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Successful Fare Strike This Morning - Tens of Thousands Ride NYC Subways for Free

Posted 2 years ago on March 28, 2012, 12:46 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 — 10:30 AM
For Immediate Release: Forward far and wide.
Rank and File Initiative
rankandfileinitiative@gmail.com
Twitter: #farestrike

This morning before rush hour, teams of activists, many from Occupy Wall Street, in conjunction with rank and file workers from the Transport Workers Union Local 100 and the Amalgamated Transit Union, opened up more than 20 stations across the city for free entry. As of 10:30 AM, the majority remain open. No property was damaged. Teams have chained open service gates and taped up turnstiles in a coordinated response to escalating service cuts, fare hikes, racist policing, assaults on transit workers’ working conditions and livelihoods — and the profiteering of the super-rich by way of a system they’ve rigged in their favor.

For the last several years, riders of public transit have been under attack. The cost of our Metrocards has been increasing, while train and bus service has been steadily reduced. Budget cuts have precipitated station closings and staff/safety reductions. Police routinely single out young black and Latino men for searches at the turnstile. Layoffs and attrition means cutting staff levels to the bare minimum, reducing services for seniors and disabled riders. At the same time, MTA workers have been laid off and have had their benefits drastically reduced. Contract negotiations are completely stalled.

Working people of all occupations, colors and backgrounds are expected to sacrifice to cover the budget cut by paying more for less service. But here’s the real cause of the problem: the rich are massively profiting from our transit system. Despite the fact that buses and subways are supposed to be a public service, the government and the MTA have turned the system backwards—into a virtual ATM for the super-rich. Instead of using our tax money to properly fund transit, Albany and City Hall have intentionally starved transit of public funds for over twenty years; the MTA must resort to bonds (loans from Wall Street) to pay for projects and costs. The MTA is legally required to funnel tax dollars and fares away from transportation costs and towards interest on these bonds, called "debt service." This means Wall Street bondholders receive a huge share of what we put into the system through the Metrocards we buy and the taxes we pay: more than $2 billion a year goes to debt service, and this number is expected to rise every year. If trends continue, by 2018 more than one out of every five dollars of MTA revenue will head to a banker’s pockets.

This much is clear: the MTA’s priorities are all out of whack. This fare strike is a means for workers and riders to fight for shared interests together — but this is just a first step. All of us — the 99% — have an interest in full-service public transportation system that treats its ridership and employees with dignity.

The MTA is a shared, public service — fund it with tax revenues.
Eliminate free money for bondholders at the expense of taxpayers.
End the assault on worker's livelihoods.

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#OWS Updates for the Week of March 26-April 1

Posted 2 years ago on March 28, 2012, 11:13 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt


A short video collection of recent #OWS actions in NYC

Occupy these Upcoming Events!

See also, our separate posts on the March 29th Anti-NDAA action and the April 1st Brooklyn Bridge Commemoration March.

Every Day in March Noon-2:00pm
POPS - People Occupying Public Space!
Now at Union Square!

OWS inspired the world by maintaining a presence in Liberty Square – creating a viral action that spread across the country and the globe. POPS brings discussion, education and fun to the Union Square occupation every day. Tweet using #ows and #CultureOcc and find a full schedule of special events, speakers and performances at pops.nycga.net. Don't miss Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers on Friday March 30!

Thursday, March 29, 5:30-8:30pm
Protest Joe “Congressman Wall Street” Crowley’s 50th Birthday Fundraiser
Grand Hyatt Hotel, 109 East 42nd Street between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue
With more trade negotiations underway, it’s vital that we let Congressman Crowley and other Wall Street Democrats know that they will be held accountable when they sell us out to the 1%! Sponsored by TradeJustice New York Metro & Occupy Wall Street Trade Justice Working Group.
http://nycga.net/events/event/protest-joe-congressman-wall-street-crowleys-50th-b-day-fundraiser/

Thursday, March 29, 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Occupy University Horizontal Pedagogy Workshop
Public Atrium, 56th St and Madison Ave, Adjacent to Trump Tower
Sponsored by the Empowerment & Education working group. Discussion experiment/pedagogy workshop for Occupy University. Open to all. Horizontal/facilitated/consensus-model learning with a dose of problematization.
http://nycga.net/events/event/occupy-university-horizontal-pedagogy-workshop-2-2012-03-29/

