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On Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at St. Philip’s Church, 204 West 134th Street (off Adam Clayton Powell Blvd) from 6 PM to 9 PM Occupy Harlem General Assembly (OHGA) features keynote speakers, Ramsey Clark, former US Attorney General, Glen Ford, Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report and Carl Dix of Stop “Stop-and-Frisk” Civil Disobedience campaign. In addition, student representatives from Columbia University and Stop Tuition Hikes at CUNY will address the OHGA.
Ramsey Clark will deliver a global analysis on U.S. wars and occupations today. Clark, founder of the International Action Center, a major anti-war organization, received the United Nations’ Human Rights award in 2008.Recognized by the progressive left as the leading Black intellectual voice in the US, Glen Ford said, “Occupy can only fulfill its promise to build on the contributions of previous movements if it decisively confronts the overarching issue of race, the Great Contradiction at the heart of American life and history that has always thwarted the development of an enduring Left movement”.
Carl Dix, who along with Cornel West initiated Stop “Stop-and-Frisk” Civil Disobedience actions cited more than 700,000 Stop & Frisk by the New York City Police Department in 2011. The overwhelming numbers were Black and Latino men who also constitute nearly two thirds of the 2.3 million people languishing in the profitable US Jim Crow prison industrial complex.
Nellie Hester Bailey and Sandra Rivers, co-conveners of Occupy Harlem and facilitators of the Dec. 21st meeting announced the overall theme of its fourth and last general assembly for 2011: Permanency and Relevancy of Occupy Movements in Black, Latino & Immigrant Communities. Bailey said, “2012, the presidential election year, becomes pivotal for the occupy movement. Will it collapse into yet another extension of the Democratic Party or emerge truly independent, casting off the yoke of endless betrayals from a supine party that never cease to serve the 1% Wall Street Plutocracy?”
Rivers added, “OHGA will map out a strategic independent grassroots movement building plan for 2012 with occupy targets, conferences and principle collaboration with key partners including Occupy Wall Street.”