About Occupy Joplin

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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.

Occupy Survey

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The following is an invitation to a survey by Kanghui Baek, a Ph.D. student at The University of Texas at Austin. His study will examine “how the use of social networking sites, social capital, and place of residence have affected your participation in the Occupy movement.” Please take a few minutes to read the invitation and complete the survey.

Dear Occupy Wall Street’s Supporters,

I would like to invite you to participate in a survey on the Occupy movement. This survey is being conducted by a Ph.D. student at the University of Texas at Austin. Your participation in the survey will contribute to a better understanding of the movement.

It will take about 10-15 minutes of your time. This survey is anonymous, and information collected will not be linked to your name.

If you agree to participate, please click on the link below. If you know of any other persons who might be interested in the survey, please forward the link to them.

Thank you very much for your participation.

http://utexascomms.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eEPV0pa56Wrcs2V

PAC formed to influence Joplin policies

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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 Politics

A recent article in the Joplin Globe identifies the creation of a political action committee intent on influencing local politics. The Joplin Progress Committee has, according to the article, already raised thousands of dollars and several prospective local candidates are eager to interview with the committee in order to receive campaign funding and support.

We, the undersigned, oppose the corporate influence in Joplin that this PAC represents. The ability of businesses to sway elections to their benefit by utilizing PACs is well documented. This activity usurps the democratic process, devalues the votes of local citizens, and opens the door for corruption. This PAC could be used to intimidate candidates who do not agree with it's "values" and wrongfully influence city laws, regulations, contracts, and the multi-million dollar budget.

We call on all candidates for local public office to refuse to cooperate in any way with the Joplin Progress Committee. We call on the Joplin Progress Committee to immediately disband, cease all activity, and donate collected funds to a local Joplin charity. We will only support candidates that refuse to solicit or accept support from the Joplin Progress Committee. Wall Street may own Washington, but Joplin is not for sale.

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CHANGE IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY TIME!!!!!

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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.

See you all there!

MEETING TONIGHT!

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Hey everyone don’t forget about our meeting tonight at 7pm in Joe Muggs inside Books-a-Million!

December 13th General Assembly

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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.

December 6th General Assembly

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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.

November 29th General Assembly Notes

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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
  • Outreach
    • MSSU
      • Discussed connections with progressives there
    • Drinking Liberally
      • Discussed connecting up
    • IBEW
      • 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

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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.