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Tax Wall Street! Support Our Postal Workers!

April 13, 2012 in News

Every day is a Tax Holiday for Wall Street and the banking industry! Well we’re here to say: THE HOLIDAY IS OVER!
While Wall St. and the Banks are enjoying unprecedented tax breaks, the US Postal Service is scheduled to be gutted- the consequences of which will close thousands of offices and put hundreds of thousands of postal employees out of work http://www.apwu.org/news/webart/2012/12-026-s1789-april-120330.htm

 

On Monday April 16, Occupy Winston-Salem and other local activist organizations and local residents will hold a community protest at the Waughtown Area Post Office, tentatively scheduled from 12PM-2PM (media primetime @ 12:30-1:30) the address is 1995 Pleasant St.
The Pleasant St. Post Office services the Waughtown Area Community, many of whom walk to the post office. The Waughtown Area is among the most diverse, predominantly working class communities in Winston-Salem. It is the only Post Office slated to be shut-down http://southwinston-salem.myfox8.com/news/news/63186-residents-protest-waughtown-post-office-closure-proposal after already having faced shortened service hours.
http://ctj.org/ctjreports/2011/11/corporate_taxpayers_corporate_tax_dodgers_2008-2010.php
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TEACH-IN ON A.L.E.C., MON APRIL 9 @ 7PM: WSSU COLTRANE HALL!

April 8, 2012 in News, Resources

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
http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/a-primer-on-alec-its-influence-and-its-presence-in-north-carolina/Content?oid=2666829 An article by Ron Rabatsky: http://coffeepartyusa.com/cx-trojan-horse
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Picnic @ Winston Square Park Today (Sat) April 7!

April 7, 2012 in News

Join Us for a laid back Power Peep-Makin, Strategy-Buildin’, “Bring Yo Own Bag” Easter Weekend Picnic Today (SAT April 7) from 3-5PM in Winston Square Park (next to Sawtooth downtown)! Lovely weather and good peeps!

TONIGHT – Tues 3/27 Vigil and Forum for Treyvon Martin

March 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

TONIGHT @ 6:30PM TUES MARCH 27 VIGIL & FORUM FOR TRAYVON MARTIN UNION BAPTIST CHURCH 1200 N. TRADE STREET W-S, see info: http://www2.journalnow.com/news/2012/mar/27/winston-salem-vigil-and-forum-on-trayvon-martin-sh-ar-2094096/

 

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JUSTICE RALLY FOR TRAYVON MARTIN WED. MARCH 28 @ 5:00P WSSU

March 26, 2012 in News, Resources, Uncategorized

Wear your Black Hoodies and bring your signs as we rally for Trayvon Martin on MLK Jr. Drive at 5pm on Wednesday March 28th!!!

601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Sat. March 24 Open Forum

March 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

Join us for another “99 Days Occupy Every Ward” Event at Green Street Church, http://occupywinstonsalem.org/events/sat-march-24-potluck-at-green-street-church/
Bring a dish, or just SHOW UP and enjoy the hospitality and company.  This will be an Open Forum to share ideas and concerns, so come prepared to contribute AND to LISTEN.

Peace!!

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#M17 Let’s Celebrate 6 months of Occupy Wall St.!!

March 17, 2012 in News

Come one, come all and celebrate with us downtown. Sept. 17 is the day it all began in Zucotti Park, n’ believe it er not, we’re already half-way around the calendar year!

Occupy Winston will have an info table at 4th and Trade (Civic Park) from around noon until 5- however this will only be “home base” as we will have petition and flyer-passing teams going around town, a 6′ 5″ Leprechaun on the run from greedy investors and other fun activities!

We will have several petitions and can do some mini-crash-study sessions/mock petitioning if you wanna get yer feet wet before petitioning or flyering.

Please, come by the table or call and we will update you on where different petition teams are going. Come when you can n’ for as long as you can. ALL HANDS ON DECK!!

