@OccupyLI

Long Island is difficult to coordinate activity across due to its geography and demography, however there are a number of active assemblies, affinity groups, and movement utilities (e.g. Occupy Storefront). Drawing on the Peoples' Assembly model implemented in NYC, this hub seeks to foster regional coordination, to build local and national relationships, and to promote solidarity across communities and causes on the Island. mailing list: OLI@interoccupy.net

 

This is a map of active movement elements (i.e. affinity groups, assemblies, ongoing projects, etc.) on Long Island (click to enlarge). This map represents only what is presently known to the OLI hub affinity group regarding activity. Please correct us if we are wrong or missing you or your contact information!

Links to affinity groups, assemblies, projects, and utilities:

Occupy The East End: Occupy The Hamptons: Occupy Huntington: Occupy Long Island: Occupy Mineola:
Occupy Stony Brook:
Occupy Shirley/ Mastic
Occupy South Shore: Occupy Storefront (Ronkonkoma) - A Utility for the 99%:  

http://occupylongisland.org/ | OLI@interoccupy.net

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Oceanside #Sandy Update 11/10

Posted November 10th, 2012 by occupyli • permalink
Canvassed at the Oceanside HS on Nov. 10th at 11am.

Assessment: Spoke to the Principle of Oceanside HS who is doing a great job coordinating community relief efforts. The School will be open from 11am-5pm Sunday and Monday. There is food, hot meals, they are still taking donations and will not be turning anything away. They do have teams of people canvassing the community by car and with bullhorns, alerting the community to what is being offered at the High School.

The school has full power and heat. Limited Wifi.

They could always use volunteers! Just walk in the front door and check in at the desk.

There has been overwhelming support via donations of money, currently they are looking to setup a paypal account to address this issue. Oceanside California is also matching donations dollar for dollar.

The School will remain a community center until Tuesday Nov. 13th when the school will reopen.

There will be hot dinners served the next 2 days. The school is making every effort to get out hot dinners to the community before nightfall.

Find more information here:

Oceanside HS Website - Official website of the Oceanside HS, not updated.

Oceanside Community Services - this is an organization that is working closely with the HS to provide relief services.

 

—>   This is the Oceanside Community Services facebook page where they are posting updated info.

 

 

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Occupy Shirley/Mastic

Posted August 3rd, 2012 by terriscofield • permalink

Occupy Shirley/Mastic hosts a weekly picket with informational leafletting Fridays, 4:45 to 5:45pm on the SW corner of William Floyd Parkway and Montauk Highway.

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Occupy Storefront Updates

Posted August 2nd, 2012 by occupyli • permalink

Occupy Storefront is a space in Ronkonkoma, NY that is open for utilization by the 99% to advance the movement against social and economic injustice on Long Island and around the country. Join us at a storefront that sells nothing, but that hopes to offer everything. Watch this space for updates on projects and campaigns developed or advanced at Occupy Storefront.

Contact: @OccupyStF | http://www.facebook.com/occupystorefront/info | occupystorefront@gmail.com |
1 (631) 648-8811 | Location: 59 Railroad Ave, Ronkonkoma, New York 11779

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 8/2/12 Update: 8/2/12 Meeting Minutes have been posted 

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Operation Save Lidia’s Home (Ongoing)

Posted July 31st, 2012 by occupyli • permalink

8/2 For immediate release:
Lidia’s Eviction Has Been Postponed! Community Rallies Around Neighbor.


Yesterday, after a court hearing which our compatriots attended alongside Lidia and her defense attorney Bill Jurow, we received word that Lidia’s eviction (which was originally scheduled for 8/2/12) has been postponed until November 20th 2012. This is an encouraging, small victory! It allows Lidia, her legal team, and the Long Island anti-foreclosure movement to further organize for the defense of her home from what amounts to outright theft by fraudsters. The Long Island Anti-Foreclosure Working Group will be following and documenting this case as it progresses until its conclusion. Lidia has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and sends love and thanks to everybody.

We have established relationships, contacts, and organizational structures that will serve us well in mobilizing future resistance against theft by criminal banks and their allies in the public and private sector. Lidia’s fight against Citibank and its legal team continues, as does the fight against fraudulent and immoral foreclosure across Long Island and the country. People are prepared to give their time, their expertise, as well as put personal well-being on the line to defend our neighbors. This is the meaning of solidarity.


