Sign Student Debt Petitions
Student Debt Outreach October 18th
Occupy NOLA set up an info booth on the neutral ground between City Park and Delgado Community college as part of the Global Day of Action. We encouraged people to share information about debt and petition for free public education for all, zero interest on loans at private schools, fair salaries for full-time instructors, more jobs for instructors, that the Federal Government eliminate student debt with a single act of relief.
Details on the General Education Strike and its call to action are available at http://ism-global.net/global_education_strike
Livestream from #O18 #1world1struggle
Student Debt Resources
Strike Debt emerged from a series of Occupy Wall Street/Occupy Theory open assemblies that began in May 2012 in NYC. Strike Debt is spreading the word that debt is a global system of domination and exploitation of the 99% by the 1%. Strike Debt links diverse individuals and communities to resist the debt system.
from The Debt Resistors' Operations Manual
“We gave the banks the power to create money because they promised to use it to help us live healthier and more prosperous lives—not to turn us into frightened peons. They broke that promise. We are under no moral obligation to keep our promises to liars and thieves. In fact, we are morally obligated to find a way to stop this system rather than continuing to perpetuate it.
This collective act of resistance may be the only way of salvaging democracy because the campaign to plunge the world into debt is a calculated attack on the very possibility of democracy. It is an assault on our homes, our families, our communities and on the planet’s fragile ecosystems—all of which are being destroyed by endless production to pay back creditors who have done nothing to earn the wealth they demand we make for them.
To the financial establishment of the world, we have only one thing to say: We owe you nothing. To our friends, our families, our communities, to humanity and to the natural world that makes our lives possible, we owe you everything. Every dollar we take from a fraudulent subprime mortgage speculator, every dollar we withhold from the collection agency is a tiny piece of our own lives and freedom that we can give back to our communities, to those we love and we respect. These are acts of debt resistance, which come in many other forms as well: fighting for free education and healthcare, defending a foreclosed home, demanding higher wages and providing mutual aid.”
Spoken into a megaphone on October 18th.
Amount of loan: $111,892.53
This is not an attempt to collect a debt.
The total student debt now totals over 1 trillion dollars. The average price of tuition has increased over 900%. In 2011, the Department of Education spent over 1.4 billion to hire collection agencies. These agencies earned about 1 billion in commissions.
My generation is busy quoting philosophers artists and thinkers while we are shackled by debt.
The 1% will continue to cut budgets and eliminate humanities courses that foster the critical thinking skills needed to reflect upon and understand the power structures surrounding us. As you have with all aspects of our lives, you have turned education into a commodity. I come from a generation that believed our devotion to the humanities justified earning degrees in Philosophy, Writing, Art, and Education.
I applied to a state university and earned a MFA believing these were healthy pursuits. They are healthy in every way except financially. Because of Governor Jindal's budget cuts, I am unable to work full-time as a college professor in Louisiana. The adjunct rate is not a living wage. I've been told to publish in order to get a full-time job teaching college students, and I've self-published a book and have written as much as I've had time to while teaching Freshmen Composition for online universities where I do not teach critical thinking. I am teaching students who have taken loans to attend a for profit university. I am not using my degree. Some of my friends from graduate school are able to write, but many are wage slaves to the global work machine.
Obama, I reject your token gesture of debt reform. Income based repayments are not the answer. The more I work, the more I pay, and I will be paying Sallie Mae accumulated interest. All my payments have gone towards interest.
As long as I participate in the global work machine, I deny myself the chance to use my degree to contribute to a body of ideas because there are no jobs. I will not feed you my time and dreams to pay interest.
I will not vote for any candidate who represents corporations. The system does not represent me.
The last thing the 1% wants is to give up one of their most powerful weapons - the idea that decent people always pay debts.
The Federal Reserve has been printing money for the banks who govern it. The government, which can declare student loan debt unenforceable, along with banking cartels, uses debt to funnel money from the 99% to the 1%.
This ends now.
I will save every dollar from collection agencies.
I will give nothing to banks. They are hoarding enough of it.
I will not produce what you consider goods, and refuse to perpetuate the burden of working harder only to consume more. Instead, I will produce ideas that challenge your global capitalism.
There is no place for me in your capitalistic machine. Mainstream media has indoctrinated us to accept debt. Budget cuts over higher education have turned universities into places that produce human capital, commodities, and competitors.
To the collection agencies hired by ACS, as long as you earn commission, I will not answer the phone.
To the government, as long as you are legally entitled to garnish my wages, I will not work.
To the bankers broke their promise, as long as you hoard money printed by The Federal Reserve, I will not feed you.
To the politicians who refuse to repeal bankruptcy laws, until you forgive all student debt, I will not vote for you and legitimize a system that perpetuates the illusion that you represent me or my peers.
To the Department of Education - as long as you are collecting $1.22 for every dollar, I will not pay you.
