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Direct Action Highlight: #GlobalNoise Day of Action

#globalNOISE is a call to action proposed by Spanish #15M activists to show solidarity between international movements through a coordinated global action to make some noise. Groups from all around the world will bang pots, blast music, sing, and shout to highlight the concerns of major importance to their local communities. The call to action now has the support of several people & groups from around the globe such as: InterOccupy, Canada, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Slovenia, Sudan, South Korea

Right now, #globalNOISE is collecting feedback from worlds’ assemblies and groups to try to spread the word about the proposal.

They are asking you to bring this proposal to your local assembly or nearest group to coordinate a single global action though grassroots organizing.

Help organize at the #globalNOISE InterOccupy hub.

Visit #globalNOISE on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Direct Action Highlight: Convergence to Block the Return to Class

Montreal – August-13th to 17th

Since February, students across Quebec have been on strike against a 75% tuition hikes. These students have maintained picket lines, disrupted classes, blocked bridges, and continually taken the streets in fierce resistance to the neoliberal agenda of the Charest Liberal government.

The week of August 13-17 is a crucial moment for the student strike. Either the strike will be crushed by Charest’s “special law”, or the strike will continue, with the support of individuals from all over Quebec, Ontario, the Maritimes and the USA converging onto Montreal between August 13-17.

Join us in the streets and on the picket lines at CÉGEPs throughout this week.

Consult http://bloquonslarentree.com for more details about housing and other useful information for anyone considering coming to Montreal to re-inforce the student strike.

All out against the “special law”! Block the return to classes!

BACK TO CLASS MEANS BACK ON STRIKE!

Read the InterOccupy Newswire Article

Direct Action Highlight: #S17 All Roads Lead to Wall Street

#S17 CALL TO ACTION

Last September 17th, as part of a wave of global protest, people from across the country raced to the heart of New York’s financial district to occupy Wall Street. In the face of big banks foreclosing on our homes, killing our jobs, buying up our democracy, and turning our environment into just another toxic asset, you showed up, and we became the 99%.

On September 15-17th, join us in this fight for our country, our world – this fight for our lives.

For years, people all over the world have been crippled by the corporate greed of the 1%. They built their bonuses out of stolen pensions of teachers, civil servants, and our neighbors. We pay for their welfare. They bet and borrow against our future. We drown in debt. So who is really in debt to whom? Now our elected representatives want us to embrace austerity–work harder for less, retire later (if at all), and say goodbye to our fundamental labor protections. They’re betting on our obedience. They’re betting wrong.

Join us for three days of education, celebration and resistance to economic injustice with permitted convergences and assemblies, concerts, and mass civil disobedience. 

Here’s what we have planned. Get creative with us—help organize

For every crumbling aspect of our society, the cause of the ruin can be traced back to corporate greed. Follow the money. All roads lead to Wall Street. And in the days and weeks before (and long after) September 17th, we will be here, demanding a system that puts the health of our communities over the profits of the 1%. We are the 99%.

Can’t join us in NYC? It’s just as important that we Occupy Main Street. Pick a local target that embodies corporate greed—occupy your state Capitol building like the people of Wisconsin, or a chamber of commerce conference as they did in D.C. Take inspiration from revolutionary occupations worldwide, from the railroads of India to the rivers of the Amazon to the streets of Spain. Wall Street has occupied our entire planet. What do you have to say about that?

Visit S17NYc.org for more information.

Find a solidarity action happening near you here: http://wiki.occupy.net/wiki/S17_Solidarity

Organize a rideshare at occupywallst.org/rides

Interested in helping organizing or outreach efforts? Join the #S17 InterOccupy organizing hub.

Direct Action Highlight: Hood Week (July 20–22)

Occupy the Hood has organized a national day of action—dubbed “Hood Week”—where OTH chapters from all over the country will come together for community building, positive networking, education, and empowerment. OTC chapters will converge in Atlanta for Hood Week over the July 20-22 weekend to promote peace and unity within neighborhoods.

Occupy the Hood is an affinity group working to bring more people of color and their concerns to the Occupy movement. To learn more visit them on the web at www.officialoccupythehood.org or on Facebook or Twitter.

HOOD WEEK SCHEDULE

FRIDAY (July 20th, 2012)

Occupy The Hood Meet & Greet!
8PM-2AM

An evening of introduction and positive networking. Buy  tickets in advance here. Hurry, tickets are limited.

The OTH Meet & Greet will Feature:

• Occupy The Hood National Chapters
• The artwork of local Atlanta artists
• Tattoo artist on rooftop
• Conscious poets

SATURDAY (July 21th, 2012)

“Unity Day” Occupy Your Mind!

