Weekend Occupation at Young Park
Saturday, June 2
Weekend Camping Site
Occupy Las Cruces will hold this weekend’s campsite at Young Park on S. Walnut St. Camping will begin on Saturday, June 2 at 1 pm through Sunday morning.
Music in the Park by local musicians
Saturday at 6 pm
Bring a chair, blanket or sleeping bag. We have plenty of tents.
Join us for food, refreshments, games, entertainment and discussion.
Movie at Young Park
at 8 pm on Saturday June 2
OLC will be showing a film at Young Park titled the Economics of Happiness
The Economics of Happiness
Going local is a powerful strategy to repair our fractured world, our ecosystems and ourselves.
The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a reregulation of trade and finance and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future.
Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm– an economics of localization. Watch the Official Trailer here.
Two different (double sided) flyers for the movie can be found here.
“A must-see film for the future of the planet” – Zac Goldsmith, Member of UK Parliament
Flyer Distribution around Young Park Neighborhood
Friday, June 1 at 8 a.m.
There will be a team of Occupiers who will distribute flyers around the Young Park neighborhood on Friday morning June 1. We will meet at Young Park in front of the tennis courts at 8 am.
The flyers are designed to inform the neighborhood about who we are, what we do, why it matters and where to find us.
Canvassing neighborhoods also makes a great opportunity to meet people and find out about their concerns.
You can find two different (2-sided) flyers here. Feel free to distribute flyers at your own convenience.
Our objective this quarter is to get the word out and to build the movement in Las Cruces.
Contact Jason for more information 915-2766.
Saturday, May 26
Occupy Las Cruces will hold this weekend’s camp at Apodaca Park 801 E. Madrid Ave (Solano & Madrid Ave). Camping will begin on Saturday May 26 at 1 p.m. and will continue through Sunday morning.
There will be food, refreshments, games, discussion and music.
Bring your sleeping bag if you’d like to camp out. There are plenty of tents available.
There will be a team of Occupiers who will distribute flyers around the Apodaca Park neighborhood on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m.
The flyers are designed to inform the neighborhood about who we are, what we do, why it matters and where to find us.
If you are available to help distribute flyers on Friday morning please contact Jason at 575-915-2766 or just meet us at the Dineh Sculpture.
Our objective is to get the word out and to build the OLC movement.
Please join us during the day or night on Saturday. We’d love to see you.
WHY WE OCCUPY
The Daily Occupation
“What is Occupy Wall Street?”
A question everyone loves to answer… It’s a leaderless horizontal movement meant to represent the 99%. The main principles revolve around true democracy and the exposing of an unfair and harmful concentration of power among the richest 1% of the world. You are not the 1%. It’s likely you don’t know anyone in the 1%.
But, let’s ask another question.
“Where are we now?”
Pizza is a vegetable, a corporation is a person, there were only five lawmakers to co-sponsor a bill to ban insider trading with in Congress, and we have entire industries subsisting on illegal labor. These actions are neither conservative nor liberal; they sound like they’re straight our of a comic book. They are the result of corporatist initiative from both the GOP and Democratic Party, whose affiliation is not supposed to supersede their title as public servants and, more importantly, as our representatives.
One of the bigger travesties has been the inaction surrounding the 2008 financial crisis. Those responsible are paying settlements but resist further investigation despite authorities having the smoking gun, and their “corporate persons” still get away with paying less taxes than you and me. More here.
By Michael Sasha Miller
When pushed repeatedly people will eventually push back. We the people have been pushed out of our public spaces. Our Right to Assemble has dwindled into almost nothing. Considering, at first, the place where people assembled was the town-square or the streets, but the invention of the automobile pushed people out of the streets, unless they went through the bureaucratic, and often stifling, effort of obtaining a permit, which commonly warns the powerful and influential of people’s intent of assembling in opposition to them and, or, their interests.
Then, in the 70’s, an even more decisive blow to public space began, with the rise of a new capitalistic philosophy-neoliberalism. One of the aims of this philosophy is to privatize (corporatize) public resources, including public space, while transferring corporate costs, risks, and debt to the public. This rapidly eroded both real public space, and the understanding of what “public space” means.
