Digest for Mar. 26-29 (Monday – Thursday)

What does Occupy do? * Concensus on adopting Chicago principles * HeartFest in the works * 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

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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.

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 Friday

  • Sun., Mar. 25 @ 3 – Foreclosure Issue meeting
  • Sun., Mar. 25 @ 2:30-5 PM – Occupy the Rust Belt Third Regional AssemblyInfo
  • Mon., Mar. 26 @ 10 PM – Direction Action WAG at tent.
  • Tues., Mar. 27 @ 5:30 PM – Grassroots Gathering/Education Press Conference concerning Mayor Jackson and proposed levy at Cleveland School of the Arts. 10700 Churchill. Donna Walker Brown of Black on Black Crime will be holding a press conference in front of the Cleveland School of the Arts at 5:30 pm. She will be speaking on the state of our local education system, followed by another special announcement. Please join us for a big showing of support. Info
  • Tues., Mar. 27 @ 6 PM – “Poems of Power, Words of Life” – Steven B. Smith, John Burroughs, Lady K and others bless the mic. NIA COFFEEHOUSE is a regular open mic poetry and music event in Cleveland Heights. On March 27, NIA will introduce the series of poetry and spoken word gatherings, “BEING AT PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITY.” “Poems of Power, Words of Life Against Violence and Brutality: Come Choose Life that We May Live and Live More Abundantly.” 2555 Euclid Heights Blvd. (At St. Alban Episcopal Church) Info
  • Tues., Mar. 27 @ 7 – HeartFest Planning Meeting at Fortress
  • Wed., Mar. 28 @ Noon – CWRU Federalist Society are presenting the interactive presentation featuring Jack Kress, the “Father of Sentencing Guidelines” on the topic of “Police Use of Deadly Force.” CWRU School of Law, Room A59. Lunch provided.   Flyer
  • Wednesdays @ 8 PM – Drum Circle at Info Tent
  • Wednesdays @ 8 PM – Womens meeting
  • Fri., Mar. 30 @ 5 PM – Rally and March for Justice for Trayvon Martin in Canton. Kresge Lot, Downtown Canton at 3rd & Market North. Short program with various speakers. The conclusion of the rally will be a march to the Court House at North Market and West Tusc. Wear your hoodies, bring your signs, Ice Tea and Skittles. This is a positive demonstration of standing in solidarity with the Martin family, non-violent and positive. For more info call 330-484-5229.
  • 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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“Recognizing our human nature as beings whose happiness is dependent on others, we learn to open our hearts, and in so doing we gain a sense of purpose and a sense of connection with those around us.”

~ 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

  • 3-25 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

  • 3-21 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.

  • Mon., Mar. 26 @ 10 PM – Direction Action WAG at tent.
  • Tues., Mar. 27 @ 7 – HeartFest Planning Meeting at Fortress
  • Tues., Mar. 27 @ 5:30 PM – Grassroots Gathering/Education Press Conference concerning Mayor Jackson and proposed levy at Cleveland School of the Arts. 10700 Churchill. Donna Walker Brown of Black on Black Crime will be holding a press conference in front of the Cleveland School of the Arts at 5:30 pm. She will be speaking on the state of our local education system, followed by another special announcement. Please join us for a big showing of support. Info
  • Tues., Mar. 27 @ 6 PM – “Poems of Power, Words of Life” – Steven B. Smith, John Burroughs, Lady K and others bless the mic. NIA COFFEEHOUSE is a regular open mic poetry and music event in Cleveland Heights. On March 27, NIA will introduce the series of poetry and spoken word gatherings, “BEING AT PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITY.” “Poems of Power, Words of Life Against Violence and Brutality: Come Choose Life that We May Live and Live More Abundantly.” 2555 Euclid Heights Blvd. (At St. Alban Episcopal Church) Info
  • Wed., Mar. 28 @ Noon – CWRU Federalist Society are presenting the interactive presentation featuring Jack Kress, the “Father of Sentencing Guidelines” on the topic of “Police Use of Deadly Force.” CWRU School of Law, Room A59. Lunch provided.   Flyer
  • Wednesdays @ 8 PM – Drum Circle at Info Tent
  • Wednesdays @ 8 PM – Womens meeting
  • Fri., Mar. 30 @ 5 PM – Rally and March for Justice for Trayvon Martin in Canton. Kresge Lot, Downtown Canton at 3rd & Market North. Short program with various speakers. The conclusion of the rally will be a march to the Court House at North Market and West Tusc. Wear your hoodies, bring your signs, Ice Tea and Skittles. This is a positive demonstration of standing in solidarity with the Martin family, non-violent and positive. For more info call 330-484-5229.
  • 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
  • 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

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