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Update about Wells Fargo CEO Protest

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

We will be having a facilitation meeting at 5:30 on Thursday Dec. 1st at Krankies.


November 25, 2011 in News

BENTON CONVENTION CENTER (5th and Marshall) & CENTRAL PUBLIC LIBRARY (660 West 5th)5th and, Near 5th & Marshall , Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Who are we protesting? The Keynote Speaker John Stumpf & Duke Energy:

10:30-11:20 – (Come if you can!) sidewalk protest @ Benton Convention Center!

Working Together Now & 2012: Regional Movements
While the 1% Speaks at his luncheon we will speak at OURS!

(if you can only take a short time COME @ THIS TIME)


City Council Meeting Update

November 24, 2011 in News

We had a successful meeting at City Hall on Monday night. As many of you know, we declined the occupy site the city offered. We gave the council a counter offer to occupy Civic Park. We are now in negotiations with the city in regards to our new site.

Occupy the City Council Meeting on Mon. Nov. 21st from 7-9pm!!

November 19, 2011 in News

Hi all- We need a strong presence at the City Council Meeting this Monday from 7- 9pm. We will be discussing the Occupy site. Please join us! Come early to get a seat.


November 16, 2011 in News

PLEASE Join Us Sat. Nov. 19th @ 1 pm for the weekly General Assembly at the Forsyth Co. Public Library Southside Branch (near Parkland High School, not downtown…). Address= 3185 Buchanan St. Winston-Salem, NC 27127. Phone: 336-703-2980.

 We will be discussing breaking & evolving events including physical Occupy encampment updates, a support local winston businesses initiative & planned upcoming rosa parks (BIG support) and john stumpf/W-S CoC (wells fargo ceo- BIG protest) demonstatrations !!

Note: PLENTY of neighborhood (directly across street) ‘overflow’ parking available for southside library!



November 16, 2011 in News

There is a communications meeting scheduled at 7pm for Thursday, Nov. 17th at Krankies. Hope to see you there..

City of Winston-Salem’s Proposal to Occupy Winston-Salem

November 12, 2011 in News

Occupy Winston-Salem has received a proposal from the City of Winston-Salem per our request for a space to occupy. The following proposal will be brought before the Public Safety Committee meeting Monday, November 14th 2011 at 5:30PM at City Hall in Winston-Salem. If the proposal passes through that Committee, then it will be added as an agenda item for the next City Council meeting on the following Monday, November 21st at 7:00PM at City Hall in Winston-Salem. All Occupy Winston-Salem members are encouraged to review this proposal and be present at both of the meetings at City Hall. ***PLEASE TAKE NOTICE OF THE USAGE RESTRICTIONS AS THEY ARE PROPOSED***

City Council – Action Request Form

November 14, 2011

Mayor Allen Joines and Members of the City Council

Lee D. Garrity, City Manager

Council Action Requested:

Consideration of an Encroachment Agreement for Occupy Winston-Salem.

Summary of Information:

The Occupy Winston-Salem group has requested that the City provide them public land in order
to camp. A review of available public land that would satisfy the groups desires: visible, close
to downtown, near public facilities, and close to major roadways found that very few suitable
public sites would work. The one site that could work is the parking lot at the intersection of
Seventh and Marshall Streets. A map of the potential camp site is attached.

Staff from the Police Department and the City Attorney’s Office have concerns about
authorizing any group to camp on City-owned land. The Police Department concerns all relate
to safety and security and are based on the problems other cities have had at Occupy type camp
sites recently. Another primary concern of the department is the possibility that the camp site
could create the need for more City and more WSPD resources.

The City Attorney’s primary concern is the precedence this approval would set and the
obligation it would therefore place on the City to approve camp sites for other groups regardless
of who the group is and regardless of its message. A second concern from the City Attorney is
the City’s liability for any injuries or property damage which might occur in the camp area. This
concern is being addressed with a liability release requirement.


