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Occupy Wall Street 1st Anniversary Convergence Guide
For every crumbling foundation of our society, the cause of the ruin can be traced back to corporate greed. Follow the money -- all roads lead to Wall Street. Wall Street profits off our hardship at the expense of our economy, our environment, and our democracy. What’s good for Wall Street is bad for us. Welcome to a weekend of education, celebration and liberation as we refuse to be sold out to Wall Street and take action to create a better world. When we act together, we show others that they are not alone. We give people hope that change is possible. When thousands of people take action, change becomes real.
Welcome to Occupy Wall Street.
Getting Around NYC
The Subway and the Bus
• The subway and the bus both cost $2.25 per ride. • There are tons of cameras in the NY subway system. Don’t do anything
stupid. • We promise, it is not that confusing. Just take your time and read the map. It makes so much sense when you do that! • That being said, the subway map is NOT spatially accurate. NOT NOT NOT. Do not use it as a way to get around above ground. • www.mta.info can actually be super useful for figuring out how to get places.
S15 – Education
Location: Washington Square Park, 5th Ave and Waverly. 10:30 AM-12:30PM – WELCOME AND ORIENTATION ACTIVITIES, LUNCH 12:30PM-4PM – INAUGURAL ASSEMBLY AND THEMATIC BREAKOUT GROUPS The anniversary convergence will formally begin with an inaugural assembly to kick off the three days of education, celebration and resistance. We will hear reflections on the past year from comrades across the country. Following that, there will be horizontal, facilitated breakouts around key themes of the past year (debt, housing, education, climate, incarceration, immigration, labor, economic justice, money and politics, etc.). Those with experience in these areas are welcome to join and help enrich the discussion. After the breakout we will re-converge to share our discussions and evaluate the state of our movement and prospects for the future. 4PM-6:30PM – OPEN SPACE There will be info tables, teach-ins, workshops, performances, trainings, and political discussions throughout the day. However, this is an ideal time for these activities as it is set aside as an “open space”. Occupy Town Square provides an open-source board for groups and individuals to indicate any activities they may wish to host, and for helping people locate and join activities they may wish to attend. 4PM-6:30PM – DIRECT ACTION AND KNOW YOUR RIGHTS TRAININGS This space is intended for organizers and trainers (in New York City and other occupations) to assist in skill-shares and knowledge-shares about activism in New York City and involvement in direct actions. This space will be open for targeted Know Your Rights trainings specific to New York City, and will also include Plus Brigades training.
• You really don’t want to park in Manhattan. Just, no. • If you park in Brooklyn or Queens you can take the subway into Manhattan. • If you park in Jersey City, Harrison, and Hoboken you can take the PATH
train to the World Trade Center stop. • Most streets have specific hours and days for street cleaning. There are signs that tell you the days and times on the streets. If you have your car parked on a street during its street cleaning hours, you will get a ticket.
Tips and Rules of the Road
• It’s illegal to turn right on a red light in New York. • Watch for and show respect to bicyclists! They are just trying to not die.
6:30PM-7PM – CLOSING ASSEMBLY The day will close with a few words about various events happening throughout the city on Saturday evening. OTS will leave an open space for spontaneous assemblies or soapboxes. 7:30PM – 9PM – DEBT RESISTORS’ OPERATION MANUAL BOOK LAUNCH The Debt Resistors’ Operations Manual is a project of Strike Debt and Occupy Wall Street. It is a guide for individual and collective action for those fighting debt in all of its forms. Following its release earlier in the day, Strike Debt will host a discussion about the Manual and its role in the emerging debt resistance movement. It will include teach-ins from George Caffentzis, Pamela Brown, Andrew Ross and others, and will also be a space for debt speak outs and further discussion around debt. ABOUT OCCUPY TOWN SQUARE Occupy Town Square (OTS) have been held in parks and other public spaces around New York City since February 2012. OTS recreates the essential principles of Zuccotti Park: horizontal participation and mutual aid. OTS intends to welcome newcomers and passersby, but also create spaces to reflect on the past year and articulate alternatives and solutions to the current system. The framework also balances planning and structure with spontaneity and creativity. To get involved with OTS or learn about running OTS in your city, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
12PM-7PM – OPEN SPACE Thomas Paine Park Worth St. between Lafayette and Centre Just north of the concert area, OTS will create space for tables, food, teach-ins, workshops, performances, trainings, and political discussions throughout the day in the park adjacent to the concert space. 1PM-6PM – CONCERT: “99 REVOLUTIONS” Foley Square south of Thomas Paine on Worth St. between Lafayette and Centre. Occupy Wall Street will host a concert which will include a variety of acts. It will include several headline bands, interactive performances by OWS and allied campaigns and creative Direct Action trainings to prepare the 99% for Monday’s day of resistance.
4PM-6:30PM – DIRECT ACTION AND KNOW YOUR RIGHTS TRAININGS This space is intended for organizers and trainers (in New York City and other occupations) to assist in skill-shares and knowledge-shares about activism in New York City and involvement in direct actions. This space will be open for targeted Know Your Rights trainings specific to New York City, and will also include Plus Brigades training.
S16 – Celebration
(schedule is subject to change!) 10AM-1PM – SPECTRA FRACK PIPELINE BLAST ZONE MARCH WITH THE OCCUPY GUITARMY Spectra Energy Pipeline Construction Site (Gansevoort and Hudson River Greenway) The Occupy Guitarmy is a leaderless brigade of hundreds of instrumentalists and singers assembled with guitars, ukuleles, cellos, violins, basses, noisemakers and voices. The Guitarmy will team up with Occupy the Pipeline, environmentalists and local community members to stage a parade starting at projected blast perimeter of the Spectra Energy fracked gas pipeline currently under construction in the West Village. Connecting the dots between dirty, dangerous fossil fuels and Wall Street, the parade will end at Foley Square, where the Guitarmy will kick off the OWS “99 Revolutions” concert.
7:30 PM: OCCUPY ROSH HASHANAH SERVICES Liberty Square Co-sponsored by Jews for Racial & Economic Justice and Jewish Voice for Peace Remember Yom Kippur last year? Remember the power of 1,000 voices crying out in unison for social and economic justice in the language of the Hebrew prophets, from the midst of Wall Street? That definitive moment in progressive Jewish action was an expression of desire for a just world that continues to call out from within our hearts and souls. Let’s show the world that, with or without a park to occupy, we have not given up the struggle, and that we will not give up, until we have achieved the redemption of the world. Celebrate the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street (which falls on Rosh Hashanah, September 17) and the Jewish New Year together with a potluck dinner and nondenominational holiday service! Eat some apples and honey, learn some Occupy Torah, and ring in the New Year with a bang!
S17 – Resistance
(SEE MAP ON P. 12) 7AM ASSEMBLE AT CONVERGENCE POINTS Liberty Plaza, Ferry Terminal, 55 Water Street, South St. Seaport 7:30AM ACTION: THE PEOPLE’S WALL & 99 REVOLUTIONS The People’s Wall will be a nonviolent, sitting civil disobedience, We will form a peaceful sitting wall to deliver a clear message: The 99% will no longer stand for business as usual. Simultaneously in the space opened by the People’s Wall, 99 Revolutions—multiple groups of individuals performing autonomous actions—will mass at a random array of intersections and begin roving demonstrations of the abundance and possibility of a world without Wall Street. These will be joyous and educational, opening up a sense of what is possible. The 99 Revolutions will swirl around the entire financial district, saturating the area with an unavoidable sense that change is in not just in the air, it’s in our hands. 10AM STORM WALL STREET Bowling Green When it comes to the environmental crisis all roads lead to Wall Street. Every day, the big banks invest in fossil fuels and borrow against our future. Rising sea levels and surging debt will soon land us underwater! We’ll gather to call for an end to the corporate occupation of the planet and demonstrate that a just and sustainable world is possible. As the 99% circle New York’s first public park, our groundswell will become a “People’s Hurricane” — a storm to remind the 1% of their growing debts to Mother Earth. 11AM SPOKESCOUNCIL Ferry Terminal 12PM-5PM OCCUPY TOWN SQUARE OPEN SPACE Foley Square 12PM-1PM THE 99% RETURNS TO WALL STREET Liberty Plaza (assembly by organizational allies) On the first anniversary of our movement, we ask you to join us at 6pm on September 17th at Liberty Square to show the 99% stands united against this corrupt system. Union workers, union leadership, economics experts and occupiers will come together and let our voices be heard once more. 6PM – 8PM THE POPULAR ASSEMBLY Foley Square The intention of this assembly is to provide the People with a nonoppressive, non-hierarchical and non-confrontational space to discuss issues and projects relevant to envisioning a better world. This Popular Assembly is not a call to re-occupy. This will be a safe space to practice public dissent, and will not be a confrontation with the state. This is will be the first in a series of weekly Popular Assemblies. 8PM MARCH TO LIBERTY SQUARE