I was three years old when the Bankruptcy Reform Act passed in 1978. I was two years old in 1977 when the American Bankers Association joined the conference of bankruptcy judges in lobbying - formally, anyway - against the cruel and unusual punishment of making student debt non-dischargeable. I didn't have a say.
I am personally answering the call from Occupy / Real Democracy Now / 15M movement for public and private debt resistance and refusal
To the financial institutions of the world, we have only one thing to say: we owe you NOTHING!
To our friends, families, our communities, to humanity and to the natural world that makes our lives possible, we owe you everything.
To the people of the world, we say: join the resistance, you have nothing to lose but your debts.
Letter to Send to Creditors
Slideshow on Student Debt
October 18 11 am - Join Us for A Global Day of Action To Reclaim Education
Join Occupy NOLA, Students and Workers!
Thursday, October 18 11 am - 2pm New Orleans
Meet on Neutral Ground between Delgado & City Park (Marconi & City Park) http://goo.gl/maps/NtqI9
Unite in solidarity with students and workers of the word!
We are all struggling against cuts in education. Only by uniting globally will we be able to overcome these and enable free emancipatory education for all.
Because everyone must have access to education no matter their monetary or social status!See the Facebook Event for the Global Day of Action!How to Get Involved!
- RSVP to our Facebook Event.
- Visit http://ism-global.net/call2action_GES for details about the Global Day of Action.
- Contact email@example.com to see how you can get involved in the local action.
- Organize! Learn more at the forum "The Budget, The University and The Student Debt" Tuesday, October 9 at 4pm University of New Orleans Room 129 Kirschman Hall RSVP to Facebook Event for October 9 forum
- Come to the Occupy NOLA GA - Tuesdays at 7 pm Occupy The Stage 2735c Toulouse and Saturdays Cafe Flora 4:30 pm
The Occupy NOLA GA endorsed The International Student Movement
at the Tuesday September 18, 2012 G.A.
“The International Student Movement (ISM) is an independent communication platform for groups and activists around the world to exchange information, network and coordinate activities in our struggle against the increasing commercialisation of education and for free emancipatory education for all!”
Moreover Occupy NOLA will be conducting Outreach on local campuses. This Outreach will include (but will not be limited to) information about the following Events: GLOBAL EDUCATION STRIKE Oct.18th & Nov.14-22nd 2012
We invited many members of Occupy NOLA to the Facebook event to the Global Education Strike.
Please like the ISM Facebook page
to stay updated.
Also, here are some great links to All In The Red
and other organizations that help students organize. Squarely In The Red The Project on Student Debt EDU Debtors Union Occupy Education
Occupy This Flyer!
When I first went to Duncan Plaza in mid-November of 2011, it was as a citizen journalist and supporter. I'd spent October and early November staying in a hotel in Baton Rouge where my boyfriend at the time was working on location as an electrician for the movies. I'd been watching dogs there, walking them in the parking lot of the hotel, working online, and watching friends of mine upload photographs from October 6 - the first day of Occupy NOLA - on Facebook.
As October bled into November, I started watching livestream from Occupy LA and Occupy San Fransisco but couldn't find much about Occupy NOLA online. So my introduction to the national Occupy movement was through livestream, but I had to go to Duncan Plaza in real life to find Occupy NOLA, which I did when I returned to New Orleans in November (I first went to Duncan Plaza on November 18).
Sometimes I'm sad that I missed the beginning (almost all) of the encampment. Today I've been finding videos of Occupy NOLA on YouTube and sharing them here.
On October 6, 2012 it will have been one year since the beginning of Occupy NOLA. Here is what it was like the first day:
Yesterday, two writers interviewed me and Robert about Occupy NOLA, and as I tried to show them the encampment on Google maps, Robert noticed that the satellite of Duncan shows the encampment.
In my quest to learn more about Occupy NOLA and to create some type of archive of its history, I've even found YouTube footage of the square dancing that occurred in Duncan.
I'll try to post a more cohesive history after I interview some people who were there before I was.
With love and solidarity,
~ small affair
This originally appeared on the Occupy New Orleans website and has been reposted here with permission from the author.
So a bunch of non-New Orleanians are wondering why all us NOLA peeps are pissed at Entergy. I mean there was a hurricane and they are working to restore power so why so mad?
Let me show you something:
On Monday, September 3, Occupy The Stage hosted a terrific BBQ for the community. Thank you InterOccupy
for your generous donations. We were able to feed between 40 and 50 people who had lost power due to Hurricane Isaac. This was a great act of solidarity with the New Orleans community.
Occupy The Stage in New Orleans is hosting a Community BBQ today September 3 at 7pm. So many people in New Orleans still do not have power due to Isaac!
All are invited for FREE Labor Day food.
Come join Occupy The Stage for a Post Isaac BBQ Potluck and a live show!