To the people of Long Island, who are being pushed around by a corrupt financial, political, and legal system, we say: stand up, be heard, and we will stand with you.


In Love and Solidarity,


Communications Team


Occupy Storefront (Ronkonoma) – occupystorefront@gmail.com | @OccupyStF
Occupy Mineola – Info@occupymineola.org | @OccupyMineola
Occupy South Shore – OccupyLiss@rocketmail.com | @OccupyLISS
Occupy Long Island (InterOccupy)- oli@interoccupy.net | @OccupyLI

 

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7/31 Update: Minutes for the first meeting have been posted
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7/30 
For immediate release:

Lidia, a Polish-American immigrant and senior citizen, a resident of Massapequa, and our neighbor, is being fraudulently foreclosed on by Citibank – as the bank has been criminally doing to many across the country. Occupy Long Island, a number of affinity groups, and community groups including New York Communities for Change are organizing a campaign to help her fight back. Please join us tonight at 6pm at 7 Park Lane Place, Massapequa, Town of Oyster Bay, NY 11758 for a preliminary planning meeting to help save Lidia’s home, and expose the criminal, immoral practices which institutions like Citibank continue to engage in and which the legal and political system continues to enable. This is not hypothetical, this is happening to our neighbors here on Long Island now.

There is legal documentation of the fraud; which includes refusal of payment in order to ensure default and the falsification of documents that were not part of the court docket.  This is not an underwater home but a paid-for home being taken by a “too-big-to-fail bank” that received taxpayer bailout money. This is time-sensitive as Lidia has been given 72 hours to vacate the premises by the Nassau County Sheriff, and the circumstances around this push for eviction are less than clear.

There is a pattern of institutional criminality which has not been adequately addressed; which has ruined thousands of families; which disproportionately targets immigrants and people of color.  Now you have the opportunity to get involved. If you cannot commit resources or time to this effort, but would still like to support it – please share/ like the video, and spread the word via social media and word of mouth.

If you have legal expertise, or experience in real estate, dealing with foreclosure fraud, home defense, or activism and organizing, your presence and participation are most desired. More generally the mere presence of neighbors and people from all around Long Island at this woman’s house will help build community and solidarity on Long Island and help start a campaign against foreclosure and institutional fraud. Most importantly, come out and show your support and compassion for a member of our community who is being bullied by a corrupt system that caters to corporate greed over human need.


In Solidarity,
Communications Team

Links:
Here is a video Lidia made explaining her situation: Lidia’s Struggle
Occupy Long Island’s Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/OccupyLongIsland
Occupy Long Island’s Hub on InterOccupy: http://interoccupy.net/oli/

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Occupy Storefront Meeting Notes – 8/13/12

Posted August 16th, 2012 by occupyli • permalink

These notes resume off the 8/9 Storefront minutes starting with Bullet #6.

  1. (20 min) Discussion of long term unemployment
    1. what is the nature of unemployment on long island? – do research (Review packet called Economics for the 99% from the Center for Popular Economics)
      • The unemployment rate on Long Island continues to be below the national average, but jumped 3/10 of a percent from 7.4 to 7.7% from June to July.
      • While the numbers of the long term unemployed are discernible, national averages are between 20% for those in their lower 20’s with a significant increase to 42% for those 55 and older.
    2. how does it tie in to unemployment around nation?
      • The unemployment rate nationally has been in a state of flux as the economy remains stagnant.  The biggest issues and concerns have become centered around  integrating veterans back in the workforce and (as seen in the documentary Hard Times:  Lost on Long Island)-the long-term unemployed.
    3. what can be done about it?
      • There is a focus on possibly replicating a successful program done in another area of the country and implementing that program on Long Island.  Local politicians are being canvassed to obtain state funding while working on partnerships with  non-profit organizations that have a greater breadth and depth in infrastructure. A grass-roots campaign has been launched with support being offered by some local politicians interested in funding the long term portion of the program. Initial exploration into the project indicates that there may be monies available at the state level. Ultimately, if funding is provided by the state, Storefront will lose the program and there will be a shift in the program’s development.
    4. What is Occupy’s role? (propose implementing solidarity economics, which includes, among other things, promoting small local businesses over large corporations)
      • Occupy believes that a job with a living wage is a human right. Members of occupy work towards educating the public regarding issues such as sustainable businesses, working towards a living wage and the downside around having corporations control half the job market. Occupiers are working to provide a network that the long term can tap into to get themselves back to work.  The Occupy Movement can provide solidarity and unity for the cause.
      • Currently actively working with veterans’ causes to provide additional avenues of support in career planning, resume coaching, etc…  Additionally, Occupy Storefront team is exploring ideas on the combined mission of the movements to provide solidarity and unity in addressing the issue of the long-term unemployed.
    5. Proposals – Storefronts utility becomes invaluable if used as an ongoing space to provide coaching on the horizontal movement and how it can be used in the workforce.
    6. Next steps – Will be advised as various programs are implemented and begin to flourish.


