Occupy Wall Street


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Today the movement is in a state of impasse. Perhaps by turning to history, exploring the experiences of movements animated by similar values and confronting similar roadblocks, we’ll find some guidance on how to move forward.

On February 1st, 1960, four Black students in Greensboro, North Carolina, sat down at the counter of a local Woolworth’s, refusing to leave until they were served. Unaware that their actions were to ignite a movement that would radically shake the nation. Similar to Occupy Wall Street, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) emerged out of a wave of direct action that spread almost spontaneously across the country, reshaping the national conversation around inequality and providing space for a new generation of radicals to find each other. The Civil Rights Movement, which had for sometime been stagnating, was given a fresh infusion of new energy. But as the wave passed, the young radicals found themselves in a moment of confusion: the initiative was firmly in their hands, but they were unsure of what direction to go in or how to move forward. Having perhaps reached the limit that style of activism had to offer, they began to shift gears to the longer-term work of community organizing.

Broadly speaking, the Civil Rights Movement can be thought of as containing two distinct traditions of movement building: community mobilizing and community organizing. The former focused primarily on large-scale, short-term public events. This is the Movement of popular memory, best associated with the legacy of Dr. King. The organizing tradition, on the other hand, was animated by a sense of freedom eloquently summed up by Septima Clark as “broadening the scope of democracy to include everyone and deepening the concept to include every relationship.” To this end, more emphasis was placed on the longer-term work of cultivating a sense of leadership, agency, and power of everyday people. The success of campaigns was judged more for how they facilitated the personal transformation of those involved than if they met particular tactical goals. The movement became a kind of training in democracy.

As they would arrive in town, SNCC organizers were often ignored or avoided by local people, often dismissively referred to as “dat mess.” Even folks initially sympathetic to the movement simply had too much to lose by publicly affiliating with it. But the organizers dug themselves in, engaging the community, getting to know people and their struggles, building relationships. Slowly, impressed by their ideas, actions, character, and courage, some local people chose to cast their lot with the movement. Within a year, they would have the capacity to mobilize an entire town; even conservative local leaders felt obligated to express their support. When SNCC organizers would leave town, they left behind lasting autonomous organizations led by local people, who otherwise would never would have thought of themselves as politically engaged. They transformed the South.

SNCC organizer Bob Moses was once asked how you organize a town. “By bouncing a ball,” he responded. “You stand on a street corner and bounce a ball. Soon all the children come around. You keep on bouncing the ball. Before long it runs under someone’s porch and you meet the adults.”

SNCC often thought about organizing and building relationships interchangeably. Canvassing was the prototypical organizing act. It was the first step in engaging and developing relationships with those in the community not already sympathetic to the movement. Anyone who showed interest would be asked to become involved in a single, concrete task. This could be helping to plan a workshop or going canvassing themselves, but it often meant attending a mass meeting. Mass meetings were the means by which curiosity was cemented into commitment. Mass meetings borrowed their form from the Black church. Strategy and tactics were discussed, internal problems aired, educational lectures given, gospels sung, updates given on what was happening with the movement elsewhere. One of the major components of the mass meeting was folks publicly narrating their life story. Mass meetings helped break people out of their sense of isolation by showing them how many of their neighbors had also come out. Citizenship schools aimed to raise people’s basic literacy skills to prepare them to register to vote, but they were taught using a radical pedagogical style that emphasized structural critique, Black history, “community problem solving” (ie, direct action), and ultimately, subjective transformation. Other major tasks of organizing a town were locating co-optable networks (social networks already predisposed to movement values),  and developing informal leadership (those in communities already holding informal leadership roles). Ultimately, this organizing allowed SNCC to move communities of ordinary people into sustained political action.

Much of what has become common sense in Occupy Wall Street and contemporary anarchism has its origins in SNCC. Skeptical of traditional organizations, SNCC experimented with consensus decision making, horizontal structures, and group-centric leadership. They developed a kind of independent radicalism, untethered by dogmas or established political ideology. They developed a try-and-let’s-see style of organizing, open to experiments and learning from experience. To borrow a phrase from the Zapatistas, SNCC attempted to “walk while asking questions.” SNCC found their way out of their own impasse by shifting their emphasis from dramatic events to the steadier work of community organizing. It seems today that a similar shift is needed: toward radical community organizing.

