Occupy Earth Day Actions to Highlight the Corporate Led Destruction of the Planet

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Date: April 21st, 2012
Contact: Peter Rugh 419-905-3114

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Occupy Earth Day Actions to Highlight the Corporate Led Destruction of the Planet

On Earth Day weekend, April 21st and 22nd, Occupy Wall Street activists will hold a series of vibrant rallies and creative acts of non-violent civil disobedience to demand an immediate end to the corporate-led destruction of the planet.

Saturday, April 21 – Melt-In @ Grand Central Terminal, Main Concourse, 3pm

Activists and bystanders will participate in a melt-in to highlight the need to end our dependence nuclear power. The melt-in will take place amidst an Earth Day event, where companies like ConEdison will boast their “green” credentials as they continue to supply NYers with energy from the dangerous and contested Indian Point nuclear plant. Greenwashing alert!

Sunday, April 22nd (Earth Day) –
Jazz Funeral March for the Earth, BP Gas Station, corner of Lafayette and Houston, 12pm

Occupy Earth Day will begin with a New Orleans-style jazz funeral march for the Gulf Coast, commemorating the 2 year anniversary of the BP Deep Water Horizon oil spill and the unprecedented death and destruction it unleashed on marine life and communities along the Gulf. The march will be lead by a marching band and will head toward Union Square.

Union Square Rally to Reclaim Earth Day, 1pm

A dynamic rally will take place on the South side of Union Square (14th St. and Union Square West) to reclaim Earth Day from corporate greenwashers and return it to it’s roots as a movement seeking genuine environmental solutions.
Speakers include: Helen Caldicott (co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility), Sean Sweeney (Director and founder of the Global Labor Institute at Cornell University), David Braun (co-founder of United for Action), Clare Donahue (co-founder of Sane Energy Project) and more. Step off and march to The Highline in the West Village, GaseVoort and West Street at 2pm.  ,

Protest the West Village Spectra Pipeline! The Highline @ Gansevoort & West Street, 2:30pm

The march continues from Union Square and ends at the Highline Park, the very spot of the proposed Spectra Pipeline, a fracked gas pipeline that the Spectra    Energy is proposing to build–ultimately pumping in the destructive fracked gas drilled in Pennsylvania into the homes of NYC residents.

More info:
http://www.nycga.net/groups/environmentalist-solidarity/
http://www.facebook.com/OWSEnvironmentalSolidarity

Occupy Wall Street is part of an international people powered movement fighting for economic justice in the face of disastrous 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 occupywallst.org and nycga.net

Occupy Wall Street, Labor & Immigrant Rights Allies Announce May Day Performances

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CONTACT: press@occupywallst.org
For this action only: Shane Patrick 917-727-8231

Occupy Wall Street, Labor & Immigrant Rights Allies Announce May Day Performances 
Tom Morello, Dan Deacon, Immortal Technique, Das Racist, Bobby Sanabria and more to Play in NYC

What: Occupy Wall Street and its allies in the organized labor and immigrant rights movements are excited to announce that on May 1st, Tom Morello, Dan Deacon, Immortal Technique, Das Racist, Bobby Sanabria and other special guests yet to be announced will be performing on stage at the May Day rally in Union Square, Manhattan.

When: Tuesday, May 1st, 12pm – 5:30pm (see specific timing details below)

Where: Bryant Park & Union Square, Manhattan, NYC

At 12pm, Tom Morello will arrive at Bryant Park to enlist 1,000 guitarists, string players, and singers to take part in the Occupy Guitarmy. After a rehearsal of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land,” Sergio Ortega’s “El Pueblo Unido,” Willie Nile’s “One Guitar,” The Nightwatchman’s “World Wild Rebel Song,” and the traditional spiritual “We Shall Not Be Moved,” the Occupy Guitarmy will depart from Bryant Park at 2pm, march through midtown Manhattan and arrive at Union Square at 4pm, culminating in their performance on stage with Tom Morello. Dan Deacon, Immortal Technique, Das Racist, Bobby Sanabria and other special guests yet to be announced will take the stage after Tom Morello’s set.

