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The Sequester is Austerity and Austerity is Class Warfare!

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The Tampa Light Brigade took out this "SEQUESTER THIS! message last night.

Tampa, Fl - The recent battle over the Sequester in Washington may seem like far off politi-babble and the President and press may simply write it off as “gobbly gook” but we should really be calling it exactly what the Overpass Light Brigade and Tampa Light Brigade (OLB is an affiliation of volunteer activist groups that use LED letters to spell out messages on pedestrian overpass bridges around the country) are calling it, “CLASS WARFARE”!

The Overpass Light Brigade shine a "QUESTION AUSTERITY" message in Wisconsin.

The Overpass Light Brigade shine a “QUESTION AUSTERITY” message in Wisconsin.

These illuminated messages aim to awaken The People who must realize that they are being forced to shoulder the crushing financial burden manufactured by the malfeasance of the 1% through this Sequester. It is only another veiled package of austerity for the 99% and yet another bailout for the 1%. Austerity is killing Europe and now it will grip North America unless the people stand up and fight back!

The Tampa Light Brigade took out this "SEQUESTER THIS! message last night.

The Tampa Light Brigade took out this “SEQUESTER THIS! message last night.

Here are some of the Overpass Light Brigade's Austerity messages sequenced nicely.

Here are some of the Overpass Light Brigade’s Austerity messages sequenced nicely.

Help Overpass Light Brigade “Question Austerity”

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OLB Debuts "QUESTION AUSTERITY" Message in Milwaukee (photo courtesy of Overpass Light Brigade).
OLB Debuts "QUESTION AUSTERITY" Message in Milwaukee

OLB Debuts “QUESTION AUSTERITY” Message in Milwaukee (photo courtesy of Overpass Light Brigade).

Milwaukee, WI - Tonight, the Overpass Light Brigade (OLB) will continue a campaign to spread their “Question Austerity” message. The “holders of the light brought this message out on a pedestrian overpass bridge a few weeks ago. The group’s aim with the message is to literally cast light upon the cutting of vital public services for the 99% around the globe to make up for the massive revenue shortfalls created when bailing out the ones responsible (1%). OLB is asking any 99 percenter upset about being forced to shoulder this unfair financial burden and it’s economic consequences through forced austerity measures to participate in their #questionausterity hashtag challenge.

The challenge is this. In the true spirit of creative activism that OLB inspires, think of a way in which you can shed your own light upon the absurdity of the 99% bailing out the 1% through a system of forced austerity: in short, question austerity. Be as imaginative with it as you care to be or use the simple narrative structure: “I question austerity when ….[ fill in blank]“ including the #questionausterity hashtag. (Sample below)

Immediately start posting status updates on Facebook (with OLB tagged) and / or tweets on Twitter (with the #questionausterity hashtag) and tonight when OLB posts its newest pictures on Facebook, they will feature three of their favorite tweets or status updates using the #questionausterity hashtag as picture descriptions with the posted pictures (giving credit to the author). Help OLB spread this powerful message and together we will help other 99 percenters to continue or begin to “Question Austerity” and organize ways to resist it. Here is one of our #questionausterity tweets.

Tonight’s bridge action will also be streamed live on Occupy Riverwest’s Ustream channel! Our livestreamer will also be interacting with viewers through Facebook and Twitter while streaming. Come and be a virtual “holder of the light” and communicate with us through the wonder of live stream video! The embedded window below will go live at 8:45 p tonight!


Live video from your Android device on Ustream

 

 

Nuns on the Bus to Join Overpass Light Brigade and Palermo’s Pizza Worker Picket Line

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The Nuns on the Bus Tour left Des Moines, IA Monday and will join the Overpass Light Brigade on Tuesday night.


Broadcasting live with Ustream

The Nuns on the Bus Tour left Des Moines, IA Monday and will join the Overpass Light Brigade on Tuesday night.

Milwaukee, WI – The Overpass Light Brigade has announced that they will have a special guest with them for their next bridge party and newest illuminated LED message. The Nuns on the Bus, a group of Catholic sisters who are traveling the Country by bus to call into question future legislation being considered by the U.S. Congress that they say, “…further enriches the wealthiest Americans at the expense of struggling, impoverished families.” (Nuns on the Bus website) will be joining up with OLB on a Wisconsin pedestrian bridge Tuesday, June 19th.

 

Overpass Light Brigade has been hitting Wisconsin overpass bridges with political message for drivers and passerby’s.

Occupy Riverwest will be live streaming this event through our Ustream account, which will be picked up by OccupyWI. If you can’t join the “holders of the light” and the Nuns on the Bus in person, than come and join the bridge party virtually. OLB has requested that anyone interested in participating in this once in a lifetime experience, send a message to their Facebook page with their email address so that they can send you the details. Hope you can join us in-person or virtually.

We have learned that the Nuns on the Bus will also be joining the striking Palermo’s Pizza workers on the picket line tomorrow at 10:45. Should be a fun couple of days!

Watch a video of the Overpass Light Brigade’s bridge party from last Saturday with the striking Palermo’s Pizza workers .