Occupy Wall Street to File Federal Lawsuit Against New York City

For Immediate Release: May 23, 2012

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

For this action only: William Scott, 412-390-6510

Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Wall Street Librarians to file Federal Court lawsuit against Bloomberg, the City of New York and NYPD — legal effort to uncover November 15 raid details.

New York–A lawsuit will be filed tomorrow, May 24, in Manhattan Federal Court seeking redress for the destruction of books, materials and equipment from the popular and respected People’s Library of Occupy Wall Street (OWS).  NYPD raided and forcibly evicted Occupy Wall Street, including the People’s Library, from its Liberty Square camp (also known as Zuccotti Park) on November 15, 2011.  The middle-of-the night raid, by members of the NYPD and other city agencies, was authorized by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  Journalists were prevented from witnessing the attack; some were arrested.  The raid struck not only at Constitutional rights but at a fundamental tool of enlightenment – thousands of library books and materials were destroyed.

What: Federal Court lawsuit filing, press availability with OWS Librarians
and lawyers.  Copies of the complaint will be available.

When: Thursday, May 24, at 11:00 AM

Where: United States District Court (Manhattan Federal Court), Manhattan.
Press availability OUTSIDE — directly across the street from the 200 Worth
entrance, on the sidewalk in front of Columbus Park.

Who: Occupy Wall Street Librarians from the People’s Library, lawsuit
attorneys Norman Siegel and Herbert Teitelbaum of Siegel, Teitelbaum & Evans.

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, visit www.occupywallst.org and www.nycga.net
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Demonstration in Solidarity with the Quebec Student Strike

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

TUESDAY, MAY 22 – 
Contact:
A Call From Future Generations Against Tyranny – Take The Streets!!!

A qui la rue? A nous la rue! – Who’s streets? Our streets!  
2pm:   Demonstration in Solidarity with the Quebec Student Strike
           Outside Quebec government offices, 1 Rockefeller Plaza
5pm:   Free University in solidarity with the Quebec Student Strike
           Washington Square Park
8pm:   March Against Repressive Anti-Protest Laws Worldwide
           Meet in Washington Square Park
Tuesday, May 22 marks the 100th day of the ongoing Quebec student strike,
one of the largest student mobilizations in history. Demonstrations against
the massive tuition hikes (which would increase tuition by 60% over five
years) have occurred daily since March 22nd across Quebec, with over
160,000 students on “infinite strike.”  Last Friday, the Quebec government
enacted a draconian emergency law (Bill 78) intended to break the strike.
The legislation in effect outlaws public assembly, imposes harsh fines for
strike activity and criminalizes protest, just as the struggle is gaining
in popular support and escalating to unprecedented levels. Many are
questioning the law’s constitutionality.
No More “Good Faith”
The government of Quebec has conceded the power of the students by
suspending the current semester, while the education minister has been
forced to resign amid the crisis. The Quebec Premier Jean Charest claims
that the government has negotiated in “good faith,” but the student unions
say that the government has refused to budge on the central issue: TUITION
HIKES. Students are fighting to maintain affordable, accessible higher
education for all the people of Quebec. The crisis has put into question
the political future of the Premiere’s Liberal Party and his own career.
Civil liberties in Quebec are being fundamentally undermined. “Good faith”
is dwindling between the people and the government.
We stand in solidarity with the Quebec student mobilizations and as well,
in defense of our right to assemble and protest. State repression exists
globally and it is unjustifiable. We will not stand by and watch our
already limited voices be silenced even more. The warnings and fear
mongering of new protest laws being enacted in Frankfurt, Chicago and
Montreal will not deter us. The new laws only prove that our mass
mobilizations are a threat to the powers that be. We will be heard. We will
take part in our own lives and not be pawns for the workings of capitalism.
Our rights are not given to us by governments but established by us. An
increase in the powers of the police and the state anywhere is an attack on
us everywhere.
We call on all students in New York to join us as we stand in solidarity
with the students of Quebec and their struggle. Their struggle is our own.
With students, we call on all workers and debtors of all walks to stand
with us in our right to assemble and dissent in our commons, against police
brutality and intimidation.
All we see is red!!
WE ARE ALL IN THE RED!!
Organized by folks from Strike Everywhere and Occupy Wall Street
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WOMEN OCCUPYING WALL STREET RECLAIM FEMINISM IN CITYWIDE GATHERING: FIRST FEMINIST GENERAL ASSEMBLY, WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK

Occupy Wall Street reignited a movement for economic justice. Now WOW — Women Occupying Wall Street — aims to do the same for feminism. They’re bringing together a broad range of New York City feminists—and unapologetically using the word—to launch a new, inclusive activism for gender justice and against the War on Women.

The First Feminist General Assembly is Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 in Washington Square Park.

Yes, it’s a meeting—but not just any meeting. The invitation list ranges from SisterSong: Women of Color Reproductive Justice Center to the Sex Workers Outreach Project, from the Granny Peace Brigade to Hollaback, a group of 20-somethings using cell phone cameras to broadcast the faces of street harassers. The conversation will be personal as well as political.

