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Duke Energy Action: CLEAN UP YOUR ASH! #waveofaction Kick-Off!

April 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

DUKE ENERGY: USE YOUR OWN CASH TO CLEAN UP YOUR ASH!

FRIDAY APRIL 4
5:30-7:30P
4TH & TRADE (CIVIC PLAZA-ACROSS FROM CVS)
DOWNTOWN WINSTON-SALEMThe Triad Duke Energy Action Group is sponsoring the first #waveofactionevent in our area. It will take place near Civic Plaza. We will be passing outcoal ash info flyers to passers-by and inviting folks to attend the Duke Energy Shareholders Meeting Rally & Protest on May Day. Weather-willing we MAY even have some activist clips screening starting around 6:30! (Rain date will be the first Friday of May)We will be calling for:
#1 Duke Energy to Clean Up the Dan River and ALL coal ash lagoons in an environmentally safe manner contained from our communities. Duke Energy has paid ZERO taxes and received a net REFUND of nearly $300 MILLION DOLLARS despite making $9 billion dollars in profit since 2008; they should incur the entire cost of the cleanups, not taxpayers or ratepayers.

#2 Duke Energy to place a moratorium for residential energy cut-offs as the real wages for working people remain stagnant or falling while the costs of living and energy are soaring. Duke Energy to credid the $1.50 processing fee for all cash payment locations.

#3 Come CLEAN, Pat! Gov. McCrory MUST disclose the full extent of his connections and investments with his 30 year fobrmer employer Duke Energy (a state regulated for-profit utility MONOPOLY) and share ALL information with the Federal Gov’t pertaining to NC State Gov’t-DENR-Duke Energy connections.


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DAVID POWERS MUST RESIGN FROM UNC BOARD OF GOVERNORS:

November 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

EVERYONE please stop and take the time to sign this petition and read primer below:
http://www.change.org/petitions/david-powers-of-reynolds-american-alec-unc-b-o-g-step-down-from-the-board-of-governors-of-unc

Occupy Winston-Salem is teaming up with Alianza, NC Student Power Union, NC State Greens, peeps from the Moral Monday Movement, farm labor activists and others to GET David Powers and ALEC corporate-funded interests OUT of the UNC SYSTEM BOARD OF GOVERNORS.

David Powers is a VP for Reynolds American, a recent national level Treasurer for ALEC’s corporate board, and a board member for Real Jobs NC (an Art Pope funded Political Action Committee). Let’s also not forget that Reynolds American profits from horrific farm labor abuse:
http://www.oxfamamerica.org/publications/a-state-of-fear-human-rights-abuses-in-north-carolinas-tobacco-industry

Since his appointment to the UNC Board, David Powers has made it HIS job to help spearhead the abolition of tuition rate hike caps (resulting in system-wide 9-12% tuition hikes.. and more to come!), the reduction of required financial aid allotments, and making recommendations for shaping the UNC System curriculum from a public to a far more private (i.e. corporate) controlled (yet publicly-subsidized) curriculum. That means humanities, history, philosophy, the arts and other programs that help us to become independent thinkers and fuller human beings are in dire jeopardy

Our response is that we’ve got to KICK OUT the Powers that be- we don’t need a tobacco industry lobbyist screwing NC higher education to the wall!

Please not only SIGN this petition but get TEN of your like-minded peeps to stop this madness! This will be distributed at every monthly BOG meeting until Powers resigns!

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TRAYVON MARTIN RALLY & VIGIL IN WINSTON-SALEM

July 16, 2013 in News, Resources, Uncategorized

TUESDAY JULY 16th

700 Block of MLK, Jr. Drive

7:30p-Rally

8:00p-Speakers

8:40p-Vigil (approximate time)

http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_e1ef46c8-ed84-11e2-b1cd-001a4bcf6878.html

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OCCUPY WINSTON ASSEMBLY & PLANNING MEETING JUNE 12 @ 6:30

June 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

Zuccotti Park is re-occupied, the People’s Occupation Movement in Turkey is AMAZING, and so we must re-occupy our meetings right here in Winston-Salem! During this assembly & planning meeting we will plan ahead for the June 19 Duke Energy Rate Hilke Rally before the hearings and begin to decide/brainstorm on future campaigns for the next several months. We will have another assembly in July and planning meetings for different events.

