From June 30th to July 4th, 2012, Occupy movement activists and supporters will gather in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the first Occupy National Gathering. This event is the culmination of months of organizing and consensus-building by countless activists from across the country. It has been endorsed by Occupy General Assemblies from Wall Street to Sacramento, and Austin to Kalamazoo, providing a clear example of the movement’s disparate chapters collaborating on a massive scale.
Occupy Philadelphia and the National Gathering Working Group, which initially proposed the event, invite all people to gather on Independence Mall for five days of community and movement building culminating in a massive outdoor gathering on July 4th. The main goals of the event are to strengthen our internal bonds, join together in direct actions, and engage in a transparent democratic process reflecting the values of the movement.
Activities will include: Four days of discussions, teach-ins, political theater, and community bonding. Protests and direct actions with Occupiers from across the movement. Collectively crafting a Vision for a Democratic Future on July 4th.
All people of good conscience who are fed up and ready to stand up for economic and social justice are invited to join us at Independence Mall. We will send the message that injustice of any kind is unacceptable. No government or corporation can ignore the will of the people any longer. We can build a better world together.
They occupied Wall Street. NY. DC, Chicago. London.
…What if they occupied the media?
New Manchester film The Lost Generation is the UK’s newest feature film to be released independently – at the end of the world – on the 20th December 2012, which takes a searing look at freedom, cyberwarfare and our idea of celebrity.
“Think of a law. She’s broken it. Think of a crime. She’s committed it. Sarah Jane (SJ) signs up to the ultimate reality TV show.
The rules are simple. Kill your opponent, stay at the top of the leader board, win 10 million pounds.
Fail, and you’re dead.
Set in a dystopic present-day world, public executions have come back into vogue - only with a gory, reality-TV twist. The Lost Generation exists in a world governed by a corrupt media who have the police in their pocket. Able to scandalise the government at the drop of a phone, the media creates propaganda on how to live a life - and left desperate civillians in its wake.
But there is hope.
They are called The Unknown.
An underground movement, fragmented youth in revolt, rebels with a cause, are waiting for the right moment to strike back…The Unknown rescue SJ from her certain fate. Despite being part of the walking dead, SJ is taken away and shown a world where choice is a possibility. But the only problem, is, she will have to become the evil she is trying to escape.
In an epic finale, SJ, once the hunted in a reality TV show, now becomes the hunter and those that created her will be her final victims.”
Director and producer Mark Ashmore, based his main character SJ on the idea of reality TV stardom – taken to a gory and violent extreme while her foil character, Blair, is based on activists within the underground occupy movements.
“SJ gets hired to kill bankers, MPs: The Lost Generation, it’s a revenge movie; and the idea is that by using all the villains of today’s society, we’ll have the audience cheering in the aisles,” says Ashmore.
“Imagine that a producer was let loose in a world where there aren’t enough new ideas…Taking on twisted visions of a nihilistic media corporation – with everyone thrown to the lions. So this is the extreme of a saturated media environment.”
Contestants in the game become unknowing rats in a maze, forced to break the law and exploited completely by a TV producer fixated by cash, ratings and recognition.
The universal themes of the individual; fear, government doublethink, and especially ideological and covert control have persevered throughout film and literature and can be seen in many 20th century thrillers – science-fiction of course – and even popular novels like The Da Vinci Code contain traces of these ideas. And they’re themes that are pervasive in this film.
The occupation of this film is one of existing within the framework of the media.
By blurring documentary footage from the riots, the Arab Spring and the biggest union march in Manchester, UK… with the Thriller – and suddenly you have a tale of drama, cruelty and rebellion about the gladiatoresque voyeurism of disposable entertainment, recklessly chewing through the minds and aspirations of its contestants and viewers.
The Lost Generation is aimed at an adult audience within the era of the Occupy movement – featuring documented footage from real protests in UK cities – as part of the movie.
Victoria Connett, who plays SJ, says of her character: “A young woman took on something that was bigger than she expected. She’s joined up with a cast on a reality TV show – and she’s taken on more than she can handle. She has to prove herself. But all the time she’s thinking – why has she signed up for this? What was her motivation?”
