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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 12, 2012

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.
WHERE: Madison Square Park, Manhattan, NY. Continue reading

Sept 15-17: Occupy One Year – Anniversary Actions

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

OCCUPY WALL STREET
SEPTEMBER 15, 16 AND 17 ANNIVERSARY PLANS SET
PUSHBACK AGAINST 1% GREED, OUTCRY FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE!
“ALL ROADS LEAD TO WALL STREET”


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
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8-10:00pm – S17 Affinity Group Spokescouncil

SUN. SEPT 16: CELEBRATION
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)
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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)
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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
CONTACT:
OWS PR Team, 347-292-1444, press@occupywallst.org


BUILDING MOMENTUM FOR OCCUPY WALL STREET’S FIRST ANNIVERSARY

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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99% TO WALL STREET: WE’RE COMING FOR YOU! YEAR TWO BEGINS.

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

99% TO WALL STREET: WE’RE COMING FOR YOU!
ACTIONS SET FOR SEPT. 15, 16 AND 17 AS YEAR TWO BEGINS;

OCCUPY WALL STREET CONTINUES PUSHBACK AGAINST 1% GREED
“ALL ROADS LEAD TO WALL STREET”

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

New York Teachers and Labor Activists Rally in Support of Striking Chicago Teachers

On Monday, Sept. 10 at 5pm teachers and Labor activists in New York City, including members of the Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE) and the Occupy Wall Street Labor Outreach Committee, are sponsoring a rally in solidarity with the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). Teachers are striking for increased resources and quality programs for students and fair working conditions for teachers.
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ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY ACTIONS IN THE WORKS – SEPT. 15-17

WALL STREET TO THE 99%: DROP DEAD
OCCUPY WALL STREET PUSHES BACK FOR THE 99%

 ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY ACTIONS IN THE WORKS – SEPT. 15-17
ALL ROADS LEAD TO WALL STREET


         September 17, 2012 (#S17) marks the beginning of year two of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and four years since Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy, helping catapult our global economy into a new phase of disrepair and dragging millions of ordinary people down with it. No complaints from the rich 1% – they’re still rich. They’re insatiable unless we push back.

On September 15-17, Occupy Wall Street is planning three days of education, celebration and resistance to economic injustice with convergences and assemblies, concerts, and some of the famous OWS direct action. Much of our organizing happens behind-the-scenes, but you’ll see Occupy pop into view soon; and as we are sure you already know, we are bigger than the sum of our mass demonstrations (they just tend to get the most attention).

If you are planning a piece about OWS, let us know and we’ll connect you to organizers here in NYC and elsewhere.

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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Activists Occupy Key Nuclear Power-Related Facilities on 67th Anniversary of Hiroshima, Nagasaki Bombing

For Immediate Release
Contact: 347-292-1444, press@occupywallst.org
For This Action Only: Russell Lum, 707-301-7951, owseswg@gmail.com or Linnea Palmer-Paton, 860-898-0101

Activists Occupy Key Nuclear Power-Related Facilities on 67th Anniversary of Hiroshima, Nagasaki Bombing

The 99% Expose Dangerous Triad of 1%/Obama Administration/Nuclear Power

August 6 is always a day of remembrance of those who suffered and perished in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, as atomic bombs killed at least 225,000 and riddled the country’s populations with birth defects and cancers. Today, in NYC, San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Alamos, New Mexico, activists will be calling for a day to “Occupy Nukes” to: highlight the costly and continued development of nuclear weapons; reveal the very real human and environmental health hazards of nuclear power technology; expose the profitable alliance between the government and 1% corporations who are profiting from US nuclear capabilities.

Our government ignores radioactive pollution from the corporations that fund elections, and the people are unprotected from the nuclear threat. The actions planned around the country today, draw connections between nuclear weapons and nuclear power, Hiroshima and Fukushima, Japanese and US reactors. It calls attention to the hazards of nuclear waste and the peril in which corporate greed coupled with the US government’s backing puts us all.

New York City, 5:30pm, GE Headquarters, 30 Rockefeller Plaza
Demonstrators will hold a melt-in (like a die-in but soggier) at GE, builder of the melted-down reactors at Fukushima. In the wake of this disaster, GE is trying to build a new uranium enrichment facility in Wilmington, NC.

