Occupy Town Square Comes to Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                               

Contact Justin Cox   917-865-9030
Contact Lily Defriend  347-348-5000
Contact Email:  OccupyTownSq@gmail.com

Occupy Town Square Comes to Fort Greene Park on Sunday March 25 from 11:00am to 7:00pm

Recurring, Mobile, Daytime Occupations Invoke the Creative, Communicative, Political Spirit of Liberty Square in Communities Throughout New York City

The next Occupy Town Square is on Sunday, March 25 at Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn, from 11am to 7pm. Occupy Town Squares are recurring, mobile, daytime occupations held in parks and other public spaces around New York City. These actions call out to the people of New York City to reclaim the democratic spirit of the Town Square by reclaiming public spaces to continue the conversations on inequality and power raised by the Occupy movement. Occupy Town Squares are community events and families are welcome and encouraged to participate. Continue reading

Queens Foreclosure Auction, NYC Faith Community and OWS Activists Plan Sing-In

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 23, 2012

Occupy Faith and Occupy Wall St. Plan Creative Court Disruption in Solidarity with NYers Facing Foreclosure
         QUEENS, NY—In support of homeowners facing foreclosure and eviction in New York City, members of Occupy Faith, Occupy Wall Street (OWS), and Organizing for Occupation (O4O) will conduct a sing-in at the Queens County Foreclosure Auction on Friday morning, with the aim of calling for an end to foreclosures and justice for all New Yorkers struggling for affordable housing. Continue reading

Rally, Press Con. Against NYPD Brutality and Violent Suppression of OWS & NY Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: press@occupywallst.org, 347-292-1444

OWS Members in Solidarity with Brutalized Communities; Demand Comm. Kelly’s Resignation

New York–Around 11:30pm, Saturday March 17th, over one hundred NYPD officers stormed into Liberty Square and began to brutally arrest people peacefully using the park resulting in over 90 arrests, five hospitalizations, several broken bones, and one woman who was denied access to emergency medical care after suffering a seizure. Today, Occupy Wall Street will march, rally and speak out against the violent suppression of Occupy by the Bloomberg Administration and NYPD; stand in solidarity with communities routinely brutalized by police; and demand the resignation of Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

WHAT: Rally/Press Conference with OWS
WHEN: Tuesday, March 20, 12pm
WHERE: One Police Plaza, New York City
WHO: Speakers to include members of OWS who were brutalized, as well as relatives and those who have been beaten, murdered and racially profiled by NYPD.

In the wake of Saturday’s abuse of power and damage to cherished Constitutional rights, Occupy Wall Street members demand accountability:

  • The immediate dismissal/resignation of Police Commissioner Kelley
  • Drop all charges from Occupy related arrests
  • Respect the long-established right to use and freely access Liberty Square 24/7

       The NYPD has a long history of abuse and repression. Just since January they have practiced: a campaign of surveillance, entrapment, and violence against the New York Muslim and Muslim-American communities; a campaign of terror against communities of color, most recently the brutal beating of Jatiek Reed and the senseless murder of Rahmarley Graham in the Bronx; sustained the criminal and dehumanizing tactic of “stop and frisk” in a campaign of racial profiling that serves no law enforcement purpose; and systematically oppressed protestors peaceably assembling in public spaces.

These acts of violence and trampling of our civil rights illustrate the very nature of oppression by the banks, by our government and by Bloomberg’s “private army.” The aggressive and brutal suppression of activists and Occupy Wall Street is a clear indictment of the true purpose of the NYPD–to protect money and power, the 1%.

OWS and community allies are organizing a “Let Freedom Spring” march, in response to the NYPD attacks, on Saturday, March 24, starting at 12pm in Liberty Square (formerly Zuccotti Park) and ending at Union Square.

Occupy Wall Street is part of an international people powered movement fighting for economic justice in the face of neoliberal economic practices, the crimes of Wall Street, and a government controlled by monied interests. #OWS is the 99% organizing to end the tyranny of the 1%. For more info www.occupywallst.org and www.nycga.net

# # #

Parents for Occupy Wall Street – #M17 Call to Action: The Children’s Chalkupation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16, 2012

Contact: Press@occupywallst.org 347-292-1444

 

New York–Parents for Occupy Wall St. and their children call for all of New York’s children and parents to join to take colored sticks of calcium carbonate in their hands and defiantly ‘Chalkupy’ Liberty Plaza for the right to play freely in public space!

When: Saturday, March 17, 11am Continue reading

Occupy Wall Streets launches FightBAC Campaign to Foreclose on Bank of America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2012
Contact: press@occupywallst.org, 347 292 1444
For this action only: fightbac@riseup.net, 646.387.6797

OWS launches FightBAC campaign to say, “Hey BofA, we’re moving in.”

