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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!)
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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.
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!
September 29, 2012 in News
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
August 31, 2012 in News
IF YOU PREFER TO TRAVEL ON YOUR OWN TO CHARLOTTE PLEASE REFER TO THESE LINKS FOR PARKING & BUSES:
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/
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/
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:
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:
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!
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!
“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!”
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!
6:30-7PM Meet & Greet
7:15-8:30 Teach-In & Forum
More info: www.supportfloc.org and www.alecexposed.org
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.
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
|Wear your Black Hoodies and bring your signs as we rally for Trayvon Martin on MLK Jr. Drive at 5pm on Wednesday March 28th!!!|
March 17, 2012 in News
Come one, come all and celebrate with us downtown. Sept. 17 is the day it all began in Zucotti Park, n’ believe it er not, we’re already half-way around the calendar year!
Occupy Winston will have an info table at 4th and Trade (Civic Park) from around noon until 5- however this will only be “home base” as we will have petition and flyer-passing teams going around town, a 6′ 5″ Leprechaun on the run from greedy investors and other fun activities!
We will have several petitions and can do some mini-crash-study sessions/mock petitioning if you wanna get yer feet wet before petitioning or flyering.
Please, come by the table or call and we will update you on where different petition teams are going. Come when you can n’ for as long as you can. ALL HANDS ON DECK!!
March 10, 2012 in News
We will have a meet-n-greet prior to the teach-in @ 7pm featuring local activist Janet Owen. EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT AMENDMENT ONE PLEASE ATTEND THIS MEETING! IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT AMENDMENT ONE ABSOLUTELY ATTEND THIS MEETING!! We will be discussing ways that local activists long-time and new can work together to educate and mobilize the greater Forsyth County public about this upcoming statewide vote on May 8! Click on the flyer for more info:
March 7, 2012 in News
Several Occupy Winston-Salem members will be protesting NC House Speaker Thom Tillis this afternoon, WED Mar. 7 for his connections with A.L.E.C. (American Legislative Exchange Council) and his championing recent regressive, pro-big business, anti-worker legislation.
Wednesday, March 7th
150 Lucy Lane,
Lewisville, NC 27023 Rally starts between 4:30 PM and 5:00 PM. Town Hall starts at 6:00 PM
This is not an official Occupy Winston-Salem event and we have not, as a coaltion, chosen to endorse any specific party or candidate- however this will be an EXCELLENT opportunity to continue to expose the depth of corporate dominance over our political process.
For more on ALEC in NC: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/a-primer-on-alec-its-influence-and-its-presence-in-north-carolina/Content?oid=2666829
For in-depth coverage of ALEC: http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed
February 29, 2012 in News
RAIN OR SHINE FOLKS!!! Our day has had a BEAUTIFUL start (despite the serious faces in the screnshot haha! ) when we protested in fron of Wells Fargo and had another People’s Assembly at City Hall (right across the street).
We will see you ALL sometime 4-6. If you can only come for a bit come 4:30-5:30!!
THURS FEB 23-JOIN US FOR DISCUSSION ABOUT NC STATEWIDE GA & W-S PROTEST AGAINST ALEC & CORPRATE GREED
WE ARE THE 99%; OUR VOICES MUST BE HEARD! LET’S DISCUSS IDEAS FOR THE FIRST EVER NC STATEWIDE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND THE FEB 29 NATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST LEAP INTO ACTION AGAINST ALEC AND CORPORATE GREED. PLANNING MEETING IS THURS FEB 23 FROM 5:30-7:30PM AT BREAKFAST OF COURSE ON TRADE ST IN DOWNTOWN WINSTON-SALEM. SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS BY DRINKING FREE COFFEE PROVIDED BY OCCUPY WINSTON-SALEM. HOPE TO SEE MANY OLD & NEW FRIENDS THERE.*
On the weekend of Feb. 24th-26th, we invite you to Raleigh for a Statewide General Assembly for all North Carolina Occupations. We ask you to join together in changing the game again as we take the next step in restoring justice, dignity and power to the people of North Carolina.
