Collaboration, Not Co-option: Labor, Community Organizations and Occupy Wall Street Working Together

Collaboration, Not Co-option: Labor, Community Organizations and Occupy Wall Street Working Together

Session Type(s): Panel

Training Tag(s): OWS, Labor

Starts: Thursday, Jun. 7 10:30 AM (Eastern)

Ends: Thursday, Jun. 7 11:45 AM (Eastern)

Occupy Wall Street has not only been a successful movement in and of itself, but it was pivotal in reinvigorating the work of labor unions and community organizations throughout the country.  This panel will examine how labor and community organizations have collaborated with OWS over the past year—on endeavors including Occupy the Boardroom, Occupy Our Homes and bank actions throughout the country—and what the future holds for progressive partnerships.

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Greg Basta

Greg Basta is the Deputy Director of New York Communities for Change – an organization of low income families with over 40,000 members fighting for social and economic justice throughout New York State. He’s also the Staff Director for the Home Defenders’ League – a coalition of organizations fighting to demand accountability from the banks and mortgage companies that caused the housing meltdown. Previously, Greg worked with community organizations and Occupy to create Occupy The Boardroom, a website that allows people to directly contact top corporate executives to give them a message from the 99%.

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Nathan Henderson-James

Nathan Henderson-James

I’ve been around community organizing since 1993 when my best friend recruited me as the newest staff member for the Twin Cities affiliate of the aggressive membership-based organization of low- and moderate-income families called ACORN. I finished my tenure there as the organization’s first real online campaigner and have been working since then to help community organizers deeply integrate online tool into their everyday organizing work. I helped (along with a group of other much more talented people) create the site during the rise of OWS.

Outside of my commitment to organizing, I love to travel, I enjoy taking pictures, some of which kinda look good, I like hiking, and I’m a giant fan of Major League Soccer (a phrase rarely heard or written). Follow me on Twitter at @nathanhjb.

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Camille Rivera

Camille Rivera is the Executive Director of UnitedNY, which has been instrumental in helping to elevate the voices of New York’s unemployed and low-wage workers in the fight for economic oversight and accountability. The group has been extremely active over the past year in building support for job creation, wage fairness, and worker justice here in New York City. The group has organized events such as the October 5 Community and Labor March from Foley Square to Zuccotti Park, the November 17th Rally and March for Jobs and Justice, and most recently, the April 17 th Day of Action to Reclaim Tax Day for the 99-percent. UnitedNY was an active part of the coalition that successfully saved the millionaires’ tax in New York and is helping to organize low-wage workers in multiple industries into unions.

A Bronx native, Ms. Rivera is a graduate of Queens College. She is a former Community Organizer with the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), and a former Deputy Political Director with SEIU 32BJ. Ms. Rivera is also a leader in the Working Families Party.

Nelini Stamp

Nelini Stamp is the National Organizing Director at the Working Families Party. She works with volunteer leaders across the country to build local progressive infrastructure. Nelini joined the New York Working Families Party staff in 2008; door knocking and field organizing for a variety of electoral campaigns across New York State. Since then, she has been deeply involved in social movement work around economic and racial justice across the country. She worked on the ground at Occupy Wall Street to help bridge the gap between labor, community- based organizations and Occupy activists. Afterward, Nelini co-created the Freedom Side and co-founded Dream Defenders in Florida, which organizes and trains youth in non-violent civil disobedience, civic engagement, and direct action. Lately, as a co-builder of WFP’s Resist Here project, which launched #ResistTrumpTuesdays, she has been chasing Senator Schumer around to make sure he stands up to Trump. You can often find her leading marches, rallies and mic-checking at direct actions.