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What is Occupy Congress?

Occupy Congress is a collective of ideas and people spread out across the United States of America. We started collaborating to organize Occupy Congress with the folks on the ground at Occupy DC for January 17th 2012.

January 17th was just the beginning – We wish to be of service to anyone needing help in organizing, promoting and executing relevant actions and events across the country. We will also be planning autonomous actions. What we decide to work on will be decided during our conference calls that have been designated as our General Assembly.

We gather on the media sharing platforms, social networking sites and email listserves. We also have at least one conference call every week. We support many different cities across the world currently standing up for their inalienable rights. We have created an inviting environment for newcomers, and we especially welcome people experienced in all types of backgrounds who would like to take initiative.

Occupy Congress on Capitol Hill

#OccupyCongress is a part of the Occupy movement, which began with Occupy Wall Street on Sept. 17, 2011, in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District. #Occupy is a people powered movement that has spread to sustained occupations in hundreds of cities in the United States and actions in thousands of cities globally. #Occupy is fighting back against the corrosive power major banks and multinational corporations have over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest depression in generations. The movement is inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Spain, Greece, Italy and the UK, and aims to expose how the richest 1% are writing the rules of the global economy and the laws of the land, imposing an agenda of neoliberalism and economic inequality that is foreclosing on our future.

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THIS IS A NONPARTISAN INITIATIVE.

oc·cu·py \\ˈä-kyə-ˌpī\\ transitive verb 1.: to engage the attention or energies of

con·gress \\ˈkäŋ-grəs also -rəs, noun 1: the act or action of coming together and meeting

  • aboutMidnight

    As May 1 approaches, why not organize by state to start recall/impeachment for all elected officials who supported or sponsored: NDAA, HR347, DAA, SOPA, PIPA?
    Across summer
    signatures could be collected by state, in accordance with each state’s statutes. Tables could also register voters to vote. Other organizations would likely help staff these tables: Vet groups, voting rights groups…. There are no laws restricting this ! Even if Occupiers don’t believe that voting is “real” or legitimate way to create change it IS another venue of action.

    These recall / impeach actions would:
    1 provide a perceived legitimate way to protest attacks on the Bill of Rights;
    2 send a message to legislatures we will not tolerate their violation of Oath of Office.
    3 offer a place to meet people and share the OCCUPY amendment and agenda.

    If it has no effect, then it proves that… and educates
    Americans that their options are indeed narrow. We can’t leave the sleepers behind. We must try to educate and enlist them through action they will not find intimidating.

  • http://twitter.com/ThomasJay2 Thomas Jay

    I have a vision for Occupy Congress. Let’s call it “the lobby of the 99%”. It is our answer to money in politics and requires at least two kinds of things – related:

    a strong lobbying presence in Washington DC, sufficient to monitor the House of Representatives and the Senate, their doings, their inaction, their relationship with lobbyists, and its relations to its constituents “back home”. This may require at least 1,000 people in Washington DC (less than 5% of the number of paid lobbyists, but still a big organization

    a strong presence in the Country – organized by Congressional District and by State (Senate districts)

    Newsletters in each District to report back to the electorate what their representatives are or are not doing for them and to them.

    Extensive reporting on campaign contributions (and other means by which money is in politics)/superpacs/legislation purchased/ etc.

    Perhaps you are doing this already, if so please tell me about it. If not, please let me know what I can do to help start it.

    • Leo

      Thomas,
      I apologize for the delayed response. We’ve all been pretty busy getting J18 going.

      I think your ideas are great, especially moving things out from DC into the rest of the country. Coordinating an event where all (or even many) of the rep offices are Occupyed or at least protested against, all at the same time on the same day, has been a dream of mine as well. However, at present, we are doing whatever we are accomplishing with a virtual handful of people. Your cast of 1000’s may take a while . . .

      So that you may present your ideas to the group, please try to attend our next General Assembly meeting, next Thursday (7/26) at 9pm Eastern. Call 760-984-1000, and then key in 999143#.

      I hope to start some working groups forming soon. Keep an eye on the listserv.

      Jason

    • Leo

      Personally, I love it! I had similar ideas a little while back. Can you attend our meeting tomorrow night (Thursday) to present your thoughts to the rest of the folks? Details in our Events page.

      You should be aware that Occupy Congress is a VERY small operation (for the moment, anyway!), so if you have a project that you’d like to see implemented, run with it. The rest of us will help as much as we can.