The National Occupation of Washington, DC Seeks to Lift Occupy to New Levels With Powerful Educational Programs

Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—March 26, 2012.  The National Occupation of Washington, DC which begins on March 30th and ends on April 30th will include protests, music and art but its anchor is education of the movement.

The major educational activities begin on April 2nd with the “Control the Corporation” conference at the Carnegie Institute of Washington.  The conference organized by the Center for the Study of Responsive Law was designed for the Occupy and will include how people can work toward controlling corporations impact on elections, slow privatization, create better paying jobs and mobilize for the future.  The full schedule is at http://nowdc.org/content/control-corporation.  Please register in advance at http://csrl.org to help planning for food and space.

Over two weeks the NOW DC Social Forum will hold more than 70 sessions where members of the Occupy and their allies will examine the first six months of the movement and discuss what worked, and what did not work.  Also discussed will be how labor and Occupy can work together more effectively, what strategy and tactics are most effective, how the Occupy can work with the media, as well as create its own media.  A range of economic issues including job creation, co-operatives, sustainable and local economies, health care, energy, biodiversity and food production will be examined as will issues of war and empire.  Goals, strategies and tactics of the Occupy will be examined in multiple sessions.  The full schedule can be seen at http://nowdc.org/content/social-forum-schedule.

“We want occupiers to share information, network and learn so they can bring new information and skills back to their Occupation.  This is an opportunity to lift the Occupy to a new level of strategy, activity and cohesion,” said Margaret Flowers, MD, one of the organizers of NOW DC and one of the original organizers of the Occupation at Freedom Plaza, www.OccupyWashingtonDC.org.  

“With twenty-six occupations voting solidarity with NOW DC and Occupiers from across the country organizing these events, this is a tremendous opportunity for all of us to learn from each other.  And, the DC community is rich with advocacy talent that can add to the already impressive skills in Occupy,” said Kevin Zeese, also an organizer of NOW DC and of Occupy Washington, DC.

For more information on the overall National Occupation see www.NOWDC.org. The calendar, which continues to grow, includes not only the educational activities but other actions, http://nowdc.org/calendar.  And, the OccuFest, a music and arts celebration of Occupy on April 14th and 15th, can be seen here: http://nowdc.org/content/occufest-information

Source: www.NOWDC.org