Shyam Khanna

Originally published in Tidal. http://tidalmag.org/mississippi-goddam/

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The French monthly publication Le Monde Diplomatique published an article about Occupy Utica in its January edition. According to Le Monde’s website, the French leftwing publication, which has seventy-two editions in twenty-seven languages, reaches an estimated 2.5 million people worldwide. The editors of the paper selected the article on Occupy Utica from fifty other articles from the book recently published by AK Press We Are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation.

This publication comes at a time when Occupy Utica activists are strategizing over grassroots organizing in the community, with talk of launching a Freedom School, fighting for tenants’ rights and working with others to open a community organizing center. Although the Occupy Movement does not have the bite or momentum it did in its early days, and was suppressed by the FBI, many groups like Occupy Utica are still active across the US. Occupy Sandy Relief, Occupy our Homes and Strike Debt / Rolling Jubilee are some of the major campaigns launched out of Occupy that are still humming with activity.

The article can be viewed in the AK Press book We Are Many, available at http://www.akpress.org, or can be read in Le Monde Diplomatique. As the article states, “It is in small cities like Utica where the real power of a social movement is measured and where parallel grassroots power can thrive.” Perhaps the editors of Le Monde picked up on that and decided to share it with the world.

Brendan Maslauskas Dunn

This is part of the article in French

Pendant ce temps, à Utica

par Brendan Maslauskas Dunn, janvier 2013

Loin de se limiter à l’île de Manhattan, le mouvement Occuper Wall Street s’est répandu à travers les Etats-Unis, y compris dans de petites villes — telle Utica, Etat de New York — où il a revêtu un visage bien plus revendicatif.

« Utica partage le destin de la plupart des petites villes de la Rust Belt [la « ceinture de la rouille », c’est-à-dire les Etats du Nord-Est industriel]. Jadis centre économique florissant — présence d’une industrie textile et de General Electric, en particulier—, elle a été, au cours des cinquante dernières années, désertée par la plupart des grandes industries ; sa population fut divisée par deux. Désormais, les principaux employeurs sont des prisons et un centre de distribution Walmart. La ville n’est plus que l’ombre d’elle-même. Le capitalisme n’a pas été tendre avec elle, mais Occuper lui a insufflé de l’espoir.

« Utica n’a pas, loin s’en faut, de tradition protestataire, mais quand le mouvement Occuper est apparu au beau milieu d’une nuit, (…)

http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/

http://mondediplo.com/

http://www.akpress.org/wearemany.html

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On December 22, the civil liberties organization Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) released a trove of documents revealing that the FBI worked closely with banks, Wall Street and other agencies to spy on the Occupy Movement. In countless emails and memoranda sent out by the FBI, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement are scrutinized for their “criminal activity” and “domestic terrorism” threats, despite the fact that the social movement continuously encouraged nonviolent civil disobedience and resistance.

The FBI, DHS and JTTF worked closely with law enforcement agencies, local governments, military intelligence and the Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC), an Orwellian fusion of law enforcement, governmental and private sector interests. The Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) also worked closely with the DSAC and FBI to monitor Occupy groups organizing actions on the West Coast in support of the longshoreman union ILWU in its labor dispute. The mission of NCIS “is to investigate and defeat criminal, terrorist, and foreign intelligence threats” to the United States.

The message is clear: the federal government, FBI, JTTF, DHS, military and the big banks saw the Occupy Movement as a “criminal” and “terrorist” threat to national security and played a large part in attempting to undermine the movement. The PCJF obtained these documents through FOIA requests and is currently appealing to gather more documents the organization believes that the FBI is withholding from the public.

Local Occupy groups were also targeted in this mass surveillance. Occupy Oswego, Occupy Syracuse and Occupy Albany all come up in the documents as targets of the FBI. A SUNY Oswego official regularly sent updates to the FBI. The JTTF and the FBI’s “Campus Liaison Program” contacted numerous college officials in Syracuse and Albany regarding the Occupy groups in those two cities. It is unknown at this time whether or not Occupy Utica was spied on.

