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OSC food receipts wanted >>>

March 14, 2012 admin Uncategorized,ZComments Off

If you are in possession of any receipts for recent Occupy Santa Cruz food expenditures PLEASE get them to Paul ASAP.

General Assembly Jan 7

January 10, 2012 admin UncategorizedComments Off

Occupy News:

1) Police said that no permit was given to the Occupiers at the Rose Bowl. Held a 70 ft. Constitution and tried to get into parade w/ an OccuPuss but was denied due to it not being made from plant matter.

2) Gary Johnson was arrested last night Again after Sleeping on a bench in front of the court house. (647E Lodging)

3) Bank action held today at Chase Bank to protest foreclosures and to free Telsa’s energy.

4) Dick Cordray appointed by President Obama.

5) Fundraiser tonight 6 PM for the DC working group.

6) Some cases are not being prosecuted due to lack of community support.

Working Groups:

Legal: Will file brief in Fed court Tuesday.

Strategy: Noon meeting Sunday

Foreclosures: Met w/ John Leopold about letter to look at cases on an individual basis. Might redo letter later. Some Sheriffs have decided not to enforce the evictions.

Occupy Mission St: Cleaned back yard of property and got house ready for people. No tents but signs ok. Contact Jay for meeting place or come to GA.

Process: Facilitator training meeting 1 PM Sunday. More “fun” things needed, maybe change GA structure.

Inreach: Formative Action Provider Fair. (Similar to the Homeless Center event) Contact Jackie or come to GA.

Occupy UCSC: Meeting tomorrow @ Kresge College 7 PM

Sacred Activists: Abbey working on meditations etc. See her or come to GA.

Agenda Items:

“Blaming” President Obama for the National Defense Authorization act that he signed – Dem discussion put off till after GA as an informal discussion.

Occupier had an idea (for a later date) of perhaps having a Dream Wall/idea wall on a sheet or poster board – as seen in Occupy Monterey – to include the collective names/ thoughts/ memes/ ideas of our group. Similar to the Occupy Rose Bowl signatures as well.

Suggestion to sit in a circle in GA tomorrow, bring cushions.

General Assembly December 14th

December 15, 2011 admin UncategorizedComments Off

Inspirational moment:

“I’ve from South Africa and have saw the beginning of a police state and i’m beginning to see it again. You are doing it right.”

“Nationwide has taken traction from the upcoming re-occupation day.”

“We’re far from down and out. We should be inspired and stay strong. As long as have a GA, we’re Occupy Santa Cruz.”

News of interest:

Time’s Person of the Year: Protesters. When Asked which ones, he said: All of them!

Obama will not veto NFAA; Congress says it won’t exclude American citizens.

Positive article about OSC in Santa Cruz Weekly.

Urgent announcements

One of our brothers needs a place to stay…

First alarm announced if your car is in parking lot, it will be towed after 7pm

Working group reports

Legal: 7pm curfew for public prop. is a violation of our rights, I’ll introduce in the upcoming proposal to contact Susan Mariello.

Location: reoccupy Santa Cruz. Event: Saturday. Asking for donations (tents, bags, sign materials, flier on table); meeting at noon Thursday. We need to find place for people to stay.

Medical: ran into brother who gave up apartment for movement. I’ve offered my floor. This is sacrifice for all of us. It’s mental health aspect of the movement. We can’t have people give up things for movement and not be supported. Those who have, share! Even though I face eviction, I don’t care. He’s gonna have to put up a fight to get me out because of my political views. Whether it’s a night or a week, I don’t care.

Food: I’m just trying to figure out how to feed people; I’m scaling back

Media: there’s only one person active daily on media; contact Jay Campbell. It’s a daily task. [Sheet gets passed around for all interested]

City Council Liason: Yesterday was marathon of stuff. 9am: people spoke against curfew, for foreclosure moratorium, lots of people. 10:30am: small meeting with don lane mtg…Don Lane said there should be a way to get stuff back. We will file claim, sue to get items back. Next MTG w/Mayor: 4pm Monday meeting w/don lane coming up. We talked about homelessness. Don Lane installed as Mayor. Spoke about homeless issues. Met w/Sheriff Lt Wilson. Dina Phillips didn’t show up. Pick up items: 12pm – 1pm, Sunday. You verbally commit nothing will come back on-site. “I won’t arrest you if you break you’re word,” Lt Wilson said to the group. City Council Meeting, 5pm: several complained about police action. 90% of people who spoke were in favor of OSC. Gifted a book by a woman named Love. Noon Sat, Robert Norris will have table to itemize lost items in police raid. Don Lane said: ‘File Complaint.’

