Schedule July 11 – 17

Occupy Harrisonburg

-TUESDAYS 6PM:  Occupy Harrisonburg General Assembly, Court Square Zeebo (the Gazebo/Spring House)

-WEDNESDAYS, 10AM til NOON:  Occupy the New Community Project Sustainable Living Homestead.  715 N. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  Each week we join Tom Benevento, Aaron Johnston and friends to do carpentry and gardening.   Occupy your community.

-THURSDAY, JULY 12, 6:30PM: Virginia Organizing sponsors a workshop on talking to legislators about 287g.  Lucy Simms School.

-SATURDAY, JULY 14, 6:15PM FOR OHB-ites:  Night out with Our Community Place. The theme is french food in honor of Bastille Day.  Pete’s made a few ressies – meet us there?! Suggested donation $15 per person.


The People’s Library: The Zapatista Reader

What We’re Reading

After two good friends described Occupy as a follow-on to the indigenous Zapatista movement in Chiapas, Mexico – I felt I needed to learn more.  The Zapatista Reader is a great place to start.  Edited by Tom Hayden and consisting of dozens essays from authors as varied as Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Naomi Klein – this book tracks the theory, the practice, the mission, and the missives behind the influential and ongoing resistance.  Here is one of my favorite lines from Klein:

What does it mean to be a revolutionary who is not trying to stage a revolution?  This is one of the key Zapatista paradoxes.  in one of his many communiques (Subcomandante) Marcos writes that “it is not necessary to conquer the world.  it is sufficient to make it new.” What sets the Zapatistas apart from your average Marxist guerilla insurgents is that their goal is not to win control, but to seize and build autonomous spaces where “democracy, liberty, and justice” can thrive.


Schedule June 20 – July 10

The Dream Team: Occupy Harrisonburg Protesters

  • TUESDAYS 6PM:  Occupy Harrisonburg General Assembly, Court Square Zeebo (the Gazebo/Spring House)
  • TUESDAY, JUNE 26  – CLEMENTINE CAFE: The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and Shenandoah Presbytery host a free screening of Blank Street, a short documentary film about Virginians facing economic hardship.  The film will be followed by a short discussion about hunger and poverty alleviation efforts in the Shenandoah region, as well as statewide policies that directly impact the most vulnerable in our communities.Blank Street (from The Blank Street Project), is a documentary film about economic struggles in Virginia, the people experiencing them, and the idea of becoming involved in your community. Sponsored by the Virginia Interfaith Center and Half in Ten, the film follows two VCU film students as they travel around the state hearing about hardships from those in all walks of life. From the homeless to the wealthy, no one is exempt from the possibility of hard times. The overlooked stories of our neighbors are finally told in this 40-minute film. Intended to portray the equality of all humans, Blank Street shows the importance of being aware of those around you and what you can do to help.  Here is a trailer:  
  • WEDNESDAYS, 10AM til NOON:  Occupy the New Community Project Sustainable Living Homestead.  715 N. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  Each week we join Tom Benevento, Aaron Johnston and friends to do carpentry work and gardening.   Occupy your community.
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 30 – WEDNESDAY, JULY 4:  Occupy National Gathering, Philadelphia, PA.  Occupy movement activists and supporters will gather in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the first Occupy National Gathering. This event is the culmination of months of organizing and consensus-building by countless activists from across the country. It has been endorsed by Occupy General Assemblies from Wall Street to Sacramento, and Austin to Kalamazoo, providing a clear example of the movement’s disparate chapters collaborating on a massive scale.Occupy Philadelphia and the National Gathering Working Group, which initially proposed the event, invite all people to gather on Independence Mall for five days of community and movement building culminating in a massive outdoor gathering on July 4th. The main goals of the event are to strengthen our internal bonds, join together in direct actions, and engage in a transparent democratic process reflecting the values of the movement.Activities will include:
    • Four days of discussions, teach-ins, political theater, and community
    bonding.
    • Protests and direct actions with Occupiers from across the movement.
    • Collectively crafting a Vision for a Democratic Future on July 4th.All people of good conscience who are fed up and ready to stand up for economic and social justice are invited to join us at Independence Mall. We will send the message that injustice of any kind is unacceptable. No government or corporation can ignore the will of the people any longer. We can build a better world together.Visit http://www.occupynationalgathering.com/ for more information.We convene by conference call through InterOccupy every Tuesday at 9PM EST/6 PM PST. http://interoccupy.org/natgatcall/For media purposes please feel free to utilize @OccupyNG and #NatGat for social media coordination.
  • SATURDAY, JULY 7, 10:30AM til 12:30PM: OHB Monthly Move-Your-Money and Cash Mob.  Meet 10:30AM at the Zeebo on Court Square at to pass out fliers.  At 11:30 meet at El Sol local Mexican restaurant, 91 East Elizabeth Street  for a Cash Mob!
  • SATURDAY, JULY 7 – SUNDAY, JULY 8:  Wayside Commons; a Celebration of Movements for Justice in Our Region.  Sponsored by the Wayside Center for Popular Education. The annual Wayside Commons has been called a family reunion for resistance movements in our region. Come early for a day of socializing, networking, skill-sharing, music-making, creek-swimming, talking, laughing and eating.We are expecting over 250 guests and we hope you’ll be one of them! Come early for the caucus meetings on Immigrant Justice, LGBTQ, and Prison Issues, and stay late for the talent show and bonfire. Meet the recipients of this year’s People’s History Awards. We’ll have lots of great food and activities for the children. Do you need a bed? Be sure to ask early or bring your own tent and enjoy yourself at the meadow!Find out who will receive the 2012 Wayside Center People’s History Award. Stay late to join in or watch the Wayside’s Got Talent Show followed by singing around the bonfire into the night. Ask early if you want a bed in the house, or bring your tent and have at it in the meadow. Don’t miss it!

