Will Travel for Justice: Occupy Caravans Cross-Country to National Gathering in Philadelphia July 4th

For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Occupy Wall Street PR: press@occupywallst.org, 347-292-1444
Occupy Caravan: Buddy Bolton, info@occupycaravan.com, 917-446-8398
Will Travel for Justice: Caravans Cross the Country, Linking Occupations En-Route to Occupy National Gathering in Philadelphia for July 4th
Army of Musicians Lead a 99 Mile March to NYC Honoring More than 100 Years of Struggle for Economic Justice in the US on Woody Guthrie’s 100th Birthday
“This land is your land, this land is my land…” Last September, on a small piece of land amidst Wall Street skyscrapers, a couple hundred activists created an encampment. They hoped to expose the injustice, the greed, and the crimes of Wall Street in the face of global financial crises and forced austerity. This seemingly simple direct action galvanized people in cities around the world. This summer heralds efforts to knit together this growing movement: Occupy Caravan’s cross-country mobilizing will culminate at the Occupy National Gathering on July 4th. The next day, occupiers and musicians of the 99% will embark on a 99-Mile march back to Wall Street to continue the ongoing struggle for economic justice.
Occupy Caravan (June 11-30): Over 50 cities dot the Caravan’s route to the Occupy National Gathering in Philadelphia. Their trip marks the 100th birthday of American folk singer hero Woody Guthrie, who sung about economic justice in the face of out-of-control banks that crashed the economy and triggered the Great Depression. Occupy Caravan aims to further connect communities in the growing movement for economic justice.
Occupy National Gathering (June 30-July 4): Occupiers from around North America have participated via conference call in a process designed to build consensus from the ground up around the idea of gathering in one place at one time in order to put our principles of direct democracy and community into practice on a mass scale. The gathering will be livestreamed. Contact: media@occupynationalgathering.com, @OccupyNG, #natgat.
99-Mile March (begins July 5): On July 5th, the Occupy Guitarmy will lead a 99-mile march from Philadelphia to NYC, walking through towns and cities to teach songs, lead workshops on community organizing, discuss issues facing local residents, and perform with local musicians. The march also celebrates the 100th birthday Woody Guthrie from whom the Guitarmy takes inspiration: musicians as organizers for social justice. Contact: music@nycga.net, @OWSMusicGroup.
Occupy Wall Street touched a nerve, exposed just how many of us are impacted by 1% greed, and now continues to reveal that a more fair and democratic world is possible.
Occupy Wall Street is part of an international people powered movement fighting for economic justice in the face of crony capitalism, 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.occupywallstreet.netand press.nycga.net.
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