09/09/2014 in Uncategorized
Download here: GA Notes 9-6-14.
09/05/2014 in Uncategorized
The next GA is set to take place in Plainfield Village at the park along the river ( the parking area in lower Plainfield village) on Saturday, September 6, 1-3 pm. The park is across from the church and Ben’s Country Book Shop. If it rains, we will take shelter on the porch of the book shop or in the Positive Pie dining room.
We are joining the Plainfield Old Home Days Parade that morning. If you’d like to participate, meet us at the same park between 10:30 and 11 am.
1. Update on past and future climate events.
2. Where to take the People’s Cafe
3. Anti-war issues; police investigation
4. Net neutrality: Do we want to endorse the International Campaign for Net Neutrality (Open Media) as OCV — as a group ?
5. Improving internal communication: phone and email
6. Proposal re: monthly agenda-setting.
7. General discussion and announcements
09/02/2014 in Uncategorized
Download our August minutes here: OCV GA August minutes.
08/06/2014 in Uncategorized
Global Climate Change Got you Down?
Get down to the:
CLIMATE ACTION SONG/POETRY CONTEST!
The People’s Café at Bagitos Café in Montpelier
(sponsored by Occupy Central Vermont)
Tuesday, August 26, 6-8 pm
Now’s your chance to have your voice heard!
In preparation for the PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH in New York City, September 21
Come and perform your songs and poetry.
Audience decides the winners!
Prizes to be announced!
To sign up: call David at 456-1978 or just come and perform or be part of the audience
The People’s Cafe is a monthly event at Bagitos, on the last Tuesday of each month produced by Occupy Central Vermont
07/31/2014 in Uncategorized
We’re meeting this month at 1 pm instead of 3, immediately following the Montpelier Farmers Market, and will gather in the pocket-park in front of the Christ Episcopal Church (the stone church) on State Street.
II. Reports Back
A. People’s Cafe
B. Palestine Events at Crystal’s
C. Rising Tide Demos vs. gas pipeline
III. Upcoming Events and Actions
A. Future People’s Cafés
B. Further Events at Crystal’s
C. Code Pink Hobby Lobby Action
D. NYC Climate Change March and NE Climate Convergence in Wheelock + Monday Action
E. Gaza Actions and Sister City (Sue)
F. OCVT e-lists and web presence
IV. Discussion on Where Everybody Is/How to Motivate More People to take Action
07/14/2014 in Uncategorized
OCCUPY CENTRAL VERMONT PRESENTS ITS CONTINUING SERIES ON ENERGY
AT BAGITOS IN MONTPELIER: TUESDAY, JULY 29 6-8 pm
STEPHEN KRETZMANN, FOUNDER OF OIL CHANGE INTERNATIONAL:
HOW THE OIL INDUSTRY DOMINATES OUR POLITICS
Stephen Kretzmann, who will join us via a remote link from Washington, D.C., has worked on environmental and social issues for twenty-five years, primarily focusing on the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the fossil fuel industry. After working for Greenpeace and as the environmental adviser to the late Ken Saro-Wiwa (Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, Nigeria), he went on to found Oil Change International to educate about the true impacts of fossil fuels by conducting research and education, and organizing to strive for a “separation of oil and state.” Steve has testified in the U.S. Congress, authored numerous articles and reports, and is a frequent media commentator on issues of corporate accountability, climate change, the global fossil fuel industry, and environmental and human rights. You can learn more at his website:
Q&A, DISCUSSION, MUSIC, ALL WELCOME
07/02/2014 in Uncategorized
We’ll be at the gazebo at the south end of downtown Barre, intersection of Washington St. (302) and Rt. 14 South.
Norwich U. Protest
Rising Tide activities vs. VT gas pipeline
Prospective activities and actions
Arranging for 7/18 Palestine presentation
New England Governors/ Eastern Canadian Premiers Conference at Bretton Woods, NH this Sunday 7/13
July People’s Café 7/29
Wheelock Mt. Climate Convergence 8/7-10
Sept. Climate Change Rally NYC
Legal support for VT Tar Sands Blockade participant- what can we do?
Announcements and soap box.
06/09/2014 in Uncategorized
TUESDAY, JUNE 24th: 6-8 pm
ALL ABOUT FRACKING
Helen Slottje of the Community Environmental Defense Council in Ithaca, NY discovered a way for local municipalities to prohibit fracking through zoning. She and her husband David have worked pro bono with more than 200 towns and villages across New York to protect themselves from industrial invasion.
Helen was awarded the Goldman Prize which is often referred to as the Nobel Prize for environmental work.
Joanne and Deborah Cipolla-Dennis are founding members of the Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition, a grassroots group focused on protecting the rural community character of the Town of Dryden.
They are also working on a variety of local and national issues including climate justice and human rights.
INFORMATION, DISCUSSION, ALL WELCOME ! WITH MUSIC BY ARO AND OTHERS
Coming in July: Steve Kretzmann from Oil Change International!
05/20/2014 in Uncategorized
TUESDAY, MAY 27: WHAT WE CAN DO LOCALLY
Featuring Barry Bernstein, President of the Washington Electric Co-op board, and a founder of the progressive/anti-nuke caucus of WEC that started in 1974 and successfully suspended ties with Seabrook and Vermont Yankee. Barry will talk about that history and about public power in general.
Q&A, Discussion welcome/music by Aro
Tuesday, June 24th: CHALLENGING THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY
With Steve Kretzmann of Oil Change International (via Skype), plus residents of Dryden, NY, the first town to successfully ban fracking!
04/23/2014 in Uncategorized
OCCUPY CENTRAL VERMONT PRESENTS A 3-PART SERIES ON ENERGY
AT BAGITOS IN MONTPELIER: APRIL, MAY, JUNE
TUESDAY, APRIL 29: 6-8 pm: UNDERSTANDING OUR ENERGY SYSTEM
Brian Tokar: An overview: How do we get and use energy?
Rose Lazu: Solar and wind energy trends outside of the U.S.
John Halasz: The economic difficulties of transitioning to clean energy systems
Q&A, Discussion + welcome/music by Aro Veno
With Rich Phillips, chair of the Marshfield Energy Conservation and Climate Change Committee, and other speakers to be announced
JUNE 24th: INVESTIGATING THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY
With Steve Kretzmann of Oil Change International (via Skype), and others to be announced
(May and June dates are still tentative, but we anticipate continuing on the last Tuesday of the month.)
04/20/2014 in Uncategorized
On tax day, April 15th, Occupy Central VT joined the Central Vermont chapter of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom for their annual gathering in front of the Montpelier Post Office. The aim was to highlight the 57% of federal tax receipts that go to fund the military and to offer baked treats, illustrating the adage, “It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.” Here’s a photo from the Times-Argus of April 16th: