Holiday Festivities and Issues * Opinion: Thankfulness from this Occupier * New Communication Improvements * International, National, State News * Today’s (Thursday’s) Events * Today’s Poetry: Metamorphosis by Steven B. Smith * Recap Links * Update on Electrical Hookup (For Heat) * Update on Possible Winter Home * Bank Walk-away Project * Next Generation Council in Cuyahoga County * This Changes Everything * Possible Community Meetings with Police * Call for Help to Stop Garbage Incinerator * Fresh Facilitators Wanted * Upcoming Events of Note * Meetings / WAGs * Current Haves and Needs * More Reading / Links * Call for Information

Choices and Being

Weekday Schedule: Today’s Special Events;  6-7 PM GA; 7 PM Community Chat; 8-10 PM Entertainment; 10 PM-2 AM Night Shift #1; 2-6 AM Night Shift #2; Upcoming Events; Stuff happens continuously in the NW Quadrant of Public Square 24/7

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Holiday Festivities and Issues

In addition to our more serious, issues-minded activities, we’re having some fun this holiday weekend! On Friday, there’s a “Really Really Free Market” event from 11-2 PM. You are welcome to bring some of your stuff downtown to be share with other people, for free! You might even find some things for yourself. On Saturday from 4-6, we have planned informational activities for children and adult visitors, crafts, fun, ornaments, Santa and the Grinch! Your help is requested especially to facilitate the children’s activity. We are in need of carolers to sing alternative lyrics to some well-known carols. Most of all, we ask for bodies of all ages to show that #OccupyCleveland is a vibrant, active movement with a positive message for all Northeast Ohioans. This is a family-friendly activity and will not interfere with the Christmas tree lighting. There will also be drummers!

Issues-minded people can also participate in a Black Friday activity at area malls and Buy Nothing Day. Please see details below in Upcoming Events.

Opinion: Thankfulness from this Occupier

Sometimes it seems the onslaught of news and issues is relentless, but we have much to be thankful for this season on the activist front:

  • The blossoming of the Occupy Movement all over the world
  • Success in our local movement in helping a family stay in their home at least a couple weeks longer
  • That Social Security was not cut by the Super Committee
  • That some of our military troops are coming home
  • That the Keystone XL Pipeline expansion was stopped
  • That fracking in the Delaware River basin was stopped

And the list goes on and on. Most of all I am thankful for the renewal of hope and activism in this country and around the world!

I must mention though that I am very sorry that many Native Americans had basically been exterminated by people who came in later to this country, and this sorrow permeates this day for me as well. But am glad for the community and tolerance that this day also symbolizes.

Peace,

Lady

From the Editor: Please forward opinion pieces to occupyclevelandstories (_at symbol_) gmail.com.

New Communication Improvements

We now have a Google Group for better communication between working groups. Please participate and help make this a success: http://groups.google.com/group/occupy-cleveland-wags?hl=en.

Our main website’s (occupycleveland.com) Events and Needs pages are now being updated on a daily basis as I run across items in compiling today’s Daily Digest.

International, National, State News

International:

  • Call for participation in Occupy Radio Call in and tell us about Occupy and what’s going on, issues and news. (760) 454-8841. 10 PM.
  • Odd as It May Seem, 2011 is Proving to be a Year of Rebirth: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/11/20-5
  • Egypt: People in Egypt have been killed by people who are in the military. Please think about this situation and do what you can. Egyptian embassy phone number: (202) 895-5400.

National:

Ohio:

  • Protest Nov. 30 against Fracking in Youngstown 4000 horizontal fracked wells are expected by some in Ohio in the next four years. In PA, the results of 3000 wells have been: drinking water polluted with toxic fluids and radioactivity; roads ruins; explosions and fires and uncontrolled releases of frack fluid.

Today’s (Thursday’s) Events and WAGs

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…

  • 6 PM GA – Formal assembly at 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 (Tuesday’s) GA
  • 7 PM Community Chat – Informal assembly
  • Thursday, Nov. 24 @ 11:30 PM until Friday at 3 PM – Occupy Black Friday – Gather at Boardman Park, 417 Boardman Poland Road to march down 224 to the Shops at Boardman Park. Standing in solidarity with those forced to work at midnight on Thanksgiving
    and to encourage consumers to think about the implications of shopping “Big-Box” stores over locally owned and independent businesses. http://www.facebook.com/events/176255145801810/
  • 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.

Today’s WAGs

  • Communication WAG * 1-3 PM Daily Check-ins – Facilitates communication with reps from each group–check in with John between 1-3 PM in Public Square–phone coming.
  • Direct Action WAG * Every day after GA (7 PM Weekdays, 4 PM Weekends) * NOTE CHANGED TIME – Coordination of Direct Action communication and initiatives. Wed., Nov. 2 Mtg Notes.

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Metamorphosis

The lines lie silent
waiting for the bubble of release
knowing it’s not A or B
but A and B
and A through Z
as well
always yes and no
now and then
might and maybe
for we doctor our strange
in bombs and slim pickins
as we damage dove
in bait for taking
our random turns
of alternative aching
making best with mess and gone

We’re born into cocoon
die into butterfly

And the dead shall sing

- Steven B. Smith

Please send poetry submissions to occupyclevelandpoetry (_at symbol_) gmail.com.

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Recap Links

Please post Wednesday’s GA notes in the GA portion of this forum: http://unju.st/forum

Tuesday’s GA – http://unju.st/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1066

  • CONSENSUS for letter to City Council requesting the ability for the public to speak at City Council meetings with various conditions and amendments.

New notekeepers: please post written GA notes in forum http://unju.st/forum/viewforum.php?f=3. One can also find some archived notes here: http://wiki.occupycleveland.com/index.php/Occupy_Cleveland_General_Assembly

Recent proposals

Recent Concensus Items

  • 11-21 1) for people to please review stances/thoughts at viewtopic.php?f=32&t=1003 for discussion in today’s (Tuesday’s) GA; 2) we agreed that a giant People’s Mic around a campus or comparable area down the line (perhaps saturday actually). What can we do to make this awesome? (Probably will happen in January.) More complete proposal in the works. 3) Proposal that we do an action on Black Friday, involving flyers and interacting with people to support buying local. The final proposal was a set of three-hour actions at each of three suburban shopping centers.

Interesting Threads

Update on Electrical Hookup (For Heat)

Word that an electric hook-up for service is likely possible (to produce heat in info tent). As of 11/22 more word was received that the Mayor’s office is a bit stalled on this decision. The # for the Mayor’s office is 216-664-3990. Please call and ask for heat to be allowed as this is humane for people who are staying outdoors for lengths of time, and there is not really a safety issue with electrically-provided heat.

Update on Possible Winter Home

11-22 The Brotherhood of Local Engineers and Train Men Union own a third floor room for about twenty people on Public Square. There’s a guard who works there 24/7. Some people will join the occupier who mentioned this to talk to them about possibly using the space. http://unju.st/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1066

We’ve been looking for space between E 30 and W 30 (marching distance to banks and fed are key here) that is accessible 24/7. (Also, should have heat that won’t cost us a fortune).
If you know of a space, know someone who might help us out, or just drove by something with a sign outside and feel like calling and checking, we need your help and any information you find. For the most part this means storefronts or office space (maybe in one of than bank buildings so we can occupy the bank?) but if you’ve got another idea that doesn’t look like that don’t let that limit you.

Here’s a recent thread about the ideal criteria we are looking for in a space: http://unju.st/forum/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=1068 and here’s a recent thread about the current search: http://unju.st/forum/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=764

Bank Walk-away Project

We’re considering working on a project involving 44 foreclosed properties. Any addresses / ideas for properties can still be emailed to occupyclevelandpermanentbasecamp (_at symbol_) gmail.com

According to the article Northeast Ohio Plagued by 30,000 vacant homes awaiting demolition, “Former Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis said he believes the number of condemned homes and buildings in northeast Ohio has ballooned to 30,000. Rokakis blamed foreclosures and irresponsible banks, investment firms and individuals who have walked away or ignored their distressed properties.”