Inreach: Service Provider fair, 3 or 4 hours before on GA where we invite ngos, government, organizations and have them present their services. “Sounds like Homeless Connect, Don Lane has connection.”

Direct Action: 4pm USPO. For the Veto of NDAA.

Agenda Items
1) Contact Susan Mariello
We will contact SM to talk to her about eliminating curfew so she can avoid litigation.
[Test for consensus. Consensed.] [Passes out sign-out sheet for mtg.]

2) Empty bldgs photo collage
Bring photos we took to city council meetings of empty buildings/for rent signs. Get addresses w/photos

3) Re-occupy 12/17
Ideas for Saturday.

4) Discuss Emergency Response
First Alarm came; informed us of the curfew. A liason met them. Group discussed a proposal regarding whether or not to allow First Alarm to address the GA; the group decided not to allow this.

5) Inefficacy of meeting with Officials
Discusssion: Officials cared only about grass, evade questions, talking to them didn’t save our camp; we need to work w/in the system…if we can get decision-makers on our side…I think it is important; we did everything here ourselves but it would be nice if we were allowed, one of the things I saw when we met with them, they saw us as someone to be negotiated with, we should use what we have to get what we want, discussion groups, contingency shooting itself in the foot, wasting opportunities…if they want to come back on us then they have a right, what we do affects how we’re seen…if you really care about this movement then get serious about
it.

Announcements

OSC Specific
-Tina is having a forclosed house; called for us to help her; Foreclosure, Friday, noon
-Miccheck.us
-Re-occupy meeting: Thurs, Noon.

Other
-Dec 16: Webcast Telethon for Anonymous 16 at www.freeanons.org. Starts
at 5pm GMT
-Dec 17: Bradley Manning’s birthday
-Dec 17: Mohamed Bouazizi was a 26-year-old Tunisian who lit himself on fire in a protest against unemployment on 12/17/10. He died in January 2011.
-Mayor Rocky Anderson is running for president on Justice Party
-Jan 21: overturn Citizens United

Camp demolished, 6+ arrested

December 8, 2011 admin General Assembly,Uncategorized,ZComments Off

100+ law enforcement officers, most in riot gear, surrounded Occupy Santa Cruz’s encampment early this morning. Five Occupiers were arrested for resisting “evacuation”, plus one arrest on an unrelated outstanding warrant. Scores of county workers stuffed tents, bicycles and other personal property into a garbage truck. The public was blocked from getting close enough to the activity to take pictures.

One Occupier said, “I lost my tent because I was trying to help that old lady over there. They were going to gas her because she couldn’t get out of her tent fast enough.”

A flier was passed out at camp Wednesday that included this call to action: “We will rally at the courthouse and march to the office of Dannettee Shoemaker on Thursday December 8th at 12:00pm – 323 Church Street. If you have further questions concerning the Evacuation, please feel free to call her at 831-420-5270.”

http://occupysantacruz.org/2011/12/08/camp-demolished-6-arrested/

December 8, 2011 admin UncategorizedComments Off

100+ law enforcement officers, most in riot gear, surrounded Occupy Santa Cruz’s encampment early this morning. Five Occupiers were arrested for resisting “evacuation”, plus one arrest on an unrelated outstanding warrant. Scores of county workers stuffed tents, bicycles and other personal property into a garbage truck. The public was blocked from getting close enough to the activity to take pictures.

One Occupier said, “I lost my tent because I was trying to help that old lady over there. They were going to gas her because she couldn’t get out of her tent fast enough.”

A flier was passed out at camp Wednesday that included this call to action: “We will rally at the courthouse and march to the office of Dannettee Shoemaker on Thursday December 8th at 12:00pm – 323 Church Street. If you have further questions concerning the Evacuation, please feel free to call her at 831-420-5270.”

Grass: 1 – Freedom: 0

December 7, 2011 admin Uncategorized,ZComments Off

Occupy Santa Cruz, represented by Ed Frey, was denied a restraining order against city police dismantling camp as early as 5 PM today.

Santa Cruz Superior Court Judge Timothy Volkmann stated the decision was on these four grounds, all disputed:

  1. OSC’s case was not likely to succeed in litigation
  2. OSC would not be irreparably harmed by the camp’s removal
  3. The “balance of equity was not tipped”
  4. The restraining order was not shown to be in the public interest

An all-camp meeting at Benchlands Park is now in progress to determine Occupy Santa Cruz’s next steps.

Legal: Answer and Counterclaim by Defendant Occupy Santa Cruz

December 4, 2011 admin Uncategorized,ZComments Off

Attached is a filing by Occupy Santa Cruz to Federal court defending against the City’s allegations of “public nuisance” and challenging the City’s restriction of First Amendment rights and violation of the United Nations charter re the right to sleep.

