tv [untitled] February 4, 2013 9:30pm-10:00pm EST
my name is dennis i made this movie and there are a few things you should know about me right from the jump i'm not an expert on the economy climate change or foreign policy i'm also not an expert on sustainable farming systems the history of social movements or lego's the occupy movement has experts on all those things and more not really want to. marry husband father of two fantastic children i live on a main street in a small new england town with actual white picket fences i made this movie for you me and everyone we know in the hope that we can create a world where human need comes before corporate greed so why does it feel almost un-american to say that i think about it this way just go with me for a second here you know that scene from the oliver stone film wall street when gordon gekko played by michael douglas in a role that would win him an oscar appears at a shareholders meeting of a company paper to defend his actions and his grotesque worldview and delivers the
now famous speech where he says. the lack of at a very is good. right. works. creek. and can't. see evolution. and. will not stay tells us that other malfunction of the. audience is flipped out they cheered everybody in the eighties wanted to be gordon gekko but the thing is this oliver stone wrote it as a piece of satire but nobody got it just the opposite all over stone was trying to send up the excesses of the reagan era michael douglas his portrayal helped inspire a whole generation of slicked back hair doos in double breasted seats adopting the greed is good ethos and pursuing the american dream. as it had come to be defined
now delivers a pretty well for a very few poverty and misery down on many and serving as a homicidal force for others because people do in fact die for lack of access to health care in the richest country in the world that's the us of a human consumption is in fact accelerating the destruction of our planet people do in fact die in wars waged based on lies that profit a precious few over five million children globally each year do not reach their fifth birthday because they die of starvation all of this is not because the system that puts man on the moon or can squeeze an entire library onto a computer chip the size of a thumbnail has failed to find a way to solve these problems rather our system without apology places corporate greed. and greed take back the popular phrase is not good now the question many within the occupy movement are trying to solve is this one what would look like
that had a culture and an economic system the places you need above corporate greed and how do we bring that world into being who cares what it is called call it socialism call it real democracy now call it chunky monkey cherry garcia the world needs to change radically needs to change dramatically and it needs to change fast this documentary is an invitation for you to participate in that positive change frankly because we need to yes. it's console. bad well it's a very well to buy but makes it
a problem if you just saw all the money in one place. so i got you is going to money is going to get for people that have the will. to pay for a million yes six we want to hear. the wealth of three percent of american families one percent of the wealth of ninety five percent of americans so now that we've identified the problem broadly speaking what do you think the solution is raise your hand if you think the way our representative democracy currently functions bought and sold as it is by wall street and super pacs offers a bright ray of hope forward anyone to the very same power anyone politicians know if they set about spend their competitor they're going to when they will when the election ninety four percent of the time. so. they have no fear of the american people they fear the people who are going to fund their campaign right so that means that you me and just about everyone we know has very little say over who
represents us and little to no influence over them once they get into office for a process is rigged to throw an enormous amount of money behind candidates in the two major parties and consequently choosing the lesser of two evils is something americans have done with a fatalistic shrug of the shoulders for far too long to say the u.s. government currently functions of foreign by the people would be a funny joke if the joke were not on you mean almost everyone we know imagine a world in which your single voice carried as much weight as the c.e.o. of goldman sachs and you're starting to imagine the world that the occupy movement is trying to bring into being we know always going to greet us not about unanimity we don't be like that duke ellington jazz orchestra. everybody got their own voice and even duke is not the conductor he just didn't put the money but it doesn't really hit. johnny and i just yes that's democracy in action at the deepest level the spirit. the horizontal community and culture and organization.
