YOU CAN CELEBRATE THE DREAM OR OCCUPY THE DREAM!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2012
TODAY CLERGY LEADERS, CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS, ENTERTAINERS AND YOUTH GROUPS MOBILIZE NATIONALLY AT FEDERAL RESERVE BANKS TO PROTEST ECONOMIC INEQUALITY AND ECONOMIC INJUSTICE
Washington, D.C. – This year marks the first time you can celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial or a few blocks away join the "Occupy the Dream" protest. Members of the African-American faith community have joined forces with Occupy Wall Street to launch a new campaign for economic justice inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Faithful to its philosophical origin, the "Occupy the Dream" coalition has called for a National Day of Action on Martin Luther King Day – Monday, January 16, 2012 – to focus attention on the gross injustice visited upon the 99% by the financial elite.
Today protest will target 13 Federal Reserve Banks in cities across the country. The demonstrations will be led by prominent members of the African American Clergy, Civil Rights Leaders, students and others concerned about income inequality and economic justice in America. Protest are planned simultaneously across the country and at 12:00pm EST the "Occupy The Dream" clergy will publicly demand and address Economic Inequality and Demand Economic Justice with a list of demands.
The Washington, DC protest will be held from 10:00am-1:00pm at the Federal Reserve Building, 20th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20551.
"Occupy the Dream is blessed to have some of the most gifted and talented clergy leaders in America to serve on the National Steering Committee. Our goal is secure economic equality and justice for all." – Dr. Benjamin Chavis and Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant
“One of the key areas of focus of Occupy the Dream is to support a constitutional amendment to keep money from controlling the political system in America, which leads to the problem of income inequality.” – Russell Simmons
“The evolution of Occupy the Dream is a reaffirmation of the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the National Action Network stands in full support of this call for economic justice for all”. –Reverend Al Sharpton
"I am pleased to join the ranks of clergy leaders to affirm the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for economic justice and equality. I will be at the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago on January 16, 2012 to Occupy the Dream."- Reverend Jesse Jackson
About Occupy the Dream
Occupy the Dream was born when members of the African-American faith community joined forces with Occupy Wall Street to launch a new campaign for economic justice inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Faithful to its philosophical origin, the “Occupy the Dream” coalition has called for a National Day of Action on Martin Luther King Day—Monday, January 16, 2012—when it will “Occupy the Federal Reserve” in multiple cities nationwide, focusing attention on the gross injustice visited upon the 99% by the financial elite. This will be the first of several actions by the OTD movement.
Occupy the Dream is led by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. and Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant of the Empowerment Temple Church. Chavis was the North Carolina state youth coordinator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference under Dr. King and has worked closely with hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons in recent years. Reverend Bryant is the pastor of Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, a growing church with a congregation of over 10,000.