ANARCHY DAY 10: Occupy Is Cashing In-Anarchists For Capitalism?!

Posted: May 10, 2012 in Anarchists & Communists

By     /  NEW YORK DAILY NEWS            5-10-12

Occupy Wall Street protesters may be marching for change in Manhattan, but  they’re making money in Brooklyn.

More than a dozen savvy OWS entrepreneurs have opened a printing shop, a  T-shirt operation and a tech venture – all running coop style without a  boss.

“OWS has different sides. There are the kids who drum all day and piss people  off. But we are trying to show people that a democratic economy can work,” said Dale  Luce, 25, cofounder of OccuCopy print shop at 388 Atlantic Avenue.

Two of the businesses got their start last fall in Zuccotti Park where OWS  set up camp.

Now, the budding businesses are based on or near trendy Atlantic Avenue in  Boerum Hill with more in the works – many stashing cash aside to loan to other  start-ups.

“I see twelve other businesses that can spring up,” said Darrell Prince, 35  who launched a tech coop on the floor above OccuCopy and is working with six  other techies.

“We are trying to save up money for them too. We are building that into  costs,” said Prince who hopes to land a lucrative contract with an upstate hotel  asking for a revamped reservation system.

“At least 25 % of our profits should go to starting other businesses.”

OccuCopy biggest client is OWS. The General Assembly – OWS’s governing body – signed off on thousands of dollars since December so Luce, and his staff of six,  can churn out posters, fliers, stickers, and buttons for the mass protests which  have flooded Manhattan streets.

Luce has spent close to $11,000 on a slew of printers, a cutter, and a dye  press, hoping to start paying his still volunteer crew “a living wage” before  doling out loans to others.

OccuCopy has also done contract work for other left leaning groups like  commuter advocacy nonprofit Transportation Alternatives.

“There are certain criteria,” said OccuCopy cofounder Sergio Jimenez, 25,  explaining that OWS businesses are picky about which clients to choose, snubbing  corporations.

Julie  Goldsmith and her t-shirt making friends were a big hit at Zuccotti with  their tops sporting images like Guy  Fawkes mask – from the movie “V For Vendetta – and Rich Uncle Pennybags, the  Monopoly game mascot.

Now the group has formed OWS Screenprint Coop on Bergen Street amd charge $5  a shirt plus donations for labor.

“They can push us out of (Zuccotti) Park,” said Goldsmith, 29, “but we have  to start leading by example.

Brooklyn is a community of independent artists, and there is a need to  create some roots in this movement.”



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