The Fourth Amendment promises “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated...”
To raise awareness about this blatant violation of the Fourth Amendment by the United States government, Occupy The Stage's
Guise of Fawkes Krewe joined Krewe of Kolossos in its second annual July 4th parade on Bayou St. John in New Orleans. The "freedom" theme was perfect for a #RestoreThe4th demonstration!
In a canoe dubbed "The Lulz Boat," we gave out information about political prisoners and copies of the 4th Amendment. Spy Versus Spy puppets employed by the NSA accompanied flags about Restore The Fourth! Special thanks to Mail To The Jail
for helping with addresses of political prisoners to share!
This demonstration was in response to the information recently leaked by Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who exposed the NSA surveillance program. Edward Snowden
had been working at the National Security Agency for four years when he leaked material from one of the world's most secretive organizations – the NSA
. These leaks revealed four independent programs: the bulk collection of telephone records, the Prism program, Obama's implementation of an aggressive foreign and domestic cyber-operations policy, and false claims by NSA officials to Congress.
Documents describing the (PRISM) program Snowden disclosed
were released by The Washington Post on June 6. The newly released documents provide details about how PRISM operates, as well as the supervisory control of NSA and FBI. The Washington Post
The top-secret PRISM program allows the U.S. intelligence community to gain access from nine Internet companies to a wide range of digital information, including e-mails and stored data, on foreign targets operating outside the United States. The program is court-approved but does not require individual warrants. Instead, it operates under a broader authorization from federal judges who oversee the use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Some documents describing the program were first released by The Washington Post on June 6. The newly released documents below give additional details about how the program operates, including the levels of review and supervisory control at the NSA and FBI. The documents also show how the program interacts with the Internet companies." This search and seizure of data is a violation of the Fourth Amendment. The United States government and NSA should abide by the Constitution. The revelations about the National Security Agency's surveillance represent a stunning abuse of our basic rights.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation
has some helpful information about demanding a full accounting of America's secret spying programs—and an end to unconstitutional surveillance!
To voice your concerns about NSA spying, dial 1-STOP-323-NSA (1-786-732-3672). The automated system will connect you to your legislators. Urge them to provide public transparency about NSA spying and stop warrantless wiretapping on the communications of millions of ordinary Americans. Call now. Tell Congress to end the spying.
You can also visit Stop Watching Us
to demand the U.S. Congress reveal the full extent of the NSA's spying programs.
We are calling on Congress to take immediate action to halt this surveillance and provide a full public accounting of the NSA's and the FBI's data collection programs. We call on Congress to immediately and publicly:
- Enact reform this Congress to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the state secrets privilege, and the FISA Amendments Act to make clear that blanket surveillance of the Internet activity and phone records of any person residing in the U.S. is prohibited by law and that violations can be reviewed in adversarial proceedings before a public court;
- Create a special committee to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of this domestic spying. This committee should create specific recommendations for legal and regulatory reform to end unconstitutional surveillance;
- Hold accountable those public officials who are found to be responsible for this unconstitutional surveillance.
Occupy the Stage (an affinity group of Occupy NOLA
), spent July 4th holding a creative demonstration about this violation of the Fourth Amendment. We shared information about the 4th Amendment,#RestoreThe4th
, and also distributed pocket Constitutions and information about political prisoners and Obama's war on whistle-blowers.
Here is a photo-set and a few videos from our July 4th demonstration.
Preparing the Lulz Boat
In the Lulz Boat
Giving out #MailToTheJail info in The Lulz Boat
Our boat received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, and many attending the parade asked us for information to write to political prisoners and to call Congress about the NSA. We hope this will lead to more awareness of the United States government's war on whistleblowers and the number of political prisoners who need our support.
Thank you everyone who helped make this a great day! If you like the work Occupy The Stage is doing, please considering donating here to help with materials costs to make more creative demonstration materials.
We are also selling our hand-painted NSA banner. It will be posted in our Etsy shop soon.
We are asking $200 for this original one-of-a-kind piece of artwork, but we will also consider offers of $100 or more.
if you have questions or are interested. We could combine this with other artwork!
~ Occupy The Stage
It's been a busy Mardi Gras season at Occupy The Stage.
On January 19, Occupy The Stage rolled in krewedelusion - the parade that follows Krewe du Vieux, which kicks of Mardi Gras.
