IO Newsletter 8/13/14
NEWS FROM AROUND OCCUPY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Together We Rose! Occupy’s Third National Gathering
In Sacramento, July 31 – Aug. 3, the Occupy movement came together for reflection, learning, planning, sharing—and yes, marching! Despite drought and heat of 100°+, Occupiers from up and down the West Coast, as well as other areas of the country (and a few from elsewhere on the globe) shared 5 days of activism and discussion.
Watch the GAs and more on these stream channels:
Here is some of the exciting news to come out of the GAs and other interactions at NatGat2014:
2014 OCCUPY NATIONAL GATHERING STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINE PRESS RELEASE
OCCUPY NATIONAL GATHERING STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINE
D’andre Teeter, stopmassincarceration, brought a proposal for NatGat attendees to endorse the Month of Non-Violent Resistance Against Mass incarceration, which was passed July 31.
“Occupy has distinguished itself as being one of the great moments in recent history of the United States when people came together from all walks of life, different races, different creeds, different political positions and all came together around something that was absolutely urgent and necessary.
In that spirit, I am really calling on people to take up this month of mass resistance vs. mass inc that can bring together many many people –a big tent, a big occupy tent, where occupy can actually rejuvenate its energy and reach out to many people in the press community that we have not reached out to before.”
http://new.livestream.com/accounts/9447130/events/3240599/videos/58188745 c. 25:00-26:40
THE 2014 OCCUPY NATIONAL GATHERING ENDORSES A MONTH [OCTOBER] OF NON-VIOLENT RESISTANCE AGAINST MASS INCARCERATION
A CALL FOR A MONTH OF RESISTANCE TO MASS INCARCERATION, POLICE TERROR, REPRESSION AND THE CRIMINALIZATION OF A GENERATION!
For 2 generations, Black and Latina/Latino youth in the U.S. have been shipped off to prison in numbers never before seen anywhere in the world at any time. More than 2 million people, of all nationalities languish in prison — ten times the number 50 years ago. The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prison population! More than 60% of those in U.S. prisons are Black or Latina/o. 32% of Black men between the ages of 20 and 29 are in prison or on parole or probation on any given day. More than 80,000 people in prison are held in solitary confinement.
The Stop Mass Incarceration Network
A working group of folks from around the country has continued the work started by the 2011 Demands and Objectives survey results of Occupy LA, to help solidify our unity, declare our non-violence, summarize what we want, and grow our movement. Please stay tuned for upcoming conference calls if you would like to be involved in this work.
Please help advance this proposal and work by signing the Petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/voice-to-the-voiceless-solidarity-declaration
VOICE TO THE VOICELESS SOLIDARITY DECLARATION
Voice to the Voiceless Solidarity Declaration Discussion on Loomio
Katherine Dawn, visiting from Australia, and advocating for an International Gathering in counterpoint to the G20 meeting in Brisbane, Australia, in November 2014, wrote a piece on her reflections:
AN AUSSIE’S REFLECTIONS ON OCCUPY NATGAT 2014 AND WHERE TO FROM HERE
We have been doing a lot of organizing and having lots of discussions on Loomio this year; Loomio.org was created by members of Occupy New Zealand and shares many conceptual similarities: how to include the 99 percent in decision-making. Here is the link to our organizing group there: https://www.loomio.org/g/FbxnmrQ2/occupy-national-gathering-organizing-group
The Occupy National Gathering was planned using InterOccupy tools and services. InterOccupy seeks to foster communication between individuals, Working Groups and local General Assemblies, across the movement. We do this in the spirit of the Occupy Movement and general assemblies which use direct democratic and horizontal decision-making processes in service to the interests of the 99%.