There are many ways to support the Occupy movement; with or without physically being there, and whether you have only a small or large amount of time to dedicate to the cause.
“Occupy Belongs To Everyone”
Google the word “Occupy” plus whatever your interests are and see if groups already exist. If they don’t, start them! Build it and they will come. Truly, it works. Advocate for your interest and follow the steps further down this page to use social media to engage with other like minds. You can and will make a difference.
“Give What You Don’t Need; Take Only What You Need”
Locate your local occupation and if it has a physical space under occupation, take whatever is lying around gathering dust, or soon to expire, or is surplus to your needs, or that you’ll likely never use or eventually throw away, and gift it to your local occupation. Even items you might think obscure, will be put to grateful use by one of the Working Groups that co-ordinate the occupations.
At occupation sites, people are providing for people in a way Governments have failed to do, with both ends of the class spectrum melding their efforts together to ensure adequate housing, food, clothing, care and emotional support for all. Any contribution you can make on the ground will be received with warm welcome and thanks.
Most occupations have their own websites which contain requests for donation of specific items and/or facilitates monetary donations. So it is best to keep an eye on the needs of your local occupation.
The most fundamental way to participate in your local movement is to attend its General Assembly (held daily in most occupations) – you can do this virtually, viewing them online through live streams or if you are able, physically attend at the occupation site.
“Participate In Citizen Journalism and Social Media – Use Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Reddit, To Grow Occupy”
All of the aforementioned are powerful tools for collating, sharing, & sourcing information that is usually utterly ignored by the mainstream news media. Citizen journalism (people who eye-witness events & film/record them then release them to the internet) is presenting information that you will not, do not and can not hear about through the usual television channels and radio stations, due to their editing/production processes and their requirement to have ‘approval’ from editors as to what is released, with everything signed off in advance. Citizen journalism enables us to view events as they are happening; not in a concise, edited, short-form, biased, digestible format, but in its raw entirety. This frees us from the bonds of manufactured truth and allows us free access to the actual reality of events on the ground, rather than a specific slant, spin or opinion.
The easiest starting point to engaging in Occupy-related social media is to:
a) Check You Tube daily at www.youtube.com – type “Occupy” or “Occupy Wall Street”, or the name of your local occupation, into the search bar. Then before you press enter, click on Search Options and set a timeframe for upload dates – this will show you ALL footage that is uploaded in that time frame, rather than the default generic search, which will return results ranking that are manipulated by marketing companies through rankings, tags, ratings, etc. Find videos that intrigue you and then “Share” them to other social media programs.
b) Create a Facebook account at www.facebook.com if you don’t have one already (you can create an anonymous/pseudonym account if you choose) and “Like” as many occupations as possible. You can type “Occupy” and then the name of any city you can think of, and you are almost guaranteed to return a result. Once you have “Liked” their page, their news feed and everything they post will be available to you ongoing. Videos, pictures, links to articles, and opinion pieces are regularly shared on Facebook; view them, read them, pick what you like, “Share” it to your own wall so all your friends can see it, and then they can share it themselves in turn. (This is how information goes “Viral” on Facebook.) Most importantly remember to download material and store copies of information in as many places as possible, because although Facebook is a useful tool it is a corporation and far more concerned with its own perceived rights to information, than that of its users. Likewise with You Tube, who are regularly forced through existing legal means, to remove content that corporations object to. It is important that we do not allow information to be suppressed by these means.
c) Create a Twitter account at www.twitter.com if you don’t have one already (again, you do not have to submit your personal details, you can use a pseudonym) and become an online eye witness to daily events at occupation sites around the world. Twitter is used by the majority of people involved in Occupy, and is a 24/7 constantly updating resource for notification of urgent information and critical details that will empower you in a way you likely have not experienced before. By the act of “ReTweeting” you don’t actually have to write messages yourself, you can resend important messages written by other people, with the click of one button. To locate Occupy channels on Twitter and get started, type in the search bar #Occupy then the name of a city or country or in some cases suburb – for example, #OccupyBoston to read everything that is being said to, or by, the Boston, MA occupation. To send a message only to them, type @ instead of #.
“Sick Of Mass Media Organisations That Spend Millions Of Dollars Filtering The Truth and Defrauding Their Viewers? Support Citizen’s Media!”
If you haven’t already – quit watching TV. Don’t feed the corporate media with website hits – use alternative news sources. Independent citizen journalism is providing for people, off little to no resouces, what corporate media fail to do with millions of dollars. If you can donate to livestreamers and citizen journalists please do, because many are on the bread line despite the nobility of their work.
Thank you so much for visiting Occupy Savvy & we hope you have an enlightening visit 🙂