2:30pm: 12-3 arrests at Occupy
London; 19 people sitting at the Royal Exchange refusing
to move. via @OccupyLondon: Report from the scene:
"We've formed a chain. Police are punching people." We
have observers there, could do with more.
2:15pm: Organizers estimate
Barcelona crowds at 250,000+ and growing. 75,000
reporterd in Zaragoza. Outside Spain, thousands also
gathered in Moscow, London, Brussels, and in hundreds of
2:10pm: Protests underway in Tel
Aviv, Jerusalem, and at least six other cities in
Israel. Estimates put numbers around 30,000. Follow
English or @J14ar
for Arabic. Meanwhile, Bahraini demonstrators are being
attacked and tear-gased by riot police.
2pm: Arrests happening in London!
1:30pm: London occupation of Bank
of England declared illegal; currently holding an
assembly to decide next steps.
1:20pm: Crowds at Puerta del Sol in
Madrid (and in 80 cities and towns across Spain alone)
are huge and growing by the minute. In Madrid, four
marches from north, south, east, and west are marching
through neighborhoods on their way to Sol. Police are
being aggressive toward Occupiers at Bank of England in
London, where protesters are dancing in the street.
Protests are also starting in the next few hours
throughout the Americas. The indignad@s in Bogotá,
Columbia will gather at Parque Nacional at 5pm NY time.
1:15pm: A mobile command unit has
been spotted near the the
Occupied Farm in Albany, California which has been
threatened over the past several days by police and the
university who own the land and want to sell it to
developers. All those in the Bay Area, CA are encouraged
to support the occupation! Follow
Occupy Oakland will also be peacefully protesting
Oakland Police Department´s brutality after the murder
of another community member.
12:20pm: Madrid police asking
people in square for identification.
12:05pm: Placa de Catalunya in
Barcelona beginning to fill up. Other marches starting
in Edinburgh, Copenhagen, and more. Bank of England
still occupied, riot police nearby.
Posted 13 hours ago on May 12, 2012, 1:17 a.m.
#OccupyDataran has occupied Merdeka Square in Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia since the summer of 2011, before the
occupation of Liberty Square in New York. Like many other
movements across the world, their occupation of public space
was inspired in part by the indignad@s in Spain who
took over plazas to protest austerity, government
corruption, and economic injustice one year ago today. In
recent weeks, the occupiers in Kuala Lumpur have been
harassed, raided, and arrested by police. Now, still united
in our call for Real Democracy NOW!, #OccupyDataran joins #OccupyWallStreet
and occupiers on five continents to take back
For more on the #12M Global Day of Action,
see here. To watch actions across the world live,
Posted 13 hours ago on May 12, 2012, 1:10 a.m.
Protesters in Moscow are occupying Chistye Prudy square
under a statue of Kazakh poet Abai. #OccupyAbai is demanding
free and fair elections after the third fraudulent election
of President Vladimir Putin. On Sunday, the eve of Putin’s
inauguration, tens of thousands of people occupied streets
in Chinatown and elsewhere in Moscow. In scenes reminiscent
of Bahrain or Oakland, police brutally attacked the peaceful
demonstrations with batons. Hundreds were arrested, but
thousands persisted - taking the streets during the day, and
occupying squares at night. Although police have banned
tents, the occupiers have adopted mobile tactics using
sleeping bags and generators to disperse and re-occupy when
evicted by police. Social media covering the protests has
been targeted and heavily repressed; last weekend, two of
the largest global livestreaming websites (Ustream and
Bambuser) went offline due to DDoS attacks on opposition
livestreamers in Moscow.
Today, Occupy Abai is marching in solidarity with the
indignad@s, Occupy, and allied social movements in the
#12M Global Day of Action.
They bombard us with numbers, and sometimes they
almost make us forget that across from the numbers,
thousands of lives are hidden. OUR LIVES. Lets show them
we are much more than that! 12th of May: Occupy the
streets in every city of the world.
May 12 is a Global Day of Action called by the indignad@s,
Occupy, and allied social movements around the world. In
2011 we showed another world was possible. Our struggle
continues in 2012; together we will rally against
corruption, human rights violations, censorship, police
brutality and corporate greed. May 12th, 2012 — everywhere.
