Newsletter Week January 29 – 4 February

Newsletter done by the occupylsx international commision

 

Index

1 One million signatures for Europe
2 Declaration of Social Movements Assembly Porto Alegre (RS), Brazil
3 Occupy DC to defend the public space
4 Marche Paris 2012
5 Report of the last protests in Spain made by a spanish activist
6 Latest from Greece
7 F29 Shut Down the Corporations
8 Occupy Calls for a Global General Strike on May 1, International Workers’ Day
9 Occupy The Superbowl
10 Police attack activists at Syria embassy in Madrid
11 Belgium hit by general strike as EU leaders meet
12 ACTA protests sweep Europe
13 Activist movements are preparing international protests against ECB (European Central Bank)
14 Moscow and New York GA are preparing a joint statement in favor of nuclear disarmament
15 A Call For Mass Action Against The Suppression of The Occupy Movement in US
16 Theatre groups connection
17 Low Lives launches new program in partnership with Occupy With Art and The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT 15 OCT (FACEBOOK)

1 One million signatures for Europe


The collection of one (1) million signatures in electronic format. The signatures should cover as many regions of Europe as possible on the basis of geography and population. The text bearing the signatures will then be sent to the President of the European Commission.
We Demand The REMOVAL of the onerous Debt. When countries are in “a state of necessity” (when they are experiencing the collapse of their health and education systems, as well as their wages and pensions), repayment of the burdensome debt must be put aside. The necessity for survival and human dignity must come before repayment of a debt.
http://www.1millionsignatures.eu/?a=en

2 Declaration of Social Movements Assembly Porto Alegre (RS), Brazil
http://www.cadtm.org/Declaration-of-Social-Movements

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3 Occupy DC to defend the public space
Participants of Occupy DC at McPherson Square, both sleeping members and non-sleeping members, will defend the public space we have used as our center for activism on this Monday, January 30th.
http://occupydc.org/jan-30th-occupy-dc-will-defend-our-home-and-our-dream/

4 Marche Paris 2012
Courriel: marcheparis2012@gmail.com
Adresse e-mailling: marchesparis2012@lists.takethesquare.net
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https://lists.takethesquare.net/mailman/listinfo/marchesparis2012
Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/MarcheParis2012 @MarcheParis2012
Site internet http://www.marche-paris-2012.com/
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marches-Paris-2012/151214914989073

5 Report of the last protests in Spain made by a spanish activist

My personal view of some of the last protests in Spain

– This is the situation:
In Spain, public transport is being affected by the austerity and the companies decided to lower the salaries, fire the employees and increase the price of the service. There was no needing of anything of this, they’re just taking profit.
Also, the public transport increases every year the price, it’s normal because salaries also increase.
This year the salaries are freezed because of the crisis (only some governors increased theirs…), so the price of the transport shouldn’t increase.
Well, they did it, 12% of increasing. So fucking nice, privatization of healthcare, families on the streets, closing of public schools… Everybody is having fun.

– This is the reaction:
Most of people does nothing, you know.
Well, public transport it’s not a basic need, so it’s nothing to care so much, there are worse things out there. But the ideas on how to solve it are really interesting: an increase of price has become an opportunity to use the services for free!
Based on the greek movement, we are starting one with the same name: “I don’t pay”, in spanish: “Yo no pago”. Of course Occupy/15m gives support and the movement medias are being used to collaborate.

This movement started with a massive jumping inside the metro (underground,subway I never know how to call it in english), it was a success and yesterday the did it again.
Yesterday in Madrid the metro station was sorrounded by a lot of police and 5 persons were arrested, the protesters made also an improvised demonstration.
In Barcelona was so nice, nobody did nothing to stop it, the doors were open and blocked for hours and workers or police didn’t care. Everybody could enter for free and some random people also joined the demonstration inside the midtown big station. You’ll find photos and videos here: https://twitter.com/#!/search/yonopago
These ones are great: http://yfrog.com/h65vvbrj http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PltYATuelmg
And today I was surprised when reading about a new parallel movement: “Yo no paro”, in english: “I don’t stop”, literal translation makes it not understandable, I would call it “I won’t stop them”. This is a calling made by the public transport workers from Madrid, they said that they’re not going to ask the people for the tickets nor stop them when jumping the doors in solidarity with the “yo no pago”.

– To the point:
Our movement made a great achievement, not doing only protest, but working on find solutions. So the “Yo no pago” it’s on the same way.
In Barcelona, a group of people is working on a cultural association to support the people that has a new mental illness: “memetro”. This illness it’s the lack of memory to remember if the law punish the unpaid usage of the public transport, normally due to a mental shock after the price increases so much.
This association works right now on twitter with the hashtag #alertamemetro, that allows you to send a warning if there are controllers on any station and check it out from other people. They’re also working on a phone app.

