01/05/2013 in Uncategorized
01/02/2013 in Uncategorized
Please join us to usher in 2013, evaluate our recent actions and discuss next steps: Saturday, January 5, from 3 to 5 pm in the Hayes Room of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier
– Walmart Actions (check out the DooOcc videos at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZyXOCM8zeY and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR9_0eTrtVY)
– Labor focus
– Newport 99% Trial
– New Economy Conference
Short Term: reports on People’s Cafe, January 5 (David) and Movement Discussion, January 26 (Margaret)
Long Term: Next Steps–a look at the year ahead: (Brian T.)
Wind up: Announcements, etc..
12/05/2012 in Uncategorized
Occupy Central Vermont, together with friends and allies, is returning to picket at the Berlin Mall Walmart
Saturday 12/15 and 12/22 from Noon to 2 PM. (Note change in time)
As we did on “Black Friday,” we will be showing our support for the poorly-treated, low-wage Walmart workers who are starting to get organized around the country and fighting back against this corporate monster.
We will be leafleting and talking with shoppers. We will also be showing solidarity with the garment workers in Bangladesh, where a recent terrible fire at a Walmart supplier took the lives of 112 workers.
Look for us where we were on “Black Friday,” right next to the Walmart entrance to the Mall. If you heard about our very successful action on “Black Friday” but were unable to come due to Thanksgiving, come now! And we’d love to see everybody who showed up before, if you can.
Spread the word! Please join us!
Occupy Central Vermont. Another World is Possible!
11/29/2012 in Uncategorized
Please join us Sat. 12/1 from 3-5 PM at the REACH/Onion River Exch. office at 138 Main St. (brick house across Main St. from the Kellogg-Hubbard Library)
Introductions – 5 min.
Walmart Protest, 11/23 – 15 min. (see report below)
Upcoming Projects and Activities:
Further Walmart Protests and Activities – 15 min.
December People’s Cafe – 15 min.
“What Is a Movement?” Forum in January – 10 min.
Support For NEK Occupy Group – 10 min.
Taking Up GMO Food Issues? Tar Sands? – 10 min.
Participation In Occupy Anti-debt Campaigns? – 10 min.
Media and Outreach – 5 min.
Looking Forward to 2013: Expectations and Strategies – 20 min.
Announcements and Soapbox
11/24/2012 in Uncategorized
In conjunction with Black Friday Walmart worker support actions around the country, Occupy Central Vermont organized a picket line and leafleted shoppers on the “High Cost of Low Prices” outside the Berlin (Montpelier/Barre), Vermont Walmart. About 25 people total participated during the morning and afternoon picketing. To our surprise, when we set up right next to the Walmart entrance, we were allowed to remain. The Old Socialist Labor Hall in Barre – where the new Central Vermont Food Not Bombs chapter was sharing food – was our appropriate base of operations. We made some contacts with a few Walmart workers who were coming in to shop on Friday or came out to take our leaflets, and are planning to do some follow-up at the store. The article shown below is from Page 1 of the Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus, Nov. 24th.
[Click to download full size images.]
For reviews of the day’s events nationally, see http://www.thenation.com/blog/171435/biggest-strike-against-biggest-employer-walmart-workers-make-history-again and http://occupywallst.org/article/walmartstrikers-prove-99-can-fight-back/.
11/17/2012 in Uncategorized
This Friday, BLACK FRIDAY
Support Walmart workers!
Join us to take action in support of the striking Walmart workers!
Occupy Central Vermont (OCVT), Occupy Barre, and Food Not Bombs
have organized a day of protest and information and would like YOU to join in.
This year on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, Walmart workers — with the support of unions and allies — are planning walk-outs across the country, the day when the retailer is most vulnerable to pressure. They are asking people like us in rural areas to take the initiative and organize our own solidarity actions. Locally, we have “adopted” the busy Walmart store in the Berlin Mall which draws shoppers around the region for our solidarity action.
November 23rd Schedule
Carpools leave from Barre’s Old Labor Hall (46 Granite St.) to the Berlin Mall Walmart with banners and leaflets for a rally.
