Harnessing the considerable power of the Occupy Wall Street movement, protestors from all over the country are being called to participate in "Occupy Congress" next week. It is the next stage in the widespread public protest that began last September in New York.
On January 17th, an Occupy "Call to Action" urges protestors to convene on the West Front Lawn at Capitol Hill in an effort to bring the movement's message to the doorstep of Congressional lawmakers.
Rallying against corporate greed and corruption, the so-called "99%" will arrive on Martin Luther King's birthday weekend to participate in a day of organized protests. According to the Occupy Congress website, the day's activities will include Teach-ins, an Open Mic, a Multi-Occupation General Assembly, Idea Sharing Sessions, and a DC Voting Rights Vigil. The day will end with an "OCCUParty."
"Come to the U.S. Capitol on January 17th to protest the greatest calling of our time: A democracy in crisis," states the message accompanying a video on the site. The video opens with the words, "You Can't Evict an Idea," referring to the in many U.S. cities in recent weeks.
The Occupy Wall Street website describes its mission as "a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%."
Occupy Congress Event Schedule
9am – Converge at West Front Lawn at Capitol Hill
(Meetings with Representatives concurrent)
10 am – Training for volunteers on De-escalation,
Legal Observing, Medical, Direct Action
11 am – Teach-ins and Open Mic start and go all day
12 noon – Multi-Occupation General Assembly
2 pm – Open Activities and Idea Sharing Sessions
*6pm* – Occupy Congress Rally and Protest and DC Voting Rights Vigil
8pm – 11pm - OCCUParty
Check the Occupy Congress website for more information and transportation recommendations for New Jersey residents.