Citizen Action Monitor

“We are coming to Washington to stay”: Nation-wide people’s occupation of D.C.’s Freedom Plaza, Oct 6, 2011

No 189 Posted by fw, June 9, 2011

This could be the start of something big, SOMETHING REALLY BIG — the birth of a new nation-wide social movement in the U.S.

A coalition of  organizations and prominent individuals is announcing at  a plan to begin a people’s occupation of Washington, D.C’s Freedom Plaza., on October 6th, to build it into something larger on the 7th, 8th, and 9th, and to not leave until we are satisfied. This will NOT be a one-off, feel-good event!

According to David Swanson, of, in an article titled, Our Tahrir Square: DC’s Freedom Plaza on October 6th:

This will not be another rally and march on a Saturday, make home movies, pat ourselves on the back, and go home. We are coming to Washington to stay. Today’s announcement is an open invitation for all kinds of organizations, national and local, to join in the early planning stages of this campaign. We need not agree on political ideology or party or much else. We need only agree that nonviolent resistance to a government that routinely ignores the will of its people is appropriate in our nation as well — even above all, given our nation’s impact on the environment, global finances, and wars.

NOW IS THE TIME — Inspired by people’s uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Spain, Wisconsin, and elsewhere

When other nations’ governments go off track, their people do something about it. In Tunisia and Egypt people have nonviolently claimed power in a way that has inspired Americans in Wisconsin and other states, as well as the people of Spain and the rest of the world.

There is absolutely no reason that our government must be permitted to continue functioning on behalf of Wall Street and a war machine. In Afghanistan, the people protest our bombing of their homes. We sit inside our own homes complaining about our economy, our banks, our schools. Instead, we now have a chance to have a say, in solidarity with others around the world, with success just as likely — if just as shocking to those in power — as with past U.S. people’s movements and the recent advances in Tunisia and Egypt.


Most Americans want our wars ended, our corporations and billionaires taxed, and our rights expanded rather than curtailed. We want our money invested in jobs and green energy, not a global military that can’t stop itself. Our government in Washington goes in the opposite direction, opposing popular will on these major issues, regardless of personality or party.

Why October 6th?

On October 6th, a Thursday, the Afghanistan War will complete its first decade as the United States goes into its 2012 austerity budget.

What’s the connection between Tahrir Square and Freedom Plaza?

Tahrir Square in Cairo Egypt translates as Liberation Square. We have in Washington, D.C., a square with the similar name: Freedom Plaza. This square is located between the Capitol and the White House along Pennsylvania Avenue, and built into its surface is a map of downtown Washington on which nonviolent resistance actions can be conveniently planned.

Swanson plans to ask the British public to join the October 6 action

Wikileaks revealed that the U.S. government had been quite upset with Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown for pulling troops out of Iraq, and had accused him of something even worse: of having pulled the troops out in order to please the British public and win an election. What, we might ask, would be wrong with the U.S. government occasionally doing what the U.S. public demands? When I’m in London later this week I will be pleased to let them know we’re alive over here with exciting plans for October, and in fact to ask them to join in on October 6th — they have plenty of good squares over there too.

Be part of history. To take the pledge to be at Freedom Plaza on Oct 6, 2011, go to 

How can you be sure you want to make that commitment? How can you agree to travel great distances and make great sacrifices? How can you be sure that this will be a part of history, a story to share with your grandchildren — that you were there for the most famous event of the new century?.


Nothing is strictly guaranteed. But here’s the deal: sign up and commit to be there but only if at least 50,000 other people do the same. With that number of dedicated people, we will be able to kick start a process of nonviolent change the likes of which we haven’t seen in this country in many years. Sign up and we’ll let you know how many others are with you.

Open invitation to participate in the Freedom Plaza planning

Individuals can sign up and spread the word. You can also post on the website your reasons for being there. So can organizations. By doing so, you join a coalition and will be able to participate in the planning. This is a coalition that is just beginning to be formed. It is not a new organization. Existing organizations that promote the coalition website are in turn promoted by the coalition. To find out more, contact us:

Who else will be there?

Visit and browse the list of an impressive number of groups and individuals who have signed the pledge to show up, speak out and be counted on to start a new social movement. You could find yourself shoulder to shoulder with a who’s who of America’s leading activists.


Stop The Machine! Leading Justice Activists Unite to Announce Stop the Machine! Create a New World! action this October on the 10th Anniversary of Invasion of Afghanistan and Beginning of 2012 Federal Austerity Budget.  (Uploaded by October2011org on Jun 5, 2011).

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