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Occupy NatGat 2 has ended…Report coming soon….

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NatGat2 has ended….what a great event it was! More info coming soon.

NatGat2  was held from August 21-25th. The event was amazing with world class presentations and non stop connection and conversation with engaged activists.

Daily Schedule/Themes

LOCAL was the theme for Wednesday, August 21st. Activities planned include a 24 hour encampment of Bronson Park, the Parade of the People, Deep Democracy Training for Trainer, Parade art and presentation training by the Backbone Campaign, Dinner, Welcome, Drumming and more!

GLOBAL MEETING & MEDIA were the  themes for Thursday, August 22nd. Direct action/sleepful protest at office of local congressman, Global Conversation on mumble systems, presentations on independent and social media, Occucards, Overpass Light Brigade training, fighting foreclosures with Occupy Homes, and Women of Occupy GA.

CLEAN EARTH/ENVIRONMENT was the theme for Friday, August 23rd. All actions and trainings will reflect the historic Martin Luther King “I have a dream speech”, in solidarity with the 5oth anniversary of the March on Washington. Activities will include Overpass Light Brigade Event, MiCats action, many presentations on issues of tar sands and fracking, justice in Bhopal and more.

CLASS, EQUALITY AND ECONOMY were the themes for Saturday, August 24th. Activities wil include presentations on Abolishing Corporate Pershonhood/Move to Amend with David Cobb, War on Drugs, Prison Industrial Complex, Poverty, Campaign to Stop the TPP, public banking, cooperatives, time banks, participatory budgeting and more!

PEACE was theme for Sunday, August 25th. Let’s make that the theme for every day!! Activities being coordinated by KNOW Kalamazoo Non-Violent Opponents of War.

Thank You Occupy Supply!

As it did for the first National Gathering, Occupy Supply  sent supplies to help at NatGat2. Occupy Supply, a volunteer project of the Firedoglake members, uses donations to send high quality union made/USA made products to Occupy groups across the country. Occupy Supply donates supplies for various needs, from helping encampments with winter supplies, to keeping activists hydrated, and sending supplies to Occupy Sandy volunteers to combat mold. Thank you Occupy Supply! Read the rest of this entry →

Occupy NatGat 2 is coming soon…August 21-25th in Kalamazoo, Michigan

12:19 pm in Uncategorized by firedancer

 

The second annual Occupy National Gathering (NatGat 2) will be held in Kalamazoo, Michigan, August 21-25th. Here are a few FAQs about this upcoming event.

What is the actual name of this event?

The Occupy Wall Street (Inter) National Gathering: Decolonize the 99%

It is recognized that even the name “Occupy” is controversial. The planning group chose the name for this gathering, after much discussion, and gives this explanation: “we recognize that America was occupied by colonizers and the struggle for liberation from colonization continues.  We believe that it is time to figure out how to work together against “the 1%”—those unreconstructed corporatists who refuse to acknowledge the harm that has been done to the Earth and her residents, and that is ongoing. To that end, we came to consensus on a new name for our event:  the Occupy Wall Street (Inter) National Gathering: Decolonize the  99%.  This name recognizes our roots with Occupy Wall Street as well as acknowledges the injustice the United States’ forbears brought to this continent and our solidarity with decolonization.”

Why Kalamazoo, Michigan?

Occupy Kalamazoo is hosting this gathering. Kalamazoo has become more well known since the Tar Sands spill of 2010. This environmental tragedy is still not remediated. Michigan too is struggling with many issues that impact the 99% from union busting/right to work laws, emergency managers, and most recently Detroit’s bankruptcy.

What are the themes/focus of this gathering?

Promising 5 days of Peace, Love and Democracy, the focus of the Occupy National Gathering will be “leadership building and people-powered training, education, and actions, to empower people with trainings to take back to their community and spread positive and effective change in their communities.  There is emphasis on Local struggle and how all our struggles connect on a global level.”

Daily themes include: August 21-Local, August 22-Global Meeting and Media, August 23-Clean Earth, August 24-Class, Equality, Economy and August 25-Peace!

For more information on this gathering follow links to website and Facebook. View “teaser” video here.

Hope to see you there!