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Occupy and Sandy Storm Recovery Resources

Posted 1 year ago on Oct. 30, 2012, 7:17 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: mutual aid, hurricane, sandy, solidarity, occupy, recovery

manhattan under water

Occupy Wall Street & 350.org have teamed up with Recovers.org – a people-powered disaster relief platform – to help coordinate response to Hurricane Sandy in NYC. At Recovers.org we are launching support pages where people can GIVE help or post a NEED. For ongoing updates and info about this evolving relief effort, and to find out how you can help, be sure to sign up and stay informed at the Occupy Sandy Hub!

http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/

Support Pages

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Nov. 5: Move Your Money Out Day of Action

Posted 1 year ago on Oct. 28, 2012, 3:52 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: bank transfer day, n5

banks know the price of everything but value nothing

On November 5th, we invite everyone to come together and hold the banks accountable for their greedy display of democracy. They got billions in bailouts and get millions in tax subsidies and have done nothing to help the economy but make their shareholders and CEOs richer. They have foreclosed on millions of hard-working families and denied them refinancing on their loans. They have lost billions of the American people's money through risky gambling and illegal activities. We must stand up to them and say "NO MORE"!!

So on this day before the elections, we encourage everyone to move their money and move their debt from big banks into credit unions and local community banks. Since November of last year, over $100 million has been moved, and we hope to see another $100 million moved on this day.

Please share this event with all groups, organizations and occupy movements across the nation. Thanks!!

-Occupy The Banks PDX

Facebook event page
Bank Transfer Day FB page

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OWS Updates for the week of Oct. 24th - Nov. 10

Posted 1 year ago on Oct. 24, 2012, 2:24 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: march of the unemployed, stop spectra, occupy times square, events, nyc, goldman sachs

Cardboard signs at Occupy Goldman Sachs

Over the past week a new occupation has begun at a particularly special place: the sidewalk by Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein’s house.

Occupy Goldman Sachs grew organically after a Global Noise march ended at Blankfein’s stoop at 15 Central Park West. And what a natural location to occupy, considering how Goldman Sachs engaged in some of the worst financial fraud the world has ever seen in the lead up to the 2008 financial crisis.

But despite such blatant lawlessness not a single official of Goldman Sachs has been prosecuted. Rather the corporation was rewarded, receiving more taxpayer funded bailouts than any other investment bank.

Indeed this is a reminder that, as we close in to the 2012 elections, All Roads Lead to Wall Street. Heads they win, tails we lose; whoever wins the presidency there will be a victory party at Goldman Sachs.

Fortunately, through supporting efforts like #OccupyGoldmanSachs, we just might make them have to deal with the 99% in the process.

-- from the ‘Your Inbox: Occupied’ team

Occupy these Actions and Events

Wednesday, October 24th, 6:30pm
Occupy Think Tank on Occupy Wall St. Radio
Streaming on wbai.org or FM 99.5 in NYC

This week's Occupy Think Tank radio show will turn towards the election process and wrestle with the question of voting. Local, statewide, national voting; how do these systems work? Do you feel like it actually matters if you vote? We want to understand what it is about the American voting system that keeps voter turnout so low and leaves so many people feeling so disenfranchised.

Wednesday, October 24th, 9pm
Interoccupy One Year Anniversary Phone Call

One year ago, the occupy movements spoke to each other for the first time on the first InterOccupy call. Join us in discussing our strengths and challenges as a we attempt to sustain this very important movement.

October 24th, 12:30pm until December 31, 9am
Spectra Showdown: The Final Countdown
Gransevoort and Hudson River Greenway

By November 1st the Spectra Pipeline could complete construction at the Hudson River Park. We must take action now.

Occupy University Debt Series - Final Week
OccU wraps up our month focused on debt this week with two more events:

Thursday, October 25th, 7pm
OccU Presents: Jubilee and $49,983
Momenta Art

What would non-cooperation with Wall Street look like? This presentation will share just one vision for how we might organize such large scale resistance on a nuts and bolts level, starting with a rolling jubilee and ending with a global debt strike.

Friday, October 26th, 7pm
OccU Presents: Debt, Desire, Denial
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, 323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor

Join this discussion centering around questions like: What do we want in life? What do we need? How does this relate to going into debt? Is the only way to avoid debt by denying our basic needs? And much more.

