The Mission of Occupy Joplin is, through peaceful protest, to illuminate the infringements of individual rights and the democratic process by the wealthiest 1% and largest corporations, to promote that every individual human being has the right to choose their political representatives through open, fair, and transparent elections, and help to ensure Joplin and its residents receive the services and funds needed to continue the rebuilding effort.
A disturbing revelation that several “business leaders” in Joplin have formed a political action committee has been published in the Joplin Globe. Among the named directors of the PAC, called Joplin Progress Committee, is Brad Beecher, the CEO of Empire District Electric Company, a regional monopoly regulated only by the Missouri PSC with a long track record of exorbitant rate hikes.
Despite the membership composition, this is a very dangerous development for citizens of Joplin and the local democratic process. The increasing budget of the city is already a target of corporate interests in city contracts and favorable regulatory conditions. Even more alarming is the eagerness of prospective local candidates to “interview” in front of the commission, a process reminiscent of the intimidative practices of political machines. Occupy Joplin is calling on all local residents, regardless of political affiliation to sign the petition below.
Keep Corporate Money Out of Joplin PoliticsRead the petition
|9||Grant Collings||Dec 19, 2013|
|8||Stephanie Cox||Dec 19, 2013|
|7||Morgan Ratliff||Dec 19, 2013|
|6||Eric Malone||Dec 19, 2013|
|5||Ronnie Bryan||Dec 19, 2013|
|4||Mark Neuenschwander||Dec 19, 2013|
|3||Lance Schaubert||Dec 19, 2013|
|2||regina amos||Dec 19, 2013|
|1||Del Crumbaugh||Dec 19, 2013|
Our weekly General Assemblies have been moved to Mondays. They will still occur at the usual time of 7:00pm and at the usual place of Joe Muggs inside Books-a-Million.
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We discussed running candidates and moving quickly to get the needed signatures. We talked about possible locations to collect signatures and some locations were the Carthage Public Library, Joplin Public Library, and Webb City Public Library. January 3rd’s GA we will have the papers needed to collect signatures and how the whole process works will be outlined to everyone who will be collecting signatures.
We discussed meeting next week December 20th for our final GA of 2011, taking the 27th off to be with friends and family over the holidays, and resuming January 3rd.
We discussed what books we wanted to put on our reading list for those interested in gaining a better understanding of what is happening economically at this time.
Finally, we had a generalized discussion on the current state of politics.
Tonight’s general assembly was small but we discussed:
With lower attendance just maintaining an active presence until the holidays are over and resume marketing Occupy Joplin and planning major events.
Establishing a “reading list” of books to help interested individuals gain more knowledge about the political and economic climate facing us in politics today.
We discussed a possible party name if we decide to run candidates in the election. Possible names were the Action Party, Independent Progressive, and Restoration Party.
Check out the first issue of the Occupy Joplin Newsletter!
The November 29th General Assembly took place at 7:00 at Joe Muggs Coffee inside of Books-A-Million. Future Assemblies will also take place here. We were joined by Jack and Liz from the outreach committee of Occupy Springfield. There were six in attendance.
- Reviewed notes from previous GA
- Discussed newsletter
- Decided to publish in PDF
- Might do wordpress module in the future for opt-in
- Need more (smaller) articles from members, Grant’s were too large
- 300 words or less for main articles (2)
- 200 words or less for smaller articles (3)
- Finish first issue this week
- Discussed connections with progressives there
- Drinking Liberally
- Discussed connecting up
- We have local chapter, need to reach out to
- Empire Updates
- Un-elected commission regulating a monopoly
- Large profits
- Large rate-increases as often as possible
- Possibilities for visibility/demonstration
- More research required
- Check to see if unionized
- Talked about national politics/occupy news
- Check on state amendments regarding corporate personhood
- look into movetoamend.org and change.org regarding corporate personhood
- Discussed petitions and initiatives
- All state rep. districts need only ~200 signatures to run candidates
- Discussed canvassing to gather petitions, voter drive, etc.
- Tossed around party names
- Need clarifications about rules/city council, etc.
- Visit from Occupy Springfield
- Liz & Jack shared about their street-cleanup program
- shared about homeless outreach
- homeless will be represented with their own occupy committee
- Liz and Jack advocate for direct-to-needy distribution of donations
- Occupy Springfield is experiencing a “holiday slump” just like Joplin
- They are working on a newsletter
- Occupy 417 is the “publications/marketing” “face” of Occupy Springfield
- Occupy Springfield did some excellent black-friday actions
- Poetry slam in Wal-Mart
- “Buy Local” and “Slave Labor” stickers on products in corporate stores
- Occupy Springfield would love to have more communication with Occupy Joplin
- We will be notifying Occupy Springfield of our event times/date/details
- We will try to send some members to observe an Occupy Springfield GA
- They meet at 2902 E. Division from 6:00 to 8:30 every Wed.
- The 99% Declaration recognizes the US Congressional districts, so the Springfield and Joplin branches will need to cooperate when delegate “voting” starts
- The next Occupy Event will be this Saturday at Panera at 7:00
- Members need to bring ideas, wording for initiatives, party name ideas, thoughts about the next 6 months, etc.
- Future GAs will be at 7:00 at Joe Muggs in Books-A-Million until further notice
Reminder! Today’s General Assembly will be at 7:00pm at Joe Mugs inside Books-a-Million. If you do not know where that is the address is: 423 South Range Line Road Joplin, MO 64801.
The eighth Occupy Joplin General Assembly met Tuesday night, 11/22 at Hastings in Joplin. Six were in attendance and the meeting was jointly facilitated.
- The group discussed the past two general assemblies
- the protest went well, there were two hecklers but were not a problem
- several goals/demands were voted on (see Grant for full notes about this)
- discussed other occupy news 11/11/11 events and empire
- Events and news in the Occupy movement and national politics were discussed
- The potential community-service “action” was briefly discussed
- Emphasis was placed on doing a charity event correctly and doing an event that is creative and “outside of the box” for full effect, media/message and otherwise
- A flier handout was suggested
- A petition drive was suggested to dovetail with the flier handout and make efficient use of canvassing
- legislative petitions were suggested that will put issues on the local/state ballot
- appropriate use of tornado funds
- empire regulations, subsidizing electricity for poor
- other ideas to be brought to next GA
- non-legislative petitions were suggested primarily for media impact
- express anger at empire
- income inequality
- voter registration was proposed as another important effort that can be included with the canvassing “action”
- signatures for candidates for office is another possible effort that can be folded into the canvassing “action”
- Occupy influencing/participating in local elections was mentioned
- possibility of running candidates for city-council or state rep/senator
- Slade will pick up city council packet, ask questions
- The next General Assembly will be held at the coffee house in Books a Million at 7:00pm
- Committees have been abolished, instead Occupy will be assigning specific tasks to individuals, the task-list document will be utilized
- Occupy Joplin will distribute a weekly newsletter
- Any member can submit blog-post-like articles that will be assembled and distributed every Monday to those on mailing list and available in print for the weekly GA
- Eric, Grant, Slade, Brian, Septus will all submit 1-2 posts for this coming week
- Members will be more intentional about posting on the forums
- The Dec. 3rd event will not be a demonstration. Instead it will be a casual general assembly with informal discussion, brainstorming, dreaming and getting to know each other. The time will be in the evening, venue TBD