Category: Meeting Minutes

Energy Working Group: September 5, 2012

CITY Energy Stock Market Wheel

CITY Energy Stock Market Wheel

Tonight’s meeting:

Reflection on Energy Future’s Improv CITY Play at Elsewhere Collaborative – a celebration of creative visioning and thanks to all who participated to make the event a success! With stunning props, a full cast of characters and script for the take-over by private energy company and stock exchange, we have all we need to re-enact this play to make a bigger impact in the community. to be continued…

Movie Matinee Series showing Gasland this Sunday, Sept 9 at 1:30 at Glenwood Coffee and books. Free movie and discussion to follow about the horrors of hydraulic fracturing. We will continue the movie matinee screenings monthly, in the winter months. Future dates and films to be announced.

Occupy Greensboro Birthday Party on October 14!  The energy working group is planning to have a education/ outreach booth at Festival Park in the afternoon and at the benefit show that evening at Glenwood. We hope this event will bring visibility to the Duke/ Progress merger and Construction Work in Progress Bill (CWIP) and share creative ways to engage the community in other local energy issues.

Upcoming CWIP training  by NC WARN to take place at Glenwood Coffee and Books- dates and details to be announced.

Neighborhood canvassing and petitioning against CWIP activities to resume in 2013. Since January of this year, we have greeting our neighbors in Glenwood, door-to-door, asking for opinions, input and concerns about Duke Energy rate hikes and energy production and regulation in NC.  These experiences have been meaningful and have inspired our actions- creative and political- to raise awareness of these issues and continue community dialogue. We are in the process of applying for grant funding to continue canvassing and create jobs for local unemployed youth.

Radio Play casting and recording to begin soon. We are in the process of recruiting actors and setting the date, time and location for recording a radio drama about an fracking energy disaster. The events and characters are dramatized. The threat is real.

Next Meeting on Wednesday Sept 19 from 7-9 at Glenwood. If you have interest in joining please send email to

General Assembly: September 2, 2012

Facilitator: No facilitator
Stack: Mark
Notes: Kate


  • Welcome to first time comer, Veronica
  • Ground rules
  • Hand signals

Report Backs

  • Website workshop last Friday by Dave: Three new people ready to put some fresh energy and ideas to update the website and help advertise the working groups, post meeting minutes.
  • Energy Working Group: CITY play took place at Elsewhere on Friday Aug 24 – SUCCESS! Next meeting on Wednesday September 5 from 7-9 at Glenwood. Connie from NC WARN will be joining us. We will also be working on the radio drama, setting dates for casting/ recording
  • Employment Working Group: Back together again thanks to Paul. Focusing on employment needs for ex-cons, released from prison.
  • Free University happening on Tuesday nights at 6:30 at Glenwood: This week, 9/4, will focus on the DNC in Charlotte. Following weeks are open to discussion.


  • Friday 9/7 at 7 Lit Reading at Glenwood
  • Saturday 9/8 at 4 Poetry Reading by Mark Smith-Soto
  • Thursday 9/13 Participatory Budgeting Teach-In, contact Al for location and details (
  • Thursday 9/20 Citizens United Resolution Teach-In at Elon School of Law at 6:30


  • Occupy Greensboro Anniversary Day Sunday, October 14: Brought by Mark, consensus passed by GA, with further discussion next week at GA.

    Afternoon activities at Festival Park:
    – 2:00-4:00 free university teach ins, bottom lined by Al
    – 4:00-6:00 General Assembly
    – Return to Glenwood Coffee and Books for Potluck 6:00-7:00
    – Energy city play 7:00- 8:00
    – Benefit music and art show to raise legal funds for Chris and Mo, 8:00- 11:00
    – Bands – If we want we could pay bands a percentage of door $5.00 suggested donation
    – Cost Rent for Book shop on Sun Oct 14 $50 -$100??

    Needs for organizing:
    – GA: Need 1 facilitator, 1 stack keeper, 1 Note-taker, 1 Mood-gauger.
    – Benefit: 1 to 3 persons to bottom line benefit get bands, artwork , coordinate with MO etc.
    – Press release: hope to draw attention and some returning members from last year’s march and re-launch the website.


  • Actions and encampment by Occupy Charlotte at DNC and police response
  • Discussion of working groups participation/ accountability to General Assembly and
  • Re-energizing of OGSO

General Assembly: June 5, 2012

Energy Working Group will be at Elsewhere Gallery on Wed. at 6 pm.


  • Relationship of Occupy Greensboro to other groups, organizations, etc. There was considerable discussion on this topic, with dissenting views presented and debated in GA format.
  • The relativity of local, state and national involvement was included. All agreed that this is a core issue that has been talked about before and needs further discussion if consensus is to be reached, with all parties keeping an open mind.
  • Actions and protests. A suggestion was made that we have monthly actions; the importance and type of actions were also discussed. To be continued.
  • Energy Working Group: June 6, 2012

    Radio program

    • June 13
    • June 27
    • Elsewhere- sound session, Wednesday mid-July
    • Vignettes, character descriptions, characters talking about energy
    • Framing the context of energy in NC today.
    • War of the world, energy event, news caster broadcast, scripting the beginning of the series
    • interviewing citizens, invisible costs of energy
    • melding together fiction/ nonfiction/ first-person stories
    • tell the true cost of energy production/ disaster
    • one 10 minute segment
    • Elsewhere sound session July 11
    • Elsewhere City Play on August 24 (Duke Energy vaccuum)

    Internship program – Connie

    • Val will call Connie
    • Reaching out to teenagers that we know- Emiley
    • Teenager who attended GA last Tuesday? Joe? Faheem- Al
    • Middle Colleges- Mark
    • Val has a long list of community contacts
    • Greensboro Parks and Rec- Kate
    • Next meeting Wed 20: work out internship orientation details

    Recruitment – regular canvassing on Sundays

    • Email sent out to all contacts and FB doc to recruit volunteers for June and July


    • Val meeting on Wednesday 6/13 about energy event.

    General Assembly: June 3, 2012


    • Action at courthouse Tuesday 2 p.m to film forecosure auctions.
    • Greensboro Tenant’s Association to be formed by and for tenants.
    • Signs saying Vote Against Amendment One: repurpose and discussion before GA on 6/10 sometime between l0-3.


    • Energy Working Group meets every Wed. for next month, 7-9 pm. On 6/13 and 6/27, the meeting will consist of creative writing. Canvassing continues every Sunday in June from 2-3:30. July – train interns.
    • Resolution fo overturn Citizens United presented in Raleigh to legislature.
    • Foreclosure Working Group: Chris and Mo had hearing; meeting with attorney re:home defense.

    Proposed: Occupy Greensboro endorse and support the North Carolina Coalition Against Corporate Power (that spearheaded and organized the Bank of America demonstration in Charlotte on May 9). Vigorous discussion followed. Proposal was TABLED until submitted in writing.

    GA consented to pay $250 for food for a neighborhood cook-out and open mic night at Glenwood Books, which has not yet been paid. Agreed that there have been delays by all parties and the matter may be settled this week.

    A member volunteered to alert everyone at 4 p.m. so GA can begin and end on time.

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