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Please Donate to the #S17 Food Fund

Posted 11 years ago on Sept. 14, 2012, 6:53 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: nyc

We need your help to feed occupiers on #S17. Please consider making a donation to the #S17 Food Fund for Occupy Wall Street.

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The Occupy Wall Street Kitchen, lovingly known as “The People’s Kitchen,” is a revolutionary space for breaking bread and building communities that is open to everyone!



Our Occu-Versary is Here: Join Us This Weekend For #S17

Posted 11 years ago on Sept. 14, 2012, 5:02 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: nyc, s17

s17 flower poster

After many months of tireless preparation, it is invigorating to be able to say that our #S17 anniversary weekend is finally here!

The http://s17nyc.org/ website will contain all of the who’s, what’s where’s, why’s and when’s; text @S17NYC to 23559 for real time updates, and below we did our best to organize and synthesize the litany of actions and events that are in store.

Whether it is an educational event at Occupy Town Square on Saturday or a celebratory action in tandem with the big Occupy Wall Street concert on Sunday, all these efforts collectively exhibit how All Roads Lead to Wall Street. From Sunday night’s Occupy Rosh Hashanah service to the direct actions and popular assemblies on September 17th, we will ring in the new year in style.

Indeed, Wall Street is our common villain who is robbing the 99% blind on behalf of the 1%. This weekend we will mark the occasion of our anniversary by once again showing the powers that be that we see what they are doing, and that soon enough the whole world will again as well.

You can also Donate to Support S17: The Action Resource Fund helps Occupy Wall Street working and affinity groups get the resources they need to do the things they want on big days of action. Please donate if you can!

-- from the ‘Your Inbox: Occupied’ team

(See here for even more resources and calls-to-action related to the one-year anniversary of #OWS - OccupyWallSt.org team)

Saturday, September 15th Anniversary Actions & Events

OWS Anniversary Convergence Weekend
Saturday, 10:30am - 7pm
Washington Square Park

Join us for a special all-day Occupy Town Square for S17, with OWS tables, performances, and teach-ins.

10:30 am-12:30pm – Welcome and Orientation Activities, Lunch including S17 Action Prep & Legal Solidarity training.
Noon: Facilitation meeting for Thematic Assembles
12:30pm-4pm – Inaugural Assembly and Thematic Breakout Groups Some of the thematic assemblies already planned:

  • The Occupy the K-12 Public School Narrative Thematic Breakout - will bring together students, parents, educators, community members and activists to discuss the Privatization of Public Schools and the Continuum of Resistance.
  • Money out of Politics Assembly: Together, we will: describe the parameters of this movement, it's origin story, involvement with OWS, New York specific efforts, national campaigns and major organizational actors.
  • Strike Debt: Share individual and collective actions for those fighting debt in all of its forms.
  • Occupy for all species: An OTS teach-in to talk about ways we can commit ourselves to the struggle: All Day, Every Day.

4pm-6:30pm – Open Space for teach-ins, workshops, performances any other type of activity. Please fill out the convergence form to let us know you are coming. This information will help us in our preparations.
4pm-6:30pm – Direct Action and Know Your Rights Trainings
Organizers and trainers from the Direct Action Working Group (in New York City and other occupations) will assist in skill-shares and knowledge-shares about activism in New York City and involvement in direct actions. This space will also be open for Know Your Rights trainings specific to New York City, and will also include Plus Brigades training. Check out the full training schedule for the weekend. Attending these trainings is highly recommended for everyone who plans to participate in any aspect of S17.

6:30pm-7pm – Closing Assembly
The day will close with a few words about various events happening throughout the city on Saturday evening. OTS will leave an open space for spontaneous assemblies or soapboxes.

The Debt Resistors' Operations Manual
Saturday, 7:30pm
Judson Memorial Church, Washington Park South

The Debt Resistors' Operations Manual, a project of Strike Debt and Occupy Wall Street, is a guide for individual and collective action for those fighting debt in all of its forms. Following its release, Strike Debt will host a discussion about the manual and its role in the emerging debt resistance movement.

S17 Affinity Group Spokescouncil
Saturday, 8pm
Washington Square Park

Learn about the action framework for S17, choose targets, and make friends.

Affinity Group Actions and Solidarity Events

March to End Suppression of OWS
Saturday, 6pm
Washington Square Park

Join us as we take to the streets to raise to raise awareness of the continued suppression of Non-Violent activists and the Occupy Movement. The march ends at Liberty Park.