Although these documents are revealing, many participants of the Occupy movement are not surprising. There were widely held suspicions in the movement of a nationally-coordinated crackdown of Occupy. Activists’ suspicions were confirmed when Oakland’s mayor Jean Quinn told the BBC that she was involved in a conference call with 18 other cities over how to deal with the Occupy Movement. It was later discovered that the FBI and DHS were involved in nationally coordinated discussions with at least 40 cities in clamping down on Occupy.

Activists from Occupy Austin discovered that their group was infiltrated by local police officers that had connections with a Texas Fusion Center. Fusion Centers connect the US military with federal and local law enforcement agencies to monitor and spy on “threats to national security.” They have come under considerable fire for their role in spying on and infiltrating antiwar groups, Occupy groups, anarchists and various social justice organizations. This is all done under the pretext of fighting and preventing terrorism.

The most severe FBI action known to date is the entrapment of Occupy Cleveland activists by an FBI informant. In a tactic widely used to imprison Muslim Americans, the FBI created a terror plot by introducing a violent idea, creating the plan and providing materials to carry out an act of violence, entrapping and imprisoning people duped into participating in the plot. Five Cleveland Occcupiers were tricked by the FBI into carrying out a bomb plot that did not occur. The troubling issue with entrapment cases is that had the FBI never been involved, there would be no threat of violence. Also disconcerting in the released files was the revelation that someone was plotting to assassinate Occupy leaders in New York City, Seattle and Texas with a sniper rifle. Despite this very serious threat, the FBI focused their resources on targeting Occupy.

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director of PCJF, commented over the FOIA document release stating, “This production, which we believe is just the tip of the iceberg, is a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI’s surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movement.” The FBI has a long history of targeting social movements and organizations on the Left, including populists, socialists, anarchists, the radical union known as the “Wobblies,” the Black Panthers and the New Left of the 1960s-70s. Time will tell what the rest of the iceberg looks like, but judging the history of the FBI, it may not look so good.

To view the spy files, visit: http://www.justiceonline.org/commentary/fbi-files-ows.html

