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Occupy Everything! Full Report on Student Solidarity Action In NYC.
by Occupy Everything! ( occupyeverything [at] gmail.com )
Saturday Nov 21st, 2009 10:51 PM
2 Videos about Student Solidarity Action in NYC on 11/19/09. a one minute piece about the attack of the march by the police and a three minute video about the actual action.
The full Contextual Video is also available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly96pnN2KK0
The Short Video is also available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KPA3N7josQ
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At night on 19 Nov, approximately 75 (non)students from the New School, NYU, CUNY, and other university-factories in NYC marched from Washington to Union Squares and back in a gesture of solidarity with the wave of occupations that has swept the University of California system in response to the 32% tuition hike, budget cuts, and the reproduction of students as consumer-commodities ready to work for spectacle-subjects. The march saw crazy hooligans hanging banners off of buildings; masked rogues scattering trashcans, newspaper boxes and plastic barricades across Fifth Avenue; sexy dancing throughout the streets an attempted occupation of a Parsons art party as well as the good ol’ 65 5th ave. Unfortunately, the fun ended when cops managed to pierce the motley mob, arresting two after beating them on the sidewalk. This was caught on film: watch here

The two arrested were taken to the 6th Precint in the West Village, where much of the crowd ended up at the end of the night, dancing and singing out front, distributing pamphlets and glow sticks, and remaining until the two walked free.


The full Contextual Video is also available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly96pnN2KK0
The Short Video is also available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KPA3N7josQ

--- Statement from one of the organiziers ----

On November 19th we marched in solidarity with the occupiers in California reclaiming their universities in Santa Cruz, UCLA, Fresno, and Davis. While students are generally considered privileged members of society many of us will graduate deeply in debt and forced to integrate into a culture more alienating and atomized then ever before. At the New School and NYU we occupied both to protest these conditions and to unleash the tactic of occupation in hopes that it will become generalized, spreading from the universities to the factories, homes facing eviction, forests to be clearcut, and anywhere space is being stolen from the commons.
Occupation is a particularly effective tactic because it is both historically venerated by liberals after its historical use in student and labor movements, and affirms the very un-liberal principles of hatred of authority and private property.
As we reclaim space authority reveals its usually hidden violent face. For taking whats ours: the streets, the schools, the factories, the land, we will be beaten, gassed, and incarcerated. In the face of cop beating a student we see the violence that underlies the normality of capitalist existence. When we expose this violence and resist it head on we learn to resist more effectively, to create an affinity amongst the disposed, to open spaces for action and meaningful politics, to shift the weapon of crisis from their hands to ours.


DEMAND NOTHING
OCCUPY EVERYTHIN

§NYC Police Attack Solidarity March
by Occupy Everything! Saturday Nov 21st, 2009 10:51 PM
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by starving student
Sunday Nov 22nd, 2009 4:29 PM
we have to make the protest follow the UCB president home
protest at his home Pile trash in his front yard, keep him
up all night with chanting make life hell for the whole bunch of them
by A
Monday Nov 23rd, 2009 3:10 AM
FROM NEW YORK TO GREECE,
FUCK THE POLICE!!!

Solidarity
See a difference? yeah, that’s right, there are ACTUALLY WAY MORE students of color who are being radicalized, standing up, and fighting back. they’re not all caught up in the trappings of white anarcho-punk subculture (look! they wear colors! and no bandanas! and they’re also wearing their college sweatshirts, oh dear god, SCHOOL SPIRIT!) – instead, they’re caught up in the fact that their tuition is going up by 32%, that their classes are regularly cancelled due to lack of funding, that this is the ONLY WAY THEY CAN GO TO SCHOOL and it’s being taken away from them. they aren’t fighting back against bourgeois ennui and problems with authority, and they aren’t checking to make sure their black bandanas are hanging out of their ass pocket, just so, before they go out to march. they aren’t even fighting because they don’t want to graduate from private school with a fuck ton of debt. nope – they’re fighting to actually be able to go to school. if nyu/new school raises tuition – and we know they will – we’re just gonna dig deeper into our loan pockets and keep paying. we aren’t having our classes canceled because our school couldn’t afford to keep them open. we didn’t come back over the summer to find out that hundreds of professors and staff had been fired, and that the tuition we’d already paid suddenly wasn’t going to be enough to cover us for the whole year. now, THAT is something to get seriously pissed off about.

why am i writing this? well, i’ve been thinking about a lot of things lately, one of them being my very deep dissatisfaction and feeling of alienation from “the radical scene” in new york.

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by warcry
Monday Nov 30th, 2009 2:57 PM
I feel ya... on the alienation as well as lifestyle issues,etc. . However, passion and solidarity are always welcome and important and can lead to greater activity and momentum. Critique is always welcome but we should not crush each other's spirits as the world we live in is soul crushing enough. From NY to California to Greece... fuck the police!

I think building a culture of defiance, and resistance is what its all about!