Soul of the City: Global and Local Perspectives
on the Right to the City
From Occupy, to housing squats, to counter-power structures, to participatory decision-making— urbansocial movements are re-imagining urban democracy. This panel features local and national intellectuals, organizers and activists at the forefront of global and local movements constructing urbanalternatives.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013
THE NEW SCHOOL
66 FIFTH AVENUE, KELLEN AUDITORIUM NEW YORK, NY, 10011
SPEAKERS: RACHEL LAFOREST, Right to the City Alliance, MIGUEL ROBLES-DURAN Director, Graduate Program in Design and Urban Ecologies, FRANK MORALES Housing Activist, KAZEMBE BALAGUN, Brecht Forum, MATT BIRKHOLD, Growing Roots, CARMEN PINIERO Community Voices Heard, PRISCILLA “GRIM WOMYN” GRIM, Organizer, Occupy Movement, WILLIAM MORRISH, Professor,Parsons School of Design Strategies
LIVESTREAM AT: http://www.youtube.com/rttcusa or http://new.livestream.com/thenewschool
Just say no. #ows
Local District Attorney offices are now partnering with debt collectors. The result is, that your debt collection notice might arrive on the letterhead of your local government. This gives the illusion of the illegality of debt.
The next logical conclusion to come to is that when the spoils of the “drug war” dry up, a brand new type of nonviolent criminal will arrive into the for-profit prison system. Ever thirsty to build on its $3 billion in assets.
Register & Show Your Commitment! By registering, we can keep you up to date on housing, food, volunteer opportunities, convergence and action plans.
Anniversary Schedule: We have a full weekend of activities planned from civil disobedience to permitted concerts to trainings and teach ins. Oh and sign making and face paint :)
S17 Day of Action: Bring business attire to wear on the 17th. We will disrupt business as usual in the financial district by blockading the Stock Exchange and surrounding intersections with multiple actions all morning and assemblies in afternoon and evening. Get prepped with our Action and Know Your Rights Training Schedule
Transportation: We are encouraging folks to find their own transportation. We have resources listed on the Transportation page about rideshares, Amtrak discounts, buses, and information about parking.
Housing: If you register on the s17 registration form and indicate that you need housing, you will be sent all of the address and all the info you need. If you haven’t heard back from us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Year 2 of Occupy Wall Street is quickly approaching. And to coincide with this first anniversary, we are pleased to announce the imminent release of the third issue of the magazine Tidal: Occupy Theory, Occupy Strategy. In both its intellectual rigor and its large-scale distribution, Tidal has been recognized as a force to be reckoned with not only by allies on the Left, but also by outlets of the powerful Right-Wing media establishment such as Andrew Breitbart’s talk show The Blaze (http://bit.ly/GUlDXv). In order to ensure that Tidal can play this role in pushing the movement forward, we would like to ask for your financial assistance for printing costs. Printing will be done by Tristate, a unionized printer. This link (www.wepay.com/tidal3) has a short letter detailing the state of the movement, it’s future direction, and a very easy way to make a monetary contribution (www.wepay.com/tidal3).
So help this lady out.
George Olivio and I (longtime journalist and media guru Sheryll Alexander) have been in solidarity with OWS as Occupy Orange County CA (Occupy OC) media team organizers since before our first protest on Oct. 15 2011 where about 1,000 citizens came and protested against the banksters.
Our OC Affinity Group has been involved in several successful direct actions over the past year including Occupy the Courts and a Romney satire protest, among others. On July 21, our affinity group dove into action to cover the #Anaheim crisis in solidarity with OWS and Occupy OC. Without any renumeration whatsoever, we have covered #Anaheim now for 20 days to support the families and the downtrodden community with personal outreach and a media storm including livestreaming of every action as well as excellent live and continuous media coverage across all social media platforms linking the WORLD with #Anaheim and Occupy OC.
Now, we are continuing our solidarity with OWS as well as Theresa Smith of Anaheim Cruzsaders in her protests against APD every Saturday at Disneyland (wow!) and every Sunday across from APD HQ. This is high visibility stuff, but we can NOT keep going without some funding as our families are going hungry and our internet is going to get cut off tomorrow. As a media organizer who covers #Anaheim continuously on my Facebook feed and the Occupy OC FB page, I personally need $134 by tomorrow to pay my wireless bill. Plus, my family needs an extra $100-200 for food and gas to get us through the weekend. If you know anyone who can help, please let me know ASAP. We are receiving no donation help from OC as we are seen as rebels and villains. OC Affinity Group thanks you for your help!!
Sheryll Alexander, independent journalist and media occupier
Here’s all the ways we can receive donations:
You can donate directly to me and my continuous #Anaheim #occupy feed to my PayPal account at: sheryllalexander AT yahoo.com
Here’s the transparent WePay donation button for Occupy OC. The money is dumped into the account of a very trusted affinity group member and it will come directly to me and George: http://www.occupy-oc.org/donations/
George also has a WePay donation link on his Orange Crew livestream page: https://www.wepay.com/donations/ustream-donations-for-orangecrew
Join us for our first gathering of Café de Cleyre—a direct action reading group and film series!
Tuesday, July 24
16 Beaver (4th floor)
Cafés have served as an important site of social gathering and debate. In this spirit, and inspired by the writings of anarchist and feminist Voltairine de Cleyre, we seek to study direct action so as to inform our struggle against the state and capitalism.
In striving to develop consistency between our principles and interactions with one another, this group offers a horizontal approach to learning. Drawing from personal experiences as well as films and readings, Café de Cleyre is an opportunity to engage in a participatory model in which everyone has something to offer and everyone has something to learn. We place emphasis on asking questions over assuming answers.
We wish to explore questions such as:
- What is direct action and what forms can it take?
- What distinguishes direct action from other types of action?
- When and where has direct action been used through history?
- How does direct action work to dismantle all systems of oppression, such as white supremacy, patriarchy, colonialism, heterosexism, transphobia, ableism, and ageism?
In future weeks, the group will collectively decide which texts to read and which films to watch. Discussions will be guided by different facilitators each week. For the first gathering, we are asking folks to read any and all of the following suggested pieces:
- Voltairine de Cleyre, “Direct Action,” in The Voltairine de Cleyre Reader, edited by A. J. Brigati (pp. 38-50) (1912/2004)
- David Graeber, “Direct Action, Anarchism, Direct Democracy,” in Direct Action: An Ethnography (pp. 201-238) (2009)
- AK Thompson, “Direct Action, Pedagogy of the Oppressed,” in Black Bloc, White Riot: Anti-Globalization and the Genealogy of Dissent (pp. 59-79) (2010)
Additional readings (if you have the time):
- Jason Brannigan, “Direct Action Gets the Goods,” in Working Class Resistance 10 (2005)
- Sans-Titres Bulletin 1, “What is Direct Action?” A-Infos News (1999)
- Rob Sparrow, “Anarchist Politics & Direct Action” (2001)
- David Wieck, “The Habit of Direct Action,” in Reinventing Anarchy, Again, edited by Howard Ehrlich (pp. 375-376) (1996)
We will also be viewing Shutdown: The Rise and Fall of Direct Action Against the War (2008), a documentary reflecting on the shutdown and occupation of the Financial District in San Francisco on March 20, 2003.
Tea and coffee will be provided; feel free to bring food! For more information, please contact email@example.com.
So please join us:
Tuesday, July 24
16 Beaver (4th floor)