TODAY IS SOLIDARITY SUNDAY!
In response to brutal police repression in Oakland this evening (including tear-gas, “flash” grenades, projectiles, mass arrests, and a pregnant woman hit in the belly by a policeman’s baton) direct action working groups from at least Occupy Wall St, Occupy Boston, and Occupy Philly, have stayed up late to craft a massive coordinated response. Here are the initial results:
In Philly, we will converge at LOVE Park, at 7pm EST.
In NYC, we will converge at Washington Square, at 7pm EST.
In Boston, we will converge at Copley Square, at 7pm. EST.
If your Occupy can come to a snap consensus on a place, email the location to firstname.lastname@example.org so OWS can tell the world just how massively this movement responds to such brutality.
Tweet about it with #solidaritysunday and/or #J29.
Here’s a draft messaging statement prepared by Occupiers from these various cities (working collaboratively on etherpad, of course):
Yesterday, Occupy Oakland moved to convert a vacant building into a community center to provide education, medical, and housing services for the 99%. Police responded with tear gas, rubber bullets, beanbag rounds, and mass arrests. The state has compounded its policy of callous indifference with a ruthless display of violent repression. The Occupy movement will respond, as we have always responded: with an overwhelming show of collective resistance.
Today, January 29, we take to the streets. J29. Across the country, we will demonstrate our resolve to overcome repression and continue to build a better world grounded in love and solidarity for one another. We will the our country, the world, and our cities, another world is possible and we will not stand for violent repression from the state and the police.
All eyes on all Occupies.
Be creative! Be agile! BE ORGANIZED!
Committee of Correspondence
P.S. Philly people, the Occupy Spaces meeting scheduled from 2-4pm at LAVA (4134 Lancaster Ave) will be an emergency planning meeting for what we do beyond converging at LOVE Park at 7pm… (Full transparency: The Philly part of the plan was agreed to by the fastest moving e-mail thread I’ve ever been a part of – over 100 posts in an hour or so – which included both the Direct Action listserv and the Occupy Spaces listserv.)
George Newago of the RedCliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa tribe really tells it like it is in regards to the horribly flawed & corrupt mining bill that Wisconsin Republicans are trying to ram through. This was from a ‘public’ listening session in Hurley, WI on January 11th, 2012.
Excellent article on the capitalist interests behind this mining bill:
Back story on this hearing:
Watch the full hearing here on Wisconsin Eye (highly recommended even though it’s long, there’s SO many great people that spoke).
As of 1/27/12, Mumia Abu-Jamal has officially been transferred to General Prison Population after being held in Administrative Custody (“The Hole” or Solitary Confinement) at SCI Mahanoy, Frackville, PA for seven weeks. This is the first time Mumia has been in General Population since his arrest in 1981.
This comes within hours of the of delivery of over 5,500 signed petitions to Department of Corrections headquarters in Camp Hill, PA and a compliant filed with the support of United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez.
PLEASE NOTE that while this is a victory in transferring Mumia out of the torturous Restricted Housing Unit (RHU), we call upon the closure of ALL RHU’s! Furthermore, we call upon the IMMEDIATE RELEASE of Mumia Abu-Jamal and are not disillusioned by this transfer. Free Mumia!
Write to Mumia to send him some love!
MAILING ADDRESS FOR MUMIA ABU-JAMAL:
301 Morea Road
Frackville, PA 17932