I will be taking myself off the OCCUPY pages and website… No one ever uses the website any more and all I do on the facebook pages is screen people to find out if they are spammers or note…. and remove spam…. NO ONE helps me with these tasks any more and I feel that this is useless time. I believe OCCUPY is dead in this area. Everyone seems to have their choice ‘movements’ to champian and wish to do no more. I wish you all luck. I have better things to do with my time than to babysit the facebook pages and the website.
ENCAMPMENT/LOGISTICS WORKING GROUP MINUTES
We were unable to provide adequate support for the encampment because there are not enough members, we didn’t plan for 24/7 presence of a person/people on site as the Field Manual calls for. We could have helped de-escalation deal with authorities, assist in set up/take down of tents/sleeping bags/tables/storage, etc… Because of the members who showed up to take care of these things the encampment was as chaotic as it could have been. For any future encampment we know that organization, planning & presence are necessary. It’s our thinking that the group should not do another encampment unless we do have the people-power and organization necessary to make it livable, safe & solidly supported.
If encampments are done in the near future it should be with the understanding that we don’t have the infrastructure to support it.
It wasn’t for lack of trying to move forward that we didn’t do more. We did organize a “first responder” phone tree that Kyndall has put together. The list of contacts is available now but not as a phone tree because we have some technical problems with her computer program being able to create documents that translate to my program.
If there are any suggestions about how encampment/logistics should operate please share them. We are taking a look at what how we think the group should organize for these events but want all the suggestions you have.
As for logistics, we think the group can provide support for direct actions. One member, Denny is already securing some of the permits. But we can also scope out sites, find out about parking, assist with equipment needed for the event. Suggestions in this area are also welcome.
If you are interested in joining the encampment/logistics working group please add your name to the committee in FB documents & the website.
A phone tree for occupiers is in the works (actually it’s almost ready to be emailed, printed out &/or passed out) We probably have enough people, 24, but if you are interested, send me your name, phone number, area of town you live in; if you want to be listed in general category, medical, jail/bail/rides or some other category.
Having a dry place to sleep is a healthy practice and makes 24 hour picketing far more organized. This allows the first amendment to be excercised without sleeping bags, pillows, and cloths being piled up getting wet in the dew or rain. While it is possible to stay dry without a tent many people find it difficult and cannot participate in the Occupy revolution to the extent that fulfills truely direct democracy. Across the country the government has proven to operate under the thumb of Wall Streets interests in breaking up and distorting the message that #OWS protesters are voicing. Let’s not have this sinister practice happen in Wilmington, NC. Thank you WPD and city council.
Nonviolence is Learned!
Nonviolence is not always as straightforward as it seems. In fact, many situations can quickly escalate from nonviolent protests to violent encounters because protesters are not prepared to deal with certain situations that may arise.
As Occupy Wilmington plans more Direct Action events, it is important to understand Nonviolence. Nonviolent Direct Action is generally where the body is engaged, unlike online events or signing a petition, in preventing an injustice– often in the company of others that feel the same about the injustice. Nonviolent direct action is a powerful way to make a message heard by putting power behind a statement.
The key is to be prepared and to learn from other nonviolent movements, such as the civil rights movement and Ghandi. This is a great link to help learn nonviolent techniques, and is the same link published by other Occupy groups in North Carolina.