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Four People were arrested today, in New Orleans, for protesting a meeting of the American Petroleum Institute. They are being charged with criminal trespassing, despite there being no signs stating that they were not allowed, the meeting was public, when asked to leave they complied. A Louisiana state police officer manhandled several people inside and blocked their vehicle outside, keeping them from leaving, before finally identifying himself as a police officer.
Donations for bond and legal fees can be made through:
Livestreams of the arrests can be found here:
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!
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 This Flyer!
Note: Please see these instructions for printing 4 little flyers on 1 page.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
Thank you and solidarity!
~ Occupy The Stage
It rained but we chalkupied Duncan Plaza in front of City Hall and were almost arrested. The day is not over!!! See our slideshow and narrative of our experience with NOPD while chalkupying.
Most of the video with the police officer takes place while smallz' phone is beneath a contractor bag, but it's here if you want to see it: http://bambuser.com/v/2891990
Join us on UNO's campus Aug 8th at 9:45 a.m. Building 12 Earl K. Long Library
The University of New Orleans Press has be put on "hiatus." UNO professors have lost jobs amid state-mandated budget cuts. As tuition and class size increase and faculty are faculty jobs are cut, any new administrative positions should be made public.
Are you upset about budget cuts at The University of New Orleans?
Demand President Fos reveal UNO budget cuts and all administrative salaries!
OCCUPY NOLA demands the University of New Orleans
· Publicize list of budget cuts
· Publicize all administrators' salaries to show that administration is bearing its proportion of the cuts
· Stop utilization of the budget cuts for political ends
· Publicize a list of all new administrative positions (including salaries) created by President Fos
See the following links for details:
Institutional Research & Data Management (IRDM)
UPDATES: This dilemma is receiving national attention. Read more:
Another Press on Chopping Block
Director of U. of New Orleans Press Loses Job Amid Budget Cuts
Amid growing furor, UNO spokesman assures: 'UNO Press is not being closed'
Responses posted on Facebook Event Wall (note, we did not post anyone's names here in case anyone was concerned about his or her privacy. Please Contact Us if you would like to be quoted or would like to have your quote removed).
Things seem to keep getting worse. Now, we've been told by Bill Lavender that his last day is Wednesday (and not at the end of the month as we were originally told) and today I see that UNO has an open position posted for an Assistant Professor of English who will be responsible for "the direction and reading of MFA theses."
Perhaps I am jumping to conclusions, but it appears like the individual who will be directing and reading my thesis hasn't yet been hired. I am supposed to turn in a draft of my thesis on the first day of the Fall Semester. It's extremely distressing to me to think that I don't have a contact in the Low-Res Program.
I expect to graduate this December. I have worked very hard over the past 2 years to get to this point and I am very concerned about how this will impact me and the other students in the program, especially those who, like me, are on the cusp of graduation.
Again, I certainly realize that things like budget cuts have an impact on programs and institutions. However, it seems disingenuous to dismiss the elimination of Bill Lavender's position as a "budget cut" while hiring for a strikingly similar one simultaneously.
Today, I am an embarrassed student of UNO. As I watch this situation unfold, I am truly heartbroken.
At this point, short of reinstating Bill Lavender, I'd recommend an honest and clear communication with all Low-Res MFA students that clearly outlines both the situation and the plan to move forward, including a contact person who will be available and knowledgeable to help us through this tough time. This should have already been done.
Thank you for taking the time to hear my ongoing concerns. I wish that I hadn't felt compelled to write again. Unfortunately, as the situation deteriorates, I felt it necessary.
I think it's important, "closed," "on hiatus" or whatever, that the administration and the governor see that the press has support and is an important instrument. Too often arts and "liberal" studies get the shaft when budget cuts happen. You should see the shakeup in the Talented Arts programs of the state's school boards. The one thing this state has been doing right-- supporting kids who are "good at art" who otherwise might not get personal attention from a good artist-- and the state is making it increasingly difficult for them to do their jobs. The squeeze is on.
Now the MFA program is being disassembled! Who is calling the shots? Is the new chancellor just another flunkie for Jindal just so the chancellor can keep HIS LOUSY job? Come clean on it all if Mr. Chancellor you are really serving us in the New Orleans Metro area, no denials, just come clean show all or it will be time to go to court!
It's happening all over. Cut the budget, slash the humanities, raise the tuition, cut the teachers, increase administration. Education becomes big business. Students become consumer at the beginning, product at the end, deep in debt and have to take whatever job they can get. All of this to increase the wealth of that same small percentage of the population.
For an interesting timeline, read
The Curious Timeline of the Bill Lavender Case
~ Occupy The Stage
Occupy This Flyer and Print It Out!
On July 25 in New Orleans, we Chalkupied the Amphitheater near Jackson Square with messages to President Obama, whose $250 Victory Reception was nearby.
We had to wait for the torrential downpour to stop before chalking, but we learned that chalk looks brighter when the pavers are wet.
The French Market Security and Manager told Occupy NOLA Chalk is "graffiti" and a felony, threatened to have everyone arrested if they didn't clean up the Chalkupy, and then had their employees clean up the Chalkupy.
Here is the video the livestreamer took of security telling Occupy The Stage chalk is graffiti.
Thank you to everyone who came out in the rain and supported this action!
As Occupy The Stage and Occupy NOLA headed to Jackson Square to Chalkupy their concerns to President Obama, ominous gray clouds unleashed torrents of rain on The French Quarter. Obama's reception at House of Blues wasn't going to start until 3:30 pm, so most Occupiers waited under an awning holding newly handmade signs. However, one brave Anonymous protester stopped traffic on Decatur Street with his Stop NDAA sign and Guy Fawkes mask.
A Call to Action
Louisiana is facing roughly $859 million in federal Medicaid funding for this year.
Occupy NOLA invites you to protest at the home of State Representative and House majority leader Anthony (Tony) Ligi.
Ligi supports Jindal's legislation pushed by ALEC includes school vouchers, charter and virtual schools, public retirement reform, Medicaid reform, public employee health benefits reform and sweeping privatization—all part and parcel of Jindal’s legislative agenda. Ligi received $20,700 in contributions from ALEC.
Tell Ligi that Louisiana will not stand for this!
Meet Friday, July 27 at Occupy The Stage, 2735 c Toulouse and caravan to reign upon 5216 Senac Dr. Metairie! We'll have a route by Friday (trying to decide if we should take the interstate I-10 or Earhart expressway).
Please join us. You can RSVP to Occupy NOLA's Facebook event.
~ Occupy New Orleans General Assembly