  1. (10 min) Process Review
  2. Open Discussion/ Minutes are consolidated/ Meeting Adjourned

Process notes – (to go over during intro perhaps, and review at the end)

  • Facilitators will attempt to keep group on agenda and discussion flowing
  • Stack-taker will make sure all voices are heard (can be same as facilitators)
  • Temp-checkers will keep an eye on the group’s vibe
  • Scribes will take minutes which will be distributed via the OLI Hub and other social media (redacted for sensitive information before public dissemination – what leaves the room is decided by group, individuals should feel safe)
  • Process is decided on before and not discussed until the end, facilitator does not leave process up to group during discussion, it is reviewed later
  • Agenda is decided upon before starting the meeting
  • There is a socially enforced speaking time of 2-3 minutes (depending on size of group) every time someone speaks; it can be extended if group feels contribution is vital information (up to discretion of facilitator/ temp checker)
  • Facilitator tries to keep group on agenda, discourages cross-talk or direct responses (up to discretion – too much facilitation can have negative effect and reaction from group), generally tries to make sure speaking order is based on stack
  • Stack may or may not be formally kept depending on size of group


Talking points

  • General notes for Occupy meetings observed through travels
    • During discussion, there should be less of an emphasis on what others should be doing and more “what I am doing/ what I will do” and coordination between individuals and groups for common goals.
    • An emphasis on “what can we do to help?” rather than “how can we get people to join us?” – coupled with education and outreach
    • Build trust through process, listening, and common projects, don’t simply assume it.
  • Suggestions for role for Storefront
    • Storefront should move toward starting/ seeding working groups – groups of individuals with common interests who dedicate their skills and time to addressing a particular issue (e.g. foreclosure, alternative finance, cooperatives, building a student movement, immigrants issues, labor rights, anti-austerity, employment, etc.). WGs build a communication infrastructure, such as through a FB group or a listserv (better), engage in regular meetings and direct actions, and then report back to the assembly/ general meeting at Storefront. This should start, of course, with the core members of Storefront and their interests (i.e. Vets, employment, and Storefront itself as a utility – in this capacity, Storefront already functions simultaneously as a working group and a standing assembly)
    • Storefront can also serve to seed (apart from thematic working groups) new affinity groups and assemblies in localities across the island – which then proceed to exchange resources, members, and information, and to coordinate with Storefront, the broader Occupy Long Island movement, the OLI hub on InterOccupy, and various assemblies and groups across the Island.

Occupy Storefront Meeting Notes 8/9/12

Posted August 11th, 2012 by occupyli • permalink

8/9/12 Storefront Meeting Minutes

Minutes

 

