Washington, April 3, 2012-The Occupy movement vowed for a renewal in the spring. Under the Occupy 2012 banner of the “American Spring,” the movement spearheaded the largest protest ever against the Environmental Protection Agency/EPA last Friday in Washington D.C.
Hundreds of demonstrators and two alpacas marched to the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters on Friday, the first day of a planned month long National Occupation of D.C. movement (dubbed NOWDC).
A multitude of speakers outside the EPA spoke for an hour on social causes ranging from District of Columbia statehood to justice for Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teenager shot dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer on Feb. 26.
A consistent thread throughout the assembly was the demand for EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to resign- The rally call was supported by charges that her agency did not treat employees properly or adequately protect the environment.
The OccupyEPA speakers and protestors also called for increased nuclear regulation; an end to the practices of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for oil and gas and manufacturing genetically modified organisms; and an end to housing regulations.
Scholar and Activist Noam Chomsky gives Occupy and OccupyEPA a vote of confidence- Calls the Occupy movement “Genuine”
Distinguished linguist, scholar, and activist Noam Chomsky, who has been in strong support of the Occupy movement, had this to say about OccupyEPA in a recorded video:
“It is a privilege to be able to endorse the launching of the 2012 U.S. occupation movement called the American Spring. As with the civil rights struggle, and other genuine popular movements, the American Spring provides all of us with an opportunity to become involved at the grassroots level and to challenge the right of the 1% to destroy the earth, foreclose on our homes, and undermine the well-being of the poor and oppressed today and future generations. They are counting on our silence and apathy. We should not grant them that lethal gift.
The Spring renewal of the Occupy Movement is being launched at the Environmental Protection Agency, which has a sordid history of discrimination and retaliation against whistleblowers, and policies that harm the poor and communities of color, a record that led Congress to pass the No FEAR Act. The events are extensively documented by Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, who spear-headed the struggle, in her book, No FEAR.
Over the past months, it has been impressive and heartening to see how people from all walks of life have joined the Occupy movement to engage in the struggle to free the country from corporate domination, government repression, and subordination to private power. We should not stand idly by in the face of this assault on basic values and rights, and the renewed Occupy Movement provides a framework to resist and overcome, working in our own communities and beyond.
We are the 99%.We have the chance to take our power back and to rescue the country, and the planet, from a grim fate.”
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Information for this story provided by the No Fear Coalition
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