GOT AN IDEA FOR A CAMPAIGN/PROJECT?
GOT AN EVENT YOU WANT OCCUPY TO ENDORSE/JOIN?
JUST WANNA CHECK OUT WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO LATELY?

Cmon down to our Assembly!
6:30 @ the Forsyth County Library MEETING ROOM 202 (NOT the auditorium- UPSTAIRS!) 660 West 5th Street

Onward!

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WALMART ACTION POSTPONED!

June 7, 2013 in News

ATTENTION! DUE TO WEATHER THE WALMART ACTION PLANNED FOR TODAY (FRI JUNE 7) HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL SOMETIME IN JULY! 

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Honoring the 1940′s Local 22 Tobacco Union Strike in Winston-Salem, NC

April 23, 2013 in News, Resources, Uncategorized


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BANK OF AMERICA & DUKE ENERGY SHAREHOLDER MEETING DATES SET:

April 3, 2013 in News, Uncategorized

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DUKE ENERGY: MAY 2, CHARLOTTE (rally @ 9am)

526 S Church Street, Charlotte NC

 

BANK OF AMERICA: MAY 8, CHARLOTTE (more info TBA! be parked n ready to rally by 8:30am!)

 

Facebook Event Pages:

https://www.facebook.com/events/547165198657747/

https://www.facebook.com/events/133764126805875/

 

 

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Winston-Salem City Council Passes Our Resolution Against Citizens United & Money As Free Speech!

March 23, 2013 in News, Resources, Uncategorized

Just in case you haven’t heard, Winston-Salem City Council PASSED our Resolution Against Citizens United/Money Equals Free Speech 5-2!! (Molly Leight was unfortunately out of town so we could have likely had a 6-2 victory!)

More specifics can be found here: http://yesweeklyblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/winston-salem-city-council-passes.html

We would like to especially thank City Councilman James Taylor for introducing the resolution and all of the City Council Members who voted to pass it! We’d also like to thank Linda Sutton and Democracy NC for co-sponsoring the resolution, the entire People’s Coalition Against Citizens United and Occupy Greensboro for showing their support and attending several meetings, Rev. Bass & the Ministers Conference, Winston-Salem NAACP, Voters Legislative Transparency Project, NC Voters for Clean Elections, and around 1300 local and NC residents, community leaders, and elected officials who signed our petitions for their support and endorsements! Also a shout-out to Elon Law Faculty Eric Fink for headlining our Teach-In on Corporate Personhood. We could NOT have done this without you!

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YES MEN: Free Movie Showing and Q&A w/ founding member Patrick Lichty

March 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

Next Friday March 29 @ 7:30 Come n watch the fun documentary “The Yes Men” and enjoy a Q&A w/ Artist/Activist and founding Yes Men animator Patrick Lichty!

Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/568008839884846/?fref=ts

Patrick Lichty is a technologically-based media artist, writer, independent curator, co-founder of the performance art group Second Front, animator for the activist group, The Yes Men, and Executive Editor of Intelligent Agent Magazine. He began showing technological media art in 1989, and deals with works and writing that explore the social relations between us and media. Venues in which Lichty has been involved with solo and collaborative works include the Whitney & Turin Biennials, Maribor Triennial, Performa Performance Biennial, Ars Electronica, and the International Symposium on the Electronic Arts (ISEA). He was recently a featured presenter at the SXSW Interactive Conference in Austin in a panel titled “Art, Activism & Augmented Reality”

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NO HIKES FOR NUKE, DUKE: PROTEST & ATTEND DUKE ENERGY’S 20 YEAR PLAN FOR INSANE RATE HIKES, NUCLEAR POWER, AND ENVIRONMENTAL HAVOC!

February 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

NO HIKES FOR NUKE, DUKE!!

THIS THURSDAY FEB 28 IN CHARLOTTE - COME TO PROTEST & ATTEND DUKE ENERGY’S 20 YEAR PLAN FOR INSANE RATE HIKES, NUCLEAR POWER, AND ENVIRONMENTAL HAVOC!

LOCATION: Mecklenburg County Courthouse: Courtroom 5310, 832 E. 4th St. Charlotte, NC

CARS LEAVING WINSTON BEGINNING @ 3:30 (some may leave later) The meeting begins @ 7 however we’re gonna get there to protest outside!

