Monthly Archives: January 2012

Reno City Council Votes on Corporate Personhood, UNR Rally, and Other Updates

Upcoming Events

Occupy UNR will be holding their second rally this Thursday, 2.2.2012, from 12:30pm to 2:00pm on the steps of the UNR Mathewson-IGT Library. Guest speakers will include UNR professors, students, and occupiers. Performances by local band Merkin. Bring your friends, family, and learn how to get more involved!

The 1.28 General Assembly adjourned before we could vote on the location of our next GA. Without an official ruling on the topic we are asking for your input:

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Dear City Council: I am not a corporation. I am a HUMAN and you represent ME.

Tomorrow 1.25.2012 the Reno City Council will be deciding possible actions for a

“Resolution in support of a Constitutional Amendment and other legislative actions ensuring that only human beings, not corporations, are endowed with constitutional rights and that money is not speech, and therefore the expenditure of corporate money to influence the electoral process is no longer a form of constitutionally protected speech.”

This is the first step the City of Reno can do to help the people reclaim their government from the corporate aristocracy.  Will Reno be the next city to support a true people’s democracy or will they uphold the status quo of corporate governance?

This item will be addressed sometime between 12:15pm and 6:00pm (that’s the best the City Info desk would provide us). We strongly encourage anyone who supports this measure to submit a Public Comment to the City Council urging them to adopt this resolution (Agenda Item L.5). If you cannot be present to speak to the Council itself, you can still submit your comment into the public archives for future generations to reference what side of history you were on.

See you on the frontlines,

Action Updates and GA Announcements

Petitioning our Government for a redress of grievances

Greetings from Occupy Reno,

This last Saturday, 1.21.2012, marked the 2-year anniversary of the Citizens United v. FEC SCOTUS decision. Many thanks to the brave men and women who took the streets in front of the Federal Building to protest against the counterfeit democracy that has plagued our great nation. We stand in solidarity with all people who defend justice over control and people over profits.

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March in Solidarity Against Corporate Personhood

1/21/2012 marks the 2 year anniversary of the infamous Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision.

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Occupy Reno is Moving Forward!

First off, thank you to everyone who attended the GA last night and shared their insight. Below is a message from Laurel, who facilitated yesterday’s GA:

“At this past General Assembly, we discussed many issues facing Occupy Reno as we move forward. There were many passionate words and inspiring speeches. While there was some verbal sparring–which there will always be when a bunch of fiery, smart, and strong-willed individuals get together, as someone wisely pointed out at the GA–everyone at the meeting was committed to moving forward. In this spirit, we are marching on. We are pursuing options for staying at Moana Springs as well as pursing other opportunities to occupy other locations.

We do not know whether or not we will have to leave Moana Springs when our original permit expires next Wednesday (January 25th) at 4:00PM. If we do leave, we want to make sure that we leave no trace behind. On Sunday, we will be cleaning the site starting at 12noon. However, if you have a truck/trailer/hauling means or a site to store items, please visit the site whenever you can to pick up items that are not immediately necessary for the occupiers still there. There will be occupiers at the site until the 25th (and perhaps beyond)!

Finally, thank you to all those who spoke today at the GA and the City
Council Meeting. We truly appreciate you and your words of support.”

For minutes from the General Assembly, please click here.

We have MANY more actions lined up in the coming days listed below! 

  • Thursday (1/19):
    • Legal/Green Committees 6:00pm at Demian’s
    • UNR Committee 6:00pm at Strega Bar (310 S Arlington)
    • Occupy City Hall 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. outside City Hall. More help needed!
  • Friday (1/20):
    • OCCUPY THE COURTS 8:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. outside the Federal Building downtown.
    • Note: Occupy City Hall will join those at Occupy the Courts and will not be in front of City Hall.
  • Saturday (1/21):
    • Occupy Shabat 10:00am at Moana Springs (240 Moana Lane)
    • General Assembly 1:00p.m. at City Hall
    • Post GA March against Corporate Personhood 2:00pm from City Hall to Federal Building. More details coming soon!
    • Post-March (around 3 p.m.) Visit RTC bus station (4th and Center St.) to review a possible new OR staging ground to demonstrate and educate. Visit again for night-time perspective around 8 p.m.
  • Sunday (1/22):
    • Noon until done: begin dismantling under-utilized structures from Moana Springs and clean-up to prepare for potential eviction. We are committed to a Leave No Trace principle. Please help us uphold this.
    • Media Committee Meeting 1 p.m. at UNR Knowledge Center Room 113
  • Monday (1/23):
    • Action/Outreach Committee Meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Strega Bar (310 S Arlington)
  • Wednesday (1/25)
    • Reno City Council will address the topic of corporate personhood.

As always, we thank you for keeping Occupy Reno strong and look forward to seeing you at upcoming events. We’ll be sending out another update soon with more information on Saturday’s march. Please try to make it if you can!

