Monday, December 26, 2011

December 24th - Occupy Medford in the Medford Library

Occupy Medford 
Attendance:  16 people / 3 new  

Announcements / Discussions / Events / proposals 

  • Move committee meetings to public place. Nick will check with Rich at Oregon Action to see if we can use space in the Woolworth’s building on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. Next meeting 12/28 6:00 pm. 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

December 25th - Merry Christmas

Merry Christma-hana-kwanzika!!!

Often times in Occupy we get caught up in the symbols and definitions of our culture, associating them with out of control greed, manipulation, or a number of other negative aspects of greed and corruption which we all wish to change. But! There are things we must remember!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

December 21st - Committee Minutes

As there is little time these days, please forgive us for not having these perfectly typed up with no errors. These are the minutes for the committee meeting on the 21st of December, courtesy of Angela.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

December 17th - Occupy Medford in the Library

Announcements/Open Forum
Mark: We have purchased a megaphone for just under $60.00.
Mark: Will the Chrismas Caroling be shown in the Tribune?
Ben: We sent out a press release with an edited video to local media, we’re hoping it will but aren’t sure.
Ben: I would like to repeat our caroling flash mob in the upcoming week.
Alec: Know your law session by NSWA is January 16th or 18th.
Ivand: Alen Bates is not for the single payer system and in fact has tried to keep it in the insurance companies hands. However, after a recent meeting he had a question for the Vermont Singlepayer speakers present which revealed he is for whoever speaks with him the most. This means if we contact him enough in solidarity with the single payer system  he may join our side.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

December 15th - Occupy Christmas Carols

On December 16th at 6:00 p.m., Occupy Medford went Christmas Caroling at the Rogue Valley Mall. A flash mob including 16 people sang Occupy variations of the songs Jingle Bells and It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. The response was positive from the people who stopped for a moment to observe. After completing our 3rd round of singing Mall Security made their presence known, civilly asking us to leave.

December 10th - Occupy Medford in Alba Park

Occupy Medford
Alba Park
Minutes by - Mark Worsham

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

December 12th - Portland Port Shutdown

Civilian soldiers have again struck a blow to the stockpiles of the 1%. On December 12, 2011 nearly the entire West Coast was shut down by the forces of the 99%. Medford and Ashland sent reinforcements in the form of 12 Occupiers to Portland’s Port Shutdown.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

December 5th - Occupy Congressional District 2 Arrests

On December 5th, 2011, Occupy Medford held a rally in conjunction with the activist groups Citizens for Peace and Justice, Oregon Action, Peace House, Jobs with Justice, and Veterans for Peace. The rally was held in solidarity with all of Oregon Congressional District 2's Occupy Movements including Occupy Medford, Occupy Ashland, Occupy Bend, Occupy La Grande, Occupy Hood River, and others across Oregon.

Monday, December 5, 2011

December 5th - 7.7 Trillion from the Fed

$7.7 Trillion to Wall Street - Anything to Keep the Banksters Happy!
Saturday 3 December 2011
by: Thom Hartmann, Truthout | News Analysis (I am re-posting - Nick P)
Do you know who Elizabeth Duke is? How about Donald Kohn or Kevin Warsh? No? Well - you should. Because while Congress was debating back in 2008 whether or not to bailout banksters with a $700 billion blank check - these guys and girls were just doing it. They were funneling $7.7 trillion to Wall Street under the table - without one constituent phone call - without worrying about one election - without having to give one explanation.

Friday, December 2, 2011

November 26th - Occupy Medford in the Library

We are moving in to our second month, the coldest months yet in the Occupation. Much has been discussed and we have taken our organization to a sustainable level of organization and cooperation with our fellow organizations.

Friday, November 25, 2011

November 25th - Black Friday and the Work Ahead


Woman pepper sprays other Black Friday shoppers 'to gain an upper hand'...

'Competitive shopping' turns into chaos...

'Girls Punching Each Other' Over Yoga Pants Sale at Victoria's Secret...

VIDEO: Mayhem over $2 waffle maker...

Two women injured in brawl...

Woman shot, robbed in SC after midnight shopping trip to WALMART...

NC police use pepper spray to break up melee...


Grandfather smashed to ground as he tried to protect grandson from crowd...

Police taser WALMART customer...


These headlines are a rude way of America telling us in the Occupy Movement that we have a hell of a long way to go before they are ready to wake up and support a good world. For people to act this over unnecessary material goods is despicable.