Contact occupywinston@gmail.com 

Duke/Progress, (now the LARGEST power monopoly in the country!) has grabbed tremendous political influence within the state of NC and is more confident than ever in presenting their 20 year IRP (Business/Resource Plan they are obligated to present to the Utilities Commision). Greenpeace Charlotte, the Statewide Energy Roundtable (including NCWARN and others) & The Environmental Working Group (essentially Occupy Charlotte lol) has done a fantastic job of demanding and securing a SECOND IRP meeting in Charlotte (the first one was in Raleigh on January 29) This plan is ultimately a recipe of more environmental destruction, destruction of jobs in mining areas with no plan forward, destruction of arable land via hydraulic natural gas extraction, and more nuclear power plants (Fukushima, anyone??)

http://www.consumersagainstratehikes.org/consumer-alliance-warns-of-a-doubling-of-electricity-rates-under-duke-energys-business-plan/

As many of you know, Gov. McCrory was a Duke Executive for almost 3 decades. (and essentially still is!) http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/watchdog-group-concerned-over-mccrory-regulating-d/nWQnj/ 

ALSO the chairman of the NC House Utilities Committee Mike Hager is a Duke Energy Employee (whaaat? YES.) http://greenpeaceblogs.org/tag/american-legislative-exchange-council/

ALSO Mike Hager & Duke Energy are big-time ALEC Members (WHAT? Yes.) http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/print-edition/2012/05/11/duke-buys-in-to-alec-meeting.html?page=all

Our response is:

  • Make Renewable Energy A Global Right!

  • Transform Communities devastated by Mountaintop removal into new centers of renewable energy for the region!

  • NO more subsidizing Profit-mad Energy corps!

  • NO to NC Senate Bill 10 which would effectively give Duke Energy and other corporate power in NC a mandate to take over all state regulatory commissions (as if they weren’t frightening enough already) This link is a wealth of info on the IRP (Integrated Resource Plan) from an environmental perspective including a webinar, etc: http://www.ncwarn.org/2012/12/irp-and-rate-hike-hearings/

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COME SUPPORT OUR RESOLUTION @ THE CITY COUNCIL GOVT CMTE. MEETING: TUES, FEB 12 @ 6PM!

February 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

Are you REALLY worried about the state of the Union? (not to mention the general state of unions?!) Come support us on Feb 12 Tues evening @ 6pm, City Hall 101 N Main as we the City Council Govt Cmte. discusses our resolution against Citizens United/Corporate Personhood!
ALSO.. Check out this EXCELLENT talk by Jeff Clements, author of Corporations Are Not People:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psJJRiazR78

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THIS Saturday Feb 9, 7th ANNUAL HKonJ! (Historic Thousands on Jones st)

February 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

Please join Occupy Winston-Salem will be joining hundreds of other local residents as we attend  the 7th Annual Historic Thousands on Jones St in Raleigh! 

Buses: Winston-Salem: Do you want to ride the bus? Leaving East Winston Food Lion Shopping Center at 7:00am on Feb. 9th. We will return by 4:00pm. Snacks will be provided. Please RSVP for your free seat by Feb. 2nd. Contact Linda Sutton at 870-2168 (ljsutton2000@hotmail.com) or Wayne Patterson at 995-3072 (swaynelaw@yahoo.com) Food Lion address is 1499 New Walkertown Rd. http://goo.gl/maps/xIoZl 

Occupy WS Carpool: There may be a carpool heading to Raleigh please check back on Fri! However we recommend the bus for a reliable bet! Please RSVP above!

Please click on these links for more info:  hkonj.com and http://occupywinstonsalem.org/events/7th-annual-hkonj-historic-thousands-on-jones/#.URB93aU818E

 

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SUNDAY 2PM ASSEMBLY/PLANNING MEETING and MONDAY CITY COUNCIL MEETING 7 (arrive early!)

December 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 SUNDAY 2-4ish:  Planning meeting to prepare for Mon. City Council Meeting and other actions

Sunday general assembly and planning meetings will now begin at 2PM (not 3 pm)

Join us this Sunday Dec. 16 from 2-4 at the COMMUNITY ARTS CAFÉ for a planning session for the Dec. 17 City Council meeting Our goal is to have a comprehensive list of arguments presented to the City Council to pass a resolution against the 2010 Supreme Court ruling and in support of a constutional amendment that clarifies the Bill of Rights as only applicable to NATURAL persons and not large corporations. We are going to discuss our strategy and other actions that may happen before the holidays. 