Brendan Maslauskas Dunn

Partnership for Civil Justice
December 22, 2012

FBI documents just obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) pursuant to the PCJF’s Freedom of Information Act demands reveal that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat even though the agency acknowledges in documents that organizers explicitly called for peaceful protest and did “not condone the use of violence” at occupy protests.
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The PCJF has obtained heavily redacted documents showing that FBI offices and agents around the country were in high gear conducting surveillance against the movement even as early as August 2011, a month prior to the establishment of the OWS encampment in Zuccotti Park and other Occupy actions around the country.
“This production, which we believe is just the tip of the iceberg, is a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI’s surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movement,” stated Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF). “These documents show that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are treating protests against the corporate and banking structure of America as potential criminal and terrorist activity. These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America.”
“The documents are heavily redacted, and it is clear from the production that the FBI is withholding far more material. We are filing an appeal challenging this response and demanding full disclosure to the public of the records of this operation,” stated Heather Benno, staff attorney with the PCJF.
As early as August 19, 2011, the FBI in New York was meeting with the New York Stock Exchange to discuss the Occupy Wall Street protests that wouldn’t start for another month. By September, prior to the start of the OWS, the FBI was notifying businesses that they might be the focus of an OWS protest.
- The FBI’s Indianapolis division released a “Potential Criminal Activity Alert” on September 15, 2011, even though they acknowledged that no specific protest date had been scheduled in Indiana.
- The documents show that the Indianapolis division of the FBI was coordinating with “All Indiana State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies,” as well as the “Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center,” the FBI “Directorate of Intelligence” and other national FBI coordinating mechanisms.
- Documents show the spying abuses of the FBI’s “Campus Liaison Program” in which the FBI in Albany and the Syracuse Joint Terrorism Task Force disseminated information to “sixteen (16) different campus police officials,” and then “six (6) additional campus police officials.” Campus officials were in contact with the FBI for information on OWS. A representative of the State University of New York at Oswego contacted the FBI for information on the OWS protests and reported to the FBI on the SUNY-Oswego Occupy encampment made up of students and professors.
- Documents released show coordination between the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and corporate America. They include a report by the Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC), described by the federal government as “a strategic partnership between the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the private sector,” discussing the OWS protests at the West Coast ports to “raise awareness concerning this type of criminal activity.” The DSAC report shows the nature of secret collaboration between American intelligence agencies and their corporate clients – the document contains a “handling notice” that the information is “meant for use primarily within the corporate security community. Such messages shall not be released in either written or oral form to the media, the general public or other personnel…” (The DSAC document was also obtained by the Northern California ACLU which has sought local FBI surveillance files.)
- Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) reported to the DSAC on the relationship between OWS and organized labor for the port actions. The NCIS describes itself as “an elite worldwide federal law enforcement organization” whose “mission is to investigate and defeat criminal, terrorist, and foreign intelligence threats to the United States Navy and Marine Corps ashore, afloat and in cyberspace.” The NCIS also assists with the transport of Guantanamo prisoners.
- DSAC issued several tips to its corporate clients on “civil unrest” which it defines as ranging from “small, organized rallies to large-scale demonstrations and rioting.” It advised to dress conservatively, avoid political discussions and “avoid all large gatherings related to civil issues. Even seemingly peaceful rallies can spur violent activity or be met with resistance by security forces. Bystanders may be arrested or harmed by security forces using water cannons, tear gas or other measures to control crowds.”
- The FBI in Anchorage reported from a Joint Terrorism Task Force meeting of November 3, 2011, about Occupy activities in Anchorage.
- A port Facility Security Officer in Anchorage coordinated with the FBI to attend the meeting of protestors and gain intelligence on the planning of the port actions. He was advised to request the presence of an Anchorage Police Department official to also attend the event. The FBI Special Agent told the undercover private operative that he would notify the Joint Terrorism Task Force and that he would provide a point of contact at the Anchorage Police Department.
- The Jacksonville, Florida FBI prepared a Domestic Terrorism briefing on the “spread of the Occupy Wall Street Movement” in October 2011. The intelligence meeting discussed Occupy venues identifying “Daytona, Gainesville and Ocala Resident Agency territories as portions …where some of the highest unemployment rates in Florida continue to exist.”
- The Tampa, Florida FBI “Domestic Terrorism” liaison participated with the Tampa Police Department’s monthly intelligence meeting in which Occupy Lakeland, Occupy Polk County and Occupy St. Petersburg were discussed. They reported on an individual “leading the Occupy Tampa” and plans for travel to Gainesville for a protest planning meeting, as well as on Veterans for Peace plans to protest at MacDill Air Force Base.
- The Federal Reserve in Richmond appears to have had personnel surveilling OWS planning. They were in contact with the FBI in Richmond to “pass on information regarding the movement known as occupy Wall Street.” There were repeated communications “to pass on updates of the events and decisions made during the small rallies and the following information received from the Capital Police Intelligence Unit through JTTF (Joint Terrorism Task Force).”
- The Virginia FBI was collecting intelligence on the OWS movement for dissemination to the Virginia Fusion Center and other Intelligence divisions.
- The Milwaukee division of the FBI was coordinating with the Ashwaubenon Public Safety division in Green Bay Wisconsin regarding Occupy.
- The Memphis FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force met to discuss “domestic terrorism” threats, including, “Aryan Nations, Occupy Wall Street, and Anonymous.”
- The Birmingham, AL division of the FBI sent communications to HAZMAT teams regarding the Occupy Wall Street movement.
- The Jackson, Mississippi division of the FBI attended a meeting of the Bank Security Group in Biloxi, MS with multiple private banks and the Biloxi Police Department, in which they discussed an announced protest for “National Bad Bank Sit-In-Day” on December 7, 2011.
- The Denver, CO FBI and its Bank Fraud Working Group met and were briefed on Occupy Wall Street in November 2011. Members of the Working Group include private financial institutions and local area law enforcement.
- Jackson, MS Joint Terrorism Task Force issued a “Counterterrorism Preparedness” alert. This heavily redacted document includes the description, “To document…the Occupy Wall Street Movement.”
The PCJF filed Freedom of Information Act demands with multiple federal law enforcement agencies in the fall of 2011 as the Occupy crackdown began. The FBI initially attempted to limit its search to only one limited record keeping index. Recognizing this as a common tactic used by the FBI to conduct an inadequate search, the PCJF pressed forward demanding searches be performed of the FBI headquarters as well as FBI field offices nationwide.
The PCJF will continue to push for public disclosure of the government’s spy files and will release documents as they are obtained.
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) is a not-for-profit constitutional rights legal and educational organization which, among other things, seeks to ensure constitutional accountability within police practices and government transparency in operations. The PCJF filed the class action suit challenging the NYPD’s October 1 mass arrest of more than 700 protestors on the Brooklyn Bridge. It has brought class action cases in which more than 1,000 persons were falsely arrested during protests in Washington, D.C., resulting in settlements totaling $22 million and major changes in police practices. The PCJF previously brought the successful litigation in New York challenging the 2004 ban on protests in the Great Lawn of Central Park. It is counsel with the National Lawyers Guild in Oakland, CA challenging police mass arrest tactics. It won a unanimous ruling at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals finding the MPD’s unprecedented military-style police checkpoint program unconstitutional. The PCJF previously uncovered and disclosed that the D.C. police employed an unlawful domestic spying and agent provocateur program in which officers were sent on long-term assignments posing as political activists and infiltrated lawful and peaceful groups.
For more information go to: http://www.JusticeOnline.org.

