*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
December 8th, 2011
Josh Iddings – [Removed]
Jubin Rahatzad– [Removed]
Lamise Shawahin – [Removed]
Benjamin Gehlausen – [Removed]
Human Rights Day: Global Day of Action
West Lafayette, IN – A coalition of West Lafayette organizations and community members will hold a rally and march in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement and Human Rights Day on December 10th, 2011. The date corresponds with the Global Day of Action for Human Rights Day. The family-friendly rally will take place at 3:00pm in front of Lambert Stadium, followed by a march that will begin at 4:00pm. The march will be along Northwestern Avenue, turning right after MSEE and will conclude at the engineering fountain. Following the march, at 5:00pm there will be a general assembly (GA) meeting. Members of Occupy Purdue will explain the GA protocol and provide a few short speeches, then open forum where all present are welcome to speak
Global civil society is being threatened by a system based on ruthless exploitation and the violation of fundamental human values, a system which represses basic freedoms and consistently prioritizes the greed of the few over the needs of the many. The people at the helm of this system profit immensely from war, environmental disasters, and economic meltdowns, and they rely on brutal dictatorships worldwide to protect those profits Dr. Noam Chomsky, long time political activist and professor at MIT said, “The Occupy Movements are the first substantial popular response to a sustained assault on the general population that has been underway for 30 years.” Chomsky continued, “The movements have real promise for moving on to energize a major popular movement that will confront and reverse tendencies that are harming Americans badly today and are likely to do worse tomorrow. The Purdue initiatives are very welcome steps forward on this desperately needed path.”
April Burke, a member of the occupy movement described what attracted her to the movement, “I am a member of Occupy Purdue and the global occupy movement because I am dedicated to fostering social and economic justice for all persons. I see this as an opportunity for people to come together to discuss and change the failures of our current economic, political, and social systems.” Burke continued, “these systems prevent us from living together in peace and reaching our fullest potentials.”
For more information on the Occupy Movement, we encourage you to attend the general assembly meeting or visit http://occupywallst.org/ and http://occupytogether.org/.
The Global Day of Action rally and march will take place on Saturday December 10th at 3:00pm in front of Lambert Stadium. Lambert Stadium is located on the corner of Northwestern Avenue and Mackey Arena. The rally and march will be entirely family-friendly and inclusive.
Occupy Purdue is a group of community members and organizations responding to the ongoing financial, social, and environmental struggles in the United States through peaceful demonstration and community education.
08 December 2011
For those interested I just received this in my email (note I have removed the phone numbers). I have only attended one General Assembly for Occupy Purdue, but I know that it has been working on some pretty awesome stuff: