- Next GA at Rochambeau Library at 1pm with the Coalition at 2pm.
- Riseup has ironed out problems with Yahoo so we’ll be moving the listserve to Riseup.
- The “Restore the 4th action on the 3rd went well with about 8 people with much honking of support with pictures posted to Facebook. Good banners by Chris L.
- The peace vigils in Fall River and Warren are said to have gone well also. Occupy Fall River had info on how much war cost Fall River and Mass.
- Mayra’s proposal to do tabling in Kennedy Plaza is endorsed with the days of events TBA. Hope St. at Blackstone to be considered for thoughts, given the Farmer’s Market Saturday afternoon. Mayra suggests: “There’s a beer garden from 4:30 – 7:30pm with music from 5:30PM – 7pm. on Thursdays @ the People’s Park and the farmer’s market is from 3-6 on Tuesdays. We could speak with the folks in the Plaza and all the folks attending these other events in downtown.”Are people available, which possible days/times and other suggestions?
6 OP members in attendance. 2 members of Occupy Boston and 1 of Occupy Atlanta (3 more OP members came late)
- Robert Malin is planning a video chronicling OP’s history especially as he saw it through his eyes. Lia will help him gather photos and videos and interviews. Robert is interested in getting in touch with Dave who took a lot of video. We discussed Taveras’ role and the upcoming gubernatorial election.
- We were unanimous about a feeling of wanting to be for causes rather than against. We are planning peace actions during the summer and fall. We discussed various focuses and goals including advocating peaceful solutions in the middle east, demanding peace education, and legislation.
- Various locations and dates for the summer action were proposed. We settled on early August but no exact date yet. There are a couple of parks in Providence that would be suitable. Children and different health and healing ideas will be a part of the action.
- The fall action will be in South County on September 21st. A coalition of groups will be involved. (Comment added by Peter: also mark September 20th and 21st on your calendar to Demand Action on Climate Change in NYC.)
- Inventory is finished.
- We discussed having at least one of us but maybe more at every possible candidate’s forum or similar event during the upcoming election season. Peter will be on the lookout for these opportunities and keep us informed. (and added: “He’ll need all the help he can get.”)
- Next meeting at the People’s Park next Saturday? The UUs will be in town full force, their big yearly gathering in in Providence this year.
- Thursday at 11:30 AM is the rally for fair wages at the Renaissance Hotel
Property is theft! The French anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon said it in 1840, but we seem to have forgotten. Well, here we have, John Hazen White, celebrated entrepreneur and “do-gooder,” one of those entitled rich boys doing us the favor of reminding us how this all works: Property is not only theft, it’s also a mighty weapon of mass extortion:
Wipe it [the estate tax] out totally or get it competitive. Because I will tell you as I sit here today as a private business owner, if that isn’t repealed or tremendously modified, I will have to move out of this state.
Listen up, Johnie and all of you entitled rich, why don’t you all move out of State? Be our guest — good riddance! We, the People of Rhode Island, are fed up with your entitlement issues and your extortion.
This, dear Johnie, is how we’ll be competitive, while we celebrate the departure of your destructive, capitalist ideology. We’ll take over your precious little private business &mdahs; yes, we can— and we’ll give it to the folks who do the actual work.
Johnie, do you really think that the workers want to be wage slaves in your little, medieval fiefdom? Of course not! They will run the place just fine and take good care of it They’ll be good citizens who won’t indulge in your smug blackmail.
And you know what, Johnie, those workers will be our fellow Rhode Islanders and our neighbors. They will live here among us with their families and friends. They will cherish our communities. Why would they want to move out of state? No, they won’t! And you know what, Johnie, they will provide stability to the state and they will take care of the environment. They won’t do what you, Johnie and vampire squid class do habitually: destroy Mother Earth in one place and then move on the greener pastures elsewhere.
Okay, Johnie, why don’t you move on and go tell your entitled rich friends what our business plan is. See ya!
Providence, May 29, 2014
Linc Chafee — as always a staunch defender of the rights of the 1%, last rites of the People and the received wisdom of privatizing profit and socializing risk — has included $12.5 million in the budget to pay off the debt.
We see this as another scam of the 1 percent versus the 99 percent, similar to the ’08 bailout of the Wall Street banks.
Mayday, Mayday, Mayday! Planet Earth has been hijacked by capitalism run wild. The 1% are working relentlessly on a global, clandestine project with code name Climate Chaos Now!
What is left but love and compassion in this world where debt and borders have been exposed as ploys to maintain poverty, this most vicious form of violence? What is left but solidarity in this world where patents and intellectual property right are nothing but murder weapons that leave no finger prints?
Millions and millions of workers around the world today are demanding fair and just wages for the working class!
This year’s May Day march started at Burger King on Broad Street in Providence in solidarity with fast-food workers, who in big numbers across country are getting organized to take the edge off the wage slavery under which they are toiling.
The march stopped at the Hilton and Renaissance hotels, where the movement to get organized is reaching gale-force strength. Both hotels are run by Procaccianti Group of Greed which has been cited several times by OSHA and the National Labor Relations Board for unsafe work conditions and “multiple acts of interfering with, restraining and coercing employee organizing rights.” For more details look here.
Other majors issues driving the march were:
- Just Cause, regulations that
expand tenants’ rights and stem the tide of homelessness and blight in working-class communities of color. Advancing Just Cause and other tenant protections in multiple states and municipalities across the country, is a major component of Right to the City’s Homes For All campaign.
- Stop ICE holds. Here is a the case of Antonio to illustrate what is at stake:
Antonio was taken into custody on two charges of driving on an expired license, and has a minor record from nearly a decade ago. He also has two charges of driving without a license. Immigration is interested in Antonio because in 2010, he traveled to Mexico to be with his family after his sister passed away. On his way back to the United States, he was stopped at the border and deported. Since he has been back, Antonio has lived a peaceful and productive life, working as a laborer and putting down roots in his community.
The following is the first part of a letter you might want to send to RI Governor Linc Chafee:
I am writing to urge you to take action against the honoring of immigration detainers in Rhode Island, a policy and practice that has had a disastrous effect on our state. Immigration detainers, also known as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holds leads to separation of families, fosters fear and distrust of law enforcement within immigrant communities, and has needlessly cost the state tax-payer money.
For the rest of this letter look here.
Check the Occupy Providence calendar for more events. See you there!