Occupy Newark

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PROPOSAL FORM

WHAT ARE YOU PROPOSING?This is what will be put forth for consensus.

A monetary donation in the amount of $10,000 for the encampment of Occupy Newark, New Jersey (or proposed items donated) so that we can be a more sustainable occupation throughout the winter and coming year.

 

WHY ARE YOU PROPOSING THIS?Describe the situation and why it is important.

Spirited by OWS and the NYC General Assembly, on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, we were granted the approval by Newark City Council to occupy Military Park located in the heart of the downtown business district at 60 Park Place, Newark, New Jersey 07102.

 

Occupying public space is critical because it’s a place where we can establish the commons and create a true democracy, and setup all the social systems needed to support a fully resource-based society.

 

We hope to build a sustainable encampment in Military Park in order to support a 24/7 occupation from which we can organize, rally, hold general assemblies, and fight for social and environmental justice.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR OBJECTIVES?Your solution and why it will work.

On September 17, 2011, OWS held the 1% accountable, unifying their individual grievances with one collective fact:

 

“We are the 99%.”

 

This statement magnifies our national grievanceat a local scale as shown through financial inequities and social injustices. We, Occupy Newark, have seen the venerable actions of our New York counterparts and the reprehensible consequences of corporate profiteering intertwined with local government in our city. As a result, we believe the enactment of this movement in Newark, New Jersey is of dire importance threefold: city, country, and planet, as it stands as a flagship for urban areas experiencing similar inequities.

 

We, the Newark General Assembly occupying Military Park, will blaze this landscape, littered with the victims of corporate profiteering, with our grievances, which we deem a microcosm of this country’s financial and bureaucratic tyranny.

 

We will exercise our right to assemble peacefully; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone, for everyone, by everyone.

 

To all communities vested in the direction and spirit of direct democracy, we offer our support, our resources, and our fiery voices, conditioned by years of our simmering socio-economical pot that is Newark, New Jersey.

 

HOW WILL YOU ACHIEVE YOUR OBJECTIVES?Describe your action plan. Include timetable, manpower needed, and resources needed, etc.

Once provided the proposed resources, direct action will go into effect. We are fortunate to have occupiers that have acquired the necessary skills to help re-establish a safer space for a social community. Also, we are in solidarity with local activist groups, social services organizations, and the city council.

 

We are currently functioning with very limited resources, but we do have a current social system in place.

 

WHAT IS THE BUDGET?Detailed description of costs.

Budget: $10,000

 

Needed items for encampment:

 

 

Quantity Item Unit _Total Source
3 Military Canopies $40_$120 http://www.armynavydeals.com/asp/products_details.asp?SKU=MC212&catid=1586&ItemName=Canadian%20Forces%202%20Section%20Lean-To%20%28Grade%202%29
25 2-man military tents $50_$1250 http://www.armynavydeals.com/asp/products_details.asp?SKU=MC205&catid=1586&ItemName=West%20German%202%20Man%20Tent
2 Solar Power generators $695_$1390 http://www.humless.com/Humless-Christmas-Roadrunner-Special.html
25 Portable heaters $40_$1000
25 medium tarps $8_$200 http://www.walmart.com/ip/General-Purpose-Tarp-8-x-10/16889152
15 large tarps $25_$375 http://www.walmart.com/ip/General-Purpose-Tarp-12-x-24/16889154
50 Sleeping bags $40_$2000 http://www.overstock.com/Sports-Toys/Ledge-Wasatch-20/6297112/product.html
35 Solar lanterns $8_$280 http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Stainless-Steel-Long-Tube-Solar-powered-Lights-Set-of-8/5998561/product.html?rcmndsrc=2
1 Portal toilet (2 months) $380 http://www.provenportabletoilets.com/nj/newark.php
500 Feet of Rope $50 http://www.walmart.com/ip/3-16-Polypropylene-Diamond-Braid-Rope/16879715
1 Additional Supplies $2500 Overlooked/Emergency Items including Clothing, Travel Fees, Food, Medical, Stationary, Electrical.
1 Shipping/Travel Costs $455 Gas, Metro, Online Shipping Fees
GRAND TOTAL $10,000

10 Responses to “Occupy Newark”

  1. Dallas

    All junk that i have talked about Jerz in the past aside, this looks pretty on point on paper…. if it seems pretty solid that Newark can remain encamped until the start of spring without the Newark PD tossing this budget in the back of some compactor trucks ( :-/ ) ; then I can’t really argue against fully developing and supporting another camp that is literally a shorter train ride away from Liberty Sq than my crib in the Bronx.

  2. Shawn Carrié

    This is a very well-developed proposal! Good to see things out in Newark are still rolling!

  3. Voter March

    Good job in itemizing the proposed expenses.

    However, we have larger issues to consider.
    * If NYC GA funds Newark with $10,000, then why not fund other encampments throughout the United States or throughout the world. That would far exceed the funds of NYC GA.
    * LA gave approval for its encampment that grew to almost 500 tents, and then the LAPD cleared out the whole encampment causing much property damage and loss.
    * There are working groups within NYC GA, such as Technical Operations, that need funds to grow, and the OWS Internet presence has a far reaching effect.

  4. JZ

    I would support this proposal but recommend buying the tarps from a local hardware store instead of Wal-mart.

  5. sumumba

    Question….after giving Oakland and other OCCUPY MOVEMENTS around the country why don’t we support OCCUPY movements within THE 5 BOROUGHS? and FOLKS DO REALIZE that we are NOT bringing in alot of money at this time right?

  6. Yoni Miller

    NYC is not able to camp right now, and Newark has rather graciously hosted and will continue to host NYers. If you want to talk about the 5 boroughs, because of their geographic proximity, then you should also support Newark.

  7. organizerx

    WOW, so did the city council grant an indefinite occupation at Military Park, Newark? If so thats great, I would caution you to really read into cold weather camping before buying equipment. Good luck, I know you will be successful.

    • ibraheem a

      The city council have granted us permission to stay on a monthly basis. But like any other occupation, they could turn on us at any time.

  8. Will

    I’m sorry I didn’t speak up at the GA, but Occupy Newark should reconsider continuing its occupation. Their occupation has been nothing more than an encampment in downtown Newark and has failed to engage the city and create a meaningful protest. Many of those who are there to camp have little ambition to expand beyond a physical encampment or expand their protest. This problem has been so divisive that the majority of the original organizers of the occupation have left and I am also considering withdrawing my support.

    I’m deeply concerned for the future of Occupy Newark and OWS given their quick consensus on this proposal with little investigation into the merit of this occupation. If this occupation perpetuates itself, it must come forward and acknowledge what it really is: a refugee camp for OWS occupiers.

    At a time when occupy most desperately needs to move beyond the concept of physical occupation, it is time for Occupy Newark to deeply reevaluate or disband.