September 29th, 2011
occupytomedia
Hey, I have a question - why are we occupying Toronto on a Saturday? There's no trading on bay street and barely anyone in the exchange towers, to my understanding....wouldn't that make protesting on a Saturday somewhat pointless?

This is a really important question so we hope you don’t mind that we publish our response.

We have been receiving this question a lot, and we see the validity in it. However, the goals of OccupyTO and OccupyWallSt. involve the ideas and suggestions of all of those who occupy the 99% of Canada and The World. The goal is to have not multiple causes, multiple organizations, but one organization, one cause, built upon the ideas and suggestions of everyone. That unified movement can only be accomplished through the democratic process of our Assemblies.

However, because of the recent concern about our schedule, we will be opening the discussion to the idea of civil action on the 15th, at least to make our presence known. If the consensus of the General Assembly at the end of the day is to march - legal, media, and logistics will adjust our strategies accordingly. If you want to speak about this at the General Assembly please come out to Berczy Park tonight at 6PM!

Thank you for your inquiry, I hope this answers everything.

September 29th, 2011
occupytomedia

September 29th 2011 - Administrative Update

Greetings

This is an update as to where we stand for the occupation of Toronto. Tonight we held an open Administrative Conference to decide a number of elements of the Occupation. 

To assist with moving forward the Administrative Workgroup has been divided into three core departments. These departments will be in need of volunteers and support. If any of you are interested in working within these departments, contact us here or through the FB page.

The departments are as follows:

Legal - These are such a vital group of individuals and we NEED more of them. People who are competent and versed in CANADIAN law and the rights of protesters. They also help look after our permits and help orchestrate legal aid for any incidents. 

Media and Communications - This will be a huge group of talented individuals. Bloggers, photographers, videographers, internet techs, chat moderators, editors, spokespeople, graphic designers, and street teams! We will handle everything from our web content to our official communications and releases.

Logistics - These people will be key to our success and survival. Working to organize our volunteers, our supplies, our resources. They will also help facilitate the GA and daily occupation schedules.

WE CANNOT MENTION ENOUGH THAT ALL OF THESE DEPARTMENTS ARE IN SERIOUS NEED OF VOLUNTEERS AND SUPPORT. ANY AND ALL HELP YOU CAN PROVIDE IS MONUMENTAL!

Secondly, we would like to invite any and all to our first General Assembly at Berczy Park, Thursday evening at 6 PM. The Assembly will focus on development as well as organizational needs. WE ARE NOT DISCUSSING OUR DEMANDS OR POLICIES AS THAT CAN ONLY OCCUR DURING THE OCCUPATION. Again:

Berczy Park, Toronto. Thursday September 29th @ 6PM

Please bring some of your signs, some educational material, pen and paper, good spirits, and video recording devices!

On a personal note. There has been a bit of in-fighting between current organizers and activists. This upsets me a great deal and I’d very much like to rectify the situation right NOW. We embrace any and all organizations/individuals/groups that feels they have a place in this cause. No one will be turned away regardless of political beliefs, race, religion, or ideologies.

With that said, it is important to understand that pushing political parties, religion, -isms, and negative energy divides our forces. It is not because we don’t agree with you or believe in the validity of those ideals. It creates conflict both internally and externally, and creates a divide among the 99%. THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT. They want us to have different ideals and for us to fight among ourselves. Divide and conquer is their game, we must be better at ours. This is going to happen over and over again. But, every time it does we can all learn something, that through carrying an open-mind, through dialogue, through the realization that we are all one - we can see beyond our differences and find our common ground. 

-OccupyTO

September 28th, 2011
bcbiv

VOLUNTEER NEEDED

Our Media and Community Outreach team would appreciate the assistance of a volunteer to help spread awareness of the movement at University of Toronto TODAY!

Please contact Bryan Clifford on facebook or contact through Tumblr, thank you!

September 27th, 2011
bcbiv

Anyone with eyes open knows that the gangsterism of Wall Street — financial institutions generally — has caused severe damage to the people of the United States (and the world). And should also know that it has been doing so increasingly for over 30 years, as their power in the economy has radically increased, and with it their political power. That has set in motion a vicious cycle that has concentrated immense wealth, and with it political power, in a tiny sector of the population, a fraction of 1%, while the rest increasingly become what is sometimes called “a precariat” — seeking to survive in a precarious existence. They also carry out these ugly activities with almost complete impunity — not only too big to fail, but also “too big to jail.”

The courageous and honorable protests underway in Wall Street should serve to bring this calamity to public attention, and to lead to dedicated efforts to overcome it and set the society on a more healthy course.

Noam Chomsky

(https://occupywallst.org/)

Reblogged from MADNESS DOESN'T PLAY
September 27th, 2011
bcbiv

The First Three Days (Schedule)

The inherent nature of a movement like this does not strictly allow organizers such as myself much flexibility in the manifestation of a schedule. The first three days are what will dictate the scheduling for the rest of this event. That being said it is crucial that within these first three days we are using these scheduled slots for General Assembly to put together the most intellectual individuals to construct our future as OccupyToronto. We will not march until the TSX is open and in business on Monday, which gives us the weekend to have the group on slow boil while we determine the best course of action.

Laptops and Cameras are essential to the indepedent coverage of OccupyToronto.

We also need:

PO BOX

Power Bars + Extension Cables / Generator

Blankets + Pillows

Dried Goods / Water Source

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

10am                              Begin the occupation

Noon                               Welcome our first flood.

12:30PM - 3:30PM          General Assembly 

3:45PM -  6:15PM          Internet Promotion of Event / General Assembly 

6:30PM - 9:30PM            General Assembly

9:45PM - Midnight         Internet Promotion of Event / General Assembly  

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

9am                               Good Morning Occupy Toronto!

12:30PM - 3:30PM          General Assembly 

3:45PM -  6:15PM          Internet Promotion of Event / General Assembly 

6:30PM - 9:30PM            General Assembly        

9:45PM - Midnight         Internet Promotion of Event / General Assembly 

Monday. October 17th, 2011

9:00AM  - 10:00AM        First March Proposed in GA

10:30AM - 12:30AM       OccupyToronto Naturally

12:30PM - 3:30PM          General Assembly 

3:45PM -  6:15PM          Internet Promotion of Event / General Assembly 

6:30PM - 9:30PM            General Assembly        

9:45PM - Midnight         Internet Promotion of Event / General Assembly

Join our Mailing List