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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!
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!!!|
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…
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.
October 8, 2011 in Resources
If you are planning on coming to our General Assembly tomorrow, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our process. Thanks!
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.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.’S PRINCIPLES OF NONVIOLENCE
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.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.’S
STEPS OF NONVIOLENCE
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.
October 7, 2011 in Resources
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%.