5.9.12 Wednesday 5:30-7:30p meeting

Wednesday 5.9.12 5.30-7.30p da meeting

Intros

Report backs

Agenda Items – bank of America action – answering the call for reoccupation – Chicago buses from NY for NATO – Trinity Church is pressing charges, action for June 10 – Summer Disobedience School meeting on Monday – da meeting space – Black Monday 9.17.12

– Bank of America action at Central Park 6.5.12 Shakespeare play until 6.30.12, another play follows this, discussion on having outreach at the park, suggestion to have actions targeting BofA in the park during the plays, staff and execs of BofA will be present, we should try to disrupt these plays

– call for occupying foley square on #M12 : 5.12.12 to answer the global call by the indignados to occupy public town squares proposal, we will occupy foley square from sun up to sun down and end the day with a loosely facilitated popular assembly from 7-10p at the end of the day – friendly amendment that we not announce that people leave foley, however, we announce that the popular assembly ends at 10pm and everybody is free to choose what they do past park closing time, proposal passed with overwhelming consensus !!

– Chicago bus trip from NY for NATO. Discussion, this free bus trip is sponsored by ben and jerry’s.

– summer disobedience school, will be every Saturday starting 5.26.12. days will be 12-5pm. Various actions throughout. Tactics like flash mobs will be utilized. There will be a shodow program to train new organizers. There will be a free university each week. Suggestions for having “community service”. Have a component of mutual aid and free university in the park where we run the actions from. Offer skill shares like facilitation, think tank, run a free store, offer services like clown tactics and free massages, etc.

– da meeting times for Saturday until summer disobedience school. Have other working groups meet each Wednesday in liberty square. This Saturday da meets in foley, next Saturday in liberty square.

– Trinity church is prosecuting 24 people for trespassing and other charges from D17. There is an action organized by Occupy Faith to get Trinity to drop the charges against activists from occupy wall street.

– Black Monday is September 17, #blackmonday. Actions in the financial district and shut down the financial district. Invite other occupations to join us in new york. This will be the one year anniversary of occupy wall street and the idea is to make it a massive day of action. Make Black Monday effective in shutting down. More affinity groups, more affinity actions, everybody should organize in an ag format. All Black Monday decisions should be made within the larger DA meetings and debriefs at the end of Summer Disobedience School. Organize bus trip to new york from occupations all over the country. Occupy Boston will bottom line getting other occupations to new york. Invite outer boroughs to lead teach ins at summer disobedience school.

Announcements :

– free open mic night tonight at yippie café – Saturday, #M12, will be an all day occupation of Foley Square, ending with a Popular Assembly from 7-10pm.

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5.6.12 Sunday 2-6p meeting minutes

AGENDA: 1. M12 2. TRINITY CHURCH 3. PLUS BRIGADES 4. DIRECT ACTION PRIORITIES 5. INCREASING PARTICIPATION IN DIRECT ACTION 6. DIRECT ACTION INVOLVEMENT WITH GENERAL ASSEMBLY 7. DIRECT ACTION MEETING TIMES-PROPOSAL FOR AMENDING TIMES/ PLACES

1. M12 -May 12 is a worldwide day of action calle

d for by the Indignados. While the indignados anniversary is on May 15 they are calling for solidarity in a worldwide day of action to include mainly re-occupying public spaces. -There are already actions being planned for that week and for May 12. A flyer was passed around listing the following actions: May 10-Opening General Assembly, May 11-Homes, Jobs, & Services, May 12-Food, Environment, & Health Global Day of Action, May 13-Police Brutality, Mass Incarceration, War & Immigrant Justice, May 14- Education and Student Debt, May 15-Global Day of Action. More information on these actions can be found at www.anothernyc.org.

2. TRINITY CHURCH -24 protestors were arrested on D17 at duarte square and are facing criminal trespass charges. The court date is June 11, 2012. The Rector/ CEO of Trinity was approached in public and in private. He was asked to drop the charges against the protestors and he declined. These protestors are facing sentences of weeks to months. -Ideas for actions were discussed to apply pressure to Trinity in the hopes of getting the charges dropped. The ideas for actions were: a weekly picket to coincide with the weekly peoples gong on wednesdays, singing and pamphleteering at the church targeting the parishioners, and occupying the sidewalk outside of trinity as hunger strikers did in the past, a book bloc using the bible as a prop. -Some comments about this were: that we should focus on separating the body (parishioners) of the church from the hierarchy of the church by illuminating to the body what the head is doing; a concern was voiced about a church being a target of direct action; occupy faith and other groups have discussed sending laity of other faiths to occupy attend the services there to illuminate this issue, a concern was raised that direct action is taking on too many small fights.

