To celebrate the first anniversary of Occupy Nevada County and support the YES on Prop 37 campaign, we are having a potluck dinner in Pioneer Park on Tuesday, October 9th, by the bandshell. Bring your kids! Invite your friends!
Nevada County Move to Amend Local Coalition is in the planning stages for OUR ENTRY IN THE 4TH OF JULY PARADE which is in Nevada City this year!
Our planning meetings are Tuesdays 6/12, 6/26, 5:00 at the Peace Center.
We will have two “corporate persons” leading the way. (This idea was pulled from the MTA website which has the basic instructions for constructing a “corporate person” which is essentially a walking building with corporate logo on top. Seph is leading this working group.) Very cool. We envision Dale or another actor in top hat MC style outfit informing the audience “Corporations aren’t people! Then pointing to the group following “these are people!” Next, following the corporate persons will be our dancing and singing contingent with Amous Lou leading (hopefully) and at least 6-8 dancers, then other folks who don’t want to dance, walking & singing the Corporatocracy Song and passing out our new MTA Local Coalition “Occucards” being printed now. It is our hope to have the song recorded (by us) and amplified on some kind of rolling construct so the audience will be able to hear the core message throughout the parade walk. We welcome more ideas!
What do you say? Are you in? If you can’t make it to the meetings (and reheasrsals to be announced) but intend to participate, let us know by contacting Lorraine, Sharon or Leah and we’ll count you in and give you details about our entry number, what to wear and where to meet on the Big Day!
I am interested in becoming trained as a legal observer. If we have 10-20 people also interested in becoming a legal observer, the National Lawyers Guild will send someone up to NC to train us. Who wants to attend the training? Let me know. Lorraine
In addition to Legal Observers®, Guild attorneys often provide legal defense for protesters who are arrested and bring civil litigation if needed. Legal Observers® are typically, but not exclusively, law students, legal workers and lawyers who may or may not be licensed locally. Legal Observers® are trained and directed by Guild attorneys, who often have established attorney-client relationships with activist organizations, or are in litigation challenging police tactics at mass assemblies. The presence of Legal Observers® may serve as a deterrent to unconstitutional behavior by law enforcement during a demonstration. To request Legal Observers for an upcoming event,
At the GA today we decided that on Wednesday, May 9 at 4 p.m., there will be a themed rally at Wells Fargo at 707 Sutton Way in the Brunswick Basin. We will be there with signs to support Billi Vogan in her struggle to resist eviction until her federal unlawful foreclosure case against Wells Fargo is resolved. The details of Billi’s case were recorded by ONC TV on 4/16/2012 and are available online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jhSz_8YxlU. We will ask the Wells Fargo manager to “make the call” to higher ups who can stop the process. We rehearsed this scenario at the Occupy Spring Training. Come with signs saying “Stop Fraudclosures,” “Save Our Homes,” “Bail Out Homes Not Banks,” etc.
NEVADA COUNTY Joins Bill McKibben’s 350.org Global Demonstration to
“Connect the Dots” Between Human Activities and Climate Change
Hundreds of Events around the world show the evidence that climate change is a clear and present danger
JOIN LOCAL CLIMATE CHANGE COALITION IN CONNECTING THE DOTS ACROSS BRUNSWICK BRIDGE
There is worldwide scientific consensus that global warming is caused by human activities such as deforestation and burning of fossil fuels that increase atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Nonetheless, the fossil fuel industry has engaged in a massive disinformation and lobbying campaign to discredit climate science, and prevent governmental regulations reducing carbon emissions. We oppose subsidies for Big Oil, and that we demand Congress put pressure on the transportation industry to reduce carbon emissions and stop global warming!
Nevada County Citizens will jointly create a long dotted line with their bodies across the Brunswick Bridge, “connecting the dots” between the fossil fuels and global warming.
Saturday, May 5, 2012 – 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Gather at Rite-Aid Parking Lot, then march across Brunswick Bridge
At approximately 3:50 we will CONNECT THE DOTS
This event in NEVADA COUNTY is part of a worldwide day of action in hundreds of communities across the globe connecting the dots between climate impacts like extreme weather, global warming, and the causes of the crisis. The events will dramatize that climate change is no longer a problem for the future, but an immediate crisis that is already effecting millions of people around the world. Climate Impacts Day is hosted by 350.org, an international grassroots climate campaign. Visit www.climatedots.org for more information.
