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Funding for: Connecting the dots: Swedish Ship to Gaza & #GlobalrEvolution; throught MRG

April 19, 2012

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Name of Applying Group: Activist Legal Working Group
What type of group is it?: Working Group

What have your group or its members worked on in the past?: OWS Activist Legal Working Group (OWSALWG) We help to keep people out of jail, support those who do get arrested, and ensure that arrestees have the best legal support possible. We want to make sure that activists are the ones who decide and define what their legal case looks like–basing it in politics first–whenever desired. We collaborate with lawyers who are willing to respect the politics and autonomy of the activists. The National Lawyers Guild – NYC Chapter has been representing protestors arrested at OWS protests and providing legal observers and other legal support where needed (nlgnyc.org). OWSALWG holds and coordinates “know your rights” and solidarity trainings and we are organized into subgroups: • Jail Support • Anti-Repression Committee • Trainings • Activist-Lawyer Liaison We were arranging post eviction logistics with the city and sanitation department. Following the raid we vetted several lawyers to lead following lawsuits. We also explore surrounding issues with city codes, permits, sound & structure. For litigation cases we accomplished to have a Litigation Working Group & Mass Defense Committee We organize explore legal issues through National Lawyers Guild, Center for Constitutional Rights, New York Civil Liberties Union and others. ALWG passed statement of solidarity with OccupyAIPAC and send small delegation to Washington D.C. for several days.

Executive Summary (400 characters): I have the opportunity to go on the “Ship to Gaza”, which will sail from Scandinavia via the Atlantic and Mediterranean harbors to Gaza but also throughout the ports where the popular people’s uprisings and Occupies are taking place. The ports would include Dublin (#OccupyDameStreet), Lisbon (#acampadalisboa), Barcelona (#AcampadaBcn), Rome (#OccupyRome), Athens (#SyntagmaSq) and others.

What goal of Occupy Wall Street does this project address?: Outreach, education and PR. The goal for this mission is to get people’s assemblies further connected to the Palestinian struggle, get United States and the movement of Occupy further involved in international issues which are often tied back to the Wall Street and Washington and develop international solidarity.

How will this project move us toward achieving the goal stated above?: The ship will sail via many harbors in the Baltic, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. In every harbor we will organize an events comprised of: music and discussions. Outreach, education and PR.

What message will this tactic send to the target of the action, the public, the media, potential movement members, and existing movement members?: This mission is to get people’s assemblies further connected to the Palestinian struggle, get United States and the movement of Occupy further involved in international issues which are often tied back to the Wall Street and Washington and develop international solidarity. We want to make U.S. foreign policy answer to the 99%, not the 1%. The U.S. wouldn’t be deaf to the pleas of Palestinians for freedom if not for the outsized role of the 1% in campaign finance. We want U.S. policy to respond to Palestinian cries for freedom. The same applies to all the popular assemblies.

Which groups will be involved in this project?: Activist Legal Working Group, Minutes Working Group, Archives, Media, Press, and hopefully all the Occupies and wider public audience.

What does success look like for this project?: This tactic will show that nonviolent protest and international solidarity can generate and push through demands for basic human rights. It will also show all the commonalities among all of us humans and how closely connected we are.

What is your project’s estimated timeline?: This project will last for many weeks as it slowly make its way from port to port starting for me around the month of August. The ship will spend the whole month of July in the Baltic Sea.

Proposal Details (4000 characters):


Connecting the dots: Swedish Ship to Gaza & #GlobalrEvolution
Hello friends and families and supporters.

I have the opportunity to go in the late summer 2012 on the “Ship to Gaza”, which will sail from Scandinavia via the Atlantic and Mediterranean harbors to Gaza.

Ship to Gaza will in a joint-effort with partners from all over Europe continue with another International Freedom Flotilla mission.

The ship will this time sail from the Nordic waters to Gaza, via many harbors in the Baltic, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. In every harbor we will organize an events comprised of: music and discussions. Our voyage we will spread the word about the situation of Gaza and its people. We will also bring much needed cargo to Gaza. Many will have the opportunity to participate in this peaceful journey for solidarity. The ship S/V Estelle will perpetuate her proud tradition to sail for fair trade and human rights.