Back to the Labor Hall where Food Not Bombs will offer lunch and the Raging Grannies will perform.
Carpool back to Berlin Mall Walmart for a second rally featuring the Raging Grannies and their Walmart props & repertoire. Occupy Central VT will also be showing and discussing a movie about Walmart.
PLEASE JOIN US!
Here is a leaflet about the events a Walmart for this coming Friday. Please distribute it widely. This leaflet was put together by Marie.
11/09/2012 in Uncategorized
Join us at Bagitos
(next door to the Savoy Theater)
Thursday, January 10, 6-8 p.m. for Music, Poetry, Comedy, and Discussion:
Alternative Economics, Direct Democracy and more…
For performance information:
contact David Klein 456-1978
11/08/2012 in GA Minutes
Minutes Occupy Central Vermont general assembly
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Present: Jay M., Sue M., Brian T. Brian ?, David K. Marie C., John H., Margaret B., Dell W., Bill ?, Jeremy H., Matt A.
$60 single donation
$17 contributions @ Hardwick pop-up
$11.75 to Capitol Copy for People’s Café flyers
left in treasury $65.25 after 150 buttons were paid for
- Hardwick Pop-up Occupy—Sue
—participation from a number of locals
—about 25 people at the general assembly
What about follow up?
—Hardwick folks are continuing the conversations at Wednesday night Think Tank. They’re wondering if any of us will participate.
—Discussion: John and Marie will look into bus to Marshfield (community dinner there at 6 pm)
Sue will write to Mary; Jay will contact Marcia, George, Tyler
- Plainfield Pop-up—Jay & Sue
—Planning board meeting in Marshfield re Red Store & Tim’s Convenience store owner
—How does one object to something that’s legal but immoral? Boycott?
—Questions on Goddard issues? Brian will contact Ben Graham, who has a strong interest
- Burlington: 802 Spokescouncil last weekend—Marie, Jay, John, Brian attended
±25 people mostly from Burlington, various activists (student, environmental, cop watch, etc.)
—Still doing Citizen’s Bank pamphleting
—Working groups were UVM, labor, human rights
—Small group discussions were focused, came up with plans
—Agreed to have a joint calendar for 802
—Marie will be a contact person
—Do we want to propose a joint action? Discuss using email.
- People’s café—David
—Mixed cabaret format
—next scheduled for December 6 at Bagitos, 6 to 8 pm.
—Parts were very good: poetry, music, visit from Stephen Durham, Freedom Socialist Party candidate for president, brief presentation.
—Concerns: comedy crossed the line to offensiveness;
Time for discussion was too little, too late
Chatting during performances, how could this work better in a café setting?
—Suggestions: tighten format
Focus on or frame as Occupy Central Vermont on poster, same posted, add Occupy Central Vermont
Create a small group to organize our next: David, Marie, Dell
- What is a movement?—Margaret
Saturday, December 8, 3–5 pm Montpelier Library
Goals: What have we learned from our experience in previous movements?
- Worker’s Center film (±20 minutes)
- Brief presentations: labor, civil rights, peace, gay rights, environment, women’s right, indigenous people, occupy. What was unique to each?
- Small group discussions: How are movements different from organizations?
—Marie will pass out flyers
—Jay willget info to media
—Has not been able to get any info re Black Friday
—Burlington group suggestion from Jen: if we can’t get enough people, we could pamphlet bomb; concern that without significant presence, we’ll be ignored.
—Brian: Chad McGinnis may be the best source of information
—Jay: Worker’s Center not doing anything; seems that UE is most active; perhaps best to focus on Williston store
—Matt: interested in communicating with workers but don’t have a union ready to plug them in; might have to be strategic and covert to talk with workers and find out their issues; important tactical questions because this is not just a one-time action.
—Jay: trying to have job actions, flash strikes in Texas, DC, 6 states.
—John: present to public bigger issues, broader analysis; suppress workers’ salaries for suppliers; suppress cost at all costs, a value destroying corporation, one of many!
