Last week, a set of signs was installed on the fence of the vacant city & county owned lots at the corner of 62nd st & 17th ave in Liberty City, spelling out “We are the 99%”. These lots contain a rich history of life of the 99%, in the last 15 years being the site of a low income housing; then heavily used as a parking lot, community gathering space, & vending space for the souse man & others; and in 2006, the site of Umoja Village.
Umoja was a shantytown started by the group Take Back the Land as a direct response to the rapidly increasing gentrification of black neighborhoods in Miami - it created much needed temporary housing for some of miami’s homeless population & was a visual constant reminder of the housing crisis at the time. Umoja grew out of the knowledge that our ability to house, feed, & support our communities is directly linked to who has control over the land, & that the only way to reclaim that land from those who currently own it - often developers, investors, banks, & governments - is to take it back ourselves. When the shantytown burnt down six months later, the city erected a fence surrounding the property to keep the community out.
The fence is its own type of constant visual reminder - reminding us every time we pass by who has access to land & who doesn’t; and how the city would rather let a lot sit vacant for 13 years than put it in the hands of the surrounding community. Though the fence clearly symbolizes the loss of a vibrant community space, it is also a spark and a reason for the 99% to stand up now & fight even harder for control of the land in our communities.
Shoe Day this year is December 11th, 2011 - Gather at Bayfront Park at 4 pm to join the people of downtown Miami to celebrate Shoe Day by throwing shoes at some of their least favorite oppressors of human rights! It’s a really fun and creative way to engage everyday people in the struggle against bad governance regardless of politics and partisanry, commemorating the shoes thrown at GWB on his memorable last trip to Iraq in 2008.
Resist austerity. Reclaim the economy. Recreate our democracy.
Occupy Wall Street, in solidarity with organized labor and the 99% around the world, has called for a day of non-violent civil disobedience on Thursday November 17th to reject the economy that divides us and rebuild an economy that works for all. We will resist the banks and the government they control, reclaim our democracy, and recreate the society we want to see.
We call upon the 99% to join us in fighting austerity in the US and around the world.
Resist the 1% economy that drowns us in debt, forecloses on our homes, profits from war, eliminates our jobs and closes our schools and hospitals.
Reclaim the economy for the 99%. Everyone deserves the opportunity to find honest work, live with dignity, and pursue a better future.
Recreate our democracy. We will start to create a society that is organized to meet human needs, not maximize corporate profit.
On November 17th, the 99% will reclaim our destiny from the 1% and fight back against their plans for austerity.
YOU Can Fight Back Against Florida’s Voter Suppression Laws!
New laws in the State of Florida have made it next to impossible for organizations like SAVE Dade to register voters. Despite this challenge, we have worked with other community leaders to develop a unique and powerful solution. Please sign up using the link below to join us at our voter engagement training and learn how you can help advance the movement for equality in South Florida by increasing LGBT voter registration.
Saturday, November 19th 10AM-1PM 2915 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 210 Miami, FL 33137
Miami’s 99% have stood up. Let’s continue to make our presence felt! Women of the 99% are coming together to call for a Candlelight action on the beach. Bring candles and flashlights and spread the word. Together we will our voices seen and heard.
As part of 99 actions, 300 Broward residents and immigrant rights activists attended a Saturday meeting to tell immigration (ICE) and local officials, as well as representatives from Corrections Corporation of America (CCA)-one of the world’s largest prison corporations, that they don’t want an immigration detention center built in their area.
The event brought together residents of SW Ranches, Pembroke Pines, the Florida Immigrant Coalition, Students Working for Equal Rights, members of Occupy Ft. Lauderdale and even the Tea Party to oppose an attempt by CCA (the 1%) to build the largest private immigration detention center in the country. For more info, read here.
Occupations & Crisis: A film & discussion of La Dignidad de Los Nadies
Friday, November 4 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm Sweat Records5505 Northeast 2nd Avenue Miami, Florida The system is in crisis, unemployment lines grow daily, and austerity is grinding away at our necessities and way of life.
In 2001 Argentina experienced an even greater collapse, and massive movements emerged to build alternatives to the misery that was imposed upon them. Occupations, massive strikes, and social disruptions are growing. As this crisis spreads, and new resistance and new movements are emerging.
We are faced again with the lessons and questions of these moments. What role can the popular movements play in defeating capitalism, and creating a new society based on collective democracy, mutual aid, and the defeat of hierarchy? What challenges do we face from those who try to coopt and channel the movement into controllable territory? if we reject trying to save capitalism, what could a popular democracy based on equality look like?
Join Miami Autonomy & Solidarity to watch the film the Dignity of the Nobodies (la dignidad de los nadies) in spanish with subtitles about the Argentinian crisis and movements presented through a narrative of interviews with the protagonists of those movements from the bottom. We will have a discussion of the film and our moment in history afterwards.
