Occupy Wall Street Updates for the Week of May 29
Jason Collett: "I Wanna Rob a Bank"
On June 1st, Occupy Wall Street is coming home.
Join us at Liberty Plaza for a celebration of all we've done on the first nice Saturday of summer, and recommit to all we still have left to do together!
This Occupy Homecoming is designed to help us reconnect with each other, as well as to the great work that lies still before us. The struggle has continued on, and we have continued to struggle – but social distance has drawn us apart from the shared community we once so intimately embraced. We want to re-engage with each other so that we can draw on each others’ strength and share support in our challenge against the powers that be.
Head to occupyhomecoming.net for the full schedule.
We the people are too big to fail! Come Re-Occupy with us.
-- from the ‘Your Inbox: Occupied’ team
Occupy Homes Update
On May 20th homeowners and protesters gathered outside of the Department of Justice, to demand that Eric Holder hold bankers accountable for the foreclosure crisis. The protest, organized in part by Occupy Our Homes, led to the arrests of thirty and the tasing of a peaceful protester who was defending her rights as a homeowner.
At the Huffington Post , 23-year-old Carmen Pittman describes the horror of being tased out of the blue. See for yourself what that looks like and read Digby's blog post discussing the reasons why tasing is a cruel and unnecessary means of dealing with peaceful protesters.
The action drew a great deal of attention. A reporter at Forbes found himself reacquainted with an old friend. “I don’t know if Occupy Wall Street has been quiet lately or if I have just not been paying attention,” he said in some surprise. John Knefel at Rolling Stone offered broad coverage of the day. “Activists note with dismay,” he reports, “that the government has been significantly harder on people who stage nonviolent demonstrations against Wall Street than it has been on the crooked bankers responsible for the housing crisis.”
Alexis Goldstein offers up the day on Storify: “We’re hungry, we’re poor, we want to pay our rent! We must be a part of the 99%,” and finally, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-chair Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) gave his support to the protesters: “It’s time we had real accountability for the bankers who deceived the American people and wrecked our economy in 2008.”
Occupy Sandy and Oklahoma
The Occupy Sandy community is pulling together in support of those in Oklahoma who lost homes and lives in last week’s tornadoes. In areas hit, affected population lost homes and the other half lost their trailer homes, which are utterly destroyed in tornadoes. The Occupy movement continues to respond to those most harmed by extreme weather.
Spread the word about the registry, wepay and website which has regularly updated information at http://opokrelief.net/. Retweet messages from@OpOKRelief. Purchase needed supplies from the registry. Donate to the wepay. Volunteer: sign up here to get more information. Find a ride here. Share the facebook posts!
Occupy in the News
Huffington Post reports that since September 2011, almost 8,000 OWS protesters have now been arrested world wide in connection with the movement, while most disturbingly “not one banker has been prosecuted for the actions that lead up to the country’s financial meltdown.”
Democracy Now reports on the use of counterterrorism apparatus to monitor OWS.
occupywallstreet.net reports further on that story with the news that fusion center analysts have been paid to monitor the facebook pages of OWS activists.
Occupy organizer Carl Gibson is interviewed by David Swanson at Truthout.org to discuss the #OpGreenJobs march from Philadelphia to Washington, DC to Shut Down the Chamber.
Occupy These Actions & Events
Opening Tuesday, May 28th, 5:30 pm
Cooper Union Foundation Building, 7 East 7th St, Manhattan
The occupation of Cooper Union’s President’s Office continues, and OWS stands in solidarity with this action. They will host an exhibition and run a free school, opening Tuesday, May 28th in the Administrative Offices of the Foundation Building at 7 E 7th Street.
Wednesday, May 29th, 7:30am
NY State Capitol Building
We're going back to Albany on May 29th to pay our State Senators a visit and demand fair elections in New York State. Check out what happened the last time we were there a couple of weeks back. Just watch the video!
Thursday, May 30th, 9:00am
100 Center Street
Janna and Matt will be in trial together this Thursday, May 30th at 100 Centre Street to challenge the charges attached to a profiled arrest during the 1 year anniversary celebrations of Occupy Wall Street. More than anything, we would love for your beautiful faces and red squares to show the injustice system your solidarity with us.
Saturday, June 1st, 12pm
Fight Back: Families and Communities against Police Terror
Riverside Church, South Hall
Join a panel of police brutality victims along with family members from coast to coast who have lost loved ones to police violence. Hear their stories of struggles for justice and strategize on taking action within our communities, to confront police terror and hold them accountable for brutality and racist murder.
Wednesday, June 5th, 6pm
Martin Luther King Labor Center, SEIU
Socialists have been part of OWS from the very beginning. At this event, which includes some OWS participants as speakers, reflect on how to expand the socialist camp. This event, with seven different participating organizations, is not seen as a stand alone event. It is hoped that it will lead to not just broader discussions but more concrete steps towards unity of action as well.
Friday, June 7th, 6:30-9:30pm
This assembly and rally is to call into question the forced ticket quota system that negatively affects so many New Yorkers lives. From unfair to unnecessary parking tickets to stop and frisk we are ALL impacted in too many ways. This action is also in support of ‘The People’s Agenda’ which has been created to address the needs and help to mobilize the 99% for NYC mayoral elections in November 2013.
Saturday, June 8th, 3:40pm
OWS Alternative Banking Meeting at the Left Forum
Session 3, Room E325, Pace University
We shall focus on strategies to reform the financial system, or other topics as voted on by participants. We will start with a short explanation of the Occupy meeting process as practiced at our meeting. We will provide two experienced facilitators, Cathy O'Neil, Linda Brown, and Nicholas Levis. The meeting will also be attended by members of our sister group, Occupy the SEC, who will describe their recent activities. We hope that many others will also participate and discuss their strategies and efforts as well. This is an open, public meeting. OWS Alternative Banking is in the process of writing a book provisionally titled, "Occupy the Financial System."
Sunday, June 9th, 12:00pm
Session 6, Room W612
This will be a roundtable discussion open to all, starting with thoughts from participants in Occupy neighborhood general assemblies in Astoria, Kensington and Harlem.