While some courts, states, and cities have pushed back, their efforts have been insignificant compared to the force and thrust of America’s wealthiest (the 1%) to own everything, except the economic, moral, and environmental costs and risks of ownership.
Almost all the places where people congregate these days are private, and therefore have an array of privately imposed rules of behavior and restrictions, such as, limits on speech, actions, dress, duration of stay, and many others, and of course one almost universally has to pay to be in private space.
The Occupation Movement has said, “Enough! We’re pushing back. We’re going into so called “public space” and claiming it as such. ‘We’ will make the rules in our public space, not our bought politicians. In our communal space we will define who we are, and not have it defined by the corporate owned government, media, PR firms, or any other corporate owned institutions that seek to influence and control our very being for their profits and power, and our impoverishment and disempowerment.
The very act of Occupying has been far more than symbolic; it is active resistance to agents that have subdivided and atomized us. We are becoming ‘we’ again, bonded and mutually supporting friends and communities. We ‘re growing together, not apart, and this frightens those who depend upon us being divided and subsequently conquered.
“My God, they’re listening to each other and not our divisive news stations! This must stop,” screams the 1%!
3rd Quarter Kickoff – pix and info here
Saturday, May 12
The OLC Occupation will take place each weekend and will change locations (parks) weekly. OLC will camp at Young Park on Saturday, May 19 and at Apodaca Park on Saturday, May 26. The public will be informed soon of future occupation sites. The OLC Phase 2 Objective was to hit the streets and they did. They held various demonstrations each week at different locations throughout the city. They took on Bank of America, Monsanto, the USDA, and also showed their disdain for the tax system at a Tax Day Demonstration in front of the downtown Post Office. Phase 3 will focus on building the movement in Las Cruces. OLC will be available on weekends at various parks around town, so they can reach out to more of you and hear your concerns and solutions.They even plan to canvass to further reach out to your neighborhoods. There will also be scheduled teach-ins, movies and social gatherings at the campsites to bring the community together… For more information please contact Jason Burke at (575) 915-2766, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to their website https://occupylascruces.wordpress.com/
You can view all 42 pictures from Saturday’s event on Facebook or, if you don’t have a Facebook account, you can see them here.
Saturday, May 12
OLC 3rd Quarter Kickoff celebration pictures
Click here or on Facebook here
Occupy Las Cruces will be re-establishing our physical presence by camping throughout the Las Cruces area. We will begin camping on Friday evening March 11 at Albert Johnson (Branigan Library) Park.
OLC will also be celebrating our 3rd Quarter Kickoff with a pot-luck and entertainment on Saturday, May 12 from 2—5 p.m. at Albert Johnson Park.
Everyone is Welcome
The OLC Occupation will take place each weekend and will be changing locations (parks) throughout the city.
OLC will camp at Young Park on Saturday, May 19 and at Apodaca Park on Saturday, May 26.
The OLC Calendar of Events will contain information about future camp locations.
There will also be scheduled teach-ins, movies and social gatherings at the campsite.
OLC Phase 2 Objective was to hit the streets and we did. We held various demonstrations each week at different locations throughout the city.
Phase 3 will focus on building the movement in Las Cruces. We will be more available on weekends at various parks, canvass to reach out to those neighborhoods, and hold specific presentations and gatherings.
OLC 99% Spring – B of A Shareholder Protest
Wednesday, May 9 at 4:30
OLC & MoveOn.Org will stand in solidarity with demonstrators from around the world at Bank of America.
Our local demonstration will take place on Wednesday, May 9 at 4:30 p.m. on Telshor.
Activists across the country are targeting shareholder meetings.
People from all walks of life around the globe will be converging in Charlotte, NC, home of Bank of America’s Headquarters at their annual Shareholder meeting, to demand an end to their practices that are bankrupting our economy and wrecking our climate.
We are urging B of A to allow all shareholders to enter their annual meeting. We will be expressing our concerns about foreclosures, executive compensations, corporate taxes, student debt, funding coal and the economy.
Whether you are a community member, homeowner, worker or student, we need to come together to challenge corporate power and create an economy and democracy that works for all of us.
