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THURSDAY: Occupy Wall Street to Hold 3 Day Strategy Forum on the ‘Commons’

WHAT: Making Worlds: An Occupy Wall Street Forum on ‘the Commons’
The Occupy Wall Street “Empowerment and Education Working Group” will be holding a forum to reflect on the direction and aims of the Occupy movement and to articulate strategies for the future.

WHEN: Thursday & Friday, Feb. 16 and Feb. 17 from 5 to 9 PM and all day, Saturday, Feb.18, 10 AM to 9 PM

WHERE: Church of the Ascension, 122 Java Street, Brooklyn.


BACKGROUND: Occupy Wall Street’s message has profoundly influenced the political conversation in the U.S. Many observers noted that President Obama actually “took a page” from OWS in his State of the Union address with his focus on economic inequality and fairness.

Many participants of Occupy Wall Street are working to further drive the national conversation, not just around the problems of economic inequality and fairness, but also around visions and solutions for how we can create a better future for the country.

An important part of a vision for a better world for many OWS supporters is the concept of “The Commons.” A “commons” is any widely available resource on which all life depends, such as air and water, as well as community-created resources like urban gardens and open source software, whose production should be or already is in the hands of its users. Wikipedia is one example a “commons,” one of many creator-run repositories of knowledge that we rely on in our daily lives.

Based on the belief that the market is transforming the world’s “commons” into profit centers, the ‘Making Worlds’ forum will bring together Occupy supporters and others from a wide range of organizations and community networks to share resources on how to build and sustain a more equitable world. The forum will practice a horizontal, discussion-based format. Participants include the feminist economist and activist Silvia Federici, George Caffentzis, James Quilligan and others.

Full Schedule and more information can be found at:

CONTACT: Occupy Wall Street Empowerment and Education Working Group:
Jeff Lawrence 949-275-5831
Follow hashtag #makingworlds on Twitter for updates

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