3. PLUS BRIGADES -meeting this saturday to discuss what are the goals/ ideas of plus brigades and to see what the plus brigade/ direct action interplay should or could look like. -a comment was made that plus brigades is a great way to add fun and play to activism with street theatre, fun, and games. -a comment was made that as some of those who have played an active role begin to step aside that new people need to be empowered and empower themselves to step up. -an idea was raised that the plus brigades meetings take place with direct action meetings to simplify things. -an idea was raised that plus brigades do more games, like consensus people chess, or silent ninja, just for fun.

4. DIRECT ACTION PRIORITIES – a comment was made that ows/ direct action should make a list of priorities of things that need changed in the world and how we can affect them. -a comment was made that direct action should empower others to step up and take direct action. possibly doing more outreach in the boroughs to empower many groups who already exist and are looking for a way to take action and create change in the world. -a comment was made that there is no harm in repeating actions, and in fact it is necessary. why not continue with action against the same target until they make changes. -a comment was made that global issues aren’t the strength of this group that we need to focus on more local issues. such as the auctions. things where we can get tangible results like with homelessness, sleeping on wall street, etc. -an idea was raised that during summer disobedience school direct action train on how to use mutual aid as a form of direct action. demonstrating mutual aid behaviors. -a comment was made that we need more big wins to bring people into the movement, that we are too scattered and have no central mechanism. -a comment was made the we need to be focused and legible. And that bringing new people in to step up would work better if we were more consistent.

5. INCREASING PARTICIPATION IN DIRECT ACTION -a comment was made that it needs to be more accessible to bring people in. some tools for this are: focusing, apprenticeships/ mentoring partnerships, central geographical location, consistent meeting times/ places. -a comment was made that we should use summer as an outreach opportunity. Go to coney island, queens, city island etc. to do plus brigade actions to show others what is going on and how they can plug in. -a comment was made that we should not burn people out who are willing to help and that others should step up when someone steps back. -a comment was made that we need to address world problems and solutions, that people come to direct action because they want to feel like they are going to change the world.

6. DIRECT ACTION INVOLVEMENT IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY -a comment was made that the GA didnt exist in any form that was supported by the main body. -a comment was made that there are too many actions being planned for each to go before the GA for consensus. -a comment was made that the GA gave direct action the imperative to operate autonomously from day one of occupy wall street. -a comment was made that for a while direct action would give an ‘approval’ to actions of other groups so the other groups would know they were a part of occupy and not a third party, but this became too restrictive so the practice was dropped.

7. DIRECT ACTION MEETINGS – The following proposal was put forth:

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Direct Action meetings be changed to Wednesdays @ Liberty Square from 5:30-730 following the peoples gong and cardboard roses and Saturday at the location of summer school, (at liberty until summer school begins) from 4-6p following summer disobedience school and that other working groups are informed of the wednesday meeting and invited to move their meeting times to Wednesday so they will coincide with direct actions so that we can coordinate and communicate with each other in Liberty Square. Also, a person should be appointed each week to take A out for a beer following the saturday meeting, as he rreeeeaaalllly misses his weekends. -the proposal was overwhelmingly consensed upon with no stand asides and no blocks. -an idea was raised that a flyer be made listing all of the direct action meetings and times to be circulated among everyone especially occupiers.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: -Monday at 2pm there is a meeting on Federal Hall steps for a preliminary meeting to coordinate mutual aid/ scheduling/ clothing etc. for those occupying and planning in the financial district. -Bank of America (Bad for America) shareholders meeting is on May 9. Buses and people are leaving on May 7th and returning on May 10. -May 11 an action is taking place at Merril Lynch with a picnic at Goldman Sachs (the vampire squid) ball field afterward. anyone who has access to sporting good, food, etc. please contact A. -Cardboard Roses has an ongoing action involving civil disobedience (actually no laws are being broken but arrests are being made). Contact M if you would like to tell your story and lay down on the sidewalk and possibly be arrested. -May 7 is a summer disobedience school meeting @ 16 Beaver street from 5-8pm. -This past friday there was an action at Attorney General Eric Schneidermans office. 4 were arrested and spent 26 hours in jail. A mentioned the issue about the AG’s being tasked with investigating the mortgage crisis. Those arrested are going to try to get the AG to drop the charges and if he refuses they will seek his representation for their court cases.