 Dec. 17 City Council Meeting (Citizens United Resolution) and after-meeting get-together.

Join Democracy NC, Occupy, and several other organizations, concerned residents, and activists on Monday Dec. 17 7 pm (PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY!) as we make our first formal petition before the City Council urging them to pass a resolution against Citizens United! The City Council Meeting will be held at City Hall (101 N Main St.) right across Main St. from the big Wells Fargo building J 

After this event we will have an Anniversary get-together most likely at Mellow Mushroom or a similar downtown establishment. (according to the forecasts chances are there will be rain so an outdoor event may not happen… but stay tuned!)


OCCUPY Walmart – Sunday 12/9 2-4 pm Peter’s Creek Pkwy

December 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

New GA Time

December 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

Our meeting time has changed to 2 – 4 pm (still the 3rd Sat of each month at Community Arts Cafe).

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*UPDATE* WALMART SOLIDARITY PROTEST TODAY@ HANES MILL RD/UNIV. PKWY WALMART!

November 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

*UPDATE* SOLIDARITY ACTION TODAY FROM 1-3  @ HANES MILL WALMART 320 E Hanes Mill on sidewalk near Chic-fil-A!

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SUPER-IMPORTANT OCCUPY ASSEMBLY THIS SUNDAY!!

November 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

The most IMPORTANT GA in months! COMMUNITY ARTS CAFE @ 3PM! (4th and Spruce St. downstairs!)

People power is BACK with a vengeance and we are planning several actions, including Walmart BLACK FRIDAY solidarity actions, our anniversary date with the Winston-Salem City Council on Dec 17 to petition a resolution against Corporate Personhood/Citizens United (and an ANTI-PAPA ANNIVERSARY PIZZA PARTY afterwards???) and a brand new sexy Reynolds American campaign for early 2013! BTW if you haven’t been to a GA a in a while we’ve relaxed the structure a lot so it’s a much more circular discussion! SEE YOU THERE!

Monday 6PM City Council Meeting!! Prevent Homelessness!

October 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

Monday 6PM City Council Meeting!!

75 West Side Apartments families, many of them elderly and disabled, are facing eviction. Let’s show up at the City Council meeting tomorrow at 6pm to support these families. We can make it easy for our city leaders to stick to their responsibility to ensure that these residents are not made homeless and are not negatively impacted by their votes to allow the property owner to rezone these homes.

http://yesweeklyblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/winston-salem-council-pauses-on_2.html

#GlobalNoise day 10.13 is being re-scheduled – Please check back for updates!!

October 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Massive Protests Across Southern Europe: Livestreaming Now!

September 29, 2012 in News

://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution
Today, Saturday, September 29th, a huge protest is planned: Spain, Greece and Portugal look to be the big ones. Smaller protests are expected in London, Rome and the Netherlands. It all starts at six pm (Madrid is six hours ahead of EST, so the protests will start at 12 noon – our time, 9 am PST). 40 cities in Spain will be joining the protest, calling it a global emergency and some have tweeted that the Revolution might happen today.

The Spanish Citizens will be surrounding Congress again, demanding the resignation of their government and new elections.

A new tactic of global resistance is emerging: “Surround the Congress.” Following #25S, when thousands of protestors converged on Spain’s parliament building in Madrid to denounce austerity and the kidnapping of popular sovereignty by the Troika and the Markets, similar actions will take place Saturday September 29th across Spain and in a number of European capitals, including Rome, Lisbon, London, Brussels, and Amsterdam. With momentum behind the new tactic growing, AdBusters has called for an October 31 “Halloween Party” on Capitol Hill. http://ht.ly/2sqdVH

Live Streams: Global Revolution: http://www.livestream.com/ globalrevolution All Livestreams Here: http://ht.ly/2sqdVH Spain LiveStream: http://bit.ly/OqbUks Spain LiveStream: http://www.rtve.es/ noticias/directo2 Greece Live Stream: LiveStream: http://www.livestream.com/ stopcarteltvgr

On Twitter, you can follow the #29S hashtag: http://bit.ly/QmE5Mp and the #S29 hashtag: http://bit.ly/P1nNNM Also hashtags: #29sSíSePuede http://bit.ly/R1CfSe and #ows http://bit.ly/QBrzfn

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We will NOT present our CU petitions to City Hall on Oct. 1

September 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

We will update this site when we have a date to present

No GA Sept. 16 due to #S17

September 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


DUE TO #S17, we will skip the GA, see you all Oct. 21st!!