was so radicalizing for two thousand continues to be surrounded by because it draws such a stark contrast up against what they're fighting and actually in their minds clarifies what they're up against more than somebody. more than it would be clarified if somebody got up and tried to clarify it for thanks to occupy wall street there is a lot of new ways of organizing which is not just calling people to participate in something you came up with but giving people the opportunity to create for themselves and to be part of a regional brainstorming about what to do so there's a feel empowered in this moment and it's also i think. finally put the kybosh on let's organize a rally on a saturday in washington d.c. when everything is closed and people come from around the country and spend a lot of money to walk around in a circle and come home. and
five thirty in the morning was a comedy on most mornings early in the occupy wall street movement there would only be about fifty maybe two hundred or so occupying the space but at five thirty in the morning on the morning of october fourteenth two thousand and eleven several thousand people were gathered there wide awake why because mayor mike bloomberg had declared that his own personal army his words the n.y.p.d. constituting the seventh largest army in the world would have picked occupy wall street and these thousands were there not just in solidarity they were there armed with an idea some cardboard signs in an urgency to protect the young and many of them were prepared to go to jail trying to fill the space i had already gone to jail once since all of this started as an organizer with the october two thousand and eleven coalition i had been in washington d.c. in the early days of the movement and you can see me here after suggesting repeatedly i had met inside the hart senate office building that we find other uses
for the money we lavish on our homicidal will kill political china shop in the foreign policy i was given to do not pass go go directly to jail card and in a few days i would be arrested again this time for protesting corporate personhood on the steps of the supreme court. and it would occupy movement all around the world because we love. working people and. that jane joined us from the grave that we have the fact that the. occupy d.c. occupy wall street occupy the supreme court not you everywhere in my willingness to go to jail for the movement though i was hardly unique and with the thousands that were in zuccotti on the morning of october fourteenth it seems that you're about to eclipse the previous one day record total of seven hundred protesters arrested on the brooklyn bridge what was it that brought all of those people to use
a coffee that it may. would be a revolution in the traditional sense but this is a revolution in the life of our people not the losing end it's not going to be stuff like police barricades in congress critical is it everybody misses like. the utility. bill. in the first six months of about seven thousand people have been arrested in occupy related protests for things like why all the fuss. and why in the predawn hours on that friday in october were so many prepared to go to jail who. i bet my life five you five of us who we were supposed to get cleaned out of the park we swept the shit park and then we took brooms and we took them to the tall street the co cleaned up wall street i
think most of the problems but the self is in the offices so we can get to it but we did a little victory lap and the police brutalized this the rest of the people like yeah they do that they have done that trying to twenty five years in this country during that years non violent confrontations with the police whether they be in asserting one's first amendment rights to assemble for uncommented spontaneous marches in the streets can be incredibly empowering movement building experience an antidote to the years of disempowering and or williams free speech zone when it comes to be the mayor and yet civil resistance is but one part one tactic of the movement if you only saw the early stages of the occupy movement through the lens of the mainstream media you might think the movement was soley about clashes with the police live. good laboratory was able to build the world's most sophisticated rowboat. give a darn about anything turns mission to teach me why you should care about humans
guy like you. are inherently civilians to get excited when. i was young i thought there were. people that had not seen anything strength there's no. law that everybody has served in iraq afghanistan like you look at my. life in afghanistan my mother didn't get out. of new york city my opinion your city any. reason it. does no honor and i don't see millions. i. am.
a. leisurely tired ok let's just be honest here for a moment for some people this is an justifiably so a battle about a police state since one nine hundred eighty the number of people in prison per capita in the united states has more than tripled we now in prison a greater percentage of our population than any other country in the world in fact the united states is only five percent of the world's population has twenty five percent of the world's prison population in the u.s. one in every one hundred six white males aged eighteen or over is incarcerated for hispanic males that number is one in thirty six and one in fifteen black males over eighteen is currently in jail between one thousand eighty seven and two thousand and seven state spending on incarceration related expenses increased one hundred.
