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Seats still available for bus to the Bank of America protest in Charlotte

Bank of America is holding it’s shareholders meeting on May 9 in Charlotte. A bus will be taking people from Greensboro to participate in protests organized by a wide coalition of organizations.

We will leave promptly at 6 am on Wednesday May 9th in order to be in Charlotte for the start of the 8am march. We will then rally and protest outside BOA headquarters with 1000 other folks from all over the southeast!

In order so that some folks can get back in time to go to work we are pulling out of Charlotte at 12 noon and should have you back in Greensboro by 2pm.

We have plenty of room left so please email Todd W. to confirm yourself and others you are bringing! We are leaving from and returning to the parking lot of Glenwood Coffee and Books at 1310 Grove St. Feel free to forward this message.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Foreclosure Working Group: April 26, 2012

11 in attendance
Nat facilitating
Todd note taker

Intros

Agenda

Reportbacks

  • MFD training was a great success. Never got to small groups but we went through one entire file. Trainees were very engaged and thorough. Approx 20 in attendance. Marnie has draft of codebook available. Senior detectives will review it- this will be used when we meet one on one in
  • Bank of America Shareholder Protest Wed May 9th . FREE Bus to Charlotte on leaving 6:30 am May 9th and likely returning mid-afternoon. Invite folks to ride!
  • May 10th, Hands Off Our Homes in Charlotte organized by Right to the City Alliance. We will be presenting about the movie event and the Mortgage Fraud Detection. We need to take DVDs with us of the movie- Barbara will talk to Kevin about getting DVDs. Todd has room in his car to take folks on May 10th. Will leave at 7 am and return around 6 pm.

Discussion Topics

  • Agreement to make a decision about if we will have a change of meeting space. As we grow bigger, it is getting harder and harder to hear everyone attending.
  • Big picture discussion as to vision, strategy and tactics.

•   whether maybe we might form a committee to focus on outreach to folks in foreclosure
•    housing as a human right, home ownership as freedom
•    how to deal with day to day calls; folks that want to join in what we are doing
•    not a question of either/or- it is both/and
•    emotional support of folks in foreclosure
•    how to deal with legal issues for folks in foreclosure
•    need a proposal for direction of what a “support for folks in foreclosure” committee will look like- Mike,Laurie, Rick, Jane and Mitch will help bottom-line this group. this sub-committee will meet in the coming week and come up with a proposal for guideline/ focus of this group.
•    need to be careful about giving advice that we are not qualified to give
•    legal info, court cases and other foreclosure related public info that could be helpful should be submitted to Dave Reed to be posted on the occupyforeclosure.org website. We need to be clear that this is not legal advice, but that this info could be very helpful. Email at webmaster@occupygreensboro.org.
•    possible every 2-3 months folks in foreclosure committee could help us think about organizing a public action around HAMP and other issues impacting the public right now

General Assembly: April 29th, 2012

Facilitator: Emiley J
Stack: Nathan P
Notes: Julie D

Rules and Hand Signals

Report Backs

  • Energy Working Group (Julie D) met with Connie Leeper of NC Warn on 4/25/12 about information surrounding the Annual Rate Hike Bill.  We are considering partnering with her/them. The Creative Writing Group will meet on May 9th at Sessions from 7pm to 9pm to continue developing a radio play based on the Annual Rate Hike Bill.  Energy Work Group Meetings are currently being held at Glenwood Coffee and Books on Sundays from 2 to 3:30.
  • May Day (John) event being held at Governmental Plaza at 5 pm.  Lots of speakers, FLOC and Immigrants Rights and Labor will be having a play.
  • Resolution Working Group – 7 – 10 people met about overturning Citizens United.  MariKay A. and Nancy H. supporters – sending letters out for resolution.   Brian reported that the Amendment One rally had lots of food and speakers on 4/28 with about 500 to 700 people.  Overall raised awareness for May 8th.
  • Food (Julia):  Bring food, plates, cups, metal forks, table cloths.  Saul @ Guilford College checking on a water spigot donation.  Valerie W. brought a box of metal utensils for Bookstore usage but can use for other events.
  • Foreclosure Working Group (Jane): Todd is continuing meetings about fraud detection and training is moving ahead for statistically correct sampling.  Need /attempt to support people in foreclosure to get involved.  Email Jane for meeting at her house to talk with people going through foreclosure – may involve just a phone call.  Planning a meeting on 5/1 to volunteer to help others.  Purpose of separate committee is opportunity to focus on: data collection and neglecting outreach in community for those who are in foreclosure. May contact Julianne Knight or Julia.
  • Boys Group (Al): Working group in process to assist in women issues, i.e. reproductive health issues.  GA consent for Kristine from Planned Parenthood to be invited here are May 9th.
  • Jane – Bus for BOA to Charlotte on May 9th – FREE BUSRIDE–  There is information on the NC Coalition Against Corporate Power website.  Plenty of room still on the bus.

