A massive resistance effort has been scheduled that begins October 6, 2011, in Washington, D.C.
Protesters will gather the morning of October 6 on Freedom Plaza, located at the corner of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, The plaza is named in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., who worked on his "I Have a Dream" speech in the nearby Willard Hotel. The protest is expected to parallel citizen protests that took place this past spring in the Middle East, Spain, and elsewhere. Demands of the protesters will include ending corporate control over people and government, human rights, health care for all, economic justice, and the environment. Some believe that this will be the most massive protest in U.S. history to date.
Initial organizers of the resistance effort have issued this statement:
"We call on people of conscience and courage—all who seek peace, economic justice, human rights and a healthy environment—to join together in Washington, D.C., beginning on Oct. 6, 2011, in nonviolent resistance similar to the Arab Spring and the Midwest awakening.
A concert, rally and protest will kick off a powerful and sustained nonviolent resistance to the corporate criminals that dominate our government.'
"Forty-seven years ago, Mario Savio, an activist student at Berkeley, said,
"Those words have an even greater urgency today. We face ongoing wars and massive socio-economic and environmental destruction perpetrated by a corporate empire which is oppressing, occupying and exploiting the world. We are on a fast track to making the planet unlivable while the middle class and poor people of our country are undergoing the most wrenching and profound economic crisis in 80 years.'
"As Mother Jones said, 'Someday the workers will take possession of your city hall, and when we do, no child will be sacrificed on the altar of profit!"
"We are the ones who can create a new and just world. Our issues are connected. We are connected. Join us in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 6, 2011, to Stop the Machine."For continuing updates, visit: