Hey everyone! This coming up October 15th, guess what? We will be being doing a one night occupation of Dianna Kral Plaza!
IMPORTANT: THIS IS NOT A TENT CITY, so dress warm for the weather.
Everyone come on down to hear the new ideas, and goals for the upcoming year!
Here’s what our agenda for the day looks like:
- 4 pm, congregate to the tuning forks prepare for march, bring your signs and good spirit!
- 4:30 March (route will be told to attendees)
- 5:30 Banner painting.
- 6:00 Dinner served.
- 6:30 Speakers Corner, also being live streamed
- 7:30, 8:00: a separate group will make way to the city council meeting.
- Afterwords we will make our way back to DKP and set a route for the geurilla gardening crew. There is plans to make DKP a beautiful garden retreat with more raised beds and a green house with tropical plants, salad bars, and hardy veggies that can be eaten raw like beets, green onions, beans.
- 9:00 we hang the banners and make our way back to DKP for the night to chill and have a open mic night.
Come down and join the festivities!
Where: Diana Krall Plaza
When: October 15th
Time: 4:00pm till the next day
A call has come, from OWS, from Occupy Canada, and from the people of the world. This call out is to stop working, stop school, stop shopping, stop driving, stop consuming from this corporate machine and take to the streets. On May first 2012 a General Strike has been called, so that for one day, the gears of this twisted corporate monster will stop turning. People of Nanaimo, People of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, and the world, Stand up and take back the lives that have been stripped from us.
If we look back to October the 15th, when the world began Occupying public spaces and raising awareness of the difference in wealth distribution, we see that people in this country were far more complacent than others. Over the near seven months that we have been running, things in this country have become much more Dire. As we watch our elected officials declare war on the First Peoples of Canada, Declare Canada’s resources open season to the world market, and blatantly lie to the people. As we watch fraud sweep across this country and it’s legislative assembly, we, the citizens of this country have been left to idly watch our voices get stripped by a fraudulent election. It has long since grown to be the time for us to Take back our country.
On May 1st Occupy Nanaimo will hold a Grand General Assembly . We have been in a lull, as the winter put us into Hibernation, but it has come time to take action again. At this Assembly, which is open to all people, we will discuss moving forward. We will discuss the change that is so badly needed and the steps that we will take to achieve it. It is far to late for armchair activism and shouting chants. Now is the time for action.
TAKE TO THE STREETS!!!!
What: Occupy Nanaimo May Day General Assembly
When: May 1st @ 3:00-5:00 PM
Where: Diana Krall Plaza
Occupy Nanaimo General Assembly will be held Tuesday, Feb. 28th at the 7-10 club. This is located at 285 Prideaux St., across the street from the police station. The entrance is on the parking lot side of the building, take the door on your right. The scheduled start time is 6pm, with some agenda drift expected. Here is the proposed agenda. Hope to see you there!
General Assembly Proposed Agenda
Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
Introduction Go-round – 5 mins.
Intro: Brief Consensus Process Review – 10 mins.
- Review of Roles, Hand Signs & Ground Rules
Working Group Reports: (List of groups reporting will be set at start of GA)
- 30 mins. (based on # of groups)
#1 – Title: Weekly GAs – Presenter: Kara – 30 mins
#2 – Title: 12 Suggestions for Group Unity – Presenter: TBA – 30 mins
Evaluation: (of the meeting) What went well? What didn’t go well? – 10 mins
Closing: Suggestions for closing the meeting? – 5 mins
As you have likely heard, legislation is expected regarding the BC Teacher’s Federation collective agreement on Monday or soon after.
BCTF is calling for mediation and, if necessary, binding arbitration instead of legislation.
They will hold rallies around BC on Monday and we hope to show the government that the teacher’s have broad support.
If you support the BCTF and not forced legislation by the government (also their employers, which is a major conflict of interest obviously) then show them your support and head to Bowen Road in front of the Beban Recreational Centre today at 3:30pm. Bring signs if you can but more importantly bring yourself and show your support for our teachers. In solidarity.
Don’t forget our General Assembly will be at the Dancing Goat tonight at 6pm in downtown Nanaimo. Come on down and get involved! If there are no goats…or dancing…then relax and have a coffee while supporting small business instead. Hope to see you there!
On Saturday February 25th, Occupy Nanaimo will be joining in Solidarity to protest against Island Timberlands plans to log Cortes Island. We are joining in this protest with Occupy Powell River and Occupy Vancouver, who will be holding 24 hour occupations against Island Timberlands plan to clear cut the Beautiful forests of Cortes Island. For those that aren’t aware, Island Timberlands is owned by Brookfield Asset Management. Brookfield Asset Management also owns Zuccotti Park, aptly renamed “Liberty Park” by Occupy Wall-St, the Heart of the Occupy Movement and the Location of their September 17th Occupation.
After members of Occupy Vancouver/Powell River went to New York to meet up with Occupy Wall St. to present a petition against the gross logging plans. This petition has since travelled across the sea to; London, England; Hong Kong, China; Down to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; and also Toronto, Ontario and here at home in Nanaimo BC. The goal of this petition, which was presented to Brookfield Asset Management buildings directly, is to encourage them to cease their campaign to log the old growth forests on Cortes Island.
We, of Occupy Nanaimo, will meet at DKP at 11am and march to I.T. offices where a 24hour vigil will be held in honour of the old growth forest of Cortes. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to show up and support any time during the 24hours…This is our chance to stand up for our right as the people of British Columbia not to lose some of the last of the remaining percentage of old growth forest left in Canada. We demand respectful and responsible handling of our precious natural resources, so again we ask you to please join if you can!!
What: March and 24 hour Vigil in solidarity against Island Timberlands
When: Saturday February 25th 2012 @ 11:00 am-12:00pm Sunday February 26th
Where: Meet @ Diana Krall Plaza at 11:00 then March to Island Timberlands for 24 hr Vigil
Why: To exert our right as citizens of BC to demand the preservations of the old growth forests on Cortes Island
Don’t forget to vote on our new poll!
Do you believe Island Timberlands should halt their plans to log Cortes Island
- Yes (72%, 26 Votes)
- No (28%, 10 Votes)
Total Voters: 36
Tonight’s General Assembly will be held at the 7-10 Club on 285 Prideaux Street, across from the RCMP detachment. This will be an important GA and encourage all to attend. GA will be held from 6-8pm.
So here it is folks. If you were to click on the large Revolution fist it will Lead you to our Newspaper, ‘Truth’ After weeks and weeks of anticipation here is the final Copy. Click on the picture below to Read further.
Tonight Randy Churchill, Bylaws Manager for the City of Nanaimo, will report to City Council the “final costs” incurred by the city as a result of our occupation of Diana Krall Plaza. The final cost, according to the city, is just over $24,000 and includes almost $19,000 in legal costs. The City Report also notes that it is difficult to put a “price tag on the damage to the image of our downtown and lost opportunities resulting in Occupy Nanaimo”. We ask that if you are able to attend the City Council meeting tonight please do. It is at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Shaw Auditorium tonight at 7pm. There will be delegations speaking in support of Occupy Nanaimo and people are encouraged to prepare questions to ask council themselves about these costs during Question Period. If you cannot attend, you can watch online on their website or on Shaw TV if you have Shaw Cable. In solidarity.