Grow something! Teach something! A day of building, workshops and community service designed to educate, engage and empower. Email OTH at HoodWeekATL@gmail.com for vending or sponsorship info.
SUNDAY (July 22th, 2012)

Occupy The Hood Presents: “Rep Your Hood” Blowout BBQ Finale
2PM-9AM
Maddox Park (1142 Donald Lee Hollowell Pky Nw, Atlanta, GA 30318)

This will be a family reunion style event, because we are FAMILY! Several activities, music artists and informational speakers will be there. All we need is YOU, and your dish and/or drink.

 

There are several community organizations (local and national) slated to donate their time and resources to this cause. Occupy the Hood would love to have your assistance in this effort as well. You can reach them at  Occupythehoodatl@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/OccupyTheHoodAtlanta for further info/sponsorship packages.

Also, please consider donating on WePay to help make Hood Week a success.

Protest the 1% at Bohemian Grove

Post originally appeared on Occupy.com

Photo: Plaque outside the Bohemian Club’s San Francisco clubhouse.

Occupy groups from Santa Rosa, San Francisco, Portland, Sebastopol and Petaluma are joining twenty other social justice activist organizations to protest the powerful 1% elites partying at the secretive Bohemian Grove in Monte Rio, California, from July 14 to 29.

A few thousand rich and wealthy men, former presidents and titans of industry among them, have gathered every summer for 133 years in a private 2,800 acre ancient redwood retreat to celebrate themselves with parties, entertainment and speakers. Bohemian Club members and their guests will hold a Cremation of Care ceremony July 14 where they symbolically burn the cares of the world before a giant owl in a bizarre annual ritual. Join us while we protest the 1% billionaire elites.

Open Letter to San Francisco Bohemian Club

July 4, 2012

Mr. Robert J. Boesch President San Francisco Bohemian Club 624 Taylor Street San Francisco, CA 94102

Dear Mr. Boesch,

Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored has joined a coalition of some twenty-five social justice organizations and occupy groups to protest the San Francisco Bohemian Club’s practices at your annual summer encampments.

We are holding an Occupy Bohemian Grove protest in Monte Rio on July 14. Occupy groups from five cities are involved in protesting your annual summer encampment of the rich and powerful 1%. Given that it takes $588,000 in assets to be in the top 1% of the world richest people, we believe that a significant portion of your members fit this category.

Our group has attended the planning meetings for this protest, and want to inform you about the days events and make some policy recommendations for the Club to consider.

The Occupy Bohemian Grove coalition is planning a four hour public assembly from noon to 4:00 on July 14. During that time there will be speakers, music and a creation of care ceremony in opposition to your cremation of care and private talks by policy elites at the Grove. KPFA radio will broadcast live from Monte Rio, No Lies Radio will video feed the proceedings on the internet, and Russia Today TV will be filming and interviewing activists.

We are not planning or promoting civil disobedience or trespassing on Grove property as part of the protest. We are not organizing a march on the Grove, as has been done in the past. Some curious participants may walk up the Bohemian Highway to see your gates.

Recommendations to the San Francisco Bohemian Club in a time of Occupy the 1%.

Whereas:

The 2,000 acre retreat, now privately held near Monte Rio, California, is in part an ancient old growth redwood forest with trees over one thousand years of age and;

The San Francisco Bohemian Club continues to exclude women from membership and;

Significant public leaders in the world give private keynote addresses (chats) on a daily basis on important policy issues, and;

The private happenings inside the summer retreat boundaries face continuing unproven rumors regarding nefarious behaviors and insider deals made by powerful elites.

We recommend that:

  1. The Bohemian Grove recognize the rights of humankind to enjoy a fair share of the common heritage of the ancient redwood forest by opening the Grove to tours on a regular basis when club members are not assembled—
  2. The Bohemian Club begin a policy of admitting women and arranging the Grove to accommodate both genders—
  3. The lakeside chats and other addresses by key policy officials be made public on-line and transcripts prepared and published—
  4. The Cremation of Care ceremony be transformed into a building of unity of care in the world and the ceremony be made public on-line—
  5. The Bohemian Club set up an on-line live feed from the main stage and field circle, as events are occurring.

We strongly believe in full transparency of public figures giving lectures to a select few men and we believe that the privacy of your events is unnecessary in a time of increasingly inequality between the 1% and the 99%.

We think that the San Francisco Bohemian Club can demonstrate a belief in an open transparent democratic society by simply changing a few of your historical policies. As symbolic representatives of the top 1% in the world, it is time for you to exercise a responsibility to help build a fair sharing of the world’s resources starting with your own Club.

This letter has been publicly released. We trust you will take our recommendations seriously.

Sincerely,

Peter Phillips President Media Freedom Foundation

Direct Action Highlight: National Occupy Guitarmy 99 Mile March

The Occupy Guitarmy is spearheading a #99MileMarch from Philadelphia to New York City from July 5 to July 11, 2012 in honor of Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday on July 14, 2012 and in celebration of the National Gathering of the Occupy movement.