In Solidarity,
Occupy Reno


At this Saturday’s General Assembly, it was apparent that we are at a pivotal moment in our movement. On Wednesday, we will be one week away from our original permit expiring. On Wednesday, the City Council may discuss a fee schedule that may affect our ability to remain at this site. In light of these events and tensions within our group, at Wednesday’s General Assembly we will discuss how we continue moving forward with Occupy Reno. Wednesday’s GA is not about the end of Occupy Reno, but a GA to discuss how we will continue Occupy Reno. At the GA we may discuss what has come to divide us, but the GA will also be a time to come together to discuss what continues to unite us. Wednesday’s GA is a time to share knowledge—to become better informed about our movement and each other. Wednesday’s GA is a time to listen to each other. Wednesday’s GA is a time to air concerns. Wednesday’s GA is a time to introduce ideas. Wednesday’s GA is a time to understand what each of us has at stake in this movement.

To effectively facilitate this discussion, the agenda format of this GA has been slightly adapted. The meeting will begin as usual with an introduction to the facilitator team, a review of the process of the GA, and announcements. After this opening, we will move into a discussion of moving forward in Occupy Reno. To begin the discussion—and in place of committee report backs—each committee is asked to send a representative to the GA to give a report. The report should discuss—as objectively as possible—the committee’s understanding of the future of Occupy Reno. This report should help inform the GA as a whole on issues that the committee faces. For example, the Finance Committee could report that it takes X amount of money to cover insurance each month, X amount of money to cover port-a-potties each month, etc. This data leads the Finance Committee to have X, Y, and Z concerns. Another example: The Green Committee has been doing X, Y, and Z. If Occupy Reno does A, then these projects will be impacted in E, F, and G ways. Another example: The Camp and Infrastructure Committee reports that X number of people are currently occupying Moana Springs full time. Of these full-time occupiers, Y number of people have no other home to go to. These committee reports are all about conveying information to the GA so that every member of the GA can engage in a knowledgeable discussion of our future. To be clear, these committee reports are just that, reports. They are not opinions of individual speakers.

Following the committee reports, the stack will be open. Any and every individual here is encouraged to join the stack and have their voice heard. In an effort to have as many voices heard as possible, individuals that have yet to speak will be given priority over individuals that have already spoken. This means that if Jane is in the stack for the second time, John—who has yet to be heard—may be moved in front of her.

In a further effort to have every voice that wants to speak heard, each committee representative and each individual speaker has a 3-minute time limit. If an individual has more to say, the individual is encouraged to join the stack again. For this reason, each committee representative and individual is encouraged to prepare some notes in advance so that she or he can cover everything that he or she wishes to say in the allotted time. In forming your thoughts, remember the principles upon which this movement has been formed and the principles that have become important to each of us as the movement developed. In particular, let us remember that Occupy Reno has been a nonviolent, peaceful movement.

The GA will conclude the meeting with a recap from the scribe and a soapbox for anything that anyone wants to say outside of the scope of the “moving forward” discussion.

This is an important GA. We ask everyone who is able to attend to stay as long as possible. As the temperatures have begun to drop, we ask everyone to dress warmly for the GA. The facilitation team will make the site of the GA as comfortable as possible.

Agenda for the General Assembly at 6:00PM on Wednesday, January 18, at Moana Springs

  • Call Meeting to Order
  • Introduction
    • Introduction of facilitation team for the meeting
    • Review of Agenda
    • Review of Hand Signals
    • Ask people who do smoke to smoke downwind of GA
  • Announcements
  • Discussion of Moving Forward
    • Committee Reports from Committee Representatives (3-minute time limit on each representative)
    • Stack Open to Individual Speakers (3-minute time limit on each individual)
  • Recap
  • Soapbox

– Laurel

Corporations are Not People: Actions for this week

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Join a national campaign against corporate personhood! Some of our own Occupiers have gone to Washington D.C. to Occupy Congress. Show your solidarity here in Reno, where we’re working to convince the City Council to denounce the notion that corporations have the same rights as people.

Tuesday (1/17): Occupy Congress in solidarity with the national movement. We have a permit to demonstrate at the Bruce R. Thompson Courthouse & Federal Building, 400 S Virginia, 8am to 6pm. Occupy Carson City will join us from 11am to 1pm.

Wednesday (1/18): General Assembly at Moana Springs 6 p.m.

Friday (1/20): Occupy the Courts. We have a permit to demonstrate at the Bruce R. Thompson Courthouse & Federal Building, 400 S Virginia, 8am to 3:30pm. However, we will be asking for a volunteer to take ownership for the permit at the GA on 1/18.

Saturday (1/21): General Assembly outside City Hall at 1 p.m. followed by March in protest of the Citizens United v. Supreme Court decision. We will be marching in the streets of downtown to the Federal Building with RPD escorts. Stay tuned for more details on Saturday coming soon! This is going to be BIG. 


Wednesday (1/25): Reno City Council Meeting. We are on the agenda to petition the City to speak out against corporate personhood. We will be presenting the Council with the signed letters from all of you!

Occupy City Hall will be outside City Hall Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Close to 1,000 letters have been signed in support of the Bernie Sanders petition. Come down and sign yours too!