[act-ma] 2/29: National call to action - Shut down the corporations!

pf soto pfsoto at mynas.com
Wed Feb 1 22:16:05 PST 2012


    to Action

*Occupy Portland calls for a national day of non-violent direct action 
<http://www.shutdownthecorporations.org/?page_id=65> to reclaim our 
voices and challenge our society's obsession with profit and greed by 
shutting down the corporations.*  We are rejecting a society that does 
not allow us control of our future. We will reclaim our ability to shape 
our world in a democratic, cooperative, just and sustainable direction.

We call on people to target corporations that are part of the American 
Legislative Exchange Council 
<http://www.shutdownthecorporations.org/?page_id=16> 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. *Read the full call to 
action <http://www.shutdownthecorporations.org/?page_id=21> here.*

If your city or organization is participating please let us know by 
filling out this form 
<http://www.shutdownthecorporations.org/?page_id=30>! We can post 
contact information <http://www.shutdownthecorporations.org/?page_id=24> 
for your action so that people in your area can get involved! *Already 
30+ cities are planning actions 
<http://www.shutdownthecorporations.org/?page_id=24> including* 
Portland, Riverside, Long Beach, Santa Cruz, Las Vegas, Buffalo, Crown 
Heights and Brooklyn, coordinated cities in Connecticut, Atlanta, 
Jacksonville, Tulsa, Richmond, Austin, Phoenix, Provo, Minneapolis, 
Dayton, Kansas City, Salt Lake City, Newark, Salt Lake City, Nashville, 
Medford, Hampton Roads, San Diego, Hilo and Eugene! *[nothing for Boston 

Check our our direct action resources 
<http://www.shutdownthecorporations.org/?page_id=65> and information on 
how corporations that are part of ALEC 
<http://www.shutdownthecorporations.org/?page_id=78> erode our 
democracy, undermine workers rights and attack unions 
<http://www.shutdownthecorporations.org/?page_id=134>, destroy our 
environment <http://www.shutdownthecorporations.org/?page_id=100>, 
obstruct efforts to address climate change 
<http://www.shutdownthecorporations.org/?page_id=131>, undermine public 
education <http://www.shutdownthecorporations.org/?page_id=108>, pursue 
destructive agricultural practices 
<http://www.shutdownthecorporations.org/?page_id=102> and fuel the 
prison industrial complex 
<http://www.shutdownthecorporations.org/?page_id=106> (more coming soon).

Our next national coordination conference call 
<http://www.shutdownthecorporations.org/?page_id=24> Thursday (2/9) 6:00 
PM PST/9:00 PM EST. We will be discussing national coordination, sharing 
important information and resources and identifying areas that local 
actions need assistance with.**


*Join us! Start organizing in your city. Get your General Assembly to 
join, your organization to endorse or otherwise participate in this call 
to action.* Any organization or affinity group interested in this action 
should join this call. We will be working to both support and coordinate 
the action with conference calls, outreach materials and trainings. Once 
you know you will be participating please fill out this form 
<http://www.shutdownthecorporations.org/?page_id=30> with info about 
your city or organization so that we can add the details to the website 
and help people plug in locally!

**We would also encourage you to check out our section on organizing 
your action with a spokes council and affinity groups 
<http://www.shutdownthecorporations.org/?page_id=71>. This is one 
important and effective way to organize these types of actions. It also 
does so in a way that is consistent with our movement's value to direct 
democracy, participatory decision making, and non-hierarchical 
structures. Of course there are many ways to do this, but we have had 
enormous success with this model in Portland. The direct action spokes 
council, the Portland Action Lab <http://www.portlandactionlab.org/>, 
which is organizing Portland's action used this organizing model on N17 
to shut down most of the major corporate banks in downtown Portland!

Leap into action! Reclaim our future!  Shut down the corporations!

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