Occupy NC (Greensboro) Occupy Durham Occupy Duke Occupy NCSU Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro Occupy Winston Salem Occupy Wilmington Occupy Asheville Occupy Boone Occupy Greenville NC
Occupy Raleigh Endures, Convenes Statewide Assembly Feb. 24-26 | Occupy Raleigh
On September 17th, 2011, the world changed. Never before in American history had a group so diverse come together to fight against the corrupt powers of plutocracy. All day they rallied, they talked, they shared ideas, they formed plans, they held a general assembly. People came together from all ov…
February 13, 2012 in News
By the summer we hope to have visited every ward of Winston-Salem at least once if not several times. In response to the media negative hype that the Occupy movement ‘does not have a message’ we will bring specific demands to the Winston-Salem communities and hearing stories of how each aspect of global/national economic injustice affects our region. Every 99 days we will be focusing on several of our Points of Unity and connecting them with the wards that have been affected by these issues. Of course, this does not mean that many of us will not also be involved in other issues such as Foreclosure Prevention, however this campaign will help to ground us and push us to reach out to the Greater Winston Community instead of expecting everyone to always come to us. The 99 day strategy will also help to focus our resources, especially during the colder months and have a ‘road map’ of sorts that we can plan around. We will also be participating in several regional, national, and solidarity actions during this time.
PHASE I: FEBRUARY 14 – MAY 22
#1 Stand Up for Social and Economic Justice!
#2 We the People not We the Corporations!
#3 Free Speech is No Longer For Sale! (Money is not Free Speech!)
(Examples of possible future 99 Day projects could be: Money for Schools not Bombs: Stand Up Against War Profiteering and Education Cuts, Quality Healthcare is a Right not a Privilege, etc. ) (please click image to enlarge)
February 12, 2012 in News
The Sixth Annual Historic Thousands on Jones was by far the largest ever and a truly blockbuster event! One of the fantastic things about it was that we heard numerous slogans made famous by the Occupy Movement, which is exactly what we are about: galvanizing others to take a stronger stand on corporate greed, corruption, and economic and social injustice! The world is listening- have courage! Onward friends! North Carolina has People Power, yawl!
February 10, 2012 in News
MEET 4-6p TODAY 2/10 AT REYNOLDS ON MAIN ST TO PROTEST UNFAIR LAYOFFS. If we approach 25 person capacity we will have another group picket further down 4th St!!
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January 22, 2012 in News
Sometime over the next week, OccupyWinstonSalem.org will be suffering some DOWNTIME. We are migrating control of the domain name to a different server, and this will require a short period where the website will not be functioning.
Not to worry, all of the current content should be retained without any trouble.
Sorry for the inconvenience,
January 9, 2012 in News
Please join us at 5:30 City Hall (101 N. Main St.) as the Public Safety Committee reviews City Council Member Dan Besse’s proposal to amend city ordinance 38-3 pertaining to open-air public meetings. This is a concern to all citizens, since the proposed changes severely encroach upon First Amendment Rights to Free Speech.
Show your support against limiting free speech by helping us pack this meeting tonight.The meeting will be held in room 239.
Hope to see you there.
ENVIRONMENTAL MOVIES/SPEAKERS @ TEMPLE EMANUEL
201 OAKWOOD DRIVE, WINSTON-SALEM, NC (ACROSS FROM THRUWAY SHOPPING CENTER
7pm, Thursday, January 5: The Real Cost of Coal (Coal and Mountaintop Removal, plus non-nuclear alternatives)
6:30pm Wednesday, January 11: FORKS OVER KNIVES
7pm Thursday, February 2: Forces of Nature
PHOTOGRAPHS: Lost on the Road to Oblivion, The Vanishing Beauty of Coal Country by Carl Gaile.
This film shares Larry Gibson’s story and the story of the people of Appalachia, who fight each day to keep their homes, keep their families safe, and their mountains intact.
Gregg Jamback Documentary film maker
Carl Gaile, photographer and winner of “Art for Conservation Grant”
Prof. Dane Kuppinger , Professor of Biology at Salem College
6:30pm Wednesday, January 11 FILM: FORKS OVER KNIVES
FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by the food we eat.
Co-sponsored by TEEM and Whole Foods.
7pm Thursday, February 2
FILM: FORCES OF NATURE
Our youth are making an environmental difference. See them and be inspired!
See the inspirational grassroots work of 12 young people recognized with the nation’s top youth environmental prize – the Brower Youth Awards.
These 13 to 22 year olds in North America have shown outstanding leadership on a project or campaign with positive environmental and social impact.
The awardees are charismatic young heroes for planet Earth, whose stories, struggles, and victories inspire people of all ages.
ALL FILMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
December 30, 2011 in News
OK folks, it’s go time. Walkupy will arrive in Winston between 1 and 3pm tomorrow (12/31). Here’s what we know, and here’s what you can do to help.
I. Walkupy arrives in Winston at the Besthesda Center between 1 and 3 pm and will immediately move into feeding the homeless (as many as 50 people).
II. After the meal we will walk from the Bethesda Center to City Hall, to arrive at City Hall around 4:00. This is not an official “march” or “parade” so be sure to obey all traffic laws (eg, wait for a green light to cross intersections). We will hold a rally (officially called a “picket”), and we have received a permit for up to 100 people; if more show than we can accommodate by separating into smaller groups. This will include a Mic-check stating our particular local and national concerns.
