Digest for Mar. 7 & 8 (Wednesday & Thursday)

Marchers ticketed for jaywalking * Monday’s march re foreclosures – recap * National Women’s Month * Invite to participate in Dance for Peace project June 24 * Research for Theater Piece: Please Share Your Thoughts * Current needs * Petition Roundup * International, national, state news * Upcoming events * Today’s quote * GA recap links * Occupy Cleveland Celebrates the New Year and African American History Month * Sorrow * Preparing for a huge spring – various national calls for organization and assembly * 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

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Marchers ticketed for jaywalking

Four cruisers stopped people on a march celebrating the advent of Occupy Cleveland’s five month anniversary March 6 in Cleveland. Four of the people were ticketed for jaywalking. “You can go back to hugging trees now,” said one person who is a police officer as he ticketed one of the marchers.

I am hoping and working towards a society where all people show respect to one another. And the environmental movement is part of this–it appears some of these people who are police have yet to realize that people who are activists are working on addressing problems which have affected all of us–it is especially important to work in halting the degradation of the environment. Come on, people, let’s work together and fix some of the problems in society rather than pick on people who are actually trying to help and aren’t even being paid for it.

Monday’s march re foreclosures – recap

Monday, March 5 some of us participated in a march regarding the foreclosure crisis which has affected Cleveland so severely. We gathered together at the Info tent with instruments such as tambourines, homemade drums, pennies in jars… and marched to the Justice Center where an auction on foreclosed properties was taking place.

Some activists had attended the foreclosure auction and to raise consciousness and awareness of the other participants at the auction, they started to do a “people’s mic” where a memorized speech was spoken to the people at the auction. The issue is that there has been so much misery and economic degradation and families and individuals have been suffering in Cleveland by the loss of their homes. Also, technically some of the foreclosures are illegal as the banks have not been able to produce the proper paperwork to foreclose.

Although we don’t really know the solution to this situation, it has to be addressed. Shelter is a basic human right, both innately and as declared in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Article 25. As a society and civilization, it is our duty to work together to address why this basic right has not been adequately met by the elected representatives who have been making decisions that affect us and our world.

The activists who raised awareness (and hopefully this awareness will lead to more compassionate actions by the auctioneer and bidders) at the auction were ticketed for disorderly conduct.

National Women’s Month

March is National Women’s Month and we’ve got a call to empower women of the Occupy movement…

Mar. 9 & 10 (Fri & Sa) 7:30 PM - A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer: Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls at East Cleveland Theater, 14108 Euclid Ave., E. Cleveland. http://www.facebook.com/groups/162863697136978/

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

Current needs & haves

  • Peace, endurance, mutual respect, healthy environment, kindness, community
  • Practically speaking: Furniture–if you see anything left out for garbage pickup that looks like it can be useful, perhaps grab it?
  • Call for bike donations! Have an old bike in danger of rusting away in your garage? We’re looking for bike donations!
  • Looking for items such as a fridge, stove, basically anything and everything for our new warehouse space.
  • Still need consistent food donations of prepared meals at the tent along with healthy nibbles for energy throughout the cold days
  • Donations

Petition Roundup

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 Sunday

  • Mar. 9 & 10 (Fri & Sa) 7:30 PM - A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer: Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls at East Cleveland Theater, 14108 Euclid Ave., E. Cleveland. http://www.facebook.com/groups/162863697136978/
  • Sat., Mar. 10 @ 11 AM – Sierra Club March against the proposal to build an incinerator in Cleveland -  W. 25th St. and Lorain Ave. All are welcome to participate!
  • Sat., Mar. 10 @ 4 PM – Recap on foreclosure issue at Fortress.
  • Saturdays @ 6 PM – Occupy Cleveland “Organizer Boot Camp” at the Fortress.
  • Sun., Mar 11 @ 2-6 PM - OhioFraktion Workshop – addressing stopping fracking – http://www.facebook.com/events/399412633405704/
  • 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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“In today’s materialistic world there is a risk of people becoming slaves to money, as though they were simply cogs in a huge money-making machine. This does nothing for human dignity, freedom, and genuine well-being. Wealth should serve humanity, and not the other way around.”

~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

May the risk dissipate, may we not be cogs in a huge money-making machine, may wealth serve humanity, animals and the environment!

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. 2 Minutes | Wednesday Feb. 29 Minutes | Monday Feb. 27 Minutes | Archived Minutes and Videos

Recent Concensus Items

  • 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.
  • 2-10 CONCENSUS on proposal to rent 2,400 sq. ft. warehouse space
  • HAVE BEEN MISSING SOME CONCENSUS ITEMS. PLEASE POST NOTES IF YOU HAVE TIME & IT’S NOT TOO MUCH TROUBLE.
  • 2-7 CONSENSUS-PROPOSAL PASSED: Proposal for Occupy Cleveland to sign on to a call for mass action in response to what seems to have been an attempt to suppress the movement, and to do a march in solidarity with a related national day of action on Feb. 28. This might involve some flyers and notification of the media.
  • 2-7 CONCENSUS-PROPOSAL PASSED: Proposal for the person who rented a storage unit to be reimbursed for the expenses so far and the monthly rent. He’s already paid $91.59 plus a $25 initial fee.
  • 1-6 CONCENSUS REACHED to modify 10% blocking to 5% blocking with granularity of 1 additional person supporting the person who is blocking for it to be a block per each 20 people in attendence at GA
  • 1-6 CONCENSUS REACHED to do remembrance ceremony for Nick Christie & peaceful community involvement. Date TBD.

