Democracia Real Ya: Five Reasons to Take The Streets

Posted 5 hours ago on April 16, 2012, 10:37 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

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The following was translated from Democracia Real Ya (Real Democracy Now) Barcelona, aSpanish protest movement that helped inspire #OWS. While some things are specific to Spain/Europe, they echo our reasons for taking the streets on the May 1st General Strike here in North America and beyond. For more about Democracia Real Ya and the upcoming #12M15 global days of action in English and other languages, see here.

We will take to the streets on May 12th in a creative, nonviolent popular demonstration to continue working toward a May 15th in defense of the people!

On May 15th, 2011, millions began a process of social change, delivering a clear and unequivocal signal that we are not commodities in the hands of politicians and bankers, and stating publicly that our current representative democracy is dying. The political class and the powerful have not gotten the message. Despite the growing protests and cries of distress from the 99%, these elites are exploiting the crisis to plunder the common wealth and endangering the lives of the people.

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Coordinated efforts in Europe and North Africa to fight against Debt and Austerity

Posted on April 16, 2012 by Blockupy Frankfurt

The International Citizen Debt Audit Network – ICAN, has been born under the slogan “We don’t owe! We won’t pay!”, bringing together movements and networks in different European and North African countries, fighting austerity measures through the implementation of Citizen Debt Audits.

Barcelona, April 13th – The First Euro-Mediterranean Meeting of the newly formed International Network for Citizen Debt Audits, has been held this weekend in Brussels. Activists from twelve countries participated: Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Poland, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Egypt and Tunisia. The different regions are developing or initiating Citizen Debt Audits or campaigns against austerity and debt.

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Four Ways to Support Re-Occupation

Posted 16 hours ago on April 16, 2012, 12:01 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

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As the weather warms across much of the world, Occupiers are retaking public space. Even after we were violently removed from many of our home encampments last fall and winter, we never stoped organizing – and now we are back outside. With the rebirth of spring, re-occupation has begun in earnest.

For a full week, Wall Street – the original target of our indignation – has been #Occupied. Thanks in part to a 2000 decision by a federal court in Manhattan, protesters are legally allowed to sleep on the sidewalk, as long as they don’t block building entrances or take up more than half of the sidewalk. Occupiers have used similar tactics to occupy sidewalks in cities like Tucson since last year, while Occupy D.C were among the first Occupiers to use sidewalk sleeping in front of banks earlier this month. Empowered by the federal court ruling, #SleepfulProtest first came to New York as a way to escape constant police harassment at Occupy Union Square and soon spread to the heart of the financial district. This new tactic allows us to rebuild the face-to-face community and constant public presence that were so crucial to the Occupation of Liberty Square, without the complex logistics of maintaining a permanent encampment. Our new Occupations are mobile, viral, and targeted right at the heart of the 1%’s power.

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans, and Gender Non-Confirming Contingent for May Day NYC

Posted 6 hours ago on April 15, 2012, 11:09 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

When: Monday, April 16, 2012 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: Audre Lorde Project: 147 West 24th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011via the Audre Lorde Project:

Let’s talk about the History of May Day and the intersections that we as LGBTSTGNC People of Color face with the May Day demands of jobs, legalization and stopping deportations!

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GLOBALISATION of MAY 1st GENERAL STRIKE

May 1st, 2012, is a global general strike. Every year millions of people around the world celebrate May 1st as a dignified day of revolt against this system. May Day is an international holiday that commemorates the 1886 Haymarket Massacre, when Chicago police defending, as always, the interests of the ruling class attacked and murdered workers participating in a general strike and demanding an 8-hour workday. Five anarchists, known as the Haymarket Martyrs, were framed and sentenced to death as a result.

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 Click here to download a free PDF of our ‘Global General Strike’ poster. When it comes to Occupy we feel that real change will come only when we OCCUPY THE LAND… especially the ne…