Mass demonstrations are planned in
Valencia, and over 60 other cities across Spain. In
Madrid, the movement will return to Puerta del Sol. From
the 12th to 15th of May, protesters will take the square for
assemblies, performances, workshops, and discussions on the
the alternatives they’ve worked on for the past year.
Assemblies and actions are planned to address education,
migration, the housing crisis, the economy, the environment,
unemployment, civil disobedience, feminism, youth,
pensioners, and more. Protesters are also planning to
protest at banks responsible for the Spanish and global
financial crises. The Spanish government, which recently
began a severe crackdown on protest movements, has said they
will not allow the protesters to camp in Sol or other
squares throughout the country. The government says it will
end the protest at 10pm. The major marches are not scheduled
to arrive at Sol until around 9pm.
London will return to St. Pauls Cathedral across from
the London Stock Exchange and then march through London to
¨Meet the 1%¨ on a tour of different banks and institutions
whose greed is responsible for the global financial crisis.
Demonstrations are also planned in
Portugal, Brazil, Germany, Cuba, Greece, Indonesia,
Israel, France, Malaysia, Russia, and at least 384 cities in
over 50 countries across the world.
In the U.S., solidarity actions are planned in
St. Louis, and many other cities.
Occupy Los Angeles will be hosting a 12M anti-capitalist
General Assembly. In
Boston, the People of Color Group of Occupy Boston will
host a ceremony to preserve the last standing grove of
Silver Maple trees that are slated to be cut down for
“redevelopment” as luxury apartments for the 1%.
Occupy Denver will be protesting and occupying the
Downtown Denver Partnership, a business organization behind
a law that attacks Occupy and would criminalize the survival
act of sleeping by homeless people. Occupy Chicago, labor
unions, community groups, anti-war and international
solidarity groups and faith based activists will host a
Peoples Assembly on Alternatives to War and Poverty to
begin a week of actions that will culminate in
protests against NATO.
Governor Cuomo appointed Wall Street banker Stephen
Berger to fix healthcare in Brooklyn. Berger recommended
merging and downsizing Wyckoff and other Brooklyn hospitals
that provide necessary healthcare in low-income and
medically underserved communities.
Join us to speak out against hospital closings, service
reductions, and budget cuts!
Reclaim Healthcare for the 99%!
@2:30pm Maria Hernandez Park, northside, at Starr St and
Irving Ave. Subway from Manhattan/Brooklyn take L Train to
Jefferson Stop. From Brooklyn Food Conference atBrooklyn
Tech High School take B38 to DeKalb Ave/Knickerbocker Ave.
@3pm March to Wyckoff Hospital Speak out on healthcare
cuts and hospital closings in Brooklyn, and picket at
Wyckoff Hospital, Stockholm St and Wyckoff Ave. Take L Train
to DeKalb Stop.
This action is part of the “Another
City is Possible” Campaign which is organizing a week of
action protesting budget cuts in New York City.
As hundreds of thousands of people around the world
prepare to take to the
streets this weekend as part of a global call for
change, the International ‘Global Spring’ Assembly – an
international and inter-movement assembly formed of
supporters of Occupy, Take the Square and Latin American,
African, Asian and Middle Eastern social movements – has
released its first statement describing concrete suggestions
for a ‘global change’.
The statement – the
Global May Manifesto – calls for systemic change in the
global economy: the radical democratisation of international
institutions like the IMF, BIS and UN; the replacement of
the G8/20 with a democratic UN assembly; a system of global
taxation on financial transactions; and for the abolition of
tax havens. It does not represent the position of any local
or city assembly; rather it is offered for their
Endorsed by consensus on 4 May 2012 by the International
Assembly, this statement has been in development since
January 2012. It was a process that has seen thousands of
people from six continents and hundreds of cities
participating in the discussion and planning for the
international days of protests this month – particularly
focusing on the 1, 12, 15 and 18 May. These International
Assembly meetings have been convened in bi-weekly
assemblies, over an online VoIP platform (called Mumble,
which enables mass conference calls and give the assembly
its formal name – the International General Assembly on
The process for developing this global manifesto – which
is a work in progress – started by collecting statements
from the different local and city assemblies, then merging
these into a common statement. Individuals were then invited
to make new proposals through a public website and a number
of mailing lists that are used for international
Alvaro Rodriguez, 31, of the Indignados movement in
Spain, who participated in the process of writing the
statement, said: “This is the beginning of a new global
process of bringing the opinions of many people around the
world together. It represents the beginnings of a form of
global democracy in its infancy which is direct and
participatory – of the people, by the people and for the
people. While the statement does not represent the position
of local and city assemblies, the next step is to present it
to assemblies around the world for consideration, discussion
and revisions, as part of a dialogue of the ‘Global Spring’
movements taking place across six continents.”
