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National Occupy Guitarmy 99 Mile March, July 5-11 2012

Posted 2 years ago on June 27, 2012, 6:44 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

poster for the #99milemarch

A call for support from Occupiers, Friends, and Musicians from Philadelphia to New York City

The Occupy Guitarmy is spearheading #99MileMarch from Philadelphia to New York City from July 5 to July 11, 2012 in honor of Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday (July 14, 2012) and in celebration of the National Gathering of Occupy movement.

We call on Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York musicians, social justice activists, union members, and occupy supporters to help support our action. We actively seek: daily, overnight, and long haul marchers, daily location event organizers, street medics, guitar techs, kitchen staff, live-streamers, caravan vehicles, oral historians, and general volunteers. We ask that marchers, volunteers, and on-site supporters of our action visit our website (www.99milemarch.org) to engage with us in advance. Please contact us if you plan to march with us!

For more information and details on how to get involved, visit 99milemarch.org and @99MileMarch

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We Demand Real Healthcare for the 99%

Posted 2 years ago on June 27, 2012, 12:52 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

Single Payer Now!

On Thursday, June 28th, between 10am and 11am, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce its decision to uphold or strike down all or parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka “Obamacare.”

The same day from 11:30am to 1:30pm, workers and the community will rally against layoffs, healthcare cuts, and hospital closings at Downstate Hospital, a state hospital in Central Brooklyn that handled 75,000 ER visits last year and plays a vital role in the community.

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#StrikeDebt: An Emerging Consensus

Posted 2 years ago on June 27, 2012, 12:43 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

hundreds march dressed as zombies in NYC
Night of the Living Debt

Written by Nicholas Mirzoeff and originally published June 23 & 24 on his blog Occupy 2012

For a long time, Occupy was a combination of radical affect, method and principle. It did not have a central subject. Readers will have noticed that debt has increasingly become a key theme in this project. And now it’s perhaps becoming the theme in OWS as well. A growing consensus is emerging that the next major day of action will be orchestrated around debt. This will be Black Monday, or September 17, Occupy Wall Street Year One.

In a sense, this is overdue. After all, OWS’s own David Graeber is the author the global best-seller Debt. But just as the 2011 protest lagged behind the worst of the bailouts, it’s only now that the full extent of the debt crisis is becoming apparent.

There are three main factors at work here. One is the exemplary resistance in Montreal to the privatization of higher education and the refusal of endebted futures. Here is a direct challenge to the idea that morality means debt. Quebecois consider that they have already paid for education via direct and indirect taxation, one. And, two, they see a moral society as one that educates its citizens as a public good.

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#OWS Updates for the Week of June 27

Posted 2 years ago on June 27, 2012, 11:46 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

'We are the 99%' was a prescient slogan that captured one version of reality - that those who drove our country off a cliff with criminal financial speculation represent a very small group, and that their actions harmed everyone else.

But since then, a new kind of reality has emerged, one where groups are focusing on their core issues, constituencies and competencies. Students are organizing around student debt, foreclosure victims are organizing to stop evictions, etc.

Let’s remember though, that the birth of #Occupy was when we all came together. It happened then, it happened on May Day, and it will happen again.

-- from the ‘Your Inbox: Occupied’ team

Occupy These Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 27th, 8:00am
Occupy The Citi
Citigroup Building - One Court Square- Long Island City

Occupy Astoria LIC invites everyone for a day of public outrage and education, with special guests, as we #OccupyTheCiti. Four years ago, Citigroup and the Wall Street banks crashed the world economy. We will gather, hold teach-ins, and speak truth to power.

Wednesday, June 27th, 6:30pm
OWS Labor Alliance Forum on Closing of Post Offices & Firing of Postal Workers
PSC Office at 61 Broadway, 16th Floor (you’ll need photo ID to get in)

Join us for a program about how it is not the internet, not the recession, not private competition, but Congress that is killing the US postal service. Hear from Chuck Zlatkin, the Legislative and Political Director of the New York Metro Area Postal Union, APWU, AFL-CIO, about how we can fight the union busting!

Thursday, June 28th, 11:30am
Save Downstate Hospital
Downstate Hospital 470 Clarkson Ave, Brooklyn

Join Healthcare for the 99% and the Brooklyn Community to Rally and Speak Out! Governor Cuomo wants to balance the budget by layoffs, hospital closings, and severe pension reductions. Join us to work for better healthcare and more jobs. Reclaim Healthcare for the 99%!

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