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From: http://www.af3irm.org/2011/11/wall-street-violence-against-women-dismantle-it

On Nov. 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the CLAW (Clear Action for/by Women) coalition will hold an all-women assembly, speak-out and rally at Battery Park, starting at 1pm, to be followed by a march to Liberty (Zuccotti) Park on Wall Street. CLAW is calling for the dismantling of the immoral and unethical economy of Wall Street, whose ingrained allegiance to racism and the patriarchy compounds class war against the 99% with a race war against people of color and a War against Women.

Wall Street’s war against women has created 21 million impoverished women in the US, a 500% increase in the number of jailed women, 3⁄4 of whom have children, and has resulted in 43% of the nation’s children living in households on the brink of impoverishment, with 15 million children in actual poverty. That single women with no dependents are 26% of all poor women shows the all-encompassing War against Women launched by Wall Street.

This denigration of women’s worth has translated into the impunity with which women are physically and sexually assaulted. More than 200,000 women suffer attempted/completed rapes each year, with women aged 24 and under suffering the highest rates of assault. Domestic violence correlates directly to families’ income level with women in the lowest income category being six times more vulnerable to physical violence. Wives comprise 81% of all persons killed by spouses.

Overseas, Wall Street’s globalization practices wields the same horrendous race and gender exploitation so that women of color comprise 70% of the global poor.

It is with the voice of women and of the global poor that we speak out and demand the dismantling of the unspeakable horror of class, race and gender exploitation that Wall Street has unleashed upon us. We demand a more ethical and equitable economy and an end to the deliberate victimization of women and of communities and even nations of color.

The Crimes of Wall Street:

  • Women continue to suffer huge income disparity under the patriarchal system of gender and race discrimination. White women workers earn only $0.77 to every dollar a white male worker makes; black women, $0.64 and Latinas, $0.52. This wage discrepancy leads to a loss of $300,000 to a woman worker over her work life.
  • Women constitute 64% of minimum wage workers in the US. 1 Single mothers of color are the hardest hit in the current mortgage crisis, because banks had targeted communities of color for high cost subprime. 35% of current subprime loans actually qualify for lower-interest prime loans, which would have saved many homes from foreclosure.
  • Women are both consumers and commodity in corporate culture, urged to shop even as images of women are used to sell products, from electronics to beer. Women’s bodies are the main merchandise of both the sex and labor trafficking markets.
  • Multinational corporations derive 68% of their global profits from women workers who are paid the equivalent of $2 a day while creating products sold for hundreds of dollars in the US and European markets: electronics, garments, toys. In labor camps stretching from Honduras to Mexico to Cambodia to the Philippines, these corporations, whose stocks are traded on Wall Street, defy labor laws and anti-pollution laws. They take out 100% of their profits from the underdeveloped countries, creating economic catastrophes. Some of these corporations ignore sexual harassment and the victimization of women workers; some sterilize women workers to save on maternity benefits and to keep plants running 24/7.
  • 200,000 women are in the US military; half are deployed overseas, leaving 230,000 children motherless. 30,000 single mothers have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in wars to enable multinational corporations to takeover other countries’ resources.
  • The right to suffrage of women, particularly women of color and female senior citizens, is under attack, with Wall Street’s puppet politicians imposing ever stricter requirements on voting. Districts where people of color predominate are divided and re-divided, to water down the communities’ already limited power within the electoral process.

Race and gender discrimination permeates Capitalist Patriarchy and is enhanced by corporatism which categorizes women and women of color in particular as both cheap labor and cheap commodity, as both producers of goods and extreme consumers, as subject to both sexual objectification and sexual repression. The one in 15 people living in extreme poverty in the US today is likely to be a female of color, carrying the triple burden of class, race and gender exploitation.

We say enough and say:

Black Friday Black-out! March instead of shop! Assemble at Battery Park on the 25th of November, 2011, 1:00 pm.