It’s as if the Suffragists were getting together with the Sixties reproductive rights activists. And feminist drummers. And men (OWS’s Men’s Circle) doing the childcare.

Gender justice is crucial to economic justice, say the organizers. No society is truly democratic without sexual and gender-identity freedom. The Recession and government cutbacks are hurting women and kids most. And all over the world economic and social progress depend on individuals’ control over their own reproductive lives and on freedom from gendered violence. Feminism opposes domination, by anyone of anyone.

Contact: Dior Vargas (646-238-0447) or Melanie Gold (212-769-4987).

Stroller March for 99%: Parents, Kids, Community Groups, Labor “Stroll & Roll” for Economic and Education Justice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5-14-12
Contact: press@occupywallst.org, 347-292-1444
Contacts for each day of action below

Today: Stroller March for the 99% with Parents, Kids, Community Groups & Labor
NYers “Roll & Stroll” for Justice, Secret Prank Planned for Mayor 1%

As part of the Another NYC week of anti-austerity actions, which began on May 10th and will culminate on May 15th in a mass convergence at Times Square, NYC organizations and individuals from all across the city will join together for a family friendly Stroller March for a better future for NYC’s children, schools and families. Communities will come together to fight the Bloomberg budget attack on afterschool and childcare programs, children’s services and education.

Monday, May 14 – Focus on Education & Students | Contact
 Jonathan Westin: 347-410-6919 or Michael Kink: 518-527-2787
Grand Army Plaza, 59th & 5th Ave. (SE Corner of Central Park), 5-7pm
Also happening today: Picket and leafleting at Bloomberg LP, 731 Lexington Ave, 7am-4pm. Continue reading

NYers Plan Vibrant Week of Anti-Austerity Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: press@occupywallst.org, 347-292-1444
Contacts for each day of action below


ANOTHER CITY IS POSSIBLE, ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE

Continuing to shift the discussion from austerity to economic inequality, Occupy Wall Street and dozens of NY-based organizations join global days of action, May 10th-15th

Beginning on May 10th and culminating on May 15th in a mass convergence at Times Square, NYC organizations and individuals from all across the city will join together in action around the many issues we face: from cuts in social services, to an austerity agenda that redistributes your tax revenue into private hands, to the financial institutions (that we bailed out) that continue to make record profits at our expense. Actions on May 12th and 15th are in conjunction with global calls for action–coinciding with coordinated protests across Europe and the Mediterranean. Watch the video here. Continue reading

Members of Occupy Wall Street Stage Sit-In 
at NY AG Eric Schneiderman’s Office

For Immediate Release: May 4th, 2012
Press Contact: press@occupywallst.org, 347-292-1444
For this action only: Mark Bray, 201-820-8230

Members of Occupy Wall Street Stage Sit-In 
at NY AG Eric Schneiderman’s Office
Citizens Risk Arrest to Demand Public Accounting of Federal Mortgage Fraud Investigation

New York, NY–Today, more than a dozen people staged a sit-in at the office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, pressuring him as co-chair of the federal Financial Fraud Task Force’s Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group, to make good on his pledge to investigate and hold accountable Wall Street’s crimes that have contributed to an economic crisis and more than 11 million underwater homeowners in the US. Participants in the sit-in and demonstration expressed outrage at the lack of apparent progress in investigating or prosecuting the crimes of the big banks against the American people and our economy.

AG Schneiderman recently called on the public to “help make this investigation as strong and thorough as it needs to be.” Those organizing and participating in today’s sit-in say they are answering that call (the AG’s words appeared on several signs), and have vowed to stay until Schneiderman agrees to attend a public forum in New York to provide answers about the about the working group’s resources, staffing, and timeline.

Outside, dozens of people passed a hat to raise funds for the working group, which critics have decried as woefully underfunded and understaffed. The Obama administration has so far promised 55 investigators (who have yet to be appointed), compared to the approximately 1000 federal investigators focused on the much-smaller Savings & Loan crisis of the 80s and 90s.

“Since its creation more than 3 months ago, the silence from the federal mortgage fraud working group has been deafening,” said Han Shan, one of the sit-in participants. “We’re here to make some noise and show we won’t be satisfied with lip service and lies. Homeowners and working people across the country continue to suffer from the economic crisis created by Wall Street fraud, and we want accountability now.”

Alex Krales, one of the people sitting arm-in-arm on with protesters on the floor of the building lobby, demanded that the task force “step it up,” citing the fact that no banks or bankers have had to answer for their infamous crimes against the American people and our economy.

Outside of the office building at 120 Broadway where the Office of the New York State Attorney General is located, only about a hundred yards south of the Occupy Wall Street movement’s birthplace in Zuccotti Park, scores of demonstrators rallied in support of the sit-in. In addition to signs that quoted Schneiderman’s own words, people held banners that said “Banks Steal Homes” and “Bring the Banks to Justice.”

More post action updates to be posted soon.

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