Posted 11 years ago on Oct. 9, 2012, 11:22 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
solidarity against austerity,
Our Dreams Don’t Fit in Their Ballot Boxes!
No to austerity! Yes to reclaiming our communities!
Occupy Portland and Portland Action Lab invite all people to participate in a national call to action to say No to Austerity and Yes to building our collective power. On November 2nd and 3rd (N3) we will mobilize and march, voting with our feet by taking direct action to interrupt the normal course of business. Our power is in our neighborhoods, building alternatives, and taking to the streets! Business and our governments hoard wealth, privatize our communities, and burden us with enormous debt – This is AUSTERITY and we say Enough is Enough!
We call on all participants in the Occupy movement, rank-and-file union members, students, our elders and people-at-large to organize creatively and return to our public spaces with this message on the weekend before the election. Our communities will make our own decisions and control our own resources, no matter who is elected. We are not alone; austerity is a consequence of a failed economic system and people around the world are rising up. We act in solidarity and take inspiration from the peoples of Greece, South Africa, Quebec, Chile, and beyond who are fighting austerity and the destruction of their communities.
Solidarity against Austerity!
Occupy Portland and Portland Action Lab have put out this call to action. All Occupies and groups are invited to participate. A website is
available to share information and materials, http://www.solidarityagainstausterity.org. If your city or organization is participating, please let us know by filling out this form! We can post contact information for your action on the website so people in your area can get involved! We will also be setting up national conference calls to coordinate and share resources between cities. We encourage you to check out the website section on affinity groups and spokes councils. This is one effective way to organize mass mobilizations. This is a model of organizing that is consistent with our movement’s values of participatory decision making and non-hierarchical structures. Of course there are many ways to organize, but we have had enormous success with this model in Portland. The direct action spokes council in Portland emerged out of the Occupy Movement and is called the Portland
Action Lab. This is the body organizing Portland’s N3 action and also coordinated Feb 29th (F29) Shut Down the Corporations, which was an international day of action with over 70 participating cities.
Facebook Page for National Call to Action: https://www.facebook.com/N3.solidarity.against.austerity
Twitter: ActionLabPDX, Hashtage #N3
Posted 11 years ago on Oct. 9, 2012, 10:11 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Golden Dawn, G.D. (in Greek, Chrysi Avgi), the neo-Nazi, ultra-nationalistic party, which was recently elected to the Greek Parliament under the pretext of concern over unemployment, austerity and the economy, and while engaging in virulent anti-immigrant rhetoric and anti-democratic, nationalistic activities, has now established a chapter in New York City. Several groups and organizations have already publicly expressed their outrage and have called for immediate action.
For over 30 years, G.D. has operated from the margins of the far right political spectrum using the symbols, practices and methods of a racist, anti-democratic and intolerant neo-Nazi ideology. The recent economic crisis, however, has brought them to the forefront of political developments. They recently drew the attention of the international media when one of their Parliament members physically attacked two women from Left wing parties on live television. Before that incident and since, G.D. thugs have organized murderous attacks against immigrants, left wingers, gays as well as anyone who will stand in their way.
G.D. harbors common criminals. In the 70s, the “Fuhrer,” as they honorably call their leader, was imprisoned for setting off bombs in cinemas that showed films of Soviet production. Around the same period, members of the organization were also prosecuted for committing acts of terrorism against left wing newspapers and organizations. Today, they exhibit particular disdain against Muslims while they also openly deny the Holocaust.
In New York City, G.D. masquerades as a philanthropic organization conducting food and clothing drives. The goal of such activities is to popularize G.D.’s neo-Nazi ideology and enlist public sympathy. G.D.’s ‘philanthropic’ activity is a cynical ploy and has to be condemned as such. Alternatively, “Doctors of the World,” “AHEPA,” and a number of other international or community- based NGOs rely on our help to support the Greek people. We urge all who wish to do so to support legitimate charities and Greek solidarity groups, and reject Golden Dawn’s advances.
History teaches us that economic crises can breed hatred, racism and ultimately fascism. Capitalism divides us along social, cultural and political lines so as to dominate us more effectively. Few cities in the world other than New York know this better. We therefore invite immigrant organizations, unions, teachers’ associations and cultural organizations to an open meeting where we can freely discuss and decide how we can effectively act against racism, violence and fascism.
PLEASE JOIN US ON
October 9, 2012 • 7–10pm
Church of the Redeemer 30-14 Crescent Street (Corner of 30th Road), Astoria, NY 11102-3249
The event is co-sponsored by:
- Act Up
- Left Movement NY (Aristeri Kinisi NY)
- Occupy Astoria – LIC
- Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination
- Strike Debt
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