October 14, 2011
Yes, Moveon.org really organizing OWS
I just had this letter forwarded to me from Moveon.org. You'll notice that the subject line is Join the #occupy event near you
From: Justin Ruben, MoveOn.org Civic Action
Sent: Fri, Oct 14, 2011 11:32 am
Subject: Join the #occupy event near you
Join an occupation solidarity event near you on Saturday and take part in a movement that's changing the nation.
Join an Event!
Dear MoveOn member,
Have you heard the incredible news?
Thanks to the unflinching commitment of the Occupy Wall Street protesters, and support from hundreds of thousands of people across the country, they won their fight this morning to continue the occupation of Zuccotti Park.1
Mayor Mike Bloomberg had threatened to evict the protesters on behalf of Brookfield Properties, the real estate conglomerate that owns Zuccotti Park. But in the face of massive public opposition, at the last minute, they backed down.
But New York isn't the only place protesters are under threat of eviction and intimidation. Protesters in Boston, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, and other cities have been arrested and harassed.2
This morning, we saw what happens when hundreds of thousands of us mobilize. So now, Occupy Wall Street is calling for a global day of action tomorrow against Wall Street greed, with events in more than 950 cities and 82 countries.3 This is the time to join an occupation solidarity action in your area to defend this peaceful protest movement and help it take root across the country.
Can you join an occupation solidarity action this Saturday?
Yes (click here to find the action nearest you)
No, but keep me updated
After the news hit that the Occupy Wall Street protesters would be effectively evicted from Zuccotti Park, the call went out across the country.
300,000 MoveOn members signed an emergency petition to Mayor Bloomberg in less than 24 hours, which was delivered to the park and City Hall last night. Tens of thousands of people in New York and across the country put in calls to the city, demanding that the protesters be allowed to stay.
And at 6 this morning, thousands of MoveOn members, union workers, community organizers, and other brave New Yorkers swelled the ranks of the protesters, standing with them shoulder-to-shoulder against their impending eviction.
Most incredible were the 99% protesters themselves. They stood their ground, in the best traditions of nonviolent resistance. And in an amazing show of organization and action, they undertook a full-scale cleaning of the park, taking away the false pretext of a "cleaning operation" under which Brookfield and the city were threatening to evict them.
Want to be part of the Occupy story in your area by joining the solidarity action near you this Saturday?
Yes (click here to find the action nearest you).
No, but keep me updated
Occupy Wall Street has shown us what's possible when a small and dedicated group of people standing up against the corporate takeover of our democracy are supported by a wider progressive community.
Whether you want to help form the core of committed protesters in your area or be part of the progressive community that stands with them, tomorrow is the time to join in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street:
Thanks for all you do.
–Justin, Amy, Eli, Elena, and the rest of the team
P.S. To make sure you're kept up-to-date on urgent Occupy actions like the one in New York this morning, click here to sign up for SMS alerts on Occupy Wall Street.