There is a day-long non-violent protest in Los Alamos, New Mexico, at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, ground zero for US nuclear weapons development. More info on the Los Alamos action can be found here (http://interoccupy.net/newswire/occupy-new-mexico-national-call-for-civil-disobedience-august-3-6-2012/)

Also, at the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco, 50 Fremont Street, 2 PM, followed by a march to northern California’s main power provider, PG&E. More about San Francisco’s action here (http://occupyoakland.org/2012/07/shut-down-not-melt-down-anti-nuclear-action/)

Groups participating in Occupy Nukes: OWS Environmental Solidarity, (Un)Occupy Albuquerque, Occupy Santa Fe, Occupy San Francisco Environmental Justice Working Group, Coalition Against Nukes, No Nukes Action, Green Action for Health and Environmental Justice, Nuke Free Now!, War Resisters League, Catholic Worker Movement, Shut Down Indian Point Now, Abolition 2000 NY Metro, Brooklyn for Peace, Pax Christi, Todos Somos Japon

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. We are the 99% organizing to end tyranny of the 1%.
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New Legal Reports Released on Police Suppression of Occupy Movement

A national consortium of law school clinics, lawyers, professors and other legal experts, including the NYCLU are launching their thorough assessments of the local, national, and global repression of the Occupy Movement by police and government agencies. The full press release and link to a 132-page report by the Protest and Assembly Rights Project is below. Additionally, tomorrow morning, the New York Civil Liberties Union will unveil their own ongoing monitoring project of NYPD’s heavy-handed policing of Occupy Wall Street as well as harassment of people engaged in protests and other First Amendment protected activities. That info will be posted at www.nyclu.org/protest. Continue reading

Urban Farm Activists Re-Enter Gill Tract, Assert Access

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10:50 AM; JULY 7, 2012

WHAT: Urban Farm Activists Re-Enter Gill Tract, Assert Access is the Issue WHERE: Gill Tract, Albany, CA at the intersection of Marin Ave. and San Pablo Ave.
CONTACT: Anya Kamenskaya (415) 812-4793; Effie Rawlings (415) 215-5464

At 9:40 AM on July 7, 2012, urban farm activists re-entered the Gill Tract in Albany, CA to harvest crops planted during the 3-week occupation earlier this spring. The action came in response to UC and Albany City officials organizing an invite-only harvest party of the same crops. This date marks the first re-entry of urban farm activists on the land since UC Berkeley reasserted private control of Gill Tract through a police raid on May 14, 2012.

“The ‘community inclusion’ rhetoric put forth by UC Berkeley and the City of Albany has shown to be full of hot air. Since the Farm was raided, they have not had a single public discussion, yet feel they can railroad the development process through by calling an emergency council meeting on July 9th.” said Effie Rawlings, a recent UC Berkeley graduate and Occupy the Farm organizer.

The farmers say that the City and UC’s attempts to exclude the public are unacceptable, and that today’s action will not be the last, unless the access to land and decision making process becomes public.

“The involvement of the community in the occupation got the UC and City to discuss the preservation of this historic farmland.” said Anya Kamenskaya, a long time advocate for agroecological farming at Gill Tract. “We’re going to have to continue to push for transparency and inclusion every step of the way. The fact that the UC cancelled their invite-only work party and issued a statement yesterday admitting that the public deserves access to this farmland, shows that they are responding to us calling them out.”

During the occupation, the farmer-activists sowed crops in over 70 two-hundred foot rows. Only 40 rows remain, after the rest were plowed under by UC Berkeley to make way for corn-based research.

“I’m bummed about the condition of the crops.” said Corey Scher. “The weeds are choking everything out, and the plants have bolted from not being harvested. If we tended the whole way through, we would yield a much better harvest.”

Nearly a hundred people were harvesting crops and weeding rows planted during the occupation. Organizers maintain that public access to the land is the issue and that they will steward the Gill Tract as farmland indefinitely through direct action; if necessary.

Ashoka Finley, an Urban Agriculture teacher at Richmond High School, “want[s] the gates open for public access all the time. If deer are the issue then close the gates but don’t lock them. We’ll just keep on coming back.”

Organizers are mobilizing again at 6 PM on Monday, July 9th, for the ’emergency’ meeting of the Albany city council where the UC commercial development proposal of Gill Tract will be called into question.

By 10:50 AM, UC officials had yet to issue a response.

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