WHEREAS, the Occupy Winston-Salem Group has requested that the City authorized

their group to use designed public land for a camp site; and

WHEREAS, the Occupy Movement is a nationwide initiative which has requested

camps in many major cities in and beyond North Carolina with some cities approving and some

cities denying these requests; and

WHEREAS, the decision on approval or denial of these requests in other cities has

generally rested with the elected governing body; and

WHEREAS, the City of Winston-Salem does not have a mechanism or policy that would

allow City staff to grant permission for the usage of public property for a camp site; and

WHEREAS, there are staff concerns about the precedent that granting approval for this

use that cannot be appropriately balanced against the public needs of this group without the

direction of the governing body; and

WHEREAS, an encroachment agreement approved by the City Council could be a

mechanism for the City Council to use in giving direction and granting a permission; and

WHEREAS, an encroachment agreement can place restrictions on the use of the City

property to address health, safety, security and property damage issues; and

WHEREAS, the Occupy Winston-Salem Group has agreed to maintain the area

designated by the City in a safe, secure, clean and healthy manner and to remove all equipment

and clean the site upon leaving.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Winston-

Salem does hereby authorize the City Manager or his designee to issue a 30-day encroachment

agreement that may be renewed by the City Manager for additional 30-day periods as long as

both the City Manager and the City Council remain of the opinion that the restrictions on the use

are being met and that the continued use is in the best interests of the City.

Usage Restrictions

Term: This approval shall be for a period of up to 30 calendar days and may be renewed for
additional 30-day periods if the City finds that the Occupy W-S group has complied with the
usage restrictions and the use continues to be in the public interest.

Early Termination: The permission to use the site may be terminated by the City, if the
City finds that the Occupy W-S group or other users of the designated property have violated
any of the use provisions or any City, State, or Federal laws, regulations, or ordinances while
on the site.

The group shall hold the City harmless and release the City from any liability for injuries or
property damage which may occur as a result of the City’s allowing the area to be used.

Safety: The site shall be kept secure and individuals not affiliated with the Occupy W-S
group or not complying with the safety rules of the group or of the City shall be required
to leave the property. Adequate safety personnel shall be assigned to assure the safety of
attendees. The City will install temporary fencing along the perimeter of the assigned area
to aid security and establish one entrance/exit point. The group shall establish access control
protocols to prevent the occupancy capacity of the site from being exceeded.

Crime Reporting: Camp managers will report any crimes which occur in the camp to the
Police Department through the appropriate contact phone numbers.

Public Official Access: The camp area will be open to public officials for inspection and to
Police/Fire Department staff for conducting official business.

Occupancy: No more than 48 people will be allowed within the camp area at any one time.
In addition, only persons leasing parking spaces will be allowed in the remainder of the
parking lot outside the camp area. No more than 12 tents will be allowed within the camp
area, and no more than 24 campers will be allowed to stay overnight.

Heating/Cooking: No heating and cooking devices will be allowed inside the tents at
the camp site. No devices which emit flames, fire or heat or which use any flammable or
combustible material will be allowed in the camp.

Smoking and Fire Extinguishers: No smoking will be allowed in the camp site. Portable
fire extinguishers of quantity and location established by the Fire Marshal shall be placed and
maintained by the Camp Managers.

Garbage Disposal: The City will provide up to five 96-gallon roll-out garbage cans that
will be collected daily. The camp residents and visitors will dispose of all garbage in these
cans. The City will also provide recycling containers, and camp residents and visitors are
encouraged to utilize these for recyclable materials.

Toilet Facilities: The Camp Managers will assure that adequate portable toilet facilities are
rented, delivered, and serviced at intervals adequate to meet the sanitary needs of the campers

Vendor Restrictions: Vendors will not be allowed within the designated camp area.

Emergency Contact Phone Number: The group will establish and keep active an
emergency phone number which connects to group on-site staff so that the City will be
able to contact an on-site individual for answers to any questions about current problems or
concerns the City may have.

Standard Rules of Particular Concern: Although as indicated above the group must
comply with all the applicable laws and regulations, the following specific laws should be
carefully studied by the group to assure compliance.
• The City’s Protest Ordinance
• The City and County Noise Ordinance
• The City and State Firearms Restrictions

Area Appearance and Cleanup: The designated area shall be kept neat and clean. No
debris or debris generating materials shall be allowed. Examples of prohibited materials
include sawdust, straw pine needles, and mulch.