350.org is an international grassroots climate campaign active in over 180 countries around the world. “350″ stands for 350 parts per million, the safe upper limit of carbon in the atmosphere. We are currently at 392ppm and rising
We’re taking a road trip to San Francisco to participate in the global day of action on May 1. Please join us!
If you’d like to learn the details and how to get involved, please check out the recent post in the art and design forum. We’d love to have you, in fact we need to recruit more people.
We’ll be bringing our gorgeous large art objects, “We’re all in the same boat” and the giant love puppet.
There are many actions planned for this exciting day. We plan to be at Montgomery and Market at 12 noon for a people’s festival in the street.
You may be aware that we had a successful foreclosure action at the Nevada City Courthouse on March 21. The demonstration got a lot of media coverage and the foreclosure of Melanie Cornell’s home was again postponed. The auctioneer fled from the courthouse after being asked to show evidence of being bonded. When the reporter tried to follow, the police intervened. We hope to have Occupy TV’s video of the events ready to post soon.
Several of us have decided that we want there to be a public presence from now on whenever foreclosure auctions are taking place in Grass Valley or Nevada City. Even if just two or three people are present to witness, demonstrate, and videotape the proceedings, it will show solidarity with people whose homes are being foreclosed and will show the auctioneer and local authorities that we are not going away. We have leaflets and a great sculpture of file boxes. One hour of your time is enough.
Although these auctions can be emotionally challenging and homeowners can express upset or anger, our group has been careful to maintain a peaceful presence. We are developing clear nonviolence guidelines for people who want to be a part of our demonstration.
Please come on any of the following dates:
Holiday Inn Express (inside to witness and/or outside with signs and leaflets), 1 p.m.:
Nevada City Courthouse, 12:30 p.m., Rally:
Ideas for Signs: Save Our Homes Stop Foreclosure Fraud
ONC Foreclosure Working Group invites you to the “End Fraudulent Foreclosures!”
Rally on the Nevada City Courthouse Steps Wednesday, March 21, Noon
On Wednesday, March 21, Occupy Nevada County’s Foreclosure Working Group will hold a rally at 12 noon at the Nevada City Courthouse, 201 Main Street, where homes are regularly auctioned off. The purpose of the action is to draw attention to the fact that banks are using fraudulent documents to foreclose and essentially steal peoples’ homes. Speakers will include people who have been or are being foreclosed in Nevada County. Local resident Melanie Cornell, whose home is scheduled to be auctioned off on that date, will be one of the speakers. Her shocking story of illegal foreclosure process in Nevada County is attached. Ms. Cornell is available for interviews by the press.
Ms. Cornell’s home was previously scheduled to be auctioned off at the courthouse on February 14. Occupy Nevada County group members held a rally on that day to support her. Several of us witnessed a member of Ms. Cornell’s family present the foreclosure sales agent (auctioneer) with legal documents that put a stay on the foreclosure, along with affidavits supporting her claim that the deed of trust is forged and that the process is fraudulent. The foreclosure sales agent threw the papers to the ground and claimed that “these papers don’t mean anything.”
Occupy Nevada County’s Foreclosure Working Group is made up of community members who are concerned about the rising number of foreclosures and evictions here in Nevada County. Some of us have had personal experience of foreclosure in our families. We have been researching all matters involving defaults, foreclosures, and evictions. We have discovered many improprieties by banks and loan servicers, and have begun reaching out to the community to prevent these injustices. Our goal as a group is to highlight the foreclosure crisis, support families who are losing their homes, and find ways to keep people in their homes.
The group has been gathering and sharing information on foreclosures, loan modifications, short sales, and evictions. Group members have been consulting with local realtors, lawyers, law library staff, and people who are going through foreclosure and eviction to learn about legal rights for homeowners and tenants and to warn against common pitfalls. They are pointing people in the direction of local services and referring people to reputable lawyers. They are also providing support for homeowners or tenants during foreclosure or eviction, which can include private or public advocacy. Last December they received national publicity on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show after the group successfully negotiated the postponement of the eviction of a single mother and her four children just days before Christmas.
People can contact the group for help, information, or to offer support to people who are losing their homes by email at foreclosures@earth-justice..
A resolution stating Corporations (Organizations) are not people and money is not free speech was passed unanimously by the Nevada City Council. We’ve taken our first step toward insuring our right to local self-governance of, by, and for the (flesh and blood) people.
Thanks to everyone that showed up to support and encourage the council to pass the resolution.
With this success others will follow. We’re still just building momentum, but we should celebrate every victory along the way.