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July People’s Café: Special guest from D.C.

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

FireStephen 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

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GA Notes for July

07/14/2014 in Uncategorized

Download here: July 12 GA NOTES

Next GA Sat. 7/12, Barre gazebo, 3-5 pm

07/02/2014 in Uncategorized

Please join us!

We’ll be at the gazebo at the south end of downtown Barre, intersection of Washington St. (302) and Rt. 14 South.

Tentative agenda:

Report-backs:

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.

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How to Stop Fracking: People’s Café 6/24 in Montpelier

06/09/2014 in Uncategorized

OCCUPY CENTRAL VERMONT PRESENTS OUR CONTINUING SERIES ON ENERGY AT BAGITOS IN MONTPELIER
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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!

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June GA notes

06/09/2014 in Uncategorized

Notes from the Occupy General Assembly on June 7th, 2014:

OCVT GA notes June 2014

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People’s Café: Energy series continues

05/20/2014 in Uncategorized

BAGITOS-ENERGY MAYLast Tuesday of every month at Bagitos in Montpelier, 6-8 pm:

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!

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GA minutes from May 3rd

05/08/2014 in Uncategorized

Download here:

OCVT GA notes 5-3-2014

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People’s Café: April-June energy series starts 4/29

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

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MAY 27th: WHAT WE CAN DO LOCALLY?

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.)

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OCVT and WILPF say cut the military!

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:

TaxDay

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General Assembly notes from April

04/07/2014 in Uncategorized

Download here: OCVT GA notes 4-5-2014

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People’s Café 3/25: Women’s Day Delegation to Gaza

03/16/2014 in Uncategorized

JOIN OCCUPY CENTRAL VERMONT
AT BAGITOS IN MONTPELIER 6-8 pm TUES 3/25

CRYSTAL ZEVON & PAKI WIELAND OF CODEPINK AND THE 100-WOMAN INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY DELEGATION WILL TALK OF THEIR EXPERIENCE IN ATTEMPTING TO GAIN ENTRY TO GAZA TO SHOW SOLIDARITY AND BRING HUMANITARIAN AID.

Gaza graphicINSTEAD, THEY WERE WERE DETAINED, DEPORTED AND BLACKLISTED AT THE CAIRO AIRPORT BY THE EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT

COME AND HEAR THE NEWS THAT THE CORPORATE MEDIA IGNORES, + QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION — ALL ARE WELCOME !

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March G.A. notes

03/04/2014 in Uncategorized

Download here: OCVT GA notes 3-1-2014.

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G.A. agenda for Sat. 3/1/14

02/27/2014 in Uncategorized

Location: Hayes Room, Montpelier Public Library, 3-5 pm

Reports

GMO Legislation
350VT event
2/25 People’s Cafe

Discussion Topics

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?

Announcements

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February G. A. minutes

02/09/2014 in Uncategorized

Click to download: Feb. GA notes.

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Montpelier vigil vs. the TPP

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:

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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.