Join the 99% as We Break Up B of A’s Business As Usual!
Go to dirtymoney.org for more information.
May 1st, 2012 -A Day Without the 99%
OLC will have a May Day pot-luck and movie (Made in Dagenham) on Tuesday May 1st at 5:30 p.m. All are invited to attend. Please contact Jason for address information at: 575-915-2766 or email@example.com.
May Day is an international day of celebration to honor the labor movement. This year the Occupy movement has made a call for mass action—the May First General Strike (#M1GS): a day with out the 99%.
We are striking to halt the flow of capital, reclaim a tool of resistance, and unify movements against exploitation, repression, and corruption.
By general strike, we mean everyone from all walks of life halting their role in producing, consuming, and participating within the current system. We invite the precarious workers, unemployed, undocumented, student, and everyone to join.
You can empower yourself. It’s an opportunity to directly stand up against what you feel is wrong. It’s an opportunity to meet and connect with others who want to improve the world for themselves and for others.
Movie Review here.
Aggie Solidarity – May Day March
OLC will join Aggie Solidarity Tuesday, May 1st at 11:00 am on University Ave to reflect on workers’ rights and spread the message about this international socialist holiday.
#Occupy M1 International General Strike A Day Without the 99%
OLC will be participating in #M1GS on Tuesday, May 1.
May Day is an international day of celebration to honor the labor movement. This year the Occupy movement has made a call for mass action—the May First General Strike (#M1GS): a day without the 99%.
A general strike is a way to build and demonstrate the power of the people. It’s a way to show this is a system that only exists because we allow it to. If we can withdraw from the system for one day we can use that day to build community and mutual aid. We can find inspiration and faith—not in any leaders or bosses but in each other and in ourselves.
We have the power in our hands to change the course of our day to day realities if we are willing to participate and reach out to our neighbors and communities. In the words of Steven Biko, “the greatest weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” Big business should not be in control of us, we are the many and they are the few. More here.
OLC Tax Day Protest
Tuesday, April 17 at 4 pm
OLC Tax Day Protest: Make the Corporations Pay
On Tax Day—Tuesday, April 17—Occupy Las Cruces is taking to the streets to send a clear message to corporations and the 1%: Pay your taxes!
We will be holding the demonstration from 4-6 p.m. in front of the Downtown U. S. Post Office 201 E. Las Cruces Ave.
Our emphasis will be on making the 1% and corporations pay their fair share.
Despite billion-dollar profits, these corporations have managed to avoid taxation altogether, with some even raking in hundreds of millions in tax refunds. This rampant corporate tax dodging is bankrupting our communities, forcing mass layoffs, slashing vital services and closing schools and community centers.
Enough is enough. It’s time for big business and the wealthiest amongst us to pay their fair share, just like the rest of us do.
Bring a friend or family member. Bring a sign or make one there.
Join Us! All are welcome!
See more photos here.
Earth Day Festival
Sunday, April 22nd from 11 – 4 pm
OLC will be joining the OASIS Earth Day Festival on Sunday April 22 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Young Park. We will have a table to distribute flyers, solicit petitions, give out buttons, and answer questions. This will be a great opportunity for us to reach out to our greater community. Stop by and visit.
Please contact Marty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-426-4516 to sign up for a time slot to man the table.
Wednesday, April 11 at 12 noon
OLC will be holding a demonstration rejecting the USDA’s decision to give Monsanto “easy pass” regulations for Genetically Modified Organisms We will protest, pass out flyers & have a petition to sign on Wednesday 4/11 from 12-2 p.m. at the USDA Office, 300 W. College Ave.
Everyone is welcome!
The USDA is creating a new class of genetically engineered plants, animals, and animal drugs that get a free pass: No government regulation or review! More here.
Article with more info. here.
Tell Obama to Cease FDA Ties to Monsanto
Sign Petition here.
The 99% Spring Action Training
Sunday, April 15, from 2:30 – 5:30
OLC will attend a 99% Spring Action Training with MoveOn.org and numerous other organizations. Sunday 4/15 from 2:30—5:30 p.m. at the Good Samaritan Auditorium. People will be trained to tell the story of what happened to our economy, learn the history of non-violent direct action, and use that knowledge to take action and win change.
