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?
Hillcrest?
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!
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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!

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 occupyspartanburg@gmail.com.  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!

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 http://www.resolutionsweek.org 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!

Working Group opposed to Citizens United

The next Working Group in opposition to Citizens United meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 27 at 6pm at Little River Coffee Bar next to Hub City Bookstore in downtown Spartanburg.  Please come.  And bring a friend.  We know there is support out there for what we are trying to do!!!   I mean, Jackson Mississippi PASSED a resolution similar to ours.  Jackson, MS!  Surely we can do it in Spartanburg, SC too.

Notes from the Working Group opposed to Citizens United 6/11/12

We are ready to present our resolution to the General Assembly.

We discussed doing a petition gathering support for our resolution in three forms (before we present it to our council people – to show them there is support in the community for our resolution):
-online at change.org or somewhere similar
-traditional petition gathering signatures in person
-postcard petition (hand outs in postcard form to sign) so we can have a stack of them to present to our Council people.  Does anyone volunteer to make such a thing and have a printer that can print on heavy paper?
The point of the petition is to show our council people how many people are behind this.  It will be informal.  We will present it as informal.  We just don’t have the resources to confirm that everyone who signs is a registered voter.  For what it’s worth – do ya’ll think it’s worth doing?
We discussed the conference call that resolutionsweek.org had that Cass participated in.  LOTS of great information on the call.  I urge you to look up the next one at www.resolutionsweek.org and at least listen in!
We discussed outreach to other groups.  Mike will contact the West Spartanburg NAACP about supporting our resolution and being included in the petition.  Mike also agreed to write an op ed piece for the Spartanburg Herald Journal and perhaps the Spartanburg Journal as well.  Is anyone else willing to do the same?  Again, you can find a sample op ed piece on resolutionsweek.org. I cannot emphasize enough how many resources there are on that site.
Cass has agreed to draft a petition.
We talked about taking our petition to places like Music On Main, local grocery stores, the Farmer’s Markets, and trying to get local businesses to leave them in their places – like Little River Coffee Bar, locally owned restaurants, oil change places/garages, independent drugstores, churches (Judy could you talk to the UU folks about this?) etc.  Does anyone else have suggestions for where we could leave petitions out for people to sign?
The next Working Group meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 27 at 6pm at Little River Coffee Bar next to Hub City Bookstore in downtown Spartanburg.  Please come.  And bring a friend.  We know there is support out there for what we are trying to do!!!   I mean, Jackson Mississippi PASSED a resolution similar to ours.  Jackson, MS!  Surely we can do it in Spartanburg, SC too.

Working Group opposed to Citizens United

The next meeting of the OS Working Group in opposition to the Citizens United ruling will be Monday, June 11th at 6pm at Little River Coffee Bar in downtown Spartanburg.  All are welcome.  Meanwhile, check out what others around the country are doing on this subject:  http://www.resolutionsweek.org/

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