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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.
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For Immediate Release: Occupy NOLA Rally for Transparency at University of New Orleans - Aug 8 9:45am
Please find our current press release attached (also below). For inquiries about interviews, press photos, or more information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 504-377-1331
Occupy New Orleans General Assembly
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Occupy NOLA will be holding a Rally for Transparency at University of New Orleans in response to the administration's decision to fire long-time key faculty members and put the University of New Orleans Press on hiatus. As tuition and class size increase and faculty and faculty jobs are cut, any new administrative positions should be made public. Please join in our support of faculty and students.
Date: August 8, 2012
Time: 9:45 am
Location: Meet at Building 12 Earl K. Long Library
Why: Demand President Fos reveal UNO budget cuts and all administrative salaries!
Occupy NOLA demands that the University of New Orleans:
Please see the notice on the Occupy The Stage website for details!
In Solidarity with students and teachers!
~ Occupy New Orleans General Assembly and Occupy The Stage
Occupy This Press Release! Print It Out!
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!
Join OTS & Occupy NOLA when Obama Visits NOLA to "Occupy The Vote"
On Wednesday President Obama will visit the French Quarter to attend a campaign fundraiser Reception For the Obama Victory Fund (OVF) at the House of Blues. The National Urban League Conference is billing Obama's visit as as “Occupy the Vote.” This suggests that the Occupy Movement is supporting a fundraiser for a holder of public office who has been the fervent supporter of a trillion dollar plus bailout of the banking giants at the expense of everyone else. Nothing could be further from the truth!
Here is what Occupy NOLA will be requesting from the President on his July 25th visit to New Orleans.
Give President Obama a 99% UnWelcome: Meet 2pm Wednesday. June 25th to Chalkupy The Amphitheater across from Jackson Square (near the corner of Decatur and St. Ann).
Bring chalk, signs, pots and pans, chants, friends, and, most importantly, yourself.
Image Gallery - Occupy These Flyers If You Need Inspiration To Make Signs!
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
Hi, this is small affair, and this was one of my favorite days with Occupy The Stage. On On March 31, Occupy The Roads was visiting New Orleans, and Occupy The Stage brought an enormous banner to the Police Brutality protest which hundreds of people attended. This march, organized by United New Orleans Front, was in response to the NOPD killings of Wendell Allen and Justin Sipp.
That day was the first time my livestream was rebroadcast on Global Revolution TV. A brass band played "I'll fly away" as I caught up with the front of the march and Justin. "Please learn how to hold the camera," someone typed in the chat and I realized I'd been dancing.
Nola Anarcha wrote a terrific article about this event here:
400 March Against Police Violence, Racial and Class Oppression During The Final Four Tournament
Below is a clip of my interview with Justin where we discuss the March Against Police Violence and Occupy The Stage.
For Justin Sipp, Wendell Allen, Trayvon Martin; for all those maimed or murdered by NOPD.
Occupy NOLA will participate in The Mothers March Against Injustice!
The Mother’s March Against Injustice, sponsored by United New Orleans Front, will begin at 12 noon on Saturday, May 12. Along with many others, members of Community United for Change, The United New Orleans Front and supporters of the families of Justin Sipp, Wendell Allen, and Trayvon Martin, we will meet at Congo Square and march to City Hall for a Mother’s Day Rally.
We are Justin Sipp sign from 3/31 Police Brutality Protest New Orleans, LA.
Why is our system so afraid to use it's own criminal justice system to put the shooters on trial in a public court to determine whether they're guilty of a crime or not?
Bring a picture of your loved one! Join our struggle!
The following information was provided by one of the organizers of this march.
The United New Orleans Front (UNOF) Mothers' March is being held to pay homage to great sacrifices and strength of African American women as they anchor our families amidst the perpetual attacks against the Black community, especially black males, in this racist, capitalist society. Far too many individual lives have been cut short by early death at the hands of our racist enemies or at the hands of this racist, capitalist systems created self hatred where young Black men wantonly murder each other at the drop of a hat. America has created a school to prison pipeline where this government refuses to provide a proper education for our youth; thus setting them up for failure and the racist, capitalist trap of incarceration, literally re- enslavement in the US prison system.
The Mother's Day March is also a Memorial Day March recognizing those who have lost their lives in this hellish existence that is forced upon the Black Nation as a whole but especially the Black working class. We will honor our dead brothers and sisters and those unjustly locked behind prison walls. We will cry out for justice – demanding that the US government acknowledge the historical and continuing injustices perpetrated on the oppressed Black Nation. We will also demand that the state of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans atone for both past and present oppression and exploitation.
We the grieving Mothers of New Orleans advance the following demands:
• We want justice for all murder victims
• We want the prison doors swung open for those unjustly incarcerated.
• We want an end to the pipeline to prison
• We want quality education for our children
• We want quality, supervised recreation for our children
• We want safe, decent, affordable housing for our families
• We want living wage, unionized jobs for New Orleans workers
• We want an end to domestic abuse
• We want quality, affordable childcare
• We want universal health care and a hospital in NO East
• We want a return to local control of our schools
• We want an end to police terror
• We want an end to US war in Afghanistan and around the world
• We want the Right to Self-Determination for the Oppressed Black Nation
Come join Occupy NOLA as we support this March and Rally 12 noon Saturday, May 12, 2012!
Meet in Congo Square (Armstrong Park) and march to City Hall. Sponsored by the United New Orleans Front.