On Saturday, June 29th, 99 Pickets will be conducting a funeral march to shame U.S. retailers.
Come call out the retailers that haven't signed the “Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh”, which would require companies to participate in and fund a program of independent safety inspections, remediation, and worker safety trainings with the involvement of trade unions.
Join us at Petrosino Square (Spring St. and Lafayette) at 1pm, and dress for mourning. We’ll let SoHo shoppers know about these corporations’ murderous inaction!
More details available at occupywallstreet.net, including on how to join the correlated #seizethesolstice Twitter Storm.
It's time to tell Gap, Banana Republic, North Face, Timberland, American Eagle, Target, Sears, Old Navy, and Walmart: "Stop the bloodshed. Sign the Accord."
-- from the ‘Your Inbox: Occupied’ team
OCCUPY IN THE NEWS
occupywallst.org parses out the international situation in Turkey, Brazil, and Greece and invites us to join in solidarity with those countries in Liberty Plaza on Saturday. Come to join in “creating a common space of resistance!”
At The Guardian, an author explains why the spirit of protest, and of Occupy, that first burned so hot in 2011 is very much alive around the globe and will continue to flair up for decades to come. The “central tension [of these protests] is surely between a revolution in communication that is transforming people’s expectation of influence and voice, and closed networks of power that tie together corporations and government.”
Interoccupy has coverage of the ongoing #NATO3 court case in Chicago. It seems the investigators, “mysteriously (and conveniently for them),” kept neither their cell phones nor their text messages from the investigation. The defense has filed new motions to dismiss what are ridiculous charges. On June 25th, the court will reconvene and supporters ask that you be there to pack the courtroom!
At The Hill, musings on the America the next presidential candidates must address: “There is something powerful and profound happening in America and around the world. There are commonalities between the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements, and between those demonstrating in Brazil and those still pursuing the Arab Spring. They are the commonalities of opposition to insider elites and insider establishments of all kinds, in all places.”
Commercial Appeal covers a new tactic reinvigorating labor organizations: taking after OWS! By organizing protests around the country on issues of income inequality, such as the minimum wage, the Change to Win Federation, made up of unions including Service Employees International, has developed a plan to protest first, gain some practical results, and sign up new members after.
At boston.com and bigstory, the AP reports that the IRS enjoyed targeting all kinds of people, and that terms such as “Israel,” “Progressive,” and “Occupy,” not just conservative key words, also pricked up their ears. Nice to know their use of “inappropriate criteria” targeted the full spectrum of citizens. As House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp put it: “This culture of political discrimination and intimidation goes far beyond basic management failure...”
It was an honor to turn up in June 19th’s New York Times crossword puzzle. The clue to 46 down was: Modern protest name. The answer: six letters you know well. A title, a verb, an exhortation!