Occupy Detroit Welcomes:
OCCUPY THE MIDWEST REGIONAL GATHERING
We gather this weekend in Detroit – a city whose 20th century history is steeped in capitalism’s avaricious whims and devastating “boom and bust” cycles – to assert our right to peaceably assemble, to express our discontent over the present state of affairs and to share the knowledge and experience of our movement in order to build a new paradigm in the 21st century. As we gather from across the Midwest, we draw on our own lived experiences and upon the unique experience of Detroit’s decades-long struggles and the wisdom of Detroit’s vibrant movement history to confront the continuing struggles of our own time: vast economic inequality, austerity and the privatization of publicly necessary resources, discrimination and social oppression in all its many forms, environmental destruction, political corruption, etc. Realizing that the old systems and ways of thinking that created these problems cannot solve them, we gather to strategize how concepts of democracy, self-determination, education, livelihood, sustainability, social equality and community can all be reimagined and achieved. Our gathering is as much an experiment in practicing such new ways of being as much as it is meant to confront and fight the old ways. This is the challenge of our time that will be met by our passion for working towards a healthy, prosperous, sustainable and fulfilling future.
Helping us build a community ........................... Community and Camp Agreements ................. About Camp Locations .......................................... Legal Support ........................................................... Map of W. Chicago camp ...................................... Map of City of Detroit ............................................ Map of 5900 camp .................................................. Directions between sites........................................ Schedule of Events ................................................. Additional Resources ............................................. Graditutes ..................................................................
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+(/386%8,/'&20081,7< This conference is going on in the middle of two neighborhoods where weâ€™ve been building meaningful relationships as we organize for a better world. Please say hello to people or give them the nod and be good ambassadors of our movement while youâ€™re in town. If you have any questions or concerns each location has a neighborhood liaison/community safety coordinator that can be contacted through the Information table.
ABOUT W. CHICAGO
This Hood of Ours
The purpose of this encampment is to continue helping to reset the agenda for occupations nationwide. The world is changing around all of us. By engaging the citizens of major cities in meaningful occupations such as reclaiming confiscated homes and other property, we strategically focus our movement away from reactionary methods and toward those which are offensive, proactive and practical. In getting the people to take back what rightfully belongs to us (land confiscated and in many times abandoned by government and other agencies), we strengthen this momentous shift in the paradigms of of the people in order to create anew this world for those who would dare sustain it.
5900 Community Center
The storefront space at 5900 Michigan Ave. was originally intended by its owner to become a coffee shop style of venue. However, just before the Occupy movement first came into being, the space was broken into, stripped and vandalized. As the original downtown camp of Occupy Detroit was coming to an end in late /PWFNCFS UIFPXOFSPGUIF TRVBSFGPPUTQBDFPG.JDIJHBO"WFPĂ˛FSFE0DDVQZ%FUSPJUBDDFTTUP the space rent free for a year on the condition that we fix it back up. It has since housed not only Occupy Detroit, but several other groups and activities, strengthening its identity as an "activist center." Over time, a closer relationship with the families and tenants living above the space developed and we also began using the large empty lot next door for outdoor projects. The space has served as a bridge between the local community of which it is a part and Occupy Detroit, and we hope that the Occupy the Midwest Gathering only serves to deepen that relationship!
