November 2011

Chapel Hill: Time for Appointment of an Independent Public Safety Review Commission

Many questions remain unanswered in regard to the Chapel Hill Police Department's deployment Sunday of a heavily-armed Special Emergency Response Team to clear a private building in Chapel Hill that had been occupied by a group of protesters. Seven people were arrested and charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering.

I submitted a petition Monday afternoon to to the Chapel Hill Town Council calling for the appointment of an independent commission to review the events leading up to yesterday's deployment of the SERT unit. Residents of Chapel Hill are divided, one camp outraged by what they deem to be an unmeasured response by a SWAT team and the other yielding to the professional judgment of the CHPD. Neither side has the facts to which the public is entitled in order understand the events that led to yesterday's display of lethal force by the Chapel Hill Police Department.

Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro Solidarity March


When: November 17, 2011 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: P & J Plaza, 179 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill,NC 27514, USA

Join us after GA for a march in international solidarity!

This is part of an international day of action celebrating the 2 month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.


Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 7:30pm


Peace and Justice Plaza

First Chapel Hill 2020 Report Out Session: What to Expect

Tomorrow morning will mark the first report out session for the six theme groups in Chapel Hill 2020, the process to create the town's new Comprehensove Plan. These report out sessions are designed so that all the theme groups can get together to find areas of agreement and discuss agrees of disagreement. The theme groups have a good deal of overlap, so these large group meetings are necessary to ensure that the plan is cohesive while still being comprehensive.

First, the leadership team will be providing a summary of the process. They’ll give a little more explanation as to where we are and where we’re going in the near future, and they’ll highlight some of the resources available on the web and outreach efforts that are being conducted by the town.

Public hearing on Carrboro's Anti-Loitering Ordinance

A message from Steve Dear:

Thank you again for your endorsement of the Carrboro Leader Letter calling on the town to rescind its anti-loitering ordinance regarding the corner of Jones Ferry and Davie rds.

I am writing with good news. The Board of Aldermen is holding a public hearing on Tuesday night, Nov. 22 at the town hall at 7:30 p.m. On behalf of all the people and groups involved in this effort I invite and encourage you to come to the public hearing and speak to why you oppose the ordinance.

While last month the board voted 4-3 to keep the ordinance, Mayor Chilton has since posted on the Orange Politics blog and his Facebook page that he expects the board to vote to rescind the ordinance next Tuesday night – implying that he will change his vote.

We need to keep up the friendly pressure until the ordinance is taken off the books.

Along those lines I invite you to join me and some other folks who have been going to the corner every weekday at noon for lunch and good conversation since last month. Although we are violating the ordinance and the police have driven by, clearly the powers that be have decided not to enforce the ordinance on us. Today we were joined by some of day laborers who gave us their deepest thanks for all of our work on this. They too, are going to come speak on Tuesday. I am making signs with them this weekend and they are going to post the signs in the area announcing the hearing.

So I hope to see you Monday and Tuesday at noon and, most importantly, on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. Thanks!



Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 7:30pm


Carrboro Town Hall

Guns over Franklin

I just sent the following to the Mayor and Town Council of Chapel Hill. It somewhat re-hashes my previous comments here on OP, so I'm not going to front-page it, but wanted it to be on the record.

I was extremely disappointed to see the Town handle the anarchist break-in at the Yates Building so poorly after working so well with the activists at Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro for the past month. What happened last weekend played into every simplistic anarcho-fantasy about jack-booted thugs violently protecting the wealthy. That's not the Chapel Hill we know, but there is a vocal group of residents that now may never believe otherwise.

I'm undecided about Jim Neal's specific proposal for an independent commission to study the events of last weekend. Do we really have to empanel a committee to tell us what almost everyone knows (at least in retrospect), which is that the police action was unnecessarily forceful and overly broad? However, I very much want and need some clearer answers from the Town of Chapel Hill.

Tell Flyleaf Books to Cancel Pro-Fracking Event on Dec 7th: Protect Our Water!

Urgent Action Needed! Pro Fracking PR Hack Descends Upon Chapel Hill: Tell Flyleaf Books to Cancel Event Immediately! (Please Forward Widely)

As advertised by UNC’s Humanities in Action program, they plan to bring the president of an oil and gas company that makes money off of hydraulic fracturing to speak in support of this dangerous natural gas extraction practice at a local independent bookstore called Flyleaf Books. There will be no one present to tell the other side of the story: that fracking has caused major disasters all over the country from well explosions, to methane leached in to water aquifers, poisoned families, carcinogens and hundreds of toxins leached into our rivers. The event is scheduled for December 7th from 3:30-5 p.m. and tickets cost $20.

Chapel Hill 2020 Impartiality - Real or Imagined?


I want to begin by thanking all of the stakeholders who came out to Chapel Hill High this morning, a beautifully sunny fall morning, and participated in our first “come together” session in which we heard reports from all of the theme groups on what transpired in their first work sessions.  We had over 100 stakeholders participate and we got to hear from about ¼ of you in the discussion portion of the meeting.  For those of you who didn’t have time to share your thoughts please think about posting them on either the blog or the web.

The Triangle Anarchist website: sponsored by big pharma

I visited the Triangle-area anarchist website to see what they're planning next, and was surprised to find advertising!  Why, that's capitalist, and the first ad was from big pharma.   How can you be anti-capitalist, and then make use of "free" online services that are actually paid for by advertising?

Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro Protest of Yates Arrests

New press release from Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro:

(Chapel Hill, North Carolina) (November 21, 2011) --  On Monday, November 21st, Occupy Chapel Hill/Carrboro will not be holding its regular 6pm General Assembly at Peace and Justice Plaza on Franklin Street.  Instead, we are coming together for a peaceful protest and march in opposition to the repression of, and excessive show of force against, the occupation of 419 W Franklin St.  

The protest will commence at 6pm, at Chapel Hill Police Headquarters, and after peacefully demonstrating there, we will walk to Town Hall to participate in the 7pm Town Council Meeting.



Monday, November 21, 2011 - 6:00pm


CH Police Headquarters & CH Town Hall



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