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    S30 – Occupy Boston 10yr Anniversary/ Change The Name!

    For Immediate Release

    Medgar Evers famously said “You can kill a man, but you can’t kill an idea.”, 10 years ago we projected this on walls everywhere. “By 9 October 2011, Occupy protests had taken place or were ongoing in over 951 cities across 82 countries, and in over 600 communities in the United States”(wiki). That idea is still very much alive as you are reading this. We are planning to Occupy Faneuil Hall on September 30th. If you are an OB ‘OG’, you’re invited! If you weren’t at Occupy Boston in 2011, you’re invited! Everyone is INVITED!

    While we celebrate our past, we have opportunity, maybe even a responsibility to make a better future. To put our knowledge, our tools, our love, and solidarity to work for the common good.
    We’ve been through dark times, and if you are reading this, perhaps you too see that little speck of light in the distance as we do. We Can Rise Together! Join Us on S30 at Faneuil Hall! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Faneuil Hall is the 7th most visited tourist site in the world, that’s like 18,000,000 visitors per year. It is a 279-year-old market and meeting place once owned by Peter Fanieul, a slave trader. This tourist site was the Auction Block.

    Long ago the property was given to the city of Boston and was named after Peter Faneuil. Today it is described as America’s first mall to tourists, they don’t know that human beings were sold there. Of the 143 businesses housed there, zero are owned by POC according to Kevin Peterson. Bostons previous mayor Marty Walsh refused to even allow a hearing on changing the name of Faneuil Hall. With a mayoral election on the horizon, 51% of Massachusetts voters support a name change. It’s Time!

    Occupy Boston will be occupying Faneuil Hall with The New Democracy Coalition, Boston May Day Coalition, Massachusetts Peace Action and other advocates on September 30th at 5PM to shine light on the need to change the name of Faneuil Hall. It’s Time!
    We will also be marking the 10th Anniversary of Occupy Boston in the most appropriate way. This will be a non-violent protest and will end on or before Sunday afternoon.

    Join FB events Here
    – September 30, 2021 – 4PM – 10th Occuversary March
    – September 30. 2021 – 5PM – Occupy Boston 10th Anniversary/ Change The Name

    S30 Event: Schedules subject to change.

    S30 Thursday
    4- Meet at common/ March to Faneuil Hall
    5- Rally at Faneuil Hall/ Setup
    7- Speeches/film
    9 – Peoples Mic/Music
    — overnight —

    O1 Friday
    5- Rally
    6- Speakers/Music – incl. Domingos DaRosa
    8- General Assembly
    — overnight —

    We encourage people to take the appropriate health precautions to protect themselves while at the event.

    Needs of Occupy Boston: These can be brought directly to Faneuil Hall during the event.
    Tables
    Prepared/Packaged foods to distribute.
    Pizzaโ€™s, and other ez foods. Remember Veg and Vegan friends.
    Bottled Water
    Masks
    Hand Sanitizer
    Musicians
    Signs- also markers and cardboard.
    Charging Devices.
    Soundsystem/ mobile PA
    Socks
    Can Be Dropped Off at S30 Event. Thurs. & Friday Night.

    For more information, visit OccupyBoston.org or email: info@occupyboston.org

    S17 โ€“ Occupy Boston โ€“ @ FANEUIL HALL โ€“ CHANGE THE NAME/ OWS 10yr Anniversary

    For Immediate Release:

    Occupy Boston will be occupying Faneuil Hall with The New Democracy Coalition and other advocates on September 17th at 5PM to shine light on the need to change the name of Faneuil Hall. It’s Time!
    We will also be marking the 10th Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street in the most appropriate way. This will be a non-violent protest and will end on Sunday afternoon.

    S17 โ€“ Occupy Boston โ€“ @FANEUIL HALL โ€“ CHANGE THE NAME/ OWS 10yr Anniversary

    Friday Schedule: S17

    • 5PM – Change The Name Rally
    • 7PM Occupy Wall Street 10yr Anniversary
    • 9PM – Speakers and Movies
    • 10PM – Music

    Saturday S18
    10 – Wellness/Yoga/Speaker

    Concurrent Occupy Events

    – We Want Democracy (Occupy Wall Street 10th Anniversary) FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 AT 5 PM EDT Free ยท Thomas Paine Plaza Philadelphia PA – https://fb.me/e/1Lf87NIwg

    – Occupy Los Angeles 10th Anniversary Friday, 9/17 6:00 p.m. General Assembly Los Angeles City Hall (South Steps) – https://fb.me/e/WIjs14iK

    – OCCUPY WALL ST 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY NYC SEP 17 AT 8 AM EDT
    SEP 19 AT 8 PM EDT – https://fb.me/e/eytv2K5hR

    Faneuil Hall is the 7th most visited tourist site in the world, that’s like 18,000,000 visitors per year. It is a 279-year-old market and meeting place once owned by Peter Fanieul, a slave trader. This tourist site was the Auction Block.