.12:<2855,*+76 National Lawyerâ€™s Guild - (313) 963-0843 Dealing with Police $BMM%FUSPJU$IBQUFSPGUIF/BUJPOBM-BXZFST(VJMEJGZPVBSFBSSFTUFEPSTUPQQFECZUIFQPMJDF5IFSF will be a designated police liaison at each camp who is responsible for handling any police issues at our main locations and who can be contacted through the Info table at each camp. Anything you say to the police can be used against you and your friends. Whenever the cops ask you anything besides your name and address, itâ€™s safest to say: â€œI am going to remain silent. I want to see a lawyer.â€? The police are then legally required to stop questioning you. They probably wonâ€™t, so just keep repeating it. Say it loud enough for witnesses to hear. Don't wait for the cops to read you your rights. They usually won't. Law enforcement agents are legally allowed to lie, and they're trained to be manipulative. The only thing you should say to them is, â€œI am going to remain silent. I want to see a lawyer.â€? Searches Any time the police try to search you, say: â€œI do not consent to this search.â€? This may not stop them, but it could get evidence thrown out in court later. This is important, because you might have something on you that is technically illegal (like a pocketknife that's too long), or the police might plant evidence on you. However, don't physically resist if police try to search you, because you could get hurt and charged with assault. Any time the police try to search anything connected to you, say: â€œI do not consent to this search.â€? Keep saying it, loudly enough for witnesses to hear. This is true for your body, your car, your house, your garage â€“ anything. It's also true if the cops have a search warrant. There might be a technical problem with the warrant that only comes up later. Physical Safety Keep your hands in view and make no sudden movements. Avoid passing behind police officers nervous cops are dangerous cops. Also, never touch the police or their equipment (vehicles, flashlights, animals, etc.) as it can be the basis of assault charges. Take Notes! Whenever you talk to or observe the police, write down their names, ID #s and physical descriptions. Get as many specific details about the incident as you can. Get names and contact info of any witnesses. Cameras and cell phone are great for observing police, too. For more information, go to www.midnightspecial.net
[Thursday the 23rd of August] 12845 W. Chicago 11am - Registration/ Sign Up (all day) 12:30pm - Lunch (BYO) 1:30pm - Set up 5:30pm - Working Group check-in 6:30pm - Dinner 7:30pm - Schedule Overview & Volunteer check-in 9:00pm - FUN TIME! & Movie Screening 5900 Michigan Ave. 11am - Registration/ Sign Up (all day) 12:00pm - Logistics check-in & space set up 12:30pm - Lunch (BYO) 1:00pm - Visioning Process Check-in 1:30pm - Workshops • Occupy Choir, Hans Barbe (Occupy Detroit) Every skill level welcome. Learn 3 songs for fun and protest with Occupy Detroit’s choir director Hans. Feel free to bring along your own songs to share. • DIY Solar Shower construction - meet at Info table Help rig the camp’s two outdoor showers, hands-on fun! 3:00pm - Project • Banner & Sign Making, with KJ Help prep for Friday’s protest against Fanny Mae and Saturday’s march to end Public Act 4, the Emergency Manager law. 4:00pm - Workshop • Quick 20 min livestream Training - Djara Lo (Occupy Detroit) Learn how to livestream and then help broadcast the conference • Basic first aid for activists - Helen Stockton (Occupy Detroit) 5:30pm - Working Groups 6:30pm - Dinner/Meet & Greet 7:30pm - Schedule Overview & Volunteer check-in 9:00pm - FUN TIME! & Movie Screening
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
[Friday the 24th of August]
12845 W. Chicago 10:00am - Breakfast & Open Registration 10:00am - Camp Morning Circle • Go around - name and home town, schedule review, volunteer needs for the day, updates, Q&A 11:00am - Community Work Projects Kick-off (projects ongoing) • Reclaiming confiscated property • Cobb Oven Construction 12:00pm - Lunch (BYO) 1:00pm - Workshops • Diversity and Sensitivity - Nicole Aikens (City Mission) This is an exploration of what it means to be mindful and sensitive to the backgrounds and needs of those we seek to engage in any movement. • Creative Living and City Survival - Rebecca Fritz (Brightmore camp) Blueprints for sustainable communities, using natural energy, surviving the changing climate, and gathering wild edibles in urban areas in all seasons. • Tarsands - When This Spills it’s a Whole New Monster - John Bolenbaugh In 2010 Endbridge Energy’s pipeline dumped more than 800,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River. Meet the whistleblower who exposed the cover up and learn more about the fight against tar sands. 3:00pm - Workshop • Neighborhood Resilience Circles, Charity Hicks (East Michigan Environmental Action, Black Community Food Security Network, Food Justice Task Force) Resilience Circles are a tool for building supportive communities that are independent of the current system which seek to exploit us. This discussion is intended to inspire the idea of building power among the people. • Demanding a Ban on Fracking - LuAnne Kozma (Michigan Campaign Director, Committee to Ban Fracking) Michigan faces a crisis with frack wells already being permitted and operating up north, and a planned network of frack wells destined to destroy the entire Lower Peninsula. Prepare for an action-oriented session detailing the problems, coming up with action plans and creating props. 3:00pm: ACTION! - Fanny Mae Protest, 477 Michigan Ave., Detroit 48226 • Dual targets of Fannie Mae (foreclosures) and the PA-4 ( Consent Agreement) attacks on rights and on city services and city workers. Join Occupy Detroit, Occupy the Midwest and the 99% as we fight back against the 1%'s attack on our neighborhoods, our jobs, and our cities! 5:00pm - Discussion • Transformative Leadership, Ron Scott -(Peace Zones for Life, Coalition Against Police Brutality) Radical critiques of power are gaining popularity and new concepts are needed for what it means to be a leader. Former Black Panther Ron Scott will discuss [x] 6:00pm - Discussion • Towards a New Self-Governing America - Grace Boggs, (The Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership) World-renowned philosopher, activist & movement elder Grace Lee Boggs will challenge you to go beyond conventional thinking. 6:30pm - School Supply Giveaway !
