Occupy The Hood is an autonomous national grassroots movement comprised of activists, organizers and community members working with like-minded individuals and organizations across the US. Occupy The Hood stands in solidarity with any progressive organization or movement who desires and works towards the liberation, benefit and improvement of the quality of life of disenfranchised People of Color.
From Occupation to Liberation, De-Colonize, Empower The Hood.
People of Color, and in particular Black, Brown and Native/Indigenous People, have been disproportionately affected by the issues that the Occupy Movement has recently raised. Unemployment rates double nationwide, disproportionate incarceration rates, wealth gap, subprime mortgages/foreclosures.
Occupy The Hood will work to address many critical issues affecting our communities:
un/under employment, poverty, mass incarceration, political prisoners, school to prison pipeline, police brutality, racial profiling, violence/murders/illegal guns, housing/foreclosures/homelessness/gentrification, health care disparities, educational disparities, food deserts, community development, reparations, economic development, entrepreneurship, gender-specific programs, youth programs, environmental justice, civic engagement, discrimination/racism
Occupy The Hood is officially active in the following Cities:
NYC (NY), Detroit (MI), Pittsburgh (PA), Seattle (WA), Philadelphia (PA), Atlanta (GA), Boston (MA), Tacoma (WA), Dallas (TX), Nola (LA), Cincinnati (OH), Portland (OR), St. Louis (MO), Cleveland (OH), Washington (DC), Richmond (VA), Los Angeles (CA) and growing
WE ARE THE MOST AFFECTED of the 99%
It has been said that:
“Black People are on the bottom of every list that is good, and on the top of every list that is bad.”
“When White America has a cold, Black America has pneumonia.”
Almost double the national average and in many cities/states is triple and quadruple. Unemployment rates nationally for specific groups such as Black Men and Black Teenagers are even more glaring. USA Unemployment = 9.1% Black Unemployment = 16.2 % Black males = 17.5% Black teens almost 41%
Black and Latino Incarceration Rates
Black man = 1 in 3 (32%) Latino man = 1 in 6 (17%) White man has = 1 in 17 (5.9%). It costs $35-50,000 annually (varies state/federal) to incarcerate someone.
Black/Latino Wealth Gap
The wealth gaps between whites and minorities have grown to their widest levels in a quarter-century. The recession and uneven recovery have erased decades of minority gains, leaving whites on average with 20 times the net worth of blacks and 18 times that of Hispanics, according to an analysis of new Census data.
People of Color Poverty Rates
Poverty rates for blacks and Hispanics greatly exceed the national average. In 2010, 27.4 percent of Blacks and 26.6 percent of Hispanics were poor, compared to 9.9 percent of non-Hispanic whites and 12.1 percent of Asians. Poverty rates are highest for families headed by single women, particularly if they are Black or Hispanic. In 2010, 31.6 percent of households headed by single women were poor, while 15.8 percent of households headed by single men and 6.2 percent of married-couple households lived in poverty.
Native-born vs. foreign-born residents
In 2010, 19.9 percent of foreign-born residents lived in poverty, compared to 14.4 percent of residents born in the United States. Foreign-born, non-citizens had an even higher incidence of poverty, at a rate of 26.7 percent.
OCCUPY THE HOOD!
‘There’s none so deaf as those who will not hear’ .. (anon)
Telling, isn’t it?
It’s like “ohhh nope, we can’t upset the fragile American public, a picture like that might cause too much ANXIETY! We can’t have them worrying about things that are actually happening in the world!”
Although, I also think this is an incredibly calculated decision right now, with the Occupy movement still going strong. If the US people see revolutions going on in other parts of the world, they’ll be encouraged, and this Occupy silliness might never go away! What’s next? Other movements and people speaking out and realizing the bullshit they suffer with every day? Can’t have THAT, either.
^ What Sylver said.
You’d better be sure you know this is a calculated, very manipulative move pulled by Time and the media at large. Basic PR and mass comm theory stuff at work here.
Because we’ll preach democracy up and down but at the end of the day, apparently real democracy is bad for business and we certainly can’t have that. :X
Remember the U.S. media coverage of Libya and Egypt and other countries during their revolutions? Now compare that to how they portray the Occupy Movement. Yeeeah. They know EXACTLY what they’re doing. Hopefully, the majority of us will be wise enough to know exactly what they’re doing too.
Is it sad to think that if this really happened they probably would get at least 3 million likes?
Note Of Note of the Day: From the Associated Press’ Washington-based Assistant Chief of Bureau for photos, J. David Ake:
A protester handed President Barack Obama a note while shaking hands along a rope line in New Hampshire today. Photographer Charlie Dharapak smartly zoomed in so you can read the note for yourself.
Transcript follows for those who can’t:
Mr. President: Over 4000 peaceful protesters / have been arrested / While banksters continue / to destroy the American economy (with impunity) / You must stop the assault / on our 1st ammendment rights [sic]. / Your silence sends a message / that police brutality is ac(ceptable) / Banks got bailed out. / We got sold out.
84-year-old Occupy Seattle participant Dorli Rainey, pictured above after being pepper sprayed by Seattle Police on November 15th.
She later wrote about the incident:
“Something funny happened on my way to a transportation meeting in Northgate. As I got off the bus at 3rd and Pine I heard helicopters above. Knowing that the problems of New York would certainly precipitate action by Occupy Seattle, I thought I better check it out. Especially since only yesterday the City Government made a grandiose gesture to protect free speech. Well free speech does have its limits as I found out as the cops shoved their bicycles into the crowd and simultaneously pepper sprayed the so captured protesters. If it had not been for my Hero (Iraq Vet Caleb) I would have been down on the ground and trampled. This is what democracy looks like. It certainly left an impression on the people who rode the No. 1 bus home with me. In the women’s movement there were signs which said: “Screw us and we multiply.’”
FUCK. FUCK FUCK FUCK. BLINDING RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE.
These are your ~civil servants~. There is nothing CIVIL about this.