Digest – Mar. 23-25 – Truth

Digest for Mar. 23-25 (Friday & Weekend)

Please help give tent regulars a night off–Mar. 23 * Occupy Cleveland poetry anthology * Current needs * International, national, state news * Upcoming events * Today’s quote * GA recap links * Call for help to stop fracking – Massillon area * Occupy Movement Music! * Call to shut down Monsanto with solidarity march in Ohio * Research for Theater Piece: Please Share Your Thoughts * More upcoming events * More reading / links

Weekday Schedule: Today and Tomorrow’s Special Events; 6-7 PM GA M-W-F, OPEN FORUM T-Th; 7 PM Community Chat; 8-10 PM Entertainment; 10 PM-2 AM Night Shift #1; 2-6 AM Night Shift #2; Upcoming Events; We are continuously in the NW Quadrant of Public Square 24/7 at the Info Tent

Weekend Schedule: Today and Tomorrow’s Special Events; 10 PM-2 AM Night Shift #1; 2-6 AM Night Shift #2; Upcoming Events; We are continuously in the NW Quadrant of Public Square 24/7 at the Info Tent

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Please help give tent regulars a night off–Mar. 23

On the night of March 23rd, we’re trying to give everyone a night off from the tent. So, how about it, guys? Can we cover shifts like we did back in December?
Say, 8-2, 1-7, 6-11? Or even all night? Katie is keeping track so please contact her if you’re interested.

Occupy Cleveland poetry anthology

We’re putting together a poetry anthology and would like to get this published in time for HeartFest. Please send submissions to stevens.connor23 [at symbol] yahoo.com.

Current needs & haves

  • Help for info tent regulars covering shifts.
  • Respect, tolerance, peace, love, patience, endurance, mutual respect, healthy environment, kindness, community.
  • Still need consistent food donations of prepared meals at the tent.
  • Donations

International, National, State News & Opinion

International:

National:

Ohio & Cleveland:

Upcoming events

In addition to our regularly scheduled weekday events, here are some special events that are happening today! Lots to do! Unless otherwise noted, events are in NW Quadrant (Tom Johnson/Free Speech Quadrant) of Public Square or nearby in the white tent area. More upcoming events after today are here…

Special Events Through Wednesday

  • Fri., Mar. 23 @ 4 PM – ESOP Bank action – meeting at ESOP at 3631 Perkins Ave, bus to action.
  • Sat., Mar. 24 – Cleveland Power Summit – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM – St. Ignatius High School in the cafeteria. 1911 W. 30th. Twenty from Occupy Cleveland are already attending; contact John Sasala if you are interested in attending or call 216-651-2606. Good opportunity to network with over 30 groups.
  • Sat., Mar. 24 – Ohio Street Protest for Gay Marriage and Full Equality – at Free Stamp – Info
  • Sat., Mar. 24 2-6 PM – Occupy Mansfield Ohio USA – American Spring Action – potluck and protest – Info
  • Sun., Mar. 25 @ 3 – Foreclosure Issue meeting
  • Sun., Mar. 25 @ 2:30-5 PM – Occupy the Rust Belt Third Regional AssemblyInfo
  • Wednesdays @ 8 PM – Drum Circle at Info Tent
  • Wednesdays @ 8 PM – Womens meeting
  • More Events

Upcoming GA Votes - see Proposals section

Regular Daily Events

  • 6 PM General Assembly on M-W-F, Open Forum T-Th- GAs are formal assemblies at the NW corner of Public Square or in white info tent west of this area. At this assembly, proposals and announcements are made. This is where consensus items are decided. Please review stances/thoughts at viewtopic.php?f=32&t=1003 for discussion in today’s GA. Recent GA recaps
  • Community Chat Following GA Today & Tomorrow – Informal assembly
  • Today & Tomorrow – 10 PM – 2 AM and 2 AM – 6 AM Evening Shifts – Please sign up at the white tent for an evening shift so that we can maintain effective occupancy overnight and relieve people who are overburdened. Dress extremely warmly with lots of layers and bring appropriate gear to keep yourself warm.

Working Group Meetings

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“Although violence and the use of force may appear powerful and decisive, their benefits are short-lived. Violence can never bring a lasting and long term resolution to any problem, because it is unpredictable and for every problem it seems to solve, others are created. On the other hand, truth remains constant and will ultimately prevail.”

