Inspiration is Contagious: Native Indians, Workers, Climate, Food and Torture Activists, and a Polar Bear
A group of Native American women are walking the length of the Mississippi river - 1,200 miles - to raise awareness about pollution. They carry a 1½ quart bucket of clean water from the headwaters of the Mississippi which they plan to pour into the mouth of the river to show the her what she can be.
Climate Justice activists may be more powerful than we realize. The French energy company, Total, sold its 49% ownership in the Canadian oil sands to the Canadian energy company, Suncor, for a $1.65 billion loss. Why? The cost is getting too expensive and profits are going down. With all of the highly publicized tar sands spills recently in Minnesota, Arkansas and other states, people are seeing the environmental risks. Since we know that the Alberta Tar Sands is the tipping point for climate change, shouldn’t corporations be held accountable for the climate disasters that will inevitably follow? Protest pressure is building. See here and here.
The hunger strike continues. Solidarity protests were organized last week by Witness Against Torture against the Guantanamo Bay prison. Guantanamo is an example of criminal injustice. The trial against the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk program is exposing the practice of racial targeting by New York police. This week, one of the commanders caught on tape settled a lawsuit against him for $78,000. We wrote an overview of the abusive criminal (in)justice system, “A Forest of Poisonous Trees.”
In New York City, low-wage, fast food workers walked off the job today in the largest-ever strike against the fast food industry which has virtually no unions. Workers are demanding that chains like McDonald’s and Wendy’s raise their wages to $15 an hour and allow them to organize a union without retaliation. More than 400 workers, from 50-some stores, will participate in the surprise strike, doubling the size of their previous walkout and potentially shutting down several fast food restaurants for the day. Waging Nonviolence published an article that explained what it takes to organize a workplace.
With the passage of the Monsanto Protection Act, which protects Monsanto’s dangerous GMO foods from litigation, more people are speaking out. The nation’s food supply, already in bad shape, will be put at greater risk as Congress gets more deeply in bed with the massive corporate criminal, Monsanto.
Seven thousand coal miners and their families protested in West Virginia against Peabody Coal which set up a sham corporation designed to go bankrupt and take the pensions and health care of workers with them by terminating the contract between the United Mine Workers Union negotiated with Peabody.
Teachers are organizing to take back education from the corporations as part of the commodification of American youth. This weekend Occupy the Department of Education is holding a series of teach-ins in Washington, DC.
We’re reminded how important the corporate take-over of our culture is by an Occupy Barbie protest against a life-sized Barbie house that is opening in Berlin and planning a European tour. Haven’t we grown beyond Barbie as the symbol for women?
It’s not only corporations that pollute culture, white supremacists continue to do their dirty work. The KKK went to the black majority city of Memphis to protest the city changing the name of a park from a past Grand Dragon of their despicable organization. Thousands turned out to protest the KKK – as usual in these cases, more protesters than KKKers. Students, faculty and the university president at Towson University celebrated diversity in protest of a new unofficial white supremacist group, the White Student Union.
This week we were reminded that we are part of a global movement, when 50,000 went to Tunisia for the World Social Forum; Medea Benjamin gives us a report. A thousand people marched to where the fruit vendor set himself on fire in December 2010 and sparked not only a revolt in Tunisia but the Arab Spring and the Indignado and Occupy movements. They held a mass General Assembly at the spot. The World Social Forum issued a declaration which made many important points and described the work of all of us:
"Together, the peoples of all the continents are fighting to oppose the domination of capital, hidden behind illusory promises of economic progress and the illusion of political stability."
We love this photograph of a one-person protest against artic drilling on the Moscow River near the Kremlin. It shows that you don’t need a lot of people to effectively get out your message. Will we see this on the Potomac?
A few more people can do even more. These 8 families in Minnesota declared an eviction-free zone stating “We will no longer be held hostage by the financial institutions that crashed our economy. We hereby declare our community a Foreclosure and Eviction Free Zone. We will not leave our homes until the following demands are met.” They go on to list specific demands and conclude saying “We believe that safe, equitable, and affordable housing is a human right. We shall not be moved.”
