The voices of Occupy Missoula (The Pod-casts)

The voices of Occupy Missoula (The Pod-casts)

This is a link to the pod-cast The voices of Occupy Missoula. You will get the full story on the 11 year old drunken boy. Also anyone who is considering setting up an occupy event “this is food for thought” and may help you avoid problems.

Veteran’s Day Ceremony – Friday, November 11, 2011


Veteran’s Day Ceremony – Friday, November 11, 2011

Occupy Missoula will voluntarily shut down during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 11, 2011 in a show of support and solidarity for Veterans and guests attending a Veteran’s Day Celebration on the courthouse lawn.

The east side of the courthouse grounds are to be cleared by 9:00 a.m., Friday November 11, 2011.  

The east side of the courthouse grounds, the side including the flag pole, is to be cleared of all tents, tarps, and personal items.  In addition to the east side grounds, the courthouse main entry, steps and main sidewalk must be cleared.  To clarify, the sidewalk to be cleared is the one leading to the main entrance to the courthouse, not the sidewalk with the porta-johns.

The Veterans will start their set up at 9:00 a.m.  

The Veteran’s ceremony starts at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m.

Occupy Missoula, in support of the Veterans, asks that everyone respect and honor this request.

There will be no passing out fliers, sign carrying or any pro-Occupy Missoula activities during these hours.

Many Veterans agree with what we are doing and the ideals for which we stand.

Thank you for your support.  Hope to see you there.

OccupyMissoula General Assembly Adopts Local Declaration by Consensus

Today, October 27, 2011 the Occupy Missoula General Assembly, by consensus of approximately 45 members approved this draft of the declaration. A reminder that this is yet an alive and evolving document meant to reflect current goals of our community and these well change. We invite further comments, ideas, suggestions and concerns. Amendments can be made. The declaration is included in this post, however for ease of sharing with each other, please leave comments at Occupy Missoula forums. And THANK YOU OCCUPY MISSOULA!

Draft #8, October 23, 2011

We stand just inside the threshold of a new global paradigm. Top-down decision making by the few over the interests of the many has failed us. Many of us are one accident or illness away from bankruptcy, one pink slip away from homelessness. Isolated within our narrow areas of concern, we have been ignored. Now, joined together, we have forced open a door that politicians, the economic elite, and the corporate media had hoped was securely shut, and we find ourselves, along with hundreds of other communities, on the world stage.

We, the members of Occupy Missoula, are outraged by the injustices perpetrated against all life on this planet by private and giant multinational corporate forces which now exert disproportionate influence over the societies of the world. We believe that concentration of wealth and political power in the hands of a small minority at the top has corrupted our processes of civil, democratic governance: permitting imperialism and war through the misuse of the contributions of taxpayers; wasting and degrading our natural resources for private gain; forcing private costs onto the public at large in the form of pollution and threats to public health; and the manipulation of the justice system to benefit corporate interest with constitutional protections originally intended only for natural persons. One need not look outside Montana for examples of these injustices; the Anaconda Copper Company’s reign over the state still echoes in the recent loss of the Montana Corrupt Practices Act, which defended our state against private economic control over its political representatives. Now, the local water supply is in jeopardy with the proposed sale of Missoula’s water utility to the elite multinational investment firm, the Carlyle Group.

Until now we all have been part of developing the system the way it is. We all let this happen. Today, we are united by our realization that we can no longer silently allow ourselves to be the passive subjects of a political and corporate media system that consistently ignores, trivializes, and misrepresents the reality of our concerns, our histories, and diverse cultures. Only by occupation of the streets and public places can our voices be heard.

We believe that a fair society requires a framework for informed and meaningful participation by all people; and that democracy derives its legitimacy from treating all persons, indiscriminately with social, political, and economic fairness. The people of Occupy Missoula have divergent goals and opinions, but are nonetheless discovering a common bond of respect and responsibility for our collective future. We have chosen a horizontal, consensus-driven model to provide that the opportunity and power to effect change will be evenly distributed amongst all.

Many among the economic elite are using their control over politics and the media in the hope that we will dissolve into our constituent parts and melt back into the woodwork. But we will not compromise our futures. We are fortified by our desire and resolve to work together. Unlike owners of huge corporations, we need not be bound by unsustainable greed. A different world is possible. The outcomes we seek will extend to the limits of our compassion, our integrity will determine each step.

People across the world are realizing that they are no longer served by their political systems, and so must occupy the streets and public places. Our political representatives do not represent us; we must represent ourselves. We will be the authors of our own future.

The general assembly of Occupy Missoula, having declared its purpose, stands in solidarity with Occupy movements around the globe.


News Flash :

OccupyCapitol in Helena Details Firmed Up

A flyer with all of the details of the OccupyCapitol event in Helena and OccupyMontana GA has been posted. Here is the flyer to download and pass around. It would be great if someone would print some up and hand them out at the GA tonight.


You also can leave a note on our forum about carpooling. My understanding is that some folks will meet at the court house lawn between 9 and 10 to ride-share.

Oh, and did we mention that the gathering place at Hill Park is right across the street from the Federal Reserve Bank in Helena? Well, it is. Yes it is.

