Posted 2 weeks ago on Jan. 2, 2013, 1:48 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
The People’s Reconstruction Series is a sequence of educational encounters, organized by Occupy University, that address several issues related to Hurricane Sandy. Each encounter will gather at Bluestockings
(172 Allen St. New York, NY 10002) and feature a presentation followed
by horizontal discussion. We hope to provide a space for people to
collectively reflect on the politics of climate disaster in New York
More info: RSVP on Facebook
Encounter 1, “Rising Water”
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
*What are the politics of climate change at local, national, and international levels?
Encounter 2, “Individual Consequences”
Thursday, January 17, 2013
*How are individuals affected financially, emotionally, and otherwise by
climate change? Specific emphasis will be given to communities in New
York City impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Encounter 3, “Community Response”
Thursday, January 24, 2013
*What can communities do to address immediate threats and consequences
of climate change as well as address systemic injustices disasters like
Posted 2 weeks ago on Jan. 2, 2013, 1:07 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
tar sands blockade,
link to background information on Houston's toxic East End,
more info on projects going on in Manchester such as the Free Store, and
photos from other events. For more information contact
On Thursday, December 27th, in Houston, TX residents of the Manchester
neighborhood joined in unity with anarchist community organizers, Tar
Sands Blockaders, Occupiers, leaders from TEJAS (Texas Environmental
Justice Advocacy Services), and hunger strikers Diane Wilson and Bob
Lindsey, now in their 33rd day of a sustained hunger strike to protest
Valero’s involvement with the Keystone XL Pipeline and ultimately their
presence in this community. Movements like Occupy Wall Street have given
rise to resistance movements that aim to prove that another world is
Anarchists and Tar Sands Blockaders
have been organizing in Houston’s toxic East End. For the past two months
they have been working to cultivate a community of resistance in the fence-line
neighborhood of Manchester. This was most recently displayed when
residents of Manchester cheered on Diane Wilson and Bob Lindsey, after they chained
their necks to industrial trucks outside this Valero refinery during a
TSB action. People came out into the streets and began chanting, “Shut
down Valero! Protect Manchester” and, “What do we want? Clean air! When
do we want it? NOW!” Diane and Bob began a hunger strike immediately
after being arrested for their actions. They were taken to the Harris
County Jail where they were made to endure torturous and illegal conditions.
Anarchists and Tar Sands Blockaders
helped to facilitate the gathering based on principles of mutual aid and
solidarity. A barbecue was held less than one block away from the Valero
refinery that poisons the neighborhood.
A sign proclaimed, “EVERYONE WELCOME! TODⒶS BIENVENIDⒶS!” and was
accompanied by a free store containing many warm clothing items, books
from Tony Diaz’s project, Librotraficante, live music from an Occupy Wall Street
member, and toys for children collected and donated by Cherri Foytlin.
Cherri, an indigenous woman, and mother of six from Louisiana, chained
herself to a Keystone XL Pipeyard gate on October 24th, a Tar Sands
“From destructive tar sands development that destroy
indigenous sovereignty and health at the route’s start to the toxic
emissions that will lay further burden on environmental justice
communities along the Gulf of Mexico, this pipeline not only
disproportionately affects indigenous frontline communities but its clear
that it will bring death and disease to all in its path.”
Residents and allies marched the half block to the neighborhoods only park
sitting in the shadow of the Valero refinery and it's insidious smokestacks to issue new demands on the
corporate giant. “We demand to know what you are forcing us to breathe!
¡Exigimos saber lo que nos están obligando a respirar!” The community
came together in a celebration of unity and strength. The following day,
a young woman from the community who helped to write a demand letter to
amplify the all too often silenced voices of Manchester, made her way to
San Antonio. The president and CEO of Valero, William Kleese, lives there
in a multi-billion dollar home in a gated community with a security check
point. The young woman, Yudith, intended to speak directly to Kleese but
no one came to the door. Yudith left a copy of this
letter on the holiday wreath on Kleese's door.
Posted 3 weeks ago on Dec. 22, 2012, 12:05 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
tar sands blockade
Occupy Denver stands in
solidarity with The Tar Sands Blockade, and is calling for national and
international mobilization and solidarity actions against the
construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Tar sands giant TransCanada
has begun construction on the southern leg of the Keystone XL.
Leading NASA Climate Scientist James Hansen has called the Keystone XL
“game over” for the climate, and Americans are already feeling the heat.
The pipeline will make TransCanada rich while encroaching on ranch
lands, poisoning Texas’ working class communities, and destroying the
environment that makes the lone star state so beautiful.
Kick off the new year by demonstrating your resistance to Keystone XL!
Join us for another mass action in Southeast Texas on Monday, January
7th, including a 3 day training camp leading up to the big event. Our
trainings and events are open and include roles for everyone ready to
defend our homes from toxic tar sands.
RSVP right now so we can know how many people to expect.
SCHEDULE (Jan. 3rd – 8th):
Thursday, Jan. 3rd – Travel & Arrival
Friday, Jan. 4th – Day 1: Direct Action Training Camp
Saturday, Jan. 5th – Day 2: Direct Action Training Camp
Sunday, Jan. 6th – Day 3: Direct Action Training Camp
Monday, Jan. 7th – Mass Action to Stop Keystone XL
Tuesday, Jan. 8th – Debrief and Depart
Questions? Contact: 972-439-5310, TSBComms@riseup.net
Tar Sands Blockade is a coalition of Texas and Oklahoma landowners
and climate justice organizers using peaceful and sustained civil
disobedience to stop the construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar
As a grassroots campaign, we are funded entirely by the generosity of
individual donors. Meaning that every dollar of your contribution goes
directly into stopping TransCanada and the Keystone XL tar sands
pipeline where it matters most. The Tar Sands Blockade is one of the
most important resistance actions in the nation. If you can’t join us,
you can still help. Please consider donating.