Occupy: The Film Festival
Saturday, 6pm & 8:30pm
Anthology Film Archives 32 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Occupy The Film Festival is feature a full weekend of first anniversary festivities, including prominent guest speakers, interactive screenings, an Occupy fashion show, an Occupy photography exhibit by award-winning artists, and guerrilla projections. Continues on Sunday.

We are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation
Saturday, 7pm
Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen Street

Just days before the one-year anniversary of the action that launched a nascent social movement, the occupation of Wall Street and the encampment at Zuccotti Square, join us for an evening of discussion around the past, present, and possible future of the Occupy movement.

Building the Tools of Consensus
Saturday, 7pm
7pm, Liberty Park

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble through what micro-local, democratic participation looks like with #NYCGA, a public assembly for and by the people.

Sunday, September 16th Anniversary Actions & Events

Spectra Frack Pipeline Blast Zone March with the Occupy Guitarmy
Sunday, 10am

Spectra Energy Pipeline Construction Site (Gansevoort Street and Hudson River Greenway)
The Occupy Guitarmy is a leaderless brigade of hundreds of instrumentalists and singers assembled with guitars, ukuleles, cellos, violins, basses, noisemakers and voices. The Guitarmy will team up with Occupy the Pipeline, environmentalists and local community members to stage a parade starting at projected blast perimeter of the Spectra Energy fracked gas pipeline currently under construction in the West Village. Connecting the dots between dirty, dangerous fossil fuels and Wall Street, the parade will end at Foley Square, where the Guitarmy will kick off the OWS “99 Revolutions” concert.

Legal Solidarity Training and S17 Action Prep
Sunday, 10:30am
Foley Square

We will practice role plays of the actions planned for S17, build groups of trusted friends and associates to work with (‘affinity groups’), and how to make quick decisions on the street. We will also go through a legal Know Your Rights training, which will cover the particulars of the police and legal situation in New York City. Attending these trainings is highly recommended for everyone who plans to participate in any aspect of S17.

Saturday, noon: MASS ACTION SPOKES to coordinate for Monday’s actions

Occupy Town Square Open Space
Sunday, noon - 7pm
Thomas Paine Park on Worth St. between Lafayette and Centre.

Just North of the concert area, OTS will create space for tables, food, teach-ins, workshops, performances, trainings, and political discussions throughout the day in the park adjacent to the concert space. If you would like to give a teach-in or workshop, put on a performance or host any other type of activity, please fill out the convergence form to let us know you are coming.

Occupy Wall Street Anniversary Concert
Sunday, 1pm - 6pm
Foley Square, south of Thomas Paine on Worth St. between Lafayette and Centre.

Occupy Wall Street will host a concert which will include a variety of acts. It will include several headline bands, interactive performances by OWS and allied campaigns and creative Direct Action trainings to prepare the 99% for Monday’s day of resistance.

Occupy Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, 7:30pm
Liberty Park

Celebrate the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street (which falls on Rosh Hashanah, September 17) and the Jewish New Year together with a potluck dinner and nondenominational holiday service. Eat some apples and honey, learn some Occupy Torah, and ring in the New Year with a bang!

Affinity Group Actions and Solidarity Events

Occupy: The Film Festival
Sunday, 7:30pm
Anthology Film Archives 32 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003

see previous description on Saturday

Occupy the Big Screen at Times Square
Sunday, 10pm
Trinity Church (79 Broadway) to Times Square

March from Occupy Trinity on Wall Street down Broadway to Times Square. We leave at 10pm, then, at midnight on September 16th, as it becomes September 17th, we take over the big screen with our birthday party!

Monday, September 17th Anniversary Actions & Events

The People’s Wall
Monday, 7am
The streets surrounding the New York Stock Exchange

As part of the morning of actions, people from all walks of life are going to assemble in the streets surrounding the New York Stock Exchange in a historic act of nonviolent civil disobedience. We will form a peaceful sitting wall to deliver a clear message: The 99% will no longer stand for business as usual. In building this blockade, we will — symbolically and literally — open space for the 99 Revolutions to emerge, and set the stage for the Storm Wall Street convergence. These actions work together, as essential parts of a greater whole.

99 Revolutions
Monday, 7am
Intersections throughout the Financial District

Problem: All Roads lead to Wall Street. Solution: Reverse the Flow of Traffic. The 99 Revolutions will disrupt traffic throughout the Financial District by creating a swirl of roving intersection occupations surrounding the Stock Exchange. Each occupation will enact a World Without Wall Street as envisioned by members of the 99%.

