Wednesday, July 31st Occupy Corvallis Reading Group

The reading group will be meeting at 6 PM on Wednesday, July 31, in our regular and accustomed place (Hovland 104, OSU campus). Once again, if for some reason we can’t gain entrance, after we gather, we’ll walk a short distance together to another meeting spot on campus.

Here’s are two PDFs for our next readings, “Cultural Geography and Place-Based Problem Solving,” and “The Enabling City: Place-Based Creative Probelm-Solving and the Power of the Everyday.”  Here’ a suggestion to read the first one (“Cultural Geography”) if you can only read one. The second reading (“Enabling Cities”) provides a wealth concrete proposals and examples, and would be interesting to read in conjunction with the first, if you have time.

We shared some organizing stories last time we met, and hopefully these readings give us yet another interesting perspective from which to think about how to change the world, one place at a time. If for some reason you can’t open the PDF, google the titles of the articles, and they will take you to the download pages.

We use the readings as a springboard for wide-ranging discussion. If you have never joined us on a Wednesday evening, but think this set of readings might draw you, don’t hesitate! Everyone is welcome.

 
Cultural Geography and Place-Based Problem Solving

 

the_enabling_city

 

If you are traveling by car, there is free parking directly behind Hovland. http://oregonstate.edu/campusmap/?zoom=16&type=normal&centerlat=44.5664405984039&centerlng=-123.28127861022949&layers=1%2C&locations=820

 

Climate Action on the Columbia July 27th

It’s time to stand up to the big oil, gas and coal companies.  Plans have been underway to turn Oregon and Washington into a dirty fossil fuels export corridor.  Join 350.org and Portland Rising Tide on Saturday July 27th to say no!  Workshops and speakers will start off the events at 10am at Vancouver Landing on the Washington side of the Columbia River, followed by a mass protest both by boaters on the water and others on the shore and the I-5 bridge.

Coming from Corvallis?
Groups going up from Corvallis include a biodiesel powered school bus (if we get enough takers) and a bike brigade.  The bus leaves at 7:45am and returns around 7pm.  The bike group leaves Friday morning and returns Sunday.
If you are interested in joining either group visit 350corvallis.org

Wednesday, July 17th Occupy Corvallis Reading Group

We’re meeting at 6 PM on Wednesday in our regular and accustomed place (Hovland 104, OSU campus). If for some reason we can’t gain entrance, after we gather, we’ll walk a short distance together to other potential meeting spots on campus.

At the last Occupy reading group we decided to read about non-violent communication, though we didn’t decide on a reading. I looked at a number of articles on-line, but many of them were focused on individual, parenting, or couples communication, and I was looking for something that would place non-violent communication in the context of organizing. I never found one with that particular focus, so I’m suggesting we read two articles that, read together, might  take us in that direction.

The first reading is “The Bridge Just Beyond: Constructing Communications for Change”

http://thepraxisproject.org/bridge-just-beyond-constructing-communications-change

Our second reading is the Wikipedia article about non-violent communication:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonviolent_Communication

Let’s rub these two together and see what we can spark.

Wednesday, July 3rd Occupy Reading Group

Hi all,

Last time we met we agreed on the following as readings for our Wednesday, July 3 gathering (6 PM, Hovland 104). The first is a short poem, a kind of ‘declaration of interdependence’ (I proposed because of the proximity of July 4).  The conversation between Angela Davis and Grace Lee Boggs was suggested by Joseph.  Lisa suggested the short interview with former Black Panther, community organizer, and current political prisoner  Russell Maroon Shoatz. Here they all are:

“For All” – short ‘Declaration of Interdependence’ poem by Gary Snyder

http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/s_z/snyder/onlinepoems.htm
 

“On Revolution: A Conversation Between Grace Lee Boggs and Angela Davis”

http://www.radioproject.org/2012/02/grace-lee-boggs-berkeley/

“On Democracy, Matriarchy, Occupy Wall Street, and Food Security” An Interview with former Black Panther and current political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz

http://russellmaroonshoats.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/an-interview-with-russell-maroon-shoats-on-democracy-matriarchy-occupy-wall-street-and-food-security/

Looking forward to this conversation!  See you soon –

Tuesday, June 25th Occupy Corvallis General Assembly

GENERAL ASSEMBLY 6 PM, TUESDAY, June 25,
101 NW 23RD (23RD & MONROE), CORVALLIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come on out and join us for our regular bi-monthly GA.  Here’s what’s currently on our collective agenda:

Corvallis 4th of July parade:  We are invited to help create some engaging street theater, and literally take to the streets on July 4th to spice up the parade with some lively social movement expression!

Summer Solidarity Potluck and Gathering:  We need to decide on our venue and make plans for getting the word out to our extended activist network.  Time to take our energy outside for some summer communing.

Left Bank at the farmers’ market:  Our first farmers’ market foray was great fun. Good energy and lots of random interactions with the Community Library and the Radical Listening Project.  Looking forward to our next market ‘occupation’.

Houseless issues in and around Corvallis – At our last meeting, Occupy Corvallis consensed on supporting a city-wide call to confront the lack of ‘legitimate’ camping zones for houseless residents in our community.  Where do we go from here?

We had ten people at our last meeting and the energy was high.  Let’s keep it going!