1. Fidelity Investments 61 Broadway (D2) 2. Chase Branch 80 Broadway (D2) 3. Bank of New York Mellon 1 Wall Street (D2) 4. TD Ameritrade Branch 100 Broadway (D2) 5. Citibank Branch 120 Broadway (D2) 6. HSBC Branch 120 Broadway (C2) 7. Wells Fargo Advisors 1 Liberty Plaza (C2) 8 .Bank of America Branch 150 Broadway (C2) 9. Capital One Bank Branch 174 Broadway (C2) 10. Chase Branch 222 Broadway (B2) 11. Brown Brothers Harriman 140 Broadway (C2) 12. Chase Manhattan Plaza (C3)
13. Federal Reserve Bank 33 Liberty St (C3) 14. Citibank Branch 100 William St. (C3) 15. HSBC Branch 110 William St. (C3) 16. Chartis Insurance 175 Wall St. (C4) 17. Chase Branch 155 Water St. (C4) 18. AIG (offices) 180 Maiden Lane (D4) 19. Wall Street Plaza (QBE Insurance) 88 Pine St. (D4) 20. AIG (HQ) 70 Pine St. (D3) 21. Chase Branch 45 Wall St. (D3) 22. Deutsche Bank (US HQ) 60 Wall St. (D3) 23. TD Ameritrade Branch 99 Wall St. (D4) 24. Citibank Offices & Branch 111 Wall St. (D4) 25. Emblem Health 77 Water St. (D4)
26. Chase Branch 55 Water St. (E4) 27. Standard & Poors 55 Water St. (E4) 28. JPMorgan Chase 1 New York Plaza (E3) 29. Jane Street Capital 1 New York Plaza (F3) 30. Fitch Ratings 1 State St. (F3) 31. Partnership for New York City 1 Battery Place (F3) 32. US Bankrupcy Court 1 Bowling Green (E2) 33. Metropolitan Transportation Agency 2 Broadway (E2) 34. Bank of America Branch 29 Broadway (E2) 35. NYC Corrections Department 17 Battery Pl. (E2) 36. Ritz-Carlton Hotel 2 West St. (F1)
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Weekend Trainings & Action Spokescouncils
10:30AM-1PM S17 Action Prep Washington Sq Park 10:30AM-1PM Legal Training Washington Sq Park 4–7PM S17 Mass Action Training Washington Square Park 8–10PM S17 Action Spokes Council Washington Square Park
10:30AM-1PM S17 Action Prep Foley Square 10:30AM-1PM Legal Training Foley Square 10:00AM-1PM Legal Training Washington Sq Park 6-7PM S17 Action Orientation and Prep 8-10PM S17 Action Spokes Council TBD
We’re pretty psyched about our birthday, but are also really excited about all the other upcoming anniversaries! For a comprehensive look at Occupations and their anniversary dates, visit directory.occupy.net. Let us know what you’re doing for your one-year anniversary and what kind of solidarity actions you’d like to see happening in recognition of it!
The Free University Sept. 18-23
The Free University of New York City is an experiment in radical education and an attempt to create education as it ought to be. First conceived as a form of educational strike in the run up to May Day, 2012, the Free University has subsequently organized numerous days of free and open education in parks and public spaces in New York City. Our project is born out of a recognition that the current system of higher education is as unequal as it is unsustainable. With increasing tuition at public and private institutions, the increasing use of precarious adjunct labor, and the larger and larger amounts of debt that students are expected to take on, a university education is systematically becoming a rarefied commodity only available to the few. It is in this context that the Free University operates as a radical and critical pedagogical space. During the week, September 18-21, Free University events will be held in Madison Square Park from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, and the schedule on Saturday, September 22, will run from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. For more information visit www.freeuniversitynyc.org
Projects & Campaigns
Looking to plug in with OWS after #S17? Here is just a small sample of some cool projects people in the movement are working on. For a more comprehensive view of what we’re up to, check out nycga.net, interoccupy.net, or occupywallst.org/infotent!
