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Our Bodies in the Streets, Our Stories Will Be Told:
Occupy Our Stories records and
shares our stories.
What is Occupy Our Stories?
The Occupy movement began on 09/17/11.
But our stories - the stories of the
99 percent -began far before then.
Occupy Our Stories captures our
stories—the stories of the 99%:
- We make $8 an hour working at Target
while a Target chief executive’s pay
package for 2010 was $23.9 million.
- We are saddled with tens of thousands
of dollars in student debt but can only
find unpaid internships.
- We are incarcerated. Once we are released
we can be discriminated against in housing,
public benefits and employment.
- We are a family facing foreclosure.
- We are ill but don’t have the money
to get the care we need.
- We are parents who see shrinking educational and
employment opportunities for our children and a
continual assault on civil liberties. We fear
for our children’s future.
- We are harassed by the police because
we are people of color. The police
call it Stop and Frisk. We call it a crime.
And it is our stories, our lives, our struggles that build
and inspire this movement. The diversity of our stories
is the strength and beauty of this movement. Occupy
Our Stories captures these narratives through
audio, written narratives and video. We invite
you to share your stories.
Upload a video of yourself to youtube telling
your 99% story, or a video of you interviewing
a loved one about his/her story. Then email
the link to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll
review it and post it here. Or if video isn’t
your thing, write your story and email it to us
at email@example.com. Also, we'll be
around New York and New Jersey collecting stories
-- we'll post the locations and dates on Facebook!
Our strategy should be not only to confront empire,
but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen , to
shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our
literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance,
our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own
stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re
being brainwashed to believe. The corporate revolution will
collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their
ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons,
their notion of inevitability. Remember this: we be many
and they be few. They need us more than we need them.
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On
a quiet day I can hear her breathing.
- Arundhati Roy