MAY DAY NYC: Occupy Wall Street, Students, Labor, and Immigrant Groups Mobilize for Justice for the 99%

Contact: OWS Press Team, press@occupywallst.org347-292-1444


New York–On Wednesday, May 1st, International Workers Day, Occupy Wall Street Members will join Labor, Immigrant Rights and Student Activists in New York City to stand in solidarity for economic justice for the 99%, opposing corporate greed and exploitation. Most actions are centered around Bryant Park, Union Square and the Financial District.

Schedule of Events (all events in Manhattan), for more
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Actions will call for accessible education and an end to shady practices

Contact: Jane Brennan, 914-471-2576

NEW YORK – Hundreds of students from across the city will unite Wednesday to protest the out-of-control cost of college education that has resulted in unprecedented levels of debt.

In honor of May Day, student groups from numerous major city-based colleges and universities also will stand in solidarity with workers from across the nation by vilifying exploitative employer and corporate practices at these institutions, while pledging support for the full legalization of all undocumented immigrants.
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Occupy Guitarmy Rocks May Day 2013 for Immigrant Worker Justice


Contact: Daphne: 646.398.0869, @owsguitarmy
Linnea: 860-898-0101
Email: | Website:

 First Anniversary of the Popular Ensemble that “Turns the Revolution up to 11”

This Wednesday, May 1st, the Occupy Guitarmy will gather in Bryant Park to celebrate their one-year anniversary and kickoff May Day with the Immigrant Worker Justice Tour that will wind its way through midtown stopping at corporations that are exploiting their workers. Continue reading

NYC Agrees to Pay Occupy Wall Street $230k for Destruction of Library

For Immediate Release
April 10, 2013


A press conference will be held today April 10, 2013 at 11 AM to discuss the settlement of the Occupy Wall Street Library case. This lawsuit, which was filed in federal court on May 24, 2012, sought a declaration that the City of New York violated Plaintiffs’ rights under the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the US Constitution when it seized and destroyed OWS’s books and library furnishings and equipment during the November 15, 2011 raid of Zuccotti Park. The lawsuit also sought damages for the books that are missing and were destroyed.

WHAT: Press Conference

WHEN: Wednesday April 10, at 11 AM

WHERE: Law offices of Siegel Teitelbaum & Evans, LLP
260 Madison Ave, 22nd Floor (between 38th & 39th Streets)

PARTICIPANTS: Members of the Occupy Wall Street Library Working Group (Plaintiffs in the lawsuit), Norman Siegel (Attorney), Herbert Teitelbaum (Attorney), Sharon Sprayregen (Attorney), and others

For further information please contact Norman Siegel at 347-907-0867 or or Herbert Teitelbaum at 212-455-0300 or

$1.1 Million in Medical Debt Abolished, Actions in NY and Other Cities

CONTACT: OWS PR Team, 347-292-1444
Laura Hanna,, 917 821 8092
Ann Larson,, 917 292 5401
Chris Casuccio,, 631 942 0762
Strike Debt to purchase $1 million in medical debt, cancel it to benefit the public
New York–Actions in New York and other cities are planned to mark the purchase and abolition of $1.1 million of medical debt, and to spotlight the sickening reality of healthcare and medical debt in the US.

Access to health care is in danger of becoming a luxury for the rich and those with top dollar insurance, or those lucky enough to simply not get sick. If you don’t fall within those lines, you are at risk of falling into debt just to stay alive and healthy. In the US, millions are struggling with outrageously inflated medical bills and as a result, 62% of bankruptcies are linked to medical debt.

Two events in NYC ( for other cities) with Strike Debt, Healthcare for 99%, Physicians for a National Health Program, Occupy Town Square: Continue reading

Financial District wedding to mark 3rd anniversary of Citizens United, infamous U.S. Supreme Ct case.


CONTACT: Occupy Wall Street Press Relations Team, 347-292-1444,

Human and corporate “person” to unite in exuberant protest/celebration – “Get Money out of Politics”

New York—A Financial District wedding on Saturday, January 19, will mark the 3rd anniversary of Citizens United, the infamous 2010 US Supreme Court case. 

The event will creatively spotlight the impact of Citzens United — how elections and democracy are corroded with big money from rich people and corporations.  The wedding will join in (un)holy matrimony a real human being to a non-human corporate “person.”

At 3:30 PM the wedding party will gather at 60 Wall Street and then proceed to the steps of historic Federal Hall at Wall and Broad St. for the ceremony.   Officiating will be Rev. Billy accompanied by the Stop Shopping Choir.

Members of Occupy Wall Street and other civic-minded groups will be in attendance to cheer the perfect coupling.  Interlopers are also expected, to jeer and cry out, “Get money out of politics.”   Wall Streeters and the 1%, of course, cheered the Citizens United decision in 2010. 

Further information online at:

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NYPD, Media Reports Attempt to Link OWS to Crime (Again)

Re:  the alleged link to Occupy Wall Street (OWS) in media reports about the arrest of two Greenwich Village residents charged yesterday with possession of weapons/explosive material.

Since its beginnings in September 2011, Occupy Wall Street has vigorously used its Constitutional rights to protest Wall Street greed, and is firmly committed to non-violence. Nonetheless, Occupy has been subjected to extensive surveillance and repression, and the NYPD takes every opportunity to link OWS to crime.

