Hey, it’s that time of year again! Occupy is getting the band back together for their annual gathering! Last year, it was in Philadelphia. This year it’s in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Gosh, I wonder if they’ll have that fun kids game again — Pin the molotov on the cop car!
The schedule of events, or “pamphbook” as they call it, has a welcome letter written by “Nata Gatachua”, who is the “welcome bird” to NatGat. There will be yoga, drumming, contintental breakfast, endless teach-ins and a parade. Oh and the ‘mostly peaceful’ occupiers will be holding a ‘Peace Vigil’ too. Some highlights is a workshop with Jill Stein and that horrid Velcrow Ripper occupy movie. Make sure you read the OWS Community agreement starting on page ten and hit the “prayer”, which begins:
Git Gitchi Manido, Mishkawa Bineshi Kwe nandisnikaz, Nimki Dodem, Aiinishnabekew Odawa, Hanover, New Hampshire Donjabaa.
Gitchi Manido, Great Spirit, Whose voice we hear in the stronger, more frequent wind storms, and whose breath gives life to all beings on Mother Earth, hear our prayers.
Oh and under venues, there is a single, apropo entry:
Port-a-Potties are located in the grass by the dumpsters outside the west side of the Wesley Peace Center; 1 of the 3 is ADA-compliant.
Of local interest, the agenda includes Occupy Raleigh making a ‘declaration of independence‘ insisting they aren’t the Democrat Tea Party and that at the end says, “However, they must do so knowing this: Your voice will be just as loud as any other voice. We are led by no one. You cannot co-opt We The People.”
I nearly choked laughing. They claim autonomy yet are buddy-buddy with the Democrat and Leftist hack political agitators groups in NC like BluePrint NC and NC NAACP. Heck, their occupy movement is embedded in Moral Monday. Moral Monday is turning out to be a puppet show of the usual Lefty groups in NC, of which the Unions fomenting fast food worker protests and also ALEC protests, are now using to leverage a national Moral Monday campaign. Occupy is being used/co-opted again; to what extent they are self-aware of that, who knows.
MORE ON NATGAT K-ZOO
From Occupy Wall Street:
WHAT: the Occupy Wall Street (Inter) National Gathering: decolonize the 99%. It’s the second annual gathering of the Occupy movement and allies—the first was in Philadelphia June 30 to July 5, 2012. We promise a full-bodied 5-day event with emphasis on the colonization of this country by corporations—an important public event with creative activism, parades, and, most importantly, the People being heard. NatGat2 is a place for the movement of affinity to regroup, debrief, and regain strength after the brutal crack-downs on the encampments in 2011 and targeted legislative repression and unprecedented spying by NSA on US persons.
WHEN: August 21-25, 2013
WHY: A fundamental right, essential to a representative government, is the right to peacefully gather to petition the government for redress of grievances. We activists are still working for a better world. Dozens of active Occupys and allies have endorsed and will be sending representatives. Hundreds of Occupys all over the United States and from around the globe—e.g. Occupy San Francisco to Occupy Sandy to Occupy Sydney, Australia—will gather in solidarity and share strategies to strengthen the global network that was born in Zuccotti Park on September 17, 2011.
WHERE: The City of Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. Where will they sleep? Sleepful Protests in Public Spaces is our custom; it is legal in Kalamazoo. However, there are other options. The Lamplighter Inn in Comstock on the border of Kalamazoo will be our #1 site in the evenings. (They say it’s haunted!)
*UPDATE: The Venue for the Natational gathering has changed. Most activities will now take place at the Kalamazoo Peace Center at the Wesley Foundation, 2101 Wilbur St.
WHAT will be accomplished? NatGat strives to be decisive, each day will end with a General Assembly on the subject of the day, then a draft, will be turned over to writers to turn into art to be posted and published shortly after.
Only complete (r)evolution will do,
List of hyperlinks
Main website http://interoccupy.net/natgat2/
*What is decolonization? What is Decolonization and why does it matter
YouTube Teaser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfMwe36wJec
View LL1885’s Past Occupy Articles here.