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Snapshots of OC ReOccupation 1st Night

Posted 15 hours ago on June 2, 2012, 8:10 a.m. EST by iam4basicrights

Occupy Cincinnati Reoccupation Action began with Success!

On June, 1st 2012, around 7 PM, during one of the coolest, windiest evenings in Piatt Park ("owned" by 3CDC) this spring, the Reoccupation of Occupy Cincinnati came alive through Direct Action! During the evening there were consistently 9 to 11 Occupiers present, with another three or four floating in and out as time or circumstances allowed, and plenty of the Cincinnati nightlife engaged Occupy in conversation and exchange, and smiles.

The Cincinnati police were already staking out our Reoccupation by 9 PM, and the members of OC were getting restless, online trading platforms leading to Mic Checks, chanting, and drumming. As 10 PM rolled around, the Occupy staple, a single tent, was resurrected from the warehouse and out into the public eye where it belongs! Within minutes of its completion the Cincinnati Police were present and requesting we respect our lawsuit settlement agreement by removing the tent. The tent was being held up by Occupiers, out in the walkway, away from the statue and outside the approved area for public 24/7 free speech.

The Occupation peacefully protested and challenged this attack on their 1st amendment rights, followed immediately by a Mic check and change of action. Mobilization of Occupy Cincinnati Reoccupation was on!

OC led a short march from Piatt Park four blocks south to Fountain Square (owned by 3CDC and Cincinnati Park Board). Unaware and unconcerned with the the status of activity on and in Fountain Square on a Friday evening in Cincinnati, Ohio, Occupiers took on the square with strong, clear and loud chanting. The protest march was well received by the hundreds of citizens already at the square for the PNC Summer Music Series Indie event. Cheers and smiles and handshakes were extended to the Occupiers as Fountain Square staff and police watched curiously.

Making their way across the square from Vine Street to 5th Street, the Reoccupation Action placed the tent down several feet out of the way of those passing through, immediately attracting the interests of other Cincinnati citizens and Fountain Square visitors and Staff members. OC was ready with flyers and positive, intelligent answers and direct responses!

Just a few minutes later, the Cincinnati Police were on us again, citing our rights to free speech but reminding us of their rules for requiring permits for structures in the Square. Again we challenged and protested, while agreeing to take the Occupy tent to the sidewalks - where just half an hour prior we were informed that Piatt Park was not a permissible location for the tent! With some brief discussion and varying conversation with more passers-by, a new, unannounced mobilization of the Reoccupation Action was implemented.

OC was on the move, heading several blocks north towards Over-The-Rhine, a part of Downtown Cincinnati that is being gentrified for the corporatocracy via 3CDC, demolishing low cost, historic housing in order to develop parking and cafes!! At a very busy and popular intersection the tent and protesters remained successfully exposed to drivers, pedestrians and a fairly popular entertainment and dining retail district in Cincinnati! Again we were met with enthusiastic Cincinnatians! Fresh exposure for about another hour contributed a new perspective for the Occupiers, as well as an additional grassy area to take over with tents some day soon (perhaps). Refreshingly, the Cincinnati Police were not alerted to our next mobilization location and never once crossed our paths for the rest of the night!

OC Reoccupation DA was a "DH" Direct Hit! It will continue on through out the weekend, beginning every day in Piatt Park at the intersection of Vine Street and Garfield Place, across from the Cincinnati Public Library. We hope to see more and more activists and passionate Occupiers from the 99% show up Saturday evening as well as for more action and the GA [General Assembly meeting] on Sunday afternoon.

Much thanks and love to the unknown provider of provisions later that evening-- the pizza tasted great!

In Peace, Love, Equality, Justice and Solidarity-- Occupy Cincinnati

We Are The 99%, We Will Not Be Moved!


OC Participation Survey June 2012

Posted 2 days ago on May 31, 2012, 2:10 p.m. EST by occupycincyit

Occupy Cincinnati Participation Temp Check - please complete a quick survey and help us to improve!

Survey closes 6/15/12 at midnight.

We need your feedback! Speak your mind and tell us why you do/don't participate more and how we can change things so you will. Vote on the issues most important to you and tell us what we need to do to see you more, get you back and improve so we can create the change you want to see. Results to be presented in aggregate form to the General Assembly. Here’s the link to the survey.

It shouldn’t take more than 3 minutes of your time to complete. If you care about the cause or have ever been a member of our group, we need your input, so please give us your honest feedback!



Posted 2 days ago on May 31, 2012, 1:54 p.m. EST by occupycincyit

Hey, Cincinnati! We're baaaaaack!

Join us at Piatt Park on Friday around 7 PM for a Direct Action committee planning meeting and the action itself starts around 9 PM as we re-occupy and refocus on the problems of our bought government, corporate personhood and unlimited spending to influence our elections by the 1% thanks to Citizens United, P&G, GE, Fifth Third, Western & Southern, and other corrupt corporations functioning without empathy,and putting profit before people and planet, which has thrown our world into a toxic stew of cronyism, extensive environmental damage, and the brink of global economic collapse for everyone but the plutocracy.

Bring your sleeping bags, your signs, your tents, your friends, and your outrage! For more information, and to RSVP, view our event on Facebook.

Hope to see you there!



Posted 4 days ago on May 29, 2012, 7:45 p.m. EST by raijin

Please forgive us as we head towards the future- the few people who signed up last week will need to do so again, bear with us in this transition! Thanks, and SOLIDARITY!


Ohio passes terrible fracking law SB 315

Posted 4 days ago on May 29, 2012, 2:37 p.m. EST by raijin

Don't Frack Ohio

On May 24, the Ohio’s State Assembly passed Senate Bill 315—one of the worst fracking laws in the nation—by a 21-8 vote in the Senate and a 73-19 vote in the Ohio House that approves new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing in the Utica and Marcellus shale formations running under nearly half of the state. The shale gas provisions are part of a larger energy bill that also addresses Ohio’s renewable energy portfolio standard.

The bill heading to Gov. Kasich’s desk fails to reinvest in Ohio communities, adequately protect Ohioans from the toxic impacts of the fracking industry and address the growing climate crisis.

SB 315 will allow health and safety loopholes. It requires the gas industry to pay less than almost any other state in the country, exposing our communities to the worst excesses of the fracking industry. Doctors will be prevented from talking openly about the sickness they see in their patients, and the gas industry will keep profits flowing out of our communities.

Read more here.


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