I found this on http://occupydallas.org/
Despite being raided by police and having our camp destroyed, the members of OccupyDallas continue to protest corporate greed and the corrupt financial system which has poisoned our government. We’re now occupying Pegasus Plaza as well as the intersection of Main & Akard, home to a Chase bank and a Pegasus Community credit union. The picture says it all.
To date, the total cost of the war that has been allocated by Congress is $1.26 trillion, with $815 billion to Iraq and $445.1 billion to Afghanistan (1). The U.S. war in Afghanistan is now the longest war in the history of the United States, and is costing U.S. taxpayers nearly $100 billion per year.
The cost in terms of innocent civilian lives, numbering in the millions, is incalculable. Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are not vital to U.S. security (2).
In fact, resistance to foreign occupation breeds hostility to the U.S. and undermines the capacity of the people to rebuild infrastructure and reconstruct their governments.
While faced with the possibility of reduced funding for education, health care, housing, home heating assistance, other social necessities, taxpayers in theUnited States will pay $172.4 billion for continuation of the wars and occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan for FY2011(3). At the same time, greatly needed job-creating infrastructure projects such as bridges and levees, and development of clean, renewable, alternative energy sources are left underfunded. In contrast to any threats abroad, this lack of investment in the future of our country is a grave security risk.
It is the working people who are paying for these unjust, endless wars in terms of blood and treasure. These wars have made us less secure because they have damaged rather than “promote[d] the common welfare” (4) of the nation’s citizens.
The U.S. support to Israel is fundamental to the state’s ability to systematically obstruct the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination through flagrant violations of international law including ongoing constructions of settlements, expropriation of land, detention of political prisoners, occupation and colonization of Palestinian lands, construction of the separation wall, refusal to recognize the fundamental rights of the Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel to full equality and realizing the rights of Palestinian refugees as stipulated in UN resolution 194. The Obama administration approved $3.075 billion in military aid to Israel for FY2012 and between FY2012-2018 $18.54 billion USD (5).
We sign this petition to urge President Obama and our congressional representatives to immediately bring all U.S. forces and private contractors home immediately. We support discontinuation of all military aid to the state of Israel. In addition, we oppose any form of U.S. military or economic intervention in Libya, Egypt, Bahrain, Tunisia, and other countries where movements are rising in opposition to dictatorships and military rule.
Do you think the US should do?
More than 100 Occupy Wall Street protesters marched to a New York hotel to protest a fundraising event President Obama attended.
Demonstrators held signs charging that “Obama is a corporate puppet,” among other things, as they marched in front of a Sheraton Hotel, one of three campaign events Obama attended Wednesday, The New York Times reported.
Ben Campbell, 28, one of the march’s organizers, said he hoped to show the demonstrators were equal-opportunity critics.
“President Obama is coming to town solely to raise money from the richest of the rich,” Campbell said.
The protesters marched from Bryant Park to the hotel, forcing shoppers and theater-goers to retreat, the Times said. The demonstrators were escorted by police vehicles as they contributed to traffic jams across the Times Square area before reaching a barricaded area in front of the hotel.
Inside the hotel, Obama told those attending the fundraiser he was proud of the changes accomplished since his election in 2008, including reforms in healthcare and financial services. He also acknowledged the aggravation Americans are feeling because of the economic situation.
“I know that folks are frustrated with Washington,” Obama said. “But the only way to end the game-playing and the point-scoring that passes for politics this day is to send a message in this election that we are not backing down, we are not giving up; that we are going to keep pushing, and we continue to fight, and we still hope, and we are still going after change that we believe in.”
According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Texas fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2011 to 8.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Texas peaked in August 2011 at 8.5% and is now 0.1 percentage points lower. You can also see Texas unemployment compared to other states.
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Unemployment Rate: Texas, National