Final Schedule: Continue reading

Notes from the Occupation

This is written by Debby.. anyone can help contribute to “Notes from the Occupation”  If you are involved and would like to write a narrative update, contact us!

We held a General Assembly at the Missoula Public Library on Sunday. The minutes to this meeting are posted here. About 55 people were in attendance, and I also tried to stream the meeting for those who wanted to participate or watch from home.  About 10 people attended via the stream.  There were some glitches with this, but a couple people were able to make proposals and say their thoughts to the group via this technology. Success. Upcoming assemblies:

Today, Oct 27 , 6pm , Missoula County Courthouse
Saturday, Oct 29, our GA joins Helena’s GA during Occupy the Capitol.
Tuesday, November 1, 6pm Missoula County Courthouse
Thursday, November 3, 6pm Missoula County Courthouse
Sunday, November 6, 2:00 – 4:30 Missoula Public Library, and Web Streaming
Continue reading

Already, people are looking to capitalize on OWS.

We all know the system is corrupt and flawed and this is media spin on the movement. It’s support we need not apathy. It is important to keep the movement meaningful and peaceful. Violent incidents tend to confuse the reasonableness of the basic goals of this social movement: to seek real democracy and eliminate economic inequality.

Example :

I was occupying the Missoula county court house with this interesting Missoula man & I for the life of me can not recall his name. I’m not good with names. But his local news letter is a noteworthy publication. Link to article

Solidarity with Oakland

Sharing a concern about Oakland from Rick, in Helena:

I am sure most are following the police state attack on OccupyOakland, is there anything we can do in solidarity? I have contacted the one person I know is there on the ground in Oakland asking what they may need. Is there anything we can do in our march and action on Saturday? Can we get a veterans for peace escort? is there a native warriors society we can ask for help?  Symbology is important! ~rick      Continue discussion here

From Occupy Wall Street:
Late last night, Scott Olsen, a former Marine, two-time Iraq war veteran, and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, sustained a skull fracture after being shot in the head with a police projectile while peacefully participating in an Occupy Oakland march. The march began at a downtown library and headed towards City Hall in an effort to reclaim a site—recently cleared by police—that had previously served as their encampment.

The NYC vigil in solidarity with the vigil being held in Oakland will begin at 6pm today, leaving from the red sculpture at Liberty Plaza.

Update: Commissioner’s Meeting A-OK

Hello , this is Debby Florence using the Occupy Missoula account.  Went to the meeting, and there was a public comment section.  Some people commented about their concerns regarding the Occupy movement, but nothing extremely inflammatory nor suggestive was said.  The environment was totally professional and mellow. I am personally glad that the encampment folks sent out a text asking for support regardless.. it was nice to see that about 8 or 10 of us were able to go down there and witness the meeting.  It was also nice, and this is my personal opinion, to be in a space where we could hear some of the community’s concerns about Occupy Wall Street.

None of the Occupy Missoula folks spoke.  When the public comment section was over, the County Commissioners read their statement that says they support our right to be there, and that the encampment has been communicative, and responsive to the County’s requests regarding the space.  I do know that Brooklyn Kittleson has a new idea regarding locations, and if you’re curious, you should go to the General Assembly meeting tomorrow at 6pm on the courthouse lawn to hear her proposal.

Join our Discussions about Consensus

The online forums are becoming more active. Busy discussions are beginning to take place about Consensus and meeting facilitation , and there is an interesting dilemma posed here .  We encourage all working groups to post their meeting minutes and other information on the message boards to keep things open to newcomers or interested readers. Have an event you want supporters to find out about?  There’s an events board too!  Let’s broaden the discussion beyond just 8 vocal people.  Joining is your chance to share your ideas and opinions, especially if you are not as outspoken in person.  We know there are hundreds of you out there thinking about this movement, and we wholeheartedly invite your participation in the conversation.


OccupyCapitol & OccupyMontana GA in Helena Sat. 29th: Details & Carpooling

OccupyHelena has released the details for the upcoming OccupyCapital event in Helena this weekend.

A flyer with all of the details of the OccupyCapitol event in Helena and OccupyMontana GA has been posted. Here is the flyer to download and pass around. It would be great if someone would print some up and hand them out at the GA tonight.


Oh, and did we mention that the gathering place at Hill Park is right across the street from the Federal Reserve Bank in Helena? Well, it is. Yes it is.

Final Schedule: Continue reading

OccupyMissoula Meeting with County Commissioners Today, 3:30

Occupiers & friends —
As discussed at the GA in the library Saturday, a small group of encampment people are invited by the Commissioners to meet.
I volunteered to find out whether the meeting today is public. It is posted on-line and in the Missoulian (today) as:

3:30 PM ~ 4:30 PM BCC Andrew Czorny, Larry Farnes, et al (Occupy Missoula) – 201
I checked with the Commissioner’s office, and learned that Yes, this is a public meeting; and yes, they will take public comment.
If you’re not familiar with Room 201, there’s a large u-shaped table in front (where I would expect the official OM delegation to sit with the Commissioners) and then chairs, perhaps 25-30 for the public. In my opinion, it is appropriate that members of OM be in the audience, and can speak as part of public comment especially in the event it is needed. Just walk in, turn to the right, and sit down. Don’t take signs. You’ll have an opportunity to speak, but not until public comment is called for. Ethel