—Marie: some Walmart workers are planning to walk out on Black Friday, trying to find out if this is happening in Williston—would join in solidarity
—Jeremy: What about pamphleting the workers?
—Bill: Seacoast Occupy in New Hampshire is discussing how to coordinate with workers
—discussing pamphleting in support of downtown shopping
—Jay: willing to work on leaflet (with Matt & John?)
—Marie: Perhaps more effective to leaflet cars in town prior to Black Friday with information on Walmart and encouraging people to shop in downtowns.
—Matt: Our communities have been occupied by for-profit corporations, so we can’t pamphlet on private properties/parking lots
—Marie: Preleafleting should include Barre
—John: Suggest communicating among ourselves using the core list and commit to the activities suggested above.
—Marie will coordinate leafletting cars in Montpelier
—Occupy Central Vermont will cosponsor the rally on Saturday, November 17 to close Vermont Yankee
- Occupy Sandy—Jay
—providing food and other services in 5 boroughs
—organizing is paying off
—What is happening with Occupy Farms?
—Suggested to send $, not food.
December 7, 9–5, Gwen Hallsmith is presenting “The New Economy” with all day workshops and discussions. $25. neweconomyworkinggroup.org
Jeremy and others on computer security. Recommendations to the Secretary of State to track how voting machines are working—If something is wrong, one is first supposed to call the company, not the Secretary of State. The company can wipe the machine clean. Procedural issues. Contacts to Jim Condos
- WGDR (Goddard radio) at 8:30 am on Monday
- Will send us his letter
- has copied reporters
11/01/2012 in Uncategorized
We’re continuing to meet the first Sat. of every month in Montpelier, and meeting a little earlier this time.
Please join us Sat. 11/3 from Noon-2 PM
at the REACH/Onion River Exch. office, 138 Main St.
(brick house across Main St. from the Kellogg-Hubbard Library)
Introductions – 5 min.
1) Hardwick pop-up event 5 min.
2) Burlington spokes council last weekend 5 min.
3) First Montpelier People’s Cafe 5 min.
Upcoming projects & activities
1) Next People’s Cafe 10-15 min.
2) December 8th discussion at Montpelier library: “What is a social movement?” 10-15 Min.
3) Organizing in support of Walmart workers around “Black Friday” 20-25 min.
4) Other educational forums or activities? 5-10 min.
Open discussion 50-60 min. Topics to be decided.
• How should Occupy re-orient itself after the election?
• How can we resist fiscal austerity policies supported by both corporate candidates and their respective parties?
Other suggestions welcome!
Announcements and Soapbox 5 min.
10/16/2012 in Uncategorized
Join us at Bagitos in Montpelier
(next door to the Savoy Theater)
Thursday, October 25, 6-8 p.m.
for Music, Poetry, Comedy,
Discussions of alternative economics & direct democracy
For performance information, or to sign up, contact David Klein at 456-1978.
Download People’s Café flyer here.
10/10/2012 in Uncategorized
Minutes: Occupy Central Vermont – 10/6/2012
Present: Sue, Jay, John, Margaret, Marie, Dell, David K, Bear, Mitch, Brian T. Schuyler
Speaking Facilitator: John; Notes: Dell; Stack: Margaret
Sept.-17 in Montpelier: 12-1 at State House leafleting re: What Has Occupy Accomplished? (Jay and Heather) March to P.O.: People’s Mic; marched to Guerrilla Park (photo in Times Argus)
Sept.-17 in NYC: Marie with 40 Vermonters; “madness” with police presence blocking civil disobedience actions; 2 Vermonters arrested; worthwhile, peaceful. Future possible Vermont actions: picketing Walmarts; bank focus. (Marie gave a full report with slide show at Bagitos after tabling at Farmer’s Market).
Farmer’s Market (Sue): tabling, leafleting 3 or 4 times, with Keith McHenry (Food, Not Bombs) who had a meeting in Montpelier (interest among NECI students). Satisfying—receptivity.
Film at Marshfield Library (Jay and Sue): Rise Like Lions (origins, early days of Occupy)—8-10 people
Financial Report (Sue): $48.68 = current balance, mostly from donations at Farmer’s Market. What do we want to do with this? More 99% buttons: agreed.
