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.

New York City Students Take Action March 1 to Defend Right to Education

For Immediate Release
February 27, 2012

Nationwide Protests Kick Off Spring of Action

New York City—Hundreds of students, teachers, parents and workers will take to the streets March 1, 2012 as part of a national Day of Action called for by Occupy Education. From Boston to Seattle, education activists will defend the right to education and demand a say in how their schools are run. In New York, students will point to higher tuition and school closings as evidence that the agenda of the 1% has turned education into a commodity rather than a right.

Marchers will meet at the Department of Education (52 Chambers Street) at 2 p.m. before crossing the Brooklyn Bridge and arriving at Ft. Greene Park for a demonstration at 4 p.m. The protestors will hold speak-outs at various sites along the way to highlight problems within our education system, such as a lack of democratic decision-making and growing corporatization.

”A corporate-backed education reform movement is turning schools at all levels into businesses,” said Hunter College student Sarah Pomar. “Policies such as No Child Left Behind and Race To The Top have led to more failing schools and union-busting, and exacerbate inequality in educational opportunities.”

Such inequalities were demonstrated recently in a report by the New York State Education Department, which revealed that only 13 percent of Black students and 15 percent of Latino students in New York graduate from high school college-ready. Meanwhile, despite public protests, the Bloomberg administration has closed over 117 schools through an undemocratic Panel for Educational Policy.

“Education is the very keystone of success, but it is becoming increasingly unavailable to all but the 1%,” said Jaime Weida, an English professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College. “Quality public education is disappearing, as K-12 schools are closing and public institutions of higher education such as CUNY are facing tuition hikes, budget cuts and privatization.”

”Education is being governed by neoliberal policies that create re-segregation, inequality, massive debt and undemocratic institutions,” said Lucas Vazquez, a student at Walt Whitman High School. “Students must resist such injustices through a sustainable movement that presents alternatives to the market-oriented educational system we live in.”

Throughout the spring, students across the country will take action to reclaim education for the 99%. On March 5 students in New York and California will converge on their state capitols to demand elected officials recognize the right to education and fully fund public colleges and universities.

Occupy Education is a coalition of more than 80 local Occupy, labor and community groups across the country fighting to guarantee the right to education for everyone. The March 1 Day of Action has been endorsed by groups such the New York City Student Assembly, Students United for a Free CUNY and the Occupy Student Debt Campaign.


Occupy Pops-Up in Tompkins Square Park Sunday, February 26th

Press Advisory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  February 23, 2012
Press Contacts For Occupy Town Square: OccupyTownSq@gmail.com
OWS Press Relations Working Group: press@occupywallst.org, 347-292-1444
Occupy Town Square comes to Tompkins Square Park on Sunday February 26 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Pop-Up Occupations Recreate the Essence of Zuccotti Park in Communities throughout New York City
Occupy Town Square is a Safe Space for Learning, Free Expression and Public Debate
Occupy Town Squares are recurring, mobile, daytime occupations held in parks and other public spaces, indoor and outdoor, around New York City. The recurring Occupy Town Square events call on New Yorkers to reclaim spaces for public discourse and continue the conversations sparked this fall by the Occupy movement. These pop-up occupations are from 11am until 5pm. Families and community members are encouraged to participate.
The next Occupy Town Square is on Sunday, February 26 at Tompkins Square Park, in Manhattan’s East Village. Tompkins Square Park is a neighborhood of historic significance for the movement and the fight for social justice.
From the workers riot of 1874 to the 1988 riots and park eviction, Tompkins Square Park has long been on the front lines of the contest for public space and free assembly.  According to the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative, in August 1874, “2-3,000 people gathered in Tompkins Square to affirm their right of free assembly; the crowd resolved that Tompkins Square should always remain ‘open to the people for their free assembly.’ (www.lespi-nyc.org/history.html) It was there in Tompkins Square park that the New York City General Assembly (NYCGA) had some of the first meetings to plan Occupy Wall Street.
This is the third Occupy Town Square event, following on successful days of occupation in Washington Square Park and the West Park Church, where hundreds of activists came together.
“I was looking for a way to learn about the Occupy movement and help it gear up for the action-filled spring,” said Ena Lupine, who just moved to New York last month. “Each Occupy Town Square brings together a community of people who are welcoming, courageous, and interested in how I see the world and what I want to do to change it,” she added.
“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,” said Dr. Lucky Tran, a scientist from Australia living in New York. “Occupy Town Squares expand the idea of occupation to encompass daytime use of public spaces and can help provide soapboxes for many people who otherwise find it difficult to be heard.”
A statement from the Occupy Town Square team explains “We invite everyone to join us whether they think they agree with Occupy or not. Since they evicted us from the public space we were using for learning, free expression, and public debate, we will continue to bring it back in various forms throughout the city.”
Occupy Town Square has shared their statement of intent with the NYC Parks Department and the East Village community.  It can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/notes/occupy-town-square/occupy-town-square-statement-of-intent-guidelines/145090955607705
For more information, please visit the following links:
Facebook: #F26 Facebook event listing
Occupy Town Square Page: https://www.facebook.com/occupytownsq
For questions: occupytownsq@gmail.com
To sign up to present a teach-in, table or performance: http://tinyurl.com/ots3signup
Twitter: @occupytownsq
 Hashtag: #occupytownsq

