[act-ma] Occupy Boston Update!

Aria Littlhous aria at littlhous.net
Sat Nov 9 03:02:48 PST 2013


This edition of mostly a “Heads UP!” about a few things that you would hate
not to miss and the latest on Occupy Boston’s General Assembly. Details

1. National Day of Mourning, Nov. 28, Plymouth, MA

2. Pass Mass:DEADLINE  11/20/13: to prevent Corporate Personhood from
coming to MA


3. Occupy Boston GA Minutes, 9/13/13:http://www.occupyboston.org/

4. Survey of Occupy Strategy Group 10 Objectives.

5. Hidden Faces of Courage, theatre production of voices of women in prison
thru 11/17 AND Resisting Walls and Bars, 11/16/13.

And, don’t forget the Veterans for Peace demo, this Monday, 11/11/13,  2:30
Sameul Adam Park, see below.

peace and love,

Aria L.


National Day of Mourning Plymouth MA

Hosted by Mahtowin Munro <https://www.facebook.com/mahtowin>

(Non-native welcome, I checked. A.)

Thursday, November 28 at 12:00pm


Cole's Hill <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Coles-Hill/108539895834835>

Carver St, Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360

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Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on Cole's Hill

in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the

US thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate

the arrival of the Pilgrims and other Europeean settlers.

Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of

Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault

on Native culture. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor

Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive

today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well

as a protest of the racism and oppression that Native Americans

continue to experience.

Join us as we dedicate the 44th National Day of Mourning to our

brother, Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier. Add your voice

to the millions world-wide who demand his freedom. Help us in

our struggle to create a true awaren of Native peoples

and demonstrate the unity of Indigenous peoples internationally.

Help shatter the untrue glass image of the Pilgrims and the unjust

system based on racism, sexism, homophobia and war.

United American Indians of New England/LPSG

Best contact method via email: info at uaine.org



facebook group: United American Indians of New England

Absolutely No Drugs or Alcohol Allowed

Pot-luck Social to Follow

Basic Schedule outline with tentative times:

12 noon prayers (no photos during this time plz)

12:20pm Native speakers

2pm march with rallies by plymouth rock and the site of the Metacomet
historical marker

3-5pm indoor potluck social

2.DEADLINE NOV. 20, ‘13

Over the last century and more, the people have been losing their influence
over our democratic process. We believe that the roots of this issue is the
corrupting influence of money in our political process. For educational
resources, click


We have asked our legislators to rectify this. Recall the "Clean Elections
Law" passed in 1998 by a 2 to 1 majority by ballot initiative. Our
legislators refused to fund it and then ended it by voice vote.

As a result, we believe that it's time for citizens to act to amend
(clarify) the Massachusetts Constitution ourselves.

In 1917, a Constitutional Convention was called for in Massachusetts
because of the concern that "invisible government" (their words) had taken
over the General Court and citizens needed a way to "keep government in
check". The Convention proposed the "Initiative and Referendum" Amendment
which was subsequently passed by the public. The I and R Amendment makes it
possible for citizens...you and I, to "reform, alter, or totally change"
the government as stated in Article VII of our Constitution.

As such, we are embarking up on a BALLOT INITIATIVE to amend (clarify) the
Constitution of Massachusetts. See this page for our legal
was submitted to the Attorney General's office, as part of the process
to get the question on the ballot.

>From 9/18 to 11/20 is "petitioning phase", whereby we have to gather 70,000
signatures from the registered voters of Massachusetts.

Even though this is an uphill battle, we have opted to embark upon it.
Because we feel that we are left with no other option.

Please help by signing the petition, petitioning, and/or helping us
coordinate. There is lots to do. Everyone can help. We need drivers,
trainers, people to help find in-kind and financial donations. If you are a
lawyer and want to help us with administration, or have a constitutional
law background, please let us know.

We have people from all walks of life helping. We have church leaders,
business people, union members, Tea Party members, social justice
activists, and people who also work for employees helping. We may not agree
on everything. But there's one thing we agree on. We believe that Big Money
has taken over our government, and it's time to make sure that the rights
afforded by our Constitution are for "natural people".

Please help...


Terra Friedrichs, terraf "at" compuserve dot com, (petitioning team
coordination, press/media, etc) Acton/MetroWest

Nick Bokron, nbokron "at" gmail, (finance, legal, administration, etc)

3. GA Summary – 3 September

September 5th, 2013 · Steve
<http://www.occupyboston.org/author/srevilak/>· General
Assembly <http://www.occupyboston.org/category/general-assembly/>, Passed

Most of tonight’s GA focused on revisiting (and amending) the disbursement
proposal from July

We decided to liquidate Occupy Boston’s remaining credit union funds.
Assuming we got the math right, this breaks down as follows:


   $4294 for the street medics

   $908 for strike debt

   $2000 for Mesob’s food truck (see minutes)

   $1000 for Bobbi’s Urban Pioneer proposal (see minutes)

   $492 for Food Not Bombs

   $492 for E5

GA Minutes: http://wiki.occupyboston.org/wiki/GA_Minutes_Tue_Sep_03_2013.

