Subject: [NYCGA Internet] Re: AUTONOMY - Inter-occupation Communication
From: Margaret Flowers
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2011 20:33:03 -0400
To: Libor Koznar
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Inter-occupation Field Report: October2011 Movement

1.       Where is the occupation located? In Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC at 14th and Pennsylvania Ave., NW. Close to the White House and has a direct view of the Capitol. Also close to K St and the Chamber of Commerce.

2.       We began occupying on the morning of Oct. 6. Today is Oct. 16.

3.       We have a large marble and brick plaza. Today we made a site plan and moved some things around. The media tent and information tent are close to each other. There is a storage tent (for people going off site to store bags), a medical tent, a food tent and a legal tent. There is a central space for the assemblies. There is an arts area. And the tents for sleeping are around the perimeter.

4.       Soft infrastructure – information tent for greeting visitors, has handouts and daily schedule. There is a legal tent staffed by lawyers. Green hats go out on every action. The legal team has forms filled out on every person who risks arrest. There is a food tent that provides 3 meals a day, coffee and snacks. Food is prepared on site. There is a medical tent that provides basic first aid and sends medical team members on actions with a basic medical kit including towels, saline and T-shirts in case of pepper spray. There is a media tent from which we livestream, send press releases and handle media interviews. There is a storage tent. There is an arts tent for making signs, banners and props. There are lots of signs scattered around for visitors and passers by to see.

5.       Hard infrastructure – there are porta-potties, electricity is available in the park (free for first amendment activities) and we have mifi plus nearby wireless signal. We use local hoses for water and are ordering a water buffalo.

6.       Activities – morning and evening assemblies, classes and workshops, committee meetings, speakers and music, outreach actions and daily resistance actions and marches. There are evening community discussions every night on a different topic. We have drumming, music, dances and community dinners.

7.       Police – we have an excellent relationship with the police. We have had infiltrators (hard to say if police or not) and secret service members in plain clothes (not too hard to spot).

8.       We have had excellent media coverage – independent, local, national and international.

9.       We have regular General Assemblies using different facilitators and currently using consensus but thinking of switching to consensus minus two (as we did in planning phase).

10.   We have committees for issues like housing, committees for activities like logistics, outreach, action planning, media, food and committees for those who want to form them on topics such as racism and religion.

11.   There are no controversial committees as of yet.

12.   The following actions have been carried out:

March to close down Chamber of Commerce, then proceeded down K St and back to Plaza.

March to shut down General Atomics (maker of drones).

March to die-in at Smithsonian Air and Space Museum drone display – was infiltrated and turned aggressive by two people resulting in pepper spray (1 arrested).

March to homeless shelter for outreach.

March to Wells Fargo to protest foreclosures.

Leafletting of local festivals and other outreach.

March to United States Arms Conference (weapons display)

Shut down the Hart Senate office building due to protest inside (6 arrested).

Disruption of Senate Finance Committee hearing on Free Trade Agreement (3 arrested).

Support of Egyptian students protesting for right to vote.

Disruption of Armed Forces Hearing with Leon Panetta (8 arrested).

Disruption of “Wall Street Comes to Washington Health Care Conference.”

March with local labor to support them.

Freeze Flash Mob for outreach and leafleting.

March on the banks and treasury (banks closed down).

Protest at Supreme Court (17 arrested).

Please see or website for articles, press releases and video: october2011.org

13.   We started planning in April of this year for an occupation to begin in Oct. 6. We have been in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street since Adbusters first called for it. We see ourselves as part of the “occupy” movement – but a part that is immune to co-option by Democrats, MoveOn and Unions by virtue of the reputation of our organizers.

14.   Symbolism of the location – the name “Freedom Plaza” and the central location in DC.

15.   Occupy to us means taking a public space and holding it, rather than a one day action, to bring people together to talk about the issues. We are trying to model the kind of society we would like to create – nonviolent, nonhierarchical, based on participatory democracy, that provides for human needs, that educates and that causes disruption of the corporate/militaristic machine.

16.   We see this as the beginning of an independent, nonviolent, broad-based and transformational movement. We believe the first tasks are building an independent movement and independent media. We then see this as moving towards a common platform, working in local communities to weaken the pillars that support the current system (especially the economic pillars) and then moving to legislative and electoral work down the road.

17.   The 1% are the power elite who influence policy in order to continue the funneling of wealth to the top. They control the political process and the media message. We are less concerned about targeting individuals and more concerned with using nonviolent tactics (including noncooperation) to shift power away from the 1%.

 

Peace and solidarity,

Margaret Flowers


On Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 11:04 AM, Libor Koznar <liborkoznar@hotmail.com> wrote:
That would be #General #Strike!
2 days minimum!
We need to overturn the legislation prohibiting solidarity strike! (Fundamental right of unions and working people)

- On top of that: Corporations use eminent-domain to confiscate property all around the U.S. and the whole world . From Connecticut to New Orleans. From Hawaii to Toronto and Philippines. Also, OccupyWallStret is in very unique position. It doesn't represent mainly regional interests the way Madrid, London, Athens, Portland, Boston do.
OccupyWallStreet has deep, more than symbolic meaning to the peoples all around the world. The colonial oppression of Wall Street can be felt everywhere and we have responsibility to keep the square and voice their interests, - tangible improve their quality of life!
It is time to fight back.
It is time to appropriate the little piece of land from private ownership and declare it an AUTONOMOUS Region. One little park. Right in the heart of the Empire. If for nothing, think about all the repression and misery the elitist cause around the world in order to gain more profit. They don't stop in front of anything.
We have the duty to declare Liberty Plaza an AUTONOMOUS Region in the name of the indigenous people of the land from whom it was stolen. In the name of the all the buried slaves, Africans and African Americans under our feet. We have the duty to take the land in the name of all the children enslaved in the sweatshops. We have the moral duty to do it in the name of all the dead people and war destroyed countries for profits of natural resources and sales of weapons. We have the duty to do it just for the mare symbolic reason it would mean to all those oppressed.
Many countries around the world have autonomous regions where it is the people who are in charge of the land.
This country needs one as well - and really badly - in order to have true Freedom of speech, expression and assembly, and to symbolize the Real-Democracy!
Otherwise we are still occupying on the land and mercy of the 1%ers who own the little piece park.

