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#S17 Updates for the week of August 29th

Posted 11 years ago on Aug. 29, 2012, 8:24 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: nyc, s17

Face of MLK S17 poster
Next month, help us fulfill the dream of economic justice for everyone!

As you read this, the whirring machinery of mass media is increasingly focusing the spotlight on Romney, Obama and the spectacle of elections.

A lot will be decided this November but almost none of it where the public can see. We receive an endless stream of TV commercials funded by SuperPac billionaires in lieu of a true democratic discourse. The 99% is left in the wake of campaign commercials acting as currency for both the candidates and the media charged with covering them for us.

If you want to have the greatest impact on our democracy, cast your ballot on September 17th - in the streets. Join us.

#S17: 3 Days of Education, Celebration & Resistance

Our mass mobilization of the 99% on September 15 - 17 is coming up soon. And as it was when OWS first began, the most impactful way to help is to show up, do your thing and help all our voices be heard!

Below you will find a series of actions and events building up to S17 as well as planning meetings and conference calls where you could help organize the litany of S17 festivities throughout the weekend. You can also check out the Occupy Classifieds for immediate needs leading up to our one year anniversary. Have a great idea? Make it so!

Free University Planning Meeting
Thursday, August 30th, 6pm
CUNY Graduate Center - 365 Fifth Ave - Room 5414. Bring ID and snacks. All are welcome.

The Free University of NYC will host a week of free educational courses and events in Madison Square Park this September 18-22. Help us organize all this at our planning meeting.

S17 Affinity Spokes
Friday, August 31st, 6pm
Foley Square

Come to the affinity group spokescouncil to plan actions on the birthday of Occupy Wall Street, September 17th. An affinity group is a group of friends or family. Its a group of people you trust. Its also a group that shares a political or tactical goal. 5pm: Trainings on affinity groups: learn more about how to form an affinity group. 6pm: Spokescouncil begins

Occupy Dance
Every Saturday and Wednesday, 7pm
The Wall Street Bull, 1 Bowling Green

Help build momentum leading up to September 17 on join Occupy Dance in a peaceful protest at the Wall Street bull. Join us as we celebrate the iconic image of the ballerina on the bull and exercise our freedom of expression. All are welcome to join in a full ballet warm up and creative practice.

S17 Convergence Planning
Saturday, September 1st, 2pm
The Garibaldi Statue at Washington Square Park, 1 Washington Square

Join us for our fourth meeting for planning convergence components for September 17th and the preceding weekend (September 15-16). Check out the schedule we’ve developed and look for the OWS Orientation Banner!

S17 Work Sprint
Sunday, September 2nd, Noon - 4pm
33 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn

Come join teams from across OWS as we work on all the exciting stuff that needs doing for S17: websites, volunteer coordination, calendar updates, prep for the Monday Spokes meeting and anything else. Please email services@s17nyc.org for location and further information.

S17 Coordination Meeting
Monday, September 3rd, 6pm - 9pm
Judson Memorial Church, Washington Square Park South

Interested in planning or plugging in to S17 activities? Come and bring your creative juices so we can make an amazing cocktail of a weekend celebrating a new chapter of Occupy!

National Planning Call for September 17th
Tuesday, September 4th, 7pm
Location: Your phone

Join occupiers nation-wide through InterOccupy as we organize for the big day. Pass on the plans from your city to date (estimate numbers interested in coming if there was free transport, solidarity actions, etc), and help us help you best plug into any available resources.

The Crushing Burden of Debt
Tuesday, September 4th, 7pm
McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street

76% of Americans are in serious debt. At least 1 in 7 is already being pursued by debt collectors. Median household debt in America has risen to $75,600, and much of it can never be repaid in our lifetimes. Credit was supposed to help us realize our dreams. Instead, predatory lenders are rapidly closing off the opportunities that a democracy ought to nurture. Panel members will discuss the consequences, and the possibilities for debt resistance.

Call for Artists: Submit Media for S17
Anytime. From anywhere.

This movement can't happen without your creativity. Please share pictures, videos, drawings, signs, posters, or anything else we can re-post online!