    We suggest a $20 donation to offset all of the costs, but don’t let that stop you if it’s a burden. If you can afford to give more please do. Get in touch with us early if you can help as a volunteer. (And we’re sorry about this, but please don’t bring your dogs)

    Have space in your car? Need a ride? Email maria@waysidecenter.org for rideshare!


Successful Actions Stop the Deportation of Our Neighbor

This week Occupy Harrisonburg joined forces with Dream Activist Virginia and Isabel Castillo to prevent the deportation of local Harrisonburg man Cesar Lara Rios.  Dream Activist and others have been working hard on this case for many months.

After four months in detention and just days before his scheduled departure, Rios was released from Farmville detention and drove back to Harrisonburg to meet jubilant Dream Activists and Occupiers on the steps of Harrionsburg Court House at midnight.

The People United

Mama Bear protester Carol Snell-Feikema embodies the beauty of the day with her Sweet Honey and the Rock song. Check out the second song on this stream:

Here is the stream of our victory march around the square:

Earlier in the day the groups protested the local Immigration and Customs Enforcement office by delivering firewood to the door.  Rios was picked up by a forest ranger as he gathered firewood beside the road near Charlottesville, VA.

OHB Dream Team Steve, Carol, Pete, Michael

Here is the USTREAM of the ICE office action:

This is an excerpt from our press release:

Cesar is a 28-year-old native of Mexico with no criminal record who has been residing in Harrisonburg for the last five years. Cesar has been detained at Farmville Detention Center for four months after gathering firewood in the National Forest. Local ICE refused to stop his deportation, and ICE headquarters office has refused to step in.

The Obama Administration has repeatedly claimed that cases like these are not to be pursued under priorities put forward on June 17th by ICE Director John Morton’s “Morton Memo.” The memorandum urges Immigration and Customs Enforcement to stop pursuing deportations so vigorously by using prosecutorial discretion to consider student status and the person’s ties to the community, including family relationships

If deported Cesar will be ripped from his family and community. His mother is a legal permanent resident and Cesar’s sister is a U.S. citizen.

“Cesar is the same type of low-priority case President Obama promised would be stopped. We don’t understand why these ICE officers are not following their own boss’s guidelines!” said DREAM Activist Virginia (DAVA) founder, Isabel Castillo.

http://action.dreamactivist.org/virginia/cesar/ advocates have set up an online petition which has garnered more than 1,000 supporters in just the last few days.

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DREAM Activist Virginia (DAVA) is a local group of community members of all ages and backgrounds who are committed to advocate for immigrant rights.

Occupy Harrisonburg is a local group of community members committed to stemming the destructive misuse of money and power on our individual and collective lives.


Schedule June 13 – 19

Occupy Harrisonburg!

  • TUESDAYS 6PM - Occupy Harrisonburg General Assembly, Court Square Zeebo (the Gazebo/Spring House)
  • WEDNESDAYS, 10AM til NOON:  Occupy the New Community Project Sustainable Living Homestead.  715 N. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  Each week we join Tom Benevento, Aaron Johnston and friends to do carpentry work and gardening.   Occupy your community.
  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 4PM AND 7:30PM:  Contact: Isabel Castillo, 540-830-6023                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   June 13th, 2012 isa@dreamactivist.org

    Two Actions Protest the Deportation of Our Neighbor Cesar Lara Rios

    Harrisonburg, VA—A group of neighbors, activists and the family of local Harrisonburg man Cesar Lara Rios will join forces today to protest the scheduled June 15th deportation of Cesar.

