The Occupy Albany (New York) demonstration is a part of the Occupy Movement which began on Sept. 17, 2011 with the original Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York City. The demonstration is based across the street from the State Capitol building.
- John Jaye, spokesperson
- Leah Penniman, facilitated "skills training" for OA
- Matt Rogers, Clean Air Yurts in New Paltz, NY - raised money to buy OA a yurt from his own company. Matt offered to assemble it on-site for OA.
- Bradley Russell, 39 - arrested
- Andrew Kenefick, 26,was cited for disorderly conduct
- attorney Robert Magee, member of Occupy Albany's legal working group
- Kristoph DiMaria
- Elena Cruzallen
The following have spoken at Occupy Albany events:
- Ira McKinley, Grand St Community Arts
- Shelly Nortz, Coalition for the Homeless
- Roger Markovics, United Tenants of Albany & Community Land Trust
- Tom Burke, Committee to Stop FBI Repression
- Colin Donnaruma and Nick Partyka, doctoral students in poltical economics at UAlbany, facilitated a teach-in on participatory economics and non-hierarchical alternatives to market-based capitalism.
- David Soares, local district attorney - met with the demonstrators - and has said publicly that there's no reason whatsoever to hassle them. The Capital District CLU was reportedly ecstatic at his comments.
- "I was at the Occupy Albany gathering tonight, where about 150–200 people were doing their stuff in a local park—right across the street from the state capitol and city hall. I was quickly tapped for future teach-ins.
- Yes, the police reportedly resisted pressure from the mayor and the governor (Andrew Cuomo –a real corporate prick) to clear the park and make arrests. Part of the reason is that the local district attorney (David Soares) is quite liberal, and, assailing the draconic Rockefeller drug laws, he rallied local lefties in 2004 to win an upset victory over the establishment mayor's hand-picked candidate. Soares has met with the demonstrators and has publicly said there's no reason whatsoever to hassle them. The Capital District CLU is ecstatic."
- I'm a paralegal in Albany, NY, and have signed up on the Legal Team for the local camp. Not much is happening yet in that regard, mainly because the AG here is declining to prosecute any OWS arrestees. Other than that, I've been dropping in on the park and contributing what I can.
Nov. 2 Muslim Teach-In
On Nov. 6, 2011, the Muslim Solidarity Committee of OA organized a Teach-In entitled "First They came for the Muslims: What you Need to Know about the FBI Attacks on Muslims" Speaking at the event were:
- Shamshad Ahmad, President of Albany’s Masjid-As-Salam (mosque) will speak about the case of Imam Yassin Aref and businessman Mohammed Hossain, who were unfairly entrapped in an FBI sting operation in 2004 and who are serving 15 year sentences
- Lynne Jackson will speak about the horrendous prison conditions faced by many of the prisoners in these cases
- Kathy Manley will speak about how the FBI and DOJ are engaging in a policy of “preemptive prosecution” and using provocateurs, guilt by association, overbroad material support laws and secret evidence to target hundreds of innocent Muslims (and some non-Muslims) who often end up with long prison sentences
- Dominick Calsolaro will speak about the 2010 Resolution passed 10-0 by the Albany Common Council which asks the federal government to do an independent review of these cases
Interfaith Prayer Vigil for a Fair Economy
On Nov. 4, 2011, OA hosted an "Interfaith Prayer Vigil for a Fair Economy." The advert stated, "People of multiple faith backgrounds are coming together to demonstrate solidarity with the Occupy movement. Together, we will affirm core religious values of compassion and justice in a time of crippling income inequality." Speaking at the vigil were:
- Cass Shaw, General Presbyter, Presbyterian Church USA (to be confirmed)
- Fr. Richard Vosko, St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church
- Barbara DiTommaso, Director, Commission on Peace and Justice, Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
- Abraham Hmiel, Occupy Albany
Dec. 1 Doorknocking
On Dec. 1, 2011, Occupy Albany protestors participated in a door-knocking campaign, "going door to door in communities across New York to tell your neighbors – fellow members of the 99% – why a tax break for the 1% is a bad plan for the rest of us." Mark Emanatian, New Jersey Citizen Action and Jessie Lapolla, Alliance for Quality Education were listed as contactpersons for the event.
OA Support for DA David Soares
An article on the Occupy Albany website reported,
- "The office of Albany District Attorney, David Soares, has been receiving a lot of negative calls about his decision to decline prosecuting peaceful protests associated with Occupy Albany (possibly organized by groups opposed to the Occupation). Don’t let the pressure on the District Attorney be one-sided. Please call the DA’s office and say that you support his decision to protect first amendment rights and decline prosecutions..."
- "The Working Families Party of New York circulated a petition this week proclaiming "Albany is not Oakland" and thanking Mr. Soares for standing up for the constitutional rights of public assembly and peaceful protest. To be sure, the official statements from state and Albany city police do not voice explicit support for the goals of the Occupy movement, though it was rumored that last Friday night protestors chanted to police "we are fighting for your pensions" in the hours before the curfew was to be imposed. Occupy Albany has attracted national attention and was featured on Democracy now! for the strikingly tolerant approach of law enforcement compared to the violent reactions of officials in other cities across the nation, most notoriously Oakland."
- DSA: DSA Members Participate in Occupy Wall Street (accessed on Nov. 2, 2011)
- YouTube: Press Conference:Occupy Albany 12-20-2011 (accessed on Dec. 21, 2011)
- Occupy Albany: Upcoming Events for Occupy Albany Nov 29-Dec 7th, Nov. 29, 2011 (accessed on Dec. 21, 2011)
- OA: Clean Air Yurts Donation Page, Nov. 28, 2011 (accessed on Dec. 21, 2011)
- Times Union: DA: Protesters won't face charges, Nov. 14, 2011 (accessed on Dec. 21, 2011)
- WSJ: 24 Occupy protesters arrested in Albany park, Nov. 13, 2011 (accessed on Dec. 21, 2011)
- OA: Upcoming Events for Occupy Albany, Nov. 2, 2011 (accessed on Dec. 21, 2011)
- OA: Scheduled Events for Occupy Your State Capital, Oct. 28, 2011 (accessed on Dec. 21, 2011)
- Occupy Albany: Millionaire’s Tax, Dec. 1, 2011 (accessed on Dec. 21, 2011)
- OA: Upcoming Events for Occupy Albany Nov 23-29th, Nov. 22, 2011 (accessed on Dec. 12, 2011)
- Occupy Albany: Albany Common Council presents Resolution to Occupy Albany, Dec. 19, 2011 (accessed on Dec. 21, 2011)
- OA: Interfaith Prayer Vigil for a Fair Economy, Nov. 3, 2011 (accessed on Dec. 21, 2011)
- OA: Call the DA’s Office and Support His Actions (And OA), Nov. 22, 2011 (accessed on Dec. 21, 2011)
- People's World: Occupy Albany avoids police eviction, Oct. 31, 2011 (accessed on Dec. 21, 2011)