*Trans and gender-varient women are encouraged and welcome to attend

Contact to endorse this statement and action: nynj@af3irm.org


Let’s Fix Our City! Solutions and Video from Nov. 6 Event

From: occupyphillymedia.org
Text and video by Suzy Subway and Scott Pierpoint

On Sunday, November 6th, sparks of creativity flew as community activist groups fighting for and rebuilding our communities met at the main stage of Occupy Philly to share their visions for our city.

Speakers from ten groups gave us the basics about their work to stop prison expansion, gender discrimination on SEPTA, and casino capitalism; provide health and safety tools to sex workers; and win housing, support for impoverished mothers, and progressive tax policy. Armed with these insights and our own imaginations, presenters and attendees then formed small groups to brainstorm how to make Philadelphia a better place to live.

Reflecting on the Dilworth Plaza renovation, with federal, state, city, and private spending totaling more than $50 million, community group and Occupy Philly participants considered three questions:

How could $50 million be spent to meet people’s needs?

What should we pressure the city to do that doesn’t involve spending money?

What can we do without city funding or approval to fix our city?

This is what we came up with together:

How could $50 million be spent to meet people’s needs?

  • Jobs (cleaning up neighborhoods, rehabbing housing, moving towards a guaranteed income)
  • Housing (support for people facing eviction, End 30-month wait time for public housing, fixing up abandoned houses, home maintenance for homeowners)
  • Health-care (Free clinics, collectively-managed, dental, vision)
  • Funding youth after-school and anti-violence programs
  • Better funding for schools (smaller classrooms, more programs connected to the community, mental health and social services at schools)
  • Transportation (free public transportation, revamping/extending SEPTA facilities)
  • End AIDS housing waiting list
  • Community-based independent newspapers
  • Support cooperative businesses
  • Support Harm Reduction services (click here for a definition)
  • Safe spaces for women
  • Free city-wide WIFI
  • Support for single mothers (income, programs/services to help)
  • 24-hour libraries
  • Food access (community gardens, food support)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes
  • Legal services
  • Domestic violence shelters
  • Debt forgiveness for utilities

What should we pressure the city to do that doesn’t involve spending money?

  • Stop foreclosures
  • Tax corporations and big non-profits to pay their fair share
  • Use empty libraries or schools at night to teach adults
  • Decriminalize sex work and drugs
  • Stop “Stop and Frisk”
  • Stop penalizing folks on basis of criminal records for public assistance
  • Spay and neuter healthy pets
  • Make more bike lanes
  • “Ban the Box” (click here for a definition)
  • Promote real green jobs
  • Stop evicting community gardens
  • Decarcerate (put fewer people in prison)
  • Remove police from Occupy Philly
  • Centralize/streamline intake process for the homeless
  • Set up online clearinghouse of current and planned housing programs for case managers
  • Help communities organize themselves
  • Institute a land value tax
  • End the youth curfew
  • Better systems for reclaiming / re-purposing buildings
  • No more billboards
  • Promote community control of the media
  • End tax abatements (click here for a definition)
  • Promote volunteer mediation / conflict resolution
  • Remove gender stickers from SEPTA passes

What can we do without city funding or approval to fix our city?

  • Utilize empty homes/buildings (take them over, map them)
  • Occupy vacant land (Community Gardens, community spaces, building land trusts)
  • Build community control
  • Occupy the workplace / promote worker cooperatives
  • Community health-care and education
  • Re-appropriate resources: electricity, food, water, gas
  • Time-banks, barter networks, skill-shares, tool libraries
  • Transformative justice (click here for a definition)
  • Neighborhood budget councils (click here for a definition) and General Assemblies
  • Collective housing
  • Community outreach/parties
  • Food-buying clubs

Click on the links below to find out more about these awesome groups!