In saying this I'm not degrading the act of giving someone a gift or 2 during this time of the year, there is never anything wrong with doing good unto others. Yet, it seems year after year I witness headlines like this...and nothing changes. The companies who do the most harm in the world through bad business practice and resource wasting are also the ones that cause these brawls, injuries, and deaths every year during the holiday season.

It should be a point over the course of the next year for the Occupy Movement to change the way Americans shop. Encourage local buying, encourage local farming, program applications which will assist the lay-person in making smart purchases for their community. Every profession which occupies has a niche purpose they can serve in every aspect of the Occupy Movement, be sure you are creative in whatever you do. We've got one hell of a road ahead of us.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

November 20th - A Call to Action

To our dearest compatriots here in the Rogue Valley:

We understand you need some clarification as to what the Occupy Movement is about. Contrary to what the media would have you believe, we are not all hippies, druggies, or anarchists. In fact, very few…say…1% of us are.

November 20th - Can You Feel It?

The air is alive with the power of the people. It buzzes with the voice of millions who have had enough. Our time has come.

In New York City, 30,000 plus people rallied after Bloomberg's vindictive eviction of Zuccoti Park. But New York isn't the only place people have rallied in the past few days. Miami, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Canadian cities, Cairo, Athens, and many others have all rallied to show their anger, their awareness, and their overall impatience with the elite in this beautiful world.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

November 19th - Occupy Medford in Alba Park

About 20 people showed up to today’s cold and windy General Assembly in Alba Park. Starting with open discussion and announcements, Debbie Herzogh invites us to join in a protest dubbed Occupy Rural Oregon in regards to Representative Walden’s failures in communicating with his constituents. It was motioned and passed to support the protests through web awareness and Occupy Medford’s presence.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

November 5th - Occupy Medford in Alba Park (Week 4)

November 5th marks Occupy Medford's 4th week in Alba Park. Over the course of these 4 weeks, we have had many great discussions, planned about 9 events outside of GA meetings, and made many friends. We have attracted roughly 3-4 new people  each meeting, and our core number has steadily grown, albeit slowly.

For these first few weeks we have focused mainly on public education through sign's and a presence in high traffic areas which focus on moving your money (Bank Transfer Day/Move Your Money) from the major banks which have betrayed the American Dream, to our local bank and credit unions which will help recreate the American Dream in our own back yard.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

November 3rd - Drudge Headlines

I woke up this morning and as usual checked the Drudge Report first as it is a quick way to see a plethora of varied news. The headlines of course were about yesterday's Occupy Movement, the general strike, and how the Anarchists are once again trying to destroy anyone's hope of being taken seriously. But alas, there was instant irony in a following headline and in some headlines not much further down the page. Check this out!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The New Common Sense

In Unity,


A Declaration of INTERDEPENDENCE, born of necessity, from and for the collective conscience of the "99%" to and for the oligarchic "1%" of the United States of America.


SECTION I: The Right to Equal Participation in Government has been taken from the People and is explained. -- A Plan is offered to restore the Right to Equal Participation that requires only the use of tools and procedures that have already been proven to work. -- The restoration of Equality must take priority above all and reasons are given. -- Outside damaging influences must no longer be allowed privileged access to Elected Representatives in a Constitutional Republic. -- An Offer in Compromise that would reunite this Nation with its Foundation is clearly stated. -- A clear, workable and simple method by which we may rebuild ourselves as a Prosperous Nation and return to being One Hundred Percent is explained. -- A New Litmus Test of our government is declared and explained. -- A plan and petition to rebalance the Branches of Government is outlined in detail.

SECTION II: Monitions are forwarded to our Leaders, to the Congress in specific, to the Media, to Law Enforcement and the Domestic Militia, and to the "1%" -- A direct message and plea for the "99%" from the author(s).

Sunday, October 30, 2011

October 29th - Occupy Medford in Alba Park

Yesterday's event was another success. Again the group focused on those areas which Medford's Occupy Movement can effect immediately. This week's upcoming calendar is chalked full of events.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

October 22nd - Occupy Medford in Alba Park

The first thing one would notice when entering Alba Park is the smaller crowd. But is this a terrible thing? The range of issues spoken about in the last meeting was eye opening, yet the smaller crowd today seemed to be focused on key issues which can quickly make a difference in our community and can send a message to the banks and politicians who've gotten us in to this mess.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

October 19th - Oregon State Bank Meeting

The Oregon State Bank meeting was a success. A success in regards to setting tasks to people so the action can gain momentum. Many tasks were centered around the divestment movement.

