Mass Occupation P O T L U C K

Mass Occupation P O T L U C K

When – Saturday, 3 December – 6 p.m.
Where – Missoula County Courthouse – Broadway and Ryman
Who – All and sundry peaceful folks, like minded or not, are invited to attend
What – Food and non-alcoholic beverages to share (Those bringing extra garbage bags to donate to camp and/or taking a bag of trash away from camp receive double karma points)
Why – Because the Constitution SAYS WE CAN!!!!

Food Rotation (recommended IF you can manage it — if not NO WORRIES! We just want

*Y O U R* company!)

Born in January or February – bring veggies or side dish
Born in March or April – bring beverages
Born in May or June – bring vegetarian protein main dish
Born in July or August – bring animal protein main dish
Born in September or October – bring bread and spreads
Born in November or December – bring dessert


Come at 430 pm for a drum/dance circle to work up your appetite and afterward for a drum circle to stay warm! (We’re all about the impromptu drum circles around here!)


Carry On

Occupied Media: Interview With Sarah Jaffe

I’m really excited to present our most recent Occupied Media interview with journalist Sarah Jaffe. Sarah is an associate editor with AlterNet and has been covering OWS from almost the beginning. She maintains a blog at and she tweets at @seasonothebitch (I really want a second interview so that we can talk about Sarah’s Bowie obsession).

Sarah and I talk about OWS, her thoughts on the movement and where it might be going. We also discuss student debt and the potential for a debt strike. Sarah presents a good point of contrast to Tamara Draut, whose interview – also about student debt – will be posted later this week.

The unprovoked pepper-spray attack on peaceful protester at UC Davis

Scoville ratings: 500,000 – 2,000,000 – Most Law enforcement grade pepper spray
More About Pepper Spray.

The unprovoked pepper-spray attack on peaceful protester at UC Davis by Lt. Pike has now gone viral, being picked up even by the major news outlets that have so far offered cavalier and tepid coverage to the Occupy movement. Accordingly, the official police “spin” of the unprovoked pepper-spraying has begun. Charles J. Kelly, a former Baltimore Police Department lieutenant who wrote the department’s use of force guidelines, said pepper spray is a “compliance tool” that can be used on subjects who do not resist, and is preferable to simply lifting protesters. “When you start picking up human bodies, you risk hurting them,” Kelly said. “Bodies don’t have handles on them.” (How considerate of him to prefer chemical warfare as against traditional police work.) After reviewing the video, Kelly said he observed at least two cases of “active resistance” from protesters. In one instance, a woman pulls her arm back from an officer. In the second instance, a protester curls into a ball.

Each of those actions could have warranted more force, including baton strikes and pressure-point techniques. “What I’m looking at is fairly standard police procedure,” Kelly said. UC Davis Police Chief Annette Spicuzza said the decision to use pepper spray was made at the scene. “The students had encircled the officers,” she said Saturday. “They needed to exit. They were looking to leave but were unable to get out.” A similar statement suggested that the Officers were “cut off” from their “support.” The above statements are the Lies of a Gestapo Police State attempting to cover its collective ass.
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Sunday GA, 2pm at the Union Hall. Forum Starts at 1pm.

See you all there!

Facilitation meets beforehand at noon. The proposed agenda is as follows.

I. Agenda Review and Review of Consensus Process

II. Announcements

III. Working Group Reports and Statements of Proposals (discussions prompted by working group reports will be delayed until after proposal section)

IV. Discussion of Working Group Proposals
i. Finance Working Group Proposal
ii. Facilitation Working Group Proposal

V. Discussion of Stacked Topics

VI. Other Business? Evaluation

VII. Confirmation of Next GA Time and Place

EPI Economist Larry Mishel: An Occupied Media Virtual Teach-in

Occupied Media’s most recent virtual teach-in is with EPI economist Larry Mishel. EPI is celebrating its 25th year fighting for the 99%. EPI was recently recognized by the Washington Post and Paul Krugman. Krugman had this to say about EPI and Larry Mishel:

At this point EPI is the single best source for analysis of labor issues, one of the best sources of macroeconomic analysis, and in general a bastion of humane clarity. The institute’s success demonstrates just how powerful it is when you combine intellectual integrity with commitment, when you make a point of doing the math right, but also never forget that you stand for something….