The OWS Cooperatives Working Group
occupy.coop | glocal.org | occucopy.org
The OWS Cooperatives Working Group is a network of people who met at Occupy Wall Street with a vision of creating horizontal workplaces, alternative infrastructure, and a bottom-up creation of jobs with dignity. They have formed at least four workers cooperatives since the 2011 uprising began, including OccuCopy, a brooklyn printshop that became a major production outlet for the New York wing of OWS; the OWS Screenprinters Coop, a major source of fundraising and art; Gloca, a software and digital cooperative out of Tech Ops; and the Occupied Kitchen, a catering coop created out of the kitchen working group that fed tens of thousands of people in Liberty Plaza and beyond.
All in the Red
OWS Immigrant Worker Justice
OWS IWJhas been a the forefront of building OWS NYC's momentum among longtime organizers fighting mass deportations and racist immigration policies, and build bridges between Occupy Wall Street and an national immigrant community that conducted the century's first successful general strike in 2006. The group has supported local groups in victories in the Occupy Hot & Crusty labor struggle, taken marches of immigrants, those independently active in OWS and those who have not, to Liberty Plaza, and helped remind a movement that national boundaries and citizenship can't be allowed to define our sense of community and struggle.
www.allinthered.org | email@example.com
All in the Red emerged as a series of marches expressing our solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of students striking in Quebec against tuition hikes. Lack of affordable education and suffocating debt are even more glaring in the United States, and similar displays of protest and outrage are becoming increasingly common. All in the Red calls for a nationwide network to spread awareness and organize around the issue of student debt through direct action, political theatre, and spreading the visual imagery of the red square, which has come to symbolize this struggle worldwide.
F the Banks
fthebanks.org | firstname.lastname@example.org
We recognize that terrible policies are not just the result of shady politicians; they are bought and paid for by the Big Banks and other “too big to fail” corporations. The same ones we bailed out in 2008. The same ones who are throwing Americans out of their homes, auctioning off our climate and not paying their taxes while giving their CEO’s multi million dollar bonuses. We’re done watching them buy up Democrats and Republicans alike and we are fighting back.
Occupy the Hood
Occupy the Hood is an autonomous national grassroots movement comprised of activists, organizers and community members that has been at the forefront of making the spirit of OWS relevant to people's daily lives. OTH held a national conference in Atlanta, with organizers from across the country, from Dallas to Detroit, Saint Louis to Los Angeles. Coming back to its roots the last week of October, Hood Week will represent in four of New York's boros.
Occupy our Homes
In 2008, we discovered bankers and speculators had been gambling with our most valuable asset, our homes--betting against us and destroying trillions of dollars of our wealth. Now, because of the foreclosure crisis Wall Street banks created with their lies and greed, millions of Americans have lost their homes, and one in four homeowners are currently underwater on their mortgage. The Occupy Wall Street movement and brave homeowners around the country are coming together to say, “Enough is enough.” We, the 99%, are standing up to Wall Street banks and demanding they negotiate with homeowners instead of foreclosing on them. Occupy Our Homes is a movement that supports Americans who stand up to their banks and fight for their homes. We believe everyone has a right to decent, affordable housing. We stand in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement and with community organizations who help the 99% fight for a place to call home.
Occupy the Pipeline
occupythepipeline.blogspot.com | @occupy_pipeline
‘’Occupy the Pipeline’’’ is a growing coalition of activists, grass roots organizations and local residents who have banded together to launch a multi-tiered campaign to stop the construction of Spectra Energy Corp’s Fracked Gas Pipeline being built in NYC’s West Village. This pipeline, being constructed now, will carry gas from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, through New Jersey and straight into the heart of NYC’s West Village. Our aim is to continue to wage our non-violent direct action campaign against the construction of this pipeline, raise awareness about the dangers it poses by using public spectacle, street theater, civil disobedience and community outreach. Our Aim is to halt construction on this pipeline. After that, we aim to help fight for a BAN of Fracking in New York State.
We all have debt. Student debt, mortgage debt, health care debt, credit-card debt, and more: debt is the tie that binds the 99%, and it is a primary engine of Wall Street profits. Are the promises we believed in order to take this debt -- of prosperity, of stability, of enfranchisement -- even worth the paper our statements are printed on? Debt is ruining the lives of individuals, families, and communities while banks gets bailed out. We say enough! Join us as we begin to build a people's movement to strike debt, break the chains of debt, and to create new bonds of solidarity.