New York–Today, we will move our money, put our bodies on the line and bring Bank of America’s (BAC) crimes to light; we are ready to FightBAC. Starting today and continuing on the 15th of every month, Americans will “foreclose” on branches across the country–from Long Beach, CA to Phoenix, AZ all the way to Sarasota, FL (for a full list of actions see  http://fthebanks.org/bank-actions/action-map)–and take back what is rightfully ours: our homes. People will bring chairs, beds, potted plants, and other symbols of their Bank of America-funded broken homes into bank branches. The youtube of the first FightBAC action has 55k views in just over 24 hours bit.ly/livingrooming

When: Thursday, March 15, 3pm
Where: Gathering at Pumphouse Park, located behind 4 World Financial Center (followed by a march)

A group of Occupiers have taken up the charge and launched FightBAC, to do something about Bank of Americas crimes and its threat to the economy. Today they kick off a research/public education/direct action campaign in order to expose an accounting of Bank of America’s assets, and push that the corrupt, government-funded institution be broken up into smaller, more accountable, more transparent banks.

“Like Wall Street, Bank of America servers the 1%, and is a ubiquitous part of an unaccountable financial system that puts profits above people. Its criminal greed has it poised on the brink of a Lehman-like melt down. We need to stop it before its crashes the entire global economy. We must break up this bank and demand justice for its crimes” said Mcnair Scott an organizer with the FightBAC campaign.

Bank of America would be bankrupt if the government were not keeping it on life support.The recent series of settlements, increasingly complicated and unprecedented special legislative and regulatory protections, and the ongoing stream of free money in the form of near 0% loans from the Federal Reserve all point to an institution that is being bailed out, every single day.  The problem is that while Bank of America remains a private institution, its only responsibility is to its shareholders, not the taxpayers that it is putting at risk on a daily basis.

Campaign Site: fthebanks.org | Campaign Videos: bit.ly/livingrooming, http://vimeo.com/fthebanks | Facebook Event: http://bit.ly/fightbac-m15

Occupy Wall Street is part of an international people powered movement fighting for economic justice in the face of neoliberal economic practices, the crimes of Wall Street, and a government controlled by monied interests. #OWS is the 99% organizing to end the tyranny of the 1%. For more info www.occupywallst.org and www.nycga.net
# # #

Impending Clash between Occupy Wall Street and ”1%ers for Mitt’ 
at Romney Fundraiser in NYC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: press@occupywallst.org, 347-292-1444
For this action: Han Shan, (917)923-5322

What:   Competing Rallies at Mitt Romney’s NYC fundraiser

When:   Wednesday, March 14, 11am – 2pm

Where:  Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Park Ave between 49th and 50th

Today outside of Mitt Romney’s NYC fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria, an impending clash is brewing between proud ’1%’ supporters of Mitt Romney and OWS protesters. The fundraiser is co-hosted by a large group of billionaires, Wall Street execs, and corporate titans.

Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters, and other NY-based community groups, are planning to confront presidential hopeful Mitt Romney with the message that elections are not for sale and that corporations—unlike voters—are not people. The notion of corporate personhood, ardently supported by Romney along his campaign trail, has been assailed by Occupy Wall Street and allies as an attack on the rights of working people across the country and around the world.

At the same time, a group of self-proclaimed ’1%ers for Romney (or Obama)’ will be rallying to show support for the special interest lobbyists. The ’1%ers’ who plan to rally on Wednesday will be dressed in their fundraiser finest and carrying signs that echo Mitt’s sentiment, reading “Corporations Are People Too!” as well as “Mittrack Obamney 2012: No Matter Who’s Elected, Wall Street Wins!”

“We’re committed to protesting a corrupt system in which anyone can buy their way into the political position they are seeking,” said Han Shan, a member of Occupy Wall Street’s Press Relations working group. “This means Romney or Obama–democracy shouldn’t go to the highest bidder.”

“Americans should be thankful for Mitt Romney, President Obama, and all the corporations and billionaires who are financing this election,” said William K. Street, a self-proclaimed “1%er” who says he’s supporting whichever candidate wins. “At least in America, I know my vote counts. And by vote, I mean money.”

Occupy Wall Street is part of an international people powered movement fighting for economic justice in the face of neoliberal economic practices, the crimes of Wall Street, and a government controlled by monied interests. #OWS is the 99% organizing to end the tyranny of the 1%. 
For more info www.occupywallst.org and www.nycga.net
# # #

On Intl Women’s Day NYC Women Bust Corporate Greed & Big Bank Corruption

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: press@occupywallst.org, 347-292-1444
For this action only: Rae Abileah, 415-994-1723

Thursday, March 8th, International Women’s Day, members of Occupy Wall Street, Women Occupy, and CODEPINK will creatively protest the destructive policies of the world’s leading financial institutions, then join thousands of women in an International Women’s Day march across the Brooklyn Bridge and lead a protest to Bank of America to confront corporate greed.

When/Where:
10am, Waldorf Astoria (50th btwn Park and Lex.), Citi Financial Services Conference. 2pm, Bank of America Branch near Liberty Square (150 Broadway)
Visuals: All activists are encouraged to don their finest undergarments and scrawl messages on their bodies for flash mobs throughout the day to BUST CORPORATE GREED and BUST CORRUPTION. We are using our bodies to draw attention to the systemic greed and corruption embodied by the American banking system, as perfected by Bank of America. Singing too!
Continue reading