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Aug 21-25: Occupy Wall Street (Inter) National Gathering: decolonize the 99%

Posted 5 years ago on Aug. 20, 2013, 10:25 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: national gathering, kalamazoo


WHAT: the Occupy Wall Street (Inter) National Gathering: decolonize the 99%. It’s the second annual gathering of the Occupy movement and allies—the first was in Philadelphia June 30 to July 5, 2012. We promise a full-bodied 5-day event with emphasis on the colonization of this country by corporations—an important public event with creative activism, parades, and, most importantly, the People being heard. NatGat2 is a place for the movement of affinity to regroup, debrief, and regain strength after the brutal crack-downs on the encampments in 2011 and targeted legislative repression and unprecedented spying by NSA on US persons.

WHEN: August 21-25, 2013

WHY: A fundamental right, essential to a representative government, is the right to peacefully gather to petition the government for redress of grievances. We activists are still working for a better world. Dozens of active Occupys and allies have endorsed and will be sending representatives. Hundreds of Occupys all over the United States and from around the globe—e.g. Occupy San Francisco to Occupy Sandy to Occupy Sydney, Australia—will gather in solidarity and share strategies to strengthen the global network that was born in Zuccotti Park on September 17, 2011.

HOW: will people get there? There is a Sharetribe site to sign up or offer a ride—or housing, or just about anything NatGat-related. Donations are accepted here.

WHERE: The City of Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. Where will they sleep? Sleepful Protests in Public Spaces is our custom; it is legal in Kalamazoo. However, there are other options. The Lamplighter Inn in Comstock on the border of Kalamazoo will be our #1 site in the evenings. (They say it’s haunted!)

*UPDATE: The Venue for the Natational gathering has changed. Most activities will now take place at the Kalamazoo Peace Center at the Wesley Foundation, 2101 Wilbur St.

WHAT will be accomplished? NatGat strives to be decisive, each day will end with a General Assembly on the subject of the day, then a draft, will be turned over to writers to turn into art to be posted and published shortly after.

Only complete (r)evolution will do,

List of hyperlinks

Main website http://interoccupy.net/natgat2/

Occupy Vision Statement https://www.facebook.com/notes/occupy-pensacola/vision-statement-from-occupy-national-gathering-july-4-2012/266965306741611

Endorsements http://interoccupy.net/natgat2/endorsements/

Sharetribe https://occupynationalgathering.sharetribe.com/

*What is decolonization? What is Decolonization and why does it matter

Sleepful Protesting http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/05/occupy_kalamazoo_protestors_do.html

YouTube Teaser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfMwe36wJec

Donations https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/7315/donate_page/occupy-national-gathering


National Strike! August 29th

Posted 5 years ago on Aug. 20, 2013, 9:52 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: labor, strike, fast food workers


via LowPayIsNotOK.org:

Thousands of workers are going on a national strike on August 29 to demand better pay and better treatment. Low-wage jobs are the fastest growing jobs in the nation and they need to pay more so that workers like us can make ends meet. McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, KFC and other corporations are making billions in profits, but they’re paying poverty wages and keeping the entire economy down. We’ve had enough. And we’re not alone.

If you work in a fast food or retail store anywhere in the country, the most effective thing you can do right now is make plans to take to the streets on August 29. Encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same. The more of us who go on strike that day, the louder our message will be that it is not right for companies making billions in profits to pay their workers pennies.

Email us to let us know you’re in – or if you want to talk with a fellow fast food worker who has already gone out on strike. You can reach us at (347) 974-3944 too.

15 steps for $15 an hour and the right to form a union

Before you strike for $15:

1 - Talk to coworkers you trust and ask them to join you.
2 - Set the time to meet outside the store on the day of the strike.
3 - Call everyone you know to support you: friends, family, local social justice organizations, pastors, priests, and politicians and ask them to come to your strike line.
4 - Ask at least one of your supporters to walk back into to work with you at your next regularly scheduled shift after the strike.

Day of the strike for $15:

5 - Make signs that say why you are on strike.
6 - Print out and deliver the “Strike” letter to your manager (everyone who is on strike should sign it).
7 - Start your strike! Stand outside your store with your supporters and let people know you all are standing up for $15 an hour and the right to organize a union because low pay is not ok!
8 - Call the local TV station and newspaper and let them know you are on strike at your store.
9 - Call or text family and friends who aren’t there yet to come and support you.
10 - Chant, march, sing and let everyone who is on strike explain why they are there.
11 - Ask supporters to come with you when you and your coworkers return to work.
12 - Post pictures of your strike on Facebook at Facebook.com/LowPayIsNotOK and tweet them to @lowpayisnotok with the hashtag #strikefor15

After the strike for $15:

13 - Meet up with your supporter who is walking with you to work.
14 - Go back to work at your next regularly scheduled shift with your head held high.
15 - Tell your coworkers how it felt to stand up for $15 an hour and the right to form union with thousands of other workers across the country! Sign them up at LowPayIsNotOK.org.


Wednesday: Direct Action Training and Visioning for #S17 Robin Hood Tax Action

Posted 5 years ago on Aug. 20, 2013, 8:08 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: NYC, S17, Robin Hood Tax

The Robin Hood Tax

via the Occupy Network team and S17 Robin Hood Tax action partners:

Join us August 21 to dream up direct actions to bring attention to the Robin Hood Tax Campaign

The Robin Hood Tax is a galvanizing issue for this historical moment, and it's a winnable fight to boot. It is a financial transaction tax that takes .05% from Wall Street transactions. Just .05% creates $350 Billion dollars a year in new revenue for America. $350 Billion pays for universal healthcare, $350 Billion ends students debt, $350 Billion funds a green jobs program and much much more.

The Robin Hood Tax is movement legislation. It is a long-term fight for a more just world. The National Nurses Union, Transit Workers United, Vocal NY, Act UP and Occupy are throwing our collective weight behind this issue on Sept. 17th to begin to chart a vision forward out of perpetual Environmental and Economic Crisis.

Come together with us for a Direct Action Training and Visioning at the Brooklyn Commons at 388 Atlantic Ave.

Let’s dream about how to best make a tangible impact this S17. We have a rough sketch of plans so far, but in order to create an action of creativity and finesse, we need you!

We hope to see you there for this important brainstorm session where we’ll create a concrete plan for how we should proceed.

Wednesday, August 21st
The Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Ave. BK, NYC