Thursday, October 6, 2011

Occupy NOLA

New Orleans Liberation Academy believes that Occupy Wall Street is a profoundly important form of social action that is deeply connected to the struggle against the racial and economic oppression of poor, working, people and people of color. We are, as Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers, said in a statement, “…fed up with the corporate greed, corruption and arrogance that have inflicted pain on far too many for far too long.”

Occupy Wall Street has become less of a movement for a specific cause and more of a space, a space in which people who feel a similar frustrations with the world as it is and as it has been are coming together and thinking about ways to recreate it.  Building from our school's philosophy of using the city as our school, and learning from the transformational events happening all around us in the world all the time, New Orleans Liberation Academy students and advisors will Occupy NOLA. As we begin today with a solidarity march and occupation, our goal is to create and maintain a space for true democracy, learning, growth, community and solidarity in opposition to the status quo that is destroying our lives, our neighborhoods and our cities. "It can't rain all the time."

We will be assembling at noon today at the intersection of Tulane and Broad in front of Orleans Parish Prison to highlight the continuing crisis of the prison industial complex that wreaks havoc in New Orleans and around the country.  We will be marching past Lafayette Square and the adjoining Federal Reserve Bank of New Orleans to call attention to the greed of the Federal Reserve and corrupt financial institutions that have caused so many to suffer.  Following the march, participants will establsih an encampment at Duncan Plaza near City Hall which will be a space where we work to practice true democracy in contrast to our current political system. Read the full press release from Occupy NOLA HERE.

We hope you will join us! Occupy together! We are the 99%! We stand in solidarity!

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