  1. (10min) In attendance: 2 Members of Storefront and 1 member of Occupy Mineola, additional new member later in the meeting.
  2. (10 min) Introduction to process 
  3. Store upkeep
    1. (10 min) Reportbacks – have we found anyone to keep store open during the day?, administrative help for outreach, or for career counseling?
      1. No, we still have one person who opens from 12-2 from Mon thru Thursday. An extra person on Monday’s but only till the end of summer.
    2. (15 min) Proposals for bring such people in.
      1. Still offering references for outstanding volunteers at Storefront if needed in a job search.
      2. Still pushing out Storefront’s request for manpower via Social Media. Via OccupylongIsland’s facebook page every Tuesday & Thursday and daily on the OLI twitter account. Storefront should push out requests for help on Monday and Wednesday on facebook and daily on their twitter account.
      3. Requests should also be made through the OLI interoccupy mailing list for people to help man the Storefront.
        1. We also debated the level of commitment needed to man the storefront, someone who is getting keys and access to a small fund would need to be someone who is trusted. This makes finding these types of people difficult.
      4. Unemployed people would be the best choice for manning the Storefront. They would be available and benefit from the Long Term Unemployment program that is being built. This is currently being spearheaded by Occupier A. Discuss with Occupier A if he would like to visit the local unemployment center for outreach. Fliers need to be made for outreach.
    3. (10 min) Next Steps (what we will do in the next week to reach out to such people)
      1. Member A, B will do outreach on social media,
      2. Member C has offered to man Storefront 1 day and has many ideas to offer. Outreach at local unemployment office.
  4. Jobs for Vets
    1. (15 min) Reportbacks (news, what have people done?, communications?)
      1. waiting for reportbacks from various veterans organizations i.e. American Legion.
      2. This weekend Storefront will have approximately 5-10 veterans here  to get acquainted with the facility.
    2. (20 min) Proposals/ discussion
      1. reminded everyone of the short term goal of getting 1 veteran a job.
      2. A professional letter is needed to address to Unions advising them of what is being done. outline for letter needs to be done.
      3. Same letter needs to be tailored to local businesses.
      4. This means we need 2 different letters.
    3. (15 min) Next steps (what will I do? who will work together on what?)
      1. We plan on working on that tonight.


  1. Community Outreach (Contingent on getting manpower for canvassing)
    1. (15 min) Reportbacks (if anything has already been accomplished/ researched)
      1. Currently working on fliers for outreach. Recommend that fliers are done virtually via google docs. This will allow others across Long Island to help Storefront with some administration needs. Storefront need fliers for outreach to unions and small businesses.
    2. Student outreach (reaching out re: student debt, rising tuition, and also getting students more involved with the movement – feedback effect)
      1. (10 min) Reportbacks – none
      2. (15 min) Proposals/ Discussion
        1. Obtaining and creating outreach literature and art for the fall when student get back to school via a Google Doc.
          1. fact sheet/meme targeting students
          2. what is the reality about a student’s future.
        2. Organizing student social events to involve students in occupy and the community
          1. Educational event – creating our talking points
            1. Marketing is 60% of tuition
            2. Student loan bubble is effecting the economy


    1. (10 min) Next Steps (what will I do? who will work together on what? Who do we know that might want to work on this? – who will contact them?)
  1. (30 min) Labor outreach (e.g. picket support, anti-wage/ job cuts, helping un-unionized workers, bringing together various workers, how to reconcile needs of small businesses and workers, bringing labor into the movement – labor are our neighbors who are affected by same problems of cuts, foreclosures etc.)
    1. (10 min) Reportbacks regarding communications with labor unions/ other labor groups
    2. (15 min) Proposals/ Discussion
    3. (10 min) Next Steps (what will I do? who will work together on what? Who do we know that might want to work on this? – who will contact them?)
  2. (20 min) Immigrant community outreach
  3. (20 min) Small business outreach
  4. (20 min) Outreach to progressive and community groups such as NYCC


  1. (20 min) Discussion of long term unemployment
    1. what is the nature of unemployment on long island? – do research (Review packet called Economics for the 99% from the Center for Popular Economics)
    2. how does it tie in to unemployment around nation?
    3. what can be done about it?
    4. what is Occupy’s role? (propose implementing solidarity economics, which includes, among other things, promoting small local businesses over large corporations)
    5. Proposals – Member D is currently giving a presentation to members of local government in East Hills pushing for a platform to work program for long island that focuses on the long term unemployed. He will give a reportback next week.
    6. Next steps – TBD
  2. (10 min) Process Review
  3. Open Discussion/ Minutes are consolidated/ Meeting Adjourned


Process notes – (to go over during intro perhaps, and review at the end)