Decarcerate PA
Books Through Bars

Casino-Free Philly
Global Women’s Strike

Every Mother is a Working Mother
ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power)
Riders Against Gender Exclusion (RAGE)
Vote for Homes Coalition
Project SAFE
Neighborhood Networks

Let’s Fix Our City! Videos

Intros: We can end this senseless austerity. Why not tax the rich? Community groups can help us find solutions!

Speakers from Community Groups, Part 1
(Decarcerate PA and Books Thru Bars)

Speakers from Community Groups, Part 2
(Casino-Free Philly, Global Women’s Strike and Every Mother is a Working Mother)

Speakers from Community Groups, Part 3
(Riders Against Gender Exclusion (RAGE), Vote for Homes Coalition, and Project SAFE)

Our Solutions!

You Can Have Your Playground When You/We Fix Our City!

Domingo, 06 de noviembre · 16:00 – 18:00

Occupy Philadelphia

General Assembly Area, center of Dilworth Plaza
Philadelphia, PA

Occupy Philly sits in the way of a $50 million development that will turn Dilworth Plaza, currently public space where homeless people live and share free food, into a privatized ice-skating rink and cafe: a playground for tourists and those with cash. We’d rather use that $50 million for homes, lasting jobs, education, health care, gardens, and other community-controlled efforts to rebuild our city.

** What would YOU do to fix our city with $50 million? **

The city has hinted that renovations may start around November 15, meaning that Occupy Philly and the many people living there will have to leave. We would like to take this moment of tension as an opportunity to highlight the unjust allocation of resources in Philadelphia and the hard work that organizers have already been doing to rebuild our communities. How to respond to the city’s demand that we make way for this “playground for the rich” is an ongoing debate in which we welcome your voice.

Occupy Philly’s new and dynamic energy has inspired us to try out an interactive discussion workshop style!

Here’s the plan for Sunday:

Introductions from community activist groups lasting 3-5 minutes each, with one or all of the following 3 questions in mind:

-How could $50 million in tax money be spent to meet people’s needs?

-What are some issues that we could pressure the city to change that aren’t necessarily related to spending?

-What can we do (or already are doing) to meet people’s needs right now without waiting for money or approval from the city government?

Next, we will break up into groups to discuss these 3 questions, and then come back together to share what we talked about.

See you on Sunday afternoon at Occupy Philly!

Flier – PDF

General Strike Wednesday November 2nd 2011

In solidarity with Occupy Oakland’s General Strike declaration and in anticipation of similar actions in Philadelphia (and across the nation), the Wooden Shoe will be closed for business this Wednesday November 2nd. We will not sell anything for the entirety of that day and encourage others’ to participate in similar ways, such as not purchasing anything that day, calling in sick to work, and/or participating in other related actions. Below is Occupy Oakland’s statement:

Below is the proposal passed by the Occupy Oakland General Assembly on Wednesday October 26, 2011 in reclaimed Oscar Grant Plaza. 1607 people voted. 1484 voted in favor of the resolution, 77 abstained and 46 voted against it, passing the proposal at 96.9%. The General Assembly operates on a modified consensus process that passes proposals with 90% in favor and with abstaining votes removed from the final count.


We as fellow occupiers of Oscar Grant Plaza propose that on Wednesday November 2, 2011, we liberate Oakland and shut down the 1%.

We propose a city wide general strike and we propose we invite all students to walk out of school. Instead of workers going to work and students going to school, the people will converge on downtown Oakland to shut down the city.

All banks and corporations should close down for the day or we will march on them.

While we are calling for a general strike, we are also calling for much more. People who organize out of their neighborhoods, schools, community organizations, affinity groups, workplaces and families are encouraged to self organize in a way that allows them to participate in shutting down the city in whatever manner they are comfortable with and capable of.

The whole world is watching Oakland. Let’s show them what is possible.