Storm Wall Street
Monday, 10am
In front of the doors of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, at Bowling Green

At the site from which Occupy Wall Street first arose, we are calling for an end to the corporate occupation of the planet and demonstrating that a just and sustainable world is possible. As the 99% circle New York’s first public park, our groundswell will remind the 1% of their growing debts to Mother Earth and that the Commons belong to us all.

Affinity Group Assembly Points:
An affinity group is a small group of people (typically 5-15), who trust one another and organize around a shared political or tactical goal. Attend any one of the affinity group trainings over the weekend to join an affinity group or learn how yours can take part in the 7am Monday morning actions. Follow the links below for location info:

  • Education Bloc: Are you a student? A teacher? A parent? Want to get involved with Occupy Wall Street's anniversary? Stand with those striking in Montreal and Chicago? Fight with those in Mexico, Chile, and all around the world? Join Education Bloc in NYC on S17!
  • Women Occupy Bloc: Join this affinity group focusing on women's issues, as well as racism and classism. The morning of September 17th will begin with a gathering at the intersections immediately surrounding the New York Stock Exchange.
  • StrikeDebt Bloc: Join us as we send Wall Street a powerful message: We Owe You Nothing!
  • Labor Bloc: Join 99 Pickets, Immigrant Worker Justice, OWS Labor Outreach Committee, Arts and Labor and others as part of the “99 Revolutions” action. Bring labor-related signs and songs.
  • Faith Bloc: Members of Occupy Faith, Occupy Catholics and other faith groups will be meeting at the Red Cube at Liberty Park to join the actions and stand in solidarity with those who do.
  • ACT-UP: ACT UP NY joins with Occupy Wall St in the streets of Lower Manhattan to demand a Financial Transaction Tax (or Robin Hood Tax) for Wall Street.

Afternoon Assemblies and Actions

The 99% Return to Wall Street
Monday, 12pm
Liberty Square

Join us to show that the 99% stands united against a corrupted system. This assembly will bring together Union workers, Union Leadership, Economics Experts and Occupiers to let our voices be heard once more.

What are your 99 Solutions?
Monday, 2pm
Liberty Square if possible, Foley Square if necessary

All roads lead to Wall Street, but the road past Wall Street into the future is the one we must pave together. Join Occupy Wall Street for lunch, discussion, and a rocking good time as we seek to be the change we want to see in the world – and help us make it together.

The Popular Assembly
Monday, 6pm
Liberty Square if possible, Foley Square if necessary

The intention of this assembly is to provide the People with a non-oppressive, non-hierarchical and non-confrontational space to discuss issues and projects relevant to envisioning a better world. This is will be the first in a series of weekly Popular Assemblies, which will be a place for project, action, affinity and other groups (like Occupy the Pipeline, Stop Stop and Frisk, Sunset Park Rent Strike, Strike Debt, Chicago Teachers Strike solidarity and others) from all over to come together each week in a space where they can discuss, recruit and share resources.

NYC Affinity Group events

Bike Breakfast
Monday 6am
Seward Park, Broadway and Canal Street:

What better way to start September 17th then by joining the OWS Bike Coalition for a free breakfast and an early morning ride around beautiful downtown Manhattan!

The People’s Puppets: Roving Occupy Birthday Bash!
Monday, 7am
Ferry Terminal and all over the Financial District

Come and celebrate the anniversary with a puppet party procession parade through the Financial District offering music, cake, and literature to the 99%!

Monday 9am
Liberty Park

Join us for a full day of Outreach, Movement Building, Mobilizations, Consciousness Raising, Organizing, Speak Outs, Fun, Community & LOVE! Incl. Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Assembly


DecoloNYC: The New POC Activism, 2 PM Sunday, September 16

Posted 11 years ago on Sept. 14, 2012, 4:53 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: s16, decolonyc, poc, nyc


The wave of protests that swept the globe in 2010-2011 marked the opening of a new chapter in the history of global struggle and resistance. In New York, the occupation of Zuccotti Park and mass street protests of Fall 2011 were only the most visible manifestations of this new upsurge in political activity. Concurrently with actions and campaigns around economic issues, one of the most exciting recent developments has been the proliferation of new projects, groups, and alliances dedicated to building power among people of color. Since the summer of 2011, New York has witnessed the birth of numerous collectives and initiatives, including Occupy the Hood, Take Back the Bronx, Native Resistance Network, Mothers Resist Racist Policing, Stop Stop + Frisk, Families Against Stop & Frisk, Campaign to End the New Jim Crow, Occupy Sunset Park, and DecoloNYC. Meanwhile, longstanding racial justice organizations and groups are also experiencing a burst of energy, and many are pursuing new lines of action: for example, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project recently established a Movement Building Team; Anarchist People of Color (APOC) convened their first national gathering since 2003; and La Unión, CAAAV, La Casita Comunal de Sunset Park, and the Arab American Association of New York have partnered up to plan a block party in Sunset Park that will bring together Latino, Asian, and Arab communities around music and shared issues.

