March 10, 2012 in News
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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February 3, 2012 in Uncategorized
Please click on the following links and support these young artists who braved the cold to provide live entertainment at our MLK Open Mic & Celebration.
Hot out of the studio right here in Winston-Salem NC, a video from our own Occupy family (Gina’s son) on Foreclosure and Housing injustice. Please don’t forget to ‘like’ this link:
A HUGE thank you to Martha’s grandson Duncan and his band Emerge for providing some excellent entertainment and a formidable PA system! Seniors at Reynolds HS their talent and artistic maturity belie their age! Here is their Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/EmergePage?sk=info and here is a video them (Duncan is on the far left):
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!
January 2, 2012 in Uncategorized
What an incredible week for Occupy Winston! We’ve been in the media nearly every day and have generated an important buzz about our movement. We need to end this string of events strong, which means showing up at 6:30pm at City Hall tomorrow, and bring a friend! The details of the event are listed under events (to the right); please send this to everyone you know, and be sure we keep punching away at the petition that we will hand to the city council tomorrow night! Occupy Chapel Hill joined us tonight with Dan Besse (as well as lots of media) and we expect Occupy Durham tomorrow night.
In the meantime, look at the earlier post that has the contact info for all the city council members and mayor, and call and email them in opposition to any change in the free speech ordinances currently in place! This is the last chance prior to the vote tomorrow night. Councilman Besse said he received only one dozen comments about his resolution that will curtail our right to public forum on city hall property! Outrageous! Call now.
Here’s the link for the petition:
December 30, 2011 in Uncategorized
Those of you who support Occupy Winston-Salem likely already know that the group has gone out of their way to work with city officials to find a reasonable and legal avenue to demonstrate and hold public forums against the mounting inequities between the haves and have-nots. Most recently, the group held a public forum on the lawn of city hall. According to current city ordinance, any group may hold an open-air meeting on city property.
Although they were clearly within their rights, this peaceful group was broken up several times by city and county police who attempted to narrow the definition of a public forum. Now, some members of the Winston Salem city council have proposed changing the ordinance to intentionally suppress free speech.
Preventing this irresponsible, reprehensible, and undemocratic tactic by those who are supposed to represent the people is perhaps the most important event thus far in our local Occupy movement. But even if you are not an Occupy supporter, I implore you to stand up for everyone’s right to free speech and public discourse.
Regardless of your political leanings, this is a time for ACTION! What can you do?
1) Contact each and every city official listed below and let them know you expect them to do the right thing and NOT suppress free speech in Winston-Salem. Emails and phone numbers for the Mayor and council members appear at the end of this email. Or, if you like, feel free to cut and paste from the message below.
2) Send this email to every friend, acquaintance, and family member you have and ask them to do the same.
3) BE THERE on January 3rd to make your opinion known:
1/3/2012: City Council Meeting
7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, Room 230 2nd Floor, City Hall
Example email that you may use as a template or example:
“Allen Jones, Mayor”
VOTE “NO” TO LIMITING FREE SPEECH!
Dear Elected Officials of Winston-Salem,
I am appalled at Councilman Dan Besse’s proposal to change the ordinance allowing open air meetings on city property. The ability to hold public forums is a fundamental aspect of free speech, and placing limits on all citizens’ rights in order to suppress the freedom of one group is simply short-sighted. The proposal chips away at our constitutional right to free speech. This is a slippery slope toward the loss of democracy.
You were elected in order to uphold the values and freedoms of our people. Limiting free speech strikes at the very heart of who we are as a country and is in direct contradiction to all that we value.
I implore you to do the right thing and join some of your brave colleagues that oppose this draconian attempt to squelch the voice of your people. What you do now will be your legacy.
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR WINSTON SALEM GOVERNMENT:
Allen Jones: email@example.com 727-2058
City Council members:
Dan Besse: firstname.lastname@example.org 722-1674
Vivian Burke: email@example.com 661-6460
Denise Adams: firstname.lastname@example.org 757-0036
Robert Clark: email@example.com 416-0190
Derwin Montgomery: firstname.lastname@example.org 245-1088
Molly Leight: email@example.com 725-4325
Wanda Merschel: firstname.lastname@example.org 722-6092
James Taylor, Jr: email@example.com 757-2210
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
December 5, 2011 in Uncategorized
Thanx to all who attended a lively GA meeting Sat; including many first time attendees who contributed several new exciting ideas and avenues to explore. Highlights included:
- Consensus to rescind our request to the city for a physical Occupy location
- Consensus to explore other Occupy options; including selected 24 hr occupies
- Consensus to email WSJ re a restatement of our position on several key issues
- Formulation of a group to look at ways to have OW-S help with local foreclosures
Please read more in the GA minutes summary
We also had 25+ members join in the parade to support homeless children. Despite some noteworthy obstacles, we were able to provide support, raise awareness and contribute a bountiful donation!
Please read more at the link below for a parade recap & commentary
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
November 25, 2011 in News
Who are we protesting? The Keynote Speaker John Stumpf & Duke Energy:
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
11:30-12:45 FORUM @ CENTRAL LIBRARY:
1:00 ALL HANDS ON DECK!! BACK TO BENTON CONVENTION CENTER
VERY CLOSE PARKING WILL BE SCARCE SO PLEASE ARRIVE AT LEAST 20 MINS EARLY! WE WILL POST PARKING SUGGESTIONS BY MONDAY 28th!
November 24, 2011 in News
November 19, 2011 in News
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!
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE !!!
November 16, 2011 in News
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.
RESOLUTION APPROVING AN ENCROACHMENT AGREEMENT
FOR OCCUPY WINSTON-SALEM
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.
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
November 7, 2011 in Uncategorized
Hi all- Tonight at 7 pm at Krankies some of us will be meeting to discuss plans of action for the Veterans Day parade that we will be marching in on Friday, Nov. 11th. Anyone who is interested in helping coordinate action for this event, please feel free to come to the meeting tonight at Krankies. Also, I called Krankies and confirmed our presence there (as they asked us to do last time we met there). They said it was fine but to be aware that their will be a jazz band playing there tonight seeing as every Monday is jazz night at Krankies. So it may be a little noisy in there. See you tonight.
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!