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!

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!

Notes from July demonstration and GA

We got lots of thumbs up and thank yous this week on Morgan Square.  The resolution that the Working Group has written for County Council to join the many others who want Citizens United (aka “corporations are people”) overturned was distributed, read and approved by all during a fairly informal GA on the sidewalk. The Working Group is moving forward with petitions supporting this resolution…if any of you have questions or would like to help in this effort please email  Look for a letter to the editor from one of us in the Spartanburg Herald Journal on this subject soon!  Also, California has just joined the growing list of states who support an amendment overturning Citizens United, so things are moving right along!
Our next demonstration and GA will be August 6th from 5pm to 8pm on Morgan Square as usual!

City of Spartanburg Picketing Regulations

Demonstration on Morgan Square July 2nd

Occupy Spartanburg is demonstrating on Morgan Square from 5 to 8pm on Monday, July 2nd.

Our group has been small…if you can come show your support for even 15 minutes it would mean so much!  We will hold a General Assembly during the demonstration where you can learn about what your local Occupy has been up to….you may be surprised!  The Working Group has written a resolution to present to County Council encouraging them to support an amendment overturning the Citizens United ruling, which gives corporations unlimited access to buy our elected representatives.  You may have heard of it as “corporations are people.”  There will be a petition coming out soon to gather citizen/voter support to show our council people that their constituents do not want corporations having more influence on our election process than voters.    Spartanburg is not alone in this effort – hundreds of towns, various counties and 6 states  have already passed resolutions like this.  Check out to see for yourselves.  If/when  the issue becomes a potential constitutional amendment, the states will need to see that their citizens support it.
Come to Morgan Square on Monday, July 2nd to learn more and have YOUR voice heard too! Plus, there may be live music!
Thanks for your support!

GA Notes 5 21 12

Occupy Spartanburg General Assembly 5 21 12

– need help with the website – any more volunteers? BJ agreed to pitch in in a couple of weeks
– discussion of where to post GA notes – agreed to post them in usual email form, on facebook pages, and on…unless agreed upon at the GA that parts of meetings are considered to be of a sensitive or personal nature (ie accusation of sexual harrassment – which has not happened, it’s just an example).
– it was agreed that the admin. of one fb page should also be an admin. of the other…”so we’re all on the same page” – ha, sorry, couldn’t help it.
– a man named Anthony found us via online and presented us with lots of documents about alternate engergy. We invited him to the Morgan Square demonstration on June 4 (5 to 8 – please come show your support and solitarity with Occupy! – yeah, couldn’t help that either.)
– Discussion about gun violence – Judy pointed out that our permit from the City of Spartanburg states that no weapons are allowed during our protests. She will send the permit wording along and it will be forwared and posted for all.
– Discussion about perhaps having a safety-specific meeting in the future.
– discussion about the importance of keeping our facebook pages and website content on-topic to Occupy and not personal.
– idea for next protest being about Duke Engergy and nuclear power. Mike mentioned that he’s been certified to educate people (?) on the matter of transporting nuclear waste (?- sorry, my notes are not super clear there!)
– Joel recommended a book called The Art of War by Sun Tzu. He and others say it’s a business model strategy worth reading.
– The next GA is set for 6:15 while we are on Morgan Square Monday, June 4th. Please come and shape Occupy Spartanburg into something we can all be proud of!

Feel free to respond with comments or suggestions! See you on Morgan Square!

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