Physical Damage: The driving of posts, anchors, stakes, or other devices into the ground or
through the pavement will not be allowed.

Normal Operation of Remaining Site: The group shall manage their activity and that of
any visitors to assure that normal operation of the remaining parking lot and surrounding
businesses is not negatively affected.

Obstructions: No obstruction to the normal flow of stormwater into the parking lot drainage
system will be allowed.


November 10, 2011 in News

Hi Occupiers! We need all the support we can get tomorrow (Nov. 11th) at the Veterans Day Parade.. We need to be lined-up no later than 9:30 am. We are lining up on 4th St. We are group number 22. The parade starts at 10 am. Look for us and the WE ARE THE 99% banner! Hope to see you there.


November 3, 2011 in News

A spirited crowd of nearly 200 celebrated Move Your Money day with a protest march through downtown Charlotte; culminating in a gathering in the heart of their financial district. Occupy Winston-Salem joined with Occupy Charlotte to show solidarity against the banking system.

Kudos to everyone who represented Occupy Winston-Salem well & thank you to all who made donations to Charlotte!

GA Mtg TODAY – Sunday, Nov 6th . Community Arts Cafe 3pm (details ->)

Many exciting topics on the agenda - hope to see you there!

Get Well Card for Scott Olson

November 2, 2011 in News

Hi Everyone.. I was placed in charge of getting a card and sending it to injured Iraq Veteran Scott Olson. I have found the address that the card needs to be sent to. I will bring the card with me to the next G.A. meeting this Sunday. That way anyone who wants to write a personal message or sign it can do so. Thanks.

Occupy Charlotte Needs Supplies

November 2, 2011 in News, Uncategorized

Occupy Charlotte needs dry goods such as rice and beans. They also need bottled water. If you have anything to donate, please bring items on Saturday Nov. 5th.  You can also drop them off at Krankies Coffee from 6- 7 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 3rd. Kim from Occupy will be there to collect food donations at Krankies on Thursday. Thanks for helping!!! See you Saturday!

-Amanda Porter-Cox (Direct Action)

Upcoming Events

October 19, 2011 in News

Welcome fellow Occupiers! Here are a list of our upcoming events. You will also see them at the right side of the screen on most pages and also under the Events tab.

I hope to see you there!

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Preparations for Protest

October 15, 2011 in News

In an effort to help everyone feel prepared for our first protest on Sunday, several assembly members have contributed the following ideas and information on what to expect.

Where to park/transportation

We are recommending that people either park in the least used areas of the parking lot at Thruway or on the Queen Street side of Miller Park. There will be other events at Miller Park that day (where people have paid for use of the shelters) so we need to be sure we only park where the Department requested. Please recognize that Thruway is actually private property, so if you are asked by the management to move your vehicle, you should do so. (Thanks to Jan Meltzer, who scoped out the Thruway parking lot for us, and Nathan Welling, who contacted the head of Parks and Recreation)

If possible, car pool with other members. If you are willing to drive, or need a ride, please post your general starting point to the Facebook GA page with whether you need a ride or are offering rides.


You are encouraged to bring your own sign to the protest.  If you are unable to bring your own sign, some will be available on site. Some suggestions for wording are given below.

  • “I believe in the separation of corporation and state”
  • “The American Dream should be for everyone, not just 1%”
  • “If we were rewarding succes, the working poor would not exist”
  • “Occupy: This is what Democracy looks like”
  • “Let’s try trickle UP economics for a change”
  • “For Sale: America”
  • “Let’s focus on 1 war at a time, how about the war on poverty?”
  • “Separation of Corporation and State”
  • “Get your Business out of my Politician” ;)
  • “I pay more taxes than General Electric”
  • “The 99% is TOO BIG TO FAIL- where’s our bailout?”
  • “I can’t afford a lobbyist: I’m the 99%”
  • “If the people of this nation understood our banking and monetary system, I believe there would be a revolution tomorrow morning- Henry Ford”
  • “The Obama we elected would be out here with us.”
  • “I care about YOU.”
  • “We are Not a mob We are You!”
  • “YOU are the 99%”
  • “Join Us Don’t Fear Us”

More signs from #OWS can be found at

According to city regulations, signs must meet the following guidelines:

Written or printed placards or signs [may be] made of cardboard no thicker than one-fourth inch. Supports for such signs or posters shall be made of nonmetallic material no wider than three and one-half inches and no thicker than three-fourths inch.

