Occupy Santa Fe joins #GlobalNoise uprising!

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On Saturday, October 13, Occupy Santa Fe activists participated in the world’s first international #globalNOISE day of solidarity action! On this day, a revolutionary coalition of social movements including Occupy Wall Street, 15M, Real Democracy Now, #YoSoy132, Blockupy, Strike Debt, and others took our collective indignation to the streets, banging pots and pans in hundreds of cities around the world in a massive show of global solidarity against debt, austerity, and neoliberal imperialism. In Santa Fe, participants first converged at the downtown plaza:

After parading through downtown Santa Fe with sounds of revolution echoing off the concrete, our small group of spirited marching noisemakers arrived at the Santa Fe farmers market:

Global coverage via CommonDreams.org, The Nation,
Digital Journal, TheRealNews.com and GlobalNoise.net

Saying “we will not be silent” against austerity measures, thousands took to the streets across the world to join in a “Global Noise” pot banging protest march on Saturday, October 13. From New York to Buenos Aires, Helsinki to Melbourne, the global 99% brought a loud message against the world’s corporate elite.

While the focus of each march was locally decided, Global Noise asserts that “one common theme running through all the #GlobalNoise events is the targeting of political and financial elites who are held responsible for destroying our communities and the planet, resonating the ongoing wave of anti-austerity protests in Europe and around the world. At the same time #GlobalNoise is a symbol of hope and unity, building on a wide variety of struggles for global justice and solidarity, assuring that together we will create another world.”

Describing the motivation for the protests, Caleb Maupin from the International Action Center told RT in an interview, “Austerity is a crime against the people,” and said that austerity has struck the U.S. as well as countries like Spain. With banks being rewarded while people suffer, “we are going to rise up and demand a change to that situation,” said Maupin, because “people don’t have to pay for the crisis the bankers created.”

In New York City, hundreds of activists gathered at Columbus Circle to promote the same message, holding an educational panel about debt, followed by a march around the city.

Strike Debt and Occupy Wall Street handed out copies of the Debt Resistor’s Operations Manual, a project that seeks to educate people about how debt affects everyone, the history of housing debt, what can be done to protect those who are currently in debt, and tools to create a credit system that serves the people and not just the obscenely wealthy. (The manual is available as a PDF here.)

Though all the Global Noise targets were chosen by local chapters, the theme running through all he events is the “targeting of political and financial elites who are held responsible for destroying our communities and the planet, resonating the ongoing wave of anti-austerity protests in Europe and around the world.” At the same time, Global Noise stated that it wants to be a “symbol of hope and unity, building on a wide variety of global justice and solidarity, assuring that together we will create another world.”

Global Noise in Paris, France, October 13, 2012

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