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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
So please join us:
Tuesday, July 24
16 Beaver (4th floor)
@ 8:00am Occupy Bushwick starting in Maria Hernandez Park (Bushwick Brooklyn)will march to Williamsburg to meet Occupy Williamsburg at Continental Army Plaza and then march across the Williamsburg Bridge into Manhattan.
@ 2:00pm March is being led by Occupy Sunset Park in front of the Banks @54th Avenue and 5th Avenue. We will march through the neighborhood and then ‘Occupy the Subway’ and then meet Occupy Red Hook at 9th Street/4th Avenue Station and then ride subway together into city.
@5:00pm - General Assembly of ALL community based Occupies in the 5 Boroughs. This will take place at the Andy Warhol Statue on 17th and Broadway (Across street from Northwest Edge of Union Square)
@5:30pm-We all MARCH to Wall Street.
As you’ll notice, the majority of needs are for more people. We hereby officially deploy you as a representative of May Day Arts to invite your friends, families or coworkers to any of these events you think they might like. All of these actions are concrete, fun ways to be involved in May Day for folks who aren’t plugged in to larger convergences. Sometimes a direct invitation goes a long way!
Boomboxes, Walkmen, FM receivers- contact sognerATgmail.com, nina.mehtaAThotmail.com
an Amp to borrow- contact miazanetteATgmail.com
an ipad to borrow- contact ZacqaryATplanhead.com
pennies- contact aaronburrsocietyATgmail.com
Participants and Volunteers :
10AM: More dancers for Ballet Barre on the barricades! Bowling Green - http://maydaygallery.tumblr.com/post/20808039293/occupy-dance-www-meetup-com-owsdance-what-is
10AM-2PM: A Public Notary for May Day Re-Birth Certificates. Bryant Park. Contact marysghostATgmail.com - http://maydaygallery.tumblr.com/post/21733153771/the-naturalization-service-what-is-it-the
12 NOON: More Guitarists for Guitarmy! Bryant Park - http://occupyguitarmy.tumblr.com/
2-6PM: More models and photographers (papparazzi) to help us model hope. Periphery of Union Square - http://maydaygallery.tumblr.com/post/20645579244/call-for-models
3PM: More May Pole Dancers! to weave together all our grievances. Union Square. (contact kathleenATmoveforchange.info) - http://maydaygallery.tumblr.com/post/21887563163/may-pole-what-is-it-a-may-pole-for-may-day
5:15 PM: More singers for Choir Convergence! Madison Square Park - http://maydaygallery.tumblr.com/post/20067410585/mayday-choir-convergence
6:30 PM Help levitate the gold out of the Federal Reserve! Contact aaronburrsocietyATgmail.com - http://maydaygallery.tumblr.com/post/21229477076/levitate-the-federal-reserve-bank
More people to hand out Spread the Wealth posters anywhere you wish- contact janeATjanegreengold.com to get posters - http://maydaygallery.tumblr.com/post/21398982213/spread-the-wealth-www-janegreengold-com-what-is
More librarians for the SPREAD Guerilla Library in Crown Hts/Bed Stuy- contact reksturAThushmail.com for how to help - http://maydaygallery.tumblr.com/post/20181920462/spread-guerilla-libraries
More people to pass around the Occupy Cookie Meme. http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/occupy+cookie
More folks to hand out Chalk to color the streets! Contact msswansonATme.com - http://maydaygallery.tumblr.com/post/22042565902/chalk-for-may-day-arts-what-is-it-free-chalk-for
MIC CHECK!! I urge ALL people to head down to Wall Street tonight, the NYPD has consistently and consistently agreed to “protect our rights to freedom of speech” as cited in Penal Code 240.20(5) which allows sleeping on sidewalk. Yesterday 4 people were arrested. Absolutely outrageous.
Get off the internet, I’ll see you in the street.
“Quick: name the last time a consumer boycott achieved a result of any significance. (Getting American Airlines to stop using animals in its ads doesn’t count.) I have to go all the way back to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.”