Our country currently faces the most extreme inequality since the Great Depression. 1% hold 43% of our country’s wealth.
We know great change is possible. We inherit the legacy of everyday people
standing up for their own dignity, freedom, and self-determination, shaping our direction as a country. We have seen it numerous times before: the civil rights movement, the labor movement, the women’s right’s movement.
It is out of this recognition of history and acknowledgement of the challenge that the idea for a 99% Spring was born with a simple mission: to train the next generation of progressive leaders to take to the streets and take back our country.
This is our moment. We are standing-up and saying enough is enough.
99% Spring will train the 99% to take the country back for the 100%. All are encouraged to register here. Space is limited.
There will be no formal event this week. Occupy Las Cruces will be observing the Spring Holiday to enjoy time with our family and friends.
We would like to take this time to thank you for your support and wish you and your family a wonderful Spring Holiday.
OLC Future Events
April will be another busy month for Occupy Las Cruces. Our aim is to bring awareness to the people in our community about the excessive wealth, privilege, and power abused by the 1%. We are striving for a government that represents the 99%. The following is a list of actions for this month:
We are working on obtaining certification to hold a full-time Saturday table at the Farmers Market. We will be distributing leaflets, providing petitions to sign, handing out activist buttons, answering questions, and provide a sign-up sheet for the newsletter.
There will also be a constant weekly presence at NMSU just outside the Corbett Center. We will have a table with the current information of the week.
OLC will be protesting at the USDA office to discourage the use of Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Organisms on Wednesday, April 11 from 12—2 p.m.
We will hold a tax day protest in front of the U.S. Post Office on April, 17 (Tax Day). There will be speakers, flyers, and a banner so that people can write where they want their tax dollars spent.
Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day. We will have a table at the OASIS Earth Day event to express environmental concerns.
OLC will celebrate our 2nd quarter together (that’s half a year) on Saturday, April 28 at Albert Johnson Park in front of the Branigan Library.
All are always welcome to join any event.
Friday, March 30 from 7 – 8:30 pm
There will be a candlelight vigil to honor the life of Trayvon Martin, a young man who was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida.
The vigil will be held at Albert Johnson Park in front of the Branigan Library on Friday 3/30 from 7—8:30 p.m., approximately one month after Martin was killed.
If possible wear a hooded sweatshirt or all black to the vigil.
People will light a candle, tell a story, sing a song or just quietly observe the moment. This is a space for people to peacefully mourn, share anger, and give each other strength and hope in the long fight for justice.
Like citizens in many cities across the nation and members of the local Occupy movement seek to remember Trayvon and countless others who have been wrongfully murdered because of prejudice and fear.
Florida is among 31 states that have some form of the “Stand Your Ground” Law that allows the use of deadly force against perceived aggressors and specify that individuals have no ‘duty to retreat’ from confrontation in a public place.
This is an opportunity to stand together as a community in solidarity .
Here is a YouTube video snapshot of the Million Hoodies March for Trayvon Martin at Union Square, New York City.
Saturday, March 24 from 2 – 11 am
Say No to Monsanto’s GE Sweet Corn!
Occupy LC is supporting Food & Water Watch in an effort to pressure Walmart to reject Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered (GE) sweet corn.
We will be holding a protest on Saturday 3/24 from 9—11 a.m. at the Walmart on Valley Dr. All are welcome to join.
Monsanto’s new genetically engineered sweet corn could be planted this spring, but it hasn’t been tested for human safety, and it contains three different genetically engineered traits that have never been used in food eaten directly by people. Walmart can refuse to accept it, protecting consumers from this untested and unlabeled product.
The GE sweet corn will not be labeled, so you won’t know what you’re buying. Whether you shop at Walmart or not, they are the largest U.S. food retailer, and if they won’t sell GE sweet corn, it’s likely that farmers won’t plant it.
Please sign the petition here. and remember to participate in the individual actions throughout the week. Just go bit.ly/nomonsanto and click on Campaigns and Stop GE Sweet Corn to find an action toolkit.. For letters to Walmart managers click here.
