These are ALL of the replies we’ve received overnight.
Anyone who has requested to be added to lists/committees in their emails has been, and I have removed all names from these emails. Here they are.
Wow. First, let me say, I love the energy of this group. And, in particular,
I am blown away by the organization and commitment of the core group of
activists and committees. The combination of excitement AND thoughtfulness
I’m seeing here is rare. I’ve been with a number of groups in the past which
start off big and energized, and then sort of fizzle out because nobody
wants to invest the time it takes to figure out details.
So, I heartily applaud you for that. It gives me a lot of hope for the
The other thing I want to do in this email is play the Devil’s Advocate a
little bit. Just for the sake of discussion – let me highlight some things
from your pros and cons list:
-It’s about 2 1/2 miles from the financial district/downtown Reno area.
-It is not as immediately visible from the street.
I hate to say it, but those two cons actually seem like a huge deal. The
high visibility and physical location is a big part of what makes the
occupation in NYC so successful. It’s a beautiful thing really – the
reclaiming of public space in the middle of all those financial giants.
My fear is that the Occupy Reno group will invest a lot of time and money
into an alternative location (like the pool), find it disappointing, and
lose membership quickly as the weather chills.
– meetings, a community library, food, camping, information, yoga, musical
performances, sign making, a garden, teach-ins. . .
These are all great things! But, do we really need a 24/7 occupation
somewhere to do them? Couldn’t we choose a more sustainable route?
My proposal is this: Keep doing the Saturday GA’s downtown, as that
resonates most strongly with the symbolism of the movement. And, organize
other community activities and initiatives that keep with the spirit of the
movement, but in a more sustainable way.
Thanks again for all your work. I wish I could make it to the GA on
Thursday, but I will be working then. If there’s a chance, would you be
willing to read some of this letter (the pros and cons part)? I would be
Thank you for what you have done. My only opinion is for the infrastructure meeting to be moved to after the GA because most of the topics for that community has to do with location. My opinion of the last meeting was it lacked focus on the agenda because the goals were not clear because an occupation site had not been picked. The facilitators were AMAZING but the meeting did not seem to accomplish much because of the lack of an occupation site. I dig the Moana location! GREAT JOB!!!!
Wow, I don’t know how to say thank-you adequately for all of your hard work
and dedication to this! “Thank-you”!!
I think it would be a good idea to ask for a total waiver of fees from
government. This is a First Amendment issue. By not occupying somewhere that
would be costly for government, such as in front of the courthouse,
RenoOccupiers are making a great offer/concession – even though it decreases
the visibility of the movement locally.
Especially when the Occupiers are even bothering to get insurance.
I think the Moana location is a good idea for most reasons, ,but agree with the concerns over visability….it should be a more downtown location.
I was in Portland last weekend and walked around the occupy Portland encampment..they have the blessing of the mayor there as he feels they have some legitamite grivvances..they are camped indefinitely in a park downtown, which is very, very visable.
They have tents for food distribution, a library, a community garden, a tent where people sign up to give workshops during the day and early evening, and boxes of free stuff all over….clothes, etc. Almost like a ‘city’ onto itself with a very strong emphasis on community/sharing resources. And they are getting a lot of media attention..and media attention in Portland is very, very hard to get. They have a lot of citizen media around too, inclding public access tv and community radio and community based newspapers..stuff Reno is very short on.
THe only thing I would watch out for is there is a flagrant, rampant use of marijuana, and this is what may do them in in the long run…and the homeless who are attracted to the site and often wonder around quite drunk, etc. Hygiene facilities seem kind of sparse there…I saw one portapotty, and a park restroom is in the middle of their site. Otherwise, it’s an awesome place! Mostly younger people, with a lot of people coming in on the weekends when marches/protests are originating from the occupy site.
I am concerned a bit about this movements concern with the law. Civil disobedience is not polite or obedient by deffinition. If we are to bring attention to this action of the people we need to resist the laws that make it difficult to gather peaceably. Are we peacefully occupying or not? I think the unwillingness to get arrested could be the death of this movement in Reno. If we are to show solidarity with our brothers and sisters across the world, we must not be concerned with the views of the powers that be. They should be concerned with our views. Let me show you a deffinition:oc·cu·py /ˈɒkyəˌpaɪ/ Show Spelled [ok-yuh-pahy] Show IPA verb, -pied, -py·ing.
verb (used with object)
1. to take or fill up (space, time, etc.): Ioccupiedmyeveningsreadingnovels.
2. to engage or employ the mind, energy, or attention of: OccupythechildrenwithagamewhileIpreparedinner.
3. to be a resident or tenant of; dwell in: Weoccupiedthesamehousefor20years.
4. to take possessionand controlof (a place), as by military invasion.
5. to hold (a position, office, etc.).
I was hoping you take special notice of number 4, because thats what an occupation is. TAKE POSSESSION AND CONTROL. Not ask for it, not pay a permit for it, not wait for approval for it. Lets get real please.
-“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants”. Hopefully I don’t need to attribute this quote.
I will be sure to attend the GA on Thursday, and perhaps be persuaded to your course.
Thoughts on any of this?