III. Following the rally there will be a potluck dinner at Marvin United Methodist Church. 4401 Indiana Ave, Winston-Salem, NC 27105-2513
IV. Later in the evening there will be a New Year’s Eve party, TBA.
What can you do?
1. We need your presence!
2. Invite friends
3. For the homeless meal:
a. Agree to bring one or more of the following:
1. plates, cups, forks, napkins
2. Sandwiches of all sorts
3. potato salad, cole slaw
4. drinks (soda, water, tea)
5. ice, trashbags
b. Agree to serve
4. For the walk: Agree to walk and bring a friend
5. For the rally at City Hall: Agree to participate, and bring a friend!
6. For the Pot Luck: Agree to bring food and drink.
7. Contact civic groups and/or churches to get more support.
Please email Mike McGuire right away and let me know what you are committing to for this event (e.g., “I will bring 25 ham and cheese sandwiches”): http://occupywinstonsalem.org/members/01234mike/ (call him if you already have his #!)
I’m sorry the specific times could not be better calculated, but it is hard for Walkupy to be exact due to the nature of the movement, ie, walking long distances.
Remember, what YOU do right now will make or break this event!
December 24, 2011 in News
We are planning to be a part of Walkupy as they travel through our area. Below I will post the email I sent them and the response I received.
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Ethan Smith
Date: Sat, Dec 24, 2011 at 10:08 AM
Subject: Walkupy in Winston-Salem
To Whom It May Concern;
I am a member of Occupy Winston-Salem and am seeking information from you folks about your scheduled arrival in Winston. We established a working group for this event, and a man by the name of Thomas Garner is supposed to be getting in touch with you guys in order to help facilitate planning between you and us; however, as time is very short, I thought I would go ahead and contact you as well.
I have several questions that we need to have answered;
Do you folks have any plans for what to do in Winston and how you are going to do it?
How many folks do you have?
What are the approximate times for arriving and departing?
Do you already have a chosen route (into and out of Winston)?
Since we had not already spoken with you folks about it, we are planning a several things. We need to know from you ASAP to make sure we are on track:
We are attempting to locate a suitable place for you guys to camp (again, how many will there be?)
We are working on cooking meals during your stay
We are planning a parade/march to accompany you into and out of Winston.
Walkupy Mobile Occupation Headquarters email@example.com
12:30 PM (30 minutes ago)
You may get more than one response from us also. This is Garth writing here. I do finance and web administration for Walkupy. To answer your questions:
Plans for WInston-Salem are uncertain.
We will have 15-20 walkers.
We should arrive in the late afternoon on Dec 31st and leave by 9AM on the morning of Jan 2nd.
The exact route in and out of the city is not finalized.
About your plans……
A camping spot would be great. We are looking for a place that is suitable for holding a New Years Eve party where we would invite area Occupations. We will not publish the address but rather give it out individually to anyone who calls asking for it. The location does not necessarily have to be “legal”. If we don’t have official permission to be there then it will just have to be somewhat hidden from the road or inhabited structures. If you do not know of a suitable location then we will send our scouts ahead to look for a place.
Meals would of course be…..awesome!
An entrance and exit march would also be awesome.
Thanks Ethan. My number is 618-***-****. Call anytime.
On Dec.19th, at 3:45pm, a 24 hour Open-Air Public Mtg. and Musical Performance was declared at City Hall. Although proper protocol of city ordinance was being followed, there were some difficulties getting the city to allow it. Finally, they did recognize that citizens were in compliance, as one participant read aloud Winston-Salem Ordinance Sec. 38-3-Open air meetings (d) and the city’s own written definition “to include the delivery of a public address, lecture, sermon or discourse, or the conducting of a public musical or theatrical performance”.
Later, at the W-S City Council meeting, there was discussion about changing City Hall property from public to private property. Some council members expressed concerns about needing input from the public prior to making such a decision, so it will be discussed again in early January.
While the city council meeting transpired, citizens continued to converse on a small, grassy area of City Hall lawn that had been roped off by officials. Throughout the evening and into the early morning hours, participants discussed issues, ideas and opinions as well as performed music, political satire and theatrical oral readings. Evening communication overall was positive with the police, even though they confiscated the 99% banner and said it would not be returned. In addition, the police had allowed the same banner to be used on Sat. Dec. 17 and Sun. Dec.18, The police took the banner into “evidence” and issued a warning because they said participants were breaking an ordinance as banners are not allowed downtown during the month of December. It should be noted individuals had complied with moving the banner half an hour earlier, at the request of police.