As the ship will spend the month of June throughout the variety of ports in the Baltic sea, I have the opportunity to join the crew throughout the ports the popular people’s uprisings and Occupies are taking place. The ports would include Dublin (#OccupyDameStreet), Lisbon (#acampadalisboa), Barcelona (#AcampadaBcn), Rome (#OccupyRome), Athens (#SyntagmaSq) and others. I am a member of Activist Legal Working Group of Occupy Wall Street (#OWS) which consented on me being part of this project as a delegation of our working group.

My goal for this mission is to get people’s assemblies further connected to the Palestinian struggle, get United States and the movement of Occupy further involved in international issues which are often tied back to the Wall Street and Washington and develop international solidarity.

This project will last for many weeks as it slowly make its way from port to port and it is going to be hard work.

Please help me to be part of this great mission.

Thank you!

Background:

Libor Von Schönau grew up as an artist/activist in the Czech Republic, where he in 1992 joined the movement for environmental-indigenous-feminist-animal rights and against war/globalization/racism/sexism/homophobia/oppression/ablism/classism/transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. During that time, Libor became a vegetarian and began to work toward a more just and equitable world. After receiving a diploma in Operational Engineering, Libor refused to serve in the Czech military and became conscientious objector. He moved to the United States, where he received an International Marketing degree at the Central Connecticut State University.

Libor is a cofounder of Art and Struggle (an artist and activist collective) and former vice-chair of the Middle East Crisis Committee, which runs a weekly TV program called “The Struggle” (a grassroots media production covering human rights issues from the Middle East and outwards), among other projects.

Libor is a multiple media artist-activist who has exhibited in, participated in and organized social justice events with like-minded artist/activists, such as Far From Ordinary, Uprising, Anti-Imperialist-People’s Soccer Tournament, Israeli Apartheid Week Art Festival and many others. In the fall of 2010 he won the 5k Run Race for Tarek Mehana & Leonard Peltier (political prisoners). In 2011 he was a passenger on the U.S. boat to Gaza called the Audacity of Hope (part of the international Freedom Flotilla).

During that time he got involved with the Greek uprising in Athens at Syntagma Square. A few weeks later he became one of the organizers of Occupy Wall Street, where he is still currently active and tweeting as @LiborVonSchonau.

LINKS:

Ship to Gaza Sweden: http://shiptogaza.se/

Ship to Gaza English blog: http://shiptogazasweden.wordpress.com/

Worldwide map of the squares: http://map.squaresdatabase.org/

Passengers on the Audacity of Hope: http://ustogaza.org/passengers-on-the-audacity-of-hope/

Occupy Dame Street: http://www.facebook.com/OccupyDameStreet

Acampada Lisboa: http://acampadalisboa.wordpress.com/

Acampada Barcelona: http://acampadabcn.wordpress.com/

Assemlea Agora Roma: http://italianrevolution-roma.blogspot.com/

Athens: http://amesi-dimokratia.org/

Occupy Wall Street: http://www.nycga.net/

Expenses: Transportation:
Airfare to the point of “rendezvous” est. $1,000
Airfare from the port of departure est. $1,000
Miscellaneous transportation between the airport and harbors est. $200

Expenses: Signage: I will embody the message on the T-shirts with human rights slogans from: WE WILL NOT BE SILENT http://shop.wewillnotbesilent.net/ There will be more props through Occuprint

Expenses: Printing: $100 to print the T-shirts

Expenses: Props: Due to the limited space one can take on the airplane for such a long journey, we will try to squeeze all the messages on the clothing.

Equipment: Personal PC, HD Camera and communication devices

Shipping budget: Shipping cost is included in the airfare.

Rental budget: Communication services fees $300

Other items:
Travel insurance fees: $300
Food, logistics and other expanses: $800

Please list any potential or confirmed other sources of money for this project.: Personal income, small fundraisers among allies friends and families. (kick-starter unfortunately doesn’t allow this sort of funding)

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