Category: Press Releases

Jeff Thigpen to address crowd at “Save Our Community: Fight Foreclosure!”

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PRESS ADVISORY
Contact: Nathan Pius, npius20@gmail.com; 732-570-8847

Free Event: Movie Premier at Carolina Theater

“Let’s Lose Our House: A Modern Foreclosure Tale”

Film Stars, Robots, Crowds and a Red Carpet

Attendees at a free red carpet Premier for the locally-produced social and political action movie, “Let’s Lose Our House: A Modern Foreclosure Tale” scheduled at the Carolina Theater on Wednesday, March 14, will hear remarks from Guilford County Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen. The web site FireDogLake lauded Thigpen, who has gained national acclaim as an advocate against fraudulent foreclosures, stating: “Thigpen’s investigation was one of the first systematic assessments of mortgage document fraud in the entire country,” and “The man is dedicated to pursuing justice for those who have been wronged by the financial services industry.”

In appreciation of his efforts Thigpen will receive autographs from the film’s robotic “Robo-Signers.” who will make a special appearance at the premier.

“Let’s Lose Our House” is a smart and funny look at the often misunderstood roots of the housing crash. This short film follows the “all American family” from buying their first home to seeing it foreclosed on and shows how banks and the large financial industry destroyed people’s lives through fraudulent practices. Produced by the Foreclosure Working Group of Occupy Greensboro, the event will unite homeowners facing foreclosure with available resources to understand, recognize and dispute fraudulent practices.

This is shaping up to be a huge civic action event in Greensboro so mark your calendars now.

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Updates posted to: http://occupyforeclosure.org

This event will be held Wednesday, March 14, 2012 7:00P.M. at the Carolina Theater in Greensboro; 310 South Greene St.

Occupy Greensboro Supports The Saving American Democracy Amendment; Seeks to Overturn Citizens United

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February 19, 2012

Contact: press@occupygreensboro.org

On February 12, the General Assembly of Occupy Greensboro reached consensus on a proposal to endorse the Saving American Democracy Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senator Mark Begich of Alaska. Member signatures and addresses were collected for letters being sent to North Carolina’s Senators and Congressman representing local districts. On February 17, letters were mailed to Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr, and Congress members Howard Coble, Brad Miller and Mel Watt. A sample letter follows:

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Dear Congress member,

On February 12, the people of Occupy Greensboro reached consensus in support of 112th CONGRESS, 1st Session, S. J. RES. 33, commonly known as The Saving American Democracy Amendment, which was sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senator Mark Begich of Alaska. We support this effort to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision, to deny the existence of corporate personhood, and to fully enable legislative bodies to regulate campaign contributions. Clearly, this is not the end of the discussion on these issues, but passing this amendment would be an important visible step to remove the distorting and corrupting effects that corporate contributions have on both our electoral and legislative processes. We hope you will join us and place your support behind this initiative.

We support the efforts of those Members of Congress and Senators who truly work on behalf of the 99%. The members of Occupy Greensboro wish you a successful and productive session and thank you for your work representing the people of North Carolina.

Respectfully,
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Occupy Greensboro Supports NCAE Boycott of Art Pope’s Businesses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Occupy Greensboro is proud to stand in solidarity with the North Carolina Association of Educators who called for a boycott of businesses owned by Art Pope.

Pope’s Variety Wholesalers, Inc. is an umbrella company for the stores listed below. He uses the massive profits generated by these discount stores to fund extreme right-wing think tanks, political candidates and other campaigns working to roll back social services that millions of North Carolinians depend on.

He supports anti-public education initiatives that include private school vouchers, cutting public education investment, eliminating professional development programs for educators and instituting merit pay schemes to further undermine our teachers.

Occupy Greensboro calls on the 99% of our city to join the NCAE boycott on Art Pope’s businesses and defend our public schools and their educators!