They are actively seeking: daily, overnight, and long haul marchers, daily location event organizers, street medics, guitar techs, kitchen staff, live-streamers, caravan vehicles, oral historians, and general volunteers. If you are interested in marching, volunteering, or supporting please visit www.99milemarch.org to coordinate with them in advance.

The Occupy Guitarmy is calling for a National Guitarmy to convene in Philadelphia for a July 4 show of solidarity in performing “This Land Is Your Land” at Independence Mall. The next day, we will embark on a 99 mile journey of song and community as we march back to New York City singing songs from the Guthrie catalog, as well as social justice favorites such as “We Shall Not Be Moved,” “Which Side Are You On?” and “El Pueblo Unido.” All songs, chords, and lyrics can be found on our website (www.occupyguitarmy.tumblr/com and 99milemarch.com)

Along the seven day journey, the Occupy Guitarmy will stop in local communities to teach and learn songs, discuss issues facing local residents, and perform with local musicians. We welcome musicians, marchers, teachers, union members, community music groups, summer camps, marching bands, rock bands, hip hop crews, and any other musical or social justice groups to join us on our daily walks and our daily stops.

We hope to raise awareness of the importance of music as part of our civic culture, and discuss the negative impact of the erosion of public arts education funding in the last decades. Each mile that we march we ask to have sponsored by supporters through a walk-a-thon for the K-12 school instrument donation group Mr.Holland’s Opus Foundation.

We will also be collecting stories of local musicians, teachers, students, parents, and everyday folks about the role of public school music programming in their lives, about current and past budget cuts to music programs, and about feasible local, regional, and national solutions for these problems.

Once the Occupy Guitarmy begins its journey, we will feature live streaming, daily blogging, and tweeting, and actively invite media and everyday folks to share and discuss our action. For more information and details on how to get involved, visit 99milemarch.org and @99MileMarch

Direct Action Highlight: #MicCheckWallSt Money Drop

This Fourth of July #MicCheckWallSt, a Seattle based think tank, will declare independence from Citizens United—the Supreme Court ruling which declared money as speech, corporations as people, and effectively paved the way for unlimited corporate political influence through monetary contributions.

How will #MicCheckWallSt make their message heard? By using the very tool that is silencing us all: money. On July 4, 2012, #MicCheckWallSt will be throwing thousands of printed dollar bills out into the streets of Seattle and as the bills go back into general circulation they’ll pass through the hands and minds of tens of thousands of Americans.

To encourage the amplification of this action, #MicCheckWallSt has put together a template so anyone anywhere can organize a coordinated money drop. Imagine hundreds of anti-Citizens United dollar bills falling down atop buildings that likely house the very corporations that pervert the use of money to see their interestes met despite the cost to the public.

Still not sure how this will work? Get more information and read #MicCheckWallSt’s call to action here: http://miccheckwallst.org/2012/05/21/4th-of-july-money-drop/

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How To Organize A Protest

Photo by Friends of The Earth International

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post submitted to us by Alyssa Vincent. As Occupy Together is rebuilding to help people plug into the movement and give them the tools and resources they need to become engaged, we thought this would be a great guest feature to highlight.

The Occupy Wall Street movement is back in force now that warmer weather is here. The movement’s critics say Occupy demonstrations are still unorganized, begging the question, “How do you arrange a protest?”

I asked Mike Mann, founder and author of Crime.org, how he coordinates protests for his organization. He had this valuable advice:

Step 1: Set a Goal and Identify Your Audience
It’s important to identify what you want to accomplish with your protest. Are you trying to raise awareness? Are you trying to change a policy or law?  Once you identify the goal, you then must identify your audience. If you’re trying to raise awareness, then the general public may be your target audience. However, if you’re trying to change a policy or law, your target audience will be much different.

Step 2:  Determine the Forum and Tone of your Protest
It’s important to determine a medium for your protest, and how the demonstration will proceed. Maybe the Internet would be the best forum for your demonstration. It worked well for those protesting the SOPA legislation. Perhaps your protest is better suited in a park or on a street corner. It depends on your goal.
Also determine the tone of your protest. Are you going to have a silent sit-in, or will your protest be loud and in your face? The tone will vary depending on what you are protesting and your goal.

Step 3: Set the Location, Date and Time of the Protest
Sometimes the location for your protest will be obvious, other times it won’t. If you are protesting a law, a government building where the law is being drafted would be an ideal location. But if you are protesting a business with many locations, pick the busiest spot. Check with city officials if you are expecting a large crowd.

The date and time will largely depend on your goal. If you are trying to raise awareness among the general public, then the weekend when people are out and about would be the best time. If you are targeting business executives, weekdays would perhaps be most beneficial.

