GA at the Omni today because of possibility of skin melting

95% chance of rain. 100% chance of GA being at the OMNI. See you there at 3:00 PM. The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 3 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway near the steps of City Hall. If for some reason the amphitheater is being used otherwise and/or OGP itself is inaccessible, we will meet at Kaiser Park, right next to the statues, on 19th St. between San Pablo and Telegraph. If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 3:00 PM we … Continued

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A Leopard kills a Buddhist monk while meditating in India

A leopard killed a Buddhist monk who was meditating in the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in the western Indian state of Maharashtra , where he had been practicing this spiritual practice for a month , an official source reported Thursday.

“A Buddhist monk , Rahul Mahadev Walke, 35 years old, has died in the attack of a leopard and, according to the information provided by the other monks, he was meditating in the forest for a month,” indicated the number two for Forest Conservation in Tadoba Andhari, GP Narwane.

The event occurred last Tuesday when the young Walke meditated under a tree in the depths of the reserve , in whose perimeter is located the monastery to which the victim belonged.

The forests of Maharashtra were covered last month after forest guards killed Tigress Avni with several babies accused of killing people, in a case that drew strong criticism from NGOs and even the central government . The death of the feline came after last September the Supreme Court dismissed the request of two activists to save his life .

Located in the Chandrapur district, the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve has an area of ​​1,730 square kilometers and hosts several dozen tigers , as well as other animals such as leopards or hyenas .

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Great Challenges for Occupy Wall Street’s Activists

The economic crisis which happened since 2008 in Wall Street has been able to expose the ruin of the finance capital. It has also made people questioning the banks’ legitimacy as well as Wall Street. The anger of public against Wall Street has been situated clearly since 1970s which led to the appearance of a neoliberal economy. One movement which has taken part in this process is the Occupy. However, great challenges for Occupy Wall Street have also appeared.

The Movement of Occupy
Since the first movement of the Occupy, it has been able to create a radically contrasting political culture among all movements in the United States. The movement done by the Occupy allow the activists to engage in the collectively run participatory and democratic space. One vivid example can be seen from the occupied spaces all over the country where the in house kitchens have fed lots of people each day. The design groups dedicate their skills to give supports to the projects and actions for this movement. The sanitation and comfort committees address the issues of safety and health.

These actions have been able to show that young people also care about the political change. They have become the first line of the movement to help creating the direct structures of democracy and also to change the country’s direction. This political movement has been able to show the incapability of the government institutions to offer such comfort for their citizens and also it has been able to awaken the young people to demand the equitable society.

Challenges for the Occupy

Challenges for the Occupy
The physical occupations of Zuccotti Park are very important symbolically for this movement to be able to remind its goal and also what it can actually do. This public movement may not be able to grow to its extend without the role of the occupied space. However, the thought of the decrease of the occupied spaces may become the setbacks for this movement. The absence of the rallying movement seems to make it die.

Nonetheless, the Occupy movement is not over yet. This movement is now focusing on the diffusion of the General Assemblies, ongoing protests on certain issues, and also several spirited local discussions. There have been some protests happening later on. One example is the protests done by the university students in November where they challenged the tuition hikes.

The great challenges for Occupy Wall Street have now on the strategic planning to shape the demands and also the concrete visions.

What Happened to Occupy Wall Street Movement?

If you are the one who are curious about what happened to Occupy Wall Street movement in the United States, you can be in peace as this movement which firstly began in the Zuccotti Park doesn’t actually disappear. Instead, it has been regrouped and splintered around the several focuses.

The Beginning
It started from the campaign done by Hillary Clinton where she pointed out the income inequality in the United States. She began comparing the salaries of the kindergarten teachers and the hedge fund managers.

Fortunately, Hillary was not alone at all. The presidential challenger from Democratic party, Bernie Sanders, has also spending his time to fight against the Wall Street’s excesses greed while also focused on the transaction tax of several big banks. The Republican party was also claiming that the inequality on the income was real. Marco Rubio has also done an action to reverse the income inequality by weighing the tax credit on the subsidy for those who had the low-waged incomes.

Still Active
However, it has been for about four years since the Occupy Wall Street’s precipitous rise, people thought that this social movement had lost from the public. This is not true as the activists claim that they have regrown for several issues. It can’t be denied that the income inequality has become the main problem in the United States. This problem has been the main focus of all candidates of president in 2016. From the point of view of Occupy Wall Street, this issue is only one of problems that has been in their movements.

Zuccotti Park

In recent update, the chief accomplishment of Occupy Wall Street has been changing the national talk by providing Americans with new language, that is known as the 99 percent and the 1 percent. This talk has become one of the strategies to frame the crisis on the income inequality as well as the money corruption taking place in the politics.

The movement has taken its serous act when they start occupying the Zuccotti Park in September 2011 to ignite the global and national movement to connect the links between the political and corporate power. Although lots of people at gave the supports on this movement, there has not been a concrete result on the movement done by the government.

Despite its failure in September 2011, the movement is still active in the community. To know more about what happened to Occupy Wall Street, you can keep on your eyes on the news update.

OWS, was It a Success?

Taking “Arab Spring” as an example doesn’t mean that Occupying Wall Street movement can be an instant success and make their aspirations heard by the lawmakers. OWS is still continued until now, can be a big question that OWS, was it a success or actually they fail so they need to do it annually?

• Don’t Have a Clear Aim
The difference between “Arab Spring” and OWS is in their aim. It was said that “Arab Spring” surely knew what kind of change that they want to happen, so that the indicator of the success of this movement becomes clear when the target is reached.

However, Occupy Wall Street movement has too general aim which is to erase the economy and social inequality worldwide, especially in the US. Well, this aim is really good and is many people’s voice, indeed but they aren’t specific which law that the government should fix. So, the indicator if its success becomes a blur.

In its development, OWS also experienced the change of goals. Many people join this movement, not because they want the government remakes or make the certain law that will be beneficial for many people, but they just want to express their disappointment to the government. This act, of course, can be controversial, since other people may interpret it in the wrong way. This is also why in some OWS acts; the police were ordered to dismiss the participants because the police thought that what they do was wrong.

Act as the Majority

• Act as the Majority
The OWS’ slogan is “We are the 99%” which means that they are the majority of the US citizens who feel unequally treated by the one per cent, the rich and powerful people. Well, this slogan seems good in order to attack the one per cent side by the number of people. However, it is not effective when they realize that many people don’t agree with them. They didn’t get the backup of numbers of people and they just fall apart.

The other demonstration may act like the minority. They may be out of number, but when they are treated as the minority for real, their spirit will be burned to show the treatment that they get from the majority; to blame the majority about what they have done to the minority.

OWS, was it a success? Well, nobody knows it for sure. The result is still debatable. However, the most important thing from this movement is that we can see how lots of people still fight for equal rights, in this case, is between the rich and the poor one.