Nothing is more heart stopping and tear swelling to me than the sound of Taps. While we all can remember vividly where we were and what we were doing that awful, terrible day, the days that followed with so many lonely horns blowing out goodbye took my breath each time. I was commuting each day into Boston and the ride in was mournful, each commuter catching the others’ eye_ a tear glistening in almost everyone with a renewed morning realization of what had happened … to us. Every American, every one of us lost somebody(s) that day… we lost all who perished in lower Manhattan, in Washington DC, on a field in Pennsylvania. Play Taps.
As surely as the Twin Towers fell that day, so did America.
As if to compound this terrible calamity on America, as it played out in the months following, we Americans were herded by the media who were herded by corporations and the politic to forget about the impending wars of retribution for corporate profits; just go shop. They stole our civil rights so easily from us as we looked on in fascination… few aware enough to rise up in sufficient protest while others clinging to manufactured fear for the ‘good warmth’ of it as it was easier to hate. Easier. To hate. As we hated, so we shopped. Chloroformed by Wall Street banksters into more credit and more shopping. Two Presidential elections stolen from the populace, a corporate plutocracy anchored into the White House and every step towards disaster capitalism being implemented (and still is!) we sat around watching the world go by on cable teevee. Perhaps that’s why Taps brought such tears… it was played on our world that day too. Corporate Earth claims the health and vitality of the living planet as politicians claim the health and mental well being of their constituencies, no matter what country, county or region. Money, currency solidified domination over humanity and any moral compass slipped from leadership, the care and goodness of our neighbors’ lives on par with our own sold for oil $. We have perched ourselves at the precipice of extinction with moral criminals to overlord our societies leaving the poor and infirm as their debris. It should sicken decency. Are you fed up?
We have everything we need to clean up the environment, to share the common wealth of an abundant planet, to become evolved humanity. It’s right there in our power to grasp. As Americans we still have the opportunity to join the Movement of repressed societies around the world who are peacefully standing up against the tyranny of so many generations, as in the case of the “Arab Spring”, successfully. It is our turn to do so. Civil Rights is perhaps the best example of how to accomplish political change and social justice in the face or overwhelming corruption in leadership; the action is called a Movement! Solutions to our issues can be achieved justly when the population bands together to demonstrate and protest… remember the Great Society? Here we are again. This last summer solstice witnessed the birth of a new American social Movement.
Inspired by the courageous, nonviolent uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Greece, Spain, and elsewhere, people in the United States have come together to form the October2011 Movement. This fusion of peace, social justice, environmental, student, and immigrant rights organizations is in solidarity with all who seek a peaceful, just, and sustainable future and stands ready to engage in its own campaign of nonviolent resistance beginning in Washington, D.C., this October. We recognize that your revolution is our revolution, that American Empire prevents you from achieving self-determination and economic justice, and that only together can we achieve our shared goals.
History is knocking on the door of the United States and its people are ready. As the crises in our communities and around the world grow, so must our response. We can no longer abide the outrageous and growing wealth inequality in this country. We cannot accept a government “of, by, and for” the corporations. We cannot remain silent while our leaders continue to exploit and slaughter people in distant lands or while millions of us have no access to health care. A majority of Americans want the wars to end. We want investment in jobs, education, and environmental protection. We want banks to invest for our future, not for their executives’ pocketbooks. We want laws that are just, lawmakers who obey them, and the power to hold them accountable when they do not. For that, we need a judiciary biased toward justice, not the partisan powers and big business interests they serve.
In the United States the people have little voice in the process of governance, as elected officials and institutions have been corrupted by concentrated corporate interests that have bought and paid for them. The people have no control over their own lives and the direction of their own communities. The brave who speak out for justice are often ignored, harassed, or imprisoned. Unified resistance has become the essential avenue for change.
Our time has come. We pledge to stand together in nonviolent resistance to corporate greed, government corruption, violence and injustice. We must follow our brave brothers and sisters of the Arab Spring and developing European Summer into an Autumn of an American awakening. With our bodies united in resistance and our voices coalesced into one sustained cry for justice, we can and must Stop the Machine and Create a New World!
It is very difficult for us to get honest information about democracy movements around the world from the U.S. corporate-controlled media. Please visit our website at www.October2011.org and keep us informed of your actions. We have called our action “Stop the Machine! Create a New World!” Together we will end concentrated corporatism and create a peaceful, just, and sustainable future that respects all of humanity and the planet. Written by the October2011.org Movement, a coalition of individuals and organizations seeking to end corporatism and militarism in the United States.
PLEASE REMEMBER THIS:
This is my second post here at RoundTree7.com imploring you to pay attention to October 6th and the plans for joining together in Freedom Plaza in DC. Please consider it, it is certainly looking to be a historical event. More importantly, Dr. Flowers and all of the event makers responsible are working to create ongoing solution presentations at the event … you will be attending a new kind of college… the school to tomorrow, on site history making. Click on the links. Read about it. Watch the videos. Be INSPIRED and BE THERE. Because I think it’s the finest memorial we might offer those fellow Americans who died ten years ago as regular business was beginning for the day.
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
We are nigh.
Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.
Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky
As we go, this we know
We are nigh.