The Strike Coordinating Council will begin meeting everyday at 5pm in Oscar Grant Plaza before the daily General Assembly at 7pm. All strike participants are invited. Stay tuned for much more information and see you next Wednesday.



occupy oakland occupyoakland


At 8pm join occupy philly and hundreds, possibly thousands in a night march. Zombie paint, fake blood, effigies, loud drums, banners and signs. come in costume. March through the heart of philadelphia


Protests and Demos

Confront the 1%’s Construction Plans to Privatize Dilworth Plaza!

The corporate tools of Center City District are arrogantly holding a meeting Friday 6pm inside City Hall to discuss their $50 million construction plans for Dilworth Plaza – right under the noses of Occupy Philly. Let’s crash their party!Since October 6, the 99% have transformed Dilworth Plaza (the public area west of City Hall) into a tent city, meeting and protest space, and General Assembly practicing direct democracy.

Bu …t our permit from the City ends when Construction on the Plaza begins (as early as November 15). The plans include building a cafe and an ice skating rink, and turning this public space, where hundreds of homeless Philadelphians live, into a privatized zone for the wealthy to frolic.

This is gentrification – removing the poor (and the Occupiers) to pave the way for tourism and corporate BS – in other words for the 1% to make more money.

For more info see: http://www.centercityphila.org/life/dilworth_plaza.php

This is the official description of the meeting:


Panel Discussion
Friday October 21, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Northeast Corner of Philadelphia City Hall
6th floor, Courtroom 653

Susan Weiler / OLIN
Richard Maimon / KieranTimberlake
Paul Levy / Center City District
Gary Steuer / City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy

The City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy in collaboration with the Center City District, OLIN and KieranTimberlake, presents a panel discussion about the project soon to take place in Dilworth Plaza. The panel discussion will be held from 6:00-7:00 pm with reception to follow. Transforming Dilworth Plaza exhibition running at Philadelphia City Hall from October 13 – November 18, 2011.

For more info on Center City District, see “The King of Center City”: http://www.citypaper.net/news/2011-10-06-paul-levy-center-city-district-philadelphia.html?viewAll=y




Erik Petersen from Mischief Brew plays Occupy Philly

Erik Petersen from Mischief Brew will be playing Occupy Philly at 9:30pm on Sunday, October 16th
Get there on time!


October 12 2011 at 3:00 pm – Meet at City Hall on the West Side of Dilworth Plaza – March to Hill International at 15th and Chestnut

March from Occupy Philly to Hill International to Demand:

Wednesday is the final day that multinational corporation Hill International will be accepting bids for who will construct the two new state prisons slated to be build in Montgomery County on the grounds of SCI Graterford. The expansions will double the current size of Graterford prison at a projected cost of $400 million, and includes a 100 bed death row and a women’s unit.

This planned prison construction is just part of a $685 million dollar plan to build three new state prisons and expand 9 others in Pennsylvania in the coming years. These prison expansions come at a time when budgets for education and human resources are being slashed left and right.

These cuts will continue to devastate already struggling communities throughout Philadelphia. Public money is better spent on education, job training and placement, treatment programs, and non-punitive programs that address the root causes of violence in our communities.

Join us to demand an end to corporate prison profiteers

Join us to demand money for education and social services, not incarceration.

Join us to submit our own “bid” for what we would like to see in our communities: Quality Schools, Jobs and Job Training, Community Based Re-entry, Health care for all, Stable Housing, Access to Healthy Food and Restorative Forms of Justice.

DecarceratePA is a coalition of organizations and individuals seeking an end to mass incarceration and the harms it brings our many communities. We seeks mechanisms to establish and maintain whole, healthy communities and believes that imprisonment exacerbates the problems we face. DecareceratePA seeks a lasting moratorium on all new prisons or prison expansions, county jails, or immigrant detention facilities.


For more info you can email us at DecareceratePA@gmail.com or check out our website at http://decarceratepa.info/


Anti-Columbus day

Why do we think it is necessary to organize a march against Columbus day?

…a very effective answer….

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