News Briefings Kick-Off National Occupy Gathering Thursday
at State Capitol; Occupiers from Throughout U.S. Discuss
Social, Economic and Environmental Injustice
SACRAMENTO – The third Occupy National Gathering begins here Thursday at the State Capitol (North Steps), and will run through August 3 – it will begin officially with an opening
News Conference at 9:15 a.m. Thursday/July 31 at the State Capitol (North Steps).
NOTE: There will also be a 12 Noon National Press Conference Call. Contact Liz Myers (Liz@airoccupy.com or 386-214-9551). Journalists are advised to preregister for the teleconference in order to have a unique PIN number and the proper phone number by clicking on the link or entering it in a browser in the copy below of a recent tweet::
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Nat Gat 2014 – which will emphasize that the Occupy campaign that began in New York City in 2011 continues to be an ongoing effective movement to promote social, economic and environmental justice. Nat Gat 2014 will include four days of teach-ins and workshops, films and actions for hundreds of participants from all over the nation. Previous national gatherings were held in Kalamazoo and Philadelphia.
Among the themes to be tackled at the Gathering are injustices caused by economic inequality, the prevalence of government/corporate corruption, the problem of student debt, new attacks on the rights of indigenous peoples, and the dangers of fossil fuels and their impact on global climate change.
The Nat Gat 2014 (subject to change) schedule (http://interoccupy.net/natgat2014/occupy-national-gathering-2014-schedule/) includes workshops on the following topics:
1) A Homeless Bill of Rights; 2) Proposed Robin Hood Tax; 3) The National Fight Against Home Foreclosures; 4) Campaigns For Media Reform; 5) How To Do Video Livestreaming; and 7) Jesus As A Radical Economic Activist. Other activities will include anti-racism training, and panel discussions on Native American sovereignty and immigrant/refugee rights, among many others.
Organizers note that despite the brutal attacks by police against occupiers in 2011 and 2012, there are active Occupy groups on every continent except Antarctica working for political change.