    Long ago the property was given to the city of Boston and was named after Peter Faneuil. Today it is described as America’s first mall to tourists, they don’t know that human beings were sold there. Of the 143 businesses housed there, zero are owned by POC according to Kevin Peterson. Bostons previous mayor Marty Walsh refused to even allow a hearing on changing the name of Faneuil Hall. With a mayoral election on the horizon 51% of Massachusetts voters support a name change. It’s Time!

    We invite Boston Mayoral Candidates to take a stand not only acknowledging the horror of Faneuil Hall but to allow the people of Boston the privilege of choosing to no longer contribute to the legacy of slavery.

    This Action is a response to the City of Boston’s failure to accommodate the peoples wishes in allowing for a hearing.

    For more information, visit OccupyBoston.org or email: info@occupyboston.org

    Press release from Red Warrior Camp in North Dakota gotten out on the airwaves by Unicorn Media

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    UNARMED WATER PROTECTORS FACE RIOT POLICE AS THEY PREVENT DAPL CONSTRUCTION CREWS FROM GOUGING EARTH TO LAY PIPES

    9/13/16 2:37 PM CENTRAL
    Contact:
    Media Spokesperson: Cody Hall (605) 220-2531
    Krystal Two Bulls (406) 740-1508

    According to reports from on-site and online media outlets, 20 people have been arrested (including medics and two journalists from Unicorn Riot) and at least two people remain locked to bulldozers as construction was stopped at two sites along the Dakota Access Pipeline Route. Approximately 100 law enforcement have arrived in riot gear and officers with semi-automatic rifles came up from behind water protectors as they pointed rifles at the heads of the unarmed persons. One event is occurring west of Mandan at site 89, near Highway 94 south from exit 120. According to current reports, police have shut down all road access to the site.

    These non-violent direct actions are part of a long-term commitment to prevent the contested DAPL pipeline from entering into the ground, which water protectors (both indigenous and non-native allies) see as a raping of Mother Earth.

    Today’s construction by Energy Transfer Partners comes in defiance of an Obama administration request that the “pipeline company voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe” following Friday’s decision by Judge Boasberg of the United States District Court denying an injunction sought by the Standing Rock Tribe to prevent pipeline construction to continue. This ruling was followed up by a joint statement between the Obama administration, Department of Justice, Department of the Interior and the U.S. Army, who blocked portions of the construction underneath Lake Oahe for an undetermined amount of time.

    Red Warrior Camp is following the story live (via Unicorn Riot livestream), but with interruptions and gaps in service (www.facebook.com/RedWarriorCamp).

    One Red Warrior Camp Facebook post shows photographs of large pipes placed into newly dug trenches approximately : “This is how horrible the land looks when DAPL trenches deep to lay the pipeline. All the children of Mother Earth need to help Her and Protect her and take care of Her as She has taken care of us all our lives. Be strong and come to Standing Rock. Help us. Stand with us. Pray for us.”

    A bus load of police arrive in full riot gear at DAPL site 89 west of Mandan.

    In a phone call from Peoples Media at 1:43 PM, Morton County Sheriff spokesperson Rob Keller mentioned the situation is currently unfolding and he could provide no details except that law enforcement from the Morton County Sheriff and most likely the North Dakota Highway Patrol were on the scene and assessing the situation. Keller was unable to provide arrest or location information.

    Water protectors have pledged to defend the land and water for as long as it takes. The water protectors urge people to stay vigilant, informed and strong as these events unfold. They reiterate that they are non-violent and the only weapons they have are their prayers and bodies. They vow to stand in the way of the military and bulldozers and are preparing for the long haul.

    Images and video are available on Facebook at Red Warrior Camp, with credit to Red Warrior Camp or other noted media outlet. Additional information available at Unicorn Riot- Facebook.com/unicornriot.ninja Volunteer-operated decentralized nonprofit media collective, to amplify the voices of people who might otherwise go unheard.

    Multi-School Divest Fund Launches TODAY

    (from bobbywego)

    Hi Folks,

    We are pleased to let you know that TODAY, 12/23, we launch the Multi-School Fossil Fuel Divestment Fund: http://divestfund.org!

    We now have 13 schools participating and the DivestFund.org website is live. You can donate here: http://www.divestfund.org/donate! We also have a twitter handle (@DivestFund) and are using the hashtag #DivestFund.