There are issues that unite all of us; perhaps the most important is the global corporate coup – the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It is becoming more and more evident that no matter what issue you care about – financial regulation, food, healthcare, climate change, jobs and wages, the environment . . . – the TPP will undermine your work. The TPP should bring us together. And, it is a fight we can win. The time to get active is now. There is strength in solidarity.
Finally, we were reminded how the Occupy movement scared the power structure is of the people as more information was released about government efforts to suppress the movement, resulting in a variety of news reports.
In peace and solidarity,
Kevin, Margaret and October2011/OccupyWashingtonDC
Mobilize for Striking Fast Food Workers
Posted 2 minutes ago on April 4, 2013, 9:47 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Today, Thursday April 4 , over 400 fast food workers across NYC are starting a second wave of strikes for better wages and a union, marking the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Like the sanitation workers that Dr. King marched with in Memphis, these workers are standing up for dignity and respect for all workers.
Will you support these courageous workers by mobilizing your friends, family and colleagues to come out today and Friday?
1) Join a picket line starting at 11am. Key locations:
Wendy’s in midtown Manhattan, 259 34th St.
Burger King in Harlem, 154 E. 116 St.
Wendy’s in downtown Brooklyn 425 Fulton St.
2) Come to the Fast Food Worker Justice rally at 5:30pm in Marcus Garvey Park (124th and Madison). RSVP here
3) On Friday April 5, walk the striking workers back to work. Collective action is protected under U.S. labor law, and the workers are asking the community to be on-site at fast food locations around the city to support them as they return to the job. Sign up here; shifts are available throughout the day.
Post your photos and videos to Facebook and Twitter:
Posted 28 minutes ago on April 4, 2013, 9:21 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
I am a female mechanical engineering student. Dean’s List student, even for Calc 3 and Dynamics. I have no co-signer for loans, so I am only eligible for enough to cover books and tuition. It’s taken me 5 years to complete 6 semesters because I run up my credit cards to pay for gas and food, and I can’t go back until I pay the balance down. My cards are currently completely maxed, and I fear that I am beginning to lose Calculus knowledge that I learned in 2005. My car is ready to break down at 130,000 miles, and my debt payments are $700 just for interest every month. I have been paying on and off between semesters and I still have $5000 to go before I even begin to pay the principal balance. I’m 25, live at home, and I bartend 50 hours a week. I want to design machines and energy systems that have a positive impact on our society, but I’m getting you HAMMERED and cleaning up after your party instead. I especially enjoy when people talk to me like an idiot because you got the wrong cheese on your burger. I know - I’m serving you dinner because I must be a stupid girl.
From: We Are the 99 Percent
Posted 1 day ago on April 3, 2013, 8:17 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags:global solidarity,tunisia,world social forum
As the Social Movements Assembly of the World Social Forum of Tunisia, 2013, we are gathered here to affirm the fundamental contribution of peoples of Maghreb-Mashrek (from North Africa to the Middle East), in the construction of human civilization. We affirm that decolonization for oppressed peoples remains for us, the social movements of the world, a challenge of the greatest importance.
Through the WSF process, the Social Movements Assembly is the place where we come together through our diversity, in order to forge common struggles and a collective agenda to fight against capitalism, patriarchy, racism and all forms of discrimination and oppression. We have built a common history of work which led to some progress, particularly in Latin America, where we have been able to intervene in neoliberal alliances and to create several alternatives for just development that truly honors nature.
Together, the peoples of all the continents are fighting to oppose the domination of capital, hidden behind illusory promises of economic progress and the illusion of political stability.
Now, we are at a crossroads where retrograde and conservative forces want to stop the processes initiated two years ago with the uprisings in the Maghreb-Mashreq region that helped to bring down dictatorships and to challenge the neoliberal system imposed on the peoples. These uprisings have spread to all continents of theworld inspiring indignation and occupation of public places.
People all over the world are suffering the effects of the aggravation of a profound crisis of capitalism, in which its agents (banks, transnational corporations, media conglomerates, international institutions, and governmentscomplicit with neoliberalism) aim at increasing their profits by applying interventionist and neocolonial policies.