~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Please send poetry submissions/thoughts/quotes to occupyclevelandpoetry (_at symbol_) gmail.com. If you agree, let’s work on keeping things positive and promoting positive perspectives in this space…

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GA recap links

Thanks to all who help with the movement, and thanks to notekeepers and videographers! Please post written GA minutes in the GA portion of forums in written format: http://unju.st/forum.

Friday Mar. 21 Minutes | Monday Mar. 19 Minutes | Archived Minutes and Videos

Recent Concensus Items

  • 3-21 CONCENSUS on proposal for dedicated funds including setting up WePay options for various funds.
  • 3-12 CONCENSUS on proposal for legal fund with friendly amendment.
  • 3-2 CONCENSUS Emergency Proposal to hold GA at a special location on Monday, March 5. 100% consensus. Email occupyclevelandoutreach [at symbol] gmail [dot] com or ask at tent for more details.
  • 2-29 CONCENSUS to have a test GA at city hall steps Friday March 2
  • 2-22 CONCENSUS to hold Occupy the Heart Street Festival, tentatively starting May 1.

Recent proposals

  • 3-21 PROPOSAL announcements from Occupy Midwest
  • 3-12 PROPOSAL announcement for Occupy the Heart Fest funding
  • 3-12 PROPOSAL announcement for May 1 General Strike solidarity
  • 3-12 PROPOSAL announcement regarding how to focus message on strategies that emphasize compassion and joy
  • 3-9 PROPOSAL – Legal fund

Call for help to stop fracking – Massillon area

OccupyCanton–Yesterday I found out that if not stopped at the next Massillon City Council meeting, fracking will commence within 3 to 5 miles from my family’s home. This means a horizontal well could be drilled and exploited directly beneath the yard my step daughter plays in. It feels like a violation. An industry is able to sneak below my home and pump millions of gallons of toxic and carcinogen saturated water while belching out asthma inducing gas into the air my family will breath because they can make money at the expense of my wife and daughter’s health and well being. Please come to the city council meeting in Massillon on Monday, March 19 at 7:30 pm and help protect the lives and livelihoods of my family, my neighbors and thousands of people who are complete strangers to me. Help me look into my beloved step daughters face and tell her I did something. That we as a community tried. Thank you. An action will be discussed at GA on Saturday.

Occupy Movement Music!

Jonathan Blackshire is promoting his song, “99 to 1″ and has asked everyone to help spread word. Wouldn’t it be great if this could be adopted by Occupy Wall Street as its official song? Well, this is what he’s asking! Can you please post, “This song should be the theme song of Occupy Wall Street!” on the movement’s facebook pages?

Call to shut down Monsanto with solidarity march in Ohio

OccupyMarines has asked us to perform a solidarity event regarding shutting town Monsanto March 16 and March 17. The issue with Monsanto is that they’ve been very aggressive in their business practices and have promoted unhealthy ways of farming and living. Some feel that the high rate of suicides among Indian farmers is because of the way Monsanto has imposed genetical modified seeds there, and the high cost of the seeds. They are also one of the companies responsible for the notorious chemical “Agent Orange.”

Research for Theater Piece: Please Share Your Thoughts

For a theater work that we’re putting together (current working title: the Occuplay), we’re asking Occupiers and people connected, however tenuously, to the Occupy Movement, to answer four questions:

1. Who are you? (in a more significant sense than, say, name and age).

2. How did you hear about and come to Occupy?

3. What has your experience with and in Occupy been?

4. What is your vision of the future?

We intend to collect as many sets of responses as we can by March 5th. After that, we’ll be weaving these into performance scripts.

People will be collecting interviews at the tent and elsewhere. You can also email text responses or links to audio or video responses to occupycleveland.occuplay@gmail .com

More upcoming events through March

Events are in the NW Quadrant (Tom Johnson Quadrant) of Public Square unless otherwise noted.

