NOTE: OUR NEXT GA IS TOMORROW – Sunday the 24th – from 1 to 3 p.m. next to the warming house in Kennedy Park.
Alerts & Events
Occupy Fall River updates & campaigns
Alerts & Events
ALERT: Vote Suppression Campaign in Fall River & Swansea
There is a current voter suppression initiative occurring in Fall River and Swansea. This is similar to initiatives that passed and caused storms of controversy in some southern states, such as Florida and Arizona, requiring voters to show licenses, state IDs, or a gun license at the poll in order to cast a vote. These initiatives are pitched deceptively to convince signers that this is to prevent voter fraud, when the truth is these initiatives are pushed by the right-wing to suppress the votes of youth, low income, and minorities who may not hold a drivers license. This type of legislation has the effect of skewing votes to the right by shaving off leftist votes.
Sunday, June 24th. 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Occupy Fall River General Assembly
Kennedy Park, Fall River. Between the skating rink and the green warming house.
Meetings generally begin with a brief discussion and exchange of news, followed by upcoming events, and then agenda items.
Tuesday, July 10th. 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Occupy East Bay Potluck
Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope St., Bristol,RI
Join us for food, videos, news, and discussion. We welcome everyone to bring food to share.
We also welcome friendly community organizations and activists to give announcements. This event is sponsored by East Bay Citizens for Peace and Occupy Fall River as well as individuals from Occupies RI and Providence.
Occupy National Gathering
June 30th – July 4th – Philidelphia
We will try to have someone present for at least some of the National Gathering. The National Gathering is the first in-person assembly aimed at drafting proposals to coordinate the national movement. There is a free caravan being organized for those wishing to attend the whole event. http://www.occupynationalgathering.com/
Occupy Fall River buttons are here. They are limited in number. Buttons are free, but a donation of two dollars for each will help keep us funded for future expenditures.
We currently have in stock over a hundred copies of the newest Boston Occupier, which the Budget for All volunteers have been handing out to the community.
Both will be available at Sunday’s assembly.
Budget for All Referendum – Fund Our Communities Not War
With our limited numbers, it looks like we will be able to get the question on the ballot for Fall River’s 7th Congressional District (Rep. Edward Markey). If you are interested in volunteering, the help would be appreciated. We can also use flier translations in Khmer.
Details of the campaign:
A coalition of community, labor, and peace groups are organizing to put a public policy question on the November ballot across Massachusetts. We need to collect 200 signatures for each target MA Congressional district.
The wording of the Budget for All public policy question will be:
Shall the state Representative (or Senator) from this district be instructed to vote in favor of a resolution calling upon the Congress and the President to:
1. Prevent cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans benefits, or to housing, food and unemployment assistance;
2. Create and protect jobs by investing in manufacturing, schools, housing, renewable energy, transportation and other public services;
3. Provide new revenues for these purposes and to reduce the long-term federal deficit by closing corporate tax loopholes, ending offshore tax havens, and raising taxes on incomes over $250,000; and
4. Redirect military spending to these domestic needs by reducing the military budget, ending the war in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home safely now.
The Sustainability group had scouted out a vacant lot in the Flint area that has turned out to have an owner who has left it abandoned for the past 15 years. They are currently looking for new options and considering reaching out to the owner to request use of the land.
Sustainability is currently an independent open working group that coordinates with Occupy Fall River. The Sustainability group generally hold discussion on Facebook and at General Assembly. The Facebook page is located at https://www.facebook.com/groups/OFRivOpSeedbomb/
Move to Amend
Thanks to Eileen and Al, resolutions have passed in Westport and Somerset supporting a 28th Amendment to end corporate personhood and help get money out of politics. We are waiting on the consideration of the Community Preservation Act before proceeding with submission.
The fliers protesting Wal-Mart selling Monsanto corn as well as those protesting CISPA are currently retired due to a need for updating. If you have any ideas for flier and direct action campaigns and actions, please submit an image of the flier to this e-mail address for consideration by Direct Action.
Direct action is made up of individuals across Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Direct Action consists of opt-in actions and campaigns.
Occupy Providence – Occupy Netroots sidewalk occupation recap
Several members of Occupy Fall River attended Occupy Providence’s sidewalk occupation in solidarity with the Netroots Conference – a conference of leftist bloggers. Actions consisted of marches and direct actions against bailouts for 38 Studios and supporting a proposed tax on RI’s richest 2%. Occupiers were escorted out of the RI State House after “mic-checking” the congressional assembly with a message supporting raising taxes on the rich and no more bailouts for irresponsible companies. Crime scenes for the 38 Studios bailout were drawn at the former site of the company as well as at the State House. Occupy Providence also marched through the Providence Place Mall, enjoying the applause and cheers of those they passed. They were then shoved around by mall security. About twelve people were arrested by local police and given one-year bans from entering the mall. These are the first arrests experienced by Occupy Providence.