    ACTION #1:

    WHAT: Protest of local Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office by delivering firewood

    WHERE: Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office, 263 Neff Ave Harrisonburg, VA 22801

    WHEN: Wednesday June 13, 2012 at 4PM

    ACTION #2:

    WHAT: Harrisonburg City Mayor Richard Baugh, family and supporters gather at vigil to urge release of Cesar Lara Rios. After the vigil we march around the square banging pots and pans in solidarity with those suffering human rights abuses around the globe

    WHERE: Downtown Court Square south steps

    WHEN: Wednesday June 13, 2012 at 7:30pm (please note time change) 

     Cesar is a 28-year-old native of Mexico with no criminal record who has been residing in Harrisonburg for the last five years. Cesar has been detained at Farmville Detention Center for four months after gathering firewood in the National Forest. Local ICE refused to stop his deportation, and ICE headquarters office has refused to step in.

    The Obama Administration has repeatedly claimed that cases like these are not to be pursued under priorities put forward on June 17th by ICE Director John Morton’s “Morton Memo.” The memorandum urges Immigration and Customs Enforcement to stop pursuing deportations so vigorously by using prosecutorial discretion to consider student status and the person’s ties to the community, including family relationships

    If deported Cesar will be ripped from his family and community. His mother is a legal permanent resident and Cesar’s sister is a U.S. citizen.

    “Cesar is the same type of low-priority case President Obama promised would be stopped. We don’t understand why these ICE officers are not following their own boss’s guidelines!” said DREAM Activist Virginia (DAVA) founder, Isabel Castillo.

    http://action.dreamactivist.org/virginia/cesar/ advocates have set up an online petition which has garnered more than 1,000 supporters in just the last few days.

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    DREAM Activist Virginia (DAVA) is a local group of community members of all ages and backgrounds who are committed to advocate for immigrant rights.

    Occupy Harrisonburg is a local group of community members committed to stemming the destructive misuse of money and power on our individual and collective lives.

    Press release here:  Press Release Deportation 6.13.2012


Strategies for a New Economy Conference: Live Report from Dave

Occupeeps,

Here’s a live report from the Strategies for a New Economy Conference at Bard College on the Hudson.

Dave Pruett

Conference is sold out; perhaps 500 attendees from all over the states and many from other countries.  Major guiding lights are the New Economics Institute (US) and the New
Economy Foundation (UK).  All kinds of NGOs, Think and Do Tanks, state governments, and individuals represented.  I’m the only self-identified Occupier that I’ve encountered.
Last night’s keynote, in Bard’s funky Fisher Center for the Performing Arts (see photo) was environmentalist Bill McKibben, who founded 350.org.  Packed house and standing ovation.  Environment worse than we thought, but we are making a difference.  Next big push: end subsidies for big oil and coal.  That would go a long way toward changing the incentive balance for alternative energy.
Learning a lot, but mostly realizing the OHB is already far down this path.  Still, realizing that there is a worldwide groundswell is comforting.
Hugs all around,
Dave

Schedule June 6 – 12

  • TUESDAYS 6PM - Occupy Harrisonburg General Assembly, Court Square Zeebo (the Gazebo/Spring House)
  • WEDNESDAYS, 10AM til NOON:  Occupy the New Community Project Sustainable Living Homestead.  715 N. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  Each week we join Tom Benevento, Aaron Johnston and friends to do carpentry work and gardening.   Occupy your community.