War, military occupations, free-trade neoliberal treaties and “austerity measures” are expressed in economic packages that privatize the common good, and public services, cut wages and rights, increase unemployment, overload women´s care work and destroys nature.
Such policies strike the richer countries of the North harder and are increasing migration, forced displacement, evictions, debt, and social inequalities such as in Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Italy, Ireland and the Spanish State.
They re-enforce conservatism and the control over women´s bodies and lives. In addition, they seek to impose”green economy” as a solution to the environmental and food crisis, which not only exacerbates the problem, but leads to commodification, privatization and financialization of life and nature.
We denounce the intensification of repression to people´s rebellions, the assassination of the leadership of social movements, the criminalization of our struggles and our proposals.
We assert that people must not continue to pay for this systemic crisis and that there is no solution inside the capitalist system! Here, in Tunes, we reaffirm our committment to come together to forge a common strategy to guide our struggles against capitalism. This is why we, social movements, struggle: Read More...
Posted 1 day ago on April 2, 2013, 1:21 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags:debt,occupy our homes
After a public pressure campaign through the Eviction Free Zone of Occupy Homes MN, Gayle Lindsey, a nursing assistant and grandmother in South Minneapolis, who was facing imminent eviction, has won a modification of her mortgage from M&T Bank. Her victory marks the seventh for Occupy Homes MN and the first in the Eviction Free Zone, a project that brings neighbors in the Central and Powderhorn neighborhoods together to refuse to leave their homes without a fair negotiation.
Lindsey, whose renegotiation came a month after her redemption period ended, is the first victory in “the Zone.” With the help of Occupy Homes MN, she organized a series of actions, community potlucks, and press appearances. Lindsey received a call, while sitting at her kitchen table, from an executive at M&T Bank. The bank offered to write her a new and affordable mortgage.
“It shows that Occupy Homes MN works,” she says. “I want to move on to more victories for the community.”
Broadly, it is time to embrace what has been set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The right to housing is the right to an adequate standard of living.
Stand up, occupy, and find a local group with which to organize through the Occupy Directory.
MayDay is coming. Are you ready?
Posted 1 week ago on March 26, 2013, 10:58 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags:history,labor,triangle shirtwaist factory fire
The Great Hall at Cooper Union in lower Manhattan was packed, standing room only on this November 22nd, 1909 day. Garment workers from all over the city came to the same auditorium where Abraham Lincoln had denounced the proliferation of slavery nearly fifty years earlier. They were there to consider an industry-wide strike in support of the striking Triangle Shirtwaist Factory workers. Union leaders (men) droned on for nearly two hours, when suddenly a 23 year old, immigrant union organizer named Clara Lemlich burst up onto the stage uninvited, and said, “I would like to say a few words.” She then turned to her audience and said, “I have listened to all the speakers and I have no further patience for talk. I am a working girl, one of those striking against intolerable conditions. I am tired of listening to speakers who talk in generalities. What we are here for is to decide whether or not to strike. I offer a resolution that a general strike be declared now!” Her peers were wildly supportive. She then led a modified version of an old Jewish oath, “If I turn traitor to the cause, I now pledge may this hand wither from the arm I now raise.” And so began what was soon known as The Uprising of 20,000. The next day, all over the city garment workers walked off their jobs, and met in Union Square Park for a solidarity rally. The eleven week strike saw over 700 arrests. Strikers were being beat by company-hired thugs, and prostitutes, and police often turned their backs, and in some cases even participated in the beatings. Finally it ended with a Peace Protocol, with the hundreds of clothing manufacturers making different deals with their workers. Many companies became union shops where only union workers could be hired. The owners of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory resisted, giving in to only modest wage and hour concessions. The unsafe, over-crowded conditions remained the same at Triangle with doors only opening inward, shabbily constructed fire escapes, a barrel of oil stored on the floor, cloth tailings that were not removed on a regular basis, and incredibly exit doors that were locked during working hours.
