Dear Occupy Supporter:
In accordance with their long history of allowing protest, Rose Parade and Pasadena officials have authorized the Occupy the Rose Parade movement to march at the end of the parade, after all the floats have passed and the phalanx of police cars moves through, but while the crowd is still in place. The tea party won't be on hand and Occupy activists said this was a disappointment. Organizer Pete Thottam said "We consider them our brothers and sisters in arms in our fight to take back control of our country. Occupy activists are training at least 40 volunteers, outfitted in brightly colored vests, to talk to marchers and urge them to remain calm."
The Occupy Movement is a peaceful one, and at the Rose Parade this year you have Occupiers gathering from all over the the state and country to ask that the world stand in solidarity with them. The Occupiers are a diverse group of non-violent people, who have joined together to make their voices heard. They are your mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and children. They are of every race, and nationality, and religious background. They are your friends and neighbors. This movement is supported by the teachers, the nurses, many professors, religious leaders, authors, public speakers, college students, high school students, community organizations, political parties, labor groups, including unions, and a long list of others.
The Rose Parade is a long time venue to voice injustice, the Occupiers love to march, and are very colorful, and cheerful, and excited to do it. They have already made banners, signs, and human floats. In working with the proper venues to participate in the parade, will be there to hand out information, educate people, and join in on the general parade festivity. I am sure you have all heard about the famous drum circles at occupy encampments, well they go mobile too. All musicians are encouraged to participate.
There are four phases of activities scheduled, if you would like to get involved CLICK HERE FOR FULL INFO ON HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Phase 1: January 1, 2012 from 3-6 pm
New Year's Day People's Summit: Forum on Economic & Social Justice & Celebration of A New Era
Location: ALL SAINTS CHURCH IN PASADENA-- 132 North Euclid on the West Lawn of the church, directly across from the East Steps of Pasadena's City Hall.
Time: Sunday January 1st, 3 to 6 p.m.
What it is : This three hour event combines a Teach In style forum on the topics of (1) The U.S. Foreclosure crisis, (2) Corporations aren't People (Corporate Personhood issue), and (3) The Return to Publicly Funded elections with a family friendly celebration featuring music, poetry and art.
The primary coordinator and media/public relations contact for Phase 1 is Pasadena performance artist and activist Daniel Niswander. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 323-640-1805. Live performance (music, poetry, etc.) and art display submissions for Phase 1 should be sent to
Fernando Garces and you can reach him at email@example.com or 310-722-5701.
NOTE: Occupy Oakland's Citizen journalist Spencer Mills, also known as OakFoSho, will be livestreaming the entire Phase 1 day of outreach (including the "Occupy Economic & Social Justice" summit from 2 to 6 pm). There are several people also working on getting Occupy Oakland's Scott Olsen as well as Michael Moore to attend and speak at the Summit.
On-site parking is available at All Saints for $15-$30. Please give yourself plenty of time to arrive and park- traffic will be busy! If you are taking the Metro Gold line train north from Union Station, the station for all Rose Parade events is Memorial Park Station. You will see Pasadena City Hall to your east when you come out of the station. There is street and lot parking near or at all stations to park and ride.
Additional parking information for Old Town Pasadena:
Park & Walk Garages – Your best parking value :
Onsite parking is available at All Saints for $15 to $30. If you are taking the Metro Gold Line train north from Union Station, get off at Memorial Park Station. Stations have parking near or at station locations along the route.
Additional parking for Old Town Pasadena:
Daily 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. -- (1) De Lacy Parking 45 S. De Lacey Avenue ; (2) Marriott Parking 171 N. Raymond Avenue ; (3) One Colorado Parking 30 E. Union Street; (4) Holly Street Parking 150 E. Holly Street
Phase 2: January 2, 2012 between 7 am & 11 am -- If you are interested in this outreach phase, please contact Mark Lipman and/or Antonieta Villamil below. Activists between the Norton Simon Museum and Pasadena City Hall will continue to engage in outreach/Signage displays & Lit distribution on-site
along Colorado Blvd with a particular focus on large banners. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING AND JOINING IN PHASE 2 -- > Please immediately contact Matt or Antonieta below for banner/sign "team" sign-ups, strategy/planning mtgs & logistics.
Mark Lipman firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (323) 515-3713 or
Antonieta Villamil email@example.com or phone (310) 747-4342
Phase 3: January 2, 2012 from 7 to 9:30 am at Singer Park (about 8 blocks south of Norton Simon) -- Sign assemblage starts at 7 am and continues to 9 am on-site in Pasadena’s Singer Park (1 block east of Orange Grove (by intersection of St. John’s and California Avenue – about 6 blocks due South of the
central Norton Simon location). We will gather for assemblage of Occupy’s 5 part "Human Float" float#44 / #99. We march to join the parade procession at 9:30 am. Organizers will have 500 + flags available to those who arrive on-site first as well as several hundred Occupy T-Shirts. Again, first come get the available flags/t-shirts.
THE 2012 “OCCUPY HUMAN FLOAT” IS OTRP’S MAIN EVENT. PLEASE BE ON-SITE IN SINGER PARK BETWEEN 6:30 TO 8 AM. MEDIA WILL BE THERE TO COVER. WE MARCH PROMPTLY AT 9:30 AM. BRING LARGE SIGNS & BANNERS. Drummers, other Musicians, Please join us as well!
Phase 4: January 2, 2012 from 11am to 2 pm at the West Side of Pasadena City Hall - Media Outreach & Occupy Press Conference. Cindy Sheehan will speak regarding the relationship between the Military-Industrial-Congressional complex and the Fortune 500 & Wall Street Banks. A separate Occupy Music Concert (Michelle Shocked; others) will follow with an end celebratory party at the local Yard House restaurant (2 blocks from Pasadena City Hall).
How to get there:
Parking for the Rose Parade in Pasadena is impossible! I advise using the MTA Gold Line light rail. Fare is $1.50 each way ($.55 for seniors and handicapped). MTA recommends you buy a day pass to avoid the line coming back - $5.00 ($1.80 for seniors and handicapped). Trains depart every 6 minutes starting at 5:42 am. Parking at Union Station is $6.00 for all day. Get to Union Station the best way you can. Get off at:
Fillmore Station for the Singer Park Sign assemblage for the OWS "Human Float" and the "We are the 99%" float.
Del Mar Station for activities between the Norton Simon Museum and Pasadena City Hall and for watching the Rose Parade
Memorial Park Station for City Hall activities For MTA Customer Information Agents call 323.GO.METRO (323) 466-3876
Link to Recent LA Times coverage of Occupy the Rose Parade http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-occupy-rose-parade-20111222,0,78...
Link to Occupy the Rose Parade web site http://www.occupytheroseparade.org
To see this docupment in its entirety visit: http://www.occupytheroseparade.org/images/OTRP_ScheduleAndMap_FINAL.pdf
People interested in camping out to help us hold space, or interested in being parade/event peacekeepers email firstname.lastname@example.org