From:   Will <william.russell.v@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Monday, September 26, 2011 4:01:56 PM
To:   september17 <september17@googlegroups.com>
Subject:   SPAM-MED: [september17discuss] Re: Huge Possibilities for Outreach this Weekend!!! (Slutwalk, Rally for a Nuke-Free World, The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow)
 

I don't think I can meet on Tuesday night but if any others want to

get together to plan for Saturday's actions I would strongly encourage

that. Otherwise I can meet up on Wednesday night.

 

Will

 

 

On Sep 26, 11:17 am, Will <william.russel...@gmail.com> wrote:

> 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 - Noonhttp://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 - Noonhttp://www.nuclearfreeplanet.org/articles/coalition-against-nukes-ral...

>

> 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 - 1pmwww.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 atwww.endjimcrow.orgor call

> 212-501-2112

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