June 14: Operation Empire State Rebellion

From an email from Hugh Burckhardt, June 19:
For those that don't know OpESR (Operation Empire State Rebellion) the Direct Action I have been covering for the past 5 days. Here is a summary.

“This Flag Day, Tuesday June 14th, we will launch a non-violent movement with this list of demands:

* End the campaign finance and lobbying racket
* Break up the Fed & Too Big to Fail banks
* Enforce RICO laws against organized criminal class
* Order Ben Bernanke to step down”

they will occupy Liberty Park (now City Hall Park) “indefinitely, to express non-violent dissent to the further consolidation of wealth into the hands of international corporations by the corrupted two-party oligarchy. This is a non-violent action that seeks to express dissent and raise awareness of the failures of our current political discourse, until our demands are satisfied.”

This action is in solidarity with a decentralized movement that is rallying around the above list of demands. There are public protests taking place in at least 22 other cities on June 14th to help launch this movement.

The big banks have sold us out.
Democrats and Republicans have sold us out.
No one is defending our interests.

Our future is going up in flames.

It’s time for us to stand up and defend ourselves.

(Encampment photo from Wednesday, June 15, 2011 by Hugh Burckhardt)