Next steps for international coordination
Individuals around the world are invited to participate in
this process of further developing this global manifesto
through their local and city assemblies, through the
facebook group and through the
Global May Manifesto
The statement below does not speak, or claim to speak, on
behalf of everyone in the global spring/Occupy/Take the
Square movements. This is an attempt by some inside the
movements to reconcile statements written and endorsed in
the different assemblies around the world. The process of
writing the statement was consensus based, open to all, and
regularly announced on our international communications
platforms, that are also open to all (e.g. the ‘squares’
mailing list, the weekly global roundtables and the
‘international’ facebook group). It was a long and difficult
process, full of compromises. This statement is offered to
peoples’ assemblies around the world for discussions,
revisions and endorsements.
There will be a process of a global dialogue, and this
statement is part of it, a work-in-progress. We do not make
demands from governments, corporations or parliament
members, which some of us see as illegitimate, unaccountable
or corrupt. We speak to the people of the world, both inside
and outside our movements. We want another world, and such a
world is possible:
On May 19, Mayor 1% Emanuel will bring to Chicago
military and civilian representatives of the 28-nation
US-commanded and largely US-financed North Atlantic Treaty
Organization (NATO) and heads of state and finance ministers
of the G-8 world economic powers.
They meet on behalf of the 1% of the world, the rich and
the powerful, the bankers and generals. Their agenda is to
continue to impose austerity, or poverty, by cutting social
spending for workers and the poor to maintain profitability
for the rich and to launch more wars to stop the rise of the
poor nations of the Third World.
The people of this fine city do not want these summits.
The mayor has his own agenda. In anticipation of widespread
opposition to the war & poverty agenda of the NATOG8, Mayor
Emanuel passed a set of first-amendment crushing ordinances,
known as "Sit Down Shut Up", to stifle the exercise of free
speech and assembly during the summits. The mayor
single-handedly gave himself the abililty to issue no-bid
security contracts and deputize out-of-town law enforcement
while imposing harsh restrictions on parades, marches and
But we will not be silenced. We will stand up to this
corrupt system and say enough! Join Occupy Chicago,
Coalition Against NATO/G8 (CANG8), the Midwest Antiwar
Mobilization and many more as we gather in Chicago in May!
The Coalition Against NATO/G8 is a broad formation that
includes labor unions, community groups, anti-war and
international solidarity groups and faith based activists.
From the CANG8 website:
Protest the NATO/G8 Summit on Saturday, May 19th,
Noon rally at Daley Plaza, then march to McCormick
Join in a legal, permitted, family-friendly march
and rally that will end within sight and sound of the
summit at McCormick Place!
At the invitation of the White House, military and
civilian representatives of the 28-nation US-commanded and
largely US-financed North Atlantic Treaty Organization
(NATO) and heads of state and finance ministers of the G-8
world economic powers are meeting in Chicago, May 19-21,
2012. To that we say…
No to War and Austerity!
Money out of politics! Represent for the people, not
No to NATO/G-8 Warmakers!
Jobs, Healthcare, Education, Pensions, Housing & the
Environment, Not War!
May 12-13: Peoples Summit May
14: Money for Education not War May 15:
Immigration: No Human is Illegal May 16:
Foreclosure: Housing is a Right: No Evictions, No
Foreclosures! May 17: Environment:
Planet over Profits! May 18:
Austerity/NNU March for the Robin Hood Tax May
19: Health Care May 21:
Democracy - Shut Down Boeing!
Posted 2 days ago on May 10, 2012, 10:21 a.m.
#SaveOurClinic #MHMChicago #OccupyChi
OCCUPY CLINICS – HEALTHCARE NOT WARFARE!
