Occupy Nashua General Assembly August 7th 2012
Marty Jack – facilitator
Meeting held at Thousand Crane
MA made a proposal/ question: Does Occupy Nashua want to have rule about banning guns from Nashua GA’s? Discussion followed. Meetings are usually held at the restaurant, or at a church. No real reason to have a gun at these places. If someone had one they can leave it in the car. A vote was taken and Consensus was in favor of banning guns from meetings.
MA made a second proposal/question: what is the focus or priority of Nashua-Occupy? Discussion followed about what actions members of the group are committed on. Discussion centered around OWS and the 99% with economic injustices carried out against working people, families are affected.
After discussion this statement was made and later Sylvia added an amendment.
Statement: “Occupy Nashua maintains a focus on the 99%, families and individuals, working men and women experiencing the economic injustices carried out by the 1%. We stand in solidarity with the labor movement , and the rights of working men and women to organize. We also stand in solidarity against the war efforts, and continue to focus on peace as a priority.”
This seems to sum up much of the actions that have been the priority of the group.
This statement was read and met with unanimous agreement.
Amendment by Sylvia: “We will actively pursue activities to empower those impacted by financial impoverishment “This statement was read and also agreed upon.
Agenda item 1: Pridefest
There has been controversy in Pridefest. Discussion followed with an outline of what has happened with Nashua Chick Fil A and other problems experienced as a result of Chick Fil A . Other factors include groups not represented, and that the NH LGBT community as a whole is not represented. Discussion continued. Last GA we held a vote to stay supportive of Pridefest; Operation Pride originated in Nashua. With the controversy, does the group still support Pridefest? Regarding the controversy, we are neutral as a group. Members from Nashua will still be going.
Discussion about Anthony, the Chick Fil A manager was also brought up. Was this a courageous effort on his part. Certainly it was admirable, maybe he could do more. For instance, Dave mentioned there is power in uniting with other franchise owners and working in unity to tell the CEO of Chick Fil A that they won’t tolerate profits going to hate groups. Or, he could threaten to sell his franchise. More discussion on this continued. What would be the most effective strategy to gain the most attention? Anthony should probably do more than just donate the chicken. It would be more of a stronger stance.
2. Film Series:
August 16th is set for Walmart film. Discussion on showing the Koch brothers film again. The library is hard to book because the times fill up very quickly. The nights to show other films are not the best time slots, but the only ones that were available.
September 4th is Rethink Afghanistan. If anyone wants to help flyer. There is a promotional flyer with the dates. Sylvia raised the idea that we could screen the film at Thousand Crane. This sounds like a good idea. We can approach Dave the owner about it.
3. Discussion on Jill Stein getting on the ballot. Does she have enough signatures? She is in NH trying to get petition signed. Jill Stein was arrested recently at a foreclosure protest. Will get more information out there on her bid to be on the ballot. NH is still in petition process www.jillstein.org/blog
4. NH Prison Privatization: discussion on this topic and how to get information.
There’s a demonstration in front of the Exec Council on August 9th.
AFSCME also monitors privatization and this groupwww.inthepublicinterest.org/sector/prisons%2C-detention-and-public-safety
Arnie Alpert has been involved with this group and putting info on his blog. Mark King will follow up on looking into bringing more awareness on this issue.
5. Upcoming events:
Pridefest August 11th Manchester
Public Anti-foreclosure meeting at Nashua Library August 18th at 12:30.
Aug 9th Health benefits exchange 6:00-7:30 Library
(New) Credo Pack “Take down Guinta “August 11th 1800 Elm St. Manchester Guinta-Pawlenty in Manchester for a fundraiser. Demonstration will be outside for visibility.
Next meeting: August 21st.
Minutes by MA
August 16th join us for a showing of the documentary film Walmart-The High Cost of Low Price. A Robert Greenwald fil From Brave New Films. The film is 97 mins. This event is free and open to the public.
The documentary examines the impact of Walmart, a mega million dollar corporation, and the large impact this creates on local business, workers, their families and the community.
Following the film there will be a discussion.
Occupy Nashua General Assembly Tuesday July 17
This event took place at Thousand Crane restaurant back room. All members signed in. This was a public event.
Eric Zulowski (facilitator)
Joining late: Able Freeman
Introductions were made by all members and new members.
Agenda items were discussed and arranged by order of importance according to popular vote.
1. Proposal: MA introduced a proposal: given the state of the situation within Occupy New Hampshire, the splitting off and inner conflict, it is proposed that Occupy Nashua remain neutral and not take sides within the organizational split. A consensus was reached, and Nashua will remain neutral.
2. Facebook admin page: update was made that Mark P. was removed by Heather as an admin on the Occupy Nashua page. Current admins are MA, Ben, Danny, Heather, Tim, Alva. Heather had discussed mark’s removal with other FB admins, Ben and Alva. Heather said she did not know how to reach Tim. She discussed her feelings about Mark P “over sharing” with MA. And MA said she would have a conversation about it with Mark P. which later took place by MA. MA misunderstood the conversation when the conversation happened and thought that Heather wanted to give Mark a message to step off the page and let others post to it; the language “remove as admin” was not used with MA, therefore, the misunderstanding. A question was asked to the group if Mark P should be restored as an admin. Consensus showed that at this time members participating feel that for the time being, Mark P should not have admin role on Nashua page. At some point the admins who are assigned the role will have a discussion on it.
