Occupy Rapid City
Occupy Rapid City is a grassroots movement formed in solidarity with the Occupy Together movement worldwide. Activists from Rapid City and the Black Hills area converged on October 15th, 2011 in support of the global movement, and they continue to demonstrate their support for addressing economic and political issues. More…
Demonstrations will take place on Saturdays at 12 PM at the junction of Main St. and 6th St. (across from Main Street Square) in downtown Rapid City.
Assembly meetings will take place the first and third Mondays of the month – 5:30pm at Seattle’s Best Coffee Shop, Sixth and Saint Joseph, unless otherwise noted.
Most recent schedule: October 2012
Meetings take place at the Seattle’s Best Coffee Shop:
October 8 and 22nd, 2012: General Assembly at Seattle’s Best Coffee Shop
Other activities/events noted by the Group (see below).
Joint press release from Occupy Rapid City and South Dakota Peace and Justice, Rapid City Chapter. For Immediate release.
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Notes from ORC General Assembly
Meeting July 1, 2012
THEME OF THE MONTH: CITIZENS UNITED vs FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION
Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door on unlimited corporate spending in U.S. elections by ruling in favor of CITIZENS UNITED – the controversy of third party ‘super PACS’ with anonymous donors and the influence of money in politics corrupts the integrity of our elections. Many have called for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to restore the rights of the American people and not allow corporations to use unlimited amounts of money as speech to influence elections.
Hand-outs were printed to distribute on Saturday at Main Street Square.
A more formal petition and resolution was suggested to be sent to the RC Council.
A protest against TRANS CANADA and the KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE will be organized by Carl Klein from Occupy Brookings. No dates have been finalized as yet.
RAPID CITY SOCCER COMPLEX AND THE FLOOD PLAIN
Occupy Rapid City opposes any proposed TIF to build a soccer complex in the flood plain. More information is to follow.
OCCUPY RAPID CITY IS ALIVE AND WELL
A group of British Parliamentarians from London, England visited South Dakota and asked Governor Dugaard if an Occupy group such as ours existed in the State of South Dakota.
Occupy Rapid City will send our greetings to the British Parliamentarians in reply to their question to Governor Dugaard.
South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) – Chris Nelson, chairman, said farmers who lost $2.6 million when Anderson Seed plant in Redfield, SD closed earlier this year, are one step closer to getting back a small sum of money for their losses. Once the plan is passed, farmers could begin applying for money from the bond.
Spearfish Canyon Update – A Hydrological Analysis has been commissioned to determine water contamination by arsenic and other pollutants due to mining operations.
Women’s Rights – Catholic Diocese is to be visited by the Unitarians to demand equal rights for women.
Saturday’s at Main Street Square – First Amendment rights and the freedom to assemble.
ORC will continue to meet at Noon on the Main Street Square.
The Assault on America’s Civil Justice System
And Your Constitutional Rights
The regular second Tuesday of the month meeting of South Dakota Peace and Justice will investigate the long-term corporate propaganda campaign to convince Americans that they should give up their constitutional rights in the name of tort reform. With three hundred and twelve million citizens in our country, it is easy for vested financial interests to find an occasional case where the system has been abused. The case of the elderly woman who spilled scalding McDonalds’ coffee in her lap was not such an incident!
The multiple film festival winning documentary, Hot Coffee: Is Justice Being Served? will be shown. This film looks at numerous cases that have been totally distorted, and the subsequent atmosphere thus created, which prevents our system of justice from redressing egregious damage to our citizens. Local defense attorneys Mike Wilson and Jim Leach will lead a discussion following the documentary.
The general public is always encouraged to attend our free presentations. We meet at the St. Isaac Joques Church, adjacent to the Mother Butler Center. The church is located at 221 Knollwood , across the street from the Carmike 10 Theater. The meeting starts at 7 PM and usually lasts about two hours. Coffee and light refreshment are served. Please encourage anyone you know who is concerned about the continued erosion of our civil right by the emerging oligarchy in our country to attend.
For further information contact Jim Petersen at 342-6245 or MaryJo Farrington at 716-5166.
PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MISS REPRESENTATION AIMS TO END SEXISM IN THE MEDIA AND EMPOWER WOMEN
DOCUMENTARY FILM TO SCREEN ON JUNE 25, 2012, 6:30 PM
AT THE ELKS THEATRE, RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA
SPONSORED BY VOICES OF THE HEARTLAND FILM GROUP
Miss Representationfirst premiered in the documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival, where it caught the eye of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. It made its television debut as part of the OWN documentary film club in October 2011, with over 1.3 million people tuning in to its multiple airings. Additional screenings with corporations, non-profits, religious groups, government organizations and communities are happening every day all over the world.
Local Screening: There will be a local screening of Miss Representation on June 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm at the Elks Theatre in Rapid City. Tickets are $5.00 and available through the Elks Theatre website or at the door. All proceeds from this screening will go to Project Respect, org. After the screening, there will be a community/panel discussion led by Holly Sortland, Director of Project Respect.org.
The media is invited to attend the screening and cover the post-screening panel discussion. If you would like to attend, please contact Clay Uptain, firstname.lastname@example.org or 341.0724.
Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.
Miss Representation includes stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics like Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Jackson Katz, Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem. The film offers startling facts and statistics that will leave audiences shaken and armed with a new perspective. www.missrepresentation.org
In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality – and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made strides in leadership over the past few decades, the U.S. is 90th in the world in terms of women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating.
The distribution of the film Miss Representation has been the catalyst for a social action campaign led by MissRepresentation.org. The campaign seeks to empower women and girls and provide them with new opportunities to realize their full potential.
MissRepresentation.org is igniting a cross-generational movement to shift the cultural mindset of communities, interrupt and stop patterns of sexism, change the way women and girls are represented in the media and ensure a tipping point that will lead to gender parity in leadership through the United States. Join the campaign at www.missrepresentation.org.
About Project Respect.org: Project Respect.org is a local non-profit organization sponsoring healthy, responsible and respectful relationships for South Dakota’s youth. www.projectrespect.org, 605.786.5256, P.O. Box 1895, Rapid City, SD 57709.
About Voices of the Heartland Film Group: We are a small local volunteer organization which brings monthly indie films and documentaries to Rapid City, South Dakota on the last Monday of each month at the Elks Theatre. http://heartlandfilm.wordpress.com/, 605.341.0724 or email@example.com
South Dakota Peace and Justice hosts Occupy Rapid City panel
By Greg Olson with editorial and memory help by Clay Uptain
Tuesday night the monthly meeting of the Rapid City chapter of the South Dakota Peace and Justice organization hosted a panel of Occupy Rapid City members. The focus of this meeting was ‘The Significance of the “Occupy” Movement in Contemporary America: A Discussion.’ The panelists were volunteers and each of them spoke from their own point of view regarding the Occupy Movement. The panel was comprised of three noteworthy members of our Occupy Rapid City community and yours truly. Each panelist spoke from the heart about the Movement with emphasis on particular aspects that spoke specifically to them. While these panelists generally share similar views they did not speak as representatives of the diverse membership of the Occupy Movement.
Clay Uptain spoke of his background as a criminal justice system professional and how the Occupy Movement’s worldwide significance and his interest in the spiritual and social aspects of what that means, not just for Rapid City, but for all of humanity.
Jim Petersen shared that he is a Veteran pilot and feels that the Defense budget is way out of proportion and that it needs a significant reduction. He also listed other issues that he felt continued to be of specific relevance to the Movement. He elaborated on each of the items that he referred to and how they related to the essential central issues of the Movement’s Occupy Wall Street beginnings. One of the key issues he mentioned was that our country has slowly degenerated into a plutocracy. We are no longer a democracy. He also discussed the National Defense Appropriations Act that eviscerated the Bill of Rights and has put our nation under indefinite martial law.