  • Fri., Mar. 23 @ 4 PM – ESOP Bank action – meeting at ESOP at 3631 Perkins Ave, bus to action.
  • Sat., Mar. 24 – Cleveland Power Summit – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM – St. Ignatius High School in the cafeteria. 1911 W. 30th. Twenty from Occupy Cleveland are already attending; contact John Sasala if you are interested in attending or call 216-651-2606. Good opportunity to network with over 30 groups.
  • Sat., Mar. 24 – Ohio Street Protest for Gay Marriage and Full Equality – at Free Stamp – Info
  • Sat., Mar. 24 2-6 PM – Occupy Mansfield Ohio USA – American Spring Action – potluck and protest – Info
  • Sun., Mar. 25 @ 3 – Foreclosure Issue meeting
  • Sun., Mar. 25 @ 2:30-5 PM – Occupy the Rust Belt Third Regional AssemblyInfo
  • Wednesdays @ 8 PM – Drum Circle at Info Tent
  • Wednesdays @ 8 PM – Womens meeting
  • Sat., Mar. 31 in Detroit – National Conference for a Moratorium on Foreclosures & Evictions – United Methodist Church - http://nationalmoratorium.org/
  • Sat., Mar. 31 @ 7 PM – 1 AM – Occupy Benefit II: Another World is Possible – The 5 O’Clock Lounge, 11904 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. $5 suggested donation. http://www.facebook.com/events/230612580354632/
  • Sun. April 1 @ 2 PM – Film and discussion at Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Ave. Showing the movie, “Inside Job.”
  • Mon., April 2 @ 11:30 AM – March presenting Cleveland Clinic and EMS with a list of demands RE the death of Elissa Hereford – Info
  • Thurs., April 12 @ 6 PM – “The New Jim Crow” study group – Visible Voice Books – also, April 19 & 26th. – Info
  • Sat., May 5 NOON – 2:30 PM – Immigrants Are Us Freedom March – at Market Square, Cleveland – Info

Events for next month and the future can now be found on the Events page of the Occupy Site.

Interesting Links

Recurring info

Weekday Schedule: Today and Tomorrow’s Special Events; 6-7 PM GA M-W-F, OPEN FORUM T-Th; 7 PM Community Chat; 8-10 PM Entertainment; 10 PM-2 AM Night Shift #1; 2-6 AM Night Shift #2; Upcoming Events; We are continuously in the NW Quadrant of Public Square 24/7 at the Info Tent

Weekend Schedule: Today and Tomorrow’s Special Events; 10 PM-2 AM Night Shift #1; 2-6 AM Night Shift #2; Upcoming Events; We are continuously in the NW Quadrant of Public Square 24/7 at the Info Tent

Info Tent #: (216) 202-4999 | Phone Rules

Wiki: http://wiki.occupycleveland.com

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Occupy Oakland Re-Occupies in Secret Location – 3/22/12

While hundreds of NYPD officers were deployed to intimidate OWS protesters last night in Union Square, Occupy Oaklanders organized a non-publicized occupation of an undisclosed location in solidarity with occupations around the country and to give Occupy Oakland a new organizational home base. In the cover of night, a dedicated group of Occupy Oakland protesters were able to set up a new camp without any harassment from the overbearing local police force by keeping the location a secret, until this morning at about 7:15 AM. An estimated 30 people held … Continued

Candle Light Vigil

Occupy St. Louis is holding a candle light vigil on Tuesday, April 3, 7pm at Compton Hill Reservoir Park to stand in solidarity with Occupiers who were brutally beaten on March 15, Trayvon Martin, and all victims of police violence and repression. We will be gathering at the south west corner of the park (Russel & Grand). Please bring candles, small paper cups, and lighters.

https://www.facebook.com/events/377818595572800/?context=create

Press Release

March 22–Last Thursday, March 15, attendees of the Occupy Midwest Conference were peacefully complying with police orders to vacate Compton Hill Reservoir Park, when they were violently attacked by St. Louis City police officers. The Occupy Movement is a collective response to social injustice and corporate greed. Rather than addressing the ongoing crisis of families being foreclosed on and the resulting destabilization of neighborhoods, a high unemployment rate, and the corporate syphoning of money from public education, the city of St. Louis is using it’s resources to repress a non-violent assembly.

“We felt very safe in the park until the police showed up. As we were crossing the street to leave, a line of blue charged into the crowd – batons swinging – and began striking people. It was chaos. The screams of those being beaten were terrifying to hear. I felt helpless,” reports Carrie Bumgardner Luna.

Despite the fact that he was not resisting arrest, one Occupier was repeatedly beaten in the face with the butt of a mag-lite. After already being beaten and cuffed, an officer then methodically snapped and broke two of his fingers. Another Occupier was repeatedly beaten in the head requiring staples. Both Occupiers were hospitalized. A third Occupier was hit in the neck and choked with a baton, thrown to the ground and kicked in the face causing permanent damage to his jaw structure.

“It’s shocking and disheartening to see people you love being violently attacked, bleeding from their bruised faces. It was a senseless betrayal of trust. It really helps me better understand what people of color in our city go through every day,” said Oren Goldberg.

Occupy St. Louis has always been responsible stewards of public space and disavow the graffiti damage done to the Compton Hill Reservoir Park.

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