At approximately 8:45 am this morning, the Winston-Salem Police Department told individuals on City Hall lawn that their meeting did not match the city’s interpretation of 38-3-(d) and were given verbal trespassing warnings. They were told they would be arrested if they did not leave the lawn of City Hall. The police would not discuss why they were out of compliance of the “open-air meeting”. Participants left the public property, as they gathered chairs, guitars, notebooks, food, art supplies, posters, a cardboard box of trash, clarinet, flute, tambourine, a tarp and other personal belongings.
After leaving City Hall Lawn, one individual, who says his legal rights to free speech and assembly were violated, was arrested. According to eye witnesses, he did comply with police directive to leave City Hall public property, but he was pushed against the brick wall on the sidewalk and handcuffed for yelling profanity at the police.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED WITH THIS INCIDENT ARE ADVISED NOT TO GO TO CITY HALL PROPERTY FOR 30 DAYS AS CONSULTATION WITH COUNSEL CONTINUES AND CONCERNS ARE DISCUSSED AT A PUBLIC MEETING.
This is a sad and unfortunate day for Winston Salem. While we are deeply disappointed by the actions of the police, we shall overcome…
Please note this update contains the author’s personal opinions and own interpretation of the events described. Kim Porter wrote this update.
THIS HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE OCCUPY GENERAL ASSEMBLY
NOW, TONIGHT AT CITY HALL ON MON. DEC.19th THROUGH TUES. DEC. 20th
THE CITY OF WS AND THE WS POLICE DEPT. HAVE FINALLY ACKNOWLEDGED
THE OPEN AIR PUBLIC MEETING AND PUBLIC MUSICAL PERFORMANCE AT 101 NORTH MAIN STREET-CITY HALL
Please do not sleep in sleeping bags to keep warm-sorry, the city says that’s illegal. And, of course, no tents, as that is considered camping and illegal as well.
If you can’t make the meeting, please just drop by to say hello, enjoy the public musical performance, beep your horns or bring food and/or coffee.
PARTICIPANTS WILL BE AWAKE ALL NIGHT LONG AND NEED YOU TO ATTEND!!
December 18, 2011 in News
We got shut down by the Winston-Salem Police Department.
He didn’t care about the ordinance. DO NOT GO TO CITY HALL TODAY. A video copy of this has already been sent to the ACLU. We will be looking for legal recourse beginning TOMORROW.
A sad sad day for THEIR ‘democracy’ but an awesome day for OURS.
**This post has been corrected to reflect that it was the Police Department who evicted the protestors, NOT the Sheriff.**
December 17, 2011 in News
Hi all- We’ve had a great turn-out for our people’s forum. We were told to leave by the city manager and the police, but we STOOD OUR GROUND and won! This is a major victory…Power the people… We’re talking, singing, and hanging out on the lawn at City Hall. We’re staying up all night! PLEASE JOIN US IF YOU CAN!!
December 12, 2011 in News
December 8, 2011 in News
Occupy Winston will be CARPOOLING on Sat. Dec. 10th from Thruway Shopping Center where Borders used to be at 10:30. We will be heading to the GREENSBORO PUBLIC LIBRARY. The March in Greensboro begins at 11:30 at the Library: 219 North Church St, Greensboro, NC 27402. Families are welcome to attend!
Meeting at the Greensboro Public Library heading to Governmental Plaza Saturday December 10th assembling at 11:30 in front of the downtown library, marching through Greensboro to end at the governmental plaza for a rally with speaker from organized labor, the community, and youth. NC has lost hundreds of thousands of jobs since 1990, lost 70k 2009 alone which is the 8th highest loss of manufacturing jobs of any state in the US. The current efforts at economic development paid for by our tax money to attract businesses is broken because it leads to business coming and leaving in unpredictable cycles that devastate the working class. For instance, Greensboro celebrates the arrival Honda Jet while at the same time mourning the departure of American Express. This so called jobless recovery has meant growing poverty and despair for far too many of the people who make up the 99%. We need to imagine and create new ways of developing businesses that are rooted in our community; that producing jobs and community wealth; paying living wages that keep up with inflation; and not polluting the environment. This march is the beginning of our ongoing local efforts to draw together the employed, underemployed, and unemployed in a community wide effort to build a new economy.
December 5, 2011 in News
November 30, 2011 in News
Hi all- Today we had a spirited crowd of about 40 protest John Stumpf CEO of Wells Fargo in front of the Benton Convention Center today. Members from Occupy Greensboro and Charlotte joined us as well as an awesome drumming group that vamped the atmosphere of the protest up!!! It was a great event and went very well. The response to us from the public was mostly positive, so pat on the back for everyone who participated and well done!
November 28, 2011 in News