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Susan Beaty, member of the Occupy Providence Direct Action Working Group
Occupy Providence Kicks of “Week of Action”
Announces Series of Protests in the Coming Week
This Sunday, October 30th, Occupy Providence kicked off a “week of action.” They invited their supporters to join them in a series of protests against corporate power and inequality in the coming week. They will partner with a number of community groups- including the We Are All Arizona immigrant rights coalition, the Coalition to Defend Public Education, and the Tenant and Homeowner’s Association of Direct Action for Rights and Equality. Their protests will focus on the Secure Communities immigration program, Secretary of State Arne Duncan and federal education policies, Providence Public Library, and the major national banking institutions.
They released the following statement to their supporters over the weekend:
Sunday, October 30th, 2011
Thank you to all of those who have supported us during our first week in Burnside Park. We are awed and inspired by the outpouring of love and solidarity from across the state, and sustained by your generous donations of food, supplies, time, and energy. As our encampment swells and the movement against corporate power grows, we are evermore confident that together we will build a world for, by, and of the 99%.
The system that we seek to change is far-reaching and deeply rooted. We see its countless impacts in our communities—in rising unemployment rates and stagnant wages; in cuts to schools, transportation, and other vital public resources; in foreclosed homes and homeless families; in tuition hikes and ever-rising student debt; in poisoned landscapes; in endless wars and occupations; in families broken and lives destroyed by deportation and incarceration—and the list goes on. Because corporate power and inequality affect us in so many ways, we know that the battle for a more just and equitable world will be waged on many fronts, here in Rhode Island and beyond.
In this spirit, we are thrilled to announce a week of direct action! Check out the details below. Join us as we fight for justice in our own back yard, demanding equality and justice for all Rhode Islanders!
1) Monday, October 31st at 2:30PM: Occupy Trick or Treat!
Join Occupy Providence as we pay banks and other businesses in downtown Providence a Halloween visit. We’ll go to door to door to corporations that received bailouts and tax credits asking them for our money back. Gather in costume at Burnside Park at 2:30PM.
2) Tuesday, November 1st at 12PM- Action and Press Conference for Immigrant Rights: No to (In)Secure Communities!
Join We Are All Arizona, a state-wide coalition of immigrant rights groups, for an action and press conference against “Secure Communities” (S-COMM). S-COMM is a devastating federal immigration program that mandates information sharing between local police departments and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), forcing local police to do the work of federal immigration agents and imposing a massive financial burden on cities and states. On November 1st we say NO to Secure Communities, the separation of families, and the criminalization of immigrants. Gather at Burnside Park at noon for a press conference, followed street theater and a march.
3) Wednesday, November 2nd at 3PM and 5PM: Tell Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to SAVE OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS!
This Tuesday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Rhode Island. Secretary Duncan has led the national attack on teachers and the movement to corporatize public education. He will be speaking at $300 a plate dinner at the Rhode Island Convention Center on how to “reform” urban public schools. Join Occupy Providence and the Coalition to Defend Education for a rally at 3PM at Providence Career and Technical Academy, followed by a rally outside the Convention Center at 5PM.
4) Thursday, November 3rd at 12PM- Public Libraries for the People!
Two years ago, Providence Public Library (PPL) threatened to shut down nine neighborhood library branches amidst a budget crisis. When Providence Community Library (PCL), a non-profit organization, stepped in to rescue these libraries, the city entered in to a lease with Providence Public Library which will expire on January 1st, 2012. Until PPL transfers the buildings to the city as promised, PCL cannot make desperately needed repairs on the neglected buildings, and the future of the community libraries may be in jeopardy. PPL, a private organization with over $27 million in investments and endowment funds, is demanding that the cash-strapped City of Providence pay several million dollars for these buildings. PPL may be the legal owners of these buildings, but this private organization has no ethical right to them- they were built with substantial public funding, and they belong to the people of Providence! Join us for a rally to demand that Providence Public Library turn these library buildings over to the city! Gather at 12PM at Burnside Park.
5) Saturday, November 5th at 10AM: National Day of Action Against the Big Banks!
On Saturday the 5th, Occupy movements across the country are calling on the 99% to “move their money” from the big banks to local financial institutions. These greedy banks- including Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and JP Morgan Chase- drove the nation into financial crisis and then took billions of taxpayer dollars in bail outs. They continue to foreclose on our families, lay off thousands of employees, and profit off of economic injustice. This Saturday we say ENOUGH is ENOUGH. Join us as for a rally against the big banks and a march to Bank of America where we will close our accounts once and for all. Gather at Burnside Park at 10AM.
(For more information visit: http://moveyourmoneyproject.org/)