On May 11, a group of students at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City booed Enrique Peña Nieto at one of his appearances. Peña - who was followed out of the building by students shouting “Get out!”- is the presidential candidate for the PRI, the party that ruled Mexico for over 70 years before being voted out in 2000. After this incident, supporters of the PRI in the mainstream media and on television news quickly demonized the dissenting students, claiming they were planted by their political rivals.
Students at Ibero fired back. 131 students from the university uploaded videos on Youtube and Facebook proving their identities. Soon, using the name #YoSoy132 (I am 132) in solidarity with the students who stood up to Peña, the protest spread from social media to the streets. One week ago, hundreds of students demonstrated outside Televisa’s broadcasting centers. The protests continued to grow, reaching a size of around 50,000 in Mexico City on Saturday, when marchers shut down Paseo de la Reforma, a main thoroughfare in the capital. Over 20 cities in Mexico have joined in solidarity so far.
Although press has covered the protests as a youth-led movement against the PRI, the organizers describe themselves as a nonpartisan, leaderless movement for real democracy. In fact, the corporate media have been some of the movements primary targets. The movement is upset that two corporations, Televisa and TV Azteca, own 95% of media in Mexican homes, and the companies both have been accused of showing undue favoritism to the PRI. During the 70-year rule of the PRI, Televisa largely acted as the party’s propaganda arm and continues to favor the PRI. Although Mexican media ignored the protests as long as possible, they were forced to acknowledge them after massive turnouts at Televisa’s headquarters. A Mexican political analyst told the Wall Street Journal: “The protest movement has already achieved the impossible: forcing Televisa to cover an insurrection by young people.”
But they are not finished yet. The #YoSoy132 movement is organizing a nationwide TV boycott during the presidential debates; on May 30 in Mexico City students from all schools and univerisites will gather for a joint General Assembly; convergences are also still taking place this weekend and beyond in Oaxaca and elsewhere in Mexico.
The #yosoy132 movement arose from social networks and the jeering of Enrique Peña Nieto by students at the University of Ibero. After this incident, the PRI accused the students of being planted. In response, 131 students uploaded videos showing their names, faces, account numbers, and credentials. Their videos climbed on Youtube and proved they were students from that university.
Then, the PRI was forced to admit that, yes, they were students but that it would be investigated. In response, users of social networks started the #yosoy132 (“I am 132”) movement, announcing they too were exercising their freedom of expression and that they supported the 131 students.
Thanks to that, we organized and set up a march last Friday, attended not only by students from the Ibero, but also from universities such as ITAM and Anahuac. We marched on the sidewalk, without affecting traffic, and shouted slogans to Televisa and other mass media, demanding truthful information and the democratization of the media. We called, this time from many more colleges (public and private), to demand an end to media manipulation and the imposition of a candidate.
Then, we took to the streets, without party, without color, without violence.
#YoSoy132 is no longer a movement of students. Today we are a movement of ALL Mexicans.
The powerful media of our country (Mexico) want to impose a candidate (Peña Nieto) through the manipulation of information. The young university students at Ibero protested against media bias after the Peña Nieto’s visit to the university. This generated a physical and digital citizens’ movement against the Telecracy.
We are inspired by the 131 students at Ibero, who showed that the people are the boss, not a handful of corrupt politicians and businessmen who want to decide the future of the lives of millions of Mexicans and who lie, suppress, and deceive to do it, creating an environment not conducive to progress, freedom of expression, and truth.
Today I say to that small corrupt group of people:
I am the 132. I will not be fooled. I want a fairer, more free Mexico.
This is La Primavera Mexicana civil awakening against the manipulation of information. #YoSoy132 is a movement for truth.
Üstteki fotoğrafta sağ tararfta duran Rıza Kocaoğlu.
Türkiye’nin en büyük oyuncularından biri. Başrol oynadığı dizi ve filmlerin listesi bir hayli kabarık. Ve belki de Türkiye’nin en çok para kazanan oyunularından biri.
