30 DAYS IN: Occupy Sandy on the Worsening Crisis

Hurricane Sandy is an ongoing tragedy that for many people is only getting worse.
Residents, community organizations and city, state, and federal agencies must come together to address the IMMEDIATE crisis that is worsening as the weather gets colder.
A month after Hurricane Sandy, thousands remain without electricity, heat, water, healthy food, basic healthcare, adequate housing, or even temporary shelter.
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Occupy Sandy NJ Recovery Thanksgiving



Amanda Geraci – amanda.occupysandynj@gmail.com973-951-2299
Nate Kleinman – nate@interoccupy.net215-264-0446
Katherine Ramos – orsawellness@me.com973-687-0308

Occupy Sandy NJ is coordinating a major statewide work-day this Saturday, November 24th, across the disaster area in the Garden State. Until very recently, only residents were able to return and witness the devastation for themselves. Now that the coast is beginning to open up, residents are returning, and the recovery effort has begun.Volunteers are urgently needed in NJ now.

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Thanksgiving meals around NYC; Black Friday protest at Walmart

For Immediate Release
Contact: 347-292-1444, press@occupywallst.org
Contact info for specific events are listed below

Occupy Sandy for the 99%

Thanksgiving meals around NYC; Black Friday protest at Walmart

New York–On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, many activists from Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Sandy will be providing food and kindness to New Yorkers, especially those struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  The holiday meals are part of a large, volunteer mutual aid effort which began right after Sandy struck.

24 days after the storm many New Yorkers are in severe distress, even without heat or electricity as winter weather looms. Community meals provided by Occupy Sandy and local allies:

Rockaways (Queens):

Veggie Island. B96th St. and Rockaway Beach Blvd. school auditorium. 12-4pm.
St. Camillus Church. B100th St. and Rockaway Beach Blvd. 12-4pm.
St. Gertrude’s Church. B38th St. and Beach Channel Dr. 12-4pm.
Contact: Diego Ibanez, (347) 486-1313 or Sofía Gallisá, (787) 403-6492

Lower East Side (Manhattan):

St Marks Church, East 10th St. between 2nd Ave. and 3rd Ave. 1pm.
Contact: Jessica Alfreds, jessalfreds@gmail.com

Midland Beach (Staten Island):

489 Midland Ave. A community-managed distribution hub with hot food, clothing, supplies.
1128 Olympia Blvd. Community-catered meal at the Occupy Sandy hub. 2-4pm
Contact: Daphne Carr, Occupy Sandy Staten Island co-organizer (646) 398-0869 (texting is best)

Sheepshead Bay (Brooklyn):

Corner of Brown St & Emmons Ave.
Contact: Yelena Serebrenik, (646) 573-6268

Wall Street to Walmart: Occupy Black Friday: November 23rd
400 Park Pl, Secaucus, NJ  5am & 12:30pm
As thousands of underpaid Walmart workers threaten to strike, members of Occupy Wall Street, 99 Pickets, the Alliance for a Greater New York (ALIGN), Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, Retail Action Project (RAP) and community allies will protest in solidarity at Walmart. This is one of a thousand such actions planned nationwide. 

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Occupy offshoot ‘Strike Debt’ launches a bailout for the 99%

For Immediate Release: November 15, 2012

Strike Debt, an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, is launching the Rolling Jubilee–a project that buys debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, abolishes it. The project has already drawn national attention to the crippling burden of debt on the average household, the 99%.

The launch of the Rolling Jubilee — a sold out telethon called the “People’s Bailout”– featuring musicians and comedians will be held at  Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. Live stream is available (embed code below), and local NYC viewing party at Church of the Village (201 W 13th St) is open to everyone. Telethon viewing parties are organized in over 30 cities across the country.

The event is to raise additional funds to buy defaulted debt. This is an effort to turn the tables against Wall Street and bring collective power to debt resistance. Debtors are liberated at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal. The  Rolling Jubilee is just the first step toward lifting the crushing debt burden and remaking the economic system so that no one has to go into debt for basic necessities.
So far there has been enough raised $180,000 which should enable the purchase and cancellation of roughly $3.5 million of debt. There has already been a successful debt buy which abolished $100,000 in medical debt.
Follow @StrikeDebt @RollingJubilee and #PeoplesBailout on twitter

Over three-quarters of American households are in debt and one of out every seven American is being pursued by a debt collector. $26,000 is the average level of student debt in this country. 25% of homeowners are underwater in their mortgage. Debt is everywhere.

You likely have questions. How does this work? Has this been done before? Whose debt will be forgiven? We have Frequently Asked Questions and are happy to connect you with one of the many Strike Debt organizers behind the Rolling Jubilee to answer any other questions. Please contact us at 347-292-1444 or email press@occupywallst.org

There are big plans for the future, stay tuned.