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[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

We need all! Even voters! Come one come all!

[-] 1 points by EddieGnostic (1) 11 years ago

Ive traveled down to OWS on numerous occasions only to hear the human mic reiterate their necessity of supplies, donations, sleeping conditions etc. Everyone here is preoccupied with designing picket signs, emo time, and catching attention. where is the politics people??! IM AS PISSED OFF AS EVERYONE HERE BUT GODDAMN IT.. Moral judgement on the surface of an educated and unified whole. NO more confusion between what is wanted and what is needed. IS CONSENSUS NOT THE KEY WORD?!

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Training, art, planning, support, solidarity.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Anniversary right around the corner. Prepare at one of these events.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Come support the brave protesters of OWS.

[-] 1 points by m4trix87 (71) 11 years ago

"We receive an endless stream of TV commercials funded by SuperPac billionaires in lieu of a true democratic discourse. The 99% is left in the wake of campaign commercials acting as currency for both the candidates and the media charged with covering them for us."

If the 99% are shown to not trust the lamestream media and ads at all - i'm talking ZERO trust whatsoever- and not even try looking at ads, those things were designed to lure based on psyops and also subliminal messaging, the SuperPAC's and their corporate overlords lose all their power- corporate money for ads will now be POINTLESS and totally weak. Then maybe the politicians will start thinking about the people, as they will now realise that whether they get elected or not now doesn't depend on their sponsors, but on the People.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Another great idea. Now all we have to do is get the 99% to not trust the lamestream media and ads at all!

How do we do that?

[-] 1 points by m4trix87 (71) 11 years ago


[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Ex-cellent. How do we do it?

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

As always - spread the word. {:-]).


[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Join us, Support the 99%

[-] 0 points by EddieGnostic (1) 11 years ago

What is the point of the “99% Movement” and “Occupy Wall Street”? They have no demands to put forward, no platform to advocate. They are defined by what they are opposed to, but they themselves stand for nothing concrete. This is nihilism. How can you change the system if you don’t know what you want to change it to?

Why should the elite be worried by a philosophically and politically mute movement with nothing positive to articulate? All this movement does is present a list of grievances without saying what has to be done to remedy them. The global protest movement is afraid to stand behind any position because they know their unity will instantly disintegrate.

The global protest movement is overly broad and underly deep. It’s a superficial expression of discontent. Look at what happened in Egypt in similar circumstances. The Egyptian protesters knew exactly what they were against but they had no agreed stance. So, the military filled the vacuum and imposed its will. Are the Egyptians better off today? Many of them are as angry as they were before. What has changed?

The global protesters are terrified of having leaders. Look at the “Anonymous” hacking group. They actually see it as a virtue to have no leaders. Guess who’s laughing at this lack of leadership? – the elite. The elite know that if the opposition has no leaders then it poses no threat. All the opposition will ever do is perform stunts: street theatre with performers in assorted masks. It’s all part of the Society of the Spectacle created by guess who? – yup, the elite again. Protesters spend more time filming themselves, tweeting, facebooking and posting pictures than they do debating politics and policy. They spend their time thinking up witty remarks to put on placards

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 11 years ago

Are you kidding Eddie?

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

Don't blame OWS for an uninvolved populace. OWS and all of the Occupy movements are pointing out the serious ill's of our societies - they are ringing the alarm bells - they are spreading the word and sharing education. OWS and all Occupy groups are providing education and a place to come together.

It is up to us THE PEOPLE to get involved and make the needed changes.

So Fuck Your Shitty Rant.

[-] 0 points by m4trix87 (71) 11 years ago

A good tactic would be to get the people to vote Communist, like CPUSA- if they win, then the corporatists will be left with a coup as their only option. That will lead the people, all of them, to understand that change cannot come through the ballot, and all will rise and overthrow.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

It would be excellent if the CPUSA won. I will vote CPUSA. If you do we got 2 votes! Good Idea.

[-] 1 points by m4trix87 (71) 11 years ago

But then, they don't stand for election and tell us to vote corporate Dems...

If we vote Dems, a corporate party (one of the two) will have more votes. So?

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

I don't think so. What do you think.