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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 30th, 2013
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 maydaynyc.org/schedule/:
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NYC COLLEGE STUDENTS TO HOLD MAY DAY PROTESTS

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Daphne: 646.398.0869, @owsguitarmy
Linnea: 860-898-0101
Email: music@nycga.net | Website: http://guitarmy.org

 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

MEDIA ADVISORY
PRESS CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS SETTLEMENT OF OCCUPY WALL STREET LIBRARY CASE INVOLVING THE DESTRUCTION OF BOOKS

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 nsiegel@stellp.com or Herbert Teitelbaum at 212-455-0300 or hteitelbaum@stellp.com

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2012
CONTACT: OWS PR Team, 347-292-1444
Laura Hanna, laura@hiddendriver.com, 917 821 8092
Ann Larson, annlarsonny@gmail.com, 917 292 5401
Chris Casuccio, christophercasuccio@gmail.com, 631 942 0762
Strike Debt to purchase $1 million in medical debt, cancel it to benefit the public
HEALTH CARE EMERGENCY DELCARED WITH ACTIONS IN NYC & ELSEWHERE:  Matter of #LifeOrDebt
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 (http://strikedebt.org/#get-involved 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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Occupy Wall Street Press Relations Team, 347-292-1444, press@occupywallst.org

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:  https://www.facebook.com/events/313891162046444/

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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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Occupy Wall Street Press Relations Team, 347-292-1444, press@occupywallst.org
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: http://pastebin.com/Q3gBV2ja.

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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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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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
BLACK FRIDAY PROTEST


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. 
http://www.nycga.net/events/black-friday-strike-against-walmart/

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