All Aboard the Occupy Express!

In order to transport activists all along the West Coast to the first national gathering of the Occupy Movement, the first cluster of train seats have been purchased for the “Occupy Express”. Group Amtrak tickets have been purchased from Los Angeles to arrive in Olympia, WA for the Occupy Solidarity Social Forum, February 18-19, 2012.

Occupy Olympia and the Alliance for Global Justice (fiscal sponsor of a number of Occupies, including Wall Street and Washington, DC) are hosting this self-organized networking meeting for the Occupy Movement.

The “Occupy Express” will leave Los Angeles on February 16 and arrive in Olympia for on the evening of Feb. 17. It will depart Olympia on February 20 and arrive in Los Angeles on the 21st. The “Occupy Express” will be aboard Amtrak’s historic and scenic Coast Starlight route up the entire Pacific Coast. We will pick up Occupiers all along the route. In the spirit of Occupy, participants will be occupying even while traveling!

The self-organized, social forum-style gathering is open to all occupiers and allies. Occupy Olympia agreed by consensus at General Assembly to host a self-organized gathering of the Occupy Wall Street Movement to network, build unity, share tactics, workshop strategies, discuss diversity and discuss how to develop action plans. Occupiers from Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Oakland, Occupy Washington, DC, Occupy Tucson, and Occupy Terra Haute (IN) were among the first registrants for the event.

The networking meeting is being called in recognition that the movement will gain strength if we help open space for sharing, discussion and development. It is also agreed that the sooner we create that space the better for the movement and that a quick first effort will champion strong gains and garner authentic self organization. Together, Occupy Olympia and the Alliance for Global Justice will create the space for a wide diversity of occupy movement members to bring their knowledge and skills to the table to share in authentic ways with each other for the goal of growing the strength of the movement. Register for the social forum and propose workshops here.

For information about joining the Occupy Express send an email to Chuck@AFGJ.org.

We hope to see you aboard the Occupy Express!