Oyuncuların hayatını bilenler var mıdır bilmiyorum, Pazar günleri haricinde hiç boş günleri olmaz. Yalnızca gün içinde “boş saatleri” olur. En fazla birkaç saat. Devamlı ve film çekimleriyle geçer hayatları. Özellikle de Rıza Kocaoğlu gibi sürekli göz önünde olan, ön plana çıkan, birinci dereceden roller alan bir oyuncuysan, her saatin, hatta her dakikan değerlidir.
Ama fotoğrafta gördüğünüz bu adam var ya, Rıza Kocaoğlu, direnişin ikinci gününden beri Gezi Parkında. 8, 9 gündür altta gördüğünüz fotoğraftaki gibi direnişçilerle birlikte yatıp kalkıyor.
Bu adam oyuncu. Çok para kazanıyor. Gidip evinde uyuyabilir, birkaç gün destek verip evine dönebilir, sıcacık yatağına gömülerek uyuyabilir. Ama yapmıyor. Halkın arasına karışıp onlar gibi direniyor.
Gerçek sanatçı; halkla iç içe olan, halkla birlikte yürüyendir. Yalnızca kibirli insanlar halka yukarıdan bakar. Siz alttaki fotoğrafta kibre dair en ufak bir şey görebiliyor musunuz?
Last September 22, when Occupy Wall Street was just five days old, labor activists from the encampment at Zuccotti Park disrupted an auction at Sotheby’s in support of the locked out art handlers of Teamsters Local 814. This action began a collaboration that lasted nine months, eventually leading to the ratification of a new three-year contract that ended the lockout on May 31. George Miranda, president of the Teamsters Joint Council 16, said, “These hard-working men and women will go home today and tell their families that they got their job back, and that’s what the Teamsters call a victory.”
On the management side of the battle was a premier union-busting law firm, Jackson Lewis, which represented a board comprised of some of the most wealthy and politically influential people in the world. On the other side were 42 workers, many of them artists themselves, who loved handling some of the most important art objects in existence and who refused to allow their jobs to be turned into low-paying, temporary contract work. They were joined by OWS activists and the Teamsters Joint Council to struggle toward a victory that some felt was improbable from the outset. The heavy lifting of this campaign, though, was borne by the workers’ family members, who had to tighten their belts and go without during the dispute.
Having been a part of the campaign from the OWS side, I had a chance to see close up how certain strategic decisions led to its success and to draw some valuable lessons from it.
Lesson 1: Choose allies carefully
When the OWS Labor Outreach Committee first met with representatives of the art handlers in the early days of the occupation, OWS activists were busy trying to reach out to potential institutional allies in New York. At that time, it seemed like every 15 minutes a new organization was approaching OWS for help, and it was clear that we needed to bring labor unions into our growing coalition. A worldwide day of solidarity was being planned by the Indignados in Spain for October 15, and many OWS organizers thought that if labor were to throw its weight behind that, we would have a shot at spreading our movement across the country. At the time, most unions didn’t seem to know what to make of us, and they didn’t want to lend their support to a protest that could be gone in a matter of weeks.
We were not looking to throw ourselves into just any labor dispute. There were certain criteria that we were looking to satisfy. It had to be a dispute that we could win, one that had symbolic resonance with the message we were trying to spread and one that would generate interest in the news media. Movements must bring about victories, so it is important to not only go after broad, transformational visions but also to choose shorter, more easily achievable campaigns. Helping to get 42 workers back to work seemed entirely reasonable, and the benefits of bringing a large and influential union like the Teamsters into the fold were obvious.
The art handlers’ story was compelling, and a fitting metaphor for the realities that we all face in a society run by the 1 percent. Our current system removes the humanity from us all and turns us into interchangeable commodities. We are no longer fathers, mothers, brothers or sisters; we become consumers, workers, bosses and debtors. Sotheby’s is a company that drives the ultimate luxury market, taking art objects that are some of the most profound expressions of human culture and selling them as personal property to wealthy buyers. Rather than being held in common for all to admire, they’re often kept in private vaults and admired only for their price tag.
