From:   Will <william.russell.v@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Monday, September 26, 2011 9:17:25 AM
To:   september17 <september17@googlegroups.com>
Subject:   SPAM-MED: [september17discuss] Huge Possibilities for Outreach this Weekend!!! (Slutwalk, Rally for a Nuke-Free World, The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow)
 

Hey beautiful people,

 

Last Saturday's march was amazing until it ended in extreme police

brutality, and I have a suggestion for how we can follow up that march

with something potentially even bigger and in my opinion infinitely

more significant.

 

This Saturday is a huge day for marches in NYC, with Slutwalk, the

Rally for a Nuke-Free World, both of which will likely draw about

1,000 people each, and an event for the Campaign to End the New Jim

Crow. (I'll add more info about each of these protests below.)

Unfortunately each of these events is planned for more or less the

same time, which I think is indicative of the current level of

division within the left, or at least its severe lack of

coordination.

 

For us to organize a large march for the same time would show a huge

lack of solidarity and I strongly urge that we avoid doing this!

 

I suggest that instead we organize ourselves into three groups based

upon which event we would like to identify with this Saturday (tough

choice I know!) and mobilize the mass of ourselves to show up in force

at these events. I don't suggest that we organize marches from the

occupation to these events, first because we need to save our energy

for them and second because of the risk of drawing more police

brutality to ourselves and also to the other protesters involved in

these events.

 

This is a golden opportunity for us to further project our reach

beyond the financial district, build our own movement, and show our

solidarity and establish ties with the rest of the NYC left. We can

make Occupy Wall Street a place where previously fragmented segments

of the left can find a unifying cause and a safe place to build

campaigns around their specific issues. I know for sure that after

the police crackdown on us this past Saturday we gained a lot of

sympathy from long-time activists in the city who might have been

skeptical about us before and recognition that we are a force to be

reckoned with. Let's show NYC, the country and the world that Occupy

Wall Street is a place where different sections of the left can come

together and unite around a common purpose.

 

In solidarity,

 

Will

 

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Slutwalk NYC - Union Square - Noon

http://slutwalknyc.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IEhxr4-Yhqw

 

No matter who you are

No matter where you work

No matter how you identify

No matter how you flirt

No matter what you wear

No matter whom you choose to love

No matter what you said before:

 

NO ONE has the right to touch you without your consent. SlutWalk NYC

is part of a worldwide grassroots movement challenging rape culture,

victim-blaming and slut-shaming, and working to end sexual and

domestic violence.

 

Note on the name: This movement is a response to what the police

commissioner of Toronto said at a gathering, that if women didn't

dress like sluts, they wouldn't become victims of violence. This has

already spawned huge marches across Canada, the US and the world

(Mexico City, Honduras, Mumbai, etc)

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Rally for a Nuclear-Free Future - Pier 95 Hudson River Park - Noon

http://www.nuclearfreeplanet.org/articles/coalition-against-nukes-rally-october-1-2011-in-nyc-and-across-the-us.html

 

The Coalition Against Nukes National Day of Action flagship rally will

be in NYC Saturday, October 1, 2011. Located at Pier 95 Hudson River

Park, 12th Ave @ West 55th Street, from Noon to 3:30 pm

 

The Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns inspired this grassroots action. It

was intensified by the August 23 magnitude 5.8 earthquake that caused

two reactors at Virginia’s North Anna nuclear plant to shut down.

Twelve reactors up and down the eastern US reported "unusual events"

to the NRC.

 

Then, on August 28, Hurricane Irene demonstrated powerfully that

electrical power and transportation routes can be disrupted over a

very large area-for days and weeks.

 

In New York, Entergy’s aging, leaky, 40-year old Indian Point nuclear

reactors, with uncorrected safety concerns yet under consideration for

additional 20-year relicensing by the Obama Administration, are

located near 2 fault lines, just north of NYC in a very densely-

populated area. Twenty million people live within 50 miles of Indian

Point in NY, New Jersey and Connecticut.

 

We stand with the people of Japan who are suffering this ongoing

nuclear disaster. We cannot let that happen here!

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NJC: The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow

Assembly Hall, Riverside Church 490 Riverside Drive [Enter on

Claremont Ave] Manhattan, NY - 1pm

www.endjimcrow.org

 

The Issue?

 

-2.3 million Americans are imprisoned (twice as much as London and

four times as much as France). While African Americans constitute 13

percent of the U.S. population, they disproportionately fill the

prison system at 38 percent.

-Since the War on Drugs, the number of inmates imprisoned for drug

convictions increased from 41,100 to 1/2 million with the vast

majority being people of color.

-According to a Health and Drug study, Blacks make up 14 percent of

the drug user population, but constitute 54 percent of drug

convictions in the U.S. Criminal Justice System.

-5.3 million Americans are denied the right to vote because of laws

prohibiting voting by people with felony convictions. This has

resulted in the disenfranchisement of an estimated 13% of black men.

-The "felon" label continues to bar ex-offenders from public housing,

welfare and other basic rights

 

The Answer?

 

NJC: The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow

 

Join us in building a movement to end mass incarceration and the

injustices of the new caste system. Find out how you can help at our

first open organizing meeting. All are welcomed!

 

START study groups, DEMAND justice, CHALLENGE legislators, HOLD law

enforcement accountable, DOCUMENT the struggle, GET INVOLVED!

 

For more information, visit our website at www.endjimcrow.org or call

212-501-2112

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