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UPCOMING MARCH ON WALL ST SOUTH AND OTHER DNC EVENTS IN CHARLOTTE!

August 31, 2012 in News

FOR INFO ON RIDES PLEASE REFER TO DEBRA’S POST BELOW.

IF YOU PREFER TO TRAVEL ON YOUR OWN TO CHARLOTTE PLEASE REFER TO THESE LINKS FOR PARKING & BUSES:
http://wallstsouth.org/parking-bus-drop-offs-maps/

http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2012/08/29/charlotte-center-city-dnc-parking.html

DNC and Pre-DNC Events and Protests: Please visit www.wallstsouth.org and http://occupythednc.us/ for more info!

Planned events include:

SATURDAY SEPT 1, 1pm-10pm: Festival Liberacion/Liberation Fest @ Area 15 (privately owned-facility) will be hosting this wonderful concert and workshop event! For more info http://occupywinstonsalem.org/events/liberation-festfestival-liberacion-in-charlotte/#.UCwAr01lQ3g ,http://wallstsouth.org/march-on-wall-street-south/week-of-actions/festivaliberacion/

SUNDAY SEPT 2
1am-5/6pm: THE BIG EVENT: MARCH ON WALL ST. SOUTH (the actual march will begin around 1 pm) http://occupywinstonsalem.org/events/march-on-wall-st-south-charlotte-sun-sept-2/#.UCwBNk2PXng ; www.wallstsouth.org This is an officially approved PERMITTED event: http://www.wbtv.com/story/18649414/protestors-demand-city-permits-for-dnc
8pm-1am: OCCUPY TO FREE BRADLEY MANNING DANCE PARTY DEMCON 2012 RECLAIM CHARLOTTE NC STREETS 8pm in Frazier Park. This dance event is not an official permitted event.

MON. LABOR DAY, SEPT 3
10am-12:30pm Annual Charlotte Labor Day March- Route TBA- please check out this website for updates.http://charlottelabordayparade.shutterfly.com/pressrelease http://charlottelabordayparade.shutterfly.com/
1pm-5pm Southern Workers Assembly:http://occupywinstonsalem.org/events/southern-workers-assembly-charlotte-labor-day/#.UC3SEN1lQ3ghttp://wallstsouth.org/march-on-wall-street-south/week-of-actions/southern-workers-assembly/

TUES. SEPT 4: Occupy the Military Industrial Complex Peace Camp https://www.facebook.com/events/425927754087127/

WED. SEPT 5, 6PM: UndocuNation in NC https://www.facebook.com/events/159532827517272/

TRANSPORTATION TO CHARLOTTE 9/1-9/3

August 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

OUR TIME HAS ARRIVED

Join us for the March on Wall Street South in Charlotte on Sunday 9/2

We previously announced that we would have vans leaving, but that plan was foiled by the evil overlords of the corporatized private transportation industry.  Instead, we will carpool from Thruway (meet in front of the new Trader Joe’s, formerly Border’s).  We need to leave promptly at 9, the rally begins at 11 and parking is going to be a BITCH.  Please e-mail debdemske@gmail.com if you plan to carpool with us.

There could be up to 10,000 people at this march.

This event promises to be the biggest protest in North Carolina’s history.  DON’T MISS IT, MAKE HISTORY

Here are the contingents that will be marching with us:

  • Unemployed workers
  • Organize the South! Workers Rights are Human Rights!
  • No Papers No Fear/Sin Papeles y Sin Miedo (Undocumented/Immigrants Rights organized by the Undocubus)
  • LGBTQ
  • Housing is a Right! Stop home foreclosures!
  • Youth and Students
    • Including Stop the School to Prison Pipeline section
  • Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad
    • Including No War/No Warming, anti-drone,  and Free All Political Prisoners sections

August 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Change in General Assembly

July 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

There are 2 changes to our General Assemblies.