Then late in the afternoon on a beautiful spring Saturday (March 25th, 1911), while having tea with a friend near Washington Square Park a woman named Frances Perkins suddenly heard screams and sirens going off. She ran across the park and came upon the horrific site of seeing the first of 50-60, mostly women jumping out of the fire engulfed upper floors, of the ten-story Asch building. Triangle Shirtwaist occupied the 8th-10th floors. In the little more than a half hour that fire raged, 146 people died; 129 of them were women; Italian and Jewish immigrants mostly; the average age was 19, and the youngest, Kate Leone and “Sarah” Rosaria Maltese only 14. The bodies were brought to a covered pier on E 26th St so families could conduct the gruesome task of identifying their loved ones, if they could.
New Yorkers were gripped with an immense feeling of grief and mea culpa. A meeting was called on April 2nd at the old Metropolitan Opera House to see what could be done so that these young women did not die in vain. The meeting became tense as people from different socioeconomic groups started squabbling - that until a young, immigrant, union organizer, named Rose Schneiderman started to speak. She held her audience spell-bound with her angry, chastising speech. Decades later Frances Perkins who was in attendance said, “..Wonderful, what a speech she made.” After the meeting, and that incredible oratory, a safety commission was formed. Ms. Perkins became the lead investigator, and their mission expanded into looking at all aspects of factory life in the over 2,000 factories that were inspected in New York state. Over thirty new laws were passed, and many of them were emulated by other states.
At no time were the feelings of guilt and sorrow probably more evident than on a cold rainy April 5th day, when between 80-120,000 people gathered in and around Washington Square Park where a funeral procession was to begin for the victims of the fire. It was led by six horses pulling an empty hearse, followed by victims’ families, survivors of the fire, and garment workers from throughout the city. It is estimated that another 200-400,000 people lined the streets of the route towards, and up 5th Ave. This tragedy caused union enrollment to soar. People started to feel a sense of empowerment, and knew that there was strength in unity. Religious groups, community groups, unions, radicals, and reformers all banded together, putting aside their differences for the greater shared goal of improving people’s lives. And they did not ask for change, but rather they demanded it.
The social advancements in this era, and in the decades that followed were made possible by people who had courage and were willing to make tremendous sacrifices so that they, and their progeny could live a life with dignity. And it is undeniable that most of us and our loved ones, past and present benefited greatly from the pain that those people endured to secure those gains. What we have forgotten is that - it is a never-ending battle to keep what we had inherited. The crisis that we find ourselves in today begs the questions; Do we have an economic system that can be adapted to a sustainable world in which not only the environment is taken into account, but where the peoples’ well-being is considered more important than profits? And the next more important question is; Do we as a people possess the mettle that our ancestors had to make the changes that we must make? Well..
It was said, “The New Deal began March 25th, 1911,” and the woman who said that was the first woman Cabinet member, Secretary of Labor, Frances Perkins - Yes that same Frances Perkins whose tea was interrupted on that fateful, shocking, life-changing day for her, all those years ago.
“Every wave on the ocean that has ever risen up and refused to lay back down has been dashed on the shore, but it is the very purpose of a wave to rise up, once it rises up above the horizon it finally has the perspective to see that it's not just a wave, that it's a part of a mighty ocean. And the sharpest rock on the wildest shore can never break that ocean apart, they can never wear that ocean down, because it's the ocean that shapes the shore.” Tim DeChristopher, March 3, 2011, after being convicted for an act of climate justice.
Tim DeChristopher’s words ring true as we look at the resistance movements that fight for justice – economic, social and environmental – against the corporate power that brings injustice on all fronts. If you have not heard DeChristopher’s remarkable speech on the courthouse steps you can listen to it here. DeChristopher was briefly among the core organizers of October211/OccupyWashington,DC before he went to prison. He is due to be released from a halfway house this April.
We were reminded of DeChristopher’s wave this week when we published an article by long-time antiwar and anti-corporate power activist Mike Ferner. Ferner was writing about another wave we should not forget, the global revolt against the invasion of Iraq. Thirty million people around the globe said ‘no’ to a war before it began. The New York Times wrote the next day that there were two superpowers in the world, the United States and the people. We did not stop that war, but history has proved us right. We should know from that experience and so many others that the people can rule better than the elites.
