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Posted in Uncategorized on September 15, 2012 by truthtopowernews

Hey All!
Just checking in to let you know that Chops and I are both now in NYC, and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our friends from the B:Media Collective this afternoon! We’re gettin’ ready to hit the streets and experiment with this crazy project. Tune in this evening (we’re shootin’ for 9pm PST) for our first broadcast! Here’s the schedule for today’s events, (also included below) so you have an idea of what to look forward to! We will be covering many events not listed, too, as we strive to bring you the most comprehensive reports we can!
Wish us luck! We’ll see you in the streets!
Adriane

 

Home Schedule S15 – EDUCATION

S15 – EDUCATION

OWS Anniversary Convergence Weekend

Saturday, 10:30am – 7pm
Washington Square Park
Join us for a special all-day Occupy Town Square for S17, with OWS tables, performances, and teach-ins.

10:30 am-12:30pm – Welcome and Orientation Activities, Lunch including S17 Action Prep & Legal Solidarity training.

Noon: Facilitation meeting for Thematic Assembles

12:30pm-4pm – Inaugural Assembly and Thematic Breakout Groups
Some of the thematic assemblies already planned:

The Occupy the K-12 Public School Narrative Thematic Breakout – will bring together students, parents, educators, community members and activists to discuss the Privatization of Public Schools and the Continuum of Resistance.

Money out of Politics Assembly: Together, we will: describe the parameters of this movement, it’s origin story, involvement with OWS, New York specific efforts, national campaigns and major organizational actors.

Strike Debt: Share individual and collective actions for those fighting debt in all of its forms.

Occupy for all species: An OTS teach-in to talk about ways we can commit ourselves to the struggle: All Day, Every Day.

4pm-6:30pm – Open Space for teach-ins, workshops, performances any other type of activity. Please fill out the convergence form to let us know you are coming. This information will help us in our preparations.

4pm-6:30pm – Direct Action and Know Your Rights Trainings
Organizers and trainers from the Direct Action Working Group (in New York City and other occupations) will assist in skill-shares and knowledge-shares about activism in New York City and involvement in direct actions. This space will also be open for Know Your Rights trainings specific to New York City, and will also include Plus Brigades training. Check out the full training schedule for the weekend. Attending these trainings is highly recommended for everyone who plans to participate in any aspect of S17.

6:30pm-7pm – Closing Assembly
The day will close with a few words about various events happening throughout the city on Saturday evening. OTS will leave an open space for spontaneous assemblies or soapboxes.

The Debt Resistors’ Operations Manual
Saturday, 7:30pm
Judson Memorial Church, Washington Park South
The Debt Resistors’ Operations Manual, a project of Strike Debt and Occupy Wall Street, is a guide for individual and collective action for those fighting debt in all of its forms. Following its release, Strike Debt will host a discussion about the manual and its role in the emerging debt resistance movement.

S17 Affinity Group Spokescouncil
Saturday, 8pm
Washington Square Park
Learn about the action framework for S17, choose targets, and make friends.

Affinity Group Actions and Solidarity Events

March to End Suppression of OWS
Saturday, 6pm
Washington Square Park
Join us as we take to the streets to raise to raise awareness of the continued suppression of Non-Violent activists and the Occupy Movement. The march ends at Liberty Park.

Occupy: The Film Festival
Saturday, 6pm & 8:30pm
Anthology Film Archives 32 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003
Occupy The Film Festival is feature a full weekend of first anniversary festivities, including prominent guest speakers, interactive screenings, an Occupy fashion show, an Occupy photography exhibit by award-winning artists, and guerrilla projections. Continues on Sunday.

We are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation
Saturday, 7pm
Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen Street
Just days before the one-year anniversary of the action that launched a nascent social movement, the occupation of Wall Street and the encampment at Zuccotti Square, join us for an evening of discussion around the past, present, and possible future of the Occupy movement.

Building the Tools of Consensus
Saturday, 7pm
7pm, Liberty Park
Exercise your right to peaceably assemble through what micro-local, democratic participation looks like with #NYCGA, a public assembly for and by the people. (¡Programación sujeta a cambios!)

Convergencia de aniversario de Ocupa Wall Street

Lugar: Washington Square Park, 5th Ave y Waverly.

10:30 am-12:30pm – Bienvenida y actividades de orientación. Almuerzo.

12:30pm-4pm – Asamblea inaugural y pláticas en grupos separados por temas.