Occupy Wall Street: One Year Later

SUNY Cortland
Tuesday, November 13th
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Sperry Center, Room 106
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A panel discussion with Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Utica activists!

Come listen to Occupy activists talk about their personal experiences with the Occupy Movement and the significance of organizing with Occupy in a small Rustbelt city in Upstate NY. They will share stories about the early days of Occupy Wall Street, what the movement has accomplished, foreclosure resistance, debt resistance, student organizing, immigrant justice, economic justice and the most recent upsurge of Occupy Wall Street with Occupy Sandy Relief efforts underway in New York City and New Jersey. This will be followed by a
Q&A session. Literature will also be available at the event.

Featuring:

John McDevitt – An Army Reservist who fought Bank of America after $25,000 was fraudulently taken from him while he was in Afghanistan and got his money back with the help of Occupy Utica. McDevitt made national news headlines.

Trinh Truong – A high school student in Utica who organized protests against local school budget cuts and austerity measures. Truong is currently organizing with Occupy Sandy Relief.

Brendan Maslauskas Dunn – An organizer with Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Utica.

Brought to you by The Anarchist Studies Initiative

Occupy Sandy Hurricane Relief Update!

::IMPORTANT:: Occupy Utica will not be collecting donations for Occupy Sandy Hurricane relief tomorrow from 4pm-6pm as originally planned.

Our donation drive has been an overwhelming success and we would like to thank everybody who has so far donated their items, time, and money assist those in dire need. Unfortunately, this fantastic response has also led to some difficulty in transporting all of the donated items to NYC and Occupy Sandy donation hubs. This is an absolutely wonderful problem to have and one which we are gladly trying to solve as quickly as possible.

This does not mean that the donation drive is over! If you have items you wish to donate to Occupy Sandy Relief please hold on to them! Occupy Utica will continue to support Occupy Sandy until the need has been met! We will update you as soon as our donation drive resumes so please keep checking back with us.

As you might have noticed, Occupy Utica is not a professional rescue/relief agency nor is Occupy Sandy. We are simply groups of concerned individuals who recognized the institutional failures of disaster relief groups like FEMA and the American Red Cross and decided to act.

It is important to realize that Occupy Sandy is in itself a protest. Many of the same issues brought to the national stage by the Occupy Wall Street Movement are the same issues which have resulted in this current tragedy. Climate change, failing infrastructure, austerity, decline in public services, a private sector solely focused on profit and “out of touch” politicians who pay more attention to Wall Street than Main Street, have all contributed to making this disaster much worse than it truly should have been.

You may not have realized it while you were doing it, but by donating/volunteering to Occupy Sandy Relief you were protesting a corrupt system in which the private sector is unwilling to assist those truly in need and our government is currently incapable of addressing the actual needs of the people. Your actions supported complete strangers in a time of desperate need. Your protest was putting community first. Caring for one another, showing compassion in times of desperation, volunteering. These are all actions antithetical to capitalism. You may not be an anti-capitalist, but you have recognized one of the many flaws that plague our current system and you have decided to do something about it. Your actions might be small, you might even think they are inconsequential, but thousands upon thousands of small actions have a way of magnifying themselves until they are loud enough crack like thunder and shake the ground. Individually we are tiny, but together we are overpowering.