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Strategy Session Notes – 05/06/12

AGENDA: 1. M12 2. TRINITY CHURCH 3. PLUS BRIGADES 4. DIRECT ACTION PRIORITIES 5. INCREASING PARTICIPATION IN DIRECT ACTION 6. DIRECT ACTION INVOLVEMENT WITH GENERAL ASSEMBLY 7. DIRECT ACTION MEETING TIMES-PROPOSAL FOR AMENDING TIMES/ PLACES

1. M12 -May 12 is a worldwide day of action called for by the Indignados. While the indignados anniversary is on May 15 they are calling for solidarity in a worldwide day of action to include mainly re-occupying public spaces. -There are already actions being planned for that week and for May 12. A flyer was passed around listing the following actions: May 10-Opening General Assembly, May 11-Homes, Jobs, & Services, May 12-Food, Environment, & Health Global Day of Action, May 13-Police Brutality, Mass Incarceration, War & Immigrant Justice, May 14- Education and Student Debt, May 15-Global Day of Action. More information on these actions can be found at www.anothernyc.org.

2. TRINITY CHURCH -24 protestors were arrested on D17 at duarte square and are facing criminal trespass charges. The court date is June 11, 2012. The Rector/ CEO of Trinity was approached in public and in private. He was asked to drop the charges against the protestors and he declined. These protestors are facing sentences of weeks to months. -Ideas for actions were discussed to apply pressure to Trinity in the hopes of getting the charges dropped. The ideas for actions were: a weekly picket to coincide with the weekly peoples gong on wednesdays, singing and pamphleteering at the church targeting the parishioners, and occupying the sidewalk outside of trinity as hunger strikers did in the past, a book bloc using the bible as a prop. -Some comments about this were: that we should focus on separating the body (parishioners) of the church from the hierarchy of the church by illuminating to the body what the head is doing; a concern was voiced about a church being a target of direct action; occupy faith and other groups have discussed sending laity of other faiths to occupy attend the services there to illuminate this issue, a concern was raised that direct action is taking on too many small fights.

3. PLUS BRIGADES -meeting this saturday to discuss what are the goals/ ideas of plus brigades and to see what the plus brigade/ direct action interplay should or could look like. -a comment was made that plus brigades is a great way to add fun and play to activism with street theatre, fun, and games. -a comment was made that as some of those who have played an active role begin to step aside that new people need to be empowered and empower themselves to step up. -an idea was raised that the plus brigades meetings take place with direct action meetings to simplify things. -an idea was raised that plus brigades do more games, like consensus people chess, or silent ninja, just for fun.

4. DIRECT ACTION PRIORITIES – a comment was made that ows/ direct action should make a list of priorities of things that need changed in the world and how we can affect them. -a comment was made that direct action should empower others to step up and take direct action. possibly doing more outreach in the boroughs to empower many groups who already exist and are looking for a way to take action and create change in the world. -a comment was made that there is no harm in repeating actions, and in fact it is necessary. why not continue with action against the same target until they make changes. -a comment was made that global issues aren’t the strength of this group that we need to focus on more local issues. such as the auctions. things where we can get tangible results like with homelessness, sleeping on wall street, etc. -an idea was raised that during summer disobedience school direct action train on how to use mutual aid as a form of direct action. demonstrating mutual aid behaviors. -a comment was made that we need more big wins to bring people into the movement, that we are too scattered and have no central mechanism. -a comment was made the we need to be focused and legible. And that bringing new people in to step up would work better if we were more consistent.

5. INCREASING PARTICIPATION IN DIRECT ACTION -a comment was made that it needs to be more accessible to bring people in. some tools for this are: focusing, apprenticeships/ mentoring partnerships, central geographical location, consistent meeting times/ places. -a comment was made that we should use summer as an outreach opportunity. Go to coney island, queens, city island etc. to do plus brigade actions to show others what is going on and how they can plug in. -a comment was made that we should not burn people out who are willing to help and that others should step up when someone steps back. -a comment was made that we need to address world problems and solutions, that people come to direct action because they want to feel like they are going to change the world.

6. DIRECT ACTION INVOLVEMENT IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY -a comment was made that the GA didnt exist in any form that was supported by the main body. -a comment was made that there are too many actions being planned for each to go before the GA for consensus. -a comment was made that the GA gave direct action the imperative to operate autonomously from day one of occupy wall street. -a comment was made that for a while direct action would give an ‘approval’ to actions of other groups so the other groups would know they were a part of occupy and not a third party, but this became too restrictive so the practice was dropped.