Occutrip Boston: Mortgages Underwater Puppet Protest, Tiny-tenting, and OWS Panel


January 29, 2012


OWS Press Team: Press@occupywallst.org (347) 292-1444

Occutrip Boston: Mortgages Underwater Puppet Protest, Tiny-tenting, and OWS Panel

It’s five days in to the Occupy Bus Trip that left Brooklyn, NY on January 25th. Occupiers from Wall Street are currently visiting Occupy Boston on their 5-week long, movement-building trip that will touch base in several Northeastern cities including Albany, Syracuse, Buffalo, Pittsburg, Philadelphia, and Newark.

Following a foreclosure auction that occupiers successfully stopped in NYC, Occutrip in Boston held an eviction defense training in preparation for their action on Monday afternoon.

On Monday at 12 PM, bring your flippers, goggles, and swimwear down to Boston’s financial district for a mortgages “underwater” rally with Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Boston, City Life/Vida Urbana, Chelsea Collaborative, and Mass Uniting.

“Thousands of families across America are underwater on their mortgages, meaning that they owe more on their homes than their house is worth. They can’t sell it. They can’t move to find new jobs. They can’t afford to send their kids to college. They are caught in an economic stranglehold by Wall Street. The banks, who we bailed out, have done nothing but betray us,” said Austin Guest.

To build awareness across the city about foreclosures, occupiers will place tiny tents around the city on Monday evening. “Tents represent shelter taken from families by Wall Street foreclosures. Tents have also become a symbol of resistance across the globe from Tahrir Square to Zucotti Park,” explained Sandy Nurse.

On Tuesday, their last day in Boston, Occutrip will participate in a panel about Occupy Wall Street at UMass Boston.

To follow the Occupy Bus Trip visit:

Underwater Mortgages Action: http://www.occupyboston.org/2012/01/27/january-30-march-underwater-mortgages/

Tumblr: http://owsbus.tumblr.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Wall-Street-Bus-Trip/155444994569669

Twitter: @OWSBus

Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 and has spread to over 1,500 cities globally. #ows is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations. The movement is inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, and aims to fight back against the richest 1% of people that are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future.


National Day of Action to ‘Occupy the Courts’ on 2 Year Anniversary of Citizens United Ruling

January 20, 2012

Inside and outside of courthouses in 46 states and 130 cities across the country, members of Occupy Wall Street and thousands of other concerned citizens will meet the two year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC with creative protest. The ruling, which further opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending on elections and reinforced the fictitious legal concept of “corporate-personhood,” is widely seen as an erosion of our democratic institutions by gifting disproportionate power to unaccountable corporations whose bottom lines are their shareholders, not US stakeholders.

WHEN AND WHERE: January 20, 2012, 5pm Liberty Square (aka Zucotti Park); march at 5:30 pm to Foley Square.

WHAT: After rallying on the lit pavement blocks of Liberty Square, the Rude Mechanical Orchestra will clash and bang the way to City Hall. Performers and speakers at Foley Square include: Reverend Billy Talen and his choir, Chris Hedges, Virginia Rasmussen, Lawrence Lessig and Russell Simmons. Several City Council Members have also been invited to speak on equal ground with OWS participants and within the context of a People’s Mic.

     “We assemble today in defiance of the repression of our right to assemble and the ‘one-dollar, one-vote’ system that has made a farce of our democracy,” says OWS participant Barbara Pressman.  “It should not come as a surprise that four times as much money was spent to influence the 2010 elections as they in 2006, and we can expect a much bigger outpouring of corporate dollars in the 2012 election.”

The following day, Saturday January 21st, a Worst of the Worst Corporate Offenders Walking Tour will embark from Foley Square at noon, following a rally organized by Occupy Faith.

The NY organizers of Occupy the Courts, working in conjunction with the nation-wide coalition led by Move To Amend, were originally denied their right to assemble at the US District Courthouse (Southern District of NY). In suit, Move to Amend, together with the National Lawyers Guild, levied an appeal on behalf of NY organizers, which was denied. A solidarity protest in the state capitol with Occupy Albany will take place on Friday in turn.