Schedule May 30 – June 5

  • TUESDAYS 6PM - Occupy Harrisonburg General Assembly, Court Square Zeebo (the Gazebo/Spring House)
  • WEDNESDAYS, 10AM til NOON:  Occupy the New Community Project Sustainable Living Homestead.  715 N. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  Each week we join Tom Benevento, Aaron Johnston and friends to do carpentry work and gardening.   Occupy your community.
  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 7PM, COURT SQUARE THEATER:  Shades of Youth:  Youth Speak on Racism, Power and Privilege.  A community dialogue and documentary film screening. The film will be followed immediately by a YOUTH-LED and centered panel highlighting experiences of race and identity in Harrisonburg and Rockingham county.  The event is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Youth Council, a program of the Office on Children and Youth.  www.theocy.org.
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 10AM – Noon.  OHB MOVE YOUR MONEY  AND CASH MOB.  Meet at the Zeebo in Court Square at 10:00 for our monthly Move-Your-Money action (we hand out pamphlets with information on how to get money out of big banks and into local entities.  11:30 AM (location TBD) - We conduct a CASH MOB:  we swarm into a locally-run business (with the owner’s consent, of course!) and show support by spending our money there.  It’s fun!  It’s positive!  See you there!
  • MONDAY, JUNE 4TH, 6:30 – 8:30PM, Community Mennonite Church 70 South High Street (at the corner of High St.(Rt. 42) between West Market (Route 33) and West Water Streets) MEET THE SIXTH DISTRICT CANDIDATES:  Congressional candidates of both major parties will discuss and debate root problems confronting American society.  The Event is co-sponsored by Occupy Harrisonburg and the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Liberty Alliance.  Republican challenger Karen Kwiatkowski and Democratic nominee Andy Schmookler have agreed to participate.  The incumbent Bob Goodlatee has also been invited.

#M19 Occupy Virginia Regional General Assembly

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Photos courtesy of Dave Ferraro

What a fantastic event – many thanks to Occupy Roanoke for hosting!

Here are Occupy Roanoke’s minutes from the entire meeting:  M19 Occupy Virginia General Assembly MINUTES

66 people in attendance.

8 – 9 regional Occupy groups (depending on how you count them!) including Harrisonburg, Roanoke, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Staunton, Blacksburg, Hampton, Peninsula, Chesapeake.  Also representatives from the Verizon Union, Roanoke Equality (LGBT), United Black Veterans Association and some independents.

Priorities that emerged among groups from the meeting:

1) Corporate Personhood

2) Uranium Mining in Virginia and beyond

3) VA’s War on Women

VIRGINIA OCCUPY USTREAM ROUND-UP:

-Click here for  intro and Occupy Roanoke briefing:  Obstacles keeping numbers growing.  200 people in the park on October 15th.  We are fighting misinformation about what Occupy really stands for.  Strengths are the core members.  Also the rallies people’s kitchen – every weekend since they began they’ve fed 50 – 100 homeless people. We are a family.  Great relationship with the Roanoke police.  They wave, they honk, they visit – they are the 99 percent.  Coat drive in December. Fed first responders and the public on New Years eve. Protested Rumsfeld. Great use of arts and marches. Courtney Moses livestreamer who goes to all of the major protests around the country.  “Occupy’ candidate received 3,100 vote with a focus on education. Shopping and awareness big local focus.  Biggest issue in the state are women’s issues.  Nationally: reinstate Glass-Steagall, Citizen’s United repeal, restrictions on lobbyists.

-Click here for Occupy Harrisonburg:  Weekly community volunteer for Sustainable Living Homestead actions. Monthly Move-Your-Money and Cash Mob actions.  March 10th 2012 joint songful protest with Mountain Justice at Bank of America very successful. Occupied Congress and Supreme Court in January.  Framing;  Pro-people. Pro-local. Pro-peace. Recently completed Vision Statement.

-Click here for Occupy Blacksburg: Started last October.  Biggest issue is threat to the urban old growth forest on the campus of Virginia Tech. 51 old growth trees that are 350 years old.  The only urban old growth forest on the East Coast.  And Virginia Tech is not favorable to the 99 percent.  Sign the Stadium Woods petition here.  “We need to coordinate more.”

-Click here for Occupy Norfolk: They started strong with nearly 4,000 people.  November 2011 the camp was raided presumably at the direction of Homeland Security.  Collegial relationship with police changed drastically. Police showed up in riot gear and Angela was arrested.   Spent the winter successfully fighting off lawsuits.  Morale “went in the dumper” after camp raided.  Agent provocateurs a problem.  Group has redefined themselves through brainstorming, organizational task force and are coming back with great optimism.

-Click here for  Occupy Virginia Beach:  Focused on Virginia’s war on women and the secret push for Uranium mining in Virginia.  Direct action planned on May 31 when National Academy of Sciences presents their report “Uranium Mining in Virginia” at Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel.

-Click here for the one person honey badger Occupy Hampton! Transportation, big box stores a huge problem.  Barely any locally owned businesses.  Working with Occupy the Hood in Hampton.  Strength is “we are not jaded – yet”.

-Click here for Occupy Portsmouth:  Lots of people don’t understand how OWS effects people outside of Manhattan.  Strengths are that we are small and flexible.  We connect with other affinity groups.  Sometimes it is hard when there are two of you but that witness is powerful.  Issues are to shop locally, use cash, grow your own food. Road system needs work but Governor went behind to hire a foreign contractor to work on the tunnel.  That will result in a toll that the population can’t afford and the company has the right to raise at any time. Privatizing the roads will become huge issue in the state.