7. DIRECT ACTION MEETINGS – The following proposal was put forth:

******

Direct Action meetings be changed to Wednesdays @ Liberty Square from 5:30-730 following the peoples gong and cardboard roses and Saturday at the location of summer school, (at liberty until summer school begins) from 4-6p following summer disobedience school and that other working groups are informed of the wednesday meeting and invited to move their meeting times to Wednesday so they will coincide with direct actions so that we can coordinate and communicate with each other in Liberty Square. Also, a person should be appointed each week to take A out for a beer following the saturday meeting, as he rreeeeaaalllly misses his weekends. -the proposal was overwhelmingly consensed upon with no stand asides and no blocks. -an idea was raised that a flyer be made listing all of the direct action meetings and times to be circulated among everyone especially occupiers.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: -Monday at 2pm there is a meeting on Federal Hall steps for a preliminary meeting to coordinate mutual aid/ scheduling/ clothing etc. for those occupying and planning in the financial district. -Bank of America (Bad for America) shareholders meeting is on May 9. Buses and people are leaving on May 7th and returning on May 10. -May 11 an action is taking place at Merril Lynch with a picnic at Goldman Sachs (the vampire squid) ball field afterward. anyone who has access to sporting good, food, etc. please contact A. -Cardboard Roses has an ongoing action involving civil disobedience (actually no laws are being broken but arrests are being made). Contact M if you would like to tell your story and lay down on the sidewalk and possibly be arrested. -May 7 is a summer disobedience school meeting @ 16 Beaver street from 5-8pm. -This past friday there was an action at Attorney General Eric Schneidermans office. 4 were arrested and spent 26 hours in jail. A mentioned the issue about the AG’s being tasked with investigating the mortgage crisis. Those arrested are going to try to get the AG to drop the charges and if he refuses they will seek his representation for their court cases.

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Another City is Possible: Upcoming Post-Strike Actions!

We’re two days out.

The General Strike is nearly upon us and the symptoms of apprehension are visible in all of us. Finger nails bitten down to the nail bed, jumpiness around the NYPD that slightly resembles hup, maniacal outbursts of Officer Winski, and tight circles of activists chain smoking cigarettes in a fast-paced fervor (an obvious reminder of Liberty Square and ol’ Nick’s People’s Tobacco table).

Some have concerns with managing and coordinating the logistical triumph that the Really Really Free Market will be, others are fretting over the weather forecast, but one common qualm I’ve heard repeated is a question of May 2nd onward.

Though our inner optimist (the one that guiltily but dreamily devours Adbusters) does not want to rule out the possibility of May 1st being an instance of revolution — one wherein our 5 months of work, twitter feeds, and spontaneity smash capitalism, patriarchy, racism, and the state — but the on-the-ground, goal oriented, strategy and tactic obsessed, movement builders and name takers realize that in precarious times, we must have a firm idea of where to go and what to do after May Day.

For the past month, a group of dedicated organizers that look beyond the jubilation that May 1st will bring have been working on a massive anti-austerity action campaign. For a week in mid-May, there will be daily focused actions addressing various inadequate or unjust sectors that culminate in a mass convergence that lands on May 15, non-coincidentally a day of Global Strike called by the Indignados.

Victories will surely be won on May 1st but let us not forget that in our lifetimes there will always be space for the pursuit of justice, space for empowerment, somewhere to break free from the chains of alienation and state repression. A better world is not one bound by unity bred in a finite example of achievement — we will always need to confront and dismantle hierarchical power where we see it, we will always need to work on fulfilling the foundation of an anti-oppressive culture.

Organizers of this week of actions say,

[We] aim to bring huge number of groups and individuals from all across the city to fight together in diverse ways to tie together the many issues we face – from cuts to social services in the city budget, to austerity in general, to the systems that cause them – in a global movement emerging to resist them and create something new instead.

Targeted epicenters of evil include war, police, environmental degradation, homes, jobs, education, and immigration.

To get involved in the organizing of these post-strike actions, attend the next organizing meeting:  Thursday, May 3rd, at 6 PM at 256 W. 38th Street on the 12th floor!

(Hopefully you won’t have to, though, because capitalism is collapsing in T-minus two days…right?)

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General Strike Vocabulary: Scab

The term “scab” is a strikebreaker, it refers usually to an employee that formerly was not hired by the company entangled in the contemporary trade dispute or an employee (union or non union) that disrespects picket lines and attends work during an ongoing strike.