Step 4: Prepare Content for the Protest
Once you have the location, date and time nailed down, it’s time to start creating content for the demonstration. Make picket signs and pamphlets to let people know what you are protesting. If your protest is online, create images and videos with embed codes so they can be easily shared. Finally, refer people to a website before, during and after the event, and put the Web address on all protest materials.

Step 5: Promote the Protest
Depending on your budget, there are many ways to promote a demonstration. From billboards to passing out fliers, there is something for everyone. Some low-cost things you can do to promote your protest include writing a press release, contacting the local media, utilizing social media and asking like-minded groups to use their resources to help spread the word.

Step 6: Stay Positive
Don’t get discouraged if you’re the only one who shows up — ride out the protest solo. You may have hecklers, but it’s important not to get caught up in arguing, hate or negativity. Other people observe your behavior, and you want to be respectful to everyone. The biggest mistake you could make is getting discouraged and feeling like what you’re doing isn’t making a difference. Stick with it. You might not change anyone’s mind during the protest, but understand you’re planting a seed that could grow.

Whether you’re planning a small local protest, or something more large scale, these basic steps will get you started. Don’t let a lack of knowledge stand in the way of voicing your opinion, it’s your First Amendment right to protest, don’t be afraid to exercise it.

Direct Action Highlight: Summer Disobedience School

I pledge disobedience
to the power of Wall Street
and the government of the 1 %
one No,
many Yeses
Another World is Possible
With Liberty and Justice for all!

Summer Disobedience School kicked off in NYC on May 26 and classes will be in session until Graduation Day—also known as Black Monday—September 17, the anniversary of the Liberty Square occupation.

Summer Disobedience School (SDS) is part training, part team building, and part skill share. It’s aim: to empower individuals to spearhead successful actions. Not to mention weekly infiltrations, interruptions, slowdowns, and blockades to remind to Wall Street we’re still hot at their heels.

From Summer Disobedience School:

A key priority in the OWSDS curriculum is the empowerment of new people to step up in planning and executing actions; to this end, OWSDS will involve a mentoring system in which those with more experience can “buddy up” with less experienced individuals to lend moral support and technical guidance. This “training of trainers” process can in turn be replicated and innovated by increasing numbers of people across time and space. Students will be encouraged to develop personal escalation calendars to track their own progress over the course of Summer School in advance of Graduation Day: September 17th, the one-year anniversary of OWS.

Think your town could use some disobedience lessons? OWS Direct Action is holding a Summer Disobedience School info session and Q&A on InterOccupy for anyone who is interested in learning more about SDS or wanting to organize SDS in their area.

Here’s the info:

Summer Disobedience School Info Session/Q&A
June 20, 2012 @ 5:30ET/2:30PT
Register via maestro

The call will take place directly before the Black Monday InterOccupy call so stay on the line if you’d like to learn about the national convergence of occupations in New York city on Black Monday.

For more info, download the OWS Direct Action Summer Disobedience School Workbook!

Direct Action Highlight: Occupy National Gathering

The Occupy National Gathering is a nationally coordinated event which will take place from June 30th to July 4th in Philadelphia. The Occupy movement will convene the Occupy National Gathering in the vicinity of Philadelphia’s Independence Mall for a week of direct actions, movement building and the creation of a vision for a democratic future. The National Gathering will kick off with a massive march with Healthcare-Now! and will conclude on July 5th when attendees will join the Guitarmy for a 99 mile march from Philadelphia to Wall Street in Lower Manhattan.

Perhaps the highlight of the gathering will be the crafting of a Vision of a Democratic Future. On July 4th the National Gathering (#natgat) will facilitate a visioning process designed to allow all voices to be heard while allowing repeat visions to organically rise to the top.  Together, by all those who choose to participate, a Vision of a Democratic Future will be conceived. Learn more about this and more here.

Want to get involved? Here’s how:

Organize
For the past couple of months Occupiers from all over the country have gathered via InterOccupy conference call to conceive of, and implement a strategy for, the Occupy National Gathering. This is the group that hase submitted the “Occupy National Gathering Proposal” to assemblies around the country. You can join them in organizing the final details as the National Gathering is gearing up. The planning calls happen weekly via the InterOccupy system on Tuesdays at 9PM EST. To join the call please register.

Spread the Word
Share the National Gathering on Facebook and Twitter (@OccupyNG) with your friends to raise awareness and bolster the National Gathering’s attendance.

Go to the National Gathering

RSVP to the Facebook Event Page and invite your friends to join you.

Need to find out how to get to Philly? Occupy Caravan is organizing travel from all over the country. To find out more visit occupycaravan.com or join Occupy Caravan’s weekly InterOccupy call by registering here.

Occupy Philly March. Originally posted at http://www.flickr.com/photos/princessvic/6224887626/