Safety and well-being

For your safety, we ask that everyone arrive sober and refrain from bringing weapons or any illegal items (drugs, alcohol, etc.)

We are attempting to have a legal observer present to provide third-party information should any incident arise with police or counter-protesters/hecklers. The protest will also be videoed and photos will be taken by Steve Orcutt and Drew Davis. The police can photograph and take video at demonstrations and may likely do so. This is a common, legal practice and should not be cause for concern.

The City regulations on a picket (this is the city’s term for what we are doing Sunday) are as follows:

Pickets shall be restricted to the use of the outermost half of the sidewalk or other public way nearest the street and shall not at any time nor in any way obstruct, interfere with, or block persons entering or exiting from vehicles; persons crossing streets or otherwise using the public way; the entrance or exit to any building or access to property abutting the street or sidewalk; or pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

It shall be unlawful for any person to conduct or participate in any picket or to unreasonably hamper, obstruct, or interfere with any picket so as to create a public nuisance or endanger the public peace or constitute a substantial hazard to public safety.

How to behave non-violently

We will be giving non-violence training on site, but it would be a good idea to familiarize yourself with principles of non-violence ahead of time. Some guidelines and principles can be found here.

The General Assembly

The General Assembly will follow the protest.  We have been given permission to assemble in the amphitheater area or in open space at Miller Park. (Thanks again Nathan Welling for getting us this permission.)  We will likely begin around 2:30-3pm, which will allow time for the protestors to reach the park from the picket area. You may bring blankets or chairs and something to eat. If you wish to share food that is fine, but we will not likely have any access to electricity or grills since there are two groups who have paid for access to the shelters that day.

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First Protest Scheduled for October 16

October 12, 2011 in News


Catalina Stewart – Acting Press Secretary
Occupy Winston-Salem

OCCUPY WINSTON-SALEM: First Protest Scheduled for October 16

Winston-Salem, NC; October 12, 2011.

Occupy Winston-Salem has organized their first public non-violent protest at a local Bank of America branch on Sunday, October 16 from 11am-2pm. We will be on the sidewalk in front of the Branch at 426 South Stratford Road in Winston-Salem, at the corner of Stratford and Knollwood.

Bank of America was chosen as our first target for protest because they were the one company that kept coming up as a source of frustration in our community. We’re frustrated by a lack of transparency on how bailout funds were spent. We’re upset that they haven’t paid any federal income tax in the past two years. We’re frustrated at their lending practices including the acquisition of Countrywide Mortgage and their aggressive home foreclosure practices, in spite of us bailing them out when they were near bottom. We’re angry about usurious sub-prime rates. We’re frustrated by their off-shore holdings. We’re frustrated by their layoffs. We’re frustrated by their member fees.

In addition to standing together against these practices, we are encouraging our neighbors to move their money from large, multinational banks to locally owned financial institutions (credit unions and banks). Taking control of our capital will help end the power these banks wield on a national level.

We encourage the public to come out en masse and help spread this message to our neighbors. We ask folks to bring signs, water, and their friends.

Training in our principles of non-violence and safety will be given on site.

Please visit us at or for more information.

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Press Conference on Thursday

October 12, 2011 in News


Catalina Stewart – Acting Press Secretary
Occupy Winston-Salem

OCCUPY WINSTON-SALEM: Press Conference on Thursday

Winston-Salem, NC; October 12, 2011.

Occupy Winston-Salem invites all members of the press to our first press event on Thursday, October 13, 5:30pm at Winston-Salem Friends Meeting Place. We will be addressing our philosophy and goals, discussing our upcoming plans, and taking questions.