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DON’T MISS THIS IMPORTANT TEACH-IN & FORUM THIS WED.!!! March 14

March 10, 2012 in News

We will have a meet-n-greet prior to the teach-in @ 7pm featuring local activist Janet Owen. EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT AMENDMENT ONE PLEASE ATTEND THIS MEETING! IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT AMENDMENT ONE ABSOLUTELY ATTEND THIS MEETING!! We will be discussing ways that local activists long-time and new can work together to educate and mobilize the greater Forsyth County public about this upcoming statewide vote on May 8! Click on the flyer for more info:
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Protest A.L.E.C. “Legislator of the Year” NC House Speaker Thom Tillis

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
Lewisville Elementary
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
 http://alecinnc.wordpress.com/
For in-depth coverage of ALEC: http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed
Recent WSJ coverage: http://www2.journalnow.com/news/2011/dec/07/wsmet01-tillis-clarifies-no-new-funds-for-pre-k-ar-1685942/
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LEAP INTO ACTION DAY HAS BEGUN!!! CATCH US 4-6PM @ RAI HQ!!!

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!!
RAIN PONCHOS PROVIDED! PEACE, LOVE, AND SOLIDARITY!
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THURS FEB 23-JOIN US FOR DISCUSSION ABOUT NC STATEWIDE GA & W-S PROTEST AGAINST ALEC & CORPRATE GREED

February 19, 2012 in News, Resources, Uncategorized

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.*

Occupy Raleigh
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
www.occupyraleigh.org
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…

www.occupyraleigh.org

Police officers picked on the wrong person the day they arrested Occupy protestor Margaret Schucker – that was the message from the Wake County District Attorney’s office Tuesday as it dropped charges against 57-year-old Margaret, who suffers from a painful back condition. On October…
*This event will take place in lieu of our regularly scheduled Facilitations/Events Mtgs.

 

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“99 DAYS: OCCUPY EVERY WARD” begins VALENTINES DAY!!

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)
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GREAT DAY @ HKonJ!

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!
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OVER $300 MILLION IN CORPORATE GREED: PROTEST UNFAIR JOB CUTS!!

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!!

http://www.wxii12.com/news/30406698/detail.html
http://www.csnews.com/top-story-reynolds_american_sees_earnings_increase__begins_layoffs_at_tobacco_plant-60440.html

 

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WATCH & SUPPORT: OUR OWN OCCUPY FORECLOSURE SONG BY JOE so D.O.P.E. and the band EMERGE

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):

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De-Escalation Guide (via Occupy DC)

January 27, 2012 in Resources

http://occupydc.org/preparation/de-escalation-guide/

Website Downtime

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,
Ethan Smith

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING SUNDAY JANUARY 22 @ 2PM AT CENTRAL LIBRARY 660 W 5th STREET W-S, NC 27101

January 21, 2012 in News, Uncategorized

2-5PM IN THE AUDITORIUM

Thursday 1/19: NO MEETINGS!!!!!

January 19, 2012 in News

There will be NO MEETINGS on Thursday 1/19/2012!!

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTE MEETING MON. JAN. 9th REGARDING ORDINANCE 38-3

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.

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ENVIRONMENTAL FILM SERIES STARTING JANUARY 5th!!

January 4, 2012 in News, Uncategorized

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

7pm, Thursday, January 5
Film: The Real Cost of Coal by Gregg Jamback;

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.
Speakers:
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!

Unbelievable!

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:

http://www.change.org/petitions/winston-salem-city-council-vote-no-to-changing-the-ordinance-for-public-meetings

Peace!

Mike

Contact city council now!

December 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

Friends,
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:

To:
“Allen Jones, Mayor” , “Dan Besse” , “Vivian Burke” , “Denise Adams” “Robert Clark” , “Derwin Montgomery” , “Molly Leight” ,
“Wanda Merschel” , “James Taylor”

Subject:
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.

