Digest – April 6-8 – Six Month Anniversary!

Digest for April 6 – 8 (Fri. & Weekend)

Occupy Cleveland’s Six Month Anniversary! * Occupy Cleveland poetry anthology Deadline Today, April 6 * Current needs * International, national, state news * Upcoming events * Today’s quote * GA recap links * What does Occupy do? * Concensus on adopting Chicago principles * HeartFest in the works * Call for help to stop fracking – Massillon area * Occupy Movement Music! * Call to shut down Monsanto with solidarity march in Ohio * 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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Occupy Cleveland’s Six Month Anniversary!

6 months and still here
We’ll be here all year

6pm GA at Info Tent
7pm Story Telling
8pm March/street clean-up

Come on down and join OC as we celebrate 6 months of solidarity. It’s been a real roller coaster but we made it through the winter.

Bring a sign. Enjoy this anniversary celebration this Friday and then on Saturday perhaps consider protesting at 1 p.m. outside Progressive Field regarding sensitivity to Native American rights & the Chief Wahoo logo.

Info

Occupy Cleveland poetry anthology – Deadline Today, April 6

Visual art also needed! 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., April 6 @ 6 PM – Occupy Cleveland 6 Month Anniversary! http://www.facebook.com/events/401409396544608/
  • Sat., April 7 @ 1 PM – Committee of 500 Years of Dignity and Resistance protesting outside Progressive Field
  • Sat., April 7 @ 6 PM – Occupy Boot Camp at Info Tent or Fortress
  • Sun., April 8 @ 1 PM – Accounting WAG at Tower 230
  • Tues., April 10 @ 6-9 PM – The 99% Spring – Spring action training sponsored by Cleveland Jobs with Justice and the MoveOn Council of Cleveland. USW Local 979 Hall, 3421 Independence Rd. Cleveland, 44105. Registration and Info
  • 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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“Peace has a great deal to do with warm-heartedness and respect for the lives of others, avoiding doing them harm and regarding their lives as being as precious as our own. If, on that basis, we can also be of help to others, so much the better.”

~ 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.

Wednesday Mar. 28 Minutes | Monday March 26 Minutes | Archived Minutes and Videos

Recent Concensus Items

  • 3-28 CONCENSUS on proposal to show solidarity for Now DC (nowDC.org). The proposal was to list Occupy Cleveland on their site as a supporter of Occupy actions/learning/festivals in DC, beginning on Friday, March 30th.
  • 3-25 CONCENSUS on proposal to adopt Chicago principles with the caveat that “we understand that it does not override any principles on which we had previously achieved consensus. The proposer specified that this means that Occupy Cleveland is still a strictly non-violent movement.”
  • 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

  • 3-28 PROPOSAL start an Occupy baseball team and form an Occupy Baseball working group.
  • 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

What does Occupy do?

An activist recently came up with a nice summary: “Essentially we’re working on minimizing the influence of big corporations over our political system. Locally we’re working to strengthen our community through foreclosure prevention and strengthening our community’s social infrastructure.”

Many in the movement would like to help solve every issue but of course we are focusing on where we can be most effective, locally, nationally, and worldwide. But for those who aren’t yet familiar with the gist of the movement, the issue of wealth disparity/corporate influence has been a big one that we’ve been working on solving from the start. Many are also involved in the environmental, peace, and human rights movements in some form or another.

Concensus on adopting Chicago principles

On Friday Mar. 23 we adopted the Chicago Principles:

  • Our solidarity will be based on respect for a political diversity within the struggle for social, economic and environmental justice. As individuals and groups, we may choose to engage in a diversity of tactics and plans of action but are committed to treating each other with respect and working towards a common goal of peace and justice.
  • As we plan our actions and tactics, we will take care to maintain appropriate separations of time and space between divergent tactics.
  • We oppose any state repression of dissent, including surveillance, infiltration, disruption, limiting our action to “free speech zones,” and violence, or attempts to divide our movement through the conscious creation of divisions regarding tactics, organization, strategies, and alliances.
  • Any debates or criticisms will stay internal to the movement, avoiding any public or media denunciations of fellow activists and events.
  • Friendly amendment: we understand that it does not override any principles on which we had previously achieved consensus. The proposer specified that this means that Occupy Cleveland is still a strictly non-violent movement.

HeartFest in the works

We’ve had a number of meetings to help make HeartFest a success. People are taking on responsibilities to bottomline food vendors, cleanup, and many other activities. Donations are welcome! Stay tuned for info coming soon on our HeartFest page on the occupycleveland.com website.

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.”

More upcoming events

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

  • Fri., April 6 @ 6 PM – Occupy Cleveland 6 Month Anniversary! http://www.facebook.com/events/401409396544608/
  • Sat., April 7 @ 1 PM – Committee of 500 Years of Dignity and Resistance protesting outside Progressive Field
  • Sat., April 7 @ 6 PM – Occupy Boot Camp at Info Tent or Fortress
  • Sun., April 8 @ 1 PM – Accounting WAG at Tower 230
  • Tues., April 10 @ 6-9 PM – The 99% Spring – Spring action training sponsored by Cleveland Jobs with Justice and the MoveOn Council of Cleveland. USW Local 979 Hall, 3421 Independence Rd. Cleveland, 44105. Registration and Info
  • Wednesdays @ 8 PM – Drum Circle at Info Tent
  • Wednesdays @ 8 PM – Womens meeting
  • Thurs., April 12 @ 6 PM – “The New Jim Crow” study group – Visible Voice Books – also, April 19 & 26th. – Info
  • Fri., April 13 – Sun., April 15 – Fracking Prevention Action Camp by Ohio Fraction – Cleveland – Info
  • Sat., April 14 – Second Annual Save Our Communities ForumInfo
  • Tues., April 17 – Make Taxation Fair! – Rally in Public SquareInfo
  • Sat., April 21 @ 8:30-6PM- Power Up! CWRU Social Justice Institute Youth Summit - Registration and Info
  • April 28 – May 5 – HEARTFEST
  • 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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1. Why we’re here

It’s useful to get a quick overview of what, exactly, is going on with the T, and why this framing – a 10 day occupation ending on the 14th – matters. The current proposal includes a 23% fare hike to balance this year’s budget, but will leave the MBTA with an anticipated deficit of $100 million next year. Over the years, the MBTA’s financial viability has been wrecked by Big Dig debt, forward funding, and interest rate swaps ($26 million owed annually to Wall Street banks); the MBTA now possesses a total debt load of $5.2 billion and counting.

2. Our demands – as they stand now – are threefold.

First, the legislature must step in to fill this year’s $91 million budget gap – not with hikes (as proposed), but with money from the state budget. Second, the legislature must commit NOW to a comprehensive transit plan for the state of Massachusetts, not one that pits riders from one region against each other, but one which works to build an equitable transit system for the whole state. Third, they have to do this without privatizing it piece by piece. Public transit is not an asset to be sold for a quick dollar; it’s a right, and it should stay in public hands.

There’s a lot of space under here for the how, where, and why – which is what we’re hoping to piece out in this discussion.

3. What we can do in the next ten days to drive the message home.

An action assembly to talk about plans, strategies, and next steps (and how you can help!)

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