FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 23, 2012
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Occupy Town Square comes to Tompkins Square Park on Sunday February 26 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Pop-Up Occupations Recreate the Essence of Zuccotti Park in Communities throughout New York City
Occupy Town Square is a Safe Space for Learning, Free Expression and Public Debate
Occupy Town Squares are recurring, mobile, daytime occupations held in parks and other public spaces, indoor and outdoor, around New York City. The recurring Occupy Town Square events call on New Yorkers to reclaim spaces for public discourse and continue the conversations sparked this fall by the Occupy movement. These pop-up occupations are from 11am until 5pm. Families and community members are encouraged to participate.
The next Occupy Town Square is on Sunday, February 26 at Tompkins Square Park, in Manhattan’s East Village. Tompkins Square Park is a neighborhood of historic significance for the movement and the fight for social justice.
From the workers riot of 1874 to the 1988 riots and park eviction, Tompkins Square Park has long been on the front lines of the contest for public space and free assembly. According to the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative, in August 1874, “2-3,000 people gathered in Tompkins Square to affirm their right of free assembly; the crowd resolved that Tompkins Square should always remain ‘open to the people for their free assembly.’ (www.lespi-nyc.org/history.html) It was there in Tompkins Square park that the New York City General Assembly (NYCGA) had some of the first meetings to plan Occupy Wall Street.
This is the third Occupy Town Square event, following on successful days of occupation in Washington Square Park and the West Park Church, where hundreds of activists came together.
“I was looking for a way to learn about the Occupy movement and help it gear up for the action-filled spring,” said Ena Lupine, who just moved to New York last month. “Each Occupy Town Square brings together a community of people who are welcoming, courageous, and interested in how I see the world and what I want to do to change it,” she added.
“As a Vietnamese refugee, I have always been exhilarated to see people from diverse backgrounds coming together to build a common vision of a more equitable society,” said Dr. Lucky Tran, a scientist from Australia living in New York. “Occupy Town Squares expand the idea of occupation to encompass daytime use of public spaces and can help provide soapboxes for many people who otherwise find it difficult to be heard.”
A statement from the Occupy Town Square team explains “We invite everyone to join us whether they think they agree with Occupy or not. Since they evicted us from the public space we were using for learning, free expression, and public debate, we will continue to bring it back in various forms throughout the city.”
Occupy Town Square has shared their statement of intent with the NYC Parks Department and the East Village community. It can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/notes/occupy-town-square/occupy-town-square-statement-of-intent-guidelines/145090955607705
For more information, please visit the following links:
Facebook: #F26 Facebook event listing
Occupy Town Square Page: https://www.facebook.com/occupytownsq
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