Items on the agenda include our principles of non-violence, information about our consensus process and our General Assemblies, our dedication to inclusiveness and diversity, and some specific goals that members might have. We will then open the floor to media questions.

Non-speaking members of the group will be on hand to symbol their agreement or disagreement on points raised by the speakers through our system of hand symbols.

Please join us at Winston-Salem Friends Meeting Place on Thursday, October 13 at 5:30pm. 3151 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem, NC, 27106. Free parking is available.

Please visit us at or for more information.

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No Protest Today

October 11, 2011 in News

There has been some confusion about our first demonstrations that I’ll quickly clear up.

  1. There is no official protest downtown today. This evening we encourage anyone who can to head to Charlotte to speak with Duke Energy about their proposed 18% rate increase. With many city offices closed yesterday, we were unable to get everything we needed done.
  2. There will be a protest at the Stratford Road Bank of America branch on Sunday at 11am, provided all our paperwork gets in. More protests are being planned for next week as well. We will announce when everything is nailed down.
  3. We will send out an official press release to formally announce our plans as soon as the details are solidified.
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Local coverage on the local movement

October 9, 2011 in News

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Local coverage on the national movement

October 9, 2011 in News

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WFMY,’s coverage

October 9, 2011 in News

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The Winston-Salem Journal’s Facebook Question of the Day

October 8, 2011 in News

“What do you think about the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has now spread to other cities, including Winston-Salem and Greensboro?”
Let’s tell ‘em how we feel.
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Article and video by the Winston-Salem Journal

October 8, 2011 in News

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Non-violence Guidelines and Principles

October 8, 2011 in News, Resources

It’s rare for us to have a zero-tolerance policy toward any type of expression, but in this case we can’t offer any leeway. Please familiarize yourself these guidelines and know that we are committed to them. We want an environment free of the potential for threat, and we see all forms of violence as a way to trivialize our message. (from Veterans for Peace)

1. We will use our anger at injustice as a positive, nonviolent force for change.

2. We will not carry weapons of any kind.

3. We will not vandalize or destroy property.

4. We will not use or carry alcohol or illegal drugs.

5. We will not run or make threatening motions.

6. We will not insult, swear or attack others.

7. We will protect those who oppose or disagree with us from insult or attack.

8. We will not assault, verbally or physically, those who oppose or disagree with us, even if they assault us.

9. Our attitude, as conveyed through our words, symbols and actions, will be one of openness, friendliness, and respect toward all people we encounter including police officers, military personnel, members of the community at large, and all marchers.

10. As members of a nonviolent action, we will follow the directions of the designated coordinators.

11. If an individual has a serious disagreement with the organizers of the action, the individual will withdraw from the action.


1. Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
• It is active nonviolent resistance to evil.
• It is assertive spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.
• It is always persuading the opponent of the justice of your cause.

2. Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
• The end result of nonviolence is redemption and reconciliation.
• The purpose of nonviolence is the creation of the Beloved Community.

3. Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice, not people.
• Nonviolence holds that evildoers are also victims.

4. Nonviolence holds that voluntary suffering can educate and transform.
• Nonviolence willingly accepts the consequences of its acts.
• Nonviolence accepts suffering without retaliation.
• Nonviolence accepts violence if necessary, but will never inflict it.
• Unearned suffering is redemptive and has tremendous educational and transforming possibilities.
• Suffering can have the power to convert the enemy when reason fails.

5. Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.
• Nonviolence resists violence of the spirit as well as of the body.
• Nonviolent love gives willingly, knowing that the return might be hostility.
• Nonviolent love is active, not passive.
• Nonviolent love does not sink to the level of the hater.
• Love for the enemy is how we demonstrate love for ourselves.
• Love restores community and resists injustice.
• Nonviolence recognizes the fact that all life is interrelated.

6. Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.
• The nonviolent resister has deep faith that justice will eventually win.


Step 1: Gather Information
Learn all you can about the problems you see in your community through the media, social and civic organizations, and by talking to the people involved.

