Next General Asssembly

THE NEXT MEETING of Occupy Spartanburg is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21st at 6pm in the side room of Delaney’s.


Notes from 1/3/13 meeting at Delaney’s

Thanks to all who came!
It was an informal meeting but I have some notes to share about some brainstorming we did.
– Ready to begin demonstrating again?
Some place with more poplulation/traffic?
Blackstock/WO Ezell corner by the mall? (is that in the city or the county?  Do we need a permit in the county? – if anyone knows the answer to this, please respond!)
Smaller towns where we may be more noticed?
290/Groce road in Duncan near the schools?  Mike offered to find out if we need a permit there
– Is there a better way to communicate with our “members?” Email and facebook don’t seem to generate much feedback.  Tina mentioned texting….if you’d rather get texts, please send us your number and let us know!
– Might Political Science students get credit for helping organize something in coordination with us?
– Different outreach/actions
protest Advance America?  get someone to volunteer to apply for/get all the paperwork associated with one of these horrendous loans and expose it to media outlets
Occupy the Debt?
Prevent a foreclosure?
Raise money for Rolling Jubilee (OWS’s “people’s bailout”)
Nuclear power plant troubles – team up with Occupy Greenville?
– We have 313 signatures on our petition for county council about Citizens United and will be moving forward with making appointments with our reps…while continuing to gather signatures if we have an opportunity b/c we have no idea how long it will take to get appointments with our reps. (Judy mentioned One Billion Rising is meeting locally on Feb. 14)
THE NEXT MEETING is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21st at 6pm in the side room of Delaney’s.  Please put some thought into the above ideas between now and then, do a bit of research, and bring what you learn to the next meeting!

Jan. 3rd 6:30pm Delaney’s

We are having a long overdue get together on Thursday, January 3rd at 6:30 in the back room of Delaney’s on Morgan Square in Spartanburg!  It’s a belated Occupy Spartanburg birthday, it’s a Happy New Year, it’s the actual birthday of Doris, one of our most dedicated Occupiers, it’s a reunion, it’s a de-brief of what we learned from David Cobb’s speech, and it’s a continuation of our work on getting Spartanburg County Council to pass a resolution against the Citizens United ruling.  It’ll be a chance for us to catch up and to keep moving forward!  Please come!

Please gather as many signatures as you can over the holidays – we may be seeing folks we haven’t seen all year.  And please bring all signed petitions to the get-together on Jan. 3rd.
See you then!

Move to Amend in Spartanburg

This Just In! Move To Amend is also coming to Spartanburg!

On Wednesday, December 5, 2012, David Cobb, former Green Party candidate for president, will be speaking at USC Upstate in Media 124 at 1 p.m.. The topic of the speech will the movement to amend the constitution to reverse the Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. The event is sponsored by the USC Upstate College Democrats.

Move to Amend is coming to the Upstate!

Move to Amend national spokesperson David Cobb, attorney and lifelong activist, is touring the southeast this winter, in an effort to build connections, inspire activism, and reveal the origins of corporate power in America. He stops in the Upstate the evening of  December 5th at the Hughes Main Library in Greenville.

Move to Amend is a national coalition of over 247,000 people and organizations whose goal is amending the United States Constitution to end corporate rule by building a multiracial, cross-class democracy movement. David’s presentations are part history lesson and part heart-felt call-to-action! “Challenging Corporate Rule & Creating Democracy”aims to help local folks understand how they can work to abolish corporate personhood and establish a government of, by, and for the people.

This event is free and open to the public. Move To Amend appreciates your donations to help  finance these tours, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

See you there!

Monthly Demonstration!

This is your friendly reminder to join Occupy Spartanburg’s monthly demonstration THIS Monday, October 1st from 5pm to 8pm – come anytime during these hours! The Working Group is still collecting signatures for our petition against the Citizens United ruling which we will present to County Council when we’ve collected enough.  If you haven’t signed, or if you want to know more about it please join us on Morgan Square on Monday!

Letter to the Editor published in Spartanburg Herald Journal

Sunday’s letters: Citizens United ruling

Published: Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 3:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 6, 2012 at 4:31 p.m.

Election-year fundraising is in full swing, with super PACs supporting both parties taking in stupendous amounts of unregulated, undisclosed money. If we are to preserve the integrity of our electoral system, the American voters are going to have to unite against the Citizens United ruling. In short, this U.S. Supreme Court ruling stated that corporations are people and that unlimited donations to super PACs are protected as free speech.

Clearly, corporations are not people, and corporate and union donations are not speech. The American people cannot depend on nor wait for the Supreme Court to see the grave results of its misguided ruling.

Efforts are being made in Congress. Most important, localities throughout the country are speaking out, sending a clear message to politicians that we will not accept the status quo of unlimited corporate donations to super PACs destroying the integrity of our electoral process and drowning out the voices of ordinary voters. This is a nonpartisan concern. Everyone who cares about this country should join in.

Local citizens are petitioning our own Spartanburg County Council to adopt a resolution against Citizens United. They will be joining several cities and counties in neighboring North Carolina and all across the country. For an up-to-date look at how many states, counties, cities and even small towns have passed resolutions against Citizens United, check out

I hope local citizens will inform themselves about this issue and sign this locally generated petition. If enough citizens unite and speak out, this unfortunate ruling can be undone. It is up to us, the citizens and voters, to see that the repeal of Citizens United is accomplished.

Michael and

Doris Wilson Johnson


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