But the best of all is that, based on some french similar movements, they’ll pay the fines of the people that travel without ticket, for 7€ a month, while the 10 travels ticket costs 9.25€.
Or maybe the best is that they’re getting funds of the government to pay the fines

6 Latest from Greece

Yesterday the Greek police after receiving orders from the mayor of Athens entered and took into custody some 50 people (homeless and members of solidarity movements) who have entered in order to take refuge from the severe cold to a closed municipal coffee shop in the center of Athens. After the woes of those present at the scene and the general fuzz  that was created today the Municipality of Athens was forced to withdraw the legal action against the homeless and so they were released back into the cold today….

The conclusions are yours….

7 F29 Shut Down the Corporations

Occupy Portland calls for a national day of non-violent direct action (2012-02-29) to reclaim our voices and challenge our society’s obsession with profit and greed by shutting down the corporations. We are rejecting a society that does not allow us control of our future. We will reclaim our ability to shape our world in a democratic, cooperative, just and sustainable direction. Already 30+ cities are planning actions. Get involved and find out more at www.shutdownthecorporations.org.

The Portland Action Lab is a direct action spokes council organizing as part of Occupy Portland. More info at www.portlandactionlab.org.

8 Occupy Calls for a Global General Strike on May 1, International Workers’ Day
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/01/30/1059933/-Occupy-Calls-for-a-Global-General-Strike-on-May-1,-International-Workers-Day?via=sidebyuserrec

9 Occupy The Superbowl
http://www.facebook.com/events/191839850904452/
http://www.facebook.com/events/290413544345663/

10 Police attack activists at Syria embassy in Madrid
http://bambuser.com/channel/leila_na/broadcast/2339851

11 Belgium hit by general strike as EU leaders meet
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16786548

12 ACTA protests sweep Europe
Protests against the ACTA trade agreement are being planned across Europe:
http://pad.telecomix.org/acta-protests (max 16 users at a time, so don’t leave this window open!)
Some resources on ACTA and campaigns against it in my blog:
http://thescienceofdestruction.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/acta-update/

13 Activist movements are preparing international protests against the
authoritarian crisis regime of ECB (European Central Bank) and the German
Federal Government

Press Release: network meeting was held on 01/22/2012 in Frankfurt/Main,
Germany.

* Movements are preparing international protests against the authoritarian
crisis regime of the ECB and the German Federal Government

The purpose of this activst conference held on February 24-26 in Frankfurt am Main will be to choreograph a series of protests in the coming months against austerity measures dictated by the profiteers of the financial und economic crisis. The main focus of Sunday’s discussion was to plan and
mobilize days of action in Frankfurt in mid May, as well as long term campaign consideration through 2013. There are already ideas of united mass demonstration, and blockades at the banking center. The goal should be a pan-European mobilization towards Frankfurt, to display an unmistakable
sign of international solidarity and resistance.

Shortly after the activist conference in Frankfurt there will be another European preparatory meeting in Milan on March 31st. On the same day the Communist “Ums-Ganze-Bündnis” is calling for a demonstration at the construction site of the new ECB building in Frankfurt. On May 12th there
will be additional plans for a decentralized global day of protest, which is being prepared especially by Spanish, Portuguese and English-speaking networks.

14 Moscow and New York fighting together
Moscow and New York General Assemblies are preparing a joint statement in favor of nuclear disarmament. A symbol of a new era in history, in which people can find each other to build a better world beyond borders, beyond the fear established by governments, beyond who taught them to be be enemies.
This is the provisional statement:
http://www.nycga.net/groups/antiwar/docs/draft-joint-declaration-of-occupy-moscow-and-ows-approved-by-antiwar-working-group

15 A Call For Mass Action Against The Suppression of The Occupy Movement in US
http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/mike-friends-blog/call-mass-action-against-suppression-occupy-movement

16 Theatre groups connection
The Theatre Commission of AcampadaSol (Teatro Quince de Mayo. Movement 15M) is working in the idea of connecting the different groups of theatre arising from the revolt all
around the planet.

teatrosol15m@gmail.com

17 Low Lives launches new program in partnership with Occupy With Art and The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.

On March 3rd, 2012, Low Lives: Occupy! an international platform designed to enable artists, audiences, and presenters in alliance with the Occupy movement to support the occupation, will transmit live performances, actions, and happenings online as they occur in real time around the world.

http://acampadabcninternacional.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/enespo-low-lives-occupy-international-call-for-artists-and-presenters/