Put it this way: I’ve had a number of meetings with senior officials along with other progressive economists, and I always feel that of the group, Larry Mishel is talking the most sense — and, whaddya know, agreeing with me.

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OM Mass Day of Occupation Dec 3-4, Missoula, Courthouse Lawn

Occupy Missoula and OccupyMontana are organizing a MASS DAY OF OCCUPATION on Dec. 3rd 2011. We are inviting people/ organizations/ groups to sponsor a info tent and build a presence for this one event. We want to show our true numbers. We have been told we will be given notice of eviction in advance. So there is a low arrest level for this event. All are welcome!

1. Occupy Missoula has in place a non-violence policy, as well as a policy against the presence of alcohol, drugs, or weapons on-site, passed by consensus of the General Assembly.

2. Occupy Missoula has agreed not to put stakes in the ground due to underground sprinkler system. Tents have to be pitched using ballast.

3. Essentially, Occupy Missoula is just the meeting spot. We will organize a pot luck dinner, but otherwise you should provide for all needs for yourself or group. This includes being responsible for your own food and water, camping gear, and the security thereof while on site, as well as for cleaning up after yourself and any pets you may have.

4. We want a drum circle and request that people bring acoustic instruments!

We would love to see you there!

Notes from the Occupation: Successful Big Tent Raising Today!

More photos on our facebook page.

Occupy Missoulians gathered at 11 today on the courthouse lawn to erect an Army tent, Korean War vintage. For three hours a carpenter, a leather worker, and two seamstresses modified the main tent poles, sewed up tears, patched, and rebuilt a tent pole mount that was torn, while 100 dollars worth of sandbags was purchased and brought to the site (our effort to preserve the underground watering system by using NO tent stakes). Continue reading

Occupation Workgroup Meeting 11am Sat, Courthouse Lawn & BIG TENT Raising!

Howdy fellow Occupiers. The Occupation Workgroup has called for a meeting on the Courthouse lawn at 11am, Saturday. This meeting will discuss the ongoing efforts to winterize our Occupation and provide a way for those who haven’t been onsite in a while to plug back into the onsite encampment.

We are engaging in a concerted 3 week effort to dig in and plan for the winter. We need all of OccupyMissoula to commit to helping the Occupation succeed, and to do so we are asking for you to not just retreat into your winter comfy zone, if you have one, but to commit to spending time at the Occupation on a regular basis, and to help focus OM on our encampment and what it brings to our movement.

As a result of fundraising efforts earlier this week to winterize the Occupation, we have purchased a 16×32′ military grade tent! We will put it up tomorrow, so any help is greatly appreciated! Many thanks to Taryn for spearheading this effort, and everybody else who donated and helped out. We also have a porta potty onsite, thanks to Missoula County. How exactly that came about, I’m not exactly sure, but it is welcome. Continue reading

OccupyButte gets County Commissioners to Pass Social Program Resolution

From OccupyButte: On a 7 to 4 vote the Resolution created by Occupy Butte was passed by the County Council of Commissioners last night.

Butte-Silver Bow County Council of Commissioners Resolution in Support of Social Programs of Economic Importance to its Citizens (Proposal of Occupy Butte to Judiciary Committee November 9, 2011)


Occupy the Home Front: Why Veterans Are Deploying With the 99 Percent

Occupy the Home Front: Why Veterans Are Deploying With the 99 Percent.

A story by John Nichols for the noteworthy publication of “The Nation”.


Veterans Occupy Wall Street | More information about Scott Olsen
A Story By Paolo Cravero for the noteworthy publication of “The Nation”.

Occupy Missoula Camp Peacefully Leaves, Missoulian article

Most of the Occupy Missoula campers struck their tents Monday morning after more than a month on the Missoula County Courthouse lawn.

“The word came down last night,” camper Kathlene Kelly said as she helped pile gear in the morning snowfall. “We broke down the tents for Veterans Day in honor of what they’re doing here. A great many of our members are veterans.

“Then last night, a representative from the county came to the encampment and told folks if we were still here by morning, we could expect a visit from the sheriff.”

The campers said they negotiated a brief extension until Monday morning so they could pack up their gear in daylight. They also believed they got permission to keep an information post in the courthouse gazebo. Continue reading