News and Calls to Action from Occupy Wall Street

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Sandy Storyline has proudly announced its official selection in The Tribeca Film Festival’s inaugural Storyscapes program.

This powerful project features the personal stories from survivors of SuperStorm Sandy in audio, video, photography and text — contributed by residents and citizen journalists to be shared through an immersive web documentary and interactive exhibitions.

In this manner, Sandy Storyline tells the collective story of why the mutual aid provided by Occupy Sandy has been and remains required. It is a truly collaborative project, building a community-generated narrative of the storm that seeks to inspire a safe and more sustainable future.

The Storyscapes program will present five selections at a public, interactive installation, where storytelling and technology, authorship and openness will intersect.

Check out Sandy Storyline at the Tribeca Film Festival as we present our stories to the world.

– from the ‘Your Inbox: Occupied’ team

Occupy in the News

Nick Pinto in The Village Voice covers the settlement from the City of New York paying more than $365,000 for property destroyed during the eviction of Occupy Wall Street on Nov. 15, 2011. The settlement included remuneration for the destruction of books from the People’s Library, equipment from Global Revolution Media, and more. This was a major legal victory for Occupy Wall Street, if only as evidenced by the large amount of media coverage in this vein.

At The Guardian, a thoughtful review of David Graeber’s new book, The Democracy Project: a History, a Crisis, a Movement, finds the reviewer galvanized by Graeber’s assessment of the successes of the OWS movement. “Liberals…tend to sit back and wait for things to happen. Graeber is right about this and reading The Democracy Project, I felt the sting of his critique. Like many people, years of inconclusive crisis politics have left me feeling jaded and apathetic. Despite its faults, this book woke me up.”

A recent issue of The Sociological Quarterly includes a special section on Occupy Wall Street. A symposium on the subject asked contributors to focus on the following in relation to OWS: the role of new social media, organizational sustainability, and the broader question of “what has been started and where is it going?”

If you’re here in NYC, check out an exhibit of Molly Crabapple’s ‘Shell Game’ Paintings. Her canvases tackle global turmoil in 2011, including the rise of Occupy Wall Street, Anonymous hackers, the health insurance crisis, the Tunisian Revolution, protests in Greece, and the Spanish M15 movement.

Featured Occu-Project

Just in time for Tax Day, a new video game has launched that let’s you blast corporate Tax Evaders! Play it now at http://www.taxevaders.net/.

Don’t be mistaken: this is no ordinary video game. Not only does it illustrate how “people power” can make the corporations pay, it actually allows you to blast these tax dodging corporations for reals using a “twitter bomb” feature.

Its launch further coincides with a series of ‘illuminated’ actions taking place across the country between now and April 15th where the game will be projected in public space for people to play outdoors and on the streets. Stay tuned.

Occupy these Actions & Events

Saturday, April 13th, 1:00-3:00pm

Occupy Crime Scene investigation of Wall Street From Occu-Evolve

Begins at Battery Park

A two-hour walking tour in the Lower Manhattan financial district of Wall Street exploring the story of ‘too big to fail’ Banks. In addition to the Occupy Wall Street movement and occupation of Zuccotti Park(Liberty Plaza) the tour also highlights the history of Lower Manhattan’s original population of Native People and culminates at the African Burial Ground. The tour has a $10 donation suggested with proceeds going to the Occu-Evolve to continue their work! You must RSVP to attend. Please email occu-evolve@mail.com.

Monday, April 15th, 3pm-6pm

Tax Day NYC: Pay Up Wall Street!

Goldman Sachs headquarters, 200 West Street

Join Flip The Debt for a nationwide day of action on Tax Day April 15th at the headquarters of Goldman Sachs in NYC, which received millions in interest-free financing from the city on the condition they would create jobs. No surprise, Goldman didn’t keep their word. If you are sick and tired of Wall Street banks and large companies raking in billions in corporate welfare while they pay no taxes, take action and join us.

Tuesday, April 16th All Day starting at 8:00am

One Year Anniversary of the Occupation of Federal Hall

Federal Hall

After being illegally evicted from Nassau Street on April 16, 2012 at around eight in the morning, the occupiers took refuge at Federal Hall. Now a year later, join in and help us remember that day’s anniversary.

Saturday, April 20th, 10am

Workplace Organizing Training

Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South

Join Occupy Your Workplace for a fun, interactive training on how to begin the process of organizing your workplace and/or in your community. If you’ve never done workplace organizing, don’t worry – we will go over it. If you do and think you have something to contribute to the conversation, please join us as well. Please come with an open mind and a willingness to try and explore something new. For more information, email Victoria at imissbrooklyn@gmail.com.

Monday, April 22nd, 6:30pm

Strategic Action Labs: Mapping & Scouting

33 West 14th Street

Welcome to the Spring Strategic Action LABS. Below are a set of workshops aimed to help us deepen our analysis and understanding of how the 1% works while building skills to organize for justice and global liberation. Mapping & Scouting Workshop: How do you find the people you want to engage and make it easy for us and many others to access? Mapping can take many forms – come and explore. Scouting: Now that we know where they are, Lets Go Look Around and see what we can and share ideas about what we have learned is possible.

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