October 5, 2016
Contact: Mindy Rosso 716-704-5941
Occupy Buffalo Fifth Anniversary
Who: Occupy Buffalo and Supportive Community Organizations
When: October 5th
Where: Niagara Square ( 1 Niagara Square, Buffalo New York)
5 Years ago people from all walks of life within our community converged upon Niagara Square and stayed there through rain through snow and countless challenges, signs in hand, tents on the ground. We did so in the wake of The Occupy Wall Street Movement which sparked off at Zuccotti Park in NYC and grew into a global movement for change. Occupy Wall street had a powerful impact on how this country perceives and responds to inequality and oppression. Occupy Buffalo worked to do the same in our own community. Since we were forcefully removed from Niagara Square On February 2, 2012 many social, economic and racial justice movements have grown in our stead to resist the injustices that plague our communities. From Standing Rock and Black Lives Matter on the national stage to groups of concerned individuals on Moselle street in the Eastside and the Fruit belt.
On Wednesday October 5, we intend to come together to reflect on the past five years. Celebrate our victories, remember our losses and discuss solutions which challenge the 1% and the 99% to see that we are all in this together and we are better and more powerful together. We want to encourage and inspire each member of our community to consider how we can create a more functionally just city, country and world Together. We are encouraging everyone to attend and take part in the celebration regardless of political, economic, spiritual, cultural and racial background. We want to inspire hope for a brighter tomorrow in a time where it seems there isn’t much to be had. We love to see our leaders, police, media and citizens reflect that same sentiment.
Occupy Buffalo set out with the specific objective to get the City of Buffalo to divest its holdings from JP Morgan Chase. As of now the City has moved 2/3rd of its holdings to local banks and late last year, JP Morgan Chase closed its branch and Buffalo offices. We expect that continued pressure will result in full divestment. Although many of our participants have moved their energy into more specific efforts from art to bank reform in the city, the spirit of Occupy is still alive and pushing for change in Buffalo and around the globe. We are here. We are aware. Get Used to it.
Occupy Buffalo is currently in negotiations with the City of Buffalo on a lawsuit related to the forced eviction of the movement’s encampment four years ago.