Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Occupy El Paso to Address Grievances Specific to Southern Border Region

On November 11, Occupy El Paso will bring together occupiers and supporters suffering from unemployment, discrimination, homelessness, lack of access to basic needs, and systemic violence to share personal testimonies and issue an official statement of grievances and demands. The gathering will occur at 12PM at San Jacinto Plaza 111 E. Mills Avenue in downtown El Paso, Texas. This declaration is intended to address many of the issues of structural injustice on which the Occupy movement concerns itself. It demands an end to the corruption and economic inequality and at the root of our current social and political crisis. Community members will share their personal experiences of marginalization and suffering and call for justice at a noon press conference on Friday.

At Saturday the group urges all supporters to converge on the Plaza from noon onward, to join with the occupiers—to create a large community event, according to a Facebook announcement.

On Sunday, the occupiers call on supporters to join them as they move from San Jacinto Plaza to Cleveland Square, across from the Main Public Library.

Occupy El Paso is part of the larger Occupy Wall Street Movement, which began in reaction to vast injustice and inequality experienced by 99% of the population in the United States and continues to gain support throughout the world. Occupy El Paso is actively working to unite diverse voices from local communities, especially those who have been historically marginalized, to demand an end to economic injustice and inequality. The hope is that together, as the 99%, this movement can make lasting change by bringing a critical understanding of how the greed, corruption, and inequality inherent in our economic system threatens the lives of all peoples and the Earth.

Occupy El Paso shares Occupy Wall Street’s vision of a more just and equitable society and recognizes that many of the issues brought to light in this movement have existed disproportionately in communities of color and border communities since the formation of the United States. Because of its location and proximity to vast human rights abuses, El Paso has a unique opportunity to stand in solidarity with human rights activists and demand that human beings be given priority over profit.

1 comment:

fan of Gaia said...

It's time that the power to change things truly lies with the people. Committed people can change the direction of the ship of state.