First, we are thrilled that the Community Arts Café at 411 West 4th Street  Winston-Salem, NC 27101 (Downstairs) has kindly agreed to host our GA’s on a regular basis.  We really like getting out to other places, and may occasionally do that, but for now, we don’t want to spend a lot of time finding spaces to schedule the GA’s.

Secondly, we seem to have developed into a group that is constantly in a whirlwind of motion!!  OW-S is EVERYWHERE!!!  We wanted to try having just one GA a month, 3rd Sunday of each month, to give ourselves time to participate in more activities.

So, until it’s changed at a future GA,

we will meet the 3rd Sunday of every month from 3-5 pm downstairs at the Community Arts Café.

Hope to see you there in August!!

OCCUPY With MUSIC as a form of PROTEST!!

July 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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TEACH-IN: CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE?

July 13, 2012 in News

Democracy NC and Occupy Winston-Salem presents: A Teach-In on Corporate Personhood and the Citizens United Ruling

Recently, the Citizens United Supreme Court Decision from 2010 has unleashed unprecedented amounts of money into the political landscape, allowing these “super-persons” to influence national and state legislation even more directly than ever. These rulings have brought to light the legal argument that big business lawyers have altered the legal definition of personhood to extend constitutional rights to huge corporations that were originally intended for natural persons.
Want to know more about it?
Understand some things about Corporate Personhood but having a hard time explaining it?
This teach-in will help to explain Corporate Personhood, its origins, and its devastating effects on our rights as natural persons over the past century of its legal evolution.
Wednesday July 18 @ 6:30PM, Central Library Auditorium, 660 W 5th St., Winston-Salem (Refreshments at 6!)

Visit our event page for more info: http://occupywinstonsalem.org/events/citizens-united-teach-in/

 

Is Big Business Healthcare Making Us Sick?

July 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

Join us Thursday, July 12 at 6:30 pm at the Parkway United Church of Christ for an expert panel discussion on the state of health care in our nation and how it is affecting us. Topics of this panel discussion should include Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, contraception, health care as a business, the financial status of non-profit hospitals and how community investment is monitored. Scheduled speakers include Dr. Johnathan Kotch, award-winning and distinguished professor of the UNC Chapel Hill Dept. of Public Health , and Dr. Gus Montana, both members of Health Care for All, NC

http://www.healthcareforallnc.org/index.cfm?temp_id=99999.
Meet with us at 6:30 for refreshment – discussion will begin at 7:00.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States spent more on health care per capita ($7,146), and more on health care as percentage of its GDP (15.2%), than any other nation in 2008. The USA pays twice as much on health care. Currently, the USA has a higher infant mortality rate than most of the world’s industrialized nations, and in the United States life expectancy is 42nd in the world, after Chile (35th) and Cuba (37th). The World Health Organization (WHO), in 2000, ranked the U.S. health care system as the highest in cost, first in responsiveness, 37th in overall performance, and 72nd by overall level of health (among 191 member nations included in the study). 49.9 million residents, 16.3% of the population, were uninsured in 2010. A 2004 OECD report said: “With the exception of Mexico, Turkey, and the United States, all OECD countries had achieved universal or near-universal (at least 98.4% insured) coverage of their populations by 1990. The 2004 IOM report observed “lack of health insurance causes roughly 18,000 unnecessary deaths every year in the United States.”]while a 2009 Harvard study estimated that 44,800 excess deaths occurred annually due to lack of health. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care_in_the_United_States

Citizens United Petition Drive and Movie Night with Democracy NC

July 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

Civic Park at 4th & Trade St. Friday July 6th, 6:00pm.  The Citizens United Supreme Court Decision from 2010 has unleashed unprecedented amounts of money into the political landscape, eroding our election process, and making human people less important than corporate “people” to our political system.  Join OCCUPIERS and members of Democracy NC (non-partisan group  working against the Citizens United decision) in sharing all the reasons why money is NOT speech and corporations are NOT people.   Democracy NC will share a video with us.  Our petition asks the City Council of Winston Salem to pass a resolution to call on Congress for a constitutional amendment overturning the Citizens United decision.

https://www.change.org/petitions/city-of-winston-salem-stand-up-for-the-rights-of-natural-persons

Novant Layoffs – RAISE YOUR VOICE

June 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

YES WEEKLY Blog reporter Jordan Green wrote an article about Occupy Winston Salem’s protest against the Novant layoffs on Wednesday June 6.  Occupy Winston Salem is asking all OCCUPIERS to visit this blog post and comment about your feelings about these layoffs.  https://vimeo.com/43576335


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TWO UPDATES: POSSIBLE RAIN THIS EVENING AND CHOMSKY TALK A *SOLO* ACT!