  1. Facilitators will attempt to keep group on agenda and discussion flowing
  2. Stack-taker will make sure all voices are heard (can be same as facilitators)
  3. Temp-checkers will keep an eye on the group’s vibe
  4. Scribes will take minutes which will be distributed via the OLI Hub and other social media (redacted for sensitive information before public dissemination – what leaves the room is decided by group, individuals should feel safe)
  5. Process is decided on before and not discussed until the end, facilitator does not leave process up to group during discussion, it is reviewed later
  6. Agenda is decided upon before starting the meeting
  7. There is a socially enforced speaking time of 2-3 minutes (depending on size of group) every time someone speaks; it can be extended if group feels contribution is vital information (up to discretion of facilitator/ temp checker)
  8. Facilitator tries to keep group on agenda, discourages cross-talk or direct responses (up to discretion – too much facilitation can have negative effect and reaction from group), generally tries to make sure speaking order is based on stack
  9. Stack may or may not be formally kept depending on size of group

 

Talking points

  • General notes for Occupy meetings observed through travels
    • During discussion, there should be less of an emphasis on what others should be doing and more “what I am doing/ what I will do” and coordination between individuals and groups for common goals.
    • An emphasis on “what can we do to help?” rather than “how can we get people to join us?” – coupled with education and outreach
    • Build trust through process, listening, and common projects, don’t simply assume it.
  • Suggestions for role for Storefront
    • Storefront should move toward starting/ seeding working groups – groups of individuals with common interests who dedicate their skills and time to addressing a particular issue (e.g. foreclosure, alternative finance, cooperatives, building a student movement, immigrants issues, labor rights, anti-austerity, employment, etc.). WGs build a communication infrastructure, such as through a FB group or a listserv (better), engage in regular meetings and direct actions, and then report back to the assembly/ general meeting at Storefront. This should start, of course, with the core members of Storefront and their interests (i.e. Vets, employment, and Storefront itself as a utility – in this capacity, Storefront already functions simultaneously as a working group and a standing assembly)
    • Storefront can also serve to seed (apart from thematic working groups) new affinity groups and assemblies in localities across the island – which then proceed to exchange resources, members, and information, and to coordinate with Storefront, the broader Occupy Long Island movement, the OLI hub on InterOccupy, and various assemblies and groups across the Island.
  • Start thinking about #S17 – D can help connect to S17 planning, or group can go to interoccupy.net/s17

 

Fliers Needed (for Outreach)
(to be collaborated on in Google Docs and uploaded to interoccupy so other Groups can access them)

Recap of Fliers Needed and to be stored on interoccupy for other Long Island Groups to use:

  • Outreach letter to Small business’s explaining what Storefront is doing
  • Outreach letter targeting Unions explaining what Storefront is doing
  • Outreach flier targeting students

OLI Foreclosure Working Group 8/7/12 Meeting Minutes

Posted August 8th, 2012 by occupyli • permalink

Foreclosure Working Group 8/7 Meeting Minutes
[Redacted for sensitive information]


Delicious food was had. Thank you Lidia!


1. Meet and Greet – NA


2. Update on Lidia’s Case
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  • Some issues that came up during the discussion of the case update: the house was sold at auction on January 11th 2011 by Citibank the same day that Lidia was supposed to meet with the bank. In April, Citibank bought the house back.
  • During this time the taxes were not paid by Citibank. Lidia stepped up to pay the taxes. There was discussion of an overpayment and Lidia was not reimbursed the full amount.
  • We need to get the Docket sheets on all court meetings. There is evidence that there may be no dockets sheets from 1998 – 2010. Someone may be withholding the documentation on this case.
  • Discussion around evidence that law firm representing Citibank has been “judge-shopping”
  • June 20th, 2004, [Judge X] (we need contact info) stated that many court documents have not been signed.
  • This case has been adjourned over 100 times over 12 years.
  • Discussion regarding evidence that [the Law Firm] has been targeting the Russian and Polish immigrant community.
  • Discussion regarding finding others in the same situation for a class action.
  • Discussion around lease pendency. Lidia states that the County does not have it.


