Monthly Archives: October 2011

General Strike: Wednesday, November 2

Join the Occupy Lawrence Community Standing in Solidarity with Occupy Oakland and Occupy Denver to Protest Police Brutality.

Where: 6th & Mass. St.

When: Wednesday, November 2, 2011

12pm-1:39pm – General Strike – 99 minutes for the 99%
3:30pm – Non-Violent Communication Workshop
5pm – Candlelight Vigil for Scott Olson (military serviceman critically injured by police at Occupy Oakland)
5:45pm – Silent March to South Park

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Occupy Lawrence: Guerilla Style

Thursday 10/27/11

12pm – Motivation and Morale Workshop – South Park

12pm – Info Booth – 9th and Mass

4pm – Massage and Reiki Workshop – South Park

6pm – General Assembly – South Park

8pm – Activism and Altruism Workshop – Location TBA

*events will be ongoing, locations will vary. if any groups and/or individuals in the lawrence community have offers of workshop services, location offers, etc, feel free to email occupylawrence@gmail.com or come to 6pm GA in South Park*

“United we stand, divided we fall”

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We are still here. We are growing.

Rally - 9th & Mass - Saturday

Our message is too big to be confined to one space.

General Assemblies continue in South Park at 6pm.

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UDK

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Occupy Lawrence, Day Two.

What are we doing here?

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Declaration of Occupation

Occupy Lawrence Occupies South Park

LAWRENCE, KS October 15th, 2011: On Saturday, October 15th, Occupy Lawrence will occupy South Park, located on Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, Kansas in a public expression of Protest directed at the blatant financial corruption, social injustice, and political inequalities we experience Globally and Locally on a daily basis.

Along with our occupation of South Park, every Saturday at Noon, Occupy Lawrence will be holding Public Rallies at 9th and Massachusetts St. in Downtown Lawrence. We will be holding our General Assemblies in South Park everyday at 6 PM at the occupation site, and the general public is welcome to respectfully observe and to participate.

The problems which we face are numerous, and they cannot be distilled into a single issue or demand. Our response to these myriad issues rooted in undisguised greed, corruption, and inequality is to face them together in Peaceable Assembly, acting in solidarity with Occupy Wall St. and the numerous Occupy movements around our Nation and the World. Occupy Lawrence acts to accomplish local, regional, and national actions addressing the grievances and the frustration which we share together.

Occupy Wall Street is an active Demonstration occupying Zuccotti Park in New York City since September 17th, 2011. Started to highlight the unfair influence of financial and corporate interests in our Government and our media against the Public Will, this demonstration has sparked controversy and conversation. Since this initial demonstration in New York City, other cities around the United States and the world have joined in these protests.


There has been a general call for all communities worldwide to begin Occupation demonstrations on October 15th, and Occupy Lawrence will be joining hundreds of similar protests beginning worldwide on that day. South Park holds a historical significance within Douglas County and Kansas as a gathering point and a location for Public Assembly to address the issues affecting our community and our Nation.

Further statements from Occupy Lawrence will be forthcoming.

Contact:

Web: https://occupylawrence.wordpress.com

Twitter: @OccupyLawrence

Facebook: Occupy-Lawrence

Email: occupylawrence@gmail.com

All media inquiries should be marked Attn: Media and emailed to occupylawrence@gmail.com.


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Resource Announcement

A Plymouth Resolution to Authorize Participation in Occupy Lawrence

Historical Commitment of the United Church of Christ to this Issue:

Even as we discuss this issue now, UCC churches in NYC are collaborating with an interfaith partnership and involved at the grass roots level in supporting Occupy Wall Street.  Though these faith leaders do not control the messages that are coming out of this movement, they are participating as a way of creating the message, to keep it grounded in core Christian principles and in the root issue of economic justice.  This readiness to jump in and get involved in NYC has come from a long history of support in the UCC for similar phenomena.

The 42nd Annual Meeting of the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference (2003) passed a resolution “Calling for a more Just and Humane Direction for Economic Globalization.” This resolution was a local affirmation of the same resolution passed at the 24th General Synod of the United Church of Christ (2003).  These resolutions specifically called the churches to advocate for “economic justice for individuals, communities, nations, and the global community.”

This resolution followed on the heels of a resolution at the 18th General Synod (1997) calling our denomination to “Affirm Democratic Principles in an Emerging Global Economy” which highlighted the vulnerability of our democracy to the emerging power of corporations and multination corporations.  By the passage of this pronouncement, the churches were called by the General Synod, to advocate on behalf of a just, democratic, participatory and inclusive set of economic policies.

Theological Rational Behind these Resolutions and Commitments:

There are so many references in scripture in support of solidarity with the poor that it would be impossible to catalogue them in a single document.

Let it suffice to say that there are three clear lessons that come from the Gospels that the UCC has echoed for a long time as its core commitments.  Those three principles are as follows:

1: We are called to faithful stewardship of our wealth, stewards of our gifts and stewards of creation. 2: We are taught to respond with gratefulness of the blessing of God’s abundance here on earth.  And 3: We are called by our faith into solidarity with the poor and advocacy on behalf of the oppressed.

A Plymouth Resolution to Authorize Participation in Occupy Lawrence.

Whereas it has been difficult economic times for many Americans and people around the world, and

Whereas many feel that they have lost the ability to influence the government toward more just polices because of the power of big business, and

Whereas the Occupy Wall Street phenomena is attracting a popular call for economic justice, and

Whereas there is breadth of support from conference wide and national UCC resolutions around these issues, and

Whereas the NYC UCC Clergy are already involved, and

Whereas the cause in being mirrored in our local setting, called Occupy Lawrence, and

Whereas Plymouth Church has resources and opportunities to make this a meaningful and sustained movement for economic justice,

Be it therefore resolved that Plymouth Church releases a banner that reads “care first for the least” to go to any marches or activities of Occupy Lawrence for the next six months, and

Be it further resolved that the Mission Board will recommend to staff that the kitchen be made available if needed, when and where staff can do so without it substantially interfering with normal operations, to support Occupy Lawrence, and

Be it further resolved that the church will provide education opportunities and allow recruiting for participation in its activities. And

Be it especially resolved that the church does not support any or all voices that might be involved with this cause but is authorizing the above mentioned support to help lift up the cause of economic justice within the milieu of perspectives.

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