Planning for future events:
Occupy Hardwick: pop-up (Sue) at Peace Park and “Footbridge Park”, either side of Hardwick Gazette. Noon to 5 p.m.. Poster made and distributed, Nancy disseminate info in Hardwick. Noon to 1: food giveaway, people’s mic (David); 1-3:15: concurrent workshops in two locations; 3:15-5 p.m.: G.A. to include an opportunity to pull together a discussion from workshops. Needs: everyone bring food to give away; second banner/sign (Marie); folding tables (Dell, Sue); chairs; canopies (Dell, Heather?); 2 copies of schedule (Dell); garbage bags (Dell); rides (Margaret)
Info re: email lists: 1. “Discussion”: we can all post to it, for news, etc; 2. Old DAWG list: people who have been active; 3. OCV Core (old Basic Needs WG): 8-10 people who are most active now, for internal business; “G.A. Announce”: everybody who has ever signed up for anything—limited posts. Brian will post Hardwick announcement.
People’s Café (David): October 25, 6-8 p.m. at Bagitos; Margaret will create poster; Entertainment: David as MC; music (Josh?); readings; Suggested topics: alternative economics; direct versus representational democracy; the earth charter. Sue would like two topics each time (one philosophical, one practical). Margaret and David will create a sub-group to plan format
What is a Movement? (Margaret): create an opportunity for dialogue re: movements, a public forum 12/8/12, Saturday, 3-5 @K-H Library, E. Mont. room– with video, short presentations from individuals re: different movements they have experienced (environmental–Brian; women’s–Margaret; civil rights—Sue; anti-war, peace (Jay, Joseph?); gay rights (Marie); Native rights (Bear); veterans? Anti-nuke? Plus: small group discussions (Roots of modern-day movements? How can all our movements move together?)
interoccupy.org—discussion around nationwide activities
Bear: Abenaki Issues: frustration with Occupy (people get sick of arguing in activist groups); “co-occupy” perhaps; we need to find a way to cooperate, act together; Occupy wants fairness; Keep an awareness of Abenaki foundation here (Mississquoi, not “Vermont”).
bring people together to find commonalities, possibly through book group(s)
I hear there’s a lesson to be learned here from Native peoples.
99% means diverse voices within, hopefully we’ll hear from all
our symbol, Statue of Liberty, for Native Americans is symbol of destruction
Occupy procedures are intended to give equal voice to everybody
a lot of apathetic people at National Life; some 1% like Ben and Jerry’s can be brought in
ORCA media: can we use this resource?
Jay: “Debt Campaign”—article by David Graeber, author of recent book on the history of Debt (Brian will send out)
- Two performances by Dave Rovics: E. Thetford harvest festival Sunday, and Thursday (10/11) WGDR studio @7:30 or 8
- Launch of Bill McKibben’s Road Show with Anais Mitchell, Saturday (10/13) at UVM chapel
Rally at Statehouse: anti-nuke, to show support for Public Service Board: late November
10/07/2012 in Uncategorized
Please join us for our monthly Assembly, this Saturday, 3-5 pm at the REACH office (138 Main St., in the brick house across Main St. from the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, first floor).
Here’s our proposed agenda. Hope to see you there!
Introductions – 5 min.
Reports – 20 min.
Sept. 17th events both here and in NYC
Farmers’ Market tabling
Planning for future events
Hardwick 10/13 pop-up – 20 min.
Sue Morris will facilitate.
People’s Cafe at Bagito’s – 15 min.
Possible topics for discussion:
a) Alternatives to corporate capitalism
b) Direct vs. representative democracy
c) Earth Charter http://earthchartervt.us/index.php
General discussion – 50 min. Focusing on one or more of these topics:
The role of government and the state and different attitudes or orientations toward it
Current events in the world at large, especially mass protests against austerity in Europe
The efforts of U.S. Occupy affiliates to organize around issues of debt
- How can we organize locally around that issue?
Announcements / soapbox – 5 min.