Occupy Media Projects
Occupy Wall Street has led to the proliferation of citizen journalism and independent publishing projects--stories of the movement, for the movement, and by the movement. Occupied Wall Street Journal www.occupiedmedia.us MetroOccupied www.facebook.com/Metroccupied Tidal www.occupytheory.org Occupy! (N+1) www.nplusonemag.com/occupy Occupied Chicago Tribune www.occupiedchicagotribune.org Indignación www.indig-nacion.org Occupied London Times www.theoccupiedtimes.co.uk Occupy Wall Street Radio Monday-Friday 6:30-7pm, WBAI 99.5FM Occupy Public Access TV www.occupypublicaccesstv.com DC Mic Check www.dcmiccheck.org Portland Occupier www.portlandoccupier.org Occupy Oakland Media www.hellaoccupyoakland.org Occupied Stories www.occupiedstories.com Occupy Philly Media www.occupyphillymedia.org
The most important thing in any protest situation is to be in true solidarity with one another (with our friends and with our fellow protesters regardless of tactics) and to help protect one another from police repression. This is far from a comprehensive guide of legal information activists should know. This is hella basic. You should seek out a Know Your Rights training. Contact email@example.com if you’d like to find out more about trainings. Online resources you also may enjoy: www.disarmy.org www.legalobserverapp.com www.nyclu.org www.nlg.org
Interacting with the Police
• If a police officer stops you ask “Am I free to go?” If they say no, ask “Am I being detained?” If the cop says no, then walk away. Use your best judgment and stay calm. If you run, the cop may have “reasonable suspicion” to stop you. • If a police officer tries to search you, say out loud so many can hear, “I do not consent to this search.” • If you are being questioned by police, don’t talk to them. Cops can If you are detained, say “I am going to remain silent. I want to see my lawyer.” Then you must actually remain silent. If you subsequently speak, you must re-invoke your right to remain silent. You are never required to speak to any law enforcement agents beyond name and address. • Practice good security culture. Never talk about any legally questionable things you have done or plan on doing.
If You Get Arrested
• Make sure you and your friends have one another’s information in case of arrest. You should have their first and last names, date of birth, and any other relevant information. In the event that your friend gets arrested, call their name into the NLG, along with the exact location of the arrest. • You are required to give police basic indentification (name and address), if you are arrested. You are not required to give an iris (eyeball) scan, and may refuse, both when you enter central booking, and in the courtroom during your arraignment. • If you are released from a precinct do not sign anything except for your desk appearance ticket or your inventory slip. Your inventory slip is how you will get your stuff back. Precincts are open 24 hours. • If you are an immigrant and you are handed over to ICE you will be assigned an immigration ID number. Memorize it. When you are given a chance to make a phone call to a lawyer or family member, give them this number. This is how your comrades can keep track of you in the system.
Things to Know About the Arrestability of Actions
• You have the right to rally on a sidewalk and set up a picket line so long as you do not block building entrances or more than half the sidewalk. • You are supposed to have a permit to march in the street, rally in a park with 20+ people, have a procession with 50 or more bicycles, or use electronic sound amplification. • It is unlawful for more than two people to wear masks or bandanas, unless heading to a masquerade ball. • If you receive a phone call from the Intelligence Division of the Police Department asking for information about September 17, you are not required to answer them • The NYPD will take away any signs that use wooden sticks, metal, or PVC pipes, as well as any signs that are affixed to public property. • Hanging a banner from a bridge can lead to a charge of reckless endangerment.
It always bears repeating: beyond name & address, do not talk to the police. Do not. Talk to. The police.
The National Lawyer’s Guild Number is
Write it on your body with a Sharpie. No, really, do it.