- See more at: http://www.occupyboston.org/#sthash.6ZBwuvq5.dpuf

General Assembly

WhenTue, November 5, 6:00pm – 9:30pm

WhereCommunity Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St., Boston, MA

DescriptionPotluck @ 6pm
General Assembly at 7pm


4. Ten Strategic Objectives:



Occupy Strategy Group's

Top 10 Recommended Strategic Objectives

The Occupy Strategy Group consists of an email list of over 100 people, 6-8
of whom

met in open conference calls for the past year to review input from
surveys, research,

emails, articles, and the Draft 2012 Occupy National Gathering Vision

Over 100 proposed items were culled, then reframed into a smaller list, and

released via an unofficial survey that generated 88 responses. Intense

and a strong desire to be as inclusive as possible, resulted in these

– based on urgency, doability, and degree of impact:

The group aligns on the following list of objectives. We envision the
objectives as the

first steps on the path to a more peaceful, loving, and sustainable planet.

It begins with a livable ecosystem. Climate change is our timeline.

1. Abolish Corporate Personhood.*

2. Nationalize health care.

3. Establish a strong "commons" to protect the Earth and

nourish community.**

4. Enact a sustainable large scale energy, jobs, and

environmental recovery program.

5. Replace all entitlements with a Basic Income Guarantee.***

6. Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

7. Discontinue the practice of using federal reserve notes to

back US currency and replace them with U.S. notes.

8. Dismantle the CIA; end private military forces and prohibit

private intelligence agencies.

9. Stop the Patriot Act, NDAA and Drones.

10. Institute a carbon and other natural resource use tax

based on "full resource use accounting" and allocate the revenue

derived from it for a Basic Income Guarantee.****

Thank you for considering our work: please join our ongoing conversation

about current and future studies of strategic objectives:


August 2013

* Abolish Corporate Personhood: Amend the US constitution to declare that
inalienable constitutional rights are for natural

individuals only, not corporations

** "Commons" refers to basics: clean air, clean water, healthy food, basic
shelter, physical and mental healthcare, urban transit,

land commons, education, communications infrastructure; and all resources
necessary for the health of the body politic. http://


*** "The Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) is a government ensured guarantee
that no one's income will fall below the level

necessary to meet their most basic needs for any reason." - The U.S. Basic
Income Guarantee Network http://www.usbig.net/


**** Full Resource Taxation: For information on the fee and dividend,
please see http://ossfoundation.us/projects/


Radicalizing Reality Forum: Resisting Walls &

5. Resisting Bars and Prisons

Saturday, November 16, 2013, 6:00pm - 8:00pm


Community Church of

565 Boylston St, Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3601

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Locally and globally, struggles against confinement and for freedom of
movement are on the rise. Whether it's young migrant folks crossing
forbidden borders or prisoners striking for freedom and dignity, the new
world in our hearts is visible through acts of defiance and solidarity.

Where do struggles of migrants and incarcerated/policed people intersect?
Where are the opportunities for alliances? What are strategic points of
intervention and what kind of change are we fighting for? Join us for a
participatory conversation on these and other questions. Part of the
Radicalizing Reality forum series.

The discussion will be based on a few short readings and videos.

Find them at http://www.commonstruggle.org/radicalizingreality<http://www.commonstruggle.org/radicalizingreality>


Wheelchair accessible. Childcare and Spanish interpretation available upon

Sponsored by Common Struggle/Lucha Común

Info: boston at commonstruggle.org

VETERANS DAY, 11/11/13

Samuel Adams Park, Boston



Leftist Marching Band, music

Bob Funke, Member, VFP: Ringing of the Bell

Pat Scanlon, Coordinator, VFP: Welcome

Rev. Lara Hoke, Secretary, VFP: Words of Peace


Dudley Hartung, Korean War Veteran

Bob Funke, Vietnam War Veteran

Michael Spinnato, Iraq War Veteran, member of Iraq Veterans Against the War

Al Johnson, Member, VFP: Chelsea Manning

Leftist Marching Band - Music to Dance By

Bruce Macdonald, Vice-Coordinator, VFP: Closing Thoughts

"Our goal is a society that prioritizes the needs of all before the profits
of the few." passed by Occupy Boston General Assembly 11/29/11

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