Recent proposals

  • 2-22 PROPOSAL – Making friendly amendments friendly
  • 2-20 PROPOSAL – Occupy the Heart fest
  • 2-15 PROPOSAL – funding/reimbursements on various items to be voted on Friday, 2/17.
  • 2-15 PROPOSAL – Partnership with “One Mad Mother Against Vaccinations”
  • 2-12 PROPOSAL – Remote GA Participation capability
  • 2-10 PROPOSAL to order “We are the 99%” stickers.
  • 2-7 PROPOSAL in Facebook Open Forum for Warehouse unit rental – proposal will be introduced 2-8
  • 2-7 PROPOSAL in forums – “Buy stock in the banks and companies we want to change”
  • 1-9 INFORMAL PROPOSAL announced to help the poor with programs
  • 1-6 UPCOMING PROPOSAL re “Prommunity”
  • 1-2 PROPOSAL for consideration Wednesday, Jan. 4 for event of remembrance of Nick Christie (Ohio man who was pepper-sprayed to death)

Invite to participate in Dance for Peace project June 24

This in from Kalamazoo…

June 24th 2012.. we ask you to help us create a collaborated 24 hour dance marathon together for peace. Asking each area that wishes to partake, to adopt a certain amount of time on June 24th, To hold a public dance event, promoting some kind way to make your community more peaceful. Make music, make dancing!

We would love to coordinate action, to create a media coverage of some sort.

and would love to work with as many other occupies in not only action, but in creative input.

:::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::Who should participate?:::::::::::::: :::::::::::::::::::::::

Anyone who loves music, who loves art, and who wants to see a more peaceful tomorrow.. We call this a dance event but would love support of any artistic or supportive voice out there :)

:::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::Intended Outcomes/ Accomplishments?::::::::::: :::::::

To successfully create a social event Which will be fun and educational,

that can be a good event for the local community to celebrate for a free event.

to promote peaceful change in local communities

To provide a project that Occupy, can strengthen our networking, communication, and team work skills with other occupies, activist groups, community

http://www.facebook.com/events/245803445490851/

Sorrow

Our thoughts go out to the students and families affected by the mental illness that happened in Chardon last week.

Preparing for a huge spring – various national calls for organization and assembly

Call to Occupy DC Starting March 30

NOW DC invites any occupiers who are interested and dedicated to the NOW DC mission to join in organizing NOW DC. NOW DC organizing calls are on Sundays at 9 pm eastern/6 pm pacific. Register for the organizing calls on InterOccupy.org: http://interoccupy.org/nowdccall/ if you are interested in joining a working group. Info

Peoples Movement Assemblies Gear-Up for 2012

Movement organizers across the US are gearing-up for Peoples Movement Assemblies in 2012. Twenty-six PMA organizers joined a call at the end of 2011 and shared updates and visions for how Peoples Movement Assemblies will be used to build movement power in the year ahead. PMA events include assemblies on queer and LGBT issues, incarcerated people, ending poverty, Palestine solidarity, education, elders, Occupy groups, and many local issues around the country. Click below and read more about these events and find something happening in your area! Info

More upcoming events through March

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

  • Mar. 9 & 10 (Fri & Sa) 7:30 PM - A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer: Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls at East Cleveland Theater, 14108 Euclid Ave., E. Cleveland. http://www.facebook.com/groups/162863697136978/
  • Sat., Mar. 10 @ 11 AM - Sierra Club March against the proposal to build an incinerator in Cleveland -  W. 25th St. and Lorain Ave. All are welcome to participate!
  • Sat., Mar. 10 @ 4 PM – Recap on foreclosure issue at Fortress.
  • Saturdays @ 6 PM – Occupy Cleveland “Organizer Boot Camp” at the Fortress.
  • Sun., Mar 11 @ 2-6 PM - OhioFraktion Workshop – addressing stopping fracking – http://www.facebook.com/events/399412633405704/
  • Tues., Mar. 13 – National call to action addressing Chase Bank’s predatory lending practices
  • Tues., Mar. 13 – ESOP press conference on mortgage situation
  • Tues., Mar. 13 @ noon through Wed., Mar. 14 at 11:30 PMOccupy the Ohio Statehouse (Occupy the Rust Belt Regional Action) – http://www.facebook.com/events/104924389636895/
  • Fri. Mar. 16 @ noon – Financial Friday – demonstration and passing out fliers on the benefits of credit unions as opposed to some of the banks that have been harmful.
  • Wednesdays @ 8 PM – Drum Circle at Info Tent
  • Wednesdays @ 8 PM – Womens meeting
  • Thurs., Mar. 15 @ 7 PM – Occupy the Midwest Regional Conference (St. Louis)http://www.facebook.com/events/264828373580309/
  • Fri., Mar. 16 – We have been invited to participate in a global day of action regarding Monsanto – http://www.facebook.com/events/162378010539412/
  • Sun. Mar 18 @ 2-4 PM – Meeting at Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Ave. Tentatively, the discussion could be on “Occupy the Heart.”
  • 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. http://www.facebook.com/events/230612580354632/

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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