Spring INto Action! Movement news

Posted: April 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

April 9-15 – Call to Action

The 99% Spring is coming.

Groups from every corner of our movement—inspired by the everyday heroes of Occupy Wall Street and Madison —are planning a massive campaign of bold nonviolent direct actions to make the voices of the 99% impossible to ignore.

The key is making the 99% Spring as big as possible. That’s why during the week of April 9-15, in small towns and big cities all across America, 100,000 people will come together for an unprecedented national movement-wide nonviolent direct action training. We’ll learn to tell the story of our economy and what went wrong, we’ll learn the history of nonviolent direct action, and we’ll learn how we can take action and create great change in this country.

Will you join the 99% Spring? Click here to find the event closest to you:


Local organizations and volunteers are running more than 750 trainings in living rooms, union halls, churches, and community centers nationwide. All we need now is to get as many people as possible to join in – people like YOU.

Our nation’s greatest steps forward have come when everyday people stood up and took courageous, visionary, morally compelling direct action—from the struggle to secure the vote for women, to the strikes that built power for workers and unions, to the civil rights movement.

Now we need to create that kind of change again in America.

Last year, from the Wisconsin workers who took over their state capitol to Occupy Wall Street, we saw a new movement in America using direct action to highlight the massive inequality that’s destroying our country.

The 99% Spring is our chance to maintain and broaden that changemaking energy, and learn how we can take action to challenge corporate power, end tax giveaways to the 1%, fight the influence of money in politics, and create an economy that works for all of us.

Our movement is uniting, and this is a chance for all of us to come together to shift the political landscape in America. Will you join in?

Click here to sign up for a 99% Spring action training in your area:


Thank you for all you do to make this movement real.

April 19 – Call to Action

National Day of Action to Stop Mass Incarceration


On April 19th everyone who is concerned about injustice will join in saying — NO TO MASS INCARCERATION!  There will be rallies and demonstrations in cities across the country from New York to Houston, to Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.  College and high school students will hold teach ins and other actions on their campuses.  There will be cultural events held on that day.  And the architects and enforcers of mass incarceration will be challenged over the inhumanity of the policies they are inflicting on society.  Why?  Because,

    * More than 2.4 million people, most of them Black or Latino, remain warehoused in prisons across the country;
    * Black and Latino youth are treated like criminals by the police and the criminal justice system, guilty until proven innocent, if they can survive their encounters with police to prove their innocence;
    * Former prisoners wear badges of shame and dishonor even after they serve their sentences — discriminated against when applying for jobs, denied access to government assistance, not allowed in public housing, denied the right to vote.

“It is time and way past time to stand up and say NO MORE!  Our youth are being treated like criminals—guilty until proven innocent, if they can survive to prove their innocence.  The vigilante murder of Trayvon Martin concentrates the racial profiling that leads into more than 2.4 million people being warehoused in prison and the millions more who are treated like second-class citizens even after they’ve served their sentences.  April 19th must be a day of standing up and saying NO MORE to all of this.  Join us to organize a day of teach ins and rallies in high schools and colleges; a day of youth, tired of being demonized, taking to the streets—joined by many others from different backgrounds, races and nationalities who stand with them; a day of speaking bitterness to the way the whole criminal justice system abuses millions of people. All saying in a powerful voice: NO to mass incarceration and all its consequences.”

April 24 – Call to Action

The 99% Take Over the Wells Fargo Annual Shareholders Meeting, San Francisco
Non-Violent Protest and Direct Action


Wanted! Wells Fargo. Profits at the expense of our communities: America’s biggest tax dodger / leads in foreclosures / predatory lender / corrupts our democracy / student loan shark / prison & immigrant detention center profiteer.

We are a coalition of homeowners, clergy, immigrant rights advocates, unions, tenant rights groups and residents who represent some of the hardest hit communities across the country, where families and communities are being destabilized because of the outrageous practices of big Wall Street banks

In 2012 our coalition of organizations and individuals plans to continue our pursuit to engage Banks like Wells Fargo to demand that they endorse across the board and responsible principal reduction of both loans they own and loans they service. In addition, we are demanding the following:

* Responsible lending
* Transparency and accountability
* Paying what you owe
* Protecting Tenants
* Respecting Human Rights
* An End to Predatory Payday Lending

May 1 – Calls to Action

National Mobilization For Immigrant Workers Rights!

We are calling A national day of multi-ethnic unity with youth, labor, peace and justice communities in solidarity with immigrant workers and building new immigrant rights & civil rights movement! Wear White T-Shirt; organize local actions to support immigrant worker rights!

1. No to anti-immigrant legislation, police surveillance and the criminalization of the immigrant communities.
2. No to militarization of the border.
3. No to the private prison, immigrant detention and deportation.
4. No to the guest worker program.
5. No to the NDAA.
6. Yes to a path to legalization without condition for undocumented immigrants NOW.
7. Yes to speedy family reunification.
8. Yes to civil rights and humane immigration law.
9. Yes to labor rights and living wages for all workers.
10. Yes to the education and LGBTQ immigrant legislation.