Next Generation Council in Cuyahoga County

Note from Editor: Let’s get some representation into this council

Adults 20-34: The NGC will be dedicated to meet the concerns and needs of the regions young adults and young professionals. The vision of the Council is to encourage greater participation in government, to identify or create programmatic or policy opportunities in issues affecting young adults and young professionals in Cuyahoga County, and to inform various elected and appointed officials representing young people about issues specific to them. As a whole, the NGC will work to give young adults and young professionals in Northeast Ohio a major role in working with local government to move the region forward.

http://executive.cuyahogacounty.us/en-us/next-generation-council.aspx

This Changes Everything

New! Book by the Occupy Movement – This Changes Everything by Sara van Gelder, through BK publishers; ISBN 987-1-60994-587-9. You can order locally through Mac’s Backs: http://www.macsbacks.com/book/9781609945879

This book features contributions from Naomi Klein, David Korten, Rebecca Solnit, Ralph Nader, and others, as well as Occupy activists who were there from the beginning, such as David Graeber, Marina Sitrin and Hena Ashraf. It offers insights for those actively protesting or expressing support for the movement—and for the millions more who sympathize with the goal of a more equitable and democratic future.

Possible Community Meetings with Police

From Monday’s GA: “Kevin (the white one) happened to meet Police Commissioner McGrath, who suggested a more regular community liaison approach with Occupy Cleveland, which Kevin offered as a proposal. We discussed it a bit and agreed to refer that to the Government/Legislative Working Group that has been working informally.” – http://unju.st/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=969/

Call for Help to Stop Garbage Incinerator

We have an environmental justice issue going on here in Cleveland. We have to put the kabash on this insane deal! Some want to burn toxic garbage right near community gardens and tons of schools. Please help stop this whatever way you can!

http://heresanotherreason.tumblr.com/

Fresh Facilitators Wanted

The facilitation group has asked for fresh people to do the facilitation process. Here’s a training video put out by Occupy Wall Street: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfTf2db6YfI. Interested parties can get in touch with the Facilitation workgroup as well.

