Archives for the month of: September, 2012

This is a quick guide to what Occupy Catholics will be up to as we support the Occupy movement’s one-year anniversary in New York City on September 17. We call for the support of all those who can join us and the prayers for all who can’t. The schedule is only approximate, and it is sure to change with conditions on the ground. Follow @OccupyCatholic for updates.

For more information on many more Occupy events over the anniversary weekend, visit http://s17nyc.org.

Saturday, September 15 #S15 EDUCATION

12–4 pm Alongside Occupy Faith’s “People’s Investigation” at Washington Square Park, we will be offering biblical foot-washing and clean socks.
 
4 pm Mass Action Training, Washington Square Park, for those planning to participate in Monday morning actions.

7:30 pm Strike Debt’s Debt Resistors’ Operation Manual Book Launch, Judson Memorial Church (Washington Square Park South). Occupy Catholics will open the event with a special sermon against usury from Pope Benedict XIV.

Sunday, September 16 #S16 CELEBRATION

10 am–12:30 pm At Zuccotti Park, Occupy Faith will hold an interfaith worship service.

1–6 pm Concert at Foley Square featuring at least one Occupy Catholic.

7 pm Procession from Foley Square to Zuccotti Park to the 7:30 Rosh Hashanah service with Occupy Judaism.

Monday, September 17 #S17 LIBERATION

6:45 am Assemble at the Red Cube with Occupy Faith to participate in morning street actions. Some will practice civil disobedience as part of the People’s Wall.

All day Jail support for arrested Occupy Catholics.

10 am People’s Storm for a sustainable future at Bowling Green, followed by ongoing downtown actions and assemblies in the Financial District.

6 pm Popular Assembly at Foley Square.

See you in the streets!

We are the 99%, made in God’s image, seeking God’s justice for all.
@OccupyCatholic

  1. OccupyCatholic
    We were told that 40000 e signatures won’t impress the cardinal. How about 40000 occupying #StPatricks in prayer? @catholicsunited
  2. catholicsunited
    Hey @CardinalDolan Our friends at @OccupyCatholic come in peace! Can’t your staff be nice to them? 40,000 signatures is alot!
  3. OccupyCatholic
    Fr Paul was just asked to bless a medal a woman just bought at the #StPatricks gift shop. We’re not protesting, we’re advertising love.
  4. OccupyCatholic
    Last weekend an @OccupyCatholic was kicked out of #StPatricks for having an #occupycatholics patch on his backpack. Why, @cardinaldolan?
  5. LettingSmokeOut
    @catholicsunited @cardinaldolan @occupycatholic Because they are not “faithful” but dissident. The opinions of non-Catholics are irrelevant.
  6. OccupyCatholic
    .@LettingSmokeOut @catholicsunited @cardinaldolan Our church’s history should make us cautious to question the faith of faithful dissidents
  7. OccupyCatholic
    @LettingSmokeOut @catholicsunited @cardinaldolan how many saints were kicked out of cathedrals by the directors of operations?

Glenn Beck’s online news publication, The Blaze, warned the world about us:

September 17 marks the first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, a movement that was once vibrant, but — just 12 months after it first launched — is seemingly non-existent. But, that isn’t stopping Occupiers from showering praise upon the so-called movement of the 99 percent.

Next weekend, to commemorate this anniversary and to seemingly jolt the movement back into existence, organizers are holding S17, a three-day convergence of sorts to celebrate the movement’s “stand against idolatrous greed.” A faith arm of the movement — Occupy Catholics — is planning to celebrate the anniversary as well, appealing to Catholic tenets to rail against the so-called 1 percent.

So, to help bolster S17′s efforts, the religious group is encouraging believers from across the nation to come to New York City to celebrate S17 and to support a “righteous society.” In fact, Occupy Catholics is so devoted to the cause that it has setup a “hospitality housing” program. See the S17 trailer, below:

If people want to come and re-Occupy the city, but they don’t have a place to stay, Occupy Catholics is prepared to help out. Citing Hebrews 13:2 — “Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels” — the faith allegiance is helping people find a temporary home during the meet-up this weekend.

So, what can Catholic-motivated Occupiers expect as a result of their participation? To begin, Occupy Catholics is preparing to hold a “Council of Elders” meeting pre-ceding the events on September 12. These so-called “elders,” part of a group called National Council of Elders (NCOE), are described by the group as “veterans of past movements” and they will be issuing a pre-S17 “declaration.”

Confused? An official description from the Occupy Catholics web site explains:

On Wednesday, September 12, the newly formed National Council of Elders (NCOE) will release the Greensboro Declaration, the first statement of the organization since its founding a month ago.  The NCOE founding conference was held in Greensboro, NC, site of the historic Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins, which represented a major advance in the civil rights struggle.

The Declaration will be presented at significant historic sites of struggle and freedom  in Washington, DC, Detroit, MI; and New York. Press conferences will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the areas’ respective time zones. The  NCOE  sees its mission as passing down both its wisdom and missteps to coming  generations , especially to  young people.