Vote! What Was Your Favorite Moment From Our 5.22 GA?

 


Schedule May 22 – 29

  • TUESDAYS 6PM - Occupy Harrisonburg General Assembly, Court Square Zeebo (the Gazebo/Spring House)
  • WEDNESDAYS, 10AM til NOON:  Occupy the New Community Project Sustainable Living Homestead.  715 N. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  Each week we join Tom Benevento, Aaron Johnston and friends to do carpentry work and gardening.   Occupy your community.
  • WEDNESDAY, 5.23 6PM – 8PM, MASSANUTTEN LIBRARY, 174 East Main St. Healing Our Democracy: Five Habits of the Heart
    Subject of Free Film and Discussion on May 23
    A free one-hour video, Democracy from the Inside Out, will be presented at Massanutten Regional Library, 174 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg, on Wednesday, May 23, from 6 pm to 8 pm. The film is based on Parker Palmer‘s recent book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: Five Habits of the Heart. In the film, Palmer examines in depth each of five habits that need to be cultivated if we are to restore our democracy. After the video, a community discussion will be held on how to create a vibrant democracy. Some of thequestions to be explored include:

    • Do you think our democracy is working?
    • If not, do you have ideas for how to fix it?
    • Can we find common ground?

    Sponsored by Valley Friends Meeting (www.valleyfriends.org), this event is free and open to the public. Light snacks will be served. For more information, contact Lois Carter Fay at 540-820-3840 or LCF@MarketingIdeaShop.com.


Schedule May 2 – 7

Slingshot Collective: http://slingshot.tao.ca/index.php

  • TUESDAYS 6PM - Occupy Harrisonburg General Assembly, Court Square Zeebo (the Gazebo/Spring House)
  • WEDNESDAYS, 10AM til NOON:  Occupy the New Community Project Sustainable Living Homestead.  715 N. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  Each week we join Tom Benevento, Aaron Johnston and friends to do carpentry work and gardening.   Occupy your community.
  • SATURDAY, MAY 5TH: Occupy Harrisonburg monthly Move-Your-Money action and Cash Mobsstarts 10am the Zeebo.10AM:  Meet at Spring House gazeebo, Court Square

    10-11:30: Pass out our “Move Your Money” (to local community banks and credit unions) flyers around the downtown (stores, Farmers Market, etc.);

    11:30-Noon: “Cash Mob” at OASIS Art/Craft Gallery (corner of S. Main and W. Water Streets)

    Noon:  “Cash Mob 2″ at new coffee place (corner of E. Market and Main, Court Square). Please come to some or all of these activities.


Occupy Harrisonburg – May Day! May Day!

Nancy mentioned today that the distress signal “May Day!” derives from the French “m’aidez” which is a call to “help me!”.  How appropriate that the focus of Occupy and May Day is to help ourselves, empower ourselves, educate ourselves.

Here is our schedule – come join us tomorrow at the Zeebo!!

Occupy Harrisonburg May Day

-5PM: Meet at the Zeebo for singing and potluck. Doug and Dave are preparing songbooks and tuning their guitars!

-5:30PM: “May Day! Reclaiming Our History” – talk by Occupy historian Michael Snell-Feikema

-6:00PM: Protest march around Court Square – we’ll stop by Bank of America with our “Battle of Jericho” horns and kazoos to bring down those walls being propped up by taxpayer bailouts.

-6:30PM: We’ll read our Declaration and Vision Statement on the steps of the Court House. Then we’ll have open people’s mic.

-7:00PM: Occupy Harrisonburg General Assembly


#MayDay – Occupy General Strike – May 1st

ON MAY 1, 2012

Millions of people throughout the world — workers, students, immigrants, professionals, houseworkers — employed and unemployed alike — will take to the streets to unite in a General Strike against a system that does not work for us.

Don’t go to work. Don’t go to school. Don’t shop. Take the streets!

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Schedule April 18 – 24

HAPPY SIX MONTH ANNIVERSARY OCCUPY HARRISONBURG!


  • TUESDAYS  6PM:  GENERAL ASSEMBLY meets at Court Square Zeebo . #ohb #occupyhburg
  • WEDNESDAYS, 10AM til NOON:  Occupy the New Community Project Sustainable Living Homestead.  715 N. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  Each week we join Tom Benevento, Aaron Johnston and friends to do carpentry work and gardening.   Occupy your community.

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