This dispute pitted middle-class workers who wanted to preserve the dignity of their jobs against some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the world. The bosses put up a hard fight, forcing us to sustain our enthusiasm over a long campaign — which brings us to our next lesson.
Lesson 2: Plan for the long run (but don’t plan too much)
It is important to recognize that a successful campaign may take longer than you expected, and you must pace yourself so you don’t burn out. A movement’s momentum can wax and wane with changing circumstances beyond its control. On November 9 of last year, we held a picket in front of the Sotheby’s auction house, where over 400 OWS and union activists joined the art handlers to try and block the doors to an auction. Sotheby’s could not have foreseen when they originally locked the workers out that this dispute would grow to attract so much support, both in New York and internationally. OWS was also flying high on its own early enthusiasm; anything seemed possible, and there were rumors that a deal must be close. But only a few days later, disaster struck in the form of the NYPD’s paramilitary raid on Zuccotti Park in the early morning hours of November 15. Suddenly, we didn’t feel so unstoppable, and enthusiasm waned.
At the time, we were unable to accept the fact that we were entering a new phase, one requiring new tactics. It’s important when planning a campaign to realize that the environment in which you will be acting is not static. Your opponent will react and change the nature of the conflict, and you’ll have to adapt by finding new ways in which to act.
Soon, the news media had declared OWS dead, and it became harder both to draw people into the streets and to attract coverage when we did. Still, we had a responsibility to the families of the workers to see this campaign through. So we changed it up. No longer did we rely on auction disruptions or picket lines as the sole means of communicating our message. OWS groups like Occupy Museums and Arts & Labor dropped banners on crowded nights at the Museum of Modern Art — which has strong ties with Sotheby’s — and held general assemblies underneath. We put up provocative websites and occupied boardrooms with performance art. We created free art fairs and circulated petitions. Most importantly, we realized that in order to continue to tell the story of the 42 workers, we would have to do so in creative ways that the media couldn’t resist talking about.
It’s also important that activists plan to conserve the energy they accumulate when things are building so as not to burn out. They also need to keep enough flexibility in their plans to allow them to innovate and try new things. This brings me to the last point:
Lesson 3: Horizontality breeds innovation
I can’t tell you how many times during this campaign that I was faced with a problem that I wasn’t sure how to solve — and then someone else would simply walk up to me with a solution. In a group working together as a non-hierarchical collective, if you take time to establish a shared intention both early and clearly, amazing things can happen. The intention of the Sotheby’s campaign was, first and foremost, to get the 42 workers back to work, and that focused our efforts. When a collective decides on an intention like this, it is not like an edict or command handed down by the leader; rather, it is owned by all of the participants. Each member of the collective is then forced to realize, first, that they are each only one part of the puzzle and, second, that they each have a responsibility to help develop creative responses to challenges the group faces. A collective that shares an intention becomes extremely resilient, and the collective is no longer dependent on the actions of any one leader to move forward.
Although I was involved in some critical decisions at important junctures in this campaign, at times, other responsibilities took me away from the campaign. Whenever that happened, there was someone from the collective to keep pushing it toward the intended goal. This capacity for rejuvenation, as well as innovation, gives me hope that our movement might actually contribute to solving the multiple existential crises that face the planet. Shared intentions foster synchroncity. Just as the intention of supporting the art handlers’ struggle brought many different groups with different tactics to a shared victory, I think there’s hope that people everywhere, working through ties of solidarity, can lead us all into a better world.
The 1% wreck our economy, kill our jobs, seize our homes, assault our rights, destroy the environment, and sentence us to lives of debt and war. For years, we have petitioned our governments for change without redress and have fought tirelessly to elect politicians who only betray us. In a world where the 1% have usurped democracy and politicians refuse to serve the people, the people have but one choice—to fight back!
