Occupy Delaware GA
Meeting start: 1917 hrs
10-MINUTE DISCUSSION TOPIC
1) Republican convention
2) Where we’re going to meet next, when they start renovating Spencer Plaza
2) Last Wednesday we scouted HB duPont Park. Why not Freedom Plaza or out front of the City-COunty building? It’s close, and there’s still parking.
For a colder weather spot, duPont’s sunken down, has lights. Has restaurants and parking around. Right in front of the WSFS. Has a fountain, which may be noisy. But there are different levels, and it’s visible to passersby.
At Freedom Plaza, it’s hidden by vegetation. We could put up a sign. Little tents.
Could Occupy the Hood help? We haven’t seen or heard from them.
When’s Rodney Square’s renovation going to be done? 2013, in phases. The grass area is available so we could meet there. It’s very loud because of the buses, but it’s very visible and there’s tons of activity there all the time.
Fletcher Brown park, state property, is very nice, but isolated.
We had the idea of taking the GA on the road, say one day a month, for outreach. We really need to have a sign to put up at the meetings.
Can’t really see people sitting around on the grass at Rodney Square, but you can see tents!
We could, with practice, set the command tent up fast for bad weather. It’d be cozy. It could be used as a .
8th and Washington, where Connections was, is available, for bad weather. The old church.
New Castle County libraries are very restrictive about who uses their rooms and when.
We should choose an outdoor location, since we’ve been talking about it for 3 weeks.
Freedom Plaza has a better name. It’s in Their face. But they’re not there when the meetings are on.
duPont or Freedom.
Can the people who voted for duPont live with Freedom? Yes. And we can always change. So when Spencer Plaza is shut down we’ll be meeting in Freedom Plaza, across the street.
Last Saturday we were with Sierra Club and EQAT in Newark for a Move-Your-Money action against PNC, which supports mountaintop removal and is the campus bank for UD. Educational and asking people to choose local banks and credit unions. Pretty successful, also people asked about what’s wrong with PNC. Some people already don’t bank with PNC because of issues with the bank. Some people’s minds were changed! We made connections with EQAT, and they want to put together larger protests, we could get traction on, just like the BoA service fee charge. So we’ll work with EQAT going forward.
Today’s Wilmington rally at Delaware Ave and I-95 was very successful. We handed out leaflets. We got no middle fingers today! and we met new people.
Bus potentially going to #S17? There is a bus, Theresa Dawn, from Dover, not a bus, but a caravan they’re coordinating. FB page? Places to stay? Banksleeps? With the security it’s not likely people will be sleeping on sidewalks. They’re visually tracking everybody. http://s17nyc.org/support/join-us-in-nyc/
There will be a lot of people there. For those who don’t go to NY we should have something here in Delaware. That’s a must.
Labor Day Parade, Sept 3, meet at 9:30 at 16th and King to march in the parade. We’ll have signs and drones. It’s a Labor Day Parade, AFL-CIO theme is Jobs Again and Again. Bring a pot to bang! Anticapitalista!
On Sep. 8th, there’s a bank action…meet at the Wells Fargo, Route 13 near Pep Boys. 10 AM. Bring materials for signs.
We’ll go to the Delaware Pridefest after (Sep 8). GPDE will be there with a table.
Friday, Sep. 21 noon veggie/fruit giveaway, donations 2400 Broom the day before. We have pamphlets to hand out, we have a cart. We need volunteers, so please come to the front of the library, 10th and King.
Coalition building with environmental organizations, Sep 20, 21, Shale Gas Outrage 2012 Stop Fracking Rally, Broad and Arch in Philadelphia, shalegasoutrage.org. protectingourwaters.com. WiT will participate, it’d be great for ODE to participate also!
Wilmington in Transition meeting, 1304 N. Rodney St., 7 pm, Sep. 4. Saturday. Everyone welcome! Speaker about Time Banking.
Silverside Church, Silverside Rd, north Wilmington, doing a Green Fair. This year’s focus is sustainable food. Mike McGrath (WHYY Always the Garden) 10 am to 2 pm, Sep. 15. The church with the solar panels, 2800 Silverside Rd. Get herb starts from WiT there, for your winter window garden!
Labor Day Parade, see above, ODE will be there in force!
We talked to Bill Montgomery, what his position is on Occupy. He said he disagreed with the mayor, and he wants to get along harmoniously with Occupy. He’s against bankster greed and he sees no problem with Occupy during his administration.
Idea, Occupy could put together a statewide candidate debate at a church in the city to focus on issues that aren’t getting discussed. After the primaries. Have 3 debates sponsored by ODE. We’d get Republican challengers, and Libertarians, and Greens, we could get a good turnout. We’d need a venue. Statewide candidates don’t care about the city.
Loretta Walsh needs help! She’s reached out to us! She paid for our porta-potties for 9 months. She needs people to drop literature off door-to-door. Meet at 10 am at her house. She needs greeters and checkers for election day. This Saturday, Sep. 1. See Jen.
Pick up a lawn sign for Andy Groff.
Meeting adjourned: 2032 hr