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 www.occupywallst.org

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January 19, 2012

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

President Obama’s January 19th fundraising extravaganza at New York’s famous Apollo theater, (tickets $100 to $5,000) and his $30,000/plate Harlem fundraising dinner in March of 2011, illustrate a profound disconnect between the President and poor and working class Blacks that constitute his core base of support.  A demonstration will be held across the street from the Apollo to call attention to the corruption of money in politics and the President’s allegiance to Wall Street, and not 125th St.

WHEN: Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 6:00 PM
WHERE: Across the street from the Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street
(Frederick Douglass Boulevard & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd)

The Central Harlem community with an annual median income of $26,000 wage daily struggles against massive unemployment, rising homelessness and ruthless gentrification decimating the local population. In the midst of this deepening depression, President Obama awarded ownership of Grant Public Housing Complex to Citigroup and pumped $500 million dollars into a charter school on the grounds of another public housing complex, and affordable housing for the poor is now on the chopping block.

Organizations involved: Occupy Harlem, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Wall Street Anti-War, Direct Action, and Trade Justice Working Groups; Harlem FightBack Against War at Home and Abroad, Black is Back Coalition, Occupy Wall Street Trade Justice, TradeJustice New York Metro, Occupy 4 Jobs, Bolivarian Circle Alberto Lovera NYC, Global Justice for Animals and the Environment, Queerocracy, World Can’t Wait and War Criminals Watch, and Nodutol for Korean Community Development

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 www.occupywallst.org
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Over the past two months across the country, Occupy Wall Street (OWS) participants have been partnering with families and community organizations to stop foreclosures and evictions, and to help homeless families move into vacant foreclosed properties. As part of this effort, on December 6th, members of OWS supported Alfredo Carrasquillo in his efforts to occupy a home at 702 Vermont St. in East New York, and to repair it to a condition that would be suitable for his family to move in.The property is under foreclosure by Bank of America and had been abandoned, sitting vacant for more than three years. Neighbors complained of repeated break-ins, litter, and criminal activity related to the property during that time.

Efforts were made to find the owner, Wise Ahadzi, in advance of the December 6th occupation, to no avail. From day one, Alfredo and members of Occupy Wall Street and local community organizations said that they would support the owner if he wants to fight for his home and would support him in fighting the banks to relieve his debt. As Occupy Wall Street stated in a December 6th press release: We want Bank of America to make this house available for a not for profit (a community land trust that will ensure long-term affordability) and wipe away all debt that the current owner has if he wants to come back.

On the day after the December 6th occupation of 702 Vermont, Mr. Ahadzi showed up at the property. Since then, Alfredo Carrasquillo, members of Occupy Wall Street, and local community organizations have met with Mr. Ahadzi and his lawyer a number of times. These meetings were positive, and Mr. Ahadzi and his lawyer were supportive of collaborative efforts to demand Bank of America relieve his debt. At no point in this process has Mr. Ahadzi ever requested that Mr. Carrasquillo or the members of Occupy Wall Street assisting with renovations leave the property.

According to statements Mr. Ahadzi made to the New York Post yesterday, he is apparently now interested in reclaiming his home. Given that, Alfredo Carrasquillo and members of Occupy Wall Street will support Mr. Ahadzis efforts, so that neither his family or Alfredos is homeless, and so that the house at 702 Vermont does not sit vacant.

East New York has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country, nearly three times greater than that of Brooklyn, and nearly five times greater than that of New York State. This applies to underwater mortgage rates as well.

East New York has been decimated by criminal bank foreclosures using robo-signings as recently as October, forcing families to abandon their homes and communities. The neighborhood is burdened by numerous boarded-up homes left vacant by the banks after families were unable to keep up with extortionate mortgages on properties that are now underwater.

Members of OWS will continue to work with community members in East New York, throughout the city, and across the country to support access to housing for everyone. And we will continue to fight the big banks that, after being bailed out by taxpayers, went on to foreclose on millions of American families.

Occupy Wall Street Honors the Spirit Of Dr. King With Year’s Largest Action Hundreds Gather for Global Candlelight Vigil at Historic Riverside Church

For Immediate Release:
January 11, 2012
Occupy Wall Street Honors the Spirit Of Dr. King With Year’s Largest Action
Hundreds Gather for Global Candlelight Vigil at Historic Riverside Church
New York, NY: Religious leaders, artists, and members of the Occupy movement will unite globally on January 15th, 2012 to honor the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
At 6:30 p.m. hundreds of Occupy Wall Street activists will assemble on the steps of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue) and at 7:00 p.m. begin a massive candlelight march to nearby Riverside Church (490 Riverside Drive). The group will join additional feeder marches and members of the community at Riverside Church for a candlelight vigil and celebration renewing King’s message of peace, justice, and equality for all, regardless of race or economic class. The action will culminate in an assembly featuring performances and speak-outs from artists, celebrities, religious leaders, and activists. Performances by Patti Smith, Steve Earle, Stephan Said, and Kozza Olantunji, as well as many more, will complement the inspirational words of Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Yoko Ono, Russell Simmons, Reverend Stephen H. Phelps, Daisey Kahn, Norman Siegel, Sumumba Sobukwe and Malik Rhasaan.“Poverty, an issue to which King showed increased focus in the years just before his death, finds its way into the darkest chapters in American History. Dr. King sought to shine a light of justice against those dark chapters of war, repression and racism, our candles symbolize that light,” says Abigail Keegan of Occupy Wall Street.