The Arrest Process
If you are detained on the street, you may be released with a ticket for a violation or a misdemeanor. You should never sign anything without reading it first. In mass arrests, you may be released far from the site of the arrest, or taken to 1 Police Plaza (see the Jail Support section for more details), or to a warehouse for holding. In most arrests, however, you will be taken to a local police precinct. Many OWS-related arrests are taken to the 9th Precinct. There, police will attempt to question you, and you should not answer any questions beyond name, address, and birthdate. Small talk can get you into big trouble. You will be fingerprinted, photographed, and your possessions will be taken from you. State clearly that “I do not consent to this search” if they search your possessions. You will be asked to sign an inventory slip of possessions that will be held at that precinct. A friend may come to claim your inventory with your permission. The following details what an arrest looks like in Manhattan. If you are arrested in another borough (Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island), you will go through their system . You may be held from half an hour to over twenty-four hours. Men and women are generally separated. If you are held for a long time, ask for food, water, and any required medical attention. If you are injured, you will be taken to Bellevue Hospital, and later returned to the precinct. If they release you from the precinct, they will have you sign a desk appearance ticket promising to return for a courtdate. Make sure to read this DAT to make sure you are not accidentally signing a confession. If they do not plan to release you, you will be transported to central booking at 100 Centre St or 1 Police Plaza. At 100 Centre St, you will be led down long halls for a second processing, including a metal detector. They will take you into a dark room with a funny man and iris scan you. Because the iris scan is not a procedure that has been covered by courts, you may refuse it. Some people have been held longer, and others have actually been held more briefly for refusal.
You will be taken for a brief healthcare questioning. Along the hallway, police may lie (they are allowed to) and tell you to speak to them and that it can’t be used against them. Do not talk to the police beyond basic identification. You will probably be held in an overcrowded holding cell. In mens’ lock-up, the phones are free, but remember that they are not secure lines. Most of the people in your cell who are not OWS-related will be men or women of Latin American or African descent, arrested unlawfully or on ticketable offenses. Some might be very nice, and others might be very upset. Be respectful, have supportive, positive conversations, do not act self-righteous or differentiate yourself from others, and never talk about anything incriminating, or use your friends’ or groups’ names around strangers. Any information you say in the cell may be used against you, but it’s important to have a positive attitude, and be supportive of everyone else in your cell, while respecting their space. You will likely be fed crappy sandwiches, cereal and milk, and/ or fruit. Be creative with your cereal box- it can make a nice pillow or soccer ball. Before your arraignment, a corrections clerk will come and attempt to question you about more details of your life, including your school, job, and other information.
This may be used by the district attorney’s office or the judge to determine your eligibility for being released on your own recognizance (released without bail). It is your choice what you answer, but be very careful. Once your name is called for arraignment, you and other arrestees will be taken to an arraignment holding cell. A lawyer from the NLG or a public defender will have a moment to speak with you before court. You will then be taken into the courtroom. They will take you to a desk with a digital camera and try to take an iris scan for a second time. You are still allowed to refuse. Once you are called before the judge, you will hear your charges and be offered a chance to enter a plea. Most activists will opt to enter a not guilty plea, and you should not plea into any deal that you do not fully understand. They will either choose to release you on your own recognizance with another court date, or they will release you with your DAT/CD plea, or they will suggest bail. If the paperwork comes in too slow, you might be taken to Rikers Island until OWS can post your bail. There, you will be processed once again, and strip searched. Once you are released SAVE YOUR COURT SLIP and GO TO YOUR COURT DATE. If you have inventory still at the precinct, the precinct is open 24 hours, and you may return to pick it up.
in case you or your friends are arrested
WHAT JAIL SUPPORT IS Jail support is both tracking arrestees as they move through the arrest and arraignment process and providing comfort to arrestees when they are released. It is a way of showing solidarity with other people involved with Occupy Wall Street and a way of taking care of our friends and community. Through jail support, we show that we’re not going to let the legal system be used as a way to wear us down. WHAT JAIL SUPPORT IS NOT Jail support is not a chance to stick it to the man. This means that you should comply with reasonable requests from officers, such as moving slightly farther away from the precinct, and that you should not antagonize desk sergeants or court officers. When our fellow activists are in custody our behavior outside the precinct can effect how quickly they are released. The general policy of OWS jail support is that if you are arrested for doing something stupid while providing jail support, we won’t provide jail support for you. Jail support is not legal assistance or advice. We work closely with the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), but we aren’t lawyers and therefore can’t answer specific legal questions, though we happily share our knowledge of the legal system and arrest process. HOW OWS JAIL SUPPORT WORKS OWS Jail Support has a central coordination Google Voice number (774-2JS-4OWS, ows.js.voice@ gmail.com). Coordination monitors the account and response to text messages, voice mail, and calls. After finding out about arrests, coordination mass texts people who have volunteered to do jail support and lines up coverage. Coordination acts as a go-between and resource for the people on the ground and a resource for friends and family of arrestees. Groups planning actions should be prepared to do their own jail support. Establish point people who don’t plan on engaging in arrestable actions. That person should know your real name, contact information, and any other relevant information.