3. Reportbacks:

  • Member A has contacted a member of a major NY publication with an outline of Lidia’s case.
  • Member B has created a timeline and found interesting things regarding Citibanks behaviour – which has been shared with the rest of the working group.
  • Member C made contact with a lawyer who has relationships with pro-bono legal teams specializing in foreclosure and various groups in the community willing to assist with future actions, including the NLG, NYCLU, and NYCC.


4. Next Steps for Saving Lidia’s Home

  • Member D suggests that Lidia write up her story so that it fits on one page – and we/ she blast it out to as many local papers/ stations as possible
  • Member C: If case moves forward we can offer assistance with finding legal help through contacts made as a result of initial mobilization
  • Member C: People are willing to get arrested if it comes to direct home defense
  • Member E: Foreclosure Working Group will follow and document the development of this case up to and after its conclusion
  • Member F: change.org petition


5. Broader Long Island anti-foreclosure movement, and how Lidia’s case relates

  • Member C: suggests we find other people targeted by [the Law Firm] for possible joint actions (joint legal action, information sharing, etc.)
  • Member D: suggests that we find a registry of pending foreclosures and start compiling information
  • Question raised: is this a space for contract or compensation law?
    Lidia/ other member: as DA says, this seems to be a primarily a criminal affair. Compensation comes after.
  • As Sept. 17th approaches we will communicate with other groups involved with anti-foreclosure, will also reach out during weekend of Sept. 17


6. Next steps for FWG/ next meeting

  • Next Steps/ Notes
    • Bring Bill to next meeting, coordinate more with Bill – perhaps via speakerphone
    • Coordinate media releases between involved groups before sending them out
    • Most important person to keep in the loop is Bill Jurow, her attorney
    • Lidia and associate will have letter, reviewed
  • Next meeting time/ place
    • extend invitation to max people – Everyone welcome
    • can take place at Lidia’s, if too many people, we will move to a public space
      • find a park
    • mention skills needed – real estate, home defense, foreclosure, legal expertise
    • reach out to external groups
    • Wednesday at 6:30 pm at night is proposed as regular meeting time
      • let agenda drive the meeting time
      • let’s develop agenda online, and then decide what is required in terms of meeting
  • Agenda points for next meeting
    • I. Develop media strategy/ review what is up there now
      • Member B: blogs would be interested
        • suggests firedoglake
        • The Young Turks
      • Member G: review what we put out/ what might be libelous/ undermine Lidia’s case
      • prelim facts could be put out there now/ with appropriate messaging for Occupy and Lidia
      • stay away from naming names for now and point to centers of power
    • II. Other foreclosure cases/ how do we seek others to help us?/ how do we help others? – strength in numbers
      • look for cases that are winnable for now, ones that reek of fraud
      • bring it back to bailed-out too-big-to fail banks taking people’s homes and defrauding/ taking advantage of people

7. Process Review

  • Facilitation went well
  • Having an agenda in advance was very useful
  • Thank you Lidia again for wonderful food!


Meeting Adjourned

Occupy Storefront 8/2/12 Meeting Minutes

Posted August 2nd, 2012 by occupyli • permalink

Storefront Issues:

From highest priority to lowest:

  1. Highest priority – Still looking for help to keep the Store open during the day. Monday’s we are currently open from 9-2. Tuesday – Thursday 12-4. Anyone is welcome to come down between the hours of 6-9pm, the Storefront is open most nights.
  2. Need Administrative help for outreach to the community, small business etc…
  3. Storefront is providing free career counseling, computer training and social media training to the community so we are looking for additional people with these skills.

Jobs 4 Veterans Program

Storefront will be focusing on putting veterans back to work. Short term goal is to put 1 Veteran back to work.

  • Individuals from Storefront made a presentation to a local Veterans group in Yaphank. They have been invited back to speak to other chapters.
  • Suffolk Community College is donating counseling to the program.
  • They have 1 White Collar Job (Insurance sales) and 1 Blue Collar (Construction) job to fill. Veterans are being considered.

Long Term Unemployment Program

  • In light of high unemployment on Long Island, Storefront will be developing a program for promoting long term employment (over 26 weeks).
  • Future meetings will be called for to discuss the direction and tactics of such a program.