“These are revolutionary times. All over the globe men are revolting against old systems of exploitation and oppression and out of the wombs of a frail world new systems of justice and equality are being born. The shirtless and barefoot people of the land are rising up as never before. ‘The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light.’” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City

Riverside Church has been an intersection of faith and social justice in the greater New York metropolitan area for over 170 years. At Riverside in 1967, Dr. King gave his historic “Beyond Vietnam” speech. On King’s birthday and in the spirit of his vision for racial and economic equality, peace, and non-violence, activists will return to Riverside in solidarity with others holding candlelight vigils from California to Cairo; New York to New Orleans; Germany to Nova Scotia, to unite our world in a global movement for systemic change.

This candlelight vigil kicks off more than 24 hours of Occupy Wall Street-organized events and actions including a march on Monday, Jan. 16th at 9am from the African Burial Ground to the Federal Reserve Bank for a rally for economic justice. For more information about the January 15th action visit http://j15global.org

Members of TWU and Occupy Wall Street to March on MTA HQ As Contract Expiration Date Looms

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Members of TWU and Occupy Wall Street to March on MTA HQ
Contract Expiration Date LoomsPushback against management demand for outrageous wage and benefit concessions

With a contact deadline looming, a coalition of Transit Workers Union (TWU) rank and file members and Occupy Wall Street (OWS) activists will rally MTA headquarters, Thursday January 12 and march from there to Goldman Sachs offices in Lower Manhattan. Thursday’s protest will spotlight yet another effort to balance the MTA budget on the backs of working New Yorkers. The current contract between MTA and TWU expires January 15; the protest comes in the middle of tense negotiations.

OWS and TWU members will demand the cancellation of MTA’s debts to Wall Street, reasonable raises for transit workers, preserving existing health benefits, and the prioritization of rider safety by keeping conductors on trains and subway booths open. MTA has publicly called for transit workers to forgo salary raises for three years and to pay a whopping $6,000 more for family health benefits.

RALLY:  Thursday January 12, 4:00pm  in front of MTA headquarters at 2 Broadway near Bowling Green.
MARCH:  5:30pm from 2 Broadway to Liberty Square (aka Zuccotti Park) at Broadway and Liberty and then to Goldman Sachs offices at 200 West Street.

MTA’s board is unelected and unaccountable – nearly all members are appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The MTA has hired the notorious Goldman Sachs as its financial adviser.

Cuomo’s MTA asks for outrageous concessions from New York workers, and now Goldman Sachs, demands that workers and transit riders sacrifice to balance the MTA budget. In 2010, the MTA paid over $800 million in tax-free income to owners of MTA bonds, the 1%. These are “revenue bonds” which are paid directly from the train and bus fareboxes to MTA Bond owners. The money collected for these MTA Bonds does not go to transit worker wages or benefits, but instead to capital construction and repair projects. The current 10-year MTA capital plan costing $30 billion, is under-funded by a whopping $9 billion. The three current mega-construction projects, the 2nd avenue subway, the LIRR extension to Grand Central and the Transit Hub are over-budget almost $2 billion.

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 www.occupywallst.org
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For Immediate Release January 9, 2012


What:  Occupy New Hampshire along with other Occupy Movements have staged a die-in at the Obama Campaign Headquarters in Manchester, NH to dramatize how corporate money and the influence of the 1% in the election process is killing American Democracy.

When: NOW

Where: Obama Campaign Headquarters, 228 Maple Street, Manchester, NH 03103

Who: Occupy movement protestors, unemployed people, workers, students, youth and others who are angry about the way corporate money is influencing the election process, with a particular focus on corporate person hood and Wall Street Donations.

Why: Corporate money and donations from the wealthy are corrupting the American political process.  The Supreme Courts recent decision saying corporations are people only increases the power of corporations in the political process.  Occupy protesters from across the North East are coming together to demand that corporate money and large donations are removed from the political process. Corporate money and the corrupt and undue influence of the 1% in the election process is killing American Democracy.

Occupy NH – Occupy Maine – Occupy Boston – Occupy Wall Street’s Politics Work Group