Wish List tarsandsblockade.org/donate-3/wishlist/
And please join our E-Action to help continue to spread awareness and support our people on the ground.
Posted 1 month ago on Dec. 18, 2012, 4:20 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
WE DEMAND THAT THE IRRESPONSIBLE AND THE UNPUNISHED
GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, BANKERS AND CEO’S WITHDRAW FROM THE DEMOCRATIC
PROCESS WE ARE CREATING AT THIS MOMENT IN SLOVENIA.
We know exactly what we don’t want. Let us speak to each other what
we want; what we desire as individuals, what we desire as a community.
We need to open all the possibilities, all channels, all flows to talk
about pain, oppression, violence, as well as hopes and visions. We need
to listen to each other and to know that we are able to take the steps
and enter the path of building such a democratic society, where even the
weakest voice is heard, and one’s pain everyone’s pain.
Violence, injustice, intimidation and arrogance can no longer find
refuge in our country. Theft and economic looting must be punished, and
undue oppression of the people put to an end. We have to put the
concepts of equality, reciprocity, fairness and dignity into action.
Only through action and activity we can find our way to where we want to
go and how to get there. Strategy and vision development can not be
generated or delegated by the few; we must all make an effort to
determine our collective future.
We have risen! We have conquered fear. In exactly two weeks, Slovenia
has had a total of 54 uprisings in 28 cities: Maribor, Ljubljana, Ptuj,
Gornja Radgona, Jesenice, Kranj, Bled, Koper, Nova Gorica, Novo mesto,
Velenje, Ajdovščina, Trbovlje, Celje, Dravograd, Ravne na Koroškem,
Krško, Brežice, Izola, Murska Sobota, Bohinjska Bistrica, Lendava,
Trebnje, Slovenske Konjice, Litija, Kočevje, Radenci. Over 77,500 people
took the streets, according to reports from all over Slovenia, though
of course media, police and politicians counted our numbers several
thousand less. They trivialize our fight and they will continue to do
that. They can’t hide our numbers, because the streets belong to those
who care about the country and want to change what has been forced upon
us over the last 20 years. In order not to lose the future, we have to
take back the freedom and power of our votes!
Repressive authorities have detained 254 people in Slovenia, some of
them still remain in custody. Young people are locked in jail because
Minister of Interior Gorenak claims they will return to the protests.
Thousands return regardless, for we are not all in jail! We are the
mothers of the arrested children, we are all the friends, families and
supporters who will return to the streets and participate in the
uprisings until we achieve change. As long as there are children
confined, no one is free! Young people can not be criminalized by the
very people who have stolen all the prospects of their future, by those
that violently choke the protests that are the only channel available
for the people to express their collective will. The never ending
violence of capitalism goes unchecked, and meanwhile the attacks of
rulers and marshals continue in impunity, without responsibility or
accountability. What they call riots have emerged from the state of fear
and poverty, into which we as citizens were pushed. We demand tears of
joy, not tear gas!
Posted 1 month ago on Dec. 18, 2012, 12:23 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
On Wednesday, December 12th, members of (de)Occupy Honolulu filed a
lawsuit against the City & County of Honolulu, Wesley Chun (Director
& Chief Engineer of Department of Facilities Maintenance), Trish
Morikawa (County Housing Coordinator), and Sergeant Larry Santos
(Honolulu Police Department), over deprivation of civil rights during
raids on the encampment, in the U.S. District Court for the District of
Hawai`i. On Monday, December 17th, a Temporary Restraining Order has
been issued, until the Preliminary Injunction hearing in a month,
dealing with raids of Thomas Square. All defendants have either quit
their jobs or retired since the last raid at Thomas Square, the day
The lawsuit focus on the city & county’s abuse of Ordinance 10-29
(AKA Bill 39), which limits the use of sidewalks after pushing
(de)Occupy to the sidewalk, and Ordinance 11-029 (AKA Bill 54), which
allows the Department of Facility Maintenance, Housing, Parks, and HPD
to traumatize, steal, and brutalize the vulnerable houseless population
Since the (de)Occupy camp was established on November 5, 2011, the
movement has been fighting against Ordinance 11-029, which was used as a
tool to repress freedom of speech within hours of being signed into
law. City ordinances like Bill 39 and Bill 54 criminalize the houseless.
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals stated in Tony Lavan v. City of
Los Angeles, “For many of us, the loss of our personal effects may pose a
minor inconvenience. However, . . . the loss can be devastating for the
“Houseless rights are human rights. We have been standing vigil 24/7
for over a year. During that time the city has repeatedly stolen and
destroyed our collective and personal property, including car
registrations, medications, and bedding of protesters and the houseless
alike,” says Sugar Russell, plaintiff. “The city has humiliated people
using intimidation and violence. This is what the government does to
people who are willing and able to stand up and document abuse and
“The fight is not over until the peoples’ voice means more than
corporate money! (de)Occupy Honolulu is determined to shut down the
unconstitutional ordinances of Bill 39 and Bill 54 throughout the County
of Honolulu. Prioritizing programs like job placement, rehabilitation,
and housing first will show a better return in value for both the
community, and the thousands of houseless on the island,” says plaintiff
Christopher Nova Smith. “Restructuring the assistance housing funds to
mirror Hawaii County’s plan could offset the financial strain on the
community. By investing in the value of people, the City and County of
Honolulu can save taxpayers millions of dollars while promoting equal
civil rights and community sustainability.”
DeOccupy Honolulu // www.DeOccupyHonolulu.org
Facebook: OccupyHonolulu // Twitter: #OHNL