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Occupy Sandy Relief Efforts

Right now, all over the city, Occupy Wall Street activists, allies at community based organizations such as the Red Hook Initiative, Yana Community Center (Rockaways), and GOLES (LES), organizations like 350.org and recovers.org, and tireless volunteers are establishing hubs to coordinate volunteers and distribute much needed supplies to the neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Sandy. This upsurge of people power is called Occupy Sandy, a dedicated relief effort by the 99% for the 99%.

Occupy Sandy’s information hub (http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/) is  source for constant updates on volunteer and supply needs, drop off locations, ride share opportunities, sharing food, water, medical and psychological care, clothes, flashlights, clean-up capacity, (and even entertainment), for people without power.

Here are some opportunities to capture relief efforts in action and interview community organizers:
*St. Jacobi Church, 5406 4th Ave, Sunset Park. Work crews sent out around the borough around 10am. Contact: Michael Premo 917-547-1292
*Yana Community Center, Far Rockaways, B113 and Rockaway Blvd. Meals served 10am, 1pm and 5pm. This is a hyper local effort at a newly opened community center.
*GOLES, 169 Ave. B between 10th and 11th. Work crews out between 12-6pm. Contact: Laura Gottesdiener 617-519-5659
(Need to charge your equipment? There are always the Occupy Wall Street bike generators on Avenue C between 9th and 10th Street!) If you are interested in connecting with the hardest hit residents from Red Hook to the Rockaways to Chinatown, let us know and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Check the Occupy Wall Street Sandy Relief page for up-to-the-minute volunteer updates.
Check occupywallstreet.net for individual testimonies from the hardest hit areas.

Sandy hit rich and poor alike, flooding Wall Street bank lobbies, mangling mansions in the Rockaways and stranding the elderly in Chinatown projects. But in America’s most economically stratified city, marginalized communities are experiencing vastly different access to relief than the top 1%. If you have questions or want to talk to organizers on the ground, please reach out and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Contact: 347-292-1444 | press@occupywallst.org | @occupywallstpr

Global Noise Coming to NYC: Debt is a Racket (Literally)!


CONTACT: OWS PR Team, 347-292-1444, press@occupywallst.org


Debt is a Racket: The 99% Makes Noise (Literally)–the 1% Will Not Rest Easy
NYC Joins Day of Protest, Hundreds of Cities Worldwide to Make #GlobalNoise

New York — This weekend Occupy Wall Street (OWS) groups join a global day of potbanging-protest (aka Casseroles March, named after the Quebec Student Debt protests) targeting the homes, corporate lobbies and leisure locales of the 1% to make some noise.  The protests will spotlight the huge and growing debts ordinary people struggle under – millions of us have been seduced into taking on unmanageable mortgages, credit cards, student loans, and more by a corrupt financial system.

On October 13 debt protests will ring out around the world, in hundreds of cities, under the banner of “Global Noise” and the global week of action against debt and social injustice. See full list here.

WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, October 13 (#13O), Columbus Circle
4pm: Teach-ins and community gathering with Occupy Town Square and the widely popular Free University. Open to the public.

6pm: Global Noise Assembly, Debt Burn, and March with Strike Debt. Individuals will share their stories of debt and burn their debt notices (student loan notices, underwater mortgage loan papers, credit card bills) as an act of resistance to a culture of debt.
Highly visual + great photo opps.

Read the International Communication on debt, written by Occupy Wall Street’s Strike Debt, Citizen Debt Audit Platform (PACD) Spain and Democratie Réelle Maintenant! of Paris.

In addition to raising a loud outcry about staggering loads of debt on the 99%, Global Noise will also strengthen the global bonds between populist movements around the world including: Occupy, 15M, YoSoy132, Casseroles, G20, Arab Spring, Revolts in Greece, Russian Revolution, Sudan Revolts, Manifencours. The coming weeks and months a large number of events are scheduled around the world, including: the Global Education Strike on October 18; VIA22 protest initiative from Montreal, Quebec; movement gatherings in Madrid (Agora99) and Florence (Firenze10+10) in November; the global day of action for the Rights of Migrants, Refugees and Displaced people on December 18.

Occupy Wall Street PR Team
Contact: 347-292-1444 | press@occupywallst.org | @occupywallstpr

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A Free University in NYC!

Contact: (347) 670-FREU (3738), FreeUPress@gmail.com
Conor Tomás Reed : 979.204.9253, conortomasreed@gmail.com

Free University Week will transform Madison Square Park, September 18-22
In Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street Anniversary and Global Education Movement

New York, NY (September 12, 2012):  To mark the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, a coalition of students, faculty, and community groups will produce the Free University Week: ‘an experiment in radical education and an attempt to create education as it ought to be.’ This will be held in Madison Square Park from Tuesday, September 18 through Friday, September 21, from 2pm to 7pm, and on Saturday, September 22, from 10am to 2pm. The event will gather in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street’s one-year anniversary of the occupation of Zuccotti Park, as well as with education movements in Chicago, Quebec, Chile, and beyond.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 18 – Saturday, September 22, 2012/ Tuesday – Friday, 2pm-7pm, Saturday, 10am-2pm.
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Sept 15-17: Occupy One Year – Anniversary Actions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2012
Contact: OWS PR Team, 347-292-1444, press@occupywallst.org


For the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street (OWS), September 15, 16 and 17, under the banner All Roads Lead to Wall Street three days of education, celebration and resistance to economic injustice are planned — with convergences and assemblies, concerts, and some of OWS’s famous direct action planned for 7 AM on September 17 (also known as S17) at the New York Stock Exchange. See full schedule below.

