This is to remind everyone of what is happening tomorrow as well as general guidelines to keep everyone safe, maintain the integrity of the movement, and prevent arrests.
The march will start at noon from outside the Joe Crowley Student Union at UNR. Please arrive a few minutes early if you can. Tomorrow is UNR’s Homecoming, and we need to be aware that there may be additional traffic around UNR for the event. Parking will be extremely limited. If you must drive, please carpool. We will march from UNR to City Plaza (where the ice rink is in winter) where we will have a General Assembly from 1-4 p.m. Feel free to just meet us at City Plaza at 1 p.m. if you aren’t going to march.
Also, we are holding in impromptu mini General Assembly BEFORE the march starts to move to adopt some nonviolence principles imperative to the movement and go over traffic laws.
This is a rough draft of what that proposal will look like. We will go over these guidelines once more in City Plaza for those who do not attend the march.
I agree to the following guidelines while in Assembly or participating as part of Occupy Reno:
* Our attitude will be one of openness and respect toward all we encounter in our actions;
* We will use no violence, verbal or physical, toward any person;
* We will harbor no anger but suffer the anger of an opponent;
* We will refuse to return the assaults of an opponent;
* We will refrain from insults and swearing;
* We will not destroy or damage any property;
* We will carry no weapons;
* We will not use any drugs or alcohol;
* We will not run or resist arrest;
* We will behave in an exemplary manner if arrested;
* We will remain accountable for our actions as a means of furthering our witness to the injustices of our society and government.
Additionally, to march legally, we must stay on the sidewalks, not block the sidewalks to other pedestrians, and obey all of the traffic lights and laws. Please be aware of the traffic lights and walk signals. If necessary, use the people’s mic to communicate to those behind you that it is not legal (or safe for that matter!) to cross. Once again, the people’s mic works by one person saying something loudly using about 3-5 words and those behind them repeating this information in unison. For example “Stop sign!”. We will be marching on the sidewalk on both sides of the road in order to make it easier for us to stay together and obey laws. Be especially careful near the high traffic area where the I-80 onramp is located.
I want to stress that these guidelines and laws are related to your conduct at Occupy Reno events. What you do on your own time is your responsibility, but if you violate these guidelines at an event you are working against the movement!
If you are interviewed by media, please state that you are giving your opinion and not speaking on behalf of the whole movement. Also, have some one else record your interview just in case it is later presented in a biased fashion.
Remember that we are the real media! Bring your cameras, videocameras, sound recording devices, etc. If you see anyone get arrested, get it on camera! It wouldn’t hurt to carry a pen and paper as well to write any details you can such as the arresting officer’s name or badge number and the person’s name is who is being arrested.
It can not be said enough that we are NONVIOLENT. Hostility or aggression towards the RPD or anyone else is not going to help the movement. No matter what happens, this has to be our priority. Do not let your emotions take over. Show them we are strong, level headed, and will not be distracted from our ideals.
The Leave No Trace principle also needs to be stressed again. Do not litter. If you must smoke, please dispose of even your cigarette butts in a trash can. However, there will be a lot of people, and some of them might have allergies to smoke. Be respectful of each other.
Just to recap:
*We are holding a General Assembly to move to approve principles of nonviolence before the march starting no later than noon.
*The march will start immediately after the impromptu GA from UNR to City Plaza.
*The GA will begin at 1 p.m. and will continue no later than 4 p.m. due to permit restrictions. We will begin by addressing the nonviolence principles followed by committee meeting updates, and then open speakers as time permits.
*Dress in professional attire for these events if you’d like.
I know this is long, but thank you for taking the time to read it all in preparation for tomorrow. We love you all! See you tomorrow and stay safe out there.