Boycott the following business run by Art Pope:

  • Roses
  • Maxway
  • Super 10
  • Bargain Town
  • Bill’s Dollar Store
  • Value Mart
  • Treasure Mart
  • Super Dollar

More Information:
NCAE Boycott Flyer: http://bit.ly/sWyRIw
New Yorker Magazine profile on Art Pope: http://nyr.kr/nAkLSQ

Press Release 11/23/11

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Contact the Media group, part of the General Assembly of Occupy Greensboro: press@occupygreensboro.org

A NEW PHASE BEGINS TO TAKE SHAPE FOR OCCUPY GREENSBORO
Occupy Greensboro has made its transition to its winter home at Glenwood Coffee and Books, located at 1310 Glenwood Avenue Greensboro, NC 27403, the site where its original meetings to plan the first phase of the movement occurred.

Currently General Assembly meetings are being held Tuesday and Friday from 6:30-8:30, and Sundays from 2:00-5:00pm. All in the community are welcome to attend.

One development of note is that Occupy Greensboro has become the center of the creation of a national database of Occupy camp contacts, and has begun facilitating resource sharing among the groups. In two days, OSGO has been able to assist Occupy Montgomery, AL with the creation of its website, develop relations with IT specialists in Occupy San Francisco and Lexington KY, and also create a network of contacts within the state of North Carolina. The goal is to allow for communication between occupy groups, collaboration on mutual events, and resource sharing like the examples mentioned above, and more as the project develops.

Action Events:
Greensboro Employment March (11:30am, sat. Dec 10th starting at
Downtown Public Library, Church Street, Greensboro)– Occupy
Greensboro is going to have its first employment march on Saturday December 10th .
Marchers will assemble at 11:30 in front of the downtown library, then march through Greensboro to end at Governmental Plaza for a rally with speakers from organized labor, the community, and youth. North Carolina has lost hundreds of thousands of jobs since 1990, and lost 70,000 in 2009 alone, which is the 8th highest loss of manufacturing jobs of any state in the US. The current efforts at economic development paid for by our tax money to attract businesses are broken because they lead to large business coming and then leaving in unpredictable cycles that devastate the working class. For instance, Greensboro celebrates the arrival of Honda Jet while at the same time mourning the departure of American Express. This
so-called “jobless recovery” has meant growing poverty and despair for far too many of the people who make up the 99%. The March comes as the world grows increasingly aware of the need to imagine and create new ways of developing businesses that are rooted in our community, that produce jobs and community wealth, pay living wages that keep up with inflation, and that don’t pollute the environment. This march is the beginning of Occupy Greensboro’s ongoing local efforts to draw together the employed, underemployed, and unemployed in a community-wide effort to build a new economy.

For more information regarding this event, please contact Amanda Huber at
ajhuber89@gmail.com, or contact her at 919-590-9058

Duke Power Rate Hikes Public Hearing (Monday, Nov 28th NC
Utilities Commission Room 2115, Raleigh 430 North Salisbury Street, Dobbs Building, Raleigh, NC 27603-5918)– Occupy Greensboro is planning to attend the next public hearing regarding the proposed Duke Power rate increase. This hearing is scheduled to take place Nov 28th at 1:00pm, NC Utilities Commission Room 2115, 430 North Salisbury Street, Dobbs Building, Raleigh, NC 27603-5918. Occupy

Greensboro is opposed to any rate increase due to the negative impact that this would have on the 99%. Occupy Greensboro will be organizing a carpool leaving at 10:00am from Glenwood Coffee and Books. We oppose any rate increase in part because while making 1.075 billion in profit in 2010, Duke Energy paid zero dollars
in income taxes.

For details on this please visit www.occupygreensboro.org or contact Emiley Joyce 336-430-2575 (dnbemiley@gmail.com ).

Residents and business owners unable to attend can participate through written comments that can be submitted to the public staff of the NC utilities Commission, Consumer Services Division, 4326 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 37699-4326 or
to consumer.services@psncuc.nc.gov

Notice: December 6 has been designated a National Day of Action Against Foreclosures. Occupy Greensboro will be conducting an event to recognize this day in solidarity with other Occupy movements also participating. Details to come.

For more information on Occupy Greensboro please visit
www.occupygreensboro.org

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