***KIDS DAY AT BLOOMBERGVILLE*** – JUNE 25, 2011

As Bloombergville gears up for the large rally and demonstration against the budget cuts on June 28th, we decided to kick back on a Saturday afternoon and have a Kids Day Party across the street from Bloombergville in City Hall park.  There was food, face-painting, and drumming.  Parents brought their children and it was a lot of fun for everyone.

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But this is no fun: $50 million dollar in cuts are currently proposed for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Don’t let Bloomberg cut down the imagination of our kids.  Show your support, come to Bloombergville — stay for an hour or bring a sleeping bag and stay for the night — and join the fight against these cuts!

Photos Courtesy of Erin Markman and Yoni Golijov.

 


Barbara Bowen Speaks at Bloombergville Tonight at 6PM (JUNE 26)

Barbara Bowen, President of PSC-CUNY, the union of faculty and staff of City University of New York, will be returning to Bloombergville tonight this time to speak at our sidewalk university. Professor of English at Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center, Dr. Bowen is a scholar of 17th Century English Literature and African American studies and also has a long career of progressive activism and labor organizing.  She will be talking about the effects of the budget cuts on education.

Barbara Bowen expressing PSC-CUNY's support for Bloombergville at the General Assembly on Day 4

Barbara Bowen expressing PSC-CUNY’s support for Bloombergville at the General Assembly on Day 4

We hope everyone comes out to give her a warm Bloombergville welcome.

6:00PM Speaker at Bloombergville: Barbara Bowen

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MAJOR CITY COUNCIL RALLY — NEW DATE — NOW JUNE 28

New Date… New Date… New Date… New Date

We found out last night that City Council will now be voting on the budget on Tuesday June 28.  Meet at Bloombergville and go together to 49-51 Chambers Street to protest.

DEMONSTRATE AGAINST THE BUDGET CUTS

June 28, 12:00PM

Bring the message directly to City Council

Join us at 12pm on Tuesday at Bloombergville (Broadway and Park Place) then come with us to 49-51 Chambers Street (the Emigrant Bank Building) where City Council will be holding its vote.  We have to let them know New Yorkers reject this budget — and they should too!

With a $3 billion surplus and hundreds of millions in uncollected revenue, the city has more than enough money avoid all cuts.

Since June 14, a coalition of students, city workers, activists, and concerned citizens has operated Bloombergville, a protest encampment occupied 24 hours a day across from City Hall in Lower Manhattan.  Through leafletting, calls for protests, and creative street actions, the residents of Bloombergville and its supporters have worked to spread the word and rallied New Yorkers against the devastating impact of the proposed budget cuts.  It’s not too late to have our voices heard.


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COME TO BLOOMBERGVILLE ON TUESDAY  – THEN COME WITH US TO PROTEST CITY COUNCIL AND THE BUDGET VOTE


REMINDER — Mimi Abramovitz Talks at Bloombergville Today at 6PM

Activist and scholar Mimi Abramovitz will speak at our sidewalk university on Saturday at 6pm.

The Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor of Social Policy at Hunter College School of Social Work, Professor Abramovitz interests include low income women’s activism, the history of the US welfare state, and the impact of neoliberalism on women and communities of color.

She is the author of many books and articles about women, poverty and the welfare state, including Regulating the Lives of Women: Social Welfare Policy From Colonial Times to the Present, Taxes are a Women’s Issue: Reframing the Debate, and Under Attack, Fighting Back: Women and Welfare in the United States. She is currently writing a book: Gendered Obligations: The History of Activism Among Black and White Poor and Working Class Women in the US Since 1900.

Please come out and give her a warm Bloombergville welcome.

6:00PM Speaker at Bloombergville

Mimi Abramovitz: Gender and the Attack on Public Sector Program, Workers and Union Members


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Truth-out — New Yorkers Occupy Streets to Protest Budget Cuts

Elizabeth Whitman, Inter Press Service –

They have taken over a strip of the sidewalk at Park Place and Broadway, handing out flyers to passersby and taping posters to the ground and to the metal crossbars of the scaffolding that shelters them from the rain.

They sleep here too, on the sidewalk, and hold assembly meetings twice daily for people to raise concerns and plan events. Their bottom line: no budget cuts.

Calling their takeover and sleep-in Bloombergville - an allusion to the infamous shanty towns known as Hoovervilles that sprung up during the Great Depression – they are New Yorkers Against the Budget Cuts (NYABC), a coalition of different groups and individuals united by their opposition to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed budget for next year and their determination to press the City Council not to adopt it.

http://www.truth-out.org/new-yorkers-occupy-streets-protest-budget-cuts/1309015562


BLOOMBERGVILLE PROTESTS LATE NIGHT CITY COUNCIL DEAL JUNE 25 (PICS)

Last night at 9pm, Bloombergville learned City Council was meeting to make last moment deals on the budget at their offices at 250 Broadway, half a block from the encampment. Postponing the General Assembly, about 2 dozen members of Bloombergville gathered banners and posters and drums and set off immediately to protest.

Gathering posters

Gathering posters

Ready to go

Ready to go

Outside 250 Broadway, the chanting and picketing begins, as more Bloombergville participants and supporters arrive and join in.  Among the chants: “They say budget cuts.  We say: That’s Fucking Nuts!”  and  ”Come on, let’s face it — these budget cuts are racist!”