3. Should Occupy Nashua accept the declaration of Occupy Wall Street? The document was shared. Members participating wanted to review the material before taking any vote. This matter will be tabled for later discussion.
4. Inter-Occupy Code of Behavior. Ben brought this to the table for review and printed copies of the document were handed out. At this time occupy Nashua members present would like to review the document. Some commented that the standards listed in the document were of valid importance in terms of how people conduct themselves and take responsibility for their actions. It was mentioned that the FB admins should review this document and take their responsibility as an admin seriously so as not to offend others.
5. Film Series
Occupy Nashua is in agreement to continue with a proposed film series. “Koch Brothers Exposed”. About 30 people attended in June, it appears the community is eager to have the opportunity to learn about current events related to world conflict, exposing the 1%, etc. We can promote the events. M A will connect with the library community relations and book the theatre for the “Walmart-High Cost of Low Price” and “Rethink Afghanistan”.
6. Upcoming actions:
Take down Frank Guinta Sunday July 22 at Fisher cat’s stadium, Manchester 1:00. Visibility protest by the Credo Pac. For more info: www.takedownguinta.com/
The “Occupy New Hampshire” cause is holding a General Assembly Sunday July 22nd www.facebook.com/events/445499295483589/
Converge on the Conference: A number of actions are taking place, including a human oil spill during the Governor’s Conference in Burlington, VT on Sunday, July 29th. www.facebook.com/events/295930743836595/
7. Meeting dates and changes to schedule:
Occupy Nashua will continue to meet 2x monthly on the first and 3rd Tuesday of the month. Discussion on moving the meeting outside was raised. There was some visibility at City Hall when the group first began meeting. Some people expressed meeting outside is good for visibility, but not in the hot weather.
8. Demonstrations/ outreach and visibility
Soup kitchen: Heather mentioned the Nashua Soup Kitchen needs volunteers, serving food. Heather will find out more information on when this could be arranged and how many people would be needed. There is some interest among the group to volunteer. This is an individual volunteer opportunity.
Where does Occupy Nashua stand with other events?
Pride fest? Occupy Nashua organized Operation Pride during the Primary. It was hugely successful and has spawned a new group/working committee that is organizing “Pridefest” in Manchester August 11th. Committee meetings are open to anyone who wants to be involved. Contact Ryan Glen Hirsch. Meetings happen Monday nights at “The Orange”, Orange St. Manchester. Consensus was reached that Occupy Nashua supports Pridefest. Heather offered to transport anyone from Nashua who needed a ride. Discussion on the doggy-drag show was held. Maybe we could build a fenced in area using portable fencing for the dogs. Heather has fencing.
Hands Across NH: A planned event for September regarding No Northern Pass. (September 1st). There was discussion about Northern Pass presented by MA. People need to become more aware of the project before making a commitment to the event. MA will make a link to information on No Northern Pass.
Posting future events-Nashua Patch. For future events, we can post on Nashua Patch. Other media outlets were suggested and discussed.
Next local Occupy Nashua GA will be Tuesday August 7th. We will meet at 6:30 at Thousand Crane.
Update on film series: MA booked the library for “Occupy Nashua film series”
August 16th: Walmart-High Cost of Low Cost
September 4th: Rethink Afghanistan
November 19th: Food Inc.
These minutes submitted by MA O’Connor
A tentative date of April 10th has been worked out for Professor Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School and legal expert on Citizens United, has confirmed he will speak at a UNH event hosted by UNH Students for Peace and Justice Group. Communication between Occupy Nashua, Occupy UNH/Durham have been ongoing to find a date that worked with the busy professor. Occupy NH member Theresa Earle also with Occupy Boston was also helpful in communicating the importance of this event. More details will be forthcoming as event is finalized. Lessig is the author of Republic Lost and has appeared on John Stewart, Stephen Colbert and many more.
Occupy Nashua GA minutes 2/21/2012
Jerry has been in on the phone calls and has been getting information. There is no real planned event in NH. Ben suggested doing a Walmart easter egg information action. Occupy CT is doing an organized event at Pfizer Corp. Some people have interest in attending. Marianne will help get more information out on the organized effort in New England at CT. CT did attend Occupy Primary. Here is the link if you want information: www.facebook.com/events/156112434501340/
This is the Peace and Justice St. Patrick’s Day Parade event in Boston. Sponsors are Veterans for peace and others. Is there an organized event page or sign up for this? David is interested in pursuing this as an action. It was not discussed at the Nashua state wide GA. David holds peace vigils and has received some positive feedback on a recent review on Nashua Patch.
Here is a link to the March 18th St Patricks Parade for peacxewww.facebook.com/events/242916262450591/
Mass. Peace Action: info@MassPeaceAction.org
Veterans for Peace: email@example.com
David also discussed a riveting documentary he saw. He would like to share this link on LT. Col. Davis in a Rolling Stone interview:
May Day, May 1st day of action: It was discussed only minimally, but this action will be discussed at a later date and was tabled for the time being.