Thursday, March 15 at 12 noon
Save Our Homes Rally
Occupy LC will join MoveOn, Café, and others to hold a national initiative at the OFA Office in Las Cruces 151 S. Solano (Solano North of Lohman ) on Thursday, March 15th, at 12:00 noon.
The 99% keeps winning! In the past two months, President Obama was pushed to launch a full investigation into the Wall Street Banks and got a promise from his administration to allow the Bush-era tax cuts to expire. But even with these huge wins, millions of homeowners are still underwater on their mortgages and need immediate assistance.
60% of homeowners have their mortgages through government-controlled Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. But the agency that oversees these programs is run by Bush appointed ED DeMarco who refused to allow underwater homeowners to adjust mortgages to reflect real home values. President Obama has the power to make sure Fannie and Freddie change their policy to provide relief to the ten million Americans struggling with mortgage debt.
That’s why on Thursday, March 15, we’ll head to Obama for America offices to tell the president:: We’re sinking in underwater mortgages-throw the 99% a lifeline to keep us in our homes.
Sign the Petition here.
Wednesday, February 29 at 4 pm
Bank of America banks on ALEC ( American Legislative Exchange Council) to craft anti-democratic and repressive legislation, legislation which hurts THE REST OF US. ALEC is99 and 44/100 percent evil.
Occupy Las Cruces and MoveOn.org demonstrated Wednesday outside Bank of America on Telshor Blvd. We have some pictures for you, followed by three short videos, two of which have been uploaded to Shut Down the Corporations, which is collecting similar videos from more than 70 cities around the country.
Photo album from yesterday’s event is available on Facebook.
Wednesday as we participate in a National Call to Action
Join together with Occupy Las Cruces and friends Wednesday at 4 p.m. outside Bank of America as part of a National Call to Action.
Why are we targeting Bank of America? Read on…
“We call on people to target corporations that are part of the American Legislative Exchange Council which is a prime example of the way corporations buy off legislators and craft legislation that serves the interests of corporations and not people. They used it to create the anti-labor legislation in Wisconsin and the racist bill SB 1070 in Arizona among so many others. They use ALEC to spread these corporate laws around the country.”
“Almost all of the biggest corporations are part of ALEC including ExxonMobil, Bank of America, BP, Monsanto, Pfizer, and Wal-Mart. You can find a full list of ALEC corporations on the Source Watch website.” ”You can also find a list of all the politicians that are involved in ALEC, many of whom will be state legislators from your area.”
So please join us as TOGETHER we demand better banking for EVERYONE!
(NOTE – If you are unable to meet there at 4 p.m., that’s OK. We’ll be there until 6 p.m., so you have plenty of time to come by and lend your support.)
By following this link you will be taken to a blog with two videos. The first video is the complete portion of the city council meeting regarding a proposed change to Parks and Recreation rules, rules which we believe would violate our First Amendment rights.
The second video is shorter and contains only the public input before city council.
If you wish to watch the entire video from which the above two portions were pulled, follow this link and follow these directions… Click on the “Video” link on the far right of the Archived Videos box, the one that says 5h 24 m, and the video player window will open. If you wish to find where the section dealing with the Parks and Recreation rules change begins, move the little handle to 49:10.
Just a reminder…
Tomorrow, Tues 2/21, Parks and Rec will be proposing a resolution to the City Council that would grossly and unnecessarily infringe on our 1st Amendment rights. Please attend the Council meeting at City Hall from 1-5 if you can. Also we need people to express their feelings on this to our local officials. For more info, including contact info go to:
Thanks for all that you do!!
PLEASE HELP US PROTECT EVERYONE’S FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS
I talked to Wayne Hancock from the Parks and Rec Advisory Board and we talked about the proposed resolution to restrict “Occupation” of public land. He said that he didn’t believe the “camping” rule should apply to protests such as our Occupation of Albert Johnson Park. He is going to ask the City Council to remand the resolution back to the Parks and Rec board so they can discuss it more and listen to public comments. He thanked us for what we have been doing and said that he definitely wasn’t the only one on the Board who thought that an Occupation protest was different from camping. It was a joy to talk to him.
