Digest for April 2 – 5 (Mon. – Thurs.)

Event followups: Rally in Memory of Trayvon, Occupy Cleveland Musical Benefit * Fun reads: Occupied Stories * Occupy Cleveland poetry anthology * 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

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Event followups: Rally in Memory of Trayvon, Occupy Cleveland Musical Benefit

Oppressed Peoples Nation video: I Am Trayvon Rally ‘OPN’ Downtown Cleveland

Chairman Ernest L Smith of Oppressed People’s Nation: ”I AM TRAYVON MARTIN, I AM THE YOUTH, JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN, I AM THE PEOPLE, I LIVE FOR THE PEOPLE, I STRUGGLE WITH THE PEOPLE, IM GONE DIE FOR THE PEOPLE, CAUSE I AM THE PEOPLE” ~ 3-30-12

Cleveland Urban News

Over 200 Cleveland activists, Imperial Women, elected officials, Civil Rights attorneys, NAACP officials, Peace in the Hood, rally on Public Square for Trayvon, want Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law repealed, want Cleveland area courts investigated

Occupy Cleveland Benefit Video Clips

Thank you so much to all the musicians and people who came out to support the community. We appreciate it!

Katty Whomp Us * Zach * Charlie Mosbrook * Dead Ahead

Fun reads: Occupied Stories

Website featuring first-person news from the Occupy Movement.

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

  • Wednesdays @ 8 PM – Drum Circle at Info Tent
  • Wednesdays @ 8 PM – Womens meeting
  • Thurs., April 5 @ 1 PM – Cleveland American Indian movement protesting outside Progressive Field against Chief Wahoo logo and team name “Indians” – Info
  • Fri., April 6 – Street Cleaning Direct Action on West Side
  • 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
  • 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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“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”

~ Elie Wiesel

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.

  • Wednesdays @ 8 PM – Drum Circle at Info Tent
  • Wednesdays @ 8 PM – Womens meeting
  • Thurs., April 5 @ 1 PM – Cleveland American Indian movement protesting outside Progressive Field against Chief Wahoo logo and team name “Indians” – Info
  • Fri., April 6 – Street Cleaning Direct Action on West Side
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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