Our Dreams Don’t Fit in Their Ballot Boxes!
No to austerity! Yes to reclaiming our communities!
Occupy Portland and Portland Action Lab invite all people to participate in a national call to action to say No to Austerity and Yes to building our collective power. On November 2nd and 3rd (N3) we will mobilize and march, voting with our feet by taking direct action to interrupt the normal course of business. Our power is in our neighborhoods, building alternatives, and taking to the streets! Business and our governments hoard wealth, privatize our communities, and burden us with enormous debt – This is AUSTERITY and we say Enough is Enough!
We call on all participants in the Occupy movement, rank-and-file union members, students, our elders and people-at-large to organize creatively and return to our public spaces with this message on the weekend before the election. Our communities will make our own decisions and control our own resources, no matter who is elected. We are not alone; austerity is a consequence of a failed economic system and people around the world are rising up. We act in solidarity and take inspiration from the peoples of Greece, South Africa, Quebec, Chile, and beyond who are fighting austerity and the destruction of their communities.
Solidarity against Austerity!
Occupy Portland and Portland Action Lab have put out this call to action. All Occupies and groups are invited to participate. A website is available to share information and materials, http://www.solidarityagainstausterity.org. If your city or organization is participating, please let us know by filling out this form! We can post contact information for your action on the website so people in your area can get involved! We will also be setting up national conference calls to coordinate and share resources between cities.
We encourage you to check out the website section on affinity groups and spokes councils. This is one effective way to organize mass mobilizations.
This is a model of organizing that is consistent with our movement’s values of participatory decision making and non-hierarchical structures. Of course there are many ways to organize, but we have had enormous success with this model in Portland.
The direct action spokes council in Portland emerged out of the Occupy Movement and is called the Portland Action Lab. This is the body organizing Portland’s N3 action and also coordinated Feb 29th (F29) Shut Down the Corporations, which was an international day of action with over 70 participating cities.
Facebook Page for National Call to Action: https://www.facebook.com/N3.solidarity.against.austerity
Twitter: ActionLabPDX, Hashtage #N3