October 26th - October 28th
HoodWeek NYC
Location varies

Occupy the Hood and the S.A.G.E. Coalition have organized performances from a collective of artists working toward bringing positive change to neighborhoods through painting, music, design and other forms of art. Guests and performers include Cornel West, Rebel Diaz, Jasiri X, Black Colla Biz, Narubi Selah and more. See a detailed list of events here and learn more about Occupy the Hood here.

Friday, October 26th, 6:30pm
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Forum
28 East 35th Street between Madison & Park Avenues

This is the first in a series of educational forums to learn more about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The Obama administration and the governments of 10 other countries are negotiating a massive expansion of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), behind closed doors. Learn what we can do to stop it.

Saturday, October 27th, 4pm
Black Friday OWS Action Planning meeting
33 West 14th Street

Join OWS, 99 Pickets, and allies to plan “Wall Street to Walmart”, an OWS-wide series of actions starting on Thanksgiving and culminating on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year. You can also subscribe to the Black Friday email list here.

Saturday, October 27th, 8:30pm
Tidal #3 Party
Momenta Art at 56 Bogart street

Come celebrate the third issue of the magazine Tidal: Occupy Theory, Occupy Strategy. Tidal is a printed magazine and online and in-person horizontal conversation among those who have spent most of their lives thinking about this moment, and people in the Occupy Movement who are making decisions every day about its future. All people involved in this project are heavily involved in Occupy Wall Street. Go to http://occupytheory.org/ to learn more.

Sunday, October 28th, 7pm
Spectra Going Away Party
The Alchemical Theatre Labratory, 137 W 14th St.

Spectra, the builder of the West Village gas pipeline, is heading home to Texas for the winter months, and we intend to throw them the best "don't-let-the-screen-door- hit-you-on-the-way-out" goodbye party.

Monday, October 29th, 6:30pm
Movement Mondays
220 East 23rd St.

An open meeting for internal planning and coordination--let’s find out Who is doing What actions and events, and well ahead of time.

Wednesday, October 31, 6pm
Occupy Halloween: A Nightmare on Wall Street
The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade

Join Occupy Wall Street at the annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade where we will transform the Annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade into a haunted floating Wall Street Graveyard full of hoarding Debt Zombies, Dancing 1% Vampires & a special appearance of the 2012 Presidential Candidates all in a Pre-Election Monster Mash March.

Thursday, November 1st, 8pm
Benefit Concert for the National Lawyers Guild - NYC
The Riverside Church at 490 Riverside Drive

Since 1937, the NLG-NYC has been on the frontlines of social justice struggles in the courts and on the streets. Guild attorneys have worked for over seven decades to support the legal rights of political dissidents, racial and religious minorities, immigrants, workers, and other oppressed groups far from the center of American power. A diverse group of performers are rising up in support of the NLG-NYC’s work defending robust political dissent in New York City. Head to www.nlgnyc.org for tickets.

Friday, November 2nd, 6pm

Black Friday OWS Action Planning
NYNJJB, 33 W 14th St., New York, NY

Join Occupy Wall Street, 99 Pickets, and allies to plan “Wall Street to Walmart“, an OWS-wide series of actions starting on Thanksgiving and culminating on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year. You can also subscribe to the Black Friday email list here.

Saturday, November 3rd, 12pm
99PKTS on the Golden Farm Picket Line
Golden Farm, 329 Church Ave, Brooklyn NY 11218

99 Pickets and Occupy Wall Street are joining workers and Kensington residents on the Golden Farm picket line this Saturday. After claiming they would never pay workers their back pay or allow a union in his store, Sonny Kim has reached a settlement with workers acknowledging he paid less than minimum wage, and is now entering into negotiations with the worker’s union.

 But workers are keeping up the pressure until the contract is signed and payment of back wages is received. The fight is not over, join us.

Monday, November 5th, 7pm
Election Victory Celebration at Goldman Sachs
200 West Street, NYC

The system isn’t broken, it’s fixed! Endlessly repeating political ads and staged debates insist your $5 contribution is just as powerful as Goldman Sachs' millions in contributions to both sides. On Election Eve, Occupy Wall Street will stand in front of Goldman Sachs and tell it like it is: whoever wins, we the people lose.

Tuesday, November 6th, 4:30pm
Wall Street Election Day Victory Party
Zuccotti Park

On Election Day, why wait until the official tally comes in? After all, here on Wall Street, we are always the first to know who won. Join us in a toast as we declare Wall Street the winner.

Tuesday, November 6th, 9pm
Occupy Times Square
Times Square

Due to the influence of money in politics, no matter which candidates are victorious on November 6th, Wall Street still wins. Likewise we can all agree: voting by itself will not bring about the changes we need. As soon as the polls close, let's gather in Times Square and show people what REAL democracy looks like - holding a People's Assembly and creating a place where anyone can speak, not just those who raise money to run for office.

Wednesday, November 7th, 5pm
March of the Unemployed
Union Square

One in every seven New York workers is unemployed, underemployed or has given up looking for work. You are not alone and you can join us to show the city, the mayor, the President, that an unemployment crisis is happening.

Saturday, November 10th, 12pm
Angry Mob at Lord Blankcheck’s Front Gate
Occupy Goldman Sachs at 15 Central Park West

Just days after one of his puppet Presidential candidates wins the Presidency, the People will gather outside the front gate of Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein's (aka Lord Blankcheck) not-so-humble abode. Bring a FAKE pitchfork or torch and join our Toy Mob.

For Text Message alerts on your cellphone about daily events, actions, and important information, sign up for the ComHub SMS blasts by texting @owscom to 23559.

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Occupy Oakland: Take Back OGP

Posted 1 year ago on Oct. 23, 2012, 7:37 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: oakland, oscar grant plaza

via Occupy Oakland

On October 25 of last year, the Oakland Commune at Oscar Grant Plaza was raided with enough brutal force to gain international attention. Since then, continuous state repression and police brutality have sought to divide Oakland and keep its residents from reclaiming public space in a time of local, national and global austerity.

The Oakland Commune served as a socio/political refuge for Oakland residents. It was open and free to all and provided a space where people could traverse race and class divides in order to share food, discussion and visions of a more just world. During this time, it was reported that crime within the beat that contained Oscar Grant Plaza went down 19 percent, which highlights the social efficacy of the community when allowed to come together and care for itself.

This Thursday October 25, Occupy Oakland will take back Oscar Grant Plaza with the intention of reclaiming the commons and the right of the people to organize in City Centers. This is a call out to all those who either experienced or were intrigued by the power of the Oakland Commune to come and contribute to the evening’s planned discussions on racism, patriarchy, state repression, and bridges to building a mass movement. A pot luck, community forum and general assembly are scheduled to begin at 4:00pm, followed by a march at 7:00pm. Films will be shown in the evening.

Come gather with us in the commons!

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Spain Mulling Plan to Ban Photos & Videos of Police

Posted 1 year ago on Oct. 22, 2012, 7:11 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: police, europe, spain

Spanish riot police attacking protester

In a move sure to send shivers down the spines of activists and civil liberties advocates everywhere, the Spanish government is taking steps to prohibit the filming and photographing of on-duty police and security forces, the New York Times reports. Described by Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria as a reaction to the recent shocking clashes between police and demonstrators – such as the Madrid anti-austerity actions – this ban is necessary, they claim, to strike a balance "between citizens' right to protest" and the need "to uphold the integrity of state security forces."

The deputy prime minister made his announcement a day after Spain's director general of police, Ignacio Cosido, said that said that draft legislation for such a ban was already in the works.

This position is in direct conflict with European laws governing the freedom of the press and human rights and an affront to all the dedicated citizen journalists putting themselves in harm's way in the service of transparency. The proposed new legislation also makes it illegal to disseminate photos and videos of security forces over social networking sites such as Facebook.

Angel Casana, a lead writer for the national newspaper El Mundo, weighed in on the plan via an online editorial: "If this proposal goes ahead, it is going to be impossible to know about events as they occur on the streets just at a time when streets are at boiling point due to the dire economic situation of many families."

Video livestreamers, in particular, have reason to worry that they will be prohibited from doing their work. There already exists a vast amount of video evidence collected by citizen journalists across Spain that documents indiscriminate police violence during protests that resulted in grave injuries against people who were exercising their constitutionally protected right of political expression.

These streams are not only reliable news footage, but also contribute to historical record of our time and therefore belong not only to Spain, but to the entire world. The idea that a government feels it has to erase part of it's record to ensure it's own safety indicates an awareness that its actions, if documented, will provoke public disapproval and increase dissent.

Igancio Cosido specified that the new rule would prohibit "the recruitment, reproduction or processing of images, sounds or information of members of the security forces in the exercise of its functions as may endanger their life". If they really believe that the routine actions of police officers in dealing with protesters would evoke such an extreme reaction by the general viewing public, perhaps they should review their use of tactics instead of trying to suffocate the evidence. Another world is possible.

Photograph: Chema Moya/EPA

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