Community Outreach/Movement Building

Storefront is working on outreach to the community. The groups they are targeting are:

  • Ronkonkoma Train Station – Attempting to canvas the Ronkonkoma train station the biggest station on the Island. Best times from 6-8am and 4-7pm. People are needed to do this.
  • Students – reaching out to Suffolk Community (Brentwood, Selden), St. Joseph’s, Stony Brook
  • Labor – IEBW Local 25, Local 138, Local 154, & Job Fairs
  • Immigrant community groups and affiliates – NYCC (Hempstead), NYCLU (Central Islip), Make the Road NY (Islip)
  • Small Business – outreach with small businesses to see if they have job openings.
  • Progressive groups – Long Island Progressive Coalition

Save Lydia’s Home 7/31 Meeting Notes

Posted July 31st, 2012 by occupyli • permalink

Minutes for 7/31 Meeting

[Note: these minutes have been redacted for names and other sensitive information until a more comprehensive strategy has been consensed upon]

Agenda:
Lydia’s Story:

  • Lawyers have taken Lydia’s money but have not taken up her case
  • Lydia is not native speaker – this has been exploited – has been denied translator at hearings
  • Citibank lawyer
    • Attorney took money from Lydia, after speaking with Citibank attorney say they cannot take up Lydia’s case (intimidation? bribery?)
  • Lydia has had 12 lawyers and every one has been influenced by bank attorney
    • get a list
    • First foreclosure was for Bank of America
    • seems to be part of project of a particular attorney who targets Polish immigrants
  • Judges and lawyers have stated that documents presented on behalf of bank are brazenly falsified; yet little progress has been made (indication of systemic corruption?)


Tomorrow Lydia and Bil Jurrow (her current attorney) are going to 1PM hearing @ Supreme Court Islip on eviction

At this point, several individuals indicated intentions to attend this hearing and report back judge’s decision for rapid response implementation on behalf of Occupy. If no one is able to attend, Lydia will notify us of the decision

Speaker A: Planning: Assume anything said is heard around the world. What does Lydia envision happening?

Lydia: Needs exposure to media. NY Times, NY Post, Daily News call [the law firm] butchers.

Speaker B: Have receipts?

Lydia: Yes, and papers in chronological order

Speaker B: Payoff statement?

Lydia: Yes

Speaker A: Let’s pick more specific topic on issue of media outreach or possible actions or court date.

Speaker C: [Attorney] has sway over judges and clerks. Which municipalities have you been stymied in?

Lydia: Don’t know about Islip. Always been in Nassau. Every court in New York done her wrong

 

  • Lydia has sought redress in various legal venues, with a variety of individuals to no avail
  • Bureaucratic, political, and extra-institutional elements have precluded Lydia from resolving her position.
  • She has been the subject of mental, legal and physical intimidation over a period of twenty years


Proposed Courses of Action:

Lydia consents to people staying on property and in tents.
Contact “help me” reporters like on channels 5 & 11, and 4′s “tips” line.
Contact Arthur Delaney or Ryan Grim at the Huffington Post, good people to contact.
Contact – http://www.o4onyc.org – organizing for occupation.

Speaker A: Contingency plan if they try to take in 72 hours:

Contact Occupy groups and affinity groups in area
OWS: positive signs

Speaker C: Idea for graphic: original mortgage; amount paid to date ; And they want the house too – show Law Firm/ Citibank FatCats – they’re evicting me in 48 hours

Communicate a story that is not a stretch of the truth – blast it out

Some individuals have expressed interest in engaging in actions up to civil disobedience (occupying) at Lydia’s home with her consent

The information here is from the Occupy.net wiki. Use the wiki to document everything pertaining to your Hub. Wikis are a powerful way to share content and document the processes for the work you are engaged in.

OCCUPY LONG ISLAND is organizing using an InterOccupy Hub.
http://occupylongisland.org/
Hub on InterOccupy

Long Island is difficult to coordinate activity across due to its geography and demography, however there are a number of active assemblies, affinity groups, and movement utilities (e.g. Occupy Storefront). Drawing on the Peoples' Assembly model implemented in NYC, this hub seeks to foster local and national relationships.

source: http://wiki.occupy.net/wiki/Occupy_Long_Island

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