only seven percent of all spending on higher education during that same period rose a mere twenty percent is it that much more profitable to jail or population than it is to educate and. i think that's a great dreams and the nand their head lock arms now you know what take me to you know if you want to continue to do this i'd rather go to jail you know watch you continue to pull my brother my sister my moms or anybody else that looks like me an arrest i think it should be a scary thing not just for those oh you know people color minority but all of us know that we have to live in a society like that. ok so depending on your geographic location your everyday reality may reflect the police state we live in two larger or smaller degrees but at least you have your health right at least you have your home. already made every job very rigorous you slice out your show pfizer recreational mother. of every two thousand women are literally in profiting no matter what
you're. taking place right now. by my camera all right. thank you you're welcome pal sometimes we demanding change on a large scale has to start with small groups of individuals saying enough is enough like this group of individuals in western massachusetts who gathered in an attempt to stop bank of america from executing yet another foreclosure. since i have five back to. a lack of government regulations gave banks enough rope to operate like cowboys in the wild west and they responded by lassoing homeowners with these predatory lending practices when the housing bubble burst bank of america got bailed out and those with underwater mortgages were sold out so that c.e.o.'s like brian moynihan could collect the year end bonus of over nine million dollars a week lou with that they have enough money to pay for a reasonable war gauge at today's values so this is something that all of fluster
can stand behind we believe that when folks have you know a home that they should be able to stay in that home and it's not like they're not willing to pay this is the weirdest movement i've ever worked in this way and the foreclosure movement because we are begging people to take money and they won't take it of course occupy hardly invented foreclosure defenses people like grace and i foreclosure organizations have been toiling away at this for years but when occupy wall street went to east new york in december to march occupy are more and more people around the country started to realize that there was another way to get back. was. there. and sometimes demanding change in a large scale starts because even smaller groups dr margaret flowers is among the nation's leading advocates for true health care reform health care reform that would eliminate the for profit insurance companies and provide medicare for all
individuals in the united states a former pediatrician and congressional fellow dr flowers worked within the system for years after the farmhouse i was traveling around the country and people kept saying how are we going to get single payer i was speaking around various states and and i stoli kind of came together like oh well unless you know as a as a movement even though we're in the majority of the population once a single payer system we're not going to be strong enough as a single issue. kind of movement to have that kind of political power and health care is really part of a broader social economic justice movement anyway and so we really need to come together bring our strengths together combine our strengths to have the power and so i notice in my talks i was starting to shift more into you know calling for a broader movement as a core organizer of the october two thousand and eleven coalition that occupied freedom plaza in washington d.c. dr flowers thought fit to attend as an uninvited guest
a wall street comes to washington for health care conference i crashed the party with her i doubt they would let my big camera and so i had to shoot the video this impromptu meeting with the real death panels on myself was to get how good how we did and that i was i didn't i acceptable saturday practice because they can't find one. was out i was. fine because there was a snow cave you're. the reality was. a little. bit . sally. was. put on west street and joined
protesters picketing outside where adair a scarlet shared her story of why health care was literally a life and death issue i came here because up to now for my father martin i was full suicide get shot if i had three say yes but because her life partner did have enough money to pay for health care to take care of it and didn't want to ask because my sister and myself were fifty four years old this is the most considerate suicide that ever occurred to me i could put sticky notes on everything from anybody saying you know return this post this person cetera et cetera everything that could have possibly done me good night what i want my first born child now said please tell me where my heart my daughter from i have to find yourself for being that it was you know i'm sure you understand this is something i have you can't hold you know without but simply not. that's why i'm
here in this forum standing up heard people like every person that died for lack of access to health care somethings father or son or daughter thank you take a stand up not only for my father but for all those like. you have found. it is a. thing i. think a public a thank you think even though my mortgage is underwater and my health care costs are going through this here is america i'll just pull myself up by the bootstraps and get to work nose to the grindstone will solve all ills but be careful out there if you haven't noticed there is a war on workers well underway between one thousand nine hundred and two thousand and eight the average income of the bottom ninety percent remained effectively unchanged at thirty one thousand dollars per year in that same time span the
average income of the top one percent went from four hundred thousand dollars to over one point one million dollars per year so much for trickle down economics in one thousand nine hundred a c.e.o. made forty two times that of an average and by two thousand and ten to see those were earning three hundred forty three times the workers median wage and while the rich got richer they were paying less and less taxes in one nine hundred forty five millionaires get a tax rate of sixty six percent in two thousand and ten millionaires effective tax rate was thirty two percent or more gratian things look even better bank of america hold over two point two trillion in assets and pays less in taxes than the average american household in two thousand and ten g.b. reported five point two billion dollars in profit and was awarded a tax refund three point two billion dollars citi group has not paid taxes in the
last four years and yet in the wake of the financial crisis they are deemed too big to fail and received four hundred seventy six billion dollars in taxpayer bailout money and goldman sachs has spent twenty two million dollars in campaign contributions and twenty one million dollars in lobbying. efforts in the past decade and in two thousand and eight paid taxes at a rate. for a. one person that it was was you. cut you think i'd have was immaculate to me like you. think i was the. excuse to six thousand yes thank you but one could send out eighty one but
that is the twenty five years that we looked at but pretty. we've been working pete thank you let me play this clip of that they said we could put up with live in bed at night but not like to kick you out of the thing we would think you did thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you to thousand thousand thousand to six two