5900 Michigan Ave. 10:00am - Open Registration & Breakfast 10:00am - Camp Morning Circle • Go around - name and hometown, schedule review, volunteer needs for the day, updates, Q&A 11am - Briefing of Workshops 12:00pm - Workshops • Southwest Detroit Walking Tour -- Dianne Feeley (Occupy Detroit, Solidarity) This short SW Detroit walking tour will discuss the city's industrialization both before and during the rise of the auto industry at the turn of the 20th century. It will focus on the city's 2nd sit down, at Kelsey-Hayes Wheel in December 1936. Less than a week after the employer agreed • “Long Term Strategy in Occupy” - David Olo (Occupy Chicago) Adapting concepts from neuroscience and grassroots DIY projects, A Team of Rivals is going to be putting together a framework that will allow everyone from Occupy to submit, develop, and test ideas to build our long term strategy toward accomplishing various goals. • "Occupy Local Government, Detroit in Crisis" - Free Detroit, No Consent Detroit has a history of austerity. It takes engaging in the conversation to know the circumstances being faced. Come discuss how we can act inside the system and outside. 1:30pm - Lunch (BYO) 2:30pm - Workshops • “Left and Right Wing Populism” - Bryan McCann Populism describes political strategies that proclaim support for “the people” against “elites.” Historically, it has taken on a number of forms and is routinely used by the left and the right. This panel takes stock in this effective, if potentially dangerous, brand of politics by exploring its nature, uses across the political spectrum, and its relevance for the 99%" • “Health and Safety for Activists” - Kat Donnelly What can you do before, during and after an action to stay healthy? Get your questions answered! Learn about health issues faced during demonstrations and Occupy encampments and ways to keep yourself and others emotionally and physically well. • Occupy Slide Show: The Occupy Movement One Year Old - Daymon J. Hartley Photos from the beginning of Occupy Detroit till the present. 3:00pm: ACTION! - Fanny Mae Protest, 477 Michigan Ave., Detroit 48226 • Dual targets of Fannie Mae (foreclosures) and the PA-4 ( Consent Agreement) attacks on rights and on city services and city workers. Join Occupy Detroit, Occupy the Midwest and the 99% as we fight back against the 1%'s attack on our neighborhoods, our jobs, and our cities! 4:30pm - Workshops • Reform and Revolution? - David R. (Detroit), Courtney Biernat (St. Louis) Across the broad spectrum of beliefs, ideologies, and extended communities that comprise Occupy, there are two defining camps that have emerged: those who wish to reform Capitalism, and those who wish to eschew the system altogether. We will be examining the historical question of ‘Reform or Revolution?’. Our goal is to present an information-based workshop incorporating History, Economics, along with current events, in order to facilitate a follow-up discussion. This is an important conversation to be having, as it will direct our focus moving forward and how we plan our actions accordingly.
We’ll be introducing ourselves to the neighborhood by helping meet the basic needs of those we wish to attract. Come volunteer to give away school supplies and socialize with the West Side community. 9:00pm - Outdoor Movie – V for Vendetta •
! Fixing Fossil Fuel
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Fixing Fossil Fuel is a network of groups focusing on fracking, tar sands, coal, water, air, energy solutions, and nuclear waste who seek to build a coalition of communication, collaboration and action. They are focusing on building a database to help groups find each other, and also to strengthen awareness, actions and increase national support for each other.
