03/04/2014 in Uncategorized
Download here: OCVT GA notes 3-1-2014.
02/27/2014 in Uncategorized
Location: Hayes Room, Montpelier Public Library, 3-5 pm
2/25 People’s Cafe
Distribution of GMO Cards
Next People’s Cafe: Bringing together various issues and campaigns, following the money behind fossil fuels, renewal energy alternatives, carbon taxes
Further TPP actions and education
Montpelier Mayoral Election
Tax Day, 4/15 Action Against Military Spending
CCTA Strike Solidarity
Movies At Barre Occupy house?
02/01/2014 in Uncategorized
On Friday, Jan. 31, members of Occupy Central VT, local Teamsters Union members, and the Raging Grannies gathered in front of Montpelier’s TD Bank branch to protest the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership (TPP) and distribute toilet paper rolls wrapped in “Flush the TPP” information. Here’s a Times-Argus‘ photo, from Saturday’s paper:
Photo by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur, Times-Argus staff. Their caption: “Occupy Central Vermont and union members gather at the corner of State and Main streets in Montpelier on Friday to protest the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, an expansive trade agreement. The demonstrators carried plungers, handed out rolls of toilet paper printed with information on the trade pact and chanted, ‘Flush the TPP’.”
TD (if you go anywhere in Canada, you’ll see it stands for Toronto Dominion) is Canada’s second largest bank, a major investor in oil extraction from the Alberta tar sands, and a leading corporate advocate for the TPP. Here’s a link to Crystal Zevon’s video of the Montpelier gathering.
01/23/2014 in Uncategorized
Flush the TPP has called for an international day of action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an antidemocratic trade agreement being negotiated behind our (and Congress’s) backs. Join us Friday, January 31, in front of TD Bank (a TPP supporter) in Montpelier to protest the TPP from noon until they’re sick of us.
12/04/2013 in Uncategorized
Intros./Roles (notetaker, etc.)
Walmart on “Black Friday”
Fast food action 12/5
Montpelier city issues
F-35 in Burlington
Back to Walmart?
People’s Café: Dec. & beyond
Trans-Pacific Partnership education/actions
Pipeline campaigns (Tar sands & VT Gas)
Support for core members
Longer range discussions:
Participation & organizing
Proposal for seasonal campaigns
Internal check-in & support for other groups
Announcements & next mtg.
11/22/2013 in Uncategorized
Occupy Central Vermont monthly People’s Café
Bagitos, 28 Main St., Montpelier
Tuesday, November 26, 6 to 8 pm
Heather Pipino from the Vermont Workers Center, in conjunction with local and national “Black Friday” protests at Walmart, will be speaking about organizing low-paid workers in Central Vermont. Discussions, music by Andy Plante, and more
Support Walmart employees and other low-paid workers on “Black Friday”
Informational picket, leafleting, and new carols by the Raging Grannies and others
Berlin Mall, Friday, November 29, 12 to 2 pm
Free food and really-free market will follow at the Church of the Good Shepherd in downtown Barre
(Friends from the UE and VT Workers Center will be at Walmart in Williston from 10-noon.)
11/01/2013 in Uncategorized
Occupy Central VT’s monthly General Assembly will happen in Barre once again, this month at an earlier time:
Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 1-3 pm
Aldrich Public Library, downtown Barre, 2nd floor conference room
2. Choose note taker, decision keeper, next month’s facilitator.
3. Debriefing of recent actions and activities:
Prison Justice & Redemption Panel at UU Church
People’s Cafe (focus was on the gov’t. shutdown)
Graniteville Asphalt Plant
New Brunswick Tar Sands Action/ Protest
F-35 Meeting/Protest at Burlington City Hall
New Economy Night in Hardwick.
New Economy support letters to the editor, radio interview.
4. Planning and Discussion / education, protest and action
November People’s Cafe.
Montpelier controversy and New Economy efforts
5. Calendar Confirmation
6. Roll call of decisions
7. Educational segment – TBA
8. Announcement of Affiliated Actions
10/14/2013 in Uncategorized
Locked Up and Locked Out: Restoring Human Rights in the Criminal Justice System
“The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.”
Friday, October 18, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Montpelier UU Church
*Bernice Mennis, retired Vermont College professor, author of Breaking Out of Prison, who taught writing for twelve years at a maximum security prison in New York State;
She will speak about the philosophical, psychological and political aspects of imprisonment.
*Walter Lomax, Director of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative, who was in prison for 39 years for a crime he did not commit. He will speak about Restorative Justice in Maryland and about the challenges of reentry.
*Dr. JoAnna Allen, who has taught meditation and yoga to inmates at the Baltimore County jail, founder of The Kindness Project. She will speak about the role of mindfulness in prisons, the Alternatives to Violence program, the culture of “no” in prisons, and the problems of transitioning back to freedom
*John Gorczyk, former Vermont Commissioner of Corrections, winner of the 2006 Louie Wainwright Award for his lifetime contributions to Corrections in Vermont, will speak about establishing restorative justice and community based programs, as well as pioneering evidence-based practices in Corrections.
At 5 p.m. October 18, before the panel, a film about meditation in prison, Dhamma Brothers, will be shown at UU.
Sponsored by Occupy Central Vermont and the UU Social Responsibility Committee
09/19/2013 in Uncategorized
Join us on Main Street, Montpelier, Tues. Sept 24. 6-8 pm for a panel discussion with
Sustainable Cotton Project, Farms Not Arms and Cedar Circle Farm, Thetford.
ROBB KIDD: Organizer at Rural Vermont
FREE FOOD FOR ALL, Peacham
Music, open mic, plenty of discussion: all welcome !