We encourages everyone to actively linking our issues with different struggles: wars in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine & Korea with sweatshops exploitation in Asia as well as in Los Angeles, New York; international arm sales and WTO, FTAA, NAFTA & CAFTA with AIDS, hunger, child labors and child solider; as well as multinational corporations and economic exploitation with racism and poverty at home—in order we can win the struggle together at this May Day 2012!


Occupy May 1st, General Strike


Worldwide, May 1st is traditionally a ‘Workers’ day – a day of Labor Solidarity, and a public holiday. It’s a day to celebrate and march in support of im/migrant rights. In protest against the corruption of the worldwide marketplace, which has led to illegal foreclosures, mass unemployment, low wages, high taxes and a penalization of all those who do not own the ‘99%’ of the world’s resources, and in solidarity with the im/migrant movements of May 1st, we decided to declare May 1st, 2012 a People’s General Strike. Instead of calling upon unionized Labor to make a specific demand (illegal under Taft-Hartley), we are calling upon the people of the world to take this day away from school and the workplace, so that their absence makes their displeasure with this corrupt system be known.

No work! No school! No shopping! No more!

May 10 – Call to Action

World Courts of Women on Poverty in the U.S. – Western Region


We seek to break the silence! We seek to expose the violence and the high cost poverty has reaped unchecked on our community’s poor women, men and children. Four days of events will unearth solutions to eliminate poverty at its roots. Thirty-seven courts have been held around the world. Help us build a transformational movement! Coordinated by WEAP.

May 12-13 and May 20 – Calls to Action

People’s Summit and Protest NATO/G8 Summit in Chicago


Saturday-Sunday, May 12-13: People’s Summit. 
Sunday, May 20: Rally and March:

At the invitation of the White House, military and civilian representatives of the 28-nation US-commanded and largely US-financed North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are meeting in Chicago, May 20-21, 2012.  We say…

    * Jobs, Healthcare, Education, Pensions, Housing and the Environment, Not War!
    * No to NATO/G-8 Warmakers!
    * No to War and Austerity!

On May 6, the White House announced that the G8 summit, scheduled for Chicago on May 19-20, will be moved to Camp David, although the NATO summit will still take place in Chicago May 20-21. To endorse the NATO/G8 protest, send an email to CANGATE2012@gmail.com with contact information.

May 12: Global Evolution Day – Rise up on May 12th, 2012


Throughout this period of civil disobedience, from Iceland to the latest uprisings in Russia and Hungary, it has become clear that not only have political systems reached advanced levels of disintegration, so have their methods of representation (they do not represent us!), and their subservience to the demands of the current crony capitalist system (rescue the people, not the banks!).

In 2011 we took to the streets, we regained our voice in public spaces, got together, opened up dialogues and shared our dreams. We came together to make it clear that we are not commodities at the behest of politicians and bankers who instate austerity policies making our lives precarious. Instead, we declare, as our fellow Greeks have already declared, that “We owe nothing, we will not pay and will not sell ourselves!”

However, what is far more important is that we also share a desire to re-appropriate our lives and the common good by means of direct participation, joint management, and ultimately the desire for a true democracy in the service of everyone.

After international forums, as well as online and face-to-face discussions, it has been decided that May 12th should be the next Global Day of Action, and May 15th a new Transnational Day of Mobilization.

Saturday 12M has been proposed as a global day of action in which we will once again take to the streets, to the squares, or wherever we can in order to carry out specific actions that will empower mass demonstrations.

Instead, 15M is intended as a global day of action, to intervene in capital flows and mobility, while simultaneously coordinating actions in order to bring awareness to the world so that it moves in a new direction. It is about building a new imaginary in order to define new human, economic and social relationships and will provide us with that transformation of power relations between governments, capitalist rule and societies. Join us.

June 8-12 – Call to Action

Ruckus 2012 Action Camp for Migrant Rights

Applications due April 10th!

     Para español, vaya a http://Ruckus.org/article.php?id=823

As the economic crisis escalates, haters like ALEC and the Tea Party are fanning the flames of racism by scapegoating the poor and working class. We know that migrants — especially “undocumented” migrants — bare the brunt of this injustice through anti-migrant legislation like SB1070 in Arizona and its copycats and so-called “secure communities” policies that are spreading like crazy throughout the U.S.

But we know we can Stop the Hate! That’s why we’re teaming up with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) to train this generation’s up and coming hell-raisers on the front lines of human rights and migrant justice. AND its taking place at the historic Highlander Center!

Five full days of training with curriculum spanning:

    * Nonviolent Direct Action Theory
    * Action Strategy, Design & Planning
    * Action Climbing
    * Scouting & Action Preparation Skills
    * Blockades & Occupations for multiple applications
    * Action Communications & Tech
    * Media & Messaging
    * Creative Action Arts

Action Camp costs Ruckus approximately $1,000 per participant.  Participants are asked to contribute what they can along a sliding scale.  Scholarships are available, and no one turned away for lack of funds.


East Bay Social Forum


Planning for an EBSF in July 2012. Another East Bay is happening, and YOUR input is needed!