6:30pm - Neighborhoods or Resistance: A Discussion Panel on the Struggle • A discussion about the foreclosure epidemic and what neighborhoods are doing to fight back. Hear from people who have fought eviction and won, as well as those who are still struggling. We will talk about what we've learned so far from our experiences in fighting foreclosures and where we should go from here. 6:30pm - Dinner 7:30pm - The Role of Banks in the Destruction of Detroit - Jerry Goldberg and Vanessa Fluker (Moritorim Now) • How the foreclosure crisis created Detroit's fiscal deficit and why a moratorium on on municipal debt service and home foreclosures is needed now. Panelists will discuss the role of the banks in the crisis facing the City of Detroit, the role of the taxpayer-owned Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the foreclosure epidemic, and the disproportionate impact of the economic crisis on African Americans. 7:30pm - Regional Report Backs • Participants from out of town and locally will take turns sharing about our work, two recent successes & two questions they’re grappling with. 9:00pm - Outdoor Movie – V for Vendetta
12845 W. Chicago 10am - Breakfast 10:00am - Camp Morning Circle • Go around - name and home town, schedule review, volunteer needs for the day, updates, Q&A 10:30am - Reclaimed Houses Work Projects 12:00pm – ACTION! - March & Demonstration - Repeal Public Act 4! -Peace Zones for Life!, McGregor Library, 12244 Woodward Ave, Highland Park 48203 • Public Act 4, the Michigan Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act (PA 4 of 2011), fundamentally threatens democracy and our local rights because it is an unprecedented power grab, giving unelected Emergency Managers power over elected city officials. The urban peace movement seeks to lower the incidents of gun and other forms of violence in America through public policy and cultural change. 1:00pm - Eviction Defense Panel • A discussion about the foreclosure epidemic and what neighborhoods are doing to fight back. We will talk about what we've learned so far from our experiences in fighting foreclosures and where we should go from here. 4:00pm - Workshops • Reclaiming Abandoned Houses - Maureen Taylor (Michigan Welfare Rights Organization) Maureen Taylor is a leader in the campaign for equal economic rights and the necessary steps for reclaiming and securing property confiscated by banks and governments agencies. The intent is to put the people on the offense. • Hub Technology, Cell Technology and Connectivity - Andrea Ciannavei (Interoccupy) We at InterOccupy seek to foster communication between individuals, Working Groups and local General Assemblies, across the movement. We do this in the spirit of the Occupy Movement and general assemblies, which use direct democratic and horizontal decisionmaking processes in service to the interests of the 99%. 9:00pm - Party & Fun-raiser, Live Music - Nancy Whiskey, 2644 Harrison St, Detroit 48216 5900 Michigan Ave. 10:00am - Breakfast 10:00am - Camp Morning Circle • Go around - name and home town, schedule review, volunteer needs for the day, updates, Q&A 11:00am - Departure for Occupy Detroit/NAACP/Rainbow PUSH March 12:00pm – ACTION! - March & Demonstration - Repeal Public Act 4! -Peace Zones for Life! McGregor Library, 12244 Woodward Ave, Highland Park 48203 • Public Act 4, the Michigan Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act (PA 4 of 2011), fundamentally threatens democracy and our local rights. It’s an unprecedented power grab, giving unelected Emergency Managers power over elected city officials. The urban peace movement seeks to lower the incidents of gun and other forms of violence in America through public policy and cultural change. 5:00pm - Workshops • One-on-Ones & Building Organizations from the Bottom Up - Bradley Ross (Occupy Cleveland/Cleveland Solidarity Network). • Learn how to conduct effective one-on-ones to help bring people into the cause and foster relationships in the community. Use a 5 step method to get people involved and keep them
[Saturday the 25th of August]
interested. Commonly used tools of organizers that have a track record of building wellfunctioning organizations and good communities. • Communist Manifesto and the "Occupy" movement of 1848 - Chris Ringdal (International Socialist Organization) The Communist Manifesto is the world's second most published book, after only the Bible. Since it was first written in 1848, the Manifesto has been translated into more language than any other text.It has been banned, censored, burned, and declared dead.In 1848 it was alive.Chris explains why it still is today. • Fighting to Win: Drawing Lessons And Conclusions From Occupy's Victories and Defeats BAMN: By Any Means Necessary Serious, frank, and critical discussions of the experiences of the Occupy movement. For those not merely satisfied with just merely being on the right side of history, and who reject the notion that movements for progress are guaranteed to lose this workshop is for you! 6:30pm - Dinner by IWW Solidarity Kitchen 7:00pm - The End of Democracy? - Panel Discussion on Public Act 4 • From Madison to Michigan the assault on democracy continues. Public Act 4 (PA-4), the Emergency Manager law, allows the governor to declare a local government or school district in “financial distress” and appoint an Emergency Manager to take control, which has thus far only happened in majority African-American cities. Emergency Managers are unelected bureaucrats who are unaccountable to local taxpayers and have unchecked, unprecedented power. This November voters will decide whether PA-4 becomes the law of the land by referendum, and we need your help to defend our rights! 8:30pm - Working Group Meetings 9:00pm - Party & Fun-raiser, Live Music - Nancy Whiskey, 2644 Harrison St, Detroit 48216