Review of Nashua state wide GA:
A number of issues came up during the GA. One issue that leads to discussion is a Constitutional Convention, and whether or not to hold this in NH. There is conflicting and confusing information. There was a suggestion to have an expert (Lawrence Lessig) come in to a NH state wide GA to discuss this. Occupy Nashua believes at this time that more information is needed before agreeing to a recommendation on a Con-Con. Lessig ‘s in-demand resources would be well intended to discuss this issue, but would be valued more in other areas such as in a public -speaking venue. (which we are pursuing.)
Sylvia will review Blue Book on the history and the procedures for this. Questions remain on who gets to go if a con-con is slated. State Secretary Bill Gardner would have info on the NH state Gov web page should have information. This will be reviewed.
The subject appears controversial. There seemed to be some members of ONH wanting to pursue this and other members oppose to it. There is some misinformation and it appears an information gathering mission needs to happen before decisions are made. What we know: A Constitutional Convention is called every 10 years, and the year 2012 is up for this review. There needs to be clarification on who attends or who is invited to attend these meetings. Also, is opening up a constitutional convention by the voting public (first) the way to go about this? Sylvia will look into the blue book and try to answer these clarifying questions. The other option is to look into the NH Government web page under State Secretary Bill Gardner. www.sos.nh.gov/
NH Pride March ll
There has been interest in doing a second Pride march in NH for the summer. There’s a tentative meeting scheduled for March 15th at Element Lounge in Manchester. For more info ask Marianne at
Next meeting: Tuesday Feb 28th at Thousand crane II Nashua 6:30 pm.
Update on Lawrence Lessig in NH
Alex Fried of Occupy UNH and Marianne had been communicating about getting Lawrence to speak in NH. This came up at an earlier Nashua GA. Lessig in a Nationally recognized speaker and practicing law professor at Harvard. He has published several books, the most recent “Republic Lost”. We have established communication with Lessig’s personal assistant and secretary and are working out dates. Theresa Earle has also copied Lessig on an email and the details are being worked out to have Lessig speak at UNH this spring.
“New Hampshire and other states passed laws that punished organizations that provide or refer for abortions by stripping them of money to provide basic health care services. And states around the country are getting in line to do the same this year.
So for those of us who were rightly outraged about the Komen Foundation, and took action and made them pay attention — let’s celebrate that victory. But we can’t stop there. For the sake of women’s health, we must be equally vocal in our opposition to these threats coming at us from all across the nation. We must stay engaged and defeat all of the efforts to put women’s lives and health at risk by punishing organizations that provide abortion related care.” ACLU Blog of Rights
Nashua will be host to the NH Occupy State -wide occupy movement. The date is set for Saturday February 18th at 12:00. Members from Occupy Manchester, Concord and Dover have already expressed interest in coming. Meeting will be held at Unitarian Church on 48 Lowell St., Nashua. Event is free and public is welcome. We will be offering food.Anyone who is willing to make or bring food please contact Marianne at Marianne@occupynashua.org
” The future direction of the country should be too impassioned of a debate to sit idly by and watch from afar. To sit idly by and passively submit to the will of our leaders will, over time, result in a soft tyranny over the people. In a free society we have the chance to form the future of the country and while we may be divided and while we may get angry with one another once in awhile, that is a product of that free society. And it sure as hell beats the alternative.”
Mitt Romney sure would like to make everyone sit down and shut up, and dissenters have these discussions in quiet rooms. (Does that mean prison cells?) He has been trying to divide people with rhetoric about Obama, about Occupy Wall Street. He continues to try and paint Occupy NH as unAmerican, just because we got in his face and asked him tough questions. Tyrannical leaders don’t like to answer tough questions. (Go ahead and ask a member of Congress why they exempted themselves from Obamacare, or the same laws that put Martha Stewart behind bars for insider trading.) They like pre-approved questions and censorship. They don’t like to be harassed with real questions because that makes them have to give complicated answers and usually that exposes them for the frauds they are. “Buildings don’t pay taxes….” We already knew that Mr. Romney, but maybe if you weren’t so out of touch with the rest of America, (and reality), you would know that the 99% includes a huge portion of America. Mainly, 99% of it. Hmmm. I wonder how many of those people didn’t vote for you in South Carolina?
While this hypocrite continues to try and divide the middle class and the poor, we will continue to unite the middle class and the poor so that everyone has a chance to become part of the middle class or better. This country already is divided. The candidates themselves are divided and say many divisive things. I don’t understand how he could possibly think one person asking tougher questions than normal is trying to divide this country. Especially when the questions aren’t even criticizing America. They are criticizing you Mr. Romney.
So once you pull your head out of the clouds and begin to see the world for what it is, then we welcome your comments and feedback. But until that day, you are attributing to the division of America much more than Occupy Wall Street ever could. And even that probably isn’t making much of a dent in the divisions this country has already become accustomed to.