11-16-11 Activist Calendar
HUDSON VALLEY ACTIVIST CALENDAR
November 16, 2011, Issue #671
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This special calendar updates our full November calendar of Nov. 2 below. Check out this earlier calendar for all the events.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MASS ACTION NOV. 17
The Occupy movement — focusing on the gross economic, political and social inequality that exists in the United States — will conduct protests in many cities Thursday, Nov. 17. This will mark the second month since this movement began with the Occupy Wall Street encampment. It will also constitute a demonstration of perseverance and outrage in response to the evidently coordinated city and state crackdowns on the movement in New York City, Oakland, San Francisco, Denver, Portland, Albany and many, many other locations.
The two biggest actions closest to the Hudson Valley region are in Albany and New York City, both of which are being supported by many organizations. Here is the schedule as it appeared today at http://occupyalbany.org/, and http://occupywallst.org/. Smaller protests will be taking place in some other Valley towns. Check the NYC/Albany websites for later announcements.———————————————————————
ALBANY NOV. 17, 12 noon to 4 p.m. (and longer if you wish)
On this day, according to, Citizen Action of New York, "Occupy, labor, and community groups will converge in Albany to call on New York State's government to put the interests of the public before corporate profits and stop business as usual."
Supporters of the Occupy Albany movement from a number of upstate cities and towns (Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, etc.) will converge on the state capital for a joint demonstration in and around Academy Park, on the corner of Washington Ave. and Eagle, near the capitol building.
12 noon: Joint rally/assembly at Occupy Albany in front of the Old Academy Bldg. by the Joseph Henry monument.
12:30 p.m. March to a nearby corporate lobby office to protest role of big money in politics.
1 p.m. March into the NYS Capitol Bldg., 2nd Floor to Gov. Cuomo’s office where hundreds of letters will be delivered protesting his economic policies.
1:30 p.m. Hold a “people’s assembly/session” outside of the Senate lobby on the 3rd floor of the Capitol where lobbyists traditionally gather to influence lawmakers.
"Visitors and occupiers from other occupations are invited to attend the day's events and, if possible, the Occupy Albany General Assembly that night, meet with our working groups, and camp out with us."
NEW YORK CITY, NOV. 17, all day
According to the Occupy New York website:
"Enough of this economy that exploits and divides us. It's time we put an end to Wall Street's reign of terror and begin building an economy that works for all. We will gather in Liberty Square at 7 a.m. before the ring of the Trading Floor Bell, to prepare to confront Wall Street with the stories of people on the frontlines of economic injustice. There, before the Stock Exchange, we will exchange stories rather than stocks. Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park), is at Liberty St., between Broadway and Trinity Pl., two blocks from Wall St.
"3 p.m. We will start by Occupying Our Blocks! Then throughout the five boroughs, we will gather at 16 central subway hubs and take our own stories to the trains, using the People's Mic. (Check the website for exact locations.)
"5 p.m. Tens of thousands of people will gather at Foley Square (just north of City Hall on Centre St.) in solidarity with laborers demanding jobs to rebuild this country's infrastructure and economy. A gospel choir and a marching band will also be performing.
"Afterwards we will march to our bridges. Let's make it as musical a march as possible - bring your songs, your voice, your spirit! Our Musical on the bridge will culminate in a festival of light as we mark the two-month anniversary of the #occupy movement, and our commitment to shining light into our broken economic and political system."