Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wednesday, March 14
2PM * Kiener Plaza
Market and 7th St, St Louis, MO

Launching New Phase of Movement, Regional Occupations Gather in St. Louis to Occupy the Midwest

ST. LOUIS 2/13/12 – The Occupy the Midwest Regional Conference will take place March 15th-18th in St. Louis, MO. A press conference will be held on Wednesday, March 14th, at 2pm in Kiener Plaza. Speakers will discuss the purpose, logistics and activities of the gathering, what Midwest Occupations hope to gain from the convergence, and the future plans of the national Occupy movement.

“The Occupy the Midwest Regional Conference has been endorsed by 18 area Occupations. We are gathering to participate in actions, share skills and to launch a renewed conversation about the need for real change and an economy that works for the 99 percent," says Michelle Witthaus from Occupy St. Louis. “We are coming together to demonstrate our commitment to a sustained movement that will allow us to coordinate events and actions at the regional and national level, and to strengthen communication between Occupations.”

During the conference, Midwest Occupiers will stage non-violent direct actions to draw attention to corporate criminals in St. Louis and around the region whose policies and products harm the 99%, putting the future of our country at risk.

Workshops will include an info session from Occupy Our Food Supply on BigAg giant Cargill Inc., and a non-violence training from Starhawk, global justice activist and organizer, and author of twelve books, including The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups.

Friday’s Keynote speakers will be Percy Green, who has fought for over four decades for equality and Black inclusion in St. Louis, and Matt Gonzalez, a politician, lawyer, and activist prominent in San Francisco politics currently serving as Chief Attorney in the San Francisco Public Defender's office.

The Occupy the Midwest Regional Conference is endorsed by: Occupy Austin (TX), Occupy Cedar Valley (IA), Occupy Chicago, Occupy Columbia (MO), Occupy Des Moines, Occupy Detroit, Occupy Hartford (CT), Occupy Kansas City, Occupy Madison, Occupy Milwaukee, Occupy Minneapolis, Occupy Nashville, Occupy Oklahoma, Occupy Omaha, Occupy Riverwest (WI), Occupy St. Louis, Occupy South Bend (IN), Occupy Springfield (IL), and Occupy Springfield (MO)

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