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Goldman Sachs Is Occupied

Posted 2 years ago on Dec. 5, 2012, 11:29 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: sleepful protest, occupy goldman sachs, nyc, goldman sachs

Occupy Goldman Sachs

On October seventeenth (O17), a group of about 10 occupiers gathered outside 15 Central Park West, the address of Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein’s multi-million dollar condo. Occupy Goldman Sachs was born. In the model of sleepful protests, they set up camp across from the building’s main gate. They brought sleeping bags, signs, food, cameras...and have not left the area since.

It’s now been over 40 days, and they are going strong. They have bounced around the building, to keep the NYPD on their toes and avoid bad weather. Arrests have been minimal and outreach has been phenomenal. The support from the neighborhood has been extremely positive, people are constantly stopping by with words of support and encouragement.

They decided as a unit to hold the space through Hurricane Sandy, and immediately after, people from the site were out in the many areas affected by the storm doing relief work. The site now doubles as an Occupy Sandy info hub, providing information on how to volunteer and donate to the high levels of foot traffic. The main location is at the corner of 61st St. and Broadway, deliciously across from a Chase Bank.

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The case against Goldman Sachs is as simple as it is complex. The firm engages in practices we have not yet outlawed, but should. As Matt Taibbi wrote, “They [aren't] murderers or anything; they [have] merely stolen more money than most people can rationally conceive of, from their own customers, in a few blinks of an eye.” They place their former officials at the highest levels of financial power in positions around the globe, making it easier for them to sway politicians and influence policy. Just this week it was announced that a former investment banker from the firm will head the Bank of England. Mark Carney is the same man who, in 1998 led efforts to advise the Russian government on its economic recovery while his firm, Goldman Sachs, placed financial bets on the failure of the Russian economy

They lobby Congress to bail them out with taxpayer dollars, while having a major stake within the Federal Reserve. Currently, they are funding lobbying to slash and burn all social safety nets, all public resources, and all means in which we care for our communities.They sell complicated derivative products to their clients, products they often gamble against to always guarantee an upper hand. The Managing Directors and Partners of Goldman Sachs contribute millions to the major political parties, guaranteeing them an audience in the White House, no matter who wins. The CEO, Lloyd Blankfein, has become one of a few select spokespeople for the dominant corrupt corporate culture, and that was evident as he took the stand in 2010 in front of a Senate Subcommittee to defend himself from the grilling questions of multiple Senators. Despite the recommendation from Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) to the Department of Justice, for Goldman Sachs to be investigated and prosecuted for financial crimes, the firm remains unexamined and unregulated.

It is imperative for people to speak up and speak out against the pervasive corruption of our global economy at the hands of Goldman Sachs. We seek to expand the concept to cities where Goldman has tentacles/offices. We hope to see OGS London, OGS Boston, OGS Madrid and all the rest. We face a global epidemic of poverty, homelessness, and war, while Goldman Sachs lobbies to pocket $134 billion in resources from the countries in which they work.

Editors Note: If you want to spread occupation to another 1% address, the home of the Koch Brothers is just up the street at 740 Park Avenue.

Find Occupy Goldman Sachs Online:

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Ustream: ustream.tv/channel/occupyuniverse
Twitter: @LordBlankcheck

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

Posted 2 years 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.

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