With this in mind, I think it would be a great idea to contact the 7 members of the Parks and Rec advisory board and voice our belief that an Occupation protest is not to be confused with camping. We should also voice opposition to any encroachment on our 1st Amendment rights and, specifically, the proposed rule change. Here is the contact info:
Mr. Isaac E. Chavez Mr. Ron Camunez
Mr. Eli Guzman Ms. Dawn Rue
Ms. Alice Ward Mr. Mark O’Neill
Mr. Wayne D. Hancock
email@example.com Thanks for all that you do!!
“Thank you” mic checks
Saturday, February 18
One week to the day of Occupy Las Cruces dismantling their campsite, members today kicked off phase two of the movement by offering three “thank you” mic checks to the citizens and city of Las Cruces at the Farmers Market in the downtown mall.
Five videos are available for viewing by following these links:
Please Help Occupy Las Cruces Protect the 1st Amendment Rights of the People of Las Cruces
On Tuesday, 2/21, at the Las Cruces City Council Meeting, Parks and Rec will be asking the Council to pass a new rule that would basically make it impossible for us or anyone else to “occupy” a public space. The rule says that any “camping” has to be in conjunction with an event and is limited to 7 days. Though I haven’t been able to find out what the fee for this would be, I think we can reasonably assume that it will be much more than the $20-$25 per day we were paying for permits. This would effectively price us (and most citizens) out of carrying on an “occupation” protest.
Occupy Las Cruces’ occupation of Albert Johnson Park (in front of Branigan Library) was a huge success and we would hope and expect that future occupations would be allowed. There is no doubt that they are trying to squelch our 1st Amendment rights to free speech and peaceable assembly, and we must stop them.
I do want to remind everyone of how cooperative the City, LCPD, and Parks and Rec have been up to this point and we are extremely grateful for this. HOWEVER, this proposed rule change is a move by Parks and Rec to take away the rights they have previously respected. I have talked to the Director of Parks and Rec and he has told me that this is in direct response to a few voices who disapprove of the Occupy movement. Even though our supporters far outnumber these detractors, Parks and Rec is willing to take away our constitutional rights in order to appease a couple of loud (and probably wealthy) folks.
We have the much greater numbers, so let’s teach them what LOUD truly is. We are asking our supporters to make calls, write emails/letters, and/or attend the City Council meeting on 2/21 from 1-5 at City Hall (adjacent to Branigan Library). Obviously write or say whatever your heart and mind tells you to.
If you do want an idea of what you could include, you can write/say something like:
“The Occupy Las Cruces movement has been great for our city. They peacefully and respectfully created a space for the community to gather and have a dialogue. Though they have recently left the park to take the movement to the streets, they, and all citizens, should be able to occupy public spaces in order to peaceably assemble and demonstrate. I urge you to respect the 1st Amendment rights of the people of Las Cruces and deny the rule change proposed by Parks and Rec. that would effectively render any similar future occupation impossible.”
Please contact as many of these officials as possible in as many ways as possible (Letters and Sound Offs in the LC Sun-News are great too)
Mayor-Ken Miyagishima firstname.lastname@example.org 575-541-2067
City Councilor (District 1)-Miguel Silva email@example.com 575-541-2066
City Councilor (District 2)-Greg Smith firstname.lastname@example.org 575-541-2066
City Councilor (District 3)-Olga Pedroza email@example.com 575-541-2066
City Councilor (District 4)-Nathan Small firstname.lastname@example.org 575-541-2066
City Councilor (District 5)-Gill Sorg email@example.com 575-541-2066
City Councilor (District 6)-Sharon Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org 575-541-2066
City Manager-Robert Garza email@example.com 575-541-2076
Parks and Rec 541-2550
Director-Mark Johnston firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Administrative Assistant–Carol Conners-Lyons email@example.com
Letters to the Editor (300 wds or less)(Name, Address, Daytime Phone) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sound Off! (1-3 sentences) email@example.com
Please also sign our petition at:
City of Las Cruces: Protect the 1st Amendment Rights of the People of Las Cruces
Occupy Las Cruces thanks you all for your support. We hope to see you at the City Council meeting on Tues, 2/21. Let’s make sure they know that WE ARE THE 99%!!