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Medical Supplies Needed!

November 23, 2011 admin Uncategorized,ZComments Off

If you are able to contribute any of these items, it will be of utmost benefit to the health of our occupation. Just bring any of these items down to the info table in front of the Courthouse steps on Water St. Thanks!

Since most of our medical supplies were stolen last Saturday, Nov. 19th, our list of needs is long:

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Supply Needs Update

October 31, 2011 admin Uncategorized,ZComments Off

Warmth: socks, gloves, sleeping bags, blankets, tarps, tents, wood palettes, sleeping pads

Food: ice, 1lb jugs of propane, drinking water… and food

Sanitation: 2 large garbage cans, large garbage bags, T.P., laundry soap, dish soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, body soap

For Sanitation, we could also use $ donations in order to empty our port-a-potty, and people to take out the trash and recycling.

Medical: OTC pain killers (i.e. aspirin), antibiotic, hydrogen peroxide or alcohol, medical tape, herbal remedies for stomach aches, pain, sinus, colds, flu

GA October 20

October 21, 2011 admin General Assembly,UncategorizedComments Off

The sun sets on our occupation camp in San Lorenzo Park

Last night’s was a brief GA, with more words devoted to announcements than agenda items. We’re all excited for an event-packed weekend…

Working Group Reports

Legal: Contact made with attorney to possibly present to court a petition for injunction against further police intervention.

Food: Website setup to sign up for bringing meals. TakeThemAMeal.com (enter ‘occupy’ in name and password fields.) Next meeting: 4pm Friday.

Camp: getting more organized, numbers are growing, camp security is up and running

Process: have been doing facilitator review & feedback. Have been discussing hand signals, yesterday’s block, meaning of a block, and facilitator stress. Added info to co-facilitator role. Discussing possibility of having people line up for stack.

Media: Press releases about Sunday’s event. News release about non-violent statement. Putting media policy on website for review. Next meeting: Sunday 4pm.

Treasury: WePay works like PayPal, but less corporate. 3.5% fee. Need a person for managing WePay acct. Also need two check signers & social security #s. Please see treasury.

Outreach: Occupy Cabrillo has 1st meeting today, good opportunity for outreach.

Sanitation: Looking for new members! See Tom.

Mission Statement: Making good progress, having lively discussions about philosophy behind mission statement. Considering about 4 or 5 proposals.

Agenda

Continue with Consensus?

A discussion on our process was briefly continued: Shall we continue with consensus? Is it working? Should we use Robert’s Rules? One occupier asked for alternatives to consensus be suggested. No proposal was made, but vocal support was shown in favor of continuing to use consensus decisionmaking. It was also pointed out that consensus is only the method by which we make decisions, and the process by which we hold our discussions is evolving organically.

Porta-Potty

The most likely option right now to provide a toilet to the camp is to park a potty on a trailer on the street. This will require treasury money, and a volunteer to supply a vehicle with a trailer hitch to park on-site. Several options were presented: delivery + once/week cleaning ($90/mo), twice/week cleaning (extra $25/wk), handwashing station (+$15), disabled access ($165), and $4/day ($8 for two spaces) to park. The assembly consensed to acquire a porta-potty, and to entrust the Sanitation working group to determine the logistics.

WAMMFest

WAMMFest is taking place on Saturday, beginning at noon, in San Lorenzo Park adjacent to our camp. OSC was invited to table at the event, as well as to give a 2-3 minute talk on-stage. See Casey if you’d like to speak or table on behalf of OSC.

Transition SC

An occupier spoke to Transition SC, asking for their support. They invited us to join them at their next potluck, November 15 at 6:30pm.

Announcements

To be proposed at next GA: having an event on Sunday after GA for people involved in Occupy Oakland to talk to us about their process and experiences

BofA Picket: Several occupiers had performed a small picket of Bank of America in the morning, and related the very positive community response. A police officer called to the scene told them that she had just withdrawn all her money from the bank.

Queer March: October 27, 9pm @ the Clocktower. Several occupiers are going to try to get them to start at the courthouse

Capture the Ave: Friday October 21, 12pm. A capture the flag game on Pacific Avenue. Reclaiming public space, an event held in solidarity with OSC.

Guerrilla Drive-in: Friday October 21, 8pm. Movie night at the courthouse. “V for Vendetta.” Next Friday: two versions of “The Fly,” bring an FM radio.

Rob w/a Bus: In contact with some Occupy Wall St. and Occupy SF organizers, wants to keep us in touch with them. He has a tour bus and a PA to support Occupy Santa Cruz.

More flyers and DVDs coming.

Police repression informational event: 2pm Saturday at courthouse.

UN March: Saturday 10:30am, corner of Cathcart St.