There’s an array of events signaling lots of energy as OWS begins year two. All offer story ideas and possible availabilities with activists. Sunday’s concert and Monday’s civil disobedience will be especially vibrant and visual with good turnout expected. For more details and last minute changes: s17nyc.org/schedule

SAT. SEPT 15: EDUCATION ~ Washington Square Park
The day’s events are about connecting with a broader community, teach-ins, skillshares, assemblies, public workshops and more. Looking for a chance to see how OWS organizing works, how movement veterans and newcomers interact? Saturday’s activities have many opportunities to tell those stories.

  • 10:30am-12:30pm – Welcome and Orientation Activities, Lunch
  • 12:30pm-4pm – Inaugural Assembly and Thematic Breakout Groups
  • 4pm-7pm – Direct Action & Know Your Rights Training* + Closing Assembly
  • 7:30pm-9pm – Debt Resistors’ Operation Manual Exclusive Preview Event, Judson Church
8-10:00pm – S17 Affinity Group Spokescouncil

The day’s events are about flexing people power in the streets and utilizing public spaces. The Occupy movement continues to utilize culturally creative tactics to build the movement for social and economic justice.

  • 10am-1pm – Spectra Frack Pipeline Blast Zone March with the Occupy Guitarmy, who will lead a musical march through the village to Foley Square. (Meet at Gansevoort and Hudson River Greenway)
  • 12-5pm – Educational/community-oriented Occupy Town Square (Thomas Paine Park)
  • 1pm-6pm – “99 REVOLUTIONS”, concert featuring Tom Morello, Jello Biafra, Das Racist, Rebel Diaz, Michelle Shocked, and more. (Foley Square)
6:30pm – Direct Action & Know Your Rights Training* (Foley Square)
  • 7:30pm – Occupy Rosh Hashanah Services (Liberty Square/Zuccotti Park)

MON. SEPT 17: RESISTANCE Financial District
On the one year anniversary, people from all walks of life are going to assemble in the streets of the Financial District in an outcry for economic justice. For on-the-ground updates please contact the OWS PR Team directly.

  • 7am – The People’s Wall, a non-violent civil disobedience at the Stock Exchange.* + 99 Revolutions: a swirl of mobile intersection occupations throughout the Financial District which will spring from the People’s Wall Action. (Final tipsheet will be out Sunday regarding Monday’s protest and meeting locations)
  • 10am – Storm Wall Street, an ecologically themed convergence for a sustainable future (Bowling Green)
  • 12-2pm – The 99% Return to Wall Street, this assembly will bring together Union workers and leadership, economics experts, faith, community members, students and occupiers to let our voices be heard once more at (Liberty Square/Zuccotti Park)
6-8pm – Popular Assembly (Foley Square)

*Building the People’s Wall advance action trainings are open to the press giving a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for the Monday protest and possible availability with inidual protesters.

Occupy Wall Street won’t stop until the 99% gets what it deserves–economic justice.

Occupy Wall Street PR Team
Contact: 347-292-1444 | press@occupywallst.org | @occupywallstpr
For more info on the #S17 visit www.s17nyc.org
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Building Momentum for Occupy First Anniversary: Events and Actions Leading Up to the Weekend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 13, 2012
OWS PR Team, 347-292-1444, press@occupywallst.org


Excitement is building for Occupy Wall Street’s first anniversary! This advisory will tell you about some of the lead-up actions and events which show how Occupy Wall Street (OWS) does its work – providing plenty of story ideas, great visuals and opportunities for interviews.

For the anniversary, September 15, 16 and 17, under the banner All Roads Lead to Wall Street three days of education, celebration and resistance to economic injustice are planned — with convergences and assemblies, concerts, and some of OWS’s famous direct action planned for 7 AM, September 17 (also known as S17) at the New York Stock Exchange.  We’ll be sending out updates very soon with complete details, you can also check the schedule online at s17nyc.org/schedule.

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CONTACT: OWS PR Team, 347-292-1444, press@occupywallst.org



The 99%? “Of course, they’re fighting back after 30 years of being shot at.” -Bill Gross, manager of the world’s largest mutual fund

[NEW YORK] September 17, 2012 (#S17) marks the beginning of year two of Occupy Wall Street (OWS). Under the banner All Roads Lead to Wall Street three days of education, celebration and resistance to economic injustice are planned for September 15-17, with convergences and assemblies, concerts, and some of OWS’s famous direct action planned for 7 AM, September 17th at the New York Stock Exchange. Solidarity actions are being planned in dozens of cities across the country. Continue reading