Sincerely,

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR WINSTON SALEM GOVERNMENT:

Mayor:

Allen Jones: allenj@cityofws.org 727-2058

City Council members:
Dan Besse: danbesse@danbesse.org 722-1674
Vivian Burke: vivianb@cityofws.org 661-6460

Denise Adams: denisea@cityofws.org 757-0036
Robert Clark: robertc@cityofws.org 416-0190

Derwin Montgomery: derwinm@cityofws.org 245-1088

Molly Leight: mollyl@cityofws.org 725-4325

Wanda Merschel: wandam@cityofws.org 722-6092

James Taylor, Jr: jamestjr@cityofws.org 757-2210

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Walkupy Events New Years Eve: Your Help Needed!

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).

http://occupywinstonsalem.org/events/location/bethesda-center-for-the-homeless/

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.

http://occupywinstonsalem.org/events/event/walkupy-ows-peoples-forum-at-city-hall/

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

6. dessert

7. other

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!

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Know Your Rights: Demonstrations and Protests (via ACLU website)

December 29, 2011 in Resources

http://www.aclu.org/free-speech/know-your-rights-demonstrations-and-protests

Walkupy Dec 31, 2011

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: contact@walkupy.org

Cc: a_thomas_57@yahoo.com

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.

Thanks!

Ethan Smith

Walkupy Mobile Occupation Headquarters walkupation@gmail.com

12:30 PM (30 minutes ago)

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Thanks Ethan,

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.

Garth

UPDATE ABOUT 24 HOUR OPEN-AIR PUBLIC MTG.& MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

December 20, 2011 in News, Resources, Uncategorized

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.

24 HOUR OPEN AIR PUBLIC MTG AND MUSICAL PERFORMANCE TONIGHT AT CITY HALL HAS BEEN DECLARED

December 19, 2011 in News, Uncategorized

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!!

 

Public Forum

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.**

UPDATE ABOUT PEOPLE’S FORUM

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!!

IMPORTANT PEOPLE’S FORUM & ASSEMBLY DOWNTOWN WS THIS SATURDAY DEC. 17th @ 4p

December 15, 2011 in News, Resources, Uncategorized

 

IMPORTANT PEOPLE’S FORUM & GENERAL ASSEMBLY THIS WEEKEND AT CITY HALL

101 N. Main St. Winston-Salem, N.C.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 17th

4:00PM UNTIL IT ENDS (OVERNIGHT)

 

Update about Employment March

December 12, 2011 in News

Hi all- The employment march this past Saturday in Greensboro went well. Total we had around 100 participants in the march.  The drumming group that came to our Wells Fargo CEO protest participated also. It was an excellent event. Well done everyone!

Solidarity March w/ Occupy Greensboro for Employment on SAT. DEC. 10th!

December 8, 2011 in News

Description

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!

Event Info:
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.

Update about March for Homeless Children & GA

December 5, 2011 in News

On Sat. about 40 of us from Occupy marched for homeless children as part of the Holiday Parade. It went well and the participation turn-out was great! We had about 45 show up for our GA on Sat. at the Central Library. We discussed occupying and foreclosure.

12/3 GA Mtg & Homeless Children’s Parade

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

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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

http://occupywinstonsalem.org/groups/communications-working-group/forum/topic/did-it-rain-on-our-parade/

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!

FACILITATIONS MEETING THURS. 12/1 @ 5:30 PM @ KRANKIES

November 28, 2011 in News

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

WELLS FARGO CEO PROTEST EVENT NOV. 30th

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
Description
Who are we protesting? The Keynote Speaker John Stumpf & Duke Energy:
http://www.winstonsalem.com/annualmeeting.aspx

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

11:30-12:45 FORUM @ CENTRAL LIBRARY:
Working Together Now & 2012: Regional Movements
While the 1% Speaks at his luncheon we will speak at OURS!

1:00 ALL HANDS ON DECK!! BACK TO BENTON CONVENTION CENTER
(if you can only take a short time COME @ THIS TIME)
PROTEST THE WELLS FARGO CEO,
SPONSORS WELLS FARGO & DUKE ENERGY!

VERY CLOSE PARKING WILL BE SCARCE SO PLEASE ARRIVE AT LEAST 20 MINS EARLY! WE WILL POST PARKING SUGGESTIONS BY MONDAY 28th!

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.