We here at Occupy Utica want to encourage you to get even more involved. You are already an activist by choosing to act and not to simply stand by and watch. You can continue to be an activist just by staying involved and doing something…anything really. Occupy has taught me that being an activist is not very hard. It is as easy as standing up. So please, stand up for something you believe in and make a personal promise to not sit down. If you want to get more involved with Occupy Utica, we would love to have you! We meet every Friday at 6:30pm at The Other Side. If Occupy Utica is not your thing that’s fine! There are thousands of causes and groups which are in desperate need of new members. Find one which best suits you and join up! We are all in this together!

NOTE: Please keep checking this page and our facebook for additional updates!

ANOTHER NOTE:  Don’t forget, http://www.interoccupy.net/occupysandy for more ways you can help Sandy Relief efforts!

Help with hurricane relief!
Drop off donations at The Other Side in Utica (2011 Genesee Street, across from the Uptown Theater)

Drop off time Saturday and Sunday is from 12:00 noon – 6:00pm. Every day from Monday through Friday will be from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. We need volunteers so feel free to show up to sort out items.

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Occupy Utica is teaming up with The Other Side to create a drop-off center to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. We are currently in regular contact with Occupy Sandy Relief in New York City which was set up to give assistance to the most neglected communities hit the hardest by the hurricane. Sandy Relief was set up by Occupy Wall Street, the climate justice group 350.org and recovers.org. Thus far, mutual aid relief centers have been established in New Jersey, the Lower East Side, Far Rockaway, Astoria, Chinatown, Staten Island and many other neighborhoods.

The death count from the hurricane is 140 and rising. The MTA has limited service, no service in southern Manhattan and no Brooklyn-Manhattan service. Amtrak and Metro North are shut down, millions are still without power, FEMA and the Red Cross have made little to no appearance in Far Rockaway, schools are shut down, and another storm is expected to hit the city. Residents have made comparisons in some neighborhoods to the damage created by Katrina in New Orleans. This is not just a freak storm – this is a storm made worse by climate change and New Jersey, New York and other Northeastern states are experiencing just a little of what will most likely become a regular occurrence in the not to distant future.

There is, however, hope. People are making the connections between climate change, corporate welfare, government inefficiency and Hurricane Sandy. Up and down the coast, people are acting on the principles of mutual aid – the idea that we can create a better world by working in solidarity with each other and building grassroots democratic community power instead of relying on corporations and the State. Occupy Sandy Relief is acting in this tradition of mutual aid and is rebuilding from the bottom-up. This model was created by Common Ground in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and was the first organization in the Lower Ninth Ward. This model is, in many ways being replicated by Occupy Sandy Relief and Occupy Utica is lucky to have a former organizer with Common Ground in our group.

We need your help. Volunteers are needed in New York City and New Jersey. We need people to volunteer to be at The Other Side to pick up donations and we will be working on a schedule for this. As of now, some of us may be heading down to New York City next weekend, but until then we need to find a way to get supplies down there. We may be able to get supplies to Albany or somewhere downstate at similar drop off sites but we need a way to get it there.

Here is a list of what we need:

Gas cans with gas (please do not bring this to TOS but email or call us if you can bring this), blankets, winter coats, tampons, pads, etc, diapers, fresh socks, fresh undergarments, thermal underwear, towels, soap, baby food, batteries, shoes, non-perishable food, toiletries, water (bottles and jugs), traps, tents… and many other items.

For a complete list of needs, please visit: http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/

For financial donations visit: https://www.wepay.com/donations/occupy-sandy-cleanup-volunteers

For website, facebook, email, twitter updates, visit: http://www.facebook.com/OccupySandyReliefNyc?ref=ts&fref=ts

Also visit http://www.democracynow.org and http://www.350.org for updates and analysis.

Finally, please come to our meeting Friday at 6:30pm at The Other Side to talk about how you can help.

You can contact us by emailing occupyutica@gmail.com or calling 315 732-2382

Solidarity not charity! For economic, social and climate justice!

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