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The 5th General Assembly of Occupy Red Bank was held at the Red Bank Train Station. It was a celebration of our 1 month anniversary and discuss ongoing campaigns.
Occupy Red Bank members exchanged fliers that we had all been working on. Our flier campaign has been working very well as a way to create dialogue with the general community.
Occupiers updated each other on actions being taken to further the movement and our cause. Some occupiers reported about their Move-to-Amend meetings (they had a conference call house party with a call from Bernie Sanders).
Others spoke about the Occupy DRBC campaign to stop gas companies from fracking in the Delaware Basin (yes, that vote has been pushed back, no date set yet).

 

Occupy Red Bank was informed of a zoning board meeting on the 21st. This zoning board meeting was to discuss variance approvals for the creation of a 7 story Hampton Inn on the site of the abandoned gas station at the foot of the Cooper Bridge. The investment group backing the Hampton Inn is Red Bank Capital, LLC. Prior to forming Red Bank Capital, Mr. Joseph Turchyn served as Senior Vice President of Proprietary Investments for Oppenheimer & Co and was Equity head at UBS. FYI.

Occupy Red Bank was also informed of some information that was passed on the “DL.”
First tidbit was that a local merchant had told us that he almost had to ask a financial advisor to leave his store because he was yelling so loudly about Occupy Red Bank.

Second tidbit of information came from an anonymous source.Above the Chase Bank in Red Bank sits an unassuming second floor office space. This office space is rented to G Capital Management. This would not be interesting except for the fact that most of the employees are former employees of Goldman Sachs. Not so interesting? How about this, the top two guys were the Global Heads of Risk Allocation, and Fixed Income and Derivatives Operations. These are two of the reasons for the World Financial Meltdown in 2008. Both of these people, left in late 2006. Just as their boss, Henry Paulson became Secretary of the Treasury, and architect of the Bailout.

Very interesting that they got out right before the stuff hit the fan, especially since they worked in the fields that caused it.

Nov. 17 #N17 Day of Global Action

Posted: November 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

In solidarity with #N17, Occupy Red Bank members stood out front of the Chase bank and handed out Bank Transfer fliers. The police were called within the first hour. The officer simply informed us of our rights: stand on this side of the sidewalk, don’t obstruct, don’t harass. We explained to the officer that Occupy Red Bank stands with the police because they are the 99%. We explained we know what Business interests want to do with them, as is the case with all public institutions, they want privatization. He left with a smile, tho a patrol car did hang out down the block for most of the time we were present.

The public reaction was amazing. Many members of the community accepted the fliers, and proceeded to engage in civil dialogue. We learned many people had ALREADY switched their accounts (YAY!), and those who hadn’t said they were glad to have the information because they had be considering doing so but were not sure of how to go about switching banks. Some people even took extras for their friends. Only one person got snippy with us:

“I drive a Mercedes, does it look like I am on your side?” Apparently, trying to help the community out is a “side” now.
The Chase bank (owned by J.P. Morgan) provides great visibility for our cause. You could see heads turning in cars, hear the honking of horns, feel the general excitement of the people.

The only weapons we have are our rights and information. We plan to use them.

Occupy Your Rights. Occupy Public Spaces. Occupy the Conversation. Occupy Everywhere.

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 withdrawnOccupiers 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).

 

About 40 people gathered in Marine Park at 11 a.m. EDT. Attendees included a few members from Occupy Central Jersey. Teams updated the group on progress, including news that a venue had been found for the music/art event. Occupiers planned to find artists, musicians and speakers for the event. Date of the event to be announced.

Other ideas included a victory garden, local business directory and local needs survey.

Individual Occupiers also reported on recent meetings with like-minded community group members.

The walking tour began at about noon fromMarinePark. Occupiers brought signs and flyers (which included information on local banks/credit unions, as well as critical info on big banks). Occupiers left the park and proceeded upBroad Street, stopping at Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo, Tiffany’s and Bank of America. A few empty store fronts and local businesses were pointed out.

The group then turned ontoMonmouth Street, stopping by the former location of a now-defunct locally owned business. Testimony was given as to how this business was forced out of town by corporate competition.

Occupiers then headed towards the Red Bank Municipal building on the corner ofMaple Avenue (Rte. 35). The group cheered for the local Two Rivers community bank, and took notice of Hovnanian building site, which does not employ union workers. Occupiers proceeded east onWest Front St., and cheered for the Red Bank Public Library.

After the walking tour, some Occupiers reconvened in Marine Park to discuss future plans.

Oct. 22: Second General Assembly

Posted: November 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

There were about 20 people in attendance at Marine Park. The meeting began at 3 p.m. EDT on a cold day.

Dialogue centered on the objective or objectives of the group. Occupiers discussed reasons for Bank Transfer Day and began preparation for an event in Red Bank on that day (Nov. 5).

The group also accepted donations from attendees for Occupy Atlantic City, which included sleeping bags, warm clothing and non-perishable food.

A music/art event was also suggested, and Occupiers planned to find a venue for such an event.

From @occupyatlcity: @OccupyRedBankNJ Shout-out to Occupy Red Bank for collecting donations for us and for being amazing on so many other levels! We love you! (Oct. 28)

Oct. 15: First General Assembly

Posted: November 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

There were about 40 people in Marine Park on this windy day. The meeting was called to start at 3 p.m. EDT.

The meeting began by reviewing hand signals for nonverbal consensus, and then individual Occupiers went around the circle and shared their names and raisons d’aitre. Attendees signed up for teams, including Media Team, Legal Team, Facilitating Team, Logistics Team.

After continued dialogue, all Occupiers agreed that something is systematically wrong with the political and economic systems on a national and global scale.