BBQ/ Potluck will start at 7 PM, and we will be doing everything we can to share food with people who have been suffering due to Isaac. Currently we are working with InterOccupy
and volunteers who are helping us gather resources. If you want to bring anything to throw on the grill, you are welcome to. If you are hungry, please come and eat!
People can come at 5 if they want to bring food to cook, or come at 7 to eat.
Music starts at 9 with Willow, Followed by Sweet Street Symphony
at 10 and The Reverend Spooky LeStange and her Billion Dollar Baby Dolls!
Thank you InterOccupy and Occupy Isaac
for helping us make this happen through your relief donations!
2735 c Toulouse Street New Orleans, LA (Toulouse and Broad) RSVP to our Facebook Event
To donate to Occupy The Stage (in case we need to get more food) people can go HERE
We really want to provide as much food as we can for the New Orleans community!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Donate Here
The Occupy The Stage community warehouse was suffering financially before Hurricane Isaac made landfall in New Orleans, LA on August 28. Despite this, Occupy The Stage is committed to hosting a Labor Day BBQ at the warehouse on September 3 at 7pm at 2735c Toulouse Street. Live performances will follow. However, without help, Occupy The Stage's infrastructure may come to a halt due to losses suffered during Hurricane Isaac and existing economic problems.
The rent for the Occupy The Stage warehouse is 1800 a month. Utilities cost about 300 per month.
Members of Occupy The Stage have missed several days of work due to Hurricane Isaac. The warehouse lost power on Tuesday, August 28 and has been running on one generator to keep food for the community kitchen refrigerated. Power has not been restored as of September 1. Members of OTS waited in line at 700 Poland - a designated ice, water, and MRE drop-off - on Friday August 31 when FEMA was unable to deliver these resources. They have been busy networking with InterOccupy and Community Kitchen assisting NOLA residents without power (especially the elderly and people with children).
Prior to Isaac's arrival, a number of tools from the wood-working and mechanic shop were stolen including a compressor, wrenches, and ratchets (a more complete list can be provided upon further assessment).
The Occupy The Stage Warehouse hosts regular live performances, Occupy NOLA GAs, a community kitchen, a community bike shop, a community wood-working shop, a sign/banner making station, a digital media station, and a place for local activists to meet. Teach-ins and discussions are often held at the warehouse. Occupy The Stage has hosted The Occupy Caravan, Radical Resistance Tour, New Orleans Socialist Alternative, and is expecting visitors from Less Wall More Street. Materials for tent-monsters, signs, banners, flyers, a portable state, etc have all been paid for out of pocket by members of Occupy The Stage.
Members of Occupy The Stage also typically use their wages to pay the lease on the warehouse, the utilities, to contribute to the community kitchen, to print and circulate materials about the Occupy Movement, and to support other occupations by donating to Jail Support, Livestreamers, DNC Housing and to sometimes pay musicians who perform at the FREE shows Occupy The Stage welcomes the community to attend. These shows sometimes include more prominent New Orleans bands that request a small fee as well as budding musicians who are trying out the stage for the first time.
Members of Occupy The Stage have traveled to Occupy DC, Occupy Birmingham, Occupy Charlotte, The Occupy National Gathering, and other locations and have livestreamed and live-tweeted while participating in actions. Members include Occupy NOLA's only livestreamers @small_affair and @ots_nola.
Occupy The Stage began in Duncan Plaza when Justin Warren (founding member and master carpenter) built a stage at the encampment and musicians performed there. When The Occupy NOLA encampment was raided and Occupy NOLA was evicted from Duncan Plaza, Justin Warren secured the warehouse, installed sewer lines, and renovated the space so occupiers could have a safe space to meet and NOLA citizens could learn skills needed for employment (i.e. carpentry, mechanics, digital literacy, web design, performing). Sustaining this infrastructure is vital to the New Orleans community.
Donations made to Occupy The Stage will go to:
1. Buy food and water for Labor Day BBQ which all are invited to attend as New Orleans recovers from Hurricane Isaac.
2. Pay the rent: 1800 per month
3. Pay utilities: around 300 per month (electric, phone, internet used by Occupy NOLA Digital Media Working Group and GA)
4. Purchase gas for generator
5. Install better lock on door
6. Strengthen roof
7. Replace tools stolen from Woodworking shop and Bike shop in warehouse
8. Stock community kitchen that provides free meals to occupiers, activists, and community members
9. Print flyers to promote actions and FREE performances that give local musicans an opportunity to perform before an audience
10. Livestream Isaac recovery, actions and performances
11. Assist with Isaac recovery
12. Provide a safe indoor space where traveling occupiers can meet, shower, and rest
Occupy NOLA holds General Assemblies at the OTS warehouse on Tuesdays at 7pm.
Members of this working group are employed and only ask for donations to help cover costs of warehouse and Isaac recovery materials/supplies.