    Here’s our press release:

    Universities Across the Country Launch a Multi-School Fossil Free Divestment
    Fund

    Main Contact: Sarah Vukelich, Williams, sarah.m.vukelich@gmail.com, 619-609-3458

    Secondary: Becky Romatoski, MIT, rrromatoski@gmail.com, 651-587-7172;
    Bobby Wengronowitz, BC, bobbywego@gmail.com, 630-464-5875

    Website: http://divestfund.org

    Cambridge, MA — Alumni, parents, and students from universities across the country have launched a bold new Multi-School Fossil Free Divestment Fund. The Fund facilitates tax-deductible donations for those who would like to give to an educational institution but are hesitant because the institution invests in the environmentally, financially, and morally hazardous fossil fuel industry. The Fund will hold and invest donations until a school’s endowment:

    1. Immediately freezes any new investment in fossil fuel companies and
    2. Divests within five years from current holdings of fossil fuel companies.

    For participating schools unable to stand up to fossil fuel companies by the end of 2017, their funds will go to participating schools that have divested. Morgan Curtis, a Dartmouth student, explains the timeline: “Back in 2011, the IEA [International Energy Agency], hardly a radical organization, found that 2017 was the cutoff for building any new fossil fuel infrastructure if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change. We haven’t even hit 1ยฐ C yet, and it’s already been disastrous and lethal, especially for those least responsible.”

    The Fund allows parents, alumni, faculty, staff, students, and others to leverage their donations to help universities do the right thing. As Brandeis alumnus Naveh Halperin explains, “I want to give to Brandeis because I had an amazing experience there, but I can’t donate knowing they’re investing in morally unjust industries that undercut their mission to strive for social justice.” Since donations will go to other universities if a given university has not divested, the Fund creates a friendly competition to push for action at a level commensurate with the urgency and magnitude of the deepening climate crisis. “Money donated acts as a financial carrot, but if universities continue to support the rogue fossil fuel industry, those donations turn into a stick” says Chris Nidel, an MIT alumnus.

    While financial contributions are important, the number of donors is equally powerful. College rankings are important for many institutions. Five percent of those rankings are derived from alumni giving, meaning even small donations matter. Boston College student David Corbie says he is “working on getting others to use their ‘senior gift’ as a way to encourage our school to stand up for climate justice.”

    Fossil fuel divestment campaigns have been underway for years. Their aim is to stigmatize the fossil fuel industry and loosen the iron grip they have on our political and economic system. Hundreds of institutions–from schools and churches to public pensions and philanthropic foundations–participate in divestment. Many have already divested . The Fund, carefully designed over 18 months, adds one more arrow to the quiver in the fight for climate justice.

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    Climate theater at State Street re Spectra pipeline

    Press release, videos, and photos on our website here: https://floodboston.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/full-skit-of-street-theater.

    For immediate release

    Contact: James Billman, FloodBoston. floodboston(AT)gmail.com 617-669-8045

    Anti-fracking protesters take State Street Corp. HQ Lobby, performing climate theater piece calling on State Street to end its support of Spectra Energy pipeline through West Roxbury.

    On December 18th, citizens from across Massachusetts entered the State Street building to demonstrate against natural gas and the Spectra Energy pipeline. Inside the lobby, they deployed banners, costumes, and elaborate props and performed a theatrical piece highlighting State Street Corporation’s involvement in Spectra Energy, a natural gas company that aims to expand fracked gas pipelines through New England communities.

    This action is part of the “Week of Respect and Resistance,” a nationwide campaign against Spectra Energy’s proposed expansion of the “Algonquin” gas pipeline (“Algonquin” Incremental Market Expansion, or AIM).

    The AIM pipeline, which contributes to climate change, would run through Massachusetts cities and towns.

    David Ludlow of West Roxbury says his neighborhood in Boston is directly threatened by this pipeline that will run near an quarry with an active blasting site. “We’ve been working with gas experts who have investigated numerous gas explosions throughout the country. West Roxbury is densely populated and the AIM pipeline puts our community at grave risk,” says Ludlow.

    Protesters rallied inside State Street Corporation because it is the second largest institutional investor in Spectra Energy. One of the organizers of the protest, Shannon Leary, said, “We’re here to expose State Street’s investment in Spectra Energy as a driver of runaway climate change. Fracked gas is a false solution and we’re here to send a message: If your project or company threatens our community, we won’t let it happen.”

    The AIM Expansion locks New England into a future of fossil fuel dependence, and directly impacts the safety of Boston communities. Organizers called on State Street Corporation to divest their holdings in Spectra Energy, and all other extreme energy projects. Boston-based Spectra Energy is one of the largest natural gas processing, storage, and distribution companies in the United States. State Street Corporation, is one of the largest investors in Spectra Energy, as well as the proposed Kinder Morgan gas pipeline in Massachusetts. After leaving State Street, protesters performed music and theater inside South Station.

    What: Climate theater piece with banners and musical accompaniment.

    When: Thursday 18 Dec 4pm

    Where: State Street Lobby, One Lincoln Street

    Who: Students, citizens and community members from across the state of Massachusetts, Fighting Against Natural Gas (FANG), and FloodBoston.

    Contact us

    Occupy Boston Media <Media@occupyboston.org> โ€ข <Info@occupyboston.org> โ€ข @Occupy_Boston