We are now seeing waves of protest in so many areas on so many issues, as the recent issues of this newsletter have shown. People ask where has Occupy gone? If they look, they will see people fighting on so many critical issues: health care because 120 adults die every day in the United States due to lack of health care, housing because millions have lost their homes, millions of homes are underwater and hundreds of thousands are homeless, poverty and hunger which effect 45 million, challenges to the unnecessary austerity and corporate tax breaks being pushed in DC and on and on. On issue, after issue, people are making waves.
One wave that will take center stage this weekend is climate change. The largest climate rally in US history will be held this weekend in Washington, DC, at the same time people are fighting on the front lines against tar sands in Utah, the Keystone XL pipeline in Oklahoma and Texas – where the Tar Sands Blockade is calling for a week of national actions from March 16-23. In Washington, DC yesterday 48 people were arrested outside the White House, including the executive director of the Sierra Club, which for the first time endorsed civil disobedience. The Boston Phoenix has an excellent article on climate being the new abolition movement, urging Americans who understand the threat it poses to embrace their radicalism. The article quotes Tim DeChristopher making points that apply to all of us working for peace, justice and ecology:
“Weeks before his sentencing, DeChristopher told Rolling Stone's Jeff Goodell: ‘I'm a climate-justice activist. . . . We want a radically different world. We want a healthy, just world.’ But first, he said, ‘we need to get the fossil fuel industry out of the way. First we've got to overthrow the corporate power that is running our government.’ He understands what that requires. ‘It will involve confrontation and it will involve sacrifice.’
“At his sentencing, standing before the federal judge, DeChristopher concludes a long, eloquent statement that spreads across the Internet and galvanizes a growing climate-justice movement: ‘This is not going away. At this point of unimaginable threats on the horizon, this is what hope looks like. In these times of a morally bankrupt government that has sold out its principles, this is what patriotism looks like. With countless lives on the line, this is what love looks like, and it will only grow. The choice you are making today is what side are you on.’”
DeChristopher points to the issue that unites us “corporate power that is running our government.” And, the choice we make every day: which side are you on? On every issue we face it the power of big business, often transnational corporations, which block progress and increase suffering and destruction.
People are standing up, getting organized and mobilizing. This week we posted an occupy document, "The Activist's Handbook: 1000 Ways to Politically and Socially Activate Your Life." It is not just about protest and resistance. Fun should always be on the agenda as was shown at the Direct Action Fashion Show 2013 at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, an alternative to New York’s fashion week. It is also about building an alternative economy as the people in Occupy Winchester, MA are exploring on March 9 – Community Reinvestment Day, including socially responsible investing, creating a public bank in Massachusetts and creating sustainable businesses. And, Occupy The Roads, which has traveled 25,000 miles visiting 149 cities has announced a plans to occupy retail space, loft apartments and offices, totaling 12,000 sq ft. in Southern Ohio. This could become a great center for organizing. They are looking for people to participate – everyone has to be a serious worker to join.
Of course, protest and resistance are essential to creating the transformation we seek. Here are two more protests we want to highlight: a monthly protest against drones outside the CIA headquarters and an ongoing protest against drones outside of the Hancock Air Force base near Syracuse, NY, which included a “War Crimes Indictment.”
We are learning more and more about the extreme law enforcement response to the resistance movement. Documents from the Pacific Northwest Grand Jury show that police targeted activists merely because of their anarchist political views. In Charlottesville, VA the police finally shared video tapes, photos and other materials with Occupy Charlottesville, after fighting the release in court. Police say they will destroy the materials. In Boston, the prosecutors avoided a trial by dropping charges against all occupy cases, much to the dislike of many occupiers who wanted their day in court. The police would not act this way, if we were not having an impact.
To remind us how long the arc of justice is, and how many waves of movements have advanced the cause of progressive justice, we close with commemoration of a birthday this week – the birthday of Frederick Douglas. Douglas was one of the greatest social justice activists of our history for abolition of slavery, women’s rights and worker rights. His message of taking action is as true today as when he said it in 1857:
“If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
There is no question that the future economy and government we seek will be defined by the struggle that gets us there. This is the struggle of which we are all a part.
In peace and solidarity,
Kevin, Margaret and October2011/Occupy Washington DC
Because a sustainable future depends on the people willing to see the truth for what it is,
and for those to stand up in unison in order to make a difference.