Step 2: Educate Others
Armed with your new knowledge, it is your duty to help those around you, such as your neighbors, relatives, friends and co-workers, better understand the problems facing society. Build a team of people devoted to finding solutions. Be sure to include those who will be directly affected by your work.

Step 3: Remain Committed
Accept that you will face many obstacles and challenges as you and your team try to change society. Agree to encourage and inspire one another along the journey.

Step 4: Peacefully Negotiate
Talk with both sides. Go to the people in your community who are in trouble and who are deeply hurt by society’s ills. Also go to those people who are contributing to the breakdown of a peaceful society. Use humor, intelligence and grace to lead to solutions that benefit the greater good.

Step 5: Take Action Peacefully
This step is often used when negotiation fails to produce results, or when people need to draw broader attention to a problem. it can include tactics such as peaceful demonstrations, letter-writing and petition campaign.

Step 6: Reconcile
Keep all actions and negotiations peaceful and constructive. Agree to disagree with some people and with some groups as you work to improve society. Show all involved the benefits of changing, not what they will give up by changing.

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Some of Fox 8′s coverage of tonight’s event

October 8, 2011 in News

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Occupy Winston-Salem Press Release

October 7, 2011 in News


Marcus Hodges – Communications Working Group member
Occupy Winston-Salem

OCCUPY WINSTON-SALEM: The 99% are Bringing Their Message from Wall Street to Your Street

Winston-Salem, NC; October 7, 2011. On Friday, October 7 at 7:00pm, Occupy Winston-Salem will make its presence known publicly for the first time at Gallery Hop in downtown Winston-Salem, at the corners of 6th and Trade Streets. Members will be on hand to share information, answer questions, and help educate the public on why the group exists and how its message affects 99% of Americans locally and across the country.

The “Occupy” movement started in Zuccotti Park in New York City on September 17 as a reaction to corporate greed and governmental complacence to the common sentiments of its citizens. The movement is unique in that it retains a vibrant tradition of liberty and democracy, relying on the collective voice of the people to guide its principles and actions. Protesters have been camping in the park around the clock with no end-date in sight. The movement has since spread to over 200 cities worldwide, with more communities getting involved daily.

Occupy Winston-Salem recently completed the following Statement of Purpose:

“Occupy Winston-Salem stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters across the globe as a non-violent, leaderless movement of Americans united to fight the corporate abuse of our democracy, and to take the reins of power away from profit-driven interests and assert our rightful place in the political process. We serve not only as a movement of protest, but as a means to liberate Americans from the shackles of corporate greed. Our members are employed and jobless, liberal and conservative, and comprised of all colors and faiths. We do not exclude anyone, as we are all suffering under the top-heavy power structure of the 1%.”

Some end goals include:

  • A true and fair representation of democracy; of, by, and for The People. Corporations are not people and they do not speak for us
  • The end of the corporatization of our political system
  • An economy that places direct emphasis on building American infrastructure and creating jobs within our borders
  • Equal access to education and healthcare for all Americans
  • Fair lending and banking practices to help increase home ownership and our ability to maintain and pass down wealth

Occupy Winston-Salem invites the public and the media to visit with us this evening at Gallery Hop to exchange ideas in a constructive, non-violent manner. Members will be there until at least 8:30pm.

There will also be a General Assembly, which is a democratic planning and organizational meeting for the group, on Saturday, October 8 at 3pm. The meeting will be held outside of Krankies Coffee at 211 E. 3rd Street in Downtown Winston-Salem. (space permitting – a nearby alternative is available if our numbers outgrow the space).

Please visit us at or for more information.

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Welcome to Occupy Winston-Salem

October 5, 2011 in News

Thanks for visiting Occupy Winston-Salem. We are working hard to complete this website, and should have it ready in a few days.

In the meantime, here is a statement from our brothers and sisters from Occupy Wall Street that helps frame our thinking.

What follows is the first official, collective statement of the protesters in Zuccotti Park:

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.

They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.

They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.

They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.

They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.

They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.

They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.

They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.*

To the people of the world, We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!