OCCUPY CLEVELAND

     

Statement  concerning  May  1st  events  in  Cleveland  

Media  Contact:   Katie  Steinmuller   (216)  202-­‐4499     Media  Contact:   Peter  Schanz   (614)  704-­‐2481       May  1,  2012  –  Cleveland  -­‐  While  the  persons  arrested  Monday  evening   by  the  FBI  have  participated  in  Occupy  Cleveland  events,  they  were  in   no  way  representing  or  acting  on  behalf  of  Occupy  Cleveland.    Occupy   Cleveland  has  affirmed  the  principles  of  non-­‐violence  since  its  inception   on  October  6,  2011.     Occupy  Cleveland  has  spoken  out  and  worked  against  violence  in  all  its   forms,  including:     -­‐ Wars  and  occupations   -­‐ Economic  violence  of  financial  inequality,  unemployment,  debt   and  foreclosure   -­‐ Social  violence  of  racism,  sexism  and  homophobia   -­‐ Environmental  violence  of  global  warming  and  fracking     Occupy  Cleveland  believes  the  only  way  to  respond  to  a  violent  federal   and  corporate  state  is  through  active  non-­‐violence.     It  is  unfortunate  that  this  occurred  on  the  eve  of  May  Day,  the  day  the   Occupy  movement  and  workers  around  the  world  have  taken  to  the   streets,  demanding  justice.  What  has  happened  in  no  way  discredits  the   issue  and  the  non-­‐violent  methods  of  Occupy  Cleveland  and  the  Occupy   movement  world-­‐wide.