Monday, March 5th: Occupy the Capitol!
Thousands of students, parents, teachers, and workers will flood into Sacramento on Monday, March 5th. How long we stay will be up to you.
Join us to demand that Wall St. and the 1% pay to refund education, jobs, essential services, and a better future!
10 am – Mass March * Location TBA
11 am – Rally at the Capitol Building
12:30 pm – Lunch at the Capitol Building
3:30 pm – General Assembly and Nonviolent Direct Action Training to Occupy the Capitol! Continue reading
Occupy movement challenges prison-industrial complex
By Betsey Piette | Workers World | March 4, 2012
Demonstrators chanted, “Tear down Jailhouses! Build up School Houses!” outside Heery International Inc.’s Philadelphia office as part of a national call from Occupy Oakland to Occupy for Prisoners on Feb. 20.
Heery, which profits from private prison construction, was paid $316 million in October to build a Graterford Prison extension to house 4,100 more inmates and a new death row facility.Organized by DecarceratePA and endorsed by Occupy Philadelphia, the protest targeted the disparity between increased funding for prison construction while Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett slashes funding for education and is pushing for more cuts. Continue reading
A Tale of Two Protests: Shut Down the Corporations in Portland and Tucson
by Alissa Bohling and Mike Ludwig | Truthout
| March 1, 2012
Protesters in Portland, Oregon, and Tucson, Arizona, faced very different weather when they hit the streets yesterday, but they had one thing in common: they were among 70 cities nationwide where Occupy activists and others spoke out against members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), whose decades-long history of authoring and pushing pro-corporate legislation through the nation’s statehouses has been criticized for strangling political and economic participation across the country.
“ALEC, a registered nonprofit with a board of trustees that reads like a Fortune 500 list, allows 1%ers to push legislation representing corporate interests,” said Dana Balicki of Occupy Wall Street in a statement released before the protests. “This is legislation laundering.”
The national day of protest, known as Shut Down the Corporations or F29, was originally called by Occupy Portland. Continue reading
Protesters take aim at big banks
A small band of protesters took to the streets of Corvallis Wednesday, banging drums, chanting anti-corporate slogans and holding a mock trial in front of a downtown bank.
About two dozen people, including members of Occupy Corvallis, Occupy OSU and the local Move to Amend chapter, gathered at Central Park before setting off about noon for an hourlong march through downtown.
Walking through a cold, sloppy mix of rain and snow, the protesters kept up a stream of slogans such as “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out.”
The group paused in front of the Bank of America and U.S. Bank branches to hand out fliers and chant “This is what a greedy bank looks like,” but the day’s main target was Wells Fargo. Continue reading
Protests demand human rights for prisoners
By Judy Greenspan | February 27, 2012
San Quentin, Calif. – Despite police blockades and freeway ramp closings — forcing demonstrators to hike to the rally site in front of the prison — activists occupied the front of San Quentin Prison for several hours on Feb. 20. That day had been designated as the National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners.
Demonstrations were also held in about 15 cities around the country, including New York, Boston and Los Angeles. In New York hundreds of mostly youth in the multinational crowd rallied at the Lincoln Correctional Facility in Harlem and then at a Wells Fargo bank. Continue reading
Occupy Portland: About 1,000 march in downtown, shut down several businesses; seven arrested
By Anne Saker | March 1, 2012 | The Oregonian
About 1,000 people marched Wednesday through downtown in an Occupy Portland demonstration against corporate influence in politics, setting off bits of street theater in opposition to the American Legislative Exchange Council.
The march was peaceful with only a brief confrontation with mounted police officers and riot-geared state troopers outside the Wells Fargo branch in the Wells Fargo Center. Continue reading
Join Grassroots Leadership, TUFF, and allies in a Texas Statewide Day of Action and PCASC in Oregon in actions calling on Wells Fargo to divest its holdings in the for-profit private prison industry.
The private prison industry profits greatly from the detention of immigrants. More than 33,000 immigrants are detained every day in the United States, destroying families and costing taxpayers more than $1.7 billion this year. Together with investors like Wells Fargo millions are spent lobbying for Arizona Copycat Laws and SCOMM.
According to SEC filings, Wells Fargo currently holds over 4 million shares in GEO Group and 50,000 shares in Corrections Corporation of America, with a combined value of $120 million. GEO and CCA are the world’s two largest for-profit prison corporations. Wells Fargo, a recipient of billions of bailout dollars, is a major contributor to politicians who have championed the increased incarceration of immigrants. The protests will call on Wells Fargo to invest in our communities and divest from the private prison industry. Actions are part of the F29 Shut Down the Corporations Day, featuring actions across the country.
Austin: 3:30-4:30pm, Wells Fargo, Guadalupe & 24th
San Antonio: 3:00- 5:00pm 423 N New Braunfels Ave. 78202
Houston: 12:00- 1:00pm Wells Fargo, Louisiana & Lamar St Portland: 12:30pm, SW Ankeny & Natio Parkway on the waterfront side of the street
#F29 – A National Day of Action called to Shut Down the Corporations & PCASC will be there, demanding Wells Fargo divest their prison stock!
Join us in the Streets!
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb 29th at 12:30pm
WHERE: SW Ankeny & Natio Parkway on the waterfront side of the street. You’ll see PCASC’s banners and props!
What: Tomorrow is #F29 – a national day of action called to Shut Down the Corporations & PCASC will be there, demanding Wells Fargo divest their prison stock!
March with us & help spread the word about the dark side of Wells Fargo’s investments!
We will not allow the detention of immigrants to be a profit source for Wells Fargo!
This is the first public action since PCASC decided to take on the Wells Fargo Prison Divestment campaign and we’re really excited that it’s a part of #F29!
Rally begins at 11:30am, we march at 1pm.
Occupy Movement Challenges ALEC’s Corporate Influence on Legislation
More than 70 cities will be protesting corporations that are part of a secretive lobby group called the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, that helps corporate interests literally write our laws.
Occupy Portland has called for a national day of protest on February 29. The protests will focus on corporations that pay tens of thousands of dollars to be part of ALEC, in exchange for the power to draft model legislation which is then introduced in state legislatures across the country — all the while, most state lawmakers have no idea the bills were actually written by corporations.
Via Families for Freedom
Hundreds March in Harlem against Mass Incarceration & Private Prisons
Members of Families for Freedom joined with the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) Immigrant Worker Justice working group and the OWS Prisoner Solidarity working group to protest the connection between investment in private prisons and the mass incarceration of prisoners and immigrant detainees. Hundreds of protestors marched in Harlem highlighting the role private prison companies have played in supporting anti-immigrant policies, leading to record detention and deportation rates. The protest ws part of a national day of action during which over 15 cities held protests in solidarity with the ongoing hunger strike at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison, with communities dispossessed by the criminal injustice system, and with political prisoners everywhere. Continue reading