In recognition of the recent amplification of racial justice work in New York, DecoloNYC invites all people of color activists and allies working toward racial justice to join us at Judson Memorial Church this Sunday, September 16th from 2 to 5 p.m. for an afternoon of conversation, celebration, information-sharing, networking, and community-building. (Enter at the side door on Thompson St. closest to Washington Square South.) The event will include open socializing, conversation around questions related to POC organizing, and space for groups to introduce themselves and their work, announce upcoming actions and projects, and let others know how they can plug in. Light refreshments will be served, and childcare will be available. The space is wheelchair-accessible.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday! In the meantime, here are a few actions and events coming up in the next week--a small sample of the important work being done all over the city.


7:00 p.m. - FORUM TO BUILD A MOVEMENT AGAINST MASS INCARCERATION On the day following the 41st anniversary of the Attica uprising, come to Riverside Church to join prison activists in fighting mass incarceration and demanding the closing of Attica as a symbolic commitment to the larger goal. Speakers include Michelle Alexander, Angela Davis, Jazz Hayden, Marc Lamont Hill, Cornel West, Pam Africa, and Soffiyah Elijah.


12:00-8:00 p.m. - GATHERING THE GRASSROOTS: THE FRONTLINE OF ASIAN AMERICAN MOBILIZATION The Museum of Chinese in America presents a day-long public event celebrating the work of New York Asian American and Pacific Islander grassroots organizations. The event seeks to capture a snapshot of current issues and responses from Asian American and Pacific Islander working class communities. The program will feature keynotes by Dennis Chin, Helen Gym, and Vijay Prashad, panels meant to spark dialogue between organizations and engagement with the public, and performances by Asian American artists.

4:00 p.m. - STOP KILLER COPS: UNITE OUR BLOCKS On Saturday, the Bronx community will take to the streets in response to the police killing of Reynaldo Cuevas, and to fight back against police harassment, brutality, and murder.


6:00 p.m. - A NEW QUEER AGENDA: LAUNCH EVENT A New Queer Agenda (a special double issue of The Scholar and Feminist Online) proposes a new set of issues for a revitalized queer movement with a global democratic vision, reaching across lines of race, ethnicity, gender and gender expression, class, religion, and nationality. This event is free and open to the public. Venue is wheelchair accessible. Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis; the Barnard Center for Research on Women; and Queers for Economic Justice.


8:30 a.m. - RALLY & PACK THE COURTROOM FOR MAXINE KING Maxine King is a social worker, community organizer, long-term activist, founder of Families Against Stop & Frisk, and advocate challenging Stop & Frisk and mass incarceration. In December 2011, Maxine saw her neighbor’s son and his friends being stopped and frisked by the police in front of her home. When she stood up to defend the youth, saying that what the officers were doing was illegal, she was thrown to the ground, assaulted, and arrested for defending young members of her community. On Thursday, join Families Against Stop & Frisk in supporting Maxine and continuing the fight against Stop & Frisk.


1:00-8:00 p.m. - BEYOND THE BLOCK: RAINBOW PARK From the organizers: “Can a hype block party double as an opportunity to spread information about stop & frisk, immigrant rights, health care, transnational identity, and housing? We say yes. … Beyond The Block creates a space where we can dance to an incredible musical selection while sharing useful information for our communities that are impacted by issues such as undocumented workers’ rights, topics that affect youth, and police surveillance.”


#S17 Solidarity From the Global South: Stop Financial Speculation on Food and Climate

Posted 11 years ago on Sept. 14, 2012, 3:07 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: s17, food, climate, solidarity, global south, environment

Global South Solidarity)

The fight of Occupy Wall Street is the struggle of all movements in the world. Finance capital, that created the crisis in 2008, has increased its power instead of being disciplined. At present, world GDP is 64 trillion US dollars while the derivatives market reached the incredible figure of 1,500 trillion US dollars in 2011. The speculative economy is 250 times larger than the real economy of the world. Now banks and Transnational corporations (TNCs) are moving to speculate on the impacts of the climate and environmental crises that the capitalist system has created. Prices of food are beginning to climb again because of climate change and speculation in a world where 1 billion people already suffer from hunger. The banks and TNCs like Cargill, Wal-Mart, Monsanto are seeing this situation as a new opportunity to make profits through food derivatives, natural resource grabbing, GMOs, agro-fuels, free trade agreements, structural adjustments, austerity plans and other mechanisms to increase the privileges of the 1% at the expenses of the 99% of the world and at tremendous cost to our Mother Earth.

