Occupy Your Block:Taking The 99% Movement To Our Neighborhoods
By Mel Fabrikant Sunday, November 13, 2011, 04:30 PM EST
Occupy Your Block is an initiative to build on the momentum of Occupy Wall Street, at the community level. It is a collaborative effort between Occupy movements of NYC, community organizations, and individuals to connect community efforts to the Occupy Movement at large.
The message is simple: “Occupy your Block” in whatever manner you please.
This initiative kicks off this weekend, Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 13.
The 99% movement is more than a physical occupation. What began as the act of dedicated folks occupying physical space has transcended Liberty Square in Manhattan, or McPherson Square in Washington DC, or Oscar Grant Plaza in Oakland. This spark of resistance, hope, and possibility has ignited thousands of people. Apathy or hopelessness has – for the first time in many years – ceded to hope, optimism, common indignation, and the belief that collective action and dialogue can truly transform society.
Occupy Your Block is Lola Katan a Junior at Beacon High School planning a teach-in to be held in her school library to discuss how the economic and political situation affects their future. It’s a man from Far Rockaway who hung a sign in his window, talked to a few friends, and was surprised when fifteen neighbors showed up to organize a General Assembly. It’s community organizations, religious groups, and unions holding open forums and teach-ins discussing the movement. It’s a woman walked out to her park and wrote “I am the 99%” on the concrete with chalk, who returned later to find her neighbors had filled the park with the slogan. It’s the Gabby family from Jersey City planning a clean-up at Mary Benson Park.
The list of this weekend’s events follows. Please see OccupyYourBlock.org for detailed information and updates.
Teach-In: Modern-Day Slavery in the Welfare System in NYC and how low-income people are fighting to end it.
Hosted by Community Voices Heard
Friday, Nov. 11th 1:00pm
CVH Office – East Harlem
115 East 106th St., 3rd Floor
Occupy Your Block / Occupy Brooklyn
Saturday Nov. 12, 10:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday, Nov. 13, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Near Brooklyn Borough Hall, Korean War Veteran’s Plaza at Cadman Plaza West/East between Tillary and Johnson St.
NYC Premiere: Portraits of a Solidarity Economy
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
The Commons Brooklyn
Bluestockings “OCCUPIED: Occupy Wall Street Art Show”
Monday, Nov. 14, 7:00pm
172 Allen St.
New York, NY 10002
Occupy Your Block with Gabby & Family
Mary Benson Park Clean-Up
Saturday, Nov. 12, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mary Benson Park, Jersey City
Community Teach-In Series: Racial Justice and the Occupy Movement
Saturday, Nov. 12 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway Rm. 207
Teach-In with Make the Road New York / OWS
St. Joe’s Catholic Church
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2:00pm
Occupy Staten Island & Ferry
Saturday November 12th
Wall Street @ Staten Island
Sunday Nov. 13
1:00 General Assembly at Food Court in Staten Island Mall
Day of OWS Events, Teach-Ins at Slave Theater
Sunday, Nov. 13
1215 Fulton St. Brooklyn
Our struggle for economic justice and real democracy has long existed; community organizations and neighborhood activists have been organizing for these rights for decades. We acknowledge their hard work today; and we call for all New Yorkers to organize locally, speak-out, be heard, engage where you are — occupy your block!