La convergencia de aniversario comenzará formalmente con una asamblea inaugural para dar inicio a los tres días de educación, celebración y resistencia. Estaremos escuchando de nuestros compañeros de todas partes del país reflexiones sobre el año que ha pasado. En seguida, habrá unas pláticas que se coordinarán de manera que haya una participación horizontal, divididas en grupos, sobre temas claves en el año que ha transcurrido (deuda, vivienda, educación, clima, encarcelamientos, inmigración, trabajo, justicia económica, dinero y política, etc.). Se invita a quienes tengan experiencia en esas áreas a sumarse y a ayudar a enriquecer la conversación. Después de las pláticas en grupos, nos agruparemos otra vez en convergencia para compartir nuestras pláticas y evaluar la situación de nuestro movimiento y qué prospectos hay para el futuro.

4pm-6:30pm – Foro abierto

Durante todo el día habrá mesas de información, clases, cursos prácticos, representaciones teatrales callejeras, entrenamientos y discusiones políticas todo el día. Pero éste es un momento ideal para ello, porque se aparta como un “foro abierto”. Occupy Town Square (OTS*) proporciona un tablero abierto a todos los grupos y e individuos para que indiquen a qué actividades desean invitar. OTS ha desarrollado un sistema para ayudar a la gente a que localice a qué actividades desea a asistir y a que se sume a ellas. Si tú quieres dar una clase o un taller, o poner una representación teatral o invitar a cualquier otro tipo de actividad, por favor llena el “formulario de convergencia” (“convergence form”) para hacernos saber que vendrás. Esta información nos ayudará a prepararnos.

4pm-6:30pm – Entrenamientos para hacer “acción directa” y conocer tus derechos

Este espacio está planeado para los organizadores y entrenadores del Grupo de Trabajo de Acción Directa (en la ciudad de Nueva York y en otras ocupaciones), a fin de compartir el aprendizaje de habilidades y conocimiento sobre activismo en la ciudad de Nueva York y la participación en protestas de “acción directa”.  Este espacio estará abierto específicamente a cursos prácticos para conocer tus derechos en la ciudad de Nueva York en particular, y también incluirá entrenamientos para formar parte de las Brigadas “Plus”. Durante el fin de semana habrá también más oportunidades de participar en ambos cursos.

6:30pm-7pm – Asamblea de conclusión del día

El día concluirá con algunas palabras sobre los varios eventos que ocurren por toda la ciudad en la noche del sábado. OTS dejará un espacio abierto para asambleas espontáneas o sesiones de libre expresión.

7:30pm – 9pm – Manual de Operaciones de Resistencia a la Deuda – Lanzamiento del libro

El Manual de Operaciones de Resistencia a la Deuda es un proyecto del grupo Huelga de Deuda y Ocupa Wall Street. Es una guía de acción individual y colectiva para quienes están luchando contra la deuda en todas sus formas. Después del lanzamiento del libro en ese día, Huelga de Deuda coordinará una plática sobre el Manual y su papel en el movimiento emergente de resistencia a la deuda. Incluirá clases de George Caffentzis, Pamela Brown y Andrew Ross, entre otros, y también será un espacio para expresión libre sobre deudores y otras discusiones relacionadas con el tema de la deuda.

*¿Qué es Occupy Town Square?

Occupy Town Square (OTS) es un acto de ocupación que se ha realizado en parques y en otros espacios públicos por distintas partes de la ciudad de Nueva York desde febrero de 2012. OTS recrea los principios esenciales de Zuccotti Park: participación horizontal y ayuda mutua. OTS procura dar la bienvenida a los que llegan por primera vez y a los que van pasando, pero también crea espacios para reflexionar sobre lo sucedido en el año que termina y articular alternativas y soluciones al sistema actual. En su marco de trabajo también se equilibra la planeación y la estructura con la espontaneidad.

Oh the excitement!!! We can hardly contain it! …so we won’t!!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 14, 2012 by truthtopowernews

Hey all! First of all – a big thanks to Mr. Tiago DeJerk, an amazing husband, friend, and artist, for designing our sweet new Truth to Power News logo! Look for it on our mics in the videos, and soon-to-be on t-shirts the nation over.

Secondly, we are SO happy to announce that we have officially joined forces with our good friends at the B:Media Collective to bring you a fuller project, drizzled with much more awesome-sauce! With editing geniuses like Tim and Nat by our sides, we are more confident than ever that we will be able to bring you creatively produced, hard-hitting news coverage of this weekend’s events in New York City!

