The second annual Occupy National Gathering (NatGat 2) will be held in Kalamazoo, Michigan, August 21-25th. Here are a few FAQs about this upcoming event.
What is the actual name of this event?
The Occupy Wall Street (Inter) National Gathering: Decolonize the 99%
It is recognized that even the name “Occupy” is controversial. The planning group chose the name for this gathering, after much discussion, and gives this explanation: “we recognize that America was occupied by colonizers and the struggle for liberation from colonization continues. We believe that it is time to figure out how to work together against “the 1%”—those unreconstructed corporatists who refuse to acknowledge the harm that has been done to the Earth and her residents, and that is ongoing. To that end, we came to consensus on a new name for our event: the Occupy Wall Street (Inter) National Gathering: Decolonize the 99%. This name recognizes our roots with Occupy Wall Street as well as acknowledges the injustice the United States’ forbears brought to this continent and our solidarity with decolonization.”
Why Kalamazoo, Michigan?
Occupy Kalamazoo is hosting this gathering. Kalamazoo has become more well known since the Tar Sands spill of 2010. This environmental tragedy is still not remediated. Michigan too is struggling with many issues that impact the 99% from union busting/right to work laws, emergency managers, and most recently Detroit’s bankruptcy.
What are the themes/focus of this gathering?
Promising 5 days of Peace, Love and Democracy, the focus of the Occupy National Gathering will be “leadership building and people-powered training, education, and actions, to empower people with trainings to take back to their community and spread positive and effective change in their communities. There is emphasis on Local struggle and how all our struggles connect on a global level.”
Daily themes include: August 21-Local, August 22-Global Meeting and Media, August 23-Clean Earth, August 24-Class, Equality, Economy and August 25-Peace!
Hope to see you there!