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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Occupy New Orleans General Assembly Officially Separates from the Occupy Isaac Relief Distribution Network

The Occupy New Orleans General Assembly convened at 3:00 pm on September 8, 2012.

The General Assembly reached unanimous consensus to officially separate itself from the Occupy Isaac Disaster Relief Distribution Network.

Occupy NOLA feels it is important for The Occupy Movement to maintain its own politically-focused identity and allow experienced disaster relief organizations to assist those affected by Hurricane Isaac. The General Assembly therefore welcomes participation from disaster relief groups that allow Occupy NOLA to maintain its autonomy. If members of Occupy NOLA or its working groups choose to network/volunteer with any disaster relief organizations, that should not be interpreted as an endorsement by the Occupy New Orleans General Assembly.

Occupy NOLA stands in solidarity with the Occupy Movement and share many goals presented in The 99% Declaration. 

We will continue to relentlessly pursue transforming government through peaceful protest. Occupy New Orleans is currently organizing its Other Campaign, working with A People’s Convention to form an alternative to the corrupt, two party system campaigns. Its members will continue demands including banking reform, student loan debt refinancing, creation of jobs, affordable healthcare and housing for all, and the end of private funding of political campaigns.

The Occupy New Orleans General Assembly requests that its name, as well as the name and address of the Occupy The Stage warehouse, be removed from all existing InterOccupy – Occupy Isaac Hub pages (http://interoccupy.net/occupyisaac/) email distribution lists, social networking sites, and future press releases.

Moreover, The Occupy NOLA General Assembly requests that “occupy-nola-donation-fund” be removed from the following WePay donation link url (https://www.wepay.com/donations/occupy-nola-donation-fund-for-hurricane-isaac) to avoid confusing those who wish to donate to “Occupy Isaac Relief Distribution Network Donation Fund for Hurricane Isaac.” Until “occupy-nola-donation-fund” can removed from this donations link, Occupy NOLA requests that anyone promoting it clarify Occupy NOLA’s disassociation with Occupy Isaac Relief Distribution Network. Neither The Occupy NOLA General Assembly nor any of its members were consulted or allowed to reach consensus when this donation site was created.

Our intention is not to create a rift with InterOccupy or the Occupy groups who have so generously volunteered their resources, but to maintain our political stance in solidarity with the current direction of the greater Occupy Movement.

In Solidarity,

The Occupy New Orleans General Assembly