PRESENT: Patricia, Mike (TM or TruthMerchant), Neal, Woody, Marilyn, Vince, Alan
TENT CITY TACOMA: We further discussed the logistics of the upcoming June 10 Tent City Tacoma Kick-Off First Public Informational Meeting to be held in the FUMC church sanctuary (Please see calendar) next Monday. Vince said he will make sure there is some food, and Woody said he may be able to come up with some food also. Patricia said she had a lot of plates, bottled water, and other supplies in her garage that belong to OT and will bring them. Vince said we could use the church-kitchen dishware, and he volunteered for kitchen clean-up as necessary. Marilyn said she would be willing to help with that. OT unanimously commited to paying $15 for food supplies as necessary. Continue reading General Assembly Minutes, June 3, 2013
Thanks to Vince Hart for writing the original draft that you’re now reading, and thanks to Patricia for proofreading the leaflet based on Vince’s draft.—editor
——CHANGING THE WORLD: STARTING LOCAL——
For several months, Occupy Tacoma (OT) activists and various homeless advocates have been gathering data, seeking out resources, identifying potential allies, and assembling relevant legal documents—all for the sake of launching a vital project to meet the needs of many local homeless people.
Now, a FIRST PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING has been scheduled for Monday evening, June 10, at the First United Methodist Church (clickable link), 621 Tacoma Avenue South, to kick off the Tent City Tacoma project.
- Please Come: Church leaders, civil organizations, public health and law enforcement representatives, staff from city departments, and ALL OTHER INTERESTED PERSONS are invited to attend.
- Meeting Program:
- Refreshments: The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments.
- Presentation: An OT member, formerly a homeless person himself, will share a PowerPoint presentation describing how he and other homeless advocates and activists have participated in the organization and running of successful Tent Cities.
ORGANIZING & LEARNING: OT representatives have been meeting monthly with the other members of the Tacoma-Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness. (TPCCEH). They made extensive efforts to learn how other Tent City programs have developed and managed to work out in places like Seattle and King County. They brought forward valuable information about practical, actual on-the-ground functioning of “Tent City” refuges in other metropolitan areas such as ours.
ACTIVIST RESIDENTS: A beginning core of local prospective residents has already been identified. Moreover, tent city residents from surrounding areas such as King County and elsewhere have expressed a desire possibly to relocate here and contribute to the effort. They bring a wealth of organizational experience with such needs as internal management, security, sanitation, food, and community outreach.
Continue reading Tent City Tacoma Kick-Off: First Public Informational Meeting
This article is an editorial opinion of the author. This is not an official statement of the Occupy Tacoma General Assembly.
On Tuesday, December 18, the Tacoma City Council did the right thing. They passed a resolution supporting an amendment to the United States Constitution that would overturn the infamous Citizen’s United decision. You can read that resolution by clicking here. If you don’t know what the Citizens United decision is, please click here.
This author expected the Tacoma City Council to pass a resolution opposing Citizens United. But what this author did not expect was how strong the City Council resolution would be. Continue reading Op-Ed: City Council Does the Right Thing
We have a new menu tab called Issues. If you hover over that tab, you will see three submenu items
- US Economy
- Op Ed Pieces
And if you click on one of those sub tabs, you will be taken to that area and see issues posts.
This item will have discussion on the US economy, although articles on the world economy might logically also be placed here. Right now, we have several articles submitted by TruthMerchant. One, titled Too Little, Too Late, had 2,071 views since it was posted on Sept 20, 2012 and has engendered a lot of commentary. The other was just posted a few days ago and is titled About Money.
Readers are encouraged to contribute comments or even consider submitting articles. If interested in submitting articles, please contact us here, and we will facilitate that. Continue reading Our New Menu Items
This is a request from Marilyn Kimmerling asking you to participate in a concentrated phone/email zap to petition President Obama to grant clemency for Leonard Peltier, internationally recognized as a political prisoner. You can see Marilyn’s previous article by clicking here.
PLEASE SUPPORT CLEMENCY FOR LEONARD PELTIER
NORTHWEST WHITE HOUSE PHONE AND E-MAIL ZAP, DECEMBER 9 TO 15, 2012
CALL OR EMAIL HERE
White House Comments Line – 202-456-1111; 202-456-1112
It is important to keep phone calls, e-mails, and letters going to the White House during the clemency campaign. We want to make sure it is very clear that the NorthWest supports clemency for Leonard Peltier., So we have called for a phone and e-mail Zap the week of December 9th-15th (a phone Zap is when a lot of people call around the same time). Continue reading Phone & Email Zap to Demand Clemency for Leonard Peltier
NOTE!! This page has not been reviewed by the members of Occupy Tacoma or the smaller group of members that regularly attend the General Assemblies. The post does not necessarily reflect the views of Occupy Tacoma as a group. The ideas presented here are my own presentation of the realities with which we must deal in our quest for justice in regard to the 99%. — TruthMerchant
The Fed’s latest effort at reviving the economy is called “QE3″ or “Quantitative Easing – phase 3″. This action comes too late to help the administration in the upcoming elections, but the announcement by the Fed that it will buy $40 billion in mortgage backed securities every month until the unemployment rate falls to a more acceptable level is very good news for the “producer class”. According to Seeking Alpha website, a website widely read and highly regarded by investment professionals:
The Fed said that it will purchase $40 billion of mortgage-backed debt each month until there is a significant improvement in the labor market.
Most people are not aware of the actual role of the Fed in the US economy and in the economy of the world. So I will attempt to do a “Teach In” here:
The Fed’s current “reason for existence” is to balance the value of the currency against the value of labor. (Reference here)
Continue reading Too Little, Too Late