Peggy Detmers related how her background made many of Occupy’s central causes important to her. She has a background in biology and is currently working with a biochemist identifying toxins in our environment. She issued several challenges to the listeners to join in the activism of the Occupy Movement. This call to action was well understood and has been historically shared by most if not all of those in attendance of this gathering of the local South Dakota Peace and Justice group.
For my part, I tried to express how the Occupy Movement provides a venue or outlet for the “frustrated” majority or for the percentage of the population that should be able to associate with the movement, “the 99%.” At the same time the Movement has avoided the partisanships of political parties. The Occupy Movement provides the bridge between many groups on issues that are important to all of us, regardless of political, religious, or other divisive group definition.
All of the panelists seemed to agree that the Occupy Movement was a continuing catalyst for activism as well as for civic and social responsibility. Evidence of this belief can be observed in action; two Occupy Rapid City members are serving on a task force formed by the Rapid City Council that was successful in getting the City of Rapid City to formalize and update its procedures for where it keeps its money. The effort deemphasized the reliance on big banks and financial institutions and focused on the city including more small and locally owned banks and credit unions.
South Dakota Peace and Justice Center
Rapid City Chapter Meeting
Occupy Wall Street: One Year Later
Tuesday, June 12th 7:00pm
St. Isaac Jogues Meeting Room
(Next to the Mother Butler)
It’s been over a year since the Occupy Movement
started in New York City. Since then, the “movement”
has spread across America. But it has many different
meanings to people including the 99% versus the 1%.
What is Occupy about? What has it accomplished?
What does it mean in Rapid City?
Panel discussion will include members of Occupy Rapid City. Please come out and participate in this discussion.
The demonstration on Saturday May 26 will focus on the Military Industrial Complex that we were warned about by that Communist Pinko Liberal General Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States and proud member of the Republican Party. What he warned us about has come true in gangbusters. Our country spends more money on Defense than all the rest of the countries in the world put together. We are building airplanes and armaments that even the Pentagon is saying that doesn’t work and they don’t want. Yet if anyone dares to suggest that the DOD budget is bloated and needs to be reduced they are labeled as traitors and subject to indefinite detention. Not to mention they might be killed by a drone missile attack.
Come on out this Saturday and stand with us. You will be glad that you did.
WOMEN UNITE – MARCH IN SOLIDARITY
What: A call to action to defend Women’s Rights with a March in Solidarity
Why: A nation-wide event to focus attention on current legislation and efforts that challenge rights of women and families.
When: 2:00 PM – Saturday, April 28, 2012
Where: Meet at Memorial Park Band Shell and march through downtown Rapid City.
Who: Local citizens who wish to join with Americans from across the United States to tell members of Congress and legislators in all 50 states “Enough is Enough!” should attend. If you are troubled by the prevailing trend of laws, especially in South Dakota, that threaten women’s right, you are encouraged to participate. If you dislike negative campaign language and the anti-women rhetoric in the media, please plan to ‘march in solidarity’ with others that feel as you do.
Miscellaneous: Participants are asked to bring relevant signs that are appropriate for a family-friendly event.
More information can be found at www.unitewomen.org, on Facebook at Women Unite! (what is your link)? March in Solidarity or contact us.
Occupy Rapid City to highlight Miss Representation
This Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm Occupy Rapid City will walk from Main Street Square to KOTA in order to shine a light on the role of the media in disempowering women. KOTA continues to broadcast Rush Limbaugh in spite of his documented attacks on women. He has repeatedly and infamously referred to any women who are politically active on equality issues as “femi-nazis.” He seems to think that the only appropriate role for women in the 21st Century is to remain barefoot and pregnant.