Upcoming Events

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

  • Thursday, Nov. 24 @ 11:30 PM until Friday at 3 PM – Occupy Black Friday – Gather at Boardman Park, 417 Boardman Poland Road to march down 224 to the Shops at Boardman Park. Standing in solidarity with those forced to work at midnight on Thanksgiving
    and to encourage consumers to think about the implications of shopping “Big-Box” stores over locally owned and independent businesses. http://www.facebook.com/events/176255145801810/
  • Fri., Nov. 25 @ 8 AM – 6 PM – Black Friday Activity – We will be meeting at Southpark Mall (directions: http://www.westfield.com/southpark/directions ) at 8am. We will march/protest/leaflet cars until 11am. We will get in cars and move to Great Northern (directions: http://www.westfield.com/greatnorthern/directions ). We will stay at Great Northern (Target/Wal*Mart) until 2:30. Then we will move to Severance Town Center (3640 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44118) until 6 pm. We are contacting IWW, SIEU and Working America and asking them to join us. Please bring “buy locally” signs, with great slogans on them. http://www.facebook.com/events/178491238910805/
  • Fri., Nov. 25 @ 11 AM -2 PM – Really Really Free Market – “On Black Friday there will be a Really Really Free Market around Public Square. We would like you to bring all your old stuff downtown to be shared with everyone else! You might even find some gifts for yourself! The point is to cut down on consumption and waste, and to help all those struggling to get gifts for their loved ones this year!” http://www.facebook.com/events/314803311863431/
  • Fri., Nov. 25 – Buy Nothing Dayhttp://www.facebook.com/events/304240506270048/
  • Sat., Nov. 26 @ 4-6 PM – Special Event for Winterfest – We have planned informational activities for children and adult visitors, crafts, fun, ornaments, Santa and the Grinch! Your help is requested especially to facilitate the children’s activity. We are in need of carolers to sing alternative lyrics to some well-known carols. Most of all, we ask for bodies of all ages to show that #OccupyCleveland is a vibrant, active movement with a positive message for all Northeast Ohioans. This is a family-friendly activity and will not interfere with the Christmas tree lighting. There will also be drummers!
  • Sat., Nov 26 Event – Occupy the Hood – Occupy the Hood is having an event on Saturday before the tree lighting on Public Square.
  • Mon., Nov. 28 8:15 AM – Mic Check Action About Foreclosures – Join us at 8:15am Monday Nov. 28th (Yes, it is early, but it will be worth it!) at the corner of W. 3rd and Ontario (The Justice Center) for a Mic Check action about foreclosures! See you there!
  • Mon., Nov. 28 12 NOON – 3 PM – Case Western General Student Strike – General Student Strike in support of student protesters everywhere who has experienced police violence. Meet at the main quad at noon for a rally to make our voices heard. Bring signs if you like, or just bodies and voices! http://www.facebook.com/events/246136542114980/
  • Wed., November 30 – Move to Amend Cleveland Meeting – Meeting including film and discussion of Jan. 20, 2012 Occupy the Courts action and campaign to pass resolution to abolish corporate constitutional rights & money as speech. Peace House, 10916 Magnolia Ave., Cleveland. http://www.facebook.com/events/259126194134066/
  • Wednesdays @ 8 PM – 10 PM – Community Drum Circle – Bring your drum to the NW Quadrant (“Tom Johnson Quadrant”) of Public Square Wednesdays at 8.

Events for next month and the future can now be found on the Events page of the Occupy Site (I now have the ability to update this page).

Regular Meetings / WAGs*

WAGS are located in the northwest quadrant of Public Square by the Tom Johnson statue or in the white tent adjacent to the quadrant unless otherwise noted, and all are welcome to come and participate! Please send your meeting/WAG info to occupyclevelandstories (_at symbol_) gmail.com so that it can be listed here.

Occupy Cleveland WAG Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/occupy-cleveland-wags?hl=en

For communication between WAGs.

Community Outreach WAG

Next Mtg. Sun., Nov. 27 @ 1 PM * Alternating Saturdays and Sundays * PLEASE NOTE CHANGED MEETING VENUE

Coordination with groups to help grow the movement. We have tentatively scheduled a meeting for next Sunday (11-27) at 1pm, tentatively at Gypsy Bean and Baking Co. (6425 Detroit Avenue) to see about using their extra room for the meeting. Will update everyone as soon as I know.  11/20 meeting notes. Outreach email: occupyclevelandoutreach (_at symbol_) gmail.com..

Occupation WAG * Tuesdays and Thursdays after 6 PM GA

Coordination and research of physical occupation

Tech WAG * Wednesdays 8 PM

OccupyCLE.tech (_at symbol_) gmail.com, 216 200 6278

Direct Action WAG * Every day after GA (7 PM Weekdays, 4 PM Weekends) * NOTE CHANGED TIME

Coordination of Direct Action communication and initiatives. Wed., Nov. 2 Mtg Notes.

Communication WAG * 1-3 PM Daily Check-ins

Facilitates communication with reps from each group–check in with John between 1-3 PM in Public Square–phone coming.