A call from Mental Health Movement to Occupy Wall Street
and all others coming to Chicago to protest NATO and the war
and austerity agenda of the 1%
To all our family from the global 99%, To all those who
believe that healthcare is a human right, To all those
coming to protest NATO and its wars for profit around the
globe, To all those who have struggled with mental illness
personally or with loved ones, To all those who have been
denied healthcare, To all those who have waited all day in
emergency rooms, To all those public servants facing layoffs
or cuts to salary and pension, To all those who are sick and
tired of being sick and tired, To all those who believe that
another world is possible beyond this madness.
The Mental Health Movement calls on all protesters coming
to Chicago to join us in the fight for healthcare not
warfare. As NATO war-makers come to this city to plan wars
that leave people traumatized and cost trillions of dollars,
clinics that help people heal from trauma and deal with
mental illness are being shuttered for lack of $2.3 million
dollars. As our battle to save our clinics has intensified,
Occupy Chicago and other Occupy groups around the city have
become powerful allies. Now we ask members of Occupy Wall
Street, other Occupy groups and all other sectors of the
social movements coming to Chicago to protest NATO to join
us in occupying clinics by setting up a 24/7 presence
outside of recently closed mental health clinics. We will
dramatize the contradictions of a system that finds billions
to wage NATO’s endless wars for profit but leaves its most
vulnerable without basic healthcare.
For 26 days, we have maintained an around-the-clock
presence at the Woodlawn Clinic at 6337 S. Woodlawn, one of
six mental health clinics recently closed by Mayor 1%
Emanuel. On April 12th 23 people – most of us patients from
clinics facing closure - barricaded ourselves inside of the
Woodlawn Clinic, only to be evicted and arrested by the SWAT
team and Chicago Police and sent to jail, the future home
for the mentally ill who cannot find treatment. Upon
release, we returned to the clinic and have been camped out
24/7 ever since. Through this struggle we have seen 41
people arrested but have reached thousands of Chicago
residents with our stories. We will not be held back. The
Huffington Post has called the struggle to save Chicago’s
mental health clinics “the Birmingham and Stonewall of the
mental health movement.” We consider this fight ground zero
in the struggle for a world that sees healthcare as a right
and invests in healing and human rights, not warfare and
Today, we are expanding our campaign to the Northwest
Mental Health Clinic in Logan Square at 2354 N. Milwaukee.
This clinic has served the predominately Latino community of
Logan Square for 30 years. This is the first site of our
expanded resistance to clinic closure. We know that we can
count on the people mobilizing for the NATO demonstrations
to respond to our call with the tactic of non-violence and
in a way that continues to lift up the voices of those of us
whose lives hang in the balance of this struggle. We are
clear that our enemy is the system that deprives us of
healthcare and other basic human rights, the politicians
that administer that system, and the 1% who profit from it,
not the police sent in to do Mayor 1%’s dirty work. Just as
Occupy Chicago has stood with us, taken arrests with us, and
been a true example of dignity and solidarity, we know that
you too will see that our causes are one and the same and
that we have nothing to lose and everything to gain by
connecting local and global struggles.
Mayor 1% claims that closing clinics is a way to expand
mental health services by throwing a few crumbs to private
clinics. He has ignored our cries about the importance of
the trust built through years with our therapists. He has
ignored our cries about the importance of having safe spaces
like these clinics in our communities. He has ignored our
cries about his plan’s complete elimination of all black
male therapists. He has ignored our cries about his plan’s
50% reduction in the number of Spanish-speaking therapists.
He has ignored our cries about the 18 people who have
already been hospitalized due to stress surrounding the
clinic closures and loss of therapists. He has ignored our
cries about the difficulty of finding care in the private
sector given prohibitive co-pays, Medicaid cuts, and a
steady decline in mental health funding for all providers.
He has ignored our cries that a small fraction of the
hundreds of millions in tax breaks he got for his campaign
donors at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange could save our
clinics. He has ignored our cries that Cook County Jail is
the largest provider of mental health care in the state of
Illinois. He has ignored our cries that closing clinics when
the need for mental health services is growing, destabilizes
communities and makes the wars on Chicago’s streets even
worse. He only spoke personally about the clinic closures
after representatives of the Nobel Summit visited our clinic
occupation and denounced his plans. But he spoke of bus
passes and his words were just another reminder that he has
ignored our cries.
