2NITE: Arts Cluster 5 – Keep it ALIVE!!!

Occupy Wall Street; Arts Cluster 5 -7pm Oct 7, 2012

Dear OWS Arts Groups and people!
The next meeting of the Arts Cluster IS happening this coming Sunday, October 7 at 7 PM at the Commons  388 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.

For those new to this list, this is the initiative to bring together the creative community of OWS..an opportunity to share information, resources, grievances and sympathies that can strengthen all of our participation in the huge work at hand.

Some of the topics discussed at past meetings included plans for the GuitarmyA Big ProjectOccupy the Empty Space’s upcoming 10 minute play festival (which was fab!)  , various puppet projects, core issues of artist entitlement, diversity and other arts actions and at the last meeting we spent time talking about events for N17 (including learning the police code of honor that Brook had gloriously set to music – which came in handy for me a couple times!), talked about a solo piece from Occupy Boston which is actually now happening in NY on Oct 22)  and also started a conversation about possible actions around Occupying the Election.

What we have on the table so far for this meeting (as well as other topics which you bring!) are follow ups on some of the above and continuing discussions about subway performances, Occupy Halloween plans and Occupy the Election. Let me know if there is anything which really needs to be added to the agenda followup before we go to new topics in Open Space.
Again – here are four easy requests:

1) It will be a potluck, so please bring some food or liquids to share if you can!

2) Please bring ideas about what to discuss in Open Space! After we do followups, the rest of the meeting, we will use the Open Space model, so that everyone hopefully has has the opportunity to bring their priorities to the group.

3)Please let us know you’re coming, and if we confirm then please also feel free to invite your friends!   If we agree to go ahead – I will also set up a Facebook page that can be used.

4)If there is something that needs to be on the followup list (anything I’ve left out) or anything that needs to urgently be on the agenda before we go to Open Space, please contact me beforehand and let me know.


Again that’s Sunday October 7 at 7 PM (will end at 10pm) at The Commons  388 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.

Hope to see you there!
Morgan and the Arts Cluster team

Occupy Musicians to Jay-Z, “Which Side Are You On?”

Occupy Guitarmy May Day 2012 -Youtube Video

The Occupy Guitarmy, a subset of the OWS Music Working group, offers a response to Jay-Z, who today said in the Daily News that OWS’s actions are “un-American.”

“I think all those things need to really declare themselves a bit more clearly because when you just say that ‘the 1 percent is that,’ that’s not true,” he said.

“Yeah, the 1 percent that’s robbing people, and deceiving people, these fixed mortgages and all these things, and then taking their home away from them, that’s criminal, that’s bad.

“Not being an entrepreneur. This is free enterprise. This is what America is built on.”

Jay-Z “supported” Occupy earlier in its first, highly media-friendly moments through his entrepreneurial selling of “Occupy All Streets” t-shirts, although he refused to donate any of the profits of his sales to support the activists and received wide-spread negative publicity for his crass appropriation of the movement’s language.

Now Jay is rolling with even more powerful and popular friends, namely the LIBOR-scandal leading bankers at Barclays, who put their name on the controversial Brooklyn arena where Jay’s basketball team will play and where he will play eight nights to inaugurate the venue.

Jay asked in the article: ““I don’t know what the fight is about. What do we want? Do you know?”

We have spent one year on the streets organizing for exactly the things Jay rapped about in his early days, ending urban poverty, ending Stop & Frisk and police use of lethal force, of returning dignity and hope to the everyday people of New York City. These are simple civil rights issues we know Jay-Z must support, and we would love to help open his heart and mind to the work Occupy has helped do in his own former communities.

On SEPTEMBER 28th we will arrive at his sold-out Barclays concert to lovingly show Jay-Z what we want and how he can help: by encouraging his fans to take action for social justice in their communities, schools, workplaces, and homes.

Join us September 28 at Barclays at 6pm for an Occupy Wall Street teach-in and musical performance. Let’s be a sincere answer to Jay’s question. In turn we will ask on of him, one Florence Reece wrote in the 1930s and still matters now, “Which Side Are You On?”

If your community organization / musical group / education group would like to join us, please email music at nycga dot net.

UPDATE: Here’s a tweet response from OWS supporter Russell Simmons

Russell SimmonsVerified ‏@UncleRUSH:

J. @occupywallstreet is not a blanket indictment of the rich its an indictment of a system that let’s the rich bribe R government, luv u


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