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From: Glenn Gabel <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 11:29 AM
Subject: RE: TONIGHT: OWS & Teamsters to Occupy Sotheby's
To: Occupy Wall Street PR Team <firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi folks, I am a New York based cameraman/editor for Al Jazeera.
I shot some video at the Sotherby's action last night and was really struck by the stark reality of it.
That event really gets to the heart of your movement in my opinion.
Incredibly wealthy people strutting in to an opulent place, oblivious to the cries of their fellow man while the moderately at best paid security people and police battle to keep them safe, secure and unaffected.
And not only were the buyers uninterested in the protest but they actually spent money like drunken sailors at the auction, making it a hugely profitable night for Sotherby's, as if they aren't floating on enough cash already.
Anyway, I posted a video on youtube and thought yo might be interested.
please use it however you like
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From: Occupy Wall Street PR Team [email@example.com
Sent: Wednesday, November 09, 2011 2:37 PM
To: Glenn Gabel
Subject: TONIGHT: OWS & Teamsters to Occupy Sotheby's
November 9, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Eli Kent, 646 208-7150
Occupy Wall Street and Teamsters to Occupy Sotheby’s Tonight
Biggest Art Auction of the Year Draws Protest in Support of the 99%
Union Art Auction Handlers Have Been Locked in a 3-Month Battle Against Wage Cuts
While Sotheby’s CEO Takes Home $60K a day
About 100 protesters from Occupy Wall Street will join a Teamsters picket line at the Sotheby’s auction house in Manhattan tonight (Wed,, Nov. 9) to back the union in an important battle to fight wage cuts. The action, called OCCUPY SOTHEBY'S, will picket the 1% in support of locked-out Teamsters art handlers at one of the biggest art auctions of the year.
WHEN: TODAY, Wednesday, November 9th, 6:00pm
WHERE: 1334 York Avenue (between 71st and 72nd St.)
*A contingent of NYU students, faculty and alumni will meet at 5pm, by the fountain in Washington Square Park
Sotheby's, the art auction house for the very wealthy, has locked out its union art handlers for the last three months. The company is demanding wage and benefit cuts and the replacement of good union jobs with part-time, temp jobs. Sotheby’s clearly has the money to maintain good jobs. The company made $688 million in profits last year, and CEO Bill Ruprecht takes home $60,000 a day.
Wednesday's auction is one of the two biggest of the year, where Sotheby's makes the bulk of their money. Four pieces of art alone are expected to sell for $50 million. Please join us in supporting Teamsters Local 814's fight against corporate greed — a concrete struggle of the 99% against the 1%.
For background on the Sotheby’s struggle:
* Sotheby's: Bad for Art - http://sothebysbadforart.com
* Lifestyles of the 1%: Inside Sotheby's: http://bit.ly/uKRxBL
* VIDEO: Occupy Wall St. Protesters Crash Sotheby's Auction: http://bit.ly/sEklIy
* Interviews with Sotheby's workers: http://bit.ly/rLIDAw
* VIDEO: Picket of a Sotheby's auction in London: http://bit.ly/ru9cjO
* Susan Sarandon joins the picket line: http://exm.nr/tRbZR3
Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. For more visit http://occupywallst.org
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