Occupy Kensington was formed in 2012 to bring together activists in our community to fight on local issues but also connect them to the wider picture of fighting for real change in this country to benefit the 99% not the 1%.
Over the last five years we have been involved in many campaigns, including:
Helping lead the boycott of Golden Farm supermarket on Church Ave. in support of immigrant workers fighting to be paid the legal minimum wage, and then to get union recognition and a contract.
Working with Kensington Stewards to campaign for more public space in our neighborhood.
Organizing with the Opt-out movement in local elementary schools to fight high-stakes testing.
Organizing in support of the opening of the local shelter for homeless families.
Now is the time to dig in and build an ongoing resistance to Trump’s agenda. He can be defeated.
The demonstrations at airports around the country on January 28th and 29th protesting the Muslim Ban executive order showed that when peoples show up and use their voices we can make a difference.
Occupy Kensington intends to contribute to a fightback on any front that presents itself: women’s rights, worker’s rights, LGBTQIA rights, healthcare, and more.
For the immediate future, the consensus decision of our group is to focus our efforts locally here in Kensington, where our immigrant neighbors are at daily risk. We want to organize both against racist attacks and against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids and deportations of our neighbors.
Trump has promised to deport 3 million immigrants in the next 6 months, which is much more than the already high levels of deportations under Obama. Logistically, this is a massive undertaking, and we aim to be part of a mass resistance that makes it an unworkable proposition.
New York calls itself a Sanctuary City, but in reality has cooperated with ICE raids and deportations and receives massive funding from Homeland Security to militarize the NYPD.
Occupy Kensington is working along with other organizations, such as ICEFreeNYC, The New Sanctuary Movement & DRUM to put pressure on the City Council and the mayor to take a firmer stand against ICE, and at a community level to create sanctuary spaces and rapid response.