Please contact us if you have any questions about donations.
firstname.lastname@example.orgThank you and solidarity!~ Occupy The Stage
Thank you InterOccupy for this wonderful networking. The Common Ground Clinic does need help. We are sincerely grateful to you and to them.
NEW ORLEANS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH SUPPLIES DUE TO HURRICANE ISAAC
It has been communicated that local organizations in New Orleans have been ravaged by budget cuts and will not see money from the FEMA and the FEDS till Tuesday/ Wednesday. The Common Ground Clinic in particular will need ice to keep insulin/other meds cool till then, medical supplies, and potable water. This list will only increase as Isaac sits on the city with rain & wind gusts. This city was left behind after Katrina and Occupy folks as well as local groups are trying to organize a distribution network to get supplies to NOLA prior to the release of FEMA money.
THEY NEED VOLUNTEERS FROM: Mobile, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Jackson, MS, and Houston to drive.
IF YOU CAN HELP PLEASE EMAIL INFO@INTEROCCUPY.NET http://interoccupy.net/blog/new-orleans-needs-volunteers-to-help-with-supplies-due-to-hurricane-isaac/ You can reach Common Ground on their Facebook page - they are updating it.
Occupy The Stage warehouse did not flood. Below are some Friday resources for food, water, and medical needs. We love you and stay safe.~ Occupy The StageFriday Common Ground Health Clinic Update
All of our providers are back in the office so we are open to seeing patients today. We are operating on a skeleton support crew, but making it work. We don't normally see patients on Friday so we are taking walk ins. If you live or work in the area please spread the word.
Executive DirectorCommon Ground Health Clinic
1400 Teche Street
New Orleans, LA 70114 Clinic: 504-361-9800
fax: 504-368-9836Friday Emergency Food Co-op at Buffa's!
EMERGENCY FOOD CO-OPOK, folks, you have food, but no electricity. We have people to feed and hardly any food left!
Let's use your food to feed people instead of throwing it out!
Here is how our emergency food co-op works: IF YOU HAVE FOOD THAT NEEDS TO GET USED:
1). Bring it in.
2). Tell us how much you want for yourself or your family, and our cooks will cook it for you.
3). You give our server some cash for our cook (and they will see our cooks get ALL of it.)
4). We will share what's left with others.IF YOU HAVE NO FOOD TO SHARE:
1). Find out what we have. Be patient. It's crowded and the list will always be changing.
2). Tell the server what you want.
3). Give the server some cash for the cook. They will make sure the cook gets ALL of it. Locations of Emergency #POD sites for #NOLA #Ice #MRE #H20 Emergency Point of Distribution (POD) sites
The National Guard has opened three emergency Point of Distribution (POD) sites where citizens can pick up critical supplies including ice, water, and MREs in New Orleans East, Lower Ninth Ward and on the West Bank.:
• 5501 Read Blvd in New Orleans East near Methodist Hospital
• 2730 Vespasian Blvd on the West Bank
• 700 Poland Ave., the Port of Embarkation in the Bywater
Sites are open 6am to 8pm, or when it is too dark to distribute supplies, until further notice. Sites will distribute water, ice, and MREs. They will not distribute tarps
All PODs are open until 8 pm tonight for MREs, ice and water. In District C there's a pod at 4400 Dauphine at the Naval Support Facility East Bank and at Skelly Rupp Park in Algiers (2200 Vespasian Blvd near Shirley Drive off of General DeGaulle). They will be open tomorrow from 6 pm - 8 pm.
Louisiana Locations Providing Supplies (ice, water, MRE's, varies by location) -
Alario Center, 2000 Segnette Blvd., Westwego
Butch Duhe Playground, 1710 10th St., Kenner
Harahan City Hall, 6437 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan
Helen Cox High School, 2200 Lapalco Blvd, Harvey
First Parish Court, 920 David Dr., Metairie
FOR LAFITTE RESIDENTS ONLY: Lafitte Town Hall, 2654 Jean Lafitte Boulevard, Lafitte
FOR GRAND ISLE RESIDENTS ONLY: Grand Isle Fire Department, 2757 LA Hwy 1, Grand Isle
5501 Read Blvd in New Orleans East near the intersection of Read and Lake Forrest Blvd;·
2730 Vespasian Blvd on the West Bank
700 Poland Avenue in the Bywater
St. John the Baptist Parish
East St. John Elementary, 400 Ory Drive, LaPlace
Emily C. Watkins, 938 LA Hwy 628, LaPlace
Fifth Ward Elementary, 158 Panther Drive, Reserve
Garyville/Mt. Airy Math and Science Magnet
240 LA Hwy 54, Mount Airy
Leon Godchaux School, 1880 Hwy 44, Reserve
St. John the Baptist Courthouse, 2393 Hwy 18, Edgard