Our Krewe "Guise of Fawkes" made a "You can't jail an idea" float to show solidarity with imprisoned hactivists and Free Anons.
We were thrilled to receive donations of flags and stickers from Hammond Support Network
to use as throws during the parade. Along with our own handmade throws (voodoo dolls, chalk with Chalkupy instructions, and buttons we made with our button machine), these stickers made our parade great, and we hope to have raised awareness about Jeremy Hammond's unfair bail denial and the prison sentence he is facing.
Check out our full write-up
and the photo set below!
Guise of Fawkes "Go Fawkes Yourself" in krewedelusion 2013
Full text from slide show is available here
Interview with Local Artist
Interview with NOLA Cab Driver unable to get inspected despite fact that he upgraded to meet city standards.
The Super Bowl Should Not Be NOLA's Cross to Bear
Occupy The Stage met at 3pm in Jackson Square on Super Bowl Sunday and held a creative procession to celebrate our First Amendment right to free speech show solidarity with local artists, vendors, and workers. A female Jesus led a procession of monks who chanted while holding wooden hand-painted signs bearing slogans that included "Thou Shalt Not Create a Police State" and "Honor The Small Businesses." Our slideshow and video are below.
Mardi Gras and #OpValentine
Occupy The Stage's Mardi Gras Krewe - Guise of Fawkes - rolled with the Society of Saint Anne
on Mardi Gras Day (February 12).
Our Free Anons float included paper hearts people could use to write Valentines to mail to political prisoners as part of #OpValentine
! We've collected and addressed the Valentines and will be sending Mardi Gras love to political prisoners.
See our Mardi Gras Day slideshow below!
It's been a busy few weeks, and we are really grateful to all of our online and on ground supporters.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Occupy The Stage 2013 Calendar
Occupy The Stage 2013 Calendars
can be purchased through LuLu. All proceeds made from calendars will go to producing propaganda and materials for Occupy art and the Occupy Puppet Theater.
The Occupy Puppet Theater has really taken off, and today Occupy The Stage participated in a Charivari
against Austerity. The Puppet Theater was involved along with our latest "banker" puppet who printed his own money and denied several bystanders the opportunity to open an account.
Creative Props included a birdcage stuffed with spray-painted orange dolls that represented the prison-industrial complex and over-crowded jails and some "Evict the Rich" punching balloons, along with creative signs and hand-made instruments.
This action was part of "Solidarity Against Austerity" planned in conjunction with The Gulf Coast People's Convention
A series of free classes on crafting things for the holidays.
Because we all need to stop buying mass-made Walmart crap!
Want to learn to make these? Pop into the Operation Holiday class on November 25th!
Nov 4th – Knitting a simple scarf on straight needles (intro to knitting)
Nov 11th – Knitting simple fingerless gloves on double pointed needles
Nov 18th – Mixed media bamboo tile accessories & pendants
Nov 25th – Faux quilted holiday ornaments
Dec 2nd – Simple jewelry-making with beads and charms!
Dec 9th – Open workshop day/ Anti-Austerity theme encouraged. The Walmart Elves will be attending as well.
Dec 16th – Help with last minute crafts/catchup/recap
No prior knowledge necessary – classes are aimed at beginners!
All ages welcome but minors must be supervised by an adult.
Tools, needles and yarn are provided but you are welcome to bring your own.
Donations of money or supplies are warmly welcomed and appreciated (but not necessary).
To sign up contact us!
Find Craftivist Workshop online at: craftivistworkshop.wordpress.com
Occupy This Flyer!
You can arrest the chalker but you can’t stop the chalk!
has announced the 2nd Annual Chalk the Police National Day of Action & Chalking Contest!
October 1 also happens to be the Birthday of Marijuana Prohibition
From CopBlock:Attention all chalkers, organizers, and lovers of artful dissent! It’s that time of year again to open up the buckets of chalk and find the nearest location of state repression (aka police stations, courthouses, jails) or other public property such as sidewalks, parks or public plazas at the 2nd Annual Chalk the Police Day.
During the 1st Annual Chalk the Police Day (link: http://www.copblock.org/8710/chalk-the-police-day-a-huge-success/), we had videos and photos from small groups and large groups of chalkers in cities such as Phoenix (link: http://youtu.be/pFIP5mpcwqU ) and Keene, NH (link: http://youtu.be/TD0DjUmcHoo).
