The protester.

‎”For capturing and highlighting a global sense of restless promise, for upending governments and conventional wisdom, for combining the oldest of techniques with the newest of technologies to shine a light on human dignity and, finally, for steering the planet on a more democratic though sometimes more dangerous path for the 21st century, the Protester is TIME’s 2011 Person of the Year.” —adc

Columbia promised to create thousands of jobs in Harlem in exchange for taking over 17 acres of land. So far however, Columbia is only destroying jobs. 

Friday 12/9


116th and Broadway Gates


Today (Tuesday 12/6)


Union Square

Be there. Solidarity.

Working Group Meeting/Party Tonight!

Dear friends! Winter break fast approaches so we need to sink our roots. The GA has called for a working group party tomorrow, Tuesday, 9pm, all 5 infrastructural working groups will meet, and other working groups may meet, 

The structure working groups are for now (though subject to change through GA at any time):

1. Demands/Research,

2. Art/Culture/Lit,

3. Tactical/Administrations Relations,

4. Community Relations,

5. Media 

We’ll go over and come to consensus on what each of the working groups does if there’s any confusion

This is the place/time to get in the nitty-gritty! 




Sundial (we’ll vote on where to go)



Sign up for #osd’s event

    • When
      Monday, December 12, 2011
    • Time
      6:00am until LATE PM

In response to coordinated attacks across the nation on the Occupy movement by the 1% on Monday, December 12 Occupy San Diego will stand in solidarity with other West Coast occupations in a West Coast Port Blockade to disrupt the economic apparatus of the 1%. OSD is asking participants meet at Chicano Park at 6am with supplies to be prepared to stay the day and late into the evening, at least.


Frank La Rue, who serves as the U.N. “special rapporteur” for the protection of free expression, told HuffPost in an interview that the crackdowns against Occupy protesters appear to be violating their human and constitutional rights.

“If I were going to pit a city ordinance against human rights, I would always take human rights.”

Occupy Broadway is happening right now at the Paramount Plaza on 50th and Broadway. It’s a 24 performance showcasing various occupiers/allies/awesomeness, they’ve also set up  kitchen and comfort station. NYPD presence is currently minimal.

Estimated Two Million Turned Out for Strike in UK. 60% of Schools Closed
Notes from Yesterday’s GA

11/30 GA

Facilitator: Nancy

Five minute recap of last 2 GAs:

-Barnard transparency issues: part-time tuition and meal plans

-Creation of working groups:

            Community Relations



            Arts and Culture

            Administration / public safety relations

-Working on creating documents: (1) “what’s OCU?” and (2) “what’s a GA?”

Today’s Agenda:

1.     Action for Barnard?

A.   Part-Time Tuition

B.    Meal Plans?

2.     Temperature check on current working groups

3.     Temperature check on the current declaration

4.     Occupy space at Columbia?

1 A. Action for Barnard – tuition – what should we do?

-There’s a petition going around to address tuition changes – we can reach out to them, join forces

-Should we make a separate working group for it?

-Can we link it to other practices within Columbia’s administration? Within colleges / universities across the country?

-Should we demand changes to Barnard’s board of trustees? (put current Barnard students on it…)

-Proposal: make a Barnard tuition sub-group within the Demands/Research working group. Proposal passes. (Co-)point persons: Thea Briggs, Hannah Goldstein

 -make a statement about lack of transparency?

-make a  petition online; whoever spearheads this movement should get in touch with Ariana

-refute statement that it was a  practice and not a policy

-find ways to connect this to broader CU issues. How this is lack of transparency affecting universities across the country and in US? 

1B. Action for Barnard – meal plans

-Meal plans should be added to the general list of demands (not a separate sub-group)

-Create any sort of action in response to the mandatory meal-plan?

- said they would make exceptions but didn’t except one person who wouldn’t eat anything but kelp.

-Suggestion fort working group w/ disabilities services, health services that reviews every person’s concern

-At this point, can’t get accommodation without a diagnosis.

-Suggestion to put this under “demands” group as well. 

-we have a living document on google docs à consensus

2. Working Groups

-community relations: deals with reaching out to different student groups, building solidarity, working together on events – contact graduate student occupy organizers’ group, connect with community at new school?

In addition to being in charge of connecting and communicating, also reflect on community here/ making Columbia a safe space for people in the community.


-public safety: liason between occupy CU and public safety, serve to come up with tactics for events and public safety at Barnard.

Report back from last Barnard GA: deans behind a wall, afterword a group spoke to public safety admins, who seemed confused because we are different from other organizations. They explained we don’t have a leader, encouraged us to contact them … thought we could proceed cautiously in working toward a relationship. We shouldn’t feel intimidated when using public spaces.

-public safety used the word “lock down” and then sent an email denying that it was true.  

-it was a good thing that we did get a reply

Sais they locked down the campus because they freaked out, somebody reported there was a facebook group open to anybody in the world, did not know what a GA was, thought we might occupy a building.

à it might be worth it to reach out and explain in the hopes that they’ll be more understanding, at least we would be transparent.



in charge of Facebook group, Tumblr


à Comment that Occupy CU “group” but what is going on in the world, important to tell people they don’t have to sign up, it is fluid

-Bill: action a week from this Friday to walk down to employment center, congregations for peace and justice at St. Mary’s church. Our concern is to prevent the destruction of our community à Lee Bollinger’s expansion plans, jobs that we have been using, Columbia has sold this plan as a job creation but it is actually job destruction, upper level jobs have been created.

à form a working group for that particular event: comunity coalition group underneath outreach.

 -Suggestion to make2 listserves: one for announcements and 1 for working groups

next GA Friday 12:30

next barnard GA wed.12 same time/ place


‎I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world.
‘Mayor’ Michael Bloomberg — ‘I Have My Own Army’ (via cultureofresistance)