Not only does KOTA continue to broadcast Rush Limbaugh, but it also aligns itself with the one percent corporate interests in this country, rather than the ninety-nine percent of the rest of the population. The more general role of the corporate owned and controlled media locally and nationally in marginalizing and disempowering women was exposed in a recent showing in Rapid City of Miss Representation. This film highlighted the many ways that women are sexualized and distorted on a daily basis in our media culture. It is a documentary film by Jennifer Siebel Newsom and features interviews with Condaleezza Rice, Katie Couric, Nancy Pelosi, Gloria Steinem, Geena Davis, Rachel Maddow, Margeret Cho, and Rosario Dawson. It documents how the media only wants to focus on trivial and sexualized aspects of women, instead of having an honest discourse on the issues that women are raising. One example in the film was the media’s focus on Sarah Palin’s legs and physical appearance instead of the substance of her political stances on the issues.
The recent local showing of this film was sponsored by PROJECT RESPECT.ORG, an organization that “works to combat sexual and gender based violence amongst South Dakota’s Native American youth by promoting healthy, responsible and respectful relationships.”
Proceeds from the event went to WAVI-Working Against Violence, Inc., an organization that “works to create a community free of domestic abuse and sexual assault through advocacy, education and support services.”
The following statement is by Jim Peterson of Occupy Rapid City:
As you may or may not be aware, the Occupy Rapid City group has weekly demonstrations every Saturday, beginning at noon at Main Street Square. The overarching theme is always corporate control of every facet of our lives, but a weekly emphasis is chosen based on a timely issue currently in the limelight. This Saturday, April 21, we will try to bring to the attention of the public/media the concerns depicted in the recently shown movie Miss Representation. More specifically we will try and connect the dots between the media and the objectification and degradation of women. We will meet as usual at the Square, at noon, with appropriate signs and then around 12:45 walk the two blocks to the KOTA studio to once again shine a light on Rush Limbaugh’s disgusting behavior, vis-à-vis women. The previous demonstration at KOTA was an appropriate response to a specific episode, but the bigger issues pointed out by Miss Representation need to be addressed also.
We would encourage every woman you know (and men !!) to join us for an hour or so this Saturday. The reality is that one short demonstration is not going to affect significant change, which is why Occupy groups step up continuously…. PLEASE take the time to join us and encourage all your friends and group members to do likewise. Signage which speaks to the points raised in the Miss Representation film would be most helpful and appropriate. If anyone has any questions have them call me at (605) 342-6245. Thanks for all that you do to make our community a better place……..Jim Petersen
For More Information:
Mary Ellen Uptain 605.341.0724
Jim Peterson 605.342.6245
Holly Sortland/Executive Director, Project Respect.org
Miss Representation http://www.missrepresentation.org/
The next demonstration will be Saturday April 14, 12 Noon at Main Street Square, Sixth and Main, Rapid City. Our next General Assembly will be this Monday, April 16, 5:30pm. It will be at Seattle’s Best Coffee Shop at Sixth and Saint Joseph Street. We hope to see you there. This is just the beginning.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
April 9-15 National Event
The 99%Spring is a national event from April 9-15, 2012. It is a collaboration of many grassroots organizations. The event was featured on this weeks’ Bill Moyers program. The link to the 99%Spring Event is http://the99spring.com/
March 17 Demonstration
The theme for this Saturday’s March 17 Occupy Rapid City demonstration will be the Bad Billboard Bill. See Tom Katus’ editorial in the Rapid City Journal of March 10 for details. It is at 12 Noon at Main Street Square. If anyone feels the need to wear a green hat and drink green beer afterwards, the wee Leprechauns approve. There will be a General Assembly meeting Monday March 19, 5:30pm at Seattle’s Best Coffee Shop.