At 250 Broadway

At 250 Broadway

"These budget cuts are racist!"

“These budget cuts are racist!”

"That's Fucking Nuts!"

“That’s Fucking Nuts!”

Support comes from the streets, too.  ”Honk for the Workers” one sign says. Fire trucks, city buses and sanitation trucks honk their horns as they pass by.

Honk for Workers

Honk for Workers

As Council Members leave the meeting, Bloombergville follows them to 52 Chambers Street (the Tweed Courthouse behind City Hall) where the deal is finalized with the Administration and a press conference will be held.

By 10pm, about 50 protesters are gathered at the steps of the building.  To get upstairs, Council Members have to pass through the crowd.

At 52 Chambers Street

At 52 Chambers Street

Council Members pass through protesters to go upstairs

Council Members pass through protesters to go upstairs

A line of police officers keeps protesters off the stairs.  ”How come we’re down here — and they’re up there?” a Bloombergville organizer calls as he and a few others start up the stairs, chanting “This is what Democracy looks like!”  (See video here.)  More follow.  Soon police move back as all the protesters crowd the entrance.

Chanting “Let us in!” “Vote No!  Vote No!” “No Cuts!  No Layoffs!  No Compromise!” and “Your Job Next!” Bloombergville stays at the entrance for more than 30 minutes.

Let Us In!

Let Us In!

Vote No!

Vote No!

No Cuts! No Layoffs! No Compromise!

No Cuts! No Layoffs! No Compromise!

As City Council left the building — most taking a side entrance to avoid chants of “Shame! Shame! Shame!” — two Council Members met with protesters. “What you’re doing is making a difference,” said Jumaane D Williams, Council Member of Brooklyn’s District 45, “Your voice is being heard… But you have to keep fighting.”  They report that fire stations and senior centers will no longer be cut and “only” 2000 teachers will be eliminated through attrition.  Other cuts remain.

Council Members meeting with Bloombergville protesters at 52 Chambers Street

Council Members meeting with Bloombergville protesters at 52 Chambers Street

Jumaane Williams: "You have to keep fighting"

Jumaane Williams: “You have to keep fighting”

Afterwards, protesters returned to Bloombergville to assess the action and plan what’s next.  There will be cuts, Yotan Moram, one of Bloombergville’s organizers, said to the group, but they also had to acknowledge “what has been achieved is the result of a movement we started.”

Returning to Bloombergville

Returning to Bloombergville

Handing out water to returning protesters

Handing out water to returning protesters

Discussing the night's events

Discussing the night’s events

Photos by Harry Newman


PROTEST AT 52 CHAMBERS ST (VIDEO) — JUNE 25

“This is what Democracy looks like!” — First video of Last Night’s Protest. Bloombergville protesters following City Council Members up the stairs of 52 Chambers Street to the entrance of the building. Until that moment, police had kept the group on the sidewalk outside the building.

Video Courtesy of Cesar Arenas-Mena


HAVE YOU CALLED YOUR COUNCIL MEMBER??

Day 11 at Bloombergville.  We’re hearing from more people and getting more support.  As time passes, more people seem to agree:  No Cuts!  No Layoffs!  No Compromises!

The vote on the budget has been scheduled for Wednesday.  But negotiations are going on now and it could come sooner.

If the cuts are going to be stopped, it has to be now!  And we have to do it!!

Not everyone can camp out at Bloombergville.  Not everyone can come to a protest.  But everyone can call their council member.

Add your voice to ours.  CALL your council member now.  

Say you are against ALL the proposed budget cuts.  Say you want them to VOTE NO on the Bloomberg Budget.

To find out who your council member is click here:

http://tinyurl.com/nyccouncilmembers

DEMAND she or he issue a public statement they will VOTE NO for this Budget.  Tell them NO to closing schools, senior centers, fire stations.  NO to eliminating jobs, reducing services, and cutting youth employment opportunities.

New Yorkers need real leadership from the city council members and we need it NOW.  They need to show they represent the millions of working people of this city not just the few who are wealthy.

Add your voice to ours.  CALL your council member.

Do it today!

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Photo by Harry Newman


SIGNS OF BLOOMBERGVILLE 3

Everyday more signs appear:

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Bloombergville Welcomes Mimi Abramovitz 6PM Saturday

Activist and scholar Mimi Abramovitz will speak at our sidewalk university on Saturday at 6pm.

The Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor of Social Policy at Hunter College School of Social Work, Professor Abramovitz interests include low income women’s activism, the history of the US welfare state, and the impact of neoliberalism on women and communities of color.

She is the author of many books and articles about women, poverty and the welfare state, including Regulating the Lives of Women: Social Welfare Policy From Colonial Times to the Present, Taxes are a Women’s Issue: Reframing the Debate, and Under Attack, Fighting Back: Women and Welfare in the United States. She is currently writing a book: Gendered Obligations: The History of Activism Among Black and White Poor and Working Class Women in the US Since 1900.

Everyone is welcome.

6:00PM Speaker at Bloombergville

Mimi Abramovitz: Gender and the Attack on Public Sector Program, Workers and Union Members


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