From NORTH- Take 95 South towards Miami, exit at 62nd st MLK and head East towards miami beach. Turn south (right) on NE 2nd Ave, it will be on your left with murals of musicians across from the Walgreens.
From SOUTH- Take 95 North towards Miami to the 195 East towards Miami beach. Exit at Biscayne Blvd (Miami Ave is closed, so this is the first immediate exit) and head north (right). Turn left at ne 54th st, and make a right onto Ne 2nd ave, it is one block ahead (north) on your right hand side after Churchills.
Tonight my husband and I completed our first 99 Action! This is something easy to do at home. We watched this video, created by a guy who inspired us to dive into the huge pile of mail stacked up next to our shredder. The idea is, take action against big banks by sending those “no postage necessary if mailed in the united states” envelopes back to the banks with a message. We chose to simply stuff the reply envelopes with the junk they came with (after removing the pages with our personal information) and wrote “OWS” in marker on them. Suddenly, with Artie’s inspiration, we were able to take advantage of the fact that we never shred our credit card offer shredder pile! Every minute they are worrying about the flood of Occupy-inspired mail, that’s a minute that they are not looking for new ways to profit off of the 99%. Our junk mail is now their problem. Hopefully they recycle!
BoA is the poster child of Big Banks protecting the wealth of the 1% at the expense of the 99%. With hundreds of thousands of mortgages underwater in or in foreclosure we are seeing the reorganization of wealth back into the hands of the wealthy, and corporations.
To top it off BoA is going to start nickel and diming us with $5 fees for ATM card holders on November 5.
It’s time to show them we’ve had enough!
We are going to march together to Bank of America at 245 NW 8th St. Miami, Florida
The 99% are rising across this country finding common cause in taking on corporate greed. Get in the streets, get active, and lets change this country
Action 2: Rally at Broward Transitional Center (Pompano Beach) for Shamir Ali. Tuesday,October 25th
GEO is a private prison corporation based in Florida that makes its money off of detaining immigrants and others. GEO is the 1%. For more information on why GEO is the 1%, click on this link. On tuesday, DREAM Act youth, Latinos, immigrants and their allies-part of the 99%-held a National Day of Action called, “Another Broken Promise: We are all Shamir” on Tuesday, October 25th in 9 cities across the nation. Picked up in a raid last Wednesday, October 19th, Shamir grew up in Florida since the age of 7 and was scheduled for pending deportation. Although the Obama administration continuing to proclaim their intention of focusing deportations on the most dangerous of people, communities questioned why DREAM Act youth, Shamir Ali, is being denied prosecutorial discretion by local Field Office Director, Marc Moore. Because of their actions, Shamir was released on Friday, October 28th.
Hugo works hard. He is a cook at a restaurant. He is the 99% Although he can’t occupy because he works, him and his wife make a large pot of homemade nicaraguan-style coffee whenever he can and brings it to the occupy site in Miami at government center. That how he takes part in the 99 actions.
When he was asked why he does what he does he said.
“I think it is about time we finally get around to to express what we tend to mumble…or whine about…its our way of showing our support for this action
We need 99 actions…in 99 places…The time is now to speak out for the 99% of us that are struggling…
There is a lot for 99% of us to be angry and frustrated about. Many of us are out of work, underemployed and struggling to stay afloat. Even if we are fine, our neighbors, family members, and friends aren’t. Meanwhile, the top 1%, especially those that caused the economic crisis, are doing fine thanks to government bailouts and handouts. The hardest thing for us has been our inability to see a better tomorrow because of our struggles today. We are the 99%.
With the #occupy movement, we have seen a chance to take back our country, our communities, our political process and our future. Even if you don’t agree with everything that #occupy does, it speaks to what many of us are going through.
It is time for the 99% of us that make this country move to make our voices heard in the communities we live in. It is time for those of us that haven’t spoken yet to stand up and take back our future.
It is with this urgency that we ask everyone that steps up every day to make this country work-the 99% that build the roads, teach the children and keep the streets safe to step up and do something. We call for 99 actions in at least 99 places for the 99%. Use your creativity, your imagination and your desire for a better future. If you pray—hold a prayer meeting for the 99%; if you go to school—host a teach-in at your school; if you are at work—figure out what to do on your lunch break. Reach into the parts of our community where our friends gave up hope for a better future long ago. All we need is 99 people to plan 99 actions in 99 places. Will you be one?
Every Saturday, let whoever can, reconvene at the government center where Occupy Miami (#occupymia) is taking place.
It’s time for us, the 99%, to come together and take our future back. So don’t wait for someone to ask you, don’t wait for someone to tell you…do it now!