Over the past year, many chalkers have been arrested, detained, harassed and jailed by authorities across this country (link: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/08/war-chalk-arrests). From the Chalking 8 (link: http://www.copblock.org/7411/chalk/) to the Chalk Walk Police Riots in LA (link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/13/5th-spring-downtown-la-chalk-protest_n_1670194.html), chalking continues to be seen as a threat to status quo and despite the temporary nature of chalk, police and local authorities continue to crack down on our right to free expression.
We must not remain silent! We have the right to chalk and the right to hold our local police accountable for their actions. If you agree, please organize a chalking event in your area on Monday, October 1st. Please feel free to make this event your own and bring signs, fliers, maybe some music and snacks - and of course, lots of chalk to share with your local chalking group. We encourage organizers to host their event on the date of action, Monday October 1st but recognize that some individuals or groups may want to host an event the weekend before due to time or weather constraints.
If you use facebook, please create an event and invite your friends! Also, please RSVP to this Facebook event for the National Chalk the Police Day. We will also try to list all the events here.
Do you need extra motivation to chalk? This year there is a fun contest with prizes in each of the categories!
Best Mural/Chalk Art Design - For the chalk artists who love to draw and can create great murals.
Best Chalk Saying/Slogan – Can’t draw but have a way with words? This category is for you!
Best Location – Chalk the jails? Chalk the steps of city hall? Is there any interesting public property to chalk in your area? We’ll be giving a prize for best location.
The best entry in each category will get $66 worth of items from Cop Block's store (link: http://copblock.org/store). Also, the winner of the Best Mural/Chalk Art Design will receive a Box of Eternity Art High Quality Sidewalk Chalk (you pick up to 35 of your favorite colors!) (link: http://www.eternityarts.com/street-painting-chalk-art/street-painting-supplies/basic-street-chalk/)
Judges: There will be a three “judge” panel with one person each from the East (Kate Ager), Midwest (Melissa Hill), and West Coast (Allan Eaton) that will review the photographs of the chalk and rank them.
How to Enter: Please send all photographs of chalking (or short videos) to email@example.com or post them as a comment to this Facebook Event.
All entries will need to be submitted before 11:59pm CST Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 for this contest to allow the judges time to view the pictures and video. To be fair, please only submit chalkings that were created between Friday, Sept. 28th – October 2nd for the October 1st Chalk the Police event. The winners will be announced on Friday, October 5th.
You can arrest the chalker but you can’t stop the chalk!
Hobo Symbols for Occupy
Throughout history, signs and symbols have played an integral part in communication among revolutionaries, activists, and so-called "hooligans." For years I've been fascinated by
Hoboglyphs, or images hobos drew to communicate information about specific locations. Hobos were known to utilize a series of small glyphs
in an effort of solidarity to warn and support other travelers. Often scrawled hastily (and sometimes with chalk
) on gates or telephone poles, the Hobo Signs would let other hobos know if work was available in a particular town, if police tolerated hobos, or if an area was safe to camp in. These symbols were also used to covertly share information about available resources. The Hobo Code
could add a small element of safety when traveling to new places.
While many modern Hobo Signs
apply to situations occupiers face today, I wanted to design Hobo Symbols that specifically address the needs of occupiers. These can be interpreted as art or used in real life much like the hashtag is used on Twitter. For instance, the third image "Sleeping bags only here" is an obvious reference to #sleepfulprotest
. I've tried to create images that are simple enough to be drawn quickly (hopefully via chalkupy) while being mindful that some images should be easy to interpret while others perhaps should not be too obvious. Below are the first few.
I have about ten more coming out soon, and hopefully these will be incorporated into a Comix about Tentmonster Bucky - a tentmonster who chalkupies in areas where camping bans are enforced. Special thanks to Twitter friends @Matericia and @occupy_sxsw
for your feedback and support regarding these first nine hobo symbols. I have many more coming including GA Meets Here, Could Not Find Encampment, Police Target Livestreamers, We bang on stuff and make shit happen, Good Dumpster Diving Nearby, Human Chain Effective form of Peaceful Protest Here, Occupiers Gather Here Regularly,
and a few others.
If you have an Occupy Hobo Symbol you'd like to contribute or an idea for an Occupy Hobo Symbol, please contact @small_affair
via Twitter, comment on this post, or use the Contact US
link on this website!~ small affair