Saturday protest will continue theme of holding Rush Limbaugh and KOTA accountable for their actions
Due to the requests of participants at today’s rally in front of KOTA, the scheduled Occupy Rapid City rally for tomorrow, Saturday, March 10th will continue the theme of holding Rush Limbaugh and KOTA accountable for their actions. It is an open forum. All are welcome. The protest will begin at Main Street Square at 12 Noon, and then we will march over to the KOTA station on St. Joseph Street. There were at least 60 people at the KOTA protest today. Their management appears to be placing greed over any sense of integrity. What Rush said is offensive and unacceptable. He must be held accountable. Please come out and protest this horrible stance taken by Rush Limbaugh and KOTA Radio.
Occupy Rapid City supports protest of Rush Limbaugh
This Friday March 9, 2012 at 12 Noon members of Democracy in Action will stage a protest of Rush Limbaugh in front of the KOTA office in downtown Rapid City. His recent remarks were offensive and hardly family values. It is very disappointing that KOTA has announced that they will continue to broadcast his radio program. Occupy Rapid City supports the protest organized by Democracy in Action. We encourage all citizens who oppose Limbaugh’s vile and filthy pronouncements to come out and protest with us. The following is the statement issued by Democracy in Action:
Dear Democracy in Action Members:
WE NEED YOU! YOUR BODY, YOUR ENERGY, YOUR OUTRAGE AND YOUR VOICE!
We want to send a strong message to KOTA Radio that Rush Limbaugh’s form of “commentary” is unacceptable. As you know, Limbaugh verbally assaulted law student Sandra Fluke for speaking out about wanting her school to amend its health insurance to cover contraception. Rush called her a slut and a prostitute. He also suggested that if taxpayers were stuck with the bill of paying for contraceptives, Ms. Fluke and other “feminazis” should give them something back: Sex videos “so we can all watch.”
KOTA has already stated they will not cancel Limbaugh’s program. But we can still protest, loudly and strongly, how despicable and unacceptable Rush’s comments are.
Come protest with us on Friday, March 9th at 12 Noon, in front of the KOTA offices on St. Joe St. in downtown Rapid City. Make a sign and bring a friend.
For those of you who cannot be part of the march due to your work schedule, etc., another option is to sign the petition announced in the article on the front page of today’s Rapid City Journal, asking KOTA radio to take Rush Limbaugh’s show off of the air. To sign the petition, go to:
And spread the word!
This is a grassroots movement that is not partisan to any political party, group or otherwise. Participation is welcome to all for the purpose of peaceful demonstration and redress of grievances. Decisions pertaining to the group are made by general consensus at regular general assembly meetings.
The General Assembly (GA) model has been adopted by most of the occupations as a way to discuss and make decisions. The GA is a horizontal, leaderless, consensus-based open meeting. This is where decisions are made that affect the whole group and general discussions are held.
The GA is a gathering of people committed to making decisions based upon a collective agreement of “consensus.” There is no single leader or governing body of the GA – everyone’s voice is equal. Anyone is free to propose an idea or express an opinion as part of the GA.
Group / Mailing List / Facebook
If you would like to be in contact with the Occupy Rapid City activists, have discussions and share ideas, a “Group” has been created to make communications among the group easy and open.
Click Here to join the Google Group (you can use any email address). First you create a account/profile with the Google Groups service, then you join the groups of your choice. Using the link above should take you directly to the Occupy Rapid City Group. Alternatively, you can also view/join the group from the group page:
Once you’ve joined the group, you may send emails to all who are in the group, by sending your messages to firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone in the Group will receive your message. Then anyone in the Group can reply to the author, or ‘reply-all’ so everyone in the Group may read the response. This enables email to be used for discussion. You can also read the discussions from the Group Page (see link above).
Facebook: There are two pages on Facebook for Occupy Rapid City. The first one is the page for the Organization: http://www.facebook.com/occupyrapidcity
The second one is a Facebook group page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/occupyrapidcity/
– No avocation of violence
– No ‘belligerence’
– Create a new Subject when appropriate (stay on topic)
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