From 15 to 17th of September, in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, we will raise our voices and promote actions to ban derivatives in food, dismantle the power of the banks and TNCs, stop the privatization of water and public services, cancel the illegitimate debts that are strangling our sisters and brothers in Europe, achieve deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and restore a life in harmony with nature.

Bangkok, August 31, 2012

All Nepal's Peasants' Federation
Alliance of Progressive Labor, Philippines
Aniban ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (AMA-Pilipinas)
Assembly of the Poor, Thailand
ATTAC France
Bangladesh Kishani Sabha
Bangladesh Krishok Federation
Bhartiya Kisan Union, BKU, India
Focus on the Global South
FTA Watch, Thailand
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives
Global Forest Coalition
Indonesian Civil Society Forum for Climate Justice
Indonesian Political Economy Association
Jubilee South-Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development
Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, India
KIARA (The People's Coalition for Fisheries Justice), Indonesia
Kilusang Mangingisda (Fisherfolk Movement), Philippines
Koalisi Anti Utang (Anti Debt Coalition) Indonesia
KRuHA (People's coalition for the right to water), Indonesia
La Via Campesina
Mindanao Peoples' Peace Movement
Migrant Forum in Asia
MONLAR, Sri Lanka
Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement
Polaris Institute, Canada
SBI (Indonesia Labor Union)
Serikat Petani Indonesia (Indonesian Peasant Union)
SMI (Suluh Muda Indonesia) Sumut
SNI (Indonesia Fisherfolk Union)
Solidarity Workshop, Bangladesh
South Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements
Thai Working Group for Climate Justice (TCJ)

To send your own messages of solidarity, news or pictures of your actions, please email: owsrevtalks@gmail.com


Protect Occupy's Right to Peaceably Assemble For #S17

Posted 11 years ago on Sept. 14, 2012, 2:47 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: nyc, s17

Nearly one year ago a bottom up protest movement erupted in New York City, calling attention to the role of Wall Street in robbing the 99% and wrecking the economy. It was a movement that inspired millions.

But Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a global leader of the 1%, unleashed his ‘private army’ to pepper spray, beat, arrest, imprison and evict us. As we prepare for the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street on September 17th, what will his response be this time?

Tell Mayor Bloomberg to respect Occupy’s right to peaceably assemble.

Occupy organizers from all five boroughs and from across the country are striving for a different kind of democracy. One where million$ and billion$ don’t decide who gets elected and who gets arrested. Do you have our back?

If so, tell Mayor Bloomberg, and join us in exercising our right to protest.

Tell the Mayor of Wall Street to put away his violent white shirts, helicopters, guns, chemical agents, jail cells and undercover spying operations.

Occupy is a nonviolent movement. And if Mayor Bloomberg hears all of our voices together and sees our collective power in the streets, we might just make it out of #S17 in one piece.

More ways to help support #OWS On Our One-Year Anniversary

On the weekend of September 17th we are calling all members of the 99% to converge on New York City for three days of celebration, education, and resistance.

And we need your help to make this convergence a truly historic event.

Donate to help support Occupy Wall Street actions on our one year anniversary.

Over the past year we have fundamentally changed the conversation and empowered people to take to the streets in their communities. We pinpointed the proper Villain in the American Nightmare, and displayed how when it comes to the degradation of the American Dream, All Roads Lead to Wall Street.

Yes we changed the conversation, and now we act that much more forthrightly to change the world. Likewise, we are seeking funds to facilitate such large ambitions.

Help provide resources to support our actions on the weekend of September 15-17.

Our previous request for contributions to the OWS May Day Fund was a great success, helping make May Day a large scale spectacle. The funds were utilized to support communications, transportation, food, printing costs, art fabrication, and music production for actions throughout the day, including the pop-up occupation of Bryant Park, the solidarity rally and concert at Union Square, and the Popular Assembly in the financial district.

We are using the same system of resource allocation this time, which we have renamed the Action Resource Fund (ARF). ARF will be raising and distributing funds via the S17 Planning Group, a body convened by the Direct Action Working Group in July.

The most important way you can show your support is by joining us in the streets on #S17. But we also need financial and material resources to spread the word and support actions.

Please contribute if you are able to and help increase the scale of what we can achieve on our anniversary.


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