What: Block Party and Re-Occupation Where: Sixth Avenue and Canal St. When: Saturday Dec. 17, 12 pm—on
On-site we’ll be introducing the People’s Amp: a guerilla sound system that gives voice and rhythm to a people’s movement. A lineup of artists, musicians and speakers will be performing at 99.5 FM/WBAI broadcasted live on-site through a chorus of boom boxes, headphones, guitar amps and car radios. So bring a boom box, or a radio, or an iPod. Or bring your car by real slow and crank the stereo. If you’re listening off-site tune in and turn up. From the airwaves to the subterranean let us assemble once again to say we’re here to liberate space and we’re not going away.
PERFORMANCE SET LIST NATIONAL BROADCAST ON WBAI 12 – 3 PM LOCAL BROADCAST ON WBAI 3 – 6 PM
BLASTED ON-SITE ALL DAY THROUGH PEOPLE’S AMP 12:00 pm—Wildest Smiling Faces 12:30 pm—Stephanie Rooker 1:00 pm—Ness A-Alikes 1:30 pm—Dean and Britta 2:00 pm—Lou Reed 2:30 pm—Joseph Arthur 3:00 pm—Long Windows 3:30 pm—Titus Andronicus 4:00 pm—Luke Rathbrone 4:30 pm—Rain Phoenix 5:00 pm—Global Block
ON-SITE WILL BE FOOD AND PUPPETS, LIVE SPEECHES BY FAITH LEADERS, ARISTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND A PERFORMANCE BY THE RUDE MECHANICAL ORCHESTRA
"Sisters and Brothers, I greet you in the Name of Our Lord and in the bonds of common friendship and struggle from my homeland of South Africa. I know of your own challenges and of this appeal to Trinity Church for the shelter of a new home and I am with you! May God bless this appeal of yours and may the good people of that noble parish heed your plea, if not for ease of access, then at least for a stay on any violence or arrests.
Yours is a voice for the world not just the neighborhood of Duarte Park. Injustice, unfairness, and the strangle hold of greed which has beset humanity in our times must be answered with a resounding, “No!” You are that answer. I write this to you not many miles away from the houses of the poor in my country. It pains me despite all the progress we have made. You see, the heartbeat of what you are asking for—that those who have too much must wake up to the cries of their brothers and sisters who have so little—beats in me and all South Africans who believe in justice.
Trinity Church is an esteemed and valued old friend of mine; from the earliest days when I was a young Deacon. Theirs was the consistent and supportive voice I heard when no one else supported me or our beloved brother Nelson Mandela. That is why it is especially painful for me to hear of the impasse you are experiencing with the parish. I appeal to them to find a way to help you. I appeal to them to embrace the higher calling of Our Lord Jesus Christ—which they live so well in all other ways—but now to do so in this instance…can we not rearrange our affairs for justice sake? Just as history watched as South Africa was reborn in promise and fairness so it is watching you now.
In closing, be assured of my thoughts and prayers, they are with you at this very hour.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17th at 12PM DUARTE SQ. PARK, 6th AVE & CANAL PROTECT & CELEBRATE THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE OCCUPY
Join artists, musicians, and local community members for an all-day performance event in support of Occupy Wall Street’s re-occupation of space in downtown Manhattan.
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION and right to assemble are sacred human freedoms. Occupy Wall Street has renewed a sense of hope, revived a belief in community and awakened a revolutionary spirit too long silenced. To Occupy is to embody the spirit of liberation that we wish to manifest in our society.
On Saturday, December 17th – the 3 month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, the birthday of Bradley Manning, and the 1 year anniversary of the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi – the act that sparked the Arab Spring – Occupy Wall Street will liberate another space.
Occupations create space for community, values, ideas and a level of meaningful dialogue absent in the present political and social system. They have allowed us to realize that we cannot fix our crises isolated from one another. We need collective action, and we need civic space. We are creating that civic space.
Outdoor public space plays a crucial role in this civic process and encourages open, transparent organizing in our movement, unbeholden to a broken political system. As we saw in Liberty Square, outdoor space invites people to listen, speak, share, learn, and act. It is a source of inspiration and empowerment.
Over the last month we have seen a series of coordinated attacks on occupations across the nation in an attempt to stop the growth of a movement for social and economic justice. Outdoor space is a threat because it is a visible form of dissent– a visible challenge to the system, visibility that screams liberation.
We occupy to liberate. We move forward in the grand tradition of the transformative social movements that have defined American history. We stand on the shoulders of those who have struggled before us, and we pick up where others have left off. We are seeking a better society for us all.
Join us as we liberate space and deepen this moment into an enduring movement.