Occupiers started assembling at about 1 p.m. at the Red Bank train station. It was unseasonably warm, and by 1:25 everyone was itching to get on the road. Those who were able walked about eight blocks to the park at the corner of Shrewsbury Avenue and Drs. James Parker Blvd., passing out the “Thank You Veterans” and “Bank Transfer Day” fliers along the way. (The park is marked by a large “Welcome to Red Bank” sign and a mural of a man painting a building.) Occupiers wanted to be visible on the west side of town.
The meeting began with talk of the Occupy movement’s #Winning achievements nationwide, including: the XL tar sands pipeline decision getting pushed back, $5 bank fees withdrawn, Occupiers in NYC occupied a tenement building and got the hot water and heat finally fixed, Occupy foreclosures popping up to help families fight foreclosure, and even talk of a (partial) overturning of Citizens United by Congress.
There were also updates on planning for the local art/music/education event, which will probably be in January. Acts have been suggested. More information on this to come. If you want to be a part of this, please let us know! Email OccupyRedBank@gmail.com
Occupiers again expressed interest in creating a local business directory, so citizens are aware of their options when shopping, as well as a local needs survey, so local issues can be identified and addressed.
A Red Bank victory garden was also discussed for the spring. The idea is to create “useful” space out of “useless” space, as an educational tool, beautification project, stand against corporate control of food and fresh produce source.
Occupiers were also encouraged to reach out to community groups, businesses, places of worship/reflection and other organizations that are socially active, to extend invitations to participate in local dialogue.
Occupy Red Bank shared updates on contacts with Occupy Atlantic City, and Occupiers agreed to expand outreach to others in the Occupy movement.
Two Occupiers, who are active with other groups, spoke about their efforts to overturn Citizens United. They also agreed to try and get their groups to work together. One Occupier spoke about Article V of the Constitution, which allows for a constitutional convention. Awesome, actionable ideas!
Occupiers were pleased to welcome members from Food and Water Watch NJ, who discussed the process of hydraulic fracturing and what dangers it poses. The decision on lifting the moratorium in the Delaware River watershed will be made on Nov. 21 in Trenton. There will be a rally there to encourage a “no” vote on this decision. A bus will leave from the Unitarian Church in Lincroft to the rally at 8 a.m. The cost is $20 per person. If you’d like to join them, please sign up or message OccupyRedBank@Gmail.com.
Occupiers were also notified that their main form of online communication, the Facebook page, is not allowing admins to update the “Info” page due to some type of tech “glitch.”
Fliers were handed out throughout the meeting to passers-by, including the Veterans Day flier, which let veterans know that Occupiers stand with troops, but not with war profiteers. Occupiers also handed out fliers about Bank Transfer, which is an actionable step people can take to help break corporate control. Everyone was encouraged to talk to people about these issues and make their own fliers to pass out.
Another meeting was planned for the same time and place next Saturday: 1 p.m. at the Red Bank train station (near the old ticket booth).