The relentless class war against the 99% must end. We’ve been deceived our whole lives into believing the only way to create change is by voting, but now we’re learning there’s another way. A revolution for real democracy is underway, and it falls on each and every one of us to fight together for our common future. We will cast the vote of resistance. We will take direct action to shut this broken system down and build a better world that works in the interest of all people, everywhere.
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MADRID — Tens of thousands of Spaniards joined coal miners who marched with their helmet lamps shining in the dark Wednesday in a protest at industry subsidy cuts that they say threaten their communities.
Some 400 miners in white hard hats and blue overalls were joined by a multitude of ordinary citizens, also angered by the economic cuts the government has made in response to the financial and economic crisis.
“Miners, stick it out, Spain is rising up!” they chanted, to the sound of drums and the boom of high-powered fireworks as the miners edged along the broad avenues, swamped by the crowd of sympathisers.
Weeks of protests by miners in the north have boiled over into violent clashes with police, but the march dispersed peacefully early Wednesday after meeting more crowds on the central Puerta del Sol square in the middle of the night.
“We are all miners,” read one banner hoisted as the miners’ cortege weaved through the crowd amid deafening cheers.
“We didn’t expect such a big welcome, much less,” said Roberto Quintas, 50, a miner of 22 years, who along with hundreds of others had hiked hundreds of miles from the north in protest.
“The fact people are coming into the street and mobilising is a good sign,” added Quintas, tired after marching from the far northern town of Villablino near Leon.
The miners planned a second Madrid demonstration later on Wednesday morning, which unions hoped would draw at least 25,000 people.
They are protesting the government’s decision to slash coal industry subsidies this year to 111 million euros ($142 million) from 301 million euros last year, which they say threatens 30,000 jobs directly and indirectly.
Unions say the cuts will destroy coal mining, which relies on state aid to compete with cheaper imports.
“The fight is for something just, we are just coming to claim what is ours,” said Manuel Cinoceda, a 55-year-old miner from the Aragon region who took early retirement, as his group entered Madrid on Tuesday.
The entry into Madrid after a two-week journey on foot of more than 400 kilometres (250 miles) was hailed by car drivers beeping their horns and some fire engines sounding their sirens.
“Except for a few towns, we have been very warmly welcomed almost everywhere,” said Antonio Risco, 52, who joined the Aragon marchers after leaving the Cordoban mining region of Guadiato de Penarroya.
“We have to make this government realise that the mining regions have to survive and coal, too, because it is a native energy, which comes from the country and is cheap,” said Risco, who retired after 22 years’ work.
Spanish coal’s state subsidies are due to be eliminated by 2018 under European Union agreements.
Spain’s mines have been gradually closing over the past 20 years. Only around 40 are still active, mostly in the north, and they employ about 8,000 miners as well as sustaining other jobs indirectly.
Many towns rely on them, said Francisco Martin, a 35-year-old miner from the northern town of Arino.
“If they close this, there is nothing. They have had many years to re-industrialise but they have done nothing. If they close the mine, they throw us out and where are we going to go?”
Their protests in the north, with miners firing rockets and police responding with rubber bullets, have been the most volatile in months of demonstrations in various sectors across Spain against the cuts
Under pressure from financial markets and its European neighbours to stabilise Spain’s public finances, the conservative government has announced deep spending cuts.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was expected to announce more such measures in an address to parliament scheduled on Wednesday morning.
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Our politicians are puppets/pawns/proxies for a higher power, ‘Global Corporatism’ which owns the government and the media. I sincerely feel that is where the real threat lies.
My friend Navneet Gupta wrote that, and posted this green picture on my wall. (smile)
Decision based on the long-term health of people and the planet need to replace the short-term interests of profits, politics, and power. The consequences of such decisions will likely fall on future generations (i.e. socially, economically, and ecologically) 1000’s of solutions exist, many of them rather simple, if not for this current paradigm:
Problems are more profitable than Solutions (in the short term). Applies to Central Banks, the Military Industrial Complex, Petrochemical Industry, the Pharmaceutical Industry, Construction, Resource Extraction in General, Waste Management, Prison Industrial Complex, Most Areas of Manufacturing etc. However, the Social, Ecological, and Economic impacts will likely fall on Future Generations.
Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.“ – Benito Mussolini. Fascism is state owned corporatism. Global corporatism is corporate owned statism.
"Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.” ~ Clay Shirky.
“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of a cancer cell” - Edward Abbey.
“Anyone who thinks exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.” Kenneth Boulding
“We must bear in mind that Imperialism (Global Corporatism) is a world system, the last stage of capitalism and it must be defeated. We must eliminate the foundations of imperialism: our oppressed nations, from where they extract capitals, raw materials, technicians and cheap labor, and to which they export new capitals; instruments of domination; arms and all kinds of articles; thus submerging us in an absolute dependence."—Che Guevara
"Our civilization is locked in a grip of an ideology –Global Corporatism, an ideology the denies the rights and legitimacy of the individuals as the citizens in a democracy. The particular imbalance of the ideology leads to the worship of self-interest and the denial of the public good. The practical effects on the individual are passivity and conformism in the areas that matter, and non-conformism in the areas that don’t.” - John Saul
After many months of tireless preparation, it is invigorating to be able to say that our #S17 anniversary weekend is finally here!
The http://s17nyc.org/ website will contain all of the who’s, what’s where’s, why’s and when’s; text @S17NYC to 23559 for real time updates, and below we did our best to organize and synthesize the litany of actions and events that are in store.
Indeed, Wall Street is our common villain who is robbing the 99% blind on behalf of the 1%. This weekend we will mark the occasion of our anniversary by once again showing the powers that be that we see what they are doing, and that soon enough the whole world will again as well.
You can also Donate to Support S17: The Action Resource Fund helps Occupy Wall Street working and affinity groups get the resources they need to do the things they want on big days of action. Please donate if you can!
– from the ‘Your Inbox: Occupied’ team
(See here for even more resources and calls-to-action related to the one-year anniversary of #OWS - OccupyWallSt.org team)
Saturday, September 15th Anniversary Actions & Events
OWS Anniversary Convergence Weekend Saturday, 10:30am - 7pm Washington Square Park Join us for a special all-day Occupy Town Square for S17, with OWS tables, performances, and teach-ins.
10:30 am-12:30pm – Welcome and Orientation Activities, Lunch including S17 Action Prep & Legal Solidarity training. Noon: Facilitation meeting for Thematic Assembles 12:30pm-4pm – Inaugural Assembly and Thematic Breakout Groups Some of the thematic assemblies already planned:
Money out of Politics Assembly: Together, we will: describe the parameters of this movement, it’s origin story, involvement with OWS, New York specific efforts, national campaigns and major organizational actors.
Strike Debt: Share individual and collective actions for those fighting debt in all of its forms.
Occupy for all species: An OTS teach-in to talk about ways we can commit ourselves to the struggle: All Day, Every Day.
4pm-6:30pm – Open Space for teach-ins, workshops, performances any other type of activity. Please fill out the convergence form to let us know you are coming. This information will help us in our preparations. 4pm-6:30pm – Direct Action and Know Your Rights Trainings Organizers and trainers from the Direct Action Working Group (in New York City and other occupations) will assist in skill-shares and knowledge-shares about activism in New York City and involvement in direct actions. This space will also be open for Know Your Rights trainings specific to New York City, and will also include Plus Brigades training. Check out the full training schedule for the weekend. Attending these trainings is highly recommended for everyone who plans to participate in any aspect of S17.
6:30pm-7pm – Closing Assembly The day will close with a few words about various events happening throughout the city on Saturday evening. OTS will leave an open space for spontaneous assemblies or soapboxes.
The Debt Resistors’ Operations Manual Saturday, 7:30pm Judson Memorial Church, Washington Park South The Debt Resistors’ Operations Manual, a project of Strike Debt and Occupy Wall Street, is a guide for individual and collective action for those fighting debt in all of its forms. Following its release, Strike Debt will host a discussion about the manual and its role in the emerging debt resistance movement.
