We were not afraid to bring “Occupy” to Parkersburg even though some felt we wouldn’t be welcome there. We felt is was probably the BEST place to be, since the people there are poor and ignorant of fact, as evidenced from the many I interviewed while there. Between the Oil Company’s fracking and the C8 water problem from Dow Chemical their health is being jeopardized. But it appears not everyone has the guts to take on the system, the establishment, or face controversy, for fear of being targeted. The movement is not for the “weak at heart”. Those of us who know that things will continue to get worse, do not back down in the face of the naysayers. (more…)
Janet is spending time with her husband, kids & grandkids. While helping out the grandkids transition to daycare she’ll be reorganizing, planning and strategizing the next steps for OTR.
Pueblo House is 75% done and just waiting on some skilled people to finish drywalling and put hardwood floors down. June 12th will mark the One Year Anniversary since being donated. Most all plumbing, electrical and upstairs are finished. Fixtures need to be placed once the walls are complete. The house will be used for meetings, education and helping the local community find resources to the many issues facing the Eastside (teen pregnancy, drugs, etc.). (more…)
The Parkersburg project, it is going very well. Larry (building owner) has been absolutely wonderful and has the same vision. He’s been active long before Occupy started and is very involved.
The evening of the day we arrived (Wed.) Debra had already sent an email out to all and by 3pm the next day pulled together a very important meeting where we sat with The Development Director, Chief Building Inspector, Zoning & Code Enforcement, City Engineer, Office of Development, Capt. of the Fire Dept, and the Mayor himself. Apparently the city is VERYinterested in utilizing this building for a downtown Farmers Market (because the trial one they had under a tent had proven quite successful). They want a permanent site where farmers could have use of the walk in cooler downstairs. Together we discussed various options…. trying to figure out how the funding would work, what days the markets would run and how much space would be needed. We talked about utilizing the huge kitchen and allotting hours so bread could be made and sold and then have vendors selling cheese, etc. Right now there is no place to buy fresh anything downtown. We also talked about other goods like jars and cans of organic foods. We would provide the space and let the vendors utilize the equipment for a small price. There is a huge working force downtown too as many are State and City employees. (more…)
Hey all you activists? Those serious “get it done” activists who want to be part of something big! We have an opportunity to occupy a very huge heritage building, in the middle of downtown in a town near the southern Ohio border. We’re going to occupy, retail space, loft apartments and offices, totaling 12,000 sq ft. But the stipulation is that EVERYONE is a worker. No loafers or transients! Free accommodations if you’re prepared to give 40+ hrs a week of admin, media, tech support, web design, organizing, outreach, or something that will benefit the group as a whole. There will be a screening process to ensure it doesn’t become a hostel. Seriously! We must ensure we have the brightest, techie savvy, media smart people who can help us create change via think tank, collaboration, consensus and vision. We’re being given an opportunity to make a difference…together. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description of what you can offer. The first meeting will be in March with Janet and the owner of the building. Make the leap! Be the change you believe is possible!