A quote commonly attributed to Jack London begins:

After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, and the vampire, he had some awful substance left with which he made a scab. A scab is a two-legged animal with a corkscrew soul, a water brain, a combination backbone of jelly and glue. Where others have hearts, he carries a tumor of rotten principles. When a scab comes down the street, men turn their backs and Angels weep in Heaven, and the Devil shuts the gates of hell to keep him out….”

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[Jail] Solidarity Forever!

On May 1st we are to expect, as we always should, an aggressive, unjust overreaction to actions on the behalf of the NYPD. Though few of us wish to purposefully get arrested, many of us who simply wish the celebrate the holiday that May Day is will be kidnapped and caged by the state. This aspect of police repression is one of the uglier, dehumanizing mechanisms employed to instill a culture of paranoia and fear into dissidents and subversives. In order to combat this overwhelming power, it us essential that we support each other through trauma, coercion, and intimidation.

One very effective way to do this is Jail Support! During the 7 months (which included thousands of arrests) of Occupy Wall Street’s existence, only a handful of hard working organizers have dedicated themselves to doing jail support.

Jail support is both tracking arrestees as they move through the arrest and arraignment process and providing comfort to arrestees when they are released. It is away of showing solidarity with other people involved with Occupy Wall Street and a way of taking care of our friends and community. Through jail support, we show that we’re not going to let the legal system be used as a way to wear us down!

 

Please visit the Direct Action wiki to view a document that details the way that OWS Jail Support is done!

How to document your injuries for lawsuits and the media:  Shooting the Wounded

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Training Day!

The Final Spring Training is here!


It’s been 6 weeks of training in street tactics. We’ve learned how to creatively move and communicate together as a unit, and disperse and swarm to reach a target. Along the way, we’ve built community of trust by practicing together. And we’ve rung the People’s Gong, a call to action, six consecutive weeks in a row.

Join us for the final Spring Training: Training Day. We will do a dry-run of May Day’s Pop-up Occupation activities in Zuccotti park – forming picket teams to target corporations and banks in the Wall Street area. Pacer teams will conduct training on how to do picket lines while in front of targets. We’ll do a final convergence before heading over to ring the People’s Gong.

RSVP on Facebook!

Schedule:

2:05PM Spring Training Recap and Selecting Picket Teams
2:30PM Picket Teams Send-off & Training at Sites
3:30PM Re-converge at Liberty Square (Formerly known as Zuccotti Park)
3:45PM Move to Wall St Ring the People’s Gong
4:30PM March back to Liberty Square

 

Join us for our other comprehensive NVDA trainings if you can’t make this one!

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#99PKTS

As we approach May 1,we will be setting up 99 Picket Lines to expose, disrupt, and shut down the 1% who rule our city. This is an opportunity to fight back against austerity, union busting, the attacks on immigrant rights and the entire system of the 1% rule with a tactic and framework that is in solidarity with the mayday call to action. The picket line is a tactic with a rich history. It can be diverse and does not have to be symbolic.

Can you get at least 20 people to join you in picketing? Great!

Pick a target you want to picket, ideally at 8 am on May 1, in midtown. (We can help by publicizing your target, if you want. There will also be some upcoming trainings on picketing and mobile tactics) If you do not have 20 people, no problem come to an OWS action spokes council to plug into existing pickets or just come at 8AM to Bryant Park on May 1st and recruit folks to join you.

If you would like to register a picket line and or have any questions or need support email: 99picketlines@gmail.com. Visit Maydaynyc.org/99pickets!

#99PKTS – Now through May Day!:  OWS in solidarity with workers at Hot & Crusty Pizza. (Read More!)

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General Strike NOW: Ways to Build Up and Participate on May 1st

Propaganda: Download and print posters, fliers, zines, and more at http://occuprint.org/ and http://maydaynyc.tumblr.com and post them around your neighborhood; give them out to your friends, family, and co-workers; or bring them to community based organizations or local businesses and ask them to post them in their windows or leave a visible stack for members or customers!

Social Media: Social media is the first stage of creating a sustainable alternative media environment. Support user-generated media sources by creating your own media/art on YOUR terms, not corporations! Tweet using the hashtags #GeneralStrike #MayDayNYC & #M1GS. Submit to various tumblrs (http://whyistrike.tumblr.com/ and http://maydaynyc.tumblr.com/). Invite your facebook friends to the May Day festivities: https://www.facebook.com/events/327486667289414/

May Day Arts/Call to Create: On May 1st, 2012, everyone in New York who leaves their house or looks out their window will see public art as part of an historic MayDay celebration. Some of the projects underway are the 1,000-player guitarmy, Occupy Dance, and OWS Poetry. Visit http://call2create.org/ for details about where you can see them and how you can participate in their creation.

