From:   Doug Singsen <dougsingsen@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Tuesday, September 27, 2011 5:42:49 PM
To:   september17@googlegroups.com
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Huge Possibilities for Outreach this Weekend!!! (Slutwalk, Rally for a Nuke-Free World, The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow)
 

Reaching out to other movements is super important. It might be the most important thing we can do to strengthen and expand the encampment. All these protests are at noon and 1 pm on Saturday, so maybe we should organize a rally at Liberty Park at 4 pm and try to bring people from these rallies to us. Or we could call one for Sunday, but we should really not schedule yet another rally at the same time as these other three. We want to bring these causes together, not make people choose between us and them. We should also try to organize as large contingents as possible to go to these rallies, while leaving enough people in the park to keep it occupied.

Doug

On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 9:17 AM, Will <william.russell.v@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 - 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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