 

 

 

READING GROUP MEETS WEDNESDAY JUNE 19

How should an economy, and work itself, be structured in a just and liberatory society? Is there even a place for “work” in such a society, or should we re-imagine and re-think that category of human activity? The Occupy Reading Group will be discussing Participatory Economics (known as “Parecon”), based on proposals developed by Michael Albert and others. There are a number of sources through which you can learn about Parecon – if you google it, you’ll find numerous sites, You Tube presentations, etc. Here’s a selection, including a “worker’s critique” of Parecon. Also included is a link to an article that discusses the value – or lack thereof – of the Left coming up with programmatic proposals for the future.  Read what you can, or what interests you, from the selection, and then join us at 6 PM on Wednesday, June 19, in Hovland 104 on the OSU campus (directions below) for a rousing conversation!

Wikipedia: Participatory Economics (Parecon)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Participatory_economics

Short summary of Parecon by Michael Albert:
http://pareconfinland.blogspot.com/2012/01/michael-albert-osallisuustalous.html

Critique from the Left: “A Worker’s Critique of Parecon”:
http://libcom.org/blog/workers-critique-parecon-11042012

Then there’s this link, to an article that addresses the more general question about the value (or lack thereof) of outlining programs for the future:
http://jacobinmag.com/2012/12/the-red-and-the-black/

If you have the time and interest, here’s a video of Michael Albert (it’s over 2 hours long):
Long video intro to Parecon by Michael Albert:
http://www.zcommunications.org/alternative-economy-cultures-documentations-by-michael-albert

Again, we meet this Wednesday, June 19th, at 6 PM, in Hovland 104 on the OSU campus. If you are traveling by car, there is free parking directly behind Hovland. http://oregonstate.edu/campusmap/?zoom=16&type=normal&centerlat=44.5664405984039&centerlng=-123.28127861022949&layers=1%2C&locations=820

We use the readings as a springboard for wide-ranging discussion. If you have never joined us on a Wednesday evening, but think this set of readings might draw you, don’t hesitate! Everyone is welcome.

Hope to see you there. . .

 

Tuesday, June 11th Occupy General Assembly!

 

 

 

 

Our next GA is tomorrow evening.  Here’s what’s on our current agenda:

Organizing for a “left bank” activist space at the Saturday farmers’ markets: The Corvallis Community Library and the Radical Listening Ear have shared market space before with the intent to encourage random social interactions where a mutual sharing of resources, stories and ideas (creative organizing) can take place.  We are planning for this coming Saturday market (9:00 am – 1:00 pm) and are hoping to mobilize a few groups to join in and create a liberated social zone.  Mark your calendars!

Summer Occupy Solidarity Potluck:  We need to set a time, date, and location for our next coalition gathering.  Remember, we committed to hosting quarterly coalition gatherings.  At our last gathering, the theme was “creative organizing tactics.”  Do we want to highlight a theme for this event?

Summer GA’s:  Do we want to hold meetings outside during our warm season?

Occupied Phone Booth:  I am pasting Jezebel’s recent message from 6/2 here: I’ve had this idea for a while to occupy the old phone booth on 2nd across from the majestic theatre.  I have a small bench , a makeshift bookshelf, and a couple decorative items.  I just need to get some books from the occupy library and whatever else people would like to contribute.  Some items that were discussed are seed packets, art, poetry.  I will make a sign that says “occupied” or maybe “occupy your mind”, and “take a book or leave a book”.  We will start out with a small selection of books to see what happens.  

Calling on all interested folk to come out tomorrow and collectively conjure some transformational energies!  What do you see as important for Occupy Corvallis to focus on over the upcoming months?  Hope to see you there!

***If anyone was able to participate in the Rural Organizing Project’s Caucus this last weekend, please consider sharing your experience and updating us on current happenings.

 

Wednesday, June 5 Occupy Corvallis Reading Group

This week we will be discussing the second half (from p. 85 to conclusion) of the book, Anti-Capitalism by Ezequiel Adamovsky and the United Illustrators. We will be looking at historically recent anti-capitalist movements and what we are learning about challenging and changing the relations of power structuring life and our ways of living from the local to the global. Good stuff!

We meet this Wednesday, June 5th, at 6 PM, in Hovland 104 on the OSU campus. If you are traveling by car, there is free parking directly behind Hovland. http://oregonstate.edu/campusmap/?zoom=16&type=normal&centerlat=44.5664405984039&centerlng=-123.28127861022949&layers=1%2C&locations=820

We use the readings as a springboard for wide-ranging discussion. If you have never joined us on a Wednesday evening, but think this set of readings might draw you, don’t hesitate! Everyone is welcome.

Hope to see you there. . .

Occupy Corvallis General Assembly Tuesday, May 28

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY 6:00 pm tonight

     101 NW 23rd St.

 

 

 

Hey Folks,

As we spring into June, its time to think about how Occupy can continue to be a creative, connecting presence throughout the summer months.  At our last meeting we were joined by members of Occupy Albany.  We shared strategy and tactic ideas and began to imagine how our groups could support each other and collaborate on activities and actions.  Other agenda items included making plans for Occupy to join in the ‘cultivation’ of an interactive space at the Saturday farmers’ markets and setting a date for our next solidarity potluck.  Do we want to move our GAs back outside for the warm season?  All are welcome.  Hope to see you this evening!