TUESDAY JULY 16th
700 Block of MLK, Jr. Drive
8:40p-Vigil (approximate time)
TUESDAY JULY 16th
700 Block of MLK, Jr. Drive
8:40p-Vigil (approximate time)
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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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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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/
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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.*
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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.
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.
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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!!
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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