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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.
Ed Goldman, retired teacher and resident of Fort Greene since 1966, says “The Occupy Movement has sparked a new enthusiasm for activism. It has energized many people around the city and offers the possibility of bringing people together to work for peace and justice and to build a better world.”
Occupy Town Square activist Dr. Lucky Tran stated, “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.”
While there have been violent attacks on the Occupy Movement by the NYPD in November and this past week, Occupy Town Square is one of many actions that demonstrate the movement’s dedication to claiming public space for learning, free expression, and peaceful public debate. This is the fourth Occupy Town Square event, following those at Washington Square Park, West Park Church, and Tompkins Square Park.
Fort Greene, on the site of Brooklyn’s first park, is located in a neighborhood with a long history of fighting for equality and justice and struggling under the changes of gentrification. Through real estate speculation, mortgage fraud and political influence, Wall Street and big banks threaten whole communities and affect the lives of New Yorkers. Occupy Town Square opens new public space for interaction among people from a range of economic circumstances, enabling community members to collaborate and act to shape the future of their families and neighborhoods. This event will include workshops and teach ins to address issues like racially biased policing practices, the causes of poor public school education, gentrification, the need for truly affordable housing, and food justice.
Occupy Town Square has shared this statement of intent with the NYC Parks Department and the Fort Greene community: https://www.facebook.com/notes/occupy-town-square/occupy-town-square-statement-of-intent-guidelines/145090955607705
For more information, please visit the following links:
Occupy Town Square FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/occupytownsq
To sign up to present a teach-in, table or performance:http://tinyurl.com/ots3signup
Twitter: @occupytownsq, #occupytownsq