— Jake Edward Keli'i Eakin
The world is changing quickly as more people are waking up to face the neo-liberal assault that wants to privatize everything while simultaneously cutting public programs (imposing austerity) so that a few will profit and the things we need such as health care, housing, secure jobs and education are only for the wealthy.
Transnational corporations will stop at nothing to steal resources and land from people. In Canada, the government has passed a law that makes it easier to take and develop tribal land and in Texas, land is being seized for the Keystone XL Pipeline using eminent domain.
At the same time, resistance to these new realities is growing in size and courage.
This week, we are writing from Texas where we are supporting the brave and dedicated activists with the Tar Sands Blockade. We arrived yesterday to find a new treesit underway. Previously, activists had tried to block a portion of the pipeline from being built by sitting in trees for 3 months. TransCanada eventually built that portion of the pipeline by going around the treesit area. This time, an area was chosen for the treesit that was bordered by a highway and railroad so there would be no way to build around it.
Members of the Tar Sands Blockade worked together to get 2 people in platforms in 2 separate trees early yesterday morning. The platform was rigged so that disruption of any of the support ropes would result in the activist being spilled out to fall more than 50 feet. Several people were arrested while supporting the tree sitters. By evening, Texas police cleared a path to the trees and removed one tree sitter using a cherry picker. She was arrested as well.
This weekend, the Tar Sands Blockade is holding another training workshop to plan future actions. We encourage all to support the Tar Sands Blockade.
The new Idle No More movement is growing rapidly in Canada and throughout the world. It began with 4 women who were concerned about a new law that affected tribal land and water. Now there are so many actions being organized that it is hard to keep up with them. See this excellent video for an introduction to the movement.
And finally, the White House and Congress made their Grand Bargain which includes corporate subsidies and plans to cut our important social insurances later this year. These cuts are unnecessary and will cause real suffering, harm and death to our most vulnerable people. We will need to mobilize to fight these austerity measures.
In peace and solidarity,
October2011/Occupy Washington DC
A lot has been happening this week. The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund released their FOIA request which they received heavily redacted. Shockingly, it reveals that the FBI did indeed monitor Occupy as a Criminal and Terrorist Threat and knew of plans to assassinate Occupy members .
Occupy Denver has put out a call to all available Occupiers to mobilize in Texas against the Keystone XL Pipeline during the week of January 7th. To register and for further instructions please read more here.
On January 9th, there will be a demonstration in Albany, NY against Fracking.
Also - please check out Occupy The NRA which has blossomed this week.
That's all until next week. Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones from everyone at InterOccupy. We look forward to working with you to build a louder, stronger movement in 2013.
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The political theater surrounding the fiscal cliff charade once again reminds us that there are solutions to all of the crises that we currently face. The problem is that the 'looting class' ignores them and continues to place corporate greed above human needs. Dennis Trainor, Jr of "American Autumn" produced this short piece highlighting the "99% Deficit Solution." (Click on ad to see full size) He calls on President Obama to do what is right for the people, but we aren't holding our breath. And neither are the people of Occupy Chicago who are setting up a "Durbinville" today to protest austerity measures.
||SUNDAY 12/23 @ 4:15PM – HANDS ACROSS THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE – A PUBLIC RESPONSE TO SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY MASSACRE – DEMAND GUN CONTROL REFORM NOW
Join Occupy the NRA TODAY Sunday 12/23 @ 4:15pm at the Brooklyn Bridge in memory of the victims of gun violence and in unity demanding gun safety laws now!Read More
||MORE THAN 40,000 ZAPATISTAS MOBILIZE IN CHIAPAS
More than 40, 000 Zapatista support bases filed silently this morning in five Chiapas cities, which results in the most numerous mobilization of said organization since the Zapatista National Liberation Army’s (EZLN) armed uprising on January 1, 1994. Coming from the five Zapatista Caracoles in the Lacandón Jungle, Los Altos and the Northern Zone, the Maya peoples in rebellion (Tzeltales, Tzotziles, Choles, Tojolabales and Mames) and Zoques of Chiapas occupied the central plazas of Ocosingo, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Palenque, Altamirano and Las Margaritas; in each case, in complete silence.Read More
||OCCUPY DENVER CALLS ON ALL AVAILABLE OCCUPY NETWORKS TO MOBILIZE AGAINST KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE JANUARY 7TH.
