Digest – April 16-19 – Planning the Dream

Digest for April 16 – 19 (Mon. – Thurs.)

Occupy the Trees * International, national, state news * Upcoming events * Today’s quote * GA recap links * New shift calendar! * What does Occupy do? * Concensus on adopting Chicago principles * HeartFest in the works * Current needs * More upcoming events * More reading / links


Typical 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

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NEWER ARTICLES

Occupy the Trees

A group called Occupy the Trees is asking communities to venerate the Earth during the week of April 22 (Earth Day). Here’s a suggested itinery:

  • Apr. 22, Sunday; Opening Ceremonies
  • Apr. 23, Monday; Casacadia Day (Local Name Option)
  • Apr. 24, Tuesday; Animal Rights Day (World Day For Animals In Laboratories)
  • Apr. 25, Wednesday; Kids’ Day
  • Apr. 26, Thursday; Closing Ceremonies (Take Back The Night)
  • Apr. 27 Friday; Cascadia Spring

For more details, visit occupythetrees.org.


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

  • Mon., April 16 @ 4 – Justice for Janitors Rally at Public Square
  • Mon., April 16 @ 1 PM – Tax Protest (for Higher Taxes on Wealthy) @ Federal Building
  • Tues., April 17 @ 4:00 – Make Taxation Fair! – Rally in Public Square – Help stop war spending–instead use the money to help our communities and have a fairer rate of taxation of wealthy people (Buffet rule) – Info
  • Tues., April 17 @ 5 – Tax Day protest at Orange Avenue
  • Tues., April 17 @ 7 PM – Heartfest planning & problem-solving meeting
  • 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


“The dream is real, my friends. The failure to realize it is the only unreality.”

~ Toni Cade Bambar

“Good plans shape good decisions. That’s why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true.”

~ Lester Robert Bittel

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…


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 April 11 Minutes | Archived Minutes and Videos

Recent Concensus Items

  • 4-11 CONCENSUS on mission statement for Occupy the Heart Festival April 28 – May 5
  • 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.

Recent proposals

  • 4-11 PROPOSAL announcement – re funding warehouse & policies
  • 4-9 PROPOSAL – “Plan of Action”
  • 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

OLDER ARTICLES

New shift calendar!

We’ve set up a new Google calendar to manage shifts – it is available here and here. To get on the calendar, you can email occupycle.baseoperations@gmail.com or call the info tent phone at 216-202-4999. Thank you!

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.

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

More upcoming events

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

  • Mon., April 16 @ 4 – Justice for Janitors Rally at Public Square
  • Mon., April 16 @ 1 PM – Tax Protest (for Higher Taxes on Wealthy) @ Federal Building
  • Tues., April 17 @ 4:00 – Make Taxation Fair! – Rally in Public Square – Help stop war spending–instead use the money to help our communities and have a fairer rate of taxation of wealthy people (Buffet rule) – Info
  • Tues., April 17 @ 5 – Tax Day protest at Orange Avenue
  • Tues., April 17 @ 7 PM – Heartfest planning & problem-solving meeting
  • Wednesdays @ 8 PM – Drum Circle at Info Tent
  • Wednesdays @ 8 PM – Womens meeting
  • Sat., April 21 @ 8:30-6PM – Power Up! CWRU Social Justice Institute Youth Summit - Registration and Info
  • Sat., April 21 @ 2-5 – Being at Peace in the Community – “Introducing Ourselves” – Poetry, discussion and potluck at 2555 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland (St. Alban Episcopal Church) – Info
  • April 28 – May 5 – HEARTFEST
  • Sat., May 5 NOON – 2:30 PM – Immigrants Are Us Freedom March – at Market Square, Cleveland – Info
  • Sat., May 5 @ 7:30 – IWW meeting @ Gypsy Bean Coffee, back room.

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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