Upcoming Actions, Events, and the first issue of the OP Journal!

Occupy Providence has a busy Thursday coming up!

Vice President Joe Biden is coming to the Biltmore hotel in Providence

The House of Compassion is a community residence in Cumberland, RI for those living with HIV/AIDS or with other diseases or disabilities. It opened in 1994 and has cared for over 900 residents. Occupy Providence members have formed Occupy the House of Compassion, whose mission is to save the house, which is at the risk of being auctioned off for an overdue water/sewer bill. OP is attempting to raise $16,000.00 in order to save the house and to replace the oil burner destroyed in a fire on December 15, 2011. Donations accepted at: www.houseofcompassionri.org

His administration has gone out of their way to prevent the passage of a tiny tax that could bring billions of dollars in revenue to fight AIDS, create jobs, and stop climate change. Join us and demand that Biden and Obama support a financial speculation tax now and restore funding for AIDS housing and to fight AIDS around the world! Demand:

  • A Comprehensive jobs program
  • full funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and health programs
  • Funding to stop catastrophic climate change
  • Restore the cuts to Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS
  • Restore the whopping $54 million cut to the President’s Plan for AIDS relief
Thursday, February 23rd
Meet at Burnside Park at 4:00pm; march to Biltmore Hotel, rally at 4:30pm. See you there!
Sponsored by: ACT UP Rhode Island; Health GAP; Student Global AIDS Campaign (list in formation).
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The Occupied Providence Journal: We need your help! Our first issue is hot off the press! We need volunteers to help distribute them to coffee shops, stores, and other public spaces that will take them. The papers are free and we want to make them as widely available as possible; if you’re able to help with distribution, please email occupiedprovidencejournal@gmail.com. Look out for the papers throughout Providence and RI, and email occupiedprovidencejournal@gmail.com for assistance in finding copies of the OPJ. Also see the online component of the Journal, which includes a downloadable PDF of the paper. Please help us print future issues by donating to the OPJ— Visit this page for the journal’s donation page to help cover the cost of printing future issues!

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Occupy Education Event: On Thursday, February 23rd, as part of the national solidarity teach-in on college campuses around the country, allies from Occupy RI Campuses, Providence students, OP members, and other members of our community will attend two teach-ins prior to the march on Feb 23.

Occupy Rhode Island College invites all members of the RIC community, including students, professors, and faculty to take part in the National Solidarity Teach-in and open panel discussion being held this Wednesday during free period. The discussion will be led by a panel comprised of several professors from RIC as well as community leader Simon Moore, executive director at College Visions.

The panel will address issues regarding the broken education system in Rhode Island and in the US. The last few decades have seen skyrocketing tuition rates with no end in sight, active corporatization of our learning institutions, and student debt at its highest. These issues have affected the lives of all students by challenging their chance at upward mobility and jeopardizes the quality of our education.

This Wednesday’s teach-in is in preparation for the Occupy Education day of action on March 1st, in which students from all over the country are mobilizing to demand their right to an affordable quality education. Join us in solidarity this Wednesday at 12:30 in Fogarty RM 050 and engage in a necessary discussion regarding the state of our education. Visit OccupyRICampus.com for more information on the March 1st Occupy Education day of action.

Occupy URI’s teach-in will be in Kingston on Thursday, February 23 at 3:30pm in White Hall 205. Professor Helen Mederer will give a presentation entitled “Externalities, Corporate Profits, and Student Loan Debt.” Professor Scott Molloy will present “Fighting for Justice: Then and Now.”

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After today’s Occupy RI kick-off in Bristol and the formation of Occupy East Bay group, OP is ready and excited for more upcoming Occupy events and expansion throughout RI. Now is a great time to come to a General Assembly or check our calendar for events that are of interest to you. Visit http://howtooccupy.org/ for a handy, comprehensive resource about joining in!

A lively discussion with concerned residents and perhaps the future Occupiers of the East Bay area. Where should our next outreach meeting be?

OP Occupies the Attorney General’s office

Update by Ally: Woo hoo! We had a great action at 9:00 this morning at the General Attorney’s office- we made a public statement about why Kilmartin should refuse to sign the mortgage settlement and delivered a petition with hundreds of signatures demanding that he not sign the settlement. If you haven’t already, please sign our petition!

Occupying the Attorney General's Office in the name of defrauded homeowners

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Tonight’s Inter-occupy General Call will also have a special focus on this issue!

“Wall Street strikes another blow to Main Street: this week the Department of Justice and most of the 50 State Attorneys General will give the Wall Street banks a “Get Out of Jail Free” Card. Ellen Brown and Michael Sauvante will be participants in the call and can discuss this issue. “This call is for anyone who wants to end the continued economic injustices perpetuated by Wall Street and enabled by the Federal Government, which is now enrolling State Attorneys General to settle. We will discuss what this specific new injustice is and what can be done.”

Occupy the House of Compassion

The House of Compassion is a community residence in Cumberland, RI for those living with HIV/AIDS and other disabilities. It opened in 1994 and has cared for over 900 residents. Occupy Providence members have formed Occupy the House Of Compassion, whose mission is to save the house, which was auctioned off over overdue water/sewer bill. They are attempting to raise $16000 in order to save the house and to replace the oil burner which was destroyed in a fire on Dec 15, 2011. We must save this amazing loving home!

  • ‘Like’ the Occupy the House of Compassion facebook page
  • Donate at the House of Compassion’s website

 

Help OP hold Wall Street accountable in little RI; Sign this petition!

Members of Occupy Providence have autonomously created the following petition. We have until Monday! SIGN THE PETITION HERE: https://www.change.org/petitions/attorney-general-of-rhode-island-hold-wall-street-accountable-for-its-fraud

Attorney General of Rhode Island: Hold Wall Street Accountable for its Fraud

Exposé by Matt Taibbi.

The rule of law must be applied equally to all people. Yet, the most massive organized crime spree in history has not only gone unpunished, but has actually been rewarded with trillions of dollars of bailouts and interest free loans to the criminals responsible. In order to re-establish trust in our political and economic systems, justice must be served.

Throughout the housing bubble era and its disastrous unwind, Wall Street committed fraud upon fraud against the American public and indeed the whole world. From the fraudulent origination of subprime mortgages; to the establisment of the Mortgage Electronic Registry System (MERS) to bypass the land registry system; to the illegitimate pooling and servicing agreements in the securitization process; to the false credit ratings then given to the consequent Mortgage Backed Securities and their derivatives; and finally to the illegal forclosures attained by robosigning false notes and affidavits; the whole process was and is criminal.

We, the people of Rhode Island, ask you, Attorney General Kilmartin, to not let these crimes go unpunished. Join other states like New York, Massachusetts, and Nevada in prosecuting Wall Street for mortgage fraud, and don’t sign on to any mortgage settlement that absolves the mortgage bankers of their responsibility for their subprime lending and the resulting invalid and illegal repossessions of our homes. Moreover, we call upon you to launch an investigation of foreclosure fraud in Rhode Island