Foreclosure and Bank Action WAG – Video/Phone Conf * 8 PM Mondays

Concerns ways to brainstorm to change the situation with banks such that banks are held accountable for foreclosure impact on community

Education WAG * Next Mtg. TBA

Coordination of Education / Teach-ins / Scheduling. occupyclevelanded (_at symbol) gmail.com. Meeting Notes from 10/30 on Ed Forum (unju.st/forum)

Theater Subgroup of Arts and Culture WAG * Next Mtg. TBA

Collaborative Theater Meeting

This particular meeting pertains to theater event(s) and other creative actions. We are planning a major creative event in November and we invite poets, artists, singers, musicians, dancers, theater people and anyone interested in participating to come to this planning event Wednesday, which will also be a group collaborative event that will be fun. More details below. occupyclevelandtheater (_at symbol) gmail.com

First Aid/Housekeeping/Sanitation WAG * Next Mtg. TBA

Silent Demonstration and Public Art Affinity Group * Next Mtg. TBA

* WAG: Working/Affinity Group

Check the forums for more info on working groups. There are probably working group meetings that are happening that are not on the above list. Here are some known working groups: Outreach * Phone & Q&A * Arts & Culture * Spirituality * Food * Mission/Vision * Legal * Peacekeeping * Entertainment * First Aid * Sanitation * Nightwatch * Direct Action * Facilitators * Finance * Tech * Logistics * Transportation * Permanent Occupation Base

Current haves and needs

  • Current physical needs are now posted on the Needs page as I now have access to this page
  • Yesterday (11-23) people are asking for more food for the tent and for $60 for a Santa suit for this weekend’s festivities.
  • Donations
  • Discussion, family, friends, seriousness, joy, work, kindness, self-critique, community, patience, persistence, dialogue, peace, rationality, health, equality, empathy, civic support, solidarity, idealism, courage, listening, dialogue, mentoring, participation, calmness, respect, compassion for one another, outreach, ethical banks, small business loans from banks, energy, focus, kindness, wholeness, tolerance, listening, global tribal ethic, fostering leadership in young adults, restoring reverence to older adults, community, focus, patience, lots of love, pride, humility, moving forward, reaching out.

Other Links of Note

Recurring Info

Weekday Schedule: Today’s Special Events;  6-7 PM GA; 7 PM Community Chat; 8-10 PM Entertainment; 10 PM-2 AM Night Shift #1; 2-6 AM Night Shift #2; Upcoming Events; Stuff happens continuously in the NW Quadrant of Public Square 24/7

Weekend Schedule: 3PM GA (General Assembly); 8-10 PM Entertainment; 10 PM-2 AM Night Shift #1; 2-6 AM Night Shift #2; Today’s EventsUpcoming Events; Stuff happens continuously in the NW Quadrant of Public Square 24/7.

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

Wiki: http://wiki.occupycleveland.com

YouTube list of OccupyCleveland tagged videos: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=videos&search_query=occupy+cleveland&search_sort=video_date_uploaded

Marches, interviews and more!

Call for Information

Dear Readers/Occupiers:

People who are planning events and work groups–please email these events to occupyclevelandstories (_at symbol_) gmail.com so I can post them rather than having dig and dig every morning through the forums and multiple facebook pages to find these items. It is taking between one to three hours to do this Digest every morning, so emailing info to me will help me get this out more quickly.

Please continue to post GA notes daily in the forum “General Assembly” here: http://unju.st/forum/. It is vital to post these notes for the larger Occupy community so that we know what items are being consented to and what events are consensus events. Thank you to those who have been posting notes!

Peace,

The Temporary Editor

What Would You Like to See?

Please mail letters to the editor, story ideas, meeting times, articles, etc. to occupyclevelandstories (_at symbol_) gmail.com. Also, the Daily Digest is having a working group meeting Sunday, 10/30 at noon in the Tom Johnson (NW) quadrant of Public Square. If not right in the quadrant, please check the white tent west of the square.

Call for Poetry/Creative Writing/Art Submissions – we’re looking for poetry seeds from the larger poetry community, again, a great outreach action. We’re putting together an Occupy Cleveland poetry zine and I’d like to feature some creative items in the Daily Digest as well. Please send submissions to occupyclevelandpoetry (_at symbol_) gmail.com.

Thank you to all people who are making information available!

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