Occupy Evolving—The Trials, Tribulations, Lessons, and Evolution of Occupy Wall Street—Six Years Later

Host/Sponsor: 
Occupy Wall Street (Occu-Evolve)
Room: 
1.125
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 2: 12:00pm - 1:50pm
Abstract: 
The purpose of this panel discussion is to explore the trials, triumphs and lessons of Occupy Wall Street as well as the ONGOING work in its name primarily through Occu-Evolve who have organized on a variety of issues including against Police Brutality, for Housing, against Economic Injustice, for Affordable Housing, True Democracy, Diversity in Occupy and many other issues. Key presenters are Jerry Ashton (OWS, R.I.P. Medical Debt and previously Rolling Jubilee) and Jan Weinberg (Show Up! America/OWS), both key organizers of S-17 (September 17th—the yearly celebrations and events on the anniversary and founding date of Occupy Wall Street), respectively, will also conduct key presentations on their continuing and significant work surrounding the issues of confronting and eliminating student and medical debt as well as against TPP (The Transpacfic Partnership) and For Environmental Protections. Also includes Sumumba Sobukwe, co-Creator of Occu-Evolve and Founder of Occupy Wall Street (Action Council), who will moderate the discussion.
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Sumumba
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Sobukwe
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Occupy Wall Street (Action Council NYC)/Occu-Evolve
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Sumumba Sobukwe is the co-creator of Occu-Evolve, which is currently among the longest running and most active groups within the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Among the earliest and longest serving members of Occupy Wall Street (OWS), Sobukwe co-created Occu-Evolve by channeling the efforts of various members of OWS’s Outreach, Movement Building, Vision and Goals, Money Out Of Politics, Political and Electoral Reform, OWS Immigrants, People Of Color Caucus and former Community based Occupy assemblies.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Jan
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Weinberg
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Show Up! America
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Jan R. Weinberg has been a broad-based social justice activist for quite some time. Starting in the late ‘60s, from his underground newspaper days — the Peace Movement against the War in Vietnam & the Environmental Movement as an organizer with the original Earth Day. In the mid ‘70s, Jan founded The Staff of Life — Nutrition Education Center based in Durham, NC. More recent “activities” have included organizing and “taking to the streets” with the Occupy Movement; OWS S17 Anniversary Planning Assembly, Occupy Alternative Banking, Occu-Evolve and the People’s Climate March, Stop Mass Incarceration Network, System Change, Not Climate Change & Flush The TPP! On October 2, 2011 at Zuccotti Park, during the Occupy Wall Street heyday, Jan designed Show Up! America which central focus is to educate the public on how they can get involved, through civic engagement and effect changes in governance policies.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Jerry
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Ashton
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
R.I.P Medical Debt
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Jerry is a veteran in the credit and collections industry for more than 40 years, Jerry Ashton has become the industry’s acknowledged gadfly critic of collection excesses and missteps. In 1995, after almost 20 years in the industry, dissatisfied with the way he saw debtors are treated, he founded CFO Advisors, Inc., in New York City. He set out to develop customer-centric approaches to accounts receivable controls. His specially-trained teams, on and off-site in several U.S. states, at one point serviced more than a half-billion dollars annually in receivables. His major clients included Johnson & Johnson, Hearst and Gannett newspapers, RR Donnelley, Snelling and Snelling, and Biosense Webster. He shuttered CFO Advisors after a successful 14-year run. Ashton came out of semi-retirement in 2011 to chronicle Occupy Wall Street. Inspired by the movement’s brief foray into abolishing medical debt by way of its “Rolling Jubilee” working group, in 2014 Ashton co-founded RIP Medical Debt with Craig Antico to expand on that debt forgiveness concept as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Sumumba
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Sobukwe
 

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