Dec 10: TIE-DYE MARCH
On Human Rights Day (December 10, 2011), Occupy Phoenix will join millions of people around the world who have taken to the streets to demand change and reclaim their rights in 2011. The international holiday celebrates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations in 1948.
Occupy Phoenix is empahsizing the declaration’s call for “protection” as they protest violence used against protesters by those in power, both financial institutions and various institutions of law enforcement.
We will start our events a day early, on Friday December 9th, with a Vigil for the Voiceless. This vigil is at 5:00 pm at Cesar Chavez plaza and is in solidarity with all those silenced by police and state violence. There will be art and music throughout the day as well. Bring a t-shirt (or other fabric) to tie-dye anytime on Friday afternoon and evening for Saturday’s direct action.
The main event, of course, is the December 10th “INTERNATIONA HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: TIE-DYE MARCH,” leaving from Cesar Chavez Plaza at 10:00 am. The march is to protest the violent attacks against protestors exercising First Amendment rights internationally. Occupy Phoenix is no stranger to such actions– many protesters are especially protesting local violent attacks and harassment by police toward members of Occupy Phoenix, AZResistsALEC and indigenous activists, including the use of pepper spray at last week’s First Friday Art Walk.
Plus, JUST THIS MORNING (December 9th) Police raided the Occupy Phoenix camp and confiscated canopies, food, media and technology supplies. At least six protesters were arrested under the “urban camping” law. Though no protesters were asleep, Sgt. R. Fricke stated to the Downtown Devil paper that even “sitting under canopies” in the midnight cold broke the ordinance.
Below are just some examples of brave occupiers giving voice and face to police aggression. Stand Up. Stand with Us. March.