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

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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!)

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Carry On

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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 Ohyouprettythings.net 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