Strike Back Against Student Debt With OWS

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Student Loan Debt in the United States has topped 1 Trillion Dollars and just about anyone who strives for knowledge and employment is trapped in a system that starts us off “all in the red.”

A few months ago, hundreds of thousands of our friends in Quebec broke their silence on rising tuition and marched nightly while banging on their casseroles (pots and pans!). Inspired by their actions, Occupy Wall Street is shining the light on our own education crisis.  

This Sunday, Occupy’s Strike Debt and All in the Red will be at Occupy Town Square: Jackson Heights for a day of using public space for learning, fun and community collaboration.  

At Noon, the weekly Strike Debt Assembly will call attention to all forms of debt. When the Town Square wraps up at 7pm we will take to the streets in a Casseroles March of our own. We will conclude with a Debtor’s Mic to collectively shed the shame some feel about debt and talk together about how to move towards a more just, sustainable future.  See the details below, along with a lot more to Occupy in the next week!

— from the “Your Inbox: Occupied” team

Occupy these Actions and Assemblies

Nightly Vigil, 6pm-7pm
Sunset Park Rent Strike
Buildings 546, 553 and 557 – 46th street, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, near the R train at 45th St.
Something big is happening in Sunset Park.
 Tenants are demanding liveable conditions and a response to the 400 violations in their building. Occupy Sunset Park asks you to join them in showing support for these courageous members of their community by stopping by each night at 6pm.
ALERT: There will be a sleep-in this Wednesday evening and a People’s inspection on Thursday morning. Help us keep the pressure on the landlord and elected officials over their broken promises.

Wednesday, July 18th, 6:30pm
The 3rd Feminist General Assembly
Liberty Plaza (Zuccotti Park)
Women Occupying Wall Street invites you to an open space style assembly where feminist concerns, thoughts, frustrations, passions or sharing will be openly discussed amongst each other.  

Wednesday, July 18 (and Every Wednesday)
Freedom School Community Night
195 Maujer St,  Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Every Wednesday night the Freedom School welcomes the community to a potluck and tour of the school. Come visit and see all the renovations: the OWS Library, the brand-new Media Center, and more! Found out more about the school at paulrobesonfreedomschool.org.

Thursday, July 19th, 6:30pm
Celebrate Restaurant Week at the Capital Grille–ROC-NY style
155 E. 42nd St. between Lexington & 3rd Avenue
Workers at the Capitol Grille have been organizing for months for justice in their workplace. Join 99 Pickets and Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York to protest worker exploitation and call for respect for workers with safe working conditions such as sick leave and mandated breaks.  

Friday, July 20th, 7:30am – 10:30am
Wake Up Wall Street: Corporations Are Not People
Liberty Plaza (Zuccotti Park)
This action will condemn NYC’s biggest corporate donors and call for Citizens United to be overturned, and includes the unveiling of a list of the top 10 worst corporate donors.

Friday, July 20th, 3pm Rally, 4pm March
March on Wall Street
Liberty Plaza (Zuccotti Park) and Wall Street
Join us in meeting the bankers and brokers for the closing bell as we issue our grievances and stand in support of workers everywhere.  

Saturday, July 21st, 11:00am- 1:00pm
Occupy Public Access Brooklyn – Free Orientation AT BCAT-TV
Brooklyn Center for Media Education, 242 3rd Street, Brooklyn
Seeking dedicated activists to help produce a new public access show about Occupy Wall Street.  We are looking for writers, videographers, news anchors, broadcast technicians, and certified producers. See schedule of all 2012 Orientations here.

Saturday, July 21 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Summer Disobedience School
Washington Square Park
Join us for a potluck and planning discussion for our final 3 weeks of SDS, followed by a Teach In at 3pm on Democracy and Debt with Andrew Ross.

Sunday, July 22nd, 11:00am – 7:00pm
Occupy Town Square: Jackson Heights
78th St. Play Street – btwn 34th Ave and Northern Blvd, Jackson Heights, Queens
A day of teach-ins, political discussion, food, music, and celebration! Topics this day will include housing foreclosures and big banks, immigration/undocumented status, stop and frisk, legal residents? voting rights and health care, and debt.

Sunday, July 22nd, 7:00pm
Casseroles March @ Occupy Town Square Jackson Heights
78th St. Play Street – btwn 34th Ave and Northern Blvd, Jackson Heights, Queens
This Sunday, Occupy will wear red and make some noise in an effort to raise awareness about student debt and the growing education crisis here in the United States. Supported from Solidarity Summer, Strike Debt, All in the Red, Occupy Town Square, and Queens GA.

Sunday, July 22nd, 4:00pm to 7:30pm
StrikeEverywhere
: Open Assembly and BBQ Social
Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn – look for pink and black balloons to left of bandshell.
Join StrikeEverywhere for report backs and collaboration followed by a BBQ social. Please bring drinks and food to grill and share.  

Tuesday, July 24, 4:00pm – 8:30pm
#RiseUpNY Workers Rising Day of Action
March from Herald Square to Union Square
Join United NY to fight for better jobs, better wages and the rights of all workers! A minimum wage earner employed full-time makes just of $15,000/ year. Full-time work should not leave you in poverty.

Daily #OccupyUnionSq Info Table
@OWSUnionSquare
Every day Occupy Union Square has an info table open and staffed, acting as a hub to promote the constant flurry of events and meetings occurring across OWS.

For Text Message alerts on your cellphone about daily events, actions, and important information, sign up for the ComHub SMS blasts by texting @owscom to 23559.