OWS Screenprinters Return to Zuccotti Park for #OccupyGezi

Screenprinters have been a part of the Occupy movement since its inception in September 2011. Since those early days they have been a driving force in the visual culture of a movement that has since morphed into a decentralized and unaffiliated global activist network that includes #OccupyGezi in Turkey. On June 9th’s #OccupyGeziNYC event was more inclusive and festive than last week’s protest in the park, and it featured a solidarity action with AKNY-Greek Solidarity Movement, a leftist Greek democratic group, which was greeted with cheers from protesters.

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Turkey Protestors #Occupy New York Times After $100,000 Crowdfunding Campaign

A full-page advertisement supporting Turkey’s anti-government protestors has beenpublished in Friday’s edition of the New York Times, following a wildly successfulcrowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Organized by Murat Aktihanoglu, Oltac Unsal, and Duygu Atacan, the campaign went live on June 3rd and reached its funding goal of $53,800 in under 24 hours. At the time of this writing, the page has amassed more than $100,000 from approximately 2,500 donors. According to Forbes, that makes it the fastest political fundraising campaign in Indiegogo’s history.

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#Stop84 Protests Planned in Philly and Boston

The attacks of September 11 not only started a United States led endless war in the Middle East, but with little dissent from members of Congress, it also erected one of the largest surveillance states our world has ever seen. It spurred windfalls for military contractors, granted millions of Americans with jobs to spy on their fellow citizens, built fusion centers to monitor and crush dissent and built monolithic data mining centers that can collect enough information for the whole entire world’s population hundreds of years over. Last week with the heroic acts of Edward Snowden releasing vital documents that gave us a glimpse into our security state, we were granted one of those rare opportunities to fundamentally change the course of American history.

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New Yorker’s Declare “I Stand with Edward Snowden”

At 12:00pm EST activists, journalists and concerned New Yorkers will assemble at New York’s Union Square for a rally in solidarity with National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower, Edward Snowden. Snowden, a contractor at Booz Allen Hamilton and the source behind The Guardian‘s near-weeklong stretch of blockbuster scoops highlightingPRISM and similar pervasive surveillance programs under the authority of the NSA, has become a household name overnight. Similarly, this revelation has created a groundswell of concern for Snowden’s welfare, who is currently seeking refuge in Hong Kong and may in the near future require political asylum from a criminal investigation opened yesterday, 6/9/2013, by the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

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Occupy Oklahoma Relief: Mutual Aid Without the Bureaucracy

Money sent to the big players was ending up in Washington, DC. Certainly some would be spent on affected people in Oklahoma, but the vast majority would be sent to other areas or spent on overhead, administration costs. At last count, the Red Cross was still sitting on $110 million allocated for Superstorm Sandy. While some NGOs have done some fantastic work , Oklahoma communities know their needs best. There had to be a better way. OpOK Relief stepped in to fill the gaps as part of the People’s Response. As a convergence of Occupy groups, anarchists, libertarian socialists, Food Not Bombs, Rainbow Family, IWW, teachers, social workers, and non-hierarchical, non-bureaucratic relief groups.

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Global Skills Exchange, June 8, 9 and 13

Global Skills Exchange in the week leading up to the G8, it seeks to share tools, skills and experience to take back to our local struggles, while defining common projects/actions/campaigns for global collaboration – moving away from capitalism and fake democracy towards fair, sustainable futures. People will be able to participate in-person in London or via live stream via video. The sessions will focus on the following themes: Real democracy, assemblies and horizontal organising, economical, social and political alternatives, strategies of resistance and action, and online platforms/resources/tools.

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International Solidarity for Turkey’s Uprising

A relatively small protest at Turkey’s Gezi Park to prevent the ripping out of trees to make way for the building of a shopping mall has erupted into an uprising in which over 1,900 people have been arrested and reports of 1,700 more injured. Protesters say the harsh treatment by police, such as shooting tear gas and water cannons at protesters, is just one more symptom of Prime Minister Erdogan’s authoritarian rule.

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