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Spring Awakening 2012: Occupy New York City People’s Assembly

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When: April 14th, 2012 (#A14)

Where: Central Park South, 6th Ave entrance, on the west side of Wollman Rink

Join Occupy Wall Street on #A14 to kick off exciting spring and summer events. On April 14th, New York City will converge on Central Park to unite organizations, activists, and others to create a transformative, citywide, mass movement. The day will include Occupy style open space with tabling, teach-ins, food, music, and more! It will also include a structured assembly for organizers from various organizations across the city to network and coordinate. This will be a day to revitalize, strategize, and kick-off the spring with a major focus on openness to new-comers, invigorating local GAs, further developing inter-organizational relationships, celebrating, and together building power for the spring, summer, and beyond.

The event will officially begin at 1pm with an open space format perhaps quite similar to recent Town Square events. Organizations and groups are invited to set-up tables (or blankets), soap boxing, teach-ins, and music will be afoot; neighborhoods may elect to represent themselves talking about their work, recruiting new persons into their GA’s, etc. There will be autonomous events, and a massive calendar, which can be added to by everyone to display all that will be happening in the coming months. This will be fairly free-form: ad hoc connection-making and a space for new people to be easily drawn in.

While the open space continues, at 3pm, a facilitated assembly will convene for those interested in serious citywide organizing and interactive movement building. This will not be a decision-making body. It will open with several short, rallying speeches and followed by discussion and planning of strategic vision for the next 3-6 months. Finally, concluding with another round of short, inspirational speeches and, no doubt, dancing into the night.

Members from the following groups attended planning meetings: Women Occupying Wall Street (WOW), Direct Action Working Group (DAWG), Facilitation, OWS Immigrant Worker Justice, Outreach, Empowerment and Education, Occupy Brooklyn, New York Katrina Survivors Coalition, OWS Arts and Culture, Occupy Sunset Park, Occupy DOE, Occupy Sotheby’s, Occupy Wall St., Occupy the Empty Space, People of Color Caucus, UWA, West Harlem 99 Percent, OWS Info, Think Tank, UnitedNY, Occupy Town Square, Occupy the Bronx, Occupy Williamsburg, the People’s Puppets, Occupy Queens, Occupy Astoria, Movement Building, Community Voices Heard, NY Communities for Change, SEIU, Working Families Party, Visions & Goals, Occupy Broadway, Occupy Staten Island, Ant-Racist Allies, Parents Support OWS, Occupation 4 Organization, Green Party, Occupy Museum, Labor Outreach , InfoHub, and others …

 

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