S17 Affinity Group Spokescouncil Saturday, 8pm Washington Square Park Learn about the action framework for S17, choose targets, and make friends.
Affinity Group Actions and Solidarity Events
March to End Suppression of OWS Saturday, 6pm Washington Square Park Join us as we take to the streets to raise to raise awareness of the continued suppression of Non-Violent activists and the Occupy Movement. The march ends at Liberty Park.
Occupy: The Film Festival Saturday, 6pm & 8:30pm Anthology Film Archives 32 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003 Occupy The Film Festival is feature a full weekend of first anniversary festivities, including prominent guest speakers, interactive screenings, an Occupy fashion show, an Occupy photography exhibit by award-winning artists, and guerrilla projections. Continues on Sunday.
We are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation Saturday, 7pm Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen Street Just days before the one-year anniversary of the action that launched a nascent social movement, the occupation of Wall Street and the encampment at Zuccotti Square, join us for an evening of discussion around the past, present, and possible future of the Occupy movement.
Building the Tools of Consensus Saturday, 7pm 7pm, Liberty Park Exercise your right to peaceably assemble through what micro-local, democratic participation looks like with #NYCGA, a public assembly for and by the people.
Sunday, September 16th Anniversary Actions & Events
Spectra Frack Pipeline Blast Zone March with the Occupy Guitarmy Sunday, 10am Spectra Energy Pipeline Construction Site (Gansevoort Street and Hudson River Greenway) The Occupy Guitarmy is a leaderless brigade of hundreds of instrumentalists and singers assembled with guitars, ukuleles, cellos, violins, basses, noisemakers and voices. The Guitarmy will team up with Occupy the Pipeline, environmentalists and local community members to stage a parade starting at projected blast perimeter of the Spectra Energy fracked gas pipeline currently under construction in the West Village. Connecting the dots between dirty, dangerous fossil fuels and Wall Street, the parade will end at Foley Square, where the Guitarmy will kick off the OWS “99 Revolutions” concert.
Legal Solidarity Training and S17 Action Prep Sunday, 10:30am Foley Square We will practice role plays of the actions planned for S17, build groups of trusted friends and associates to work with (‘affinity groups’), and how to make quick decisions on the street. We will also go through a legal Know Your Rights training, which will cover the particulars of the police and legal situation in New York City. Attending these trainings is highly recommended for everyone who plans to participate in any aspect of S17.
Saturday, noon: MASS ACTION SPOKES to coordinate for Monday’s actions
Occupy Town Square Open Space Sunday, noon - 7pm Thomas Paine Park on Worth St. between Lafayette and Centre. Just North of the concert area, OTS will create space for tables, food, teach-ins, workshops, performances, trainings, and political discussions throughout the day in the park adjacent to the concert space. If you would like to give a teach-in or workshop, put on a performance or host any other type of activity, please fill out the convergence form to let us know you are coming.
Occupy Wall Street Anniversary Concert Sunday, 1pm - 6pm Foley Square, south of Thomas Paine on Worth St. between Lafayette and Centre. Occupy Wall Street will host a concert which will include a variety of acts. It will include several headline bands, interactive performances by OWS and allied campaigns and creative Direct Action trainings to prepare the 99% for Monday’s day of resistance.
Occupy Rosh Hashanah Sunday, 7:30pm Liberty Park Celebrate the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street (which falls on Rosh Hashanah, September 17) and the Jewish New Year together with a potluck dinner and nondenominational holiday service. Eat some apples and honey, learn some Occupy Torah, and ring in the New Year with a bang!
Affinity Group Actions and Solidarity Events
Occupy: The Film Festival Sunday, 7:30pm Anthology Film Archives 32 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003 see previous description on Saturday
Occupy the Big Screen at Times Square Sunday, 10pm Trinity Church (79 Broadway) to Times Square March from Occupy Trinity on Wall Street down Broadway to Times Square. We leave at 10pm, then, at midnight on September 16th, as it becomes September 17th, we take over the big screen with our birthday party!