99 Pickets: Got a particular loathsome corporation in mind that you’d love to see shut down on May 1st? From 8am-2pm, up to 99 marches will leave at scattered times from Bryant Park and hold pickets in front of various government or corporate headquarters. Contact mayday@nycga.net to view a list of targets in midtown or come to an Action Spokescouncil, Sundays at 7pm at 50 E 7th Street http://atrium.occupy.net/mayday/node/114

Free University: The Free University is an open invitation to educators around New York City to participate in May Day 2012. During the day, lectures, workshops, skill-shares, and discussions will be held — all open to the public. University professors will bring their classes to the commons. http://maydaynyc.org/freeuniversity

Really Really Free Market [RRFM] & Food: RRFMs are temporary capitalism-free, self-sustaining zones instituting the gift economy as an alternative means of resource distribution. Bring clothes, books, toys, tools, and other usable things for the market! For the food tables, bring food, water, coffee, or any eating utensiles (including paltes, napkins, etc). Also, volunteer at Bryant Park or Union Square to help run the RRFM or food tables and remind folks that the items are really, really free.

Jail Support: It is reasonable to expect a massive amount of arrests on the days leading up to and on May 1st itself. During the 7 months (which included thousands of arrests) of Occupy Wall Street’s existence, only a handful of hard working organizers have dedicated themselves to doing jail support. Jail support includes communication with the National Lawyers Guild, tracking comrades in the legal system, and greeting released arrestees with food, water, cigarettes, and support.

Mutual Fucking Aid: Wherever you go on May 1, 2012 bring and share your skills (like haircutting or medical knowledge) and services and offer them up to folks for free! If you can’t come to the RRFM in NYC, open a free store in your neighborhood or somehow otherwise explore the excitement of mutually beneficial, voluntary exchange!

Embrace Autonomy!: During a general strike, we withdraw from capitalism and instead spend our lives exploring the creative and liberating aspects of a culture of resistance. Once you’ve taken the day off, spend your time doing whatever it is that you love to do and make it an act of protest! The options for various autonomous actions are endless– organize a banner drop, employ a fare strike, disrupt consumerism in the act. Use your creativity to decide on a symbolic or instrumental action that you and friends would invest a portion of your day into executing!

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Mutual Aid

Mutual aid is a practice that has existed for thousands of years if not more. In essence, it is the exchange of resources and services in a way that is both voluntary and mutually beneficial to those involved. Everyone has something of value to offer in this society. Instead of looking to corporations or the state, we can rely on one another for what we need!

On May 1, 2012 the 99% will be on strike, dissatisfied and alienated from a coercive system. The stoppage of work, consumption, and state-manufactured lifestyles will be an enormous show of collective power. Shutting down capitalism opens up space for mutual aid, and Occupy organizers are not letting this opportunity pass without intentional efforts to erect a horizontal, anti-oppressive alternative. Though there is strength in confrontation, the OWS May Day Mutual Aid Cluster aims to display power in a less obvious manner: by creating space for voluntary, reciprocal ways of interacting, exchanging, learning, and so on.

We will willingly and happily provide for each other because in doing so we remove power from corporations and instill it within ourselves and our communities.

Learn more about mutual aid on May 1st!

WHERE WILL MUTUAL AID BE ON MAY DAY?

@ Bryant Park from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This is the site for mid-town action staging and the pop-up occupation. This area is not permitted. We want to support protesters with coffee, water and breakfast before morning actions and lunch before stepping off for the afternoon march to Union square. Medical and legal help will have a station here. We will also have a Really, Really Free Market, skillshares and more!

@ Union Square from 12 noon – 5:30 p.m.

This is a permitted park that is being organized by the May 1st Coalition. We will have stations around the park including the Really, Really Free Market, along with space for art, skillshares, workshops, lectures, free food and more!

HOW YOU CAN HELP?

Various subgroups are already working towards May Day for you to plug into. These groups include: legal, medical, skillshares, free store (clothing), food, and education/tutoring.

To contribute, you can: Bring food (cooked or uncooked) and water to the May Day Mutual Aid food area to share with everyone; bring clothes, books, toys, electronics and other reusable things for the Really, Really Free Market; bring art supplies and musical instruments!; volunteer your time to help serve food; or to share knowledge, labor or a skill.


Email us to get involved!

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