There is nothing in the news stories to support a link between OWS and the individual arrested; his name is unfamiliar to many OWS activists. A very large number of people came through Zuccotti Park, and there are countless Occupy-related groups nationwide, so it is very difficult to ascertain if one person participated in anything related to OWS.

We urge members of the media to refrain from spreading rumors and misinformation.

New Yorkers hard-hit by Sandy will take to the streets in Rockaways, Staten Island, Manhattan


CONTACT: Occupy Wall Street Press Relations Team, 347-292-1444,
For Rockaways action only: Virginia Deer 347-733-8887, Gayle Grantham 917-701-5337
For Staten Island action only: Amin Husain 917-407-1226, Sandy Nurse 917-678-5395
For Manhattan action only:  Bill Dobbs 917-822-5422

New York—With winter closing in and anger rising at Mayor Bloomberg’s foot-dragging, New Yorkers hard hit by Hurricane Sandy will be on the streets on Saturday, Dec. 15 in the Rockaways and Staten Island, with many converging Saturday PM outside the mayor’s Manhattan home. Thousands of New Yorkers are still without power or heat and are fighting for survival against black mold and bureaucracy.

Saturday will be a first – New Yorkers taking collective action to protest the government’s glaringly inadequate response to the storm, and to demand:  emergency local housing, immediate mold remediation and an end to red tape and delays in deploying critical resources. Community residents and activists from groups including Occupy will raise the question, how, in this great city, can thousands still be without electricity, living with mold creeping up walls and getting sicker in an emerging public health crisis.

As the weeks have gone by, many of those hit by Sandy’s fury sense betrayal and are now raising their voices, leafleting and standing together; hundreds are expected to join the protests.

Rockaways 12:00 Noon
Community members gather at Mott Ave. and Beach 21st St. (Thriftway parking lot), and in a show of solidarity, will “March for Health, Housing and Just Recovery” to Beach 29th St. (bet. Seagirt and Boardwalk) while getting a close-up view of homes devastated in the storm including those contaminated by black mold and still without utilities.

Staten Island 12:00 Noon
Residents will gather outside 1128 Olympia (across from St. Margaret Mary’s Church) for a community speakout, and then depart as a group for a ‘Tour of Destruction” of damaged and mold-plagued houses in the area with a public health expert from Hunter College. A statement from Staten Islanders is online at:

Manhattan 5:00 PM
Rally at Bloomberg’s townhouse, 17 E. 79th St (bet. Madison and Fifth Ave.) – those still suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane will gather, taking their plight to the door of the mayor’s private residence. Staten Islanders, Rockaways residents, community allies will join together for an action in the darkness, emblematic of thousands who are still without power.

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Scathing Report on Post-Sandy Recovery: Who Really Shoulders the Cost?

Contact: OWS PR Team, 347-292-1444,
Who is Paying for Sandy? New Report from Occupy Offshoot
Reveals Debt-Burden as Trade for “Aid”

Who is really paying for the Sandy Recovery? An important and little understood question. Strike Debt, an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, has just released a detailed and scathing report about the state of hurricane relief around New York City. Post-Sandy, loans are being used as the main form of federal “aid” to disaster-impacted communities and the financial burden lies on individuals, many who are already struggling with debt. Read the report, entitled “Shouldering the Cost”, which includes assessments and recommendations from grassroots responders about the state of Post-Sandy recovery.

Other findings include:
FEMA and the Red Cross have been incredibly slow in responding and haven’t been able to meet basic needs of affected communities; thousands of residents are still living with inconsistent power, heat and hot water, even a month after the storm hit.

Relief options aren’t being clearly communicated to affected residents.
Mold is at a public health crisis level in affected areas, and the burden of clean up is largely on the individual.


Direct link to report:
For more on Strike Debt visit
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Emergency Protest at Spectra Pipeline in West Village

Contact: Patrick Robbins (917) 364 7461/Kim Fraczek: (646) 387 3180


This Saturday, December 1, at 1 PM, residents and activists will protest construction of the Spectra Pipeline, a high-pressure gas pipeline being built at Gansevoort Street and the West Side Highway.  If completed it will bring ‘fracked’ gas from Pennsylvania and New Jersey into densely populated NYC.  The emergency protest was called because organizers learned construction, which had been halted for the season, will resume for a crucial ‘pullback’. During this step, the pipe is pulled back through a hole under the Hudson River in one long continuous, uninterruptible operation.

Over four months, a coalition of residents, artists and activists called Occupy the Pipeline has waged a multi-tiered campaign to stop the pipeline’s construction because if it is completed the pipeline poses serious health risks to all of NYC from possible explosions and increased exposure to radon. The construction of the pipeline will also increase reliance on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a controversial method of shale gas extraction.

Spectra was given permission to start construction despite a pending state-level lawsuit pending challenging the construction’s legality, and despite a pending federal-level lawsuit that will get underway in several weeks. Thousands have expressed opposition via comments to the federal agency in charge [Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)], letters to state, federal and local government, and continuous actions and protests at the site that have resulted in eight arrests.

“Spectra Energy Corporation and their government allies are trying to rush this through without listening to the people,” said Monica Hunken, an organizer with Occupy the Pipeline. “They think we’re not paying attention; they’re wrong — we will not let one drop of gas flow through it.”

The protest will be highly visual: participants will have images and mementos to symbolize what they are protecting, such as photos of friends and lovers, or their pets.
Text @fracked to 23559 for action alerts