A list of participants on the Occupy Catholics’ web site shows diversity. From Muslims to Catholics, the rundown of leaders who will be involved is intriguing. Among the names that stick out, though, is Shirley M. Sherrod, the former U.S. Department of Agriculture employee who was unfairly fired from her position back in 2010.

So, aside from a relatively secretive declaration — the details of which will come later this week — another element that Occupy Catholics will be bringing to the movement is dramatic, theatrical readings of Catholic sermons and writings. An e-mail from the group reads:

For S17, in honor of the Strike Debt campaign at OWS, we are rolling out a new tactic: theatrical readings of sermons and writings against debt from 2,000 years of Catholic tradition. We are working with folks from Strike Debt to bring this tactic into the repertoire of the movement as a whole.

And no faith-related Occupy event would be complete without foot-washing. Occupy Catholics is preparing to wash S17 participants’ feet — a method of engagement the coalition calls “tried-and-true.” Catholic adherents will also be offering socks to Occupiers. And the methods of outreach won’t end there.

For those who find themselves being “brutalized” by police or imprisoned as a result of their activities associated with the movement, Occupy Catholics is preparing to launch a “jail-support ministry.” While information hasn’t yet been given regarding what this program would look like, the group encourages its followers to “pray for those in jail and publicize incidents of police brutality” through their networks.

Occupy Catholics will make definitive determinations for S17 on Tuesday, September 11, at the group’s next planning meeting.

On Wednesday, September 12, the newly formed National Council of Elders (NCOE) will release the Greensboro Declaration, the first statement of the organization since its founding a month ago.  The NCOE founding conference was held in Greensboro, NC, site of the historic Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins, which represented a major advance in the civil rights struggle.

The Declaration will be presented at significant historic sites of struggle and freedom  in Washington, DC, Detroit, MI; and New York. Press conferences will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the areas’ respective time zones. The  NCOE  sees its mission as passing down both its wisdom and missteps to coming  generations , especially to  young people.

Greensboro Declaration Launch Sites

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

11:00 am (local time)

NYC-  Zuccotti Park

Dr. James A. Forbes , Jr., President, Healing the Nations Foundation

Imam Al Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid, Mosque of the Islamic Brotherhood

Shirley M. Sherrod, Former Georgia State Director of Rural Development, U.S. DepartmenofAgriculture

Father Daniel Berrigan- Peace Maker

Rev. Donna Schapper, Senior Minister, Judson Memorial Church

Father Paul Mayer,  Interfaith  Moral Action on  Climate  Change   (IMAC)

( Others  to be announced  )

The Declaration release will be followed by a conversation – dialogue between the Elders  and young people from Occupy Wall St., congregations , schools and other youth groups about  nonviolence .

Washington, DC: ML King, Jr. Memorial Center

Detroit: New Bethel Baptist Church

“This statement represents a new epoch,” said 97-year-old Detroit revolutionary theorist and activist Grace Lee Boggs, author of The Next American Revolution. “It calls on Americans to become engaged in a different kind of citizenship, one that transforms their souls in addition to asking them to go to the polls.”  Dr. Boggs is the eldest member of the NCOE.

Other NCOE members and signers of the Declaration include:

−      Bernice Johnson Reagon, Founder, Sweet Honey in the Rock

−      Harry Belafonte, Activist/Performer

−      Dolores Huerta, Labor Leader / Civil Rights Activist

−      Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Professor  & Freedom Summer Participant

−      Nelson Johnson, Activist/Organizer

−       Arthur Waskow, Author/Activist/Rabbi

−      Danny Glover, Activist/Actor/Producer

−      Mel White, Author and LGBT Activist

Council members decided to release the Declaration after both Republican and Democratic National Conventions, believing that following the presentations by elected officials, it would be important to offer individual citizens and community groups an opportunity to voice their concerns and demands.  The NCOE members will invite community activists to be present at the press conferences to engage in a dialogue on the issues commented upon in the Declaration as well as other concerns that may be raised by those in attendance.

Called into formation by civil rights veterans Rev. James Lawson, Rev. Phil Lawson and Dr. Vincent Harding, members of the NCOE represent years of committed activism in every major human rights movement of the 20th Century.

Recognizing that movement elders were continuing to play critical roles in human rights movements in the U.S., the founders had been considering organizing the Council for some time. Inspired by the determined calls for justice by the emerging Occupy movement, the Lawson brothers and Dr. Harding were moved to bring their vision to fruition.

Members of the NCOE will extend their support to Occupy and other younger generation activists while continuing their own civic engagement in arenas where they have worked for years. They are also committed to the documentation and archiving of their own movement experiences in order to leave a substantial, accessible legacy for the justice workers who will come after them.

NYC

Father Paul Mayer

Phone: 973 675-2142    917 892-5635

Email: paulmayer3@me.com

DC

Arthur Waskow (The Shalom Center, Philadelphia, PA)

Office Phone: 215 844-8494

Email: awaskow@the shalomcenter.org

Nelson and Joyce Johnson (The Beloved Community Center, Greensboro, NC

Office Phone: 336 230-0001

Email: joycej@belovedcommunitycenter.org

(Detroit, MI)

Ron Scott, 313 399 7345 

Email: ronrsvp@aol.com