Speaking of New York City, Chops arrived yesterday, and has already been hard at work to bring you some awesome raw footage of several actions against the controversial, predatory Stop-and-Frisk policies of the NYPD. We’ll share his footage of the events leading up to this weekend, as well as his sweetly excited and sleep-deprived personal account at the end of this post.

I’ll be leaving work in about 3 hours to head to the airport with my press pass in my hand and an excited grin splashed across my face… hopefully that grin will still be there when I arrive in NYC at 5:30am, meet up with Chops and hit the streets for our first full day of action! Tim and Nat of the B:Media Collective will meet up with us tomorrow as well, and together we’ll be able to capture, edit, and distribute our first full news show by tomorrow evening! So please, keep an eye on us and this blog, to stay up to date with what we’re doing this weekend! You can subscribe to get email notifications by using the widget on the right side of the blog’s main page.

Lastly, we’ll be super busy this weekend keeping up with all of the excitement and wonderful workshops, trying to whittle down what I’m sure will be hours of footage into a digestible and engrossing production for you. As such, we won’t be able to hit the internet as frequently to encourage people to follow our feeds, donate to our campaign, or share our posts. We hope that you, our invested audience comprised of friends, family and beyond, will help us to do that. Please, any chance you can, share our project with someone new… encourage those that wouldn’t normally seek out an alternative news source to check out our videos, and contribute if you can. We can only hope that we will make you proud, and we’ll try our darnedest to make it so!

Until tomorrow, may the righteous agitation of awakening in a world that seems so fast asleep be your impetus for change, for fervor in all that you do, and may the whispers of your conscience carry you through! See you in New York, y’all!

xoxoxo,

Adriane

From Chops:

On this Thursday morning the 13th I arrived in NYC from a long, mostly, sleepless night in the air on a cramped plane, headed over to a friends home that I will be staying at, got situated, and headed out, charged up on a steady supply of coffee, and stimulation from the city it’s self. I got lost, fell asleep on a train, and made it to two of the many Stop! Stop and Frisk / Stop Mass Incarceration events planed for the day. In Brownsville Brooklyn there were people handing out whistles, informative flyers, buttons and making a lot of noise. I got some footage and joined in by holding a sign, placing a button on myself, and blowing my new whistle.
This was a busy street and half the people coming and going were already wearing a whistle and many with buttons too. Those who came to get a whistle and a bit of info on what this was all about blew me away with some of the thing that they said. I was getting the feeling that abuse by police in this town was a very common part of mostly young and black peoples lives. (but not limited to them alone).
While all this was going on there was a police presence looming nearby, and that thankfully kept to themselves as far as I could see.
After things winded down, I headed to Union Sq. where there was another Stop! Stop and Frisk / Stop Mass Incarceration action being held. People mike-checked and told stories of police brutality that brought tears to some eyes in the group that had gathered to participate and to listen. I also was getting emotional, decided that I should get some food and sleep and headed out. 
for more information or to get involved go here http://occupywallst.org/article/stop-mass-incarceration-network-five-borough-actio/

Working Class Solidarity!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 13, 2012 by truthtopowernews

CHECK IT OUT! Chops went to Kinko’s the other day and busted out some amazing press passes for us! When he went to pay, the clerk asked what they were for. He told her that we were going to cover the Occupy Wall Street anniversary in New York this weekend and she gave them to him FOR FREE! Working class solidarity, y’all!

Make sure to show your support by contributing to our cause and sharing the link! We haven’t had a contribution in over a day and need all the help we can get to reach our goal! http://www.indiegogo.com/truth2powernews?c=home&a=1185674

Art pieces in progress

Posted in Uncategorized on September 12, 2012 by truthtopowernews

Art pieces in progress

Due to the overwhelming number of people who have donated $60 or more and claimed a work of art from Chops as their reward, our driveway has turned into quite the little studio! We only have 14 more days to raise the rest of our funds, and we’re so close! To view more examples of Chops’ art, visit our fundraiser site and consider donating and claiming a work of art for yourself or a loved one! http://www.indiegogo.com/truth2powernews?a=1185674

Welcome to our blog!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 12, 2012 by truthtopowernews

Our journey begins today, as Chops heads out to NYC to connect with Occupy Wall Street organizers on the ground, in preparation for this weekend’s events! Our friends from the B:Media Collective are en route as well, and I’ll be arriving on Saturday the 15th, at which point we will converge to speak truth to power, and bring you your daily news! We have two weeks left to meet our goal for contributions! Please continue to support us by sharing our links and encouraging our friends and family to donate! In the meantime, bookmark this blog, and check us out on youtube, so that you can follow all the action! 

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