Johnson Park as Phase 2 begins
Saturday, February 11
By Reyes Mata IIIfirstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: 02/11/2012 06:24:04 PM MST
Christopher Hadsell of Las Cruces reads the testimony board, which was created by Occupy Las Cruces protestors, during a potluck event for the final day of the group’s encampment Saturday at Albert Johnson Park in front of Thomas Branigan Library. I don’t believe there are no jobs, I just believe they are tougher to find, Hadsell said. (Shari V. Hill/Sun-News)
LAS CRUCES — More than a dozen Occupy Las Cruces protesters closed their campsite today with a pledge that their movement against the nation’s richest 1 percent would move from tents clustered near City Hall and into the streets of the region.
“We have really incredibly talented individuals here who need to be out in the community more, rather than just in the park,” said Michael “Sasha” Miller, an original “occupier” of Albert Johnson Park outside of Branigan Library.
The Occupy Wall Street movement — the central protest from which the Occupy Las Cruces protest sprang — started Sept. 17 of last year in New York’s Zuccotti Park, and is critical of the corporate influence that protesters allege the richest 1 percent of society has on government.
Thousands of people throughout the country started similar campsites in their local communities to show support. The Occupy Las Cruces campsite began in late October and today represented 107 days of “occupying” the city.
“We accomplished our mission. This was our first big step,” said Tom St. John, 75, who has been at the movement’s campsite nearly every day since late October. “We are really thrilled that we have put into motion locally the energy that is going nationwide.”
Read the rest of the story here.
Pictures from Saturday’s Phase 2 party can be seen on Facebook or, if you don’t have a Facebook account, you can view them here.
We would like to invite the Greater Las Cruces community to a special potluck in the Park as we celebrate the Start of Occupy Las Cruces Phase 2. All are welcome this Saturday, February 11th, from 2 – 5 p.m. in Albert Johnson Park in front of Branigan Library.
Occupy Las Cruces (OLC) wants to share some of our accomplishments with community. For the last three months OLC has done the following things:
- Maintained a 24 hour peaceful demonstration site in our public park
- Expressed our solidarity with National Occupy movements
- Participated in a national day of protest against “Citizen’s United” Decision
- Participated in the national movement “Move Your Money Day”
- Built a respectful dialogue with our Police Department, Parks Department and Local officials
- Explored common goals in support with other community groups
- Participated in state-wide protests at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe
- Developed an educational and thought provoking Facebook page, accessible to everyone
- Attended foreclosure hearings
- Handed out Fliers at the Farmers Market
- Protested the harmful behavior of banks
- Raised consciousness on negative affects of NAFTA
- Supported student concerns of the privatization of NMSU
- Conducted multiple teach-ins
- Public Mic-Checks around the Las Cruces community
- Staged a 150 person walk-out.
OLC has decided it is time to activate the next phase of our revolution. We are moving out of our tents and into the streets. On Saturday Feb. 11th OLC will no longer reside in Albert Johnson Park. We want to continue to welcome the community to join us for upcoming and on-going events. We will Occupy multiple areas of public space in diverse ways.
We would like to thank everyone who supported the camp, in any manner. The Las Cruces community was fundamental in creating this success and we can all feel pride in our accomplishments.
We are very excited to see how our revolution will evolve and how we will continue to strive for the 100% to enjoy abundance, fair representation, harmony and well being.
Occupy Las Cruces.
Friday, January 20
KTSM News Channel 9 covered the event.
More photos, courtesy Claudia Piper, here.
Saturday, January 28
The Occupy Las Cruces family and friends gathered together at Albert Johnson Park Saturday, January 28, 2012, to celebrate three months of social activism in pursuit of equality for all people. You can see all 58 pictures on Facebook, or, if you’re not on Facebook, you can see them on this blog.
(Mayor Ken Miyagishima chats with Las Cruces Bulletin photographer Nicolas Bañales at Albert Johnson Park.)