On May Day, International Workers’ Day, the 99% will take to the streets and reclaim our communities. We’ll demand economic justice from the major institutions of government and industry who refuse to step forward and deliver a just society. No Work, No School, No Shopping, No Housework, No Compliance. May Day will be another important step forward in the growth of a resistance movement which has captured international headlines and countless imaginations since the occupation of Liberty Square on September 17th, 2011.

For more info on the Occupy Guitarmy, please visit: occupyguitarmy.tumblr.com

For more info, including the schedule of the days events, please visit: Maydaynyc.org & Maydaysolidarity2012.org

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 and www.nycga.net

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OCCUPY WALL STREET RECLAIMS THE DREAM: CONTINUING MARTIN LUTHER KING’S FIGHT FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE

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OCCUPY WALL STREET RECLAIMS THE DREAM: CONTINUING MARTIN LUTHER KING’S FIGHT FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE

On the eve of his assassination, Martin Luther King launched a campaign against economic injustice, calling for an encampment on the lawns of Washington D.C. — much like the Occupy encampments across the country today.

On January 16th, Occupy Wall Street continues Martin Luther King’s quest for economic justice through nonviolent action. At 10:00 a.m., Occupy Wall Street embarks on a journey of liberation starting at the African Burial Ground, winding over the streets of the financial district to the Federal Reserve, and heading up to Madison Square Garden in time to catch the Knicks game crowds.

African Burial Ground:

We trace the roots of extreme inequity to Wall Street itself. We begin at the African Burial Ground to make the statement: Wall Street is the exact site of the slave auction block, upon which our prosperity as a nation was built. The very wall that Wall Street is named for was built by enslaved Africans. Just one month before MLK’s birthday this year, Wall Street marked the 300th anniversary of the law establishing New York’s first slave market. Thousands of Africans were sold at this market as Wall Street pocketed the profits. While slavery has been abolished, racism and systematic profiteering of the working class has not.

The Occupy Movement is exposing the corporate takeover of our public spaces and, more recently, private homes – especially in the communities of color which have been hardest hit by predatory lending practices. Banks like Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, and Goldman Sachs have preyed on vulnerable communities of color. Almost twice as many African-American homeowners have lost their properties to foreclosures as Whites. In turn, the black community is three times more likely to have negative or zero “net worth” than Whites.

Madison Square Garden:

We end our day in honor MLK by supporting U.S. workers exploited by Wall Street to turn a quick profit. “Wall Street profiteers who once made a killing off the products of slave labor here in the United States” says Rebecca Manski of Occupy Wall Street, “today make their profits from outsourced sweatshop labor, prison labor and slave-wage conditions in the U.S. All of this at the expense of U.S. workers and their right to make a fair, living wage.”

“At Madison Square Garden,” explains Michelle Crentsil, of the Communications Workers of America and Occupy Wall Street, “we will meet African American and Latino Cablevision workers as they confront Cablevision CEO and Knicks owner James Dolan – a member of the 1% who makes more than all of the workers in Cablevision combined and is blocking their right to organize.”

King’s Vision and the Occupy Movement:

“As long as there is poverty in the world I can never be rich, even if I have a billion dollars,” said King. Days before his murder, he declared that the next phase of the civil rights movement would be a Poor People’s Campaign—an outcry for justice for the millions of Americans in “economic bondage.” He called for a Resurrection City in D.C.—much like the Occupy encampments across the country—where hundreds of thousands of poor people would come to the National Mall, live together and engage in nonviolent action directed at a Congress which did not concern itself with the needs of the 99%. As Congress continues to serve the interests of wealthy donors on Wall Street, the American Dream grows further out of reach, attainable by only a few, well-connected, elite members of society. Occupy Wall Street is here to pick up where King left off. We are here to Reclaim the Dream.

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