When arrestees are released, be friendly, but remember that not everyone wants to be hugged after an upsetting and possibly traumatic experience. They will probably be released without their coats, bags, phones, and possibly even wallets. If possible, offer them a phone to make a call. Have food, water, and cigarettes to offer them. Have a subway pass ready. Once they have had a moment to catch their breath, collect the following info for the NLG: (1) legal name, (2) charges, (3) court return date, and (4) contact info (either phone or email). The NLG has a form that you can use, but get this in case you don’t have forms with you. If they do not feel comfortable giving you that info, have them call the NLG and leave it on their voice mail. In terms of getting it to the NLG, you can call it in, email it, or drop off paper copies the next day. The NLG needs this information promptly. JAIL SUPPORT AT PRECINCTS When you get to the precinct, go in and ask if they are holding specific people. Some precincts will let you wait inside. Others will request not only that you wait outside, but that you wait about a block or just around the corner away. As long as the request is somewhat reasonable, please comply. If possible, check with the desk seargant to see if you can pick up your comrade’s inventory for them. Either the arrestees will be released from the precinct, or
they will be transferred to Central Booking (100 Centre Street). We try to have someone witness the transfer so that we know for certain that it happened and when. JAIL SUPPORT AT ONE POLICE PLAZA (1PP) The standard set up for 1PP is to have a single person close to the back doors and then a larger set up at Chatham Square. As far as we can tell, people are only taken to 1PP in cases of large mass arrests. There is no desk sargent, so you won’t be able to find out who is being held there. It is difficult but exceptionally important to catch people being released from here. Otherwise, we don’t know where they are and we won’t know when everyone is out and we can all go home and sleep. JAIL SUPPORT AT 100 CENTRE STREET (CENTRAL BOOKING) The first step at 100 Centre is to get the names of those arrested from coordination. With the list of names, you can go to the clerk and get their arrest numbers, and then later docket numbers. Arrest numbers are in the format “Mxxxxxxxx.” Docket numbers are in the format “#2012NYxxxx.” There is also a list in the hallway that contains all of that information, but it is only updated periodically. Docket numbers are generally available 2-4 hours before the person comes up for arraignment. Arraignment is when the arrestee goes in front of a judge, charges are read, and bail
is set (if applicable). If bail has been requested, it should be in the docket (paperwork the lawyer receives). Just because bail has been requested by the prosecution does not mean that the judge will set it. The high-definition iris photographs taken in the courtroom are in a legal gray area, and an arrestee can refuse. BAIL Bail is posted at 125 White Street. Contact coordination immediately if bail is needed or a lawyer tells you that it might be needed. Make sure that non-NLG lawyers know bail will be posted. Once the arraignment happens and bail is required, tell the court officers that you will be posting bail as soon as cash arrives, call or text jail support coordination, and go immediately to the bail office and start waiting for the form for posting bail. This can be a long process. The information that you need to start is: name, address, date of birth, charges, docket number, and bail amount. There are runners for the bail fund who will bring the money down to pay the bail, but you need to start putting the paperwork through immediately to stop the transfer of the arrestee to Rikers.
MORE INFORMATION National Lawyers Guild (NYC) #212-679-6018 firstname.lastname@example.org List of all NYPD Precincts www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/ home/precincts.shtml Webcrims iapps.courts.state.ny.us/ webcrim_attorney/jcaptcha
Rumor control is one of the most important aspects of dissent and security control. Don’t spread rumors you cannot verify. If you suspect a rumor is incorrect, track it back to the original source, and kill the rumor immediately. Only discuss information that you are sure if verified. False rumors are easy to spread, but sow distrust and confusion.
Don’t forget to drink water!
Whether you’re at a march, in jail, doing jail support, or just having downtime, stay hydrated. It’s really, really important and easily forgotten when you’re in the middle of an exciting action. (Another reason to hate Wall Street: they totally love fracking, which means they totally hate water.)
There is no way to “pack the jails” in New York City, a city with 240 arrests daily, 36,000 police officers, and warehouses to hold detainees. Jail Solidarity is when co-arrestees engage in non-compliance, usually to meet a direct need. For example, you and other arrestees might refuse to leave a cell or stop singing if police try to single an arrestee out, hurt someone, or refuse someone medical care or a phone call.
text @S17NYC to 23559 for important information leading up to #S17 and for day-of event details.
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