used to discourage and frighten us, i.e. when we were literally surrounded by bayonet wielding National Guard troops the Governor of CA threatened a “blood bath.”

On one occasion, a helicopter was used to spray military strength teargas (really vomiting gas) over the campus plazas to disperse a peaceful sit-in.

We had only a few weapons: the truth, the goodwill of the best people, and an unshakeable, stubborn commitment to justice.

Sounds hopeless. And yet…
Look around you now. The horror of Viet Nam is now just a shameful memory and a permanent stain on the honor of this country.

Not only is Jim Crow gone forever, even in its most ignorant strongholds, but millions of people who could not vote or go to a public university now barely remember their routine humiliation. Indeed some of these people are professors in those universities.

As for the women’s issues, today the majority of university students in this country are women, and in the workplace have reached near parity with their brothers.

All in all, not bad results from what seemed then to be a struggle against hopeless odds.

We will never know for certain how much our efforts contributed to this progress, but I am certain that we mattered a lot.

When you are making history it is not possible to actually see or feel “history being made.” You can’t ascertain how effective your efforts are (or are not). But, the super-wealthy oligarchs of this nation and their political puppets are working 24 hours a day 7 days a week for total control of our future. And if they succeed, greed, corruption and poverty will sink us all.

As far as we know, each of us has just one human lifespan on this planet.

Lets make our lives matter.

L. W. Jones

P.S. I am amazed that the talking heads of major media keep asking, “What do the occupiers want?” Tell them what we told them: We want Justice.