Friday, March 30. 2:00pm-4:30pm
Weekly Wall Street Marches -- Spring Training
Liberty Square
Start Training for May Day and Join the Spring Resistance! Marches Every Friday, 2pm in Liberty Square! Trainings, skill shares, games, and theatrics from 2:00-3:30pm followed by a march to disrupt the 4:00pm NYSE closing bell with The Peoples’ Gong. Participants are encouraged to wear athletic gear, march with their affinity group, and use the street tactics discussed prior to the march.
http://nycga.net/events/event/weekly-wall-street-marches/

Friday, March 30, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Weekly Vigil for Solidarity with Syria
The Syrian Embassy, 820 2nd Avenue
This vigil will begin at 7pm and work towards an overnight vigil in front of the Syrian consulate, starting with a General Assembly to unite a community of solidarity behind Syria and rally together for the wants and needs of the Syrian people. We are offering this as an open forum to dialogue and educate. We will endeavor to have vigils like this every Friday until resolution is made.
http://nycga.net/events/event/weekly-vigil-for-solidarity-with-syria-2012-03-30/

Friday, March 30, 11:45pm
Rap Battle: The People of New York vs. the NYPD
Union Square, south steps
Got beef with cops for enforcing a system of racist economic inequality? This Friday you'll get to express that beef in a public forum where you won't be arrested, the cops will have to listen you, and (unlike the status quo) the people ALWAYS WIN!
https://facebook.com/events/373581626007714

April 1, 2012 7:00-9pm
May Day Affinity & Action Spokes
Middle Collegiate Church, 50 E 7th Street (btwn 1st and 2nd ave)
This body aspires to inspire autonomous actions and collectively create a space where different groups taking action on May 1st can support each other through mutual aid and solidarity. Please attend with your fellow organizers, or send a delegate! A very subversive invitation!
http://da.nycga.net/2012/03/15/a-very-subversive-invitation/

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 14, 1-6pm
City Wide General Assembly
Central Park South, 6th Ave entrance, on the west side of Wollman Rink

Join Occupy Wall Street on to kick off exciting spring and summer events. We will converge on Central Park to create a transformative, citywide, mass movement. The day will include Occupy style open space with tabling, teach-ins, food, music, and more!
http://nycga.net/events/event/spring-awakening-2012-occupy-new-york-city-peoples-assembly/

SAVE THE DATE: May 1
Call to Action: May Day 2012
If you’d like to be added to the listserv, please email mayday-subscribe@lists.occupy.net. Any questions regarding meeting time, location, structure, please contact mayday@nycga.net or check maydaynyc.org.

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April 1: March to Commemorate the Brooklyn Bridge Action

Posted 2 years ago on March 28, 2012, 6:10 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

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When: Sunday, April 1. Gather at 2pm, march at 2:30.
Where: Gather at Liberty Plaza OR 1 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, marches converge at Cadman Plaza

March on April 1, 2012 to commemorate the six month anniversary of the historic Brooklyn Bridge march where over 700 OWS protesters were illegally arrested. Meet at Cadman Plaza by 4:00 P.M. for a city-wide General Assembly. All metropolitan area General Assemblies are invited to participate.

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March in Support of the NDAA Lawsuit, Tomorrow 3pm Foley Square

Posted 2 years ago on March 28, 2012, 5:35 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

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On Jan. 3, Occupy Wall Street took over Grand Central Station with a rush hour flash mob to protest the signing of the NDAA

When: Tomorrow, March 29 @ 3pm
Where: Gather at Foley Square, march to Union Square

March 29th marks the beginning of the anti-NDAA class action lawsuit, launched by several groups and individuals, that seeks to stop the unconstitutional provisions which allow the US military to indefinitely detain any suspected "terrorist" from going into effect (sections 1021 and 1022 specifically). This case, if successful, would force the government to remove those unconstitutional elements, and further, to better define its terms, such as "associated forces" and "belligerents", as well as clearly define who is considered a threat to the United States. For more information on the lawsuit go here.

On Thursday the 29th, the first round of plaintiffs, dubbed the Freedom Seven, will testify in front of a federal judge. We must show solidarity, and we must show our discontent with an authoritarian piece of legislation that destroys our civil liberties. JOIN THE PEOPLE AND MARCH FOR FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FROM FOLEY SQUARE TO UNION SQUARE!

On Facebook: one and two

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