Monday, September 17th Anniversary Actions & Events
The People’s Wall Monday, 7am The streets surrounding the New York Stock Exchange As part of the morning of actions, people from all walks of life are going to assemble in the streets surrounding the New York Stock Exchange in a historic act of nonviolent civil disobedience. We will form a peaceful sitting wall to deliver a clear message: The 99% will no longer stand for business as usual. In building this blockade, we will — symbolically and literally — open space for the 99 Revolutions to emerge, and set the stage for the Storm Wall Street convergence. These actions work together, as essential parts of a greater whole.
99 Revolutions Monday, 7am Intersections throughout the Financial District Problem: All Roads lead to Wall Street. Solution: Reverse the Flow of Traffic. The 99 Revolutions will disrupt traffic throughout the Financial District by creating a swirl of roving intersection occupations surrounding the Stock Exchange. Each occupation will enact a World Without Wall Street as envisioned by members of the 99%.
Storm Wall Street Monday, 10am In front of the doors of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, at Bowling Green At the site from which Occupy Wall Street first arose, we are calling for an end to the corporate occupation of the planet and demonstrating that a just and sustainable world is possible. As the 99% circle New York’s first public park, our groundswell will remind the 1% of their growing debts to Mother Earth and that the Commons belong to us all.
Affinity Group Assembly Points: An affinity group is a small group of people (typically 5-15), who trust one another and organize around a shared political or tactical goal. Attend any one of the affinity group trainings over the weekend to join an affinity group or learn how yours can take part in the 7am Monday morning actions. Follow the links below for location info:
Education Bloc: Are you a student? A teacher? A parent? Want to get involved with Occupy Wall Street’s anniversary? Stand with those striking in Montreal and Chicago? Fight with those in Mexico, Chile, and all around the world? Join Education Bloc in NYC on S17!
Women Occupy Bloc: Join this affinity group focusing on women’s issues, as well as racism and classism. The morning of September 17th will begin with a gathering at the intersections immediately surrounding the New York Stock Exchange.
StrikeDebt Bloc: Join us as we send Wall Street a powerful message: We Owe You Nothing!
Faith Bloc: Members of Occupy Faith, Occupy Catholics and other faith groups will be meeting at the Red Cube at Liberty Park to join the actions and stand in solidarity with those who do.
ACT-UP: ACT UP NY joins with Occupy Wall St in the streets of Lower Manhattan to demand a Financial Transaction Tax (or Robin Hood Tax) for Wall Street.
Afternoon Assemblies and Actions
The 99% Return to Wall Street Monday, 12pm Liberty Square Join us to show that the 99% stands united against a corrupted system. This assembly will bring together Union workers, Union Leadership, Economics Experts and Occupiers to let our voices be heard once more.
What are your 99 Solutions? Monday, 2pm Liberty Square if possible, Foley Square if necessary All roads lead to Wall Street, but the road past Wall Street into the future is the one we must pave together. Join Occupy Wall Street for lunch, discussion, and a rocking good time as we seek to be the change we want to see in the world – and help us make it together.
The Popular Assembly Monday, 6pm Liberty Square if possible, Foley Square if necessary The intention of this assembly is to provide the People with a non-oppressive, non-hierarchical and non-confrontational space to discuss issues and projects relevant to envisioning a better world. This is will be the first in a series of weekly Popular Assemblies, which will be a place for project, action, affinity and other groups (like Occupy the Pipeline, Stop Stop and Frisk, Sunset Park Rent Strike, Strike Debt, Chicago Teachers Strike solidarity and others) from all over to come together each week in a space where they can discuss, recruit and share resources.
NYC Affinity Group events
Bike Breakfast Monday 6am Seward Park, Broadway and Canal Street: What better way to start September 17th then by joining the OWS Bike Coalition for a free breakfast and an early morning ride around beautiful downtown Manhattan!
The People’s Puppets: Roving Occupy Birthday Bash! Monday, 7am Ferry Terminal and all over the Financial District Come and celebrate the anniversary with a puppet party procession parade through the Financial District offering music, cake, and literature to the 99%!