On June 23, The Occupy NOLA 99% Direct Action Working Group voted 12 - 0 to support Occupy The Stage in accepting donations for Jail Support for Justin Warren via WePay. The donation link is available here: https://www.wepay.com/donations/188968
This Jail Support account has been endorsed by the following Occupy NOLA working groups and individuals:
- 99% Direct Action Working Group
- Occupy The Stage
- C3/Hands Off Iberville
- Socialist Alternative
- Digital Media Working Group
- Occupy Politics Working Group
- Emergency Committee to Stop Gulf Oil Disaster
- Andy Washington
The founding member of Occupy The Stage was arrested 06/20/2012 while Occupy The Stage was hosting the Occupy Caravan. Justin Warren was house-sitting for a friend in the neighborhood and went a few blocks up the street to feed the cat. He was next seen in the back of an NOPD car as it passed the OTS warehouse. Occupy The Stage held an emergency meeting with the members of Occupy Caravan the night of Justin's arrest and unanimously agreed to begin collecting Jail Support funds. At the time of his arrest Justin was playing a lead role in helping organize the New Orleans stop of the national Occupy the Caravan.
He is currently being held without bond because of a warrant issued by the Louisiana State Police for Disturbing the Peace and Resisting Arrest on March 12. He was not arrested that day and was unaware of the warrant.
He is facing extradition/transfer to East Baton Rouge and has been waiting to appear before the magistrate.
The Occupy The Stage Working Group borrowed $500.00 for Jail Support to pay the lawyer from the Occupy NOLA Legal Team, but he has still not released due to the Baton Rouge charges. If bond is set in Baton Rouge, OTS would like to be prepared with funds. They will also be traveling to Baton Rouge.
Justin Warren is a Master Carpenter who works at least 60 hours a week and will have missed a full week of work if/when he is taken to Baton Rouge and released by sometime Tuesday. The Occupy The Stage Warehouse hosts Occupy NOLA General Assemblies, activist "Teach-Ins," a community kitchen, a community library, a bike repair shop, and a digital media station. He typically uses his wages to pay the lease on the warehouse, the utilities including Wireless Internet that is used during Occupy NOLA General Assemblies, to pay for his own livestreaming service which he has used to record members of Occupy NOLA who have performed at OTS, to contribute to the community kitchen, to print and circulate materials about the Occupy Movement, and to support other occupations. He has at times paid musicians who perform at the FREE shows Occupy The Stage welcomes the community to attend.
He was planning to attend the Occupy National Gathering and had spent most of the money he'd earned prior to arrest preparing for the Occupy Caravan, which stayed at OTS for 2 nights.
The Occupy The Stage website has been updated with info about the Baton Rouge warrant, a copy of the speech he was reading, and more videos of March 12. You can also see the photographs section to get a sense of the amount of work that this warehouse has produced - banners, protest signs, tentmonsters, educational materials, and more.
The 99% Occupy NOLA Direct Action Working Group