June 1, 2012 in News

Petition kick-off weather forecast tonight, June 1

As much as we would LOVE to kick-off our renewed peititon drive against corporate personhood ”rain or shine” there are severe weather warnings for this evening. For now the petition kick-off is still a GO, however if it is pouring, provided there are no tornado warnings or extraordinary weather, several of us may still get together somewhere downtown this evening near Civic Plaza. TBA depending on weather! BTW if you have NOT signed the online petition, please do so: https://www.change.org/petitions/city-of-winston-salem-stand-up-for-the-rights-of-natural-persons

CHOMSKY TALK TOMORROW/SATURDAY A *SOLO ACT*

UPDATE: The prior Chomsky/Galtung public discussion tomorrow Saturday, June 2 has CHANGED. Galtung will unfortunately NOT be speaking. However on hte good side that means MORE Chomsky for us. Please visit our event page for more info. THANKS:

http://occupywinstonsalem.org/events/chomsky-galtung-talk-expanding-the-global-peace-culture-what-will-it-look-like-and-how-will-it-happen/

 

 

 

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FUNNY ALEC CARTOON FROM OUR OWN OCCU-FAMILY:

May 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

Click on the picture to enlarge!
Then check out these less-amusing-but-essential links for more info on ALEC:
www.alecexposed.org
http://www.vltp.net/alec/alecs-spring-agenda
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COVERAGE OF UPCOMING ANTI-NATO PROTESTS IN CHICAGO MAY 18-21

May 17, 2012 in News

Here is coverage of the upcoming NATO Protests in Chicago by Democracy Now,
The protests have been endorsed by Occupy Wall St., Chicago, L.A., D.C., American Friends Service Committee, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Occupy co-founders Ad-Busters, and MANY MANY more orgs: http://natoprotest.org/
Also, here is info on the People’s Counter-Summit happening two days before the NATO Summit at the following link:
http://www.natofreefuture.org/2012/01/conference-info/

 

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BANK OF AMERICA SHAREHOLDER MEETING PROTEST

May 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

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MARCH ON REYNOLDS AMERICAN THURS. MAY 3!! ALL HANDS ON DECK!!

May 2, 2012 in News

Join us on May 3 as we rally and march for justice for tobacco farmworkers!  For over 4 years FLOC has asked Reynolds American to meet with the farmworkers who harvest their tobacco to discuss how to put an end to the human rights abuses occurring in NC tobacco fields. While Reynolds continues business as usual, farmworkers continue to suffer from sub minimum wages, pesticide and nicotine poisoning, uninhabitable housing, lack of water and breaks at work, and fatalities:

 

10:00am Meet at Lloyd Presbyterian Church
748 N Chestnut St., Winston Salem, NC 27101
Free parking is available at Lloyd, or pay lots are  available downtown.Nearest lot to Reynolds is  across from the front entrance on Main St. between 4th and 5th.
10:30 Demonstration at Reynolds Headquarters
401 N Main St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 followed by Rally at 4th and Trade St. and march through downtown Winston Salem, ending back at Lloyd Presbyterian.
Lunch will be provided.
Did you know? Reynolds is also a corporate sponsor of ALEC, and Reynolds exec David Powers sits on ALEC’s corporate board. Reynolds made nearly 1.5 billion dollars a year in profits last year while most farmworkers continue to live in poverty.  Last year, Reynolds CEO Daniel Delen made 8.5 million dollars. At the same time the company was raking in billions, it also slashed thousands of jobs from it’s processing plants in Winston Salem, leaving thousands of hard working families without a paycheck. Tell Reynolds it’s time to take responsibility for it’s actions and it’s supply chain.  We will not stand by as Reynolds turns a blind eye to human rights abuses, puts profit over people, and supports anti-worker, anti-immigrant corporations like ALEC!
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MAY DAY EVENT IN GREENSBORO TODAY @ 5PM: UNITY!