Who's park is it?
WHO'S PARK IS IT ?!

Let's declare it AUTONOMOUS REGION and let the city and police know that they will be Trespassing on OWS property and against peoples will. We have popular uprising going on in this country (and around the world) and any of their action will be seen as a crack down on the peoples popular movement by the totalitarian-capitalistic regime.
Conditions has changed. It is time for people to be heard. We no longer need marching permits. We no longer ask for assembly permits which are after five days declined on ideological bases. We no longer ask and pay for sound permits.

WHO's PARK IS IT ?!

I as one of us, one of OWS am asking this issue to be raised tonight at the General Assembly by the facilitation, by the information wg, by the arts&culture, by the legal wg, media and by you and me. By all of us.
Please think about it and the implication of it on everyone in the future.

In Solidarity
Libor
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Please RT/discuss it with your group.




Sincerely
Libor Kožnar

Sent via mobile.

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Faulk <faulkingtruth@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2011 13:57:01
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Subject: Re: Inter-occupation Communication

This is Mark Faulk from OccupyOKC.

I PROPOSE A NATIONAL DAY OF OCCUPATION, WHERE WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE IN
THE COUNTRY TO TAKE OFF FROM WORK OR WHATEVER THEY'RE DOING AND JOIN
US FOR A SHOW OF UNIFIED STRENGTH. SEND A MESSAGE!

I also agree that we need long term goals, this is a movement, not
just an occupation. We should have an infrastructure put into place to
affect legislation through:

1. Qualified appointed committees who meet with congressional leaders
and state legislators, draft legislation, etc.
2. An army of occupiers who bombard targeted politicians, the media,
etc. to show our strength
3. A plan put into place for when the weather turns bad, so that we
continue with indoor town hall type events, etc.
4. National committees who help craft a platform with input from each
faction of the 99% (labor, students, elderly, disabled, veterans,
etc.)

We at OccupyOKC would love to work with anyone and everyone to
implement these things.

Mark Faulk
(405) 413-8453
www.OccupyOKC <http://www.OccupyOKC>
Because Democracy is for Everyone


On Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 7:00 AM, margaret flowers <mdpnhp@gmail.com> wrote:
> We agree and would like to propose a conference call with all of the
> occupations in order to start the process. We propose a call on Sunday late
> afternoon or evening eastern time.
>
> Thank you.
>
> In solidarity,
> October2011
> Occupy Freedom Plaza
>
> Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
>
> ________________________________
> From: Alexandre Carvalho <tudoflui@gmail.com>
> Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2011 07:25:33 -0400
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> Subject: Re: Inter-occupation Communication
> This is what we need to prepare to do now:
>
> Phase 1 - Occupy.
> Phase 2 - internal systems of communication, accountability, transparency;
> build capacity to respond
> Phase 3 - Connect ALL occupations and start a true alternative to
> representative democracy: a "Direct Democracy Network"
> Humanization, Emancipation, Solidarity
>
>
> On Oct 14, 2011, at 6:28 AM, Occupy Perth - Karun <occupyperth@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> Much love and peace and ROCK!! from #occupyperth
> - Karun
>
> On 14 October 2011 18:20, Occupy NOLA <occupynola@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> Much love and solidarity from New Orleans.
>>
>> - Leila
>>
>> On 14 October 2011 05:13, Occupy Wall Street Food
>> <occupywallstreet.food@gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Greetings from NYC! Keep up the great work, y'all!
>> > -justin
>> > On Oct 14, 2011, at 4:55 AM, philip august wrote:
>> >
>> > From: joandonovan@gmail.com
>> > Please respond to Joan
>> > Please forward far and wide:
>> >
>> > Hello Fellow Occupiers,
>> >
>> > We at the Occupation Communication Committee at OccupyLA are collecting
>> > as
>> > much info as we can about other occupy sites and need the participation
>> > of
>> > people like you to help us understand the situation at each camp. We
>> > want to
>> > learn from other occupations so that we may better ourselves. I have
>> > attached a PDF of how we are hoping to open communication initially
>> > (here is
>> > a link to the googledoc of the same file).
>> >
>> > We hope that with the work of dedicated people we can begin to amass
>> > enough
>> > info to explain the similarities and differences of each occupation, so
>> > that
>> > when a new occupation takes root it can be equipped with this knowledge.
>> > Please be sure to ask for permission to videotape any one-on-one
>> > interviews
>> > (get this consent on tape) and tell them that their participation is
>> > voluntary and becomes public information/oral history that may be used
>> > for
>> > academic, journalistic, and movement purposes.  These interviews and
>> > field
>> > reports will be shared publicly through a creative commons license for
>> > anyone to use.
>> >
>> > Best,
>> > Occupy In Solidarity
>> >
>> > Revolution Music
>> > http://www.reverbnation.com/thejulianday
>> >
>
>



--
Margaret Flowers M.D.
Congressional Fellow
Physicians for a National Health Program
410-591-0892
mdpnhp@gmail.com
www.md.pnhp.org



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