Announcements

  •  John – Amendment One, phone banking, College Park, need significant media attention.  Also, 2nd Class Readers Theatre on 4/30 at the IRC at 7:30, on 5/1 Temple Emanuel 7:30, on 5/3 at The Elm St. Center at 7:30…further dates can be found at http://ttnc.org/Schedule.html  This connects to Amendment 1 voting, drawing folks in to understand the issue.
  •  Valerie – Phone banking every night this week from 5 to 9 pm until Vote on May 8th.  Contact Val if interested in volunteering.
  •  John – One guerilla performance for News Media for John Edwards trial.

Proposals

  • Julia – Nature of proposal is to have Tuesday’s GA at Governmental Plaza after May Day Event.  PASSED
  • Valerie – Energy Working Group to have one hour of GA time for presentation/NC Warn Guest: Connie Leeper on May 13th.  PASSED

Discussion

  • Julia – Discussing idea of outdoor space for future GA’s being outside now that the weather is nicer and to be more visible in community.
  •  Trixie – DNC – Idea for OGSO to assist other Occupy groups coming here who may need help with housing and/or busing, in an effort to take some responsibility for other groups.
  • Ed – Pass the peoples bank – and we did.

Reflection

Tuesday, 5/1

  • General Assembly will be held at Governmental Plaza after May Day Event (around 6:30)
  • Facilitator – Tentatively, Valerie W (co-facilitate)
  • Notes – Julia
  • Stack –  to be determined

Sunday, 5/6

  • Co-facilators: John K and Paul
  • Notes – to be determined
  • Stack – Barbara

 

The Beloved Community Center is hosting a car-pool to Winston-Salem for Reynolds America protest

Please contact Wesley Morris if you are interested in joining us for this important action. Folks will be travelling to Winston-Salem on Thursday morning leaving from the Beloved Community Center.

Wesley Morris
Youth Coordinator and Community Organizer
Beloved Community Center
(336) 230-0001
www.belovedcommunitycenter.org

May Day in Greensboro!

May Day 2012

May Day 2012

Come to the May Day rally in downtown Greensboro, today at 5pm.  There will be a play about May Day history, a potluck, a march, and a rally with speakers about the issues that connect all of us.  Our General Assembly this evening will be held in Governmental Plaza, following the rally.

What: May Day in Greensboro: An Injury to One is an Injury to All (March/Rally/Potluck)

When: Tuesday, May 1st, 5pm

Where: Governmental Plaza in Downtown Greensboro, West February 1 Place

Sponsoring Organizations include:  Farm Labor Organizing Committee, International Socialist Organization, NC Defend Education Coalition, Occupy Greensboro

Details: We are currently on the defensive; from attacks on workers’ rights, to the criminalization of people of color, to the persecution of undocumented immigrants, to draconian proposals such as Amendment One. They originate as part of the same system that seeks to divide and conquer, to oppress, disenfranchise, and abuse the working class. We say enough is enough, we need to unite our various movements and work together, in solidarity, to create a new, a better world.

  • Good jobs for ALL. // Buenos trabajos para TODOS.
  • Amnistia por TODOS inmigrantes. // Amnesty for ALL immigrants.
  • JUSTICE for Trayvon. // Justicia para Trayvon.
  • Educacion es un derecho. // Education is a RIGHT.
  • VOTE AGAINST Amendment 1. // Voten contra Enmienda Uno.
  • Terminen la guerra contra las mujeres. // END the war on women.

Una injusticia contra uno es una injusticia contr todos! Actualmente estamos a la defensiva, de los ataques a los derechos de los trabajadores, a la criminalización de las personas de color, a la persecución de los inmigrantes indocumentados, a las propuestas draconianas como la Enmienda Uno. Todos estos se originan en el marco del mismo sistema que busca dividir y conquistar, oprimir, marginalisar, y abusar de la clase obrera. Es tiempo que digamos que ya basta, tenemos que unir nuestros diversos movimientos y trabajar juntos, en solidaridad, para crear un mundo nueve, un mundo mejor.

Ven Habla, escucha, marcha, baila, come y celebra la solidaridad entre todos los pueblos!!

Come talk, listen, march, dance, eat, and celebrate the solidarity among all!

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