National Health Healing Justice PMA

Stacy Erenberg peachtree522@yahoo.com or Cara Page cpkindred@gmail.com

We will work together regionally and nationally to use alternative economies to provide access to healing services that will create safe spaces for wellness in our personal, communal and organizational spheres. We will build a national/regional health healing justice network that will (1) Develop multimedia approaches to document and raise awareness on the impact of wellness and healing strategies in our communities and movements; (2) Build regional convergences that cross-pollinate and leverage resources for safety and wellness nationally; and (3) Create dialogues to transfer information and traditions of resiliency and healing practices between generations.


March 23-25, 2012 – Atlanta

The Peoples Movement Assembly has been growing and testing large-scale grassroots democratic practices in frontline communities across the country since 2006. Over 200 assemblies have happened, and the Assembly of Assemblies represents the launch of a new plan of action to grow social movements at this moment in history.

What We Did Together and How:

The Assembly of Assemblies used the tools and mechanisms of the PMA to practice & share how to facilitate assemblies. We worked from the guiding assumptions that we are in a significant movement building moment that calls for innovation in organizing efforts that are not wedded to specific ideologies or partisan stances. We affirmed that the PMAs are not neutral or liberal, and that the purpose of coming together at the Assembly of Assemblies is to build the PMA organizing process in this new period. We have successfully completed the Before/During/After process that led up to and through the second US Social Forum, and we are assessing the situation to build a new plan of action for 2012.

    * Through the Life Maps exercise, we built relationships and practiced the synthesis process.
    * Through a historical timeline of the PMA/USSF, we reviewed our collective accomplishments.
    * Through a Situational Analysis, we named the critical elements of the present moment and where movement power lies.
    * Using the fronts of struggle, we named opportunities over the next two years.
    * We discussed how assemblies have opened up opportunities and also what challenges need to be addressed within the process.
    * Based on the current moment, movement strengths, and opportunities over the next two years, we developed cohesion in the areas of coordination, education, communication, movement response, and resource development.
    * A core group met on Sunday to discuss the ideas, capacity, and implementation of the plans. 

Affirmations & Agreements:

1) The Assembly of Assemblies represents the PMA organizing efforts as well as a significant cross-section of movement building groups in the U.S.
2) The Peoples Movement Assemblies’ purpose and mission is to grow strong social movements for people’s collective liberation.
3) The Peoples Movement Assembly process ensures that our movements and organized efforts have tools and methods to accomplish that. 
4) A Core Group of organizations will coordinate the proposals and agreements from the Assembly of Assemblies to move forward a Plan of Action for 2012. (Co-facilitation of the overall process will remain with Ruben Solis and Stephanie Guilloud as co-chairs.)

Agreement on the Situation

What we face, forces in motion, and strategic opportunities:

Economic Shifts: market & state alignment / corporate capitalism reconfigures / war economy.
Militarization, State Repression, & Intervention: attacks on Black, immigrant communities / control of women’s bodies / public space militarized, surveillance, mass incarceration.
Public Infrastructure Dismantled & Human needs neglected: privatization & attacks on human needs, including but not limited to healthcare, transportation, education, food, water, and more.
Crisis in Political Leadership: public consciousness needs to be developed / media distracts / divisions, isolation, & competition undermine / power brokers and NGOs buffer between state and grassroots movements / underdevelopment in collective leadership & education re: analysis, process, action, imagination.

The above represents a preliminary synthesis of the full situational analysis developed at the Assembly. We will send out a finalized Declaration in the next few weeks. 

Relationship to the US Social Forum

    * As the national planning committee re-organizes, the Peoples Movement Assembly process will continue to build strong, informed, grassroots bases that will connect to and support the building of a third US Social Forum.
    * More detail will be worked out throughout the transition process established at the January Planning Committee meeting in Detroit.

What happens next:

    * The Core Group will produce a comprehensive framework and Plan of Action for 2012 and submit that to the representatives for approval. 
    * PMAs move forward on key fronts! – Education justice, health justice, Palestinian movement, economic alternatives, queer liberation, Southern movement, and more.
    * A synthesis of the full notes will be developed and distributed as a set of Declarations.
    * Based on the work at the assemblies smaller teams will continue to advance the education tools and content (including more on orientation, connection, etc.), develop a plan for external and internal communications, and develop a budget and resource plan.

Thanks to everyone who participated, shared, and committed to an exciting movement building process!


Communities are using the Peoples Movement Assemblies (PMAs) process to gather and converge our forces, create long-term visions for our communities, integrate our movements, and make collective commitments for action.

The Peoples Movement Assembly has been an organized process integrated into the open space of the US Social Forum to provide clear mechanisms to establish political positions, integrate our work, and coordinate our local, regional, and national action plans. The PMA offers the ‘bottom-up’ opportunity to build our social movement power and advance a shared economic and social agenda. Go to www.peoplesmovementassemblies.org to download the PMA Organizing Kit to organize assemblies in your community. Plus, check out some cool short videos and other movement building information.

We will keep you posted on how to add your statewide, regional, national or international Call for Action to the next PMA Movement Action List email.

In solidarity,

PMA Coordination Team

In consultation with members of the USSF National Planning Committee

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