10:00am – From Growing Our Economy to Growing Our Souls Tour. Meet at the Bogg Center, 3061 Field st. Detroit, MI 48214 • Another World is Possible and Another US is Necessary, we say Another Detroit is Happening! or From the Industrial-Automotive Age of the 20th century to the Detroit’s 21 Century’s Breath of Hope. Viewing the Packard Plant, Pole Town, Earth Works Urban Farm or Freedom Freedom Gardens and the Hope District 12845 W. Chicago 10am - Breakfast 10:00am - Camp Morning Circle • Go around - name and hometown, schedule review, volunteer needs for the day, updates, Q&A 11:00am - History of Black Detroit - General Baker (Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement), Darryl “Waisteline” Mitchell (Leauge of Revolutionaries for a New America, League of Black Revolutionary Workers) • In 1968, at the height of the automotive industry’s power, DRUM led a wildcat strike that caught fire among African-American auto workers. Join movement veterans General Baker and Darryl “Waisteline” Mitchell as they discuss the history of Black Detroit. 12:00pm – ACTION! - Chalk Walk 12:30pm - Lunch by IWW Solidarity Kitchen 1:00pm - Race and Accountability in Social Movements - Charity Hicks (EMEAC), Jimmy Johnson (Negedneshek), Lila Cabbil (Rosa Parks Center) • The Occupy movement has brought an influx of new people into the struggle for social justice and with them the opportunity to grapple with personal accountability and dismantling America’s structural racism. 2:30pm - Closing • Discuss One Year Anniversary of Occupy - Sept 17th • Next Steps 5900 Michigan Ave. 10:00am - Breakfast 10:00am - Camp Morning Circle • Go around - name and hometown, schedule review, volunteer needs for the day, updates, Q&A 11:00am - Workshops • "Starving for Democracy: The Colombia-GM Hunger Strike and Its Relevance for US Workers" - Kevin Young, Dianne Feeley. This panel will examine the ongoing hunger strike of fired GM workers in Bogota, Colombia, that started August 1st. Many of the workers have sewn their mouths shut to demand that GM compensate them for the injuries and illnesses they suffered in the company's Colombia plant. The presentations will also explore the connections between the struggle for workers' rights in Colombia and here in the United States. • The Occupied Times of London - Mike D. (Occupy the London Stock Exchange, Occupied Times of London) The Occupied Times of London is a newspaper started on the steps of St. Paul’s cathedral. We do a monthly print run of 2,000 copies. Come learn about what it takes to make that happen. 1:00pm - Lunch by IWW Solidarity Kitchen 2:00pm - Leave for Closing at W. Chicago camp 4:00pm - Post-conference Soccer Game!
[Sunday the 26 ]
Detroit Bus Information For specific times, alternate routes or help planning a trip call General Information (313) 933-1300 or (888) DDOT-BUS (336-8287) or ask at Info table for assistance. Detroit Metrolift Service (ADA paratransit Service) (313) 993-1300 TDD/TTY Hearing Impaired Schedule Information (313)834-3434 Rosa Parks Transit Center is the central downtown bus terminal and transfer point. Taxis Yellow Cab (313) 961-3333 Motown Cab (313) 838-9775 Further resources on Detroit: Detroit City of Hope - http://www.dcoh.org Detroit: Breath of Hope - http://www.flypmedia.com/content/breath-hope Critical Moment - free vounteer run community newspaper http://critical-moment.org/
On Occupy: InterOccupy - Connect. Collaborate. Organize. - http://interoccupy.net/newswire/ Occupy Together - http://occupytogether.org/ Occupy Research - an open, shared space for distributed research focused around the Occupy Movement. - http://www.occupyresearch.net/
Marni Mix for translating, the IWW Solidarity Kitchen, the union men and women and others who have donated their labor to the 5900 space, the neighbors and tenants above 5900, the neighbors of the W. Chicago camp, Marc Hesse and family, Gigante Grocery Store, the Occupy the Midwest participants, web and facebook admins, This Hood of Ours, The Boggs Center, the people of Detroit and the surrounding area who supported and participated in the occupy camp at Grand Circus Park, Wayne County Green Party, Central United Methodist Church, Michigan 8FMGBSF3JHIUT 6"8-PDBM "'4$.&-PDBM UIF/BUJPOBM Lawyers Guild, Constitutional Litigation Associates and all our brothers and sisters in the movement for social change.
Information: General info Call: 313-747-2155 email: email@example.com 24/7 contact # for West Chicago camp: Pooh - 248-747-2921 8am-midnight contact for 5900: Jessica - 313-287-538
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