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After many months of tireless preparation, it is invigorating to be able to say that our #S17 anniversary weekend is finally here!
The http://s17nyc.org/ website will contain all of the who’s, what’s where’s, why’s and when’s; text @S17NYC to 23559 for real time updates, and below we did our best to organize and synthesize the litany of actions and events that are in store.
From Sunday night’s Occupy Rosh Hashanah service to the direct actions and popular assemblies on September 17th, we will ring in the new year in style.
Indeed, Wall Street is our common villain who is robbing the 99% blind on behalf of the 1%. This weekend we will mark the occasion of our anniversary by once again showing the powers that be that we see what they are doing, and that soon enough the whole world will again as well.
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— from the ‘Your Inbox: Occupied’ team
(See here for even more resources and calls-to-action related to the one-year anniversary of #OWS – OccupyWallSt.org team)
OWS Anniversary Convergence WeekendMonday, September 17th Anniversary Actions & Events
The People’s Wall
The streets surrounding the New York Stock Exchange
As part of the morning of actions, people from all walks of life are going to assemble in the streets surrounding the New York Stock Exchange in a historic act of nonviolent civil disobedience. We will form a peaceful sitting wall to deliver a clear message: The 99% will no longer stand for business as usual. In building this blockade, we will — symbolically and literally — open space for the 99 Revolutions to emerge, and set the stage for the Storm Wall Street convergence. These actions work together, as essential parts of a greater whole.
Intersections throughout the Financial District
Problem: All Roads lead to Wall Street. Solution: Reverse the Flow of Traffic. The 99 Revolutions will disrupt traffic throughout the Financial District by creating a swirl of roving intersection occupations surrounding the Stock Exchange. Each occupation will enact a World Without Wall Street as envisioned by members of the 99%.
Storm Wall Street
In front of the doors of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, at Bowling Green
At the site from which Occupy Wall Street first arose, we are calling for an end to the corporate occupation of the planet and demonstrating that a just and sustainable world is possible. As the 99% circle New York’s first public park, our groundswell will remind the 1% of their growing debts to Mother Earth and that the Commons belong to us all.
Affinity Group Assembly Points:
An affinity group is a small group of people (typically 5-15), who trust one another and organize around a shared political or tactical goal. Attend any one of the affinity group trainings over the weekend to join an affinity group or learn how yours can take part in the 7am Monday morning actions. Follow the links below for location info:
- Education Bloc: Are you a student? A teacher? A parent? Want to get involved with Occupy Wall Street’s anniversary? Stand with those striking in Montreal and Chicago? Fight with those in Mexico, Chile, and all around the world? Join Education Bloc in NYC on S17!
- Women Occupy Bloc: Join this affinity group focusing on women’s issues, as well as racism and classism. The morning of September 17th will begin with a gathering at the intersections immediately surrounding the New York Stock Exchange.
- StrikeDebt Bloc: Join us as we send Wall Street a powerful message: We Owe You Nothing!
- Labor Bloc: Join 99 Pickets, Immigrant Worker Justice, OWS Labor Outreach Committee, Arts and Labor and others as part of the “99 Revolutions” action. Bring labor-related signs and songs.
- Faith Bloc: Members of Occupy Faith, Occupy Catholics and other faith groups will be meeting at the Red Cube at Liberty Park to join the actions and stand in solidarity with those who do.
- ACT-UP: ACT UP NY joins with Occupy Wall St in the streets of Lower Manhattan to demand a Financial Transaction Tax (or Robin Hood Tax) for Wall Street.
Afternoon Assemblies and Actions
The 99% Return to Wall Street
Join us to show that the 99% stands united against a corrupted system. This assembly will bring together Union workers, Union Leadership, Economics Experts and Occupiers to let our voices be heard once more.
What are your 99 Solutions?
Liberty Square if possible, Foley Square if necessary
All roads lead to Wall Street, but the road past Wall Street into the future is the one we must pave together. Join Occupy Wall Street for lunch, discussion, and a rocking good time as we seek to be the change we want to see in the world – and help us make it together.
The Popular Assembly
Liberty Square if possible, Foley Square if necessary
The intention of this assembly is to provide the People with a non-oppressive, non-hierarchical and non-confrontational space to discuss issues and projects relevant to envisioning a better world. This is will be the first in a series of weekly Popular Assemblies, which will be a place for project, action, affinity and other groups (like Occupy the Pipeline, Stop Stop and Frisk, Sunset Park Rent Strike, Strike Debt, Chicago Teachers Strike solidarity and others) from all over to come together each week in a space where they can discuss, recruit and share resources.
NYC Affinity Group events
Seward Park, Broadway and Canal Street:
What better way to start September 17th then by joining the OWS Bike Coalition for a free breakfast and an early morning ride around beautiful downtown Manhattan!
The People’s Puppets: Roving Occupy Birthday Bash!
Ferry Terminal and all over the Financial District
Come and celebrate the anniversary with a puppet party procession parade through the Financial District offering music, cake, and literature to the 99%!
Join us for a full day of Outreach, Movement Building, Mobilizations, Consciousness Raising, Organizing, Speak Outs, Fun, Community & LOVE! Incl. Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Assembly