May 1, 2012 in News

May Day May Day! Stop Everything! Occupy Everywhere! Carpool to Greensboro @ Thruway Shopping Center @ 4PM leaving by 4:15!  March/Rally/Potluck in Greensboro’s Governmental Plaza @ 5 PM!
http://occupygreensboro.org/ai1ec_event/may-day-in-greensboro-an-injury-to-one-is-an-injury-to-all-marchrallypotluck/?instance_id=28476
“AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL   We are currently on the defensive; from attacks on workers’ rights, to the  criminalization of people of color, to the persecution of undocumented  immigrants, to draconian proposals such as Amendment One. They originate as  part of the same system that seeks to divide and conquer, to oppress,  disenfranchise, and abuse the working class. We say enough is enough, we need  to unite our various movements and work together, in solidarity, to create a  new, a better world.
Come talk, listen, march, dance, eat, and celebrate the solidarity among all!”
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FLOC’s CAMPAIGN: TEACH-IN & POTLUCK

April 25, 2012 in News

Heard about the May 3 protest against Reynolds American’s involvement with deplorable labor conditions and A.L.E.C.? Well this Friday, come learn about the organizers, FLOC (Farm Labor Organizing Committee) and their latest campaign to seek justice for farm workers from Reynolds American!
Lloyd Presbyterian Church
748 N. Chestnut Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
6:30-7PM Meet & Greet
7:15-8:30 Teach-In & Forum
More info: www.supportfloc.org and www.alecexposed.org
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Tax Wall Street! Support Our Postal Workers!

April 13, 2012 in News

Every day is a Tax Holiday for Wall Street and the banking industry! Well we’re here to say: THE HOLIDAY IS OVER!
While Wall St. and the Banks are enjoying unprecedented tax breaks, the US Postal Service is scheduled to be gutted- the consequences of which will close thousands of offices and put hundreds of thousands of postal employees out of work http://www.apwu.org/news/webart/2012/12-026-s1789-april-120330.htm

 

On Monday April 16, Occupy Winston-Salem and other local activist organizations and local residents will hold a community protest at the Waughtown Area Post Office, tentatively scheduled from 12PM-2PM (media primetime @ 12:30-1:30) the address is 1995 Pleasant St.
The Pleasant St. Post Office services the Waughtown Area Community, many of whom walk to the post office. The Waughtown Area is among the most diverse, predominantly working class communities in Winston-Salem. It is the only Post Office slated to be shut-down http://southwinston-salem.myfox8.com/news/news/63186-residents-protest-waughtown-post-office-closure-proposal after already having faced shortened service hours.
http://ctj.org/ctjreports/2011/11/corporate_taxpayers_corporate_tax_dodgers_2008-2010.php
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TEACH-IN ON A.L.E.C., MON APRIL 9 @ 7PM: WSSU COLTRANE HALL!

April 8, 2012 in News, Resources

EVENT PAGE FOR MORE INFO, MAPS, PARKING ETC: http://occupywinstonsalem.org/events/a-l-e-c-teach-in-and-forum-wssu-coltrane-hall/
On Monday April 9, @ 7PM, Coltrane Hall 211, Occupy Winston and Occupy WSSU/HBCU will co-host a Teach-In and Public Forum on A.L.E.C. (American Legislative Exchange Council): the Corporate-Government alliance at the core of much of the regressive legislation that we have seen occurring all across the country (“Stand Your Ground” Law relevant to Trayvon Martin shooting, Voter ID laws, anti-immigrant laws, anti-public school teacher laws, anti-EPA laws, pro-private prison and pro-insurance industry laws, and the list goes on and on!) NC has become of the legislative and strategic epi-centers for ALEC… and also those who wish to expose the direct power that coporations have in the government. The main presenter will be Ron Rabatski, author of several of the most revealing investigative articles on ALEC. For more info on ALEC: http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed , http://www.prwatch.org/news/2012/04/11416/breaking-intuit-out-alec-coke-kraft-pepsi-too-while-koch-stands-ground
http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/a-primer-on-alec-its-influence-and-its-presence-in-north-carolina/Content?oid=2666829 An article by Ron Rabatsky: http://coffeepartyusa.com/cx-trojan-horse