Contact Person: Yuri Cantor
Working Group (if applicable) : Tools working group (not applicable), and Occupy Oakland Outreach, which is a group that meets to network with Occupy Oakland – but is not officially a working group)
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: 646 243 7964
This is a Proposal for: General Assembly
Proposal for Tuesday December 27th, 2011
Occupy Oakland has requested $5000 per city (4 total- Portland, LA, San Diego, Seattle) and $10000 for Oakland (Oakland covered some of the costs for the other cities).
The budget spent went towards: flyers, posters, two-way radios, megaphones, communications, water, sound truck, buses, portapotties, printing, banners, and other miscellaneous expenses. Note: the total is for only a portion of the funds spent in 5 cities for the build up to, the action itself, and the follow up- all which involved mass mobilizations in each location for an extended period of time.
Occupy groups on the west coast used up many of their resources in planning and orchestrating the west coast port shutdown action. While OWS here in NYC had it’s own action against Goldman Sachs in solidarity, this proposal is to follow up on our words of solidarity and our actions in solidarity by also reimbursing Occupy Oakland $10000 and the other Occupy groups on the West Coast a total of $5,000 per city for money spent to make the west cost port shutdown action successful. Our solidarity must not be hollow words. By reimbursing OO and others we will be encouraging and helping facilitate more large scale actions in at least two tangible ways: 1) directly providing resources 2) demonstrating continuing support for their actions. With this reimbursement we demonstrate our interest in keeping all the occupies viable just as individuals and groups across the country have donated to help create the funds that help keep OWS viable.
Occupy Wall St and the occupy movement is a struggle; we must not be afraid to use our resources to support important actions, to keep the movement moving forward, and to continue escalating. We need to make sure to provide mutual aid with resources and not just symbolic solidarity for other occupy groups and their actions. We need to build closer coordination and networking with them so that we can plan together and act together. If we don’t support one another and share our resources with all of the occupies, we will fall apart one group at a time. Together we are a movement. Alone we are just another group with some resources.