Join us for another mass action in Southeast Texas on Monday, January 7th, including a 3 day training camp leading up to the big event. Our trainings and events are open and include roles for everyone ready to defend our homes from toxic tar sands.Read More
||PROTEST THE NRA PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2012 AT 10AM ET
The NRA is having a press conference at 10:45 AM at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington DC. Their address is 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. We will gather in Pershing Park, across from the Willard InterContinental Hotel at 10:00AM. Please bring whistles, horns, pots, pans, and anything else that makes a whole lot of noise.Read More
||(DE)OCCUPY HONOLULU RAIDED ONE DAY AFTER ORDER
One day after the Honolulu Courts ordered a Preliminary Injunction on the City and County of Honolulu, they began another raid cycle on the encampment. We expect that they will return on Thursday, December 20th at about 10:30am and we welcome the media to attend the raid.Read More
||RALLY TO STOP FRACKING IN NY AT THE STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS
The New Yorkers Against Fracking coalition is calling on all New Yorkers to come to Albany for a rally to keep fracking out of our beloved state. We will take our message right to the Governor as we gather outside the annual State of the State Address, delivered by Andrew Cuomo.Read More
||HURRICANE DISTRIBUTION CENTER BEING SHUT DOWN BY NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY
The 57th Street Action Center has been operating as the central emergency distribution hub for the Arverne Queens area at the Ocean Bay Apartment houses since Hurricane Sandy struck the NYC area. The center distributes food, supplies, medical, and legal services to those still living in unhealthy environments. There are still 10,000 people living without power in Rockaway alone and the action center is under the threat of being closed down by its landlord, the New York City Housing Authority.Read More
||FBI DOCUMENTS REVEAL IT MONITORED OCCUPY AS A CRIMINAL AND TERRORIST THREAT
FBI documents just obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) pursuant to the PCJF’s Freedom of Information Act demands reveal that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat even though the agency acknowledges in documents that organizers explicitly called for peaceful protest and did “not condone the use of violence” at occupy protests.Read More
||OCCUPY THE NRA RESPONDS TO FACEBOOK SITE TAKEDOWN
After reaching more than 1 million people in 4 days, Occupy the NRA’s Facebook page was shut down Wednesday morning “permanently”, without warning or explanation. The story was picked up by a reporter from The Nation Magazine and went viral on social media throughout Wednesday. Facebook restored access to Occupy the NRA’s page, with limitations, shortly before 5:00pm, again without explanation.Read More
Students at Cooper Union in New York are taking bold actions to stop the school from charging tuition for the first time ever. At this time, 11 students are occupying the clock tower where they have been since Monday. The students are fighting for those who come after them and recognize that their struggle is part of the global struggle for free higher education. They are using the color red as did the students in Quebec.
The Egyptian Revolutionaries have intensified their struggle. The new President, Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, recently took steps to grab greater power and is trying to push through a new constitution that denies basic rights such as the right to freedom of expression and freedom of the press. The media has responded in solidarity by holding strikes and protesters surrounded the Presidential Palace starting two days ago. We spoke with Mokhtar Kamel, President of the Alliance of Egyptian Americans (North America) on Monday. Our thoughts are with the revolutionaries who are suffering serious injuries and deaths.
And we are inspired by the new phase of the Spanish Revolution. They are calling for economic disobedience and have produced a new guide, "No Pagamos" (We Won't Pay). People are coming together in their local General Assemblies to use their resources to meet their needs together.
We wish a great big Happy Birthday to Occupy Our Homes and congratulate them for their tremendous efforts to protect people from fraudulent lenders and keep them in their homes! They are celebrating with a national day of action.
Please remember the people of Occupy Sandy in New York and New Jersey. They still have needs for volunteers and donations. Visit their online hubs to see what you can do! And see what the NYPD are saying about their work.
In peace and solidarity,
October2011/Occupy Washington, DC