But we know that one man cannot hold back the power of a
people’s movement. We know that with our struggle we create
space to talk about the trauma and mental illness that is
too often buried under mountains of silence and pain. We
know when Occupy Wall Street and others stand with us it
will help amplify our cry around the world: HEALTHCARE NOT
Mental Health Movement
LOGISTICS FOR JOINING US IN THE FIGHT FOR HEALTHCARE NOT
WARFARE: Show up at 2354 N. Milwaukee or 6337 S. Woodlawn
when you get to town, whenever you come we will be there.
Email us at MentalHealthMovement@gmail.com or call (773)
340-9598 if you need help with directions.
Thursday, May 10: Assembly & Speak-Out Friday, May 11: Homes, Jobs, & Services Saturday, May 12: Food, Environment, &
Health + GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION Sunday, May 13 (Mothers Day): Police
Brutality, Mass Incarceration, War & Immigrant Justice +
Citywide Movement Assembly at Judson Church 5pm
Monday, May 14: Education & Student Debt Tuesday, May 15:GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION
-- A day of action against the banks that caused the global
crisis and a mass rally at Times Square at 6pm. -
Facebook event (Full schedule of the week below)
Say no to the system that produces record profits for the
1% by impoverishing the 99% of us; say yes to a fair city
and a better world!
Beginning on May 10th and culminating on May 15th in a
mass convergence at Times Square, NYC organizations and
individuals from all across the city will join together in
action around the many issues we face: from cuts in social
services, to an austerity agenda that redistributes your tax
revenue into private hands, to the financial institutions
(that we bailed out) that continue to make record profits at
As part of a global resistance, as part of the Occupy
movement, as a broad movement for social, political, and
economic justice, we say enough! We reject Bloomberg’s New
York, and we demand another city. We reject the notion that
there is no alternative, and we demand a better world. Join
the week of actions, take to the streets, raise your voice,
and come to Times Square on May 15th at 6 PM to stand
together as a global movement and declare that another city,
and another world, is possible!
99%NY • ALIGN • ALLIANCE FOR QUALITY EDUCATION •
BROOKLYN FOOD COALITION • COALITION FOR EDUCATIONAL JUSTICE
• CODE PINK • COMMUNITY VOICES HEARD • GOOD JOBS NEW YORK •
GRANNY PEACE BRIGADE • HEALTHCARE FOR THE 99% • HUMAN
SERVICES COUNCIL • MAKE THE ROAD NEW YORK • MOTHERS
RESISTING RACIST POLICING • NEW YORK COMMUNITIES FOR CHANGE
• NEW YORK STUDENTS RISING • PICTURE THE HOMELESS • OCCUPY
WALL STREET • OWS BIKE COALITION • PARENTS FOR OCCUPY WALL
STREET • PSC-CUNY • REV BILLY & THE CHURCH OF EARTHALUJAH •
ROC-NY • RWDSU • STRONG ECONOMY FOR ALL • STUDENTS FOR A
FREE CUNY • UNITED NY • TIME'S UP • UNITED FEDERATION OF
TEACHERS • VOCAL-NY
10:30am: Arrests have been made as
victims of Bank of America foreclosures attempt to enter the
meeting. 9:30am ET: After several
marches converged earlier this morning, at least 1000 people
are currently occupying the intersection of 5th and college
in front of the Bank of America headquarters in Charlotte,
North Carolina in a peaceful sit-in protest. About a 100
shareholders who support the movement are inside as heavily
armed police guard the BoA building.
Yesterday, Occupy Fights Foreclosure in Los Angeles
“fraudulently foreclosed” on a Bank of America branch in
solidarity with the 99% protests in Charlotte.
protesters also occupied the Bank of America building in
Detroit. A flashmob played a game of human ¨Monopoly¨ before
taking to the street to demand mortage relief and make clear
not a single dollar more of public money should be used to
save the banks who ruined Detroit.
4pm today, Occupy Detroit will protest BoA again.
Solidarity protests are also planned against Bank of America
in DC, Los Angeles, Austin, and other cities.
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