What this means is people must start removing their money from the major banks. It almost seems like an obvious solution that people across the country should have picked up on long ago. They failed us, and when an entity fails you, you quit supporting it. Because banks invest our deposited money in other schemes, it would make sense to divest our money as soon as they fail. It removes their ability to invest in these faulty schemes.

The second point of the meeting was to discuss the creation of the Oregon State Bank. This again ties in to divesting in a way. Oregon banks through the major banks, as do our counties, cities, and people. This is in itself a very destructive way of handling our money. When our government and people invest their money in local [community] banks, the money stays local. As a result, the money is recycled through the local economy roughly seven times through job creation, wages, spending, etc.

It would seem we have all been fooled to so thorough a degree by the banks that we have been investing in entities which send the money to foreign markets and even markets across state borders. So what do we do?

Well let's start on a personal level. By participating in Bank Transfer Day on November 5th you will be making a significant statement as to your feelings about the operations in the current financial market. Then, there is what San Jose and some other cities have been doing. We must convince local and regional governments to bank through local institutions as well. Again, taking millions of dollars and pumping it into the local economy. Lastly, we must convince our state which runs billions of dollars through the large banks to create a state bank so all of the money stays within our state and the immediate region.

October 18th - What the Media Tries to Spin

These were the headlines on the Drudge Report this evening. These 6 headlines are what the people are seeing in regards to the Occupy Movement. How can we deal with this? If we see any wrong doings, we must police it quickly and with respect for the law, sending these people directly to the proper authorities. These sorts of things are the quickest way to bring down the movement. If the authorities will do nothing, we will know were they stand.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

October 17th - A Speech From October 15th's Occupy Medford: By Emery

What started on Wall Street on the 17th of September has evolved into a carrion call to create a better world, it is a declaration that this world of corporate corruption, economic disparity and systemic wars is not the best we can do and no matter how much we are beaten down, we will never lose faith in a more ethical world. We are united to face the injustices of the past and meet the challenges of the future. We are united in on ongoing discussion, but even more importantly, ongoing action to create a world where we are free from the tyrannies of a flawed political system and the oppression of corporate capital.

October 17th - Why We Exist

It seems I'm being required to constantly defend myself and the movement as to why we're doing what we are. Why we stand outside for hours at a time, why we march around town, why we spend hours typing out papers, performing research, and creating networks of people who want their voice heard. Often these accusations come from strangers, but family and friends seem to play a big role in forcing me to defend myself as well.

So I've decided to make a list. These are the things I know I'm angry with and most likely cover a good base of the population. They are not in order because everything on this list deserves to be corrected, the order in which they are corrected matters not so long as they are corrected.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

October 16th - Bank Transfer Day

In the near future is a movement to transfer accounts for a major bank to a local credit union known as Bank Transfer Day (see Event Page). Credit unions keep the money local, helping grow the local economy. In all reality it seems like a no-brainer! Why haven't we been doing this since the Bush bailouts?

The movement was created by Kristen Christian, a 27 year old art dealer from San Francisco. When asked by's Jen Doll about why she started the movement Kristen had this to say :

October 16th - Abuse of Power: Protecting Property Over People

Suspiciously many organizations based on Wall Street or with a great deal of wealth have been making massive donations to the NYPD. As it goes, the NYPD have been arresting a great deal of protesters for minuscule offenses such as not being on a side walk. Ironically, they say they must remain on the sidewalk so traffic is not blocked...yet there are hundreds of police occupying the street...

When this sort of abuse starts happening, things turn violent. I expect to see this more and more as the movement gains momentum. Soon it will be tear gas and rubber bullets. When that happens it will be a scary day for the people of New York.

October 15th - Citibank Arrests

It has come to my attention that roughly 24 people were arrested in Citibank for attempting to close their accounts with the bank. While it is not clear exactly what happened in the bank, what is clear is this: the bankers are scared.

On a civil note, there were laws broken by the security guards which will not be covered by anyone. Closing and locking your doors while police arrive is a crime. It's called kidnapping. Here is a video of the incident.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

October 15th - Occupy Medford in Alba Park

Today was the first meeting for the Occupy movement in Medford, Oregon. I arrived roughly 45 minutes after people had started gathering in Alba Park across from the Medford Post Office. Shortly after my arrival began the open session where people with a desire to be heard were able to speak to the Medford movement as a whole.
I immediately began to take notes on the points within each speaker’s conversation so as to gain a picture of the Occupy Medford’s persona. With roughly 30 speaker’s participating, the topics covered a variety of areas.