OCCUPY WALK USA

Ides of March walk 2013

Occupy Walk @ Joshua Tree March 9, 10, 11 Southern California General Assembly

Occupy Walk USA at Joshua Tree

#occupywalk — the adventure begins:

Come to Joshua Tree this coming weekend to see what it’s about.

Day 20, 21 Joshua Tree Outreach

March 9, 10, 11, 2012

http://www.occupywalkusa.org

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/occupywalkusa

Check out Joshua Tree National Park

For a first-time visitor the desert may appear bleak and drab. Viewed from the road, the desert only hints at its vitality. Closer examination reveals a fascinating variety of plants and animals. A rich cultural history and surreal geologic features add to the attraction of this place.

Two deserts, two large ecosystems whose characteristics are determined primarily by elevation, come together at Joshua Tree National Park. Below 3,000 feet, the Colorado Desert encompasses the eastern part of the park and features natural gardens of creosote bush, ocotillo, and cholla cactus. The higher, moister, and slightly cooler Mojave Desert is the special habitat of the Joshua tree. In addition to Joshua tree forests, the western part of the park also includes some of the most interesting geologic displays found in California’s deserts. Five fan palm oases also dot
the park, indicating those few areas where water occurs naturally and wildlife abounds.

Hexagram 45, Gathering

Key Questions

What is asked of you?
What are you investing in?

Oracle

‘Gathering, creating success.
The king enters his temple.
Fruitful to see great people, creating success.
Constancy bears fruit.
Using great sacrificial animals: good fortune.
Fruitful to have a direction to go.’

The old character in Chinese for ‘Gathering’ shows people gathered like grass, or perhaps gathered to bring in the harvest: they have a shared identity, and invest together for a purpose, looking for what will bear fruit. Sometimes this is an external gathering, sometimes an internal one – collecting yourself and integrating your many roles and strengths, getting yourself together. Many people, roles, energies and issues are concentrated in this single focal point.

The king enters his temple to connect his people with the ancestral spirits. This is a time to strengthen shared roots, and understand mundane daily activities as part of a larger story and identity that gives them meaning.With this connection made, it is time to see great people. Originally this might have meant consulting with diviners, to make sure your offerings were in harmony with the spirits of nature. Seeing “great people” (whether in the flesh or with your inner vision) gives you longer- term guidance to align your efforts with your purpose. Then a steady persistence will bear fruit. And you are making great efforts – and an act of faith – investing the best you have in this gathering. You need those good, deep roots, and clear-sighted guidance, and you need to know where you are going with it all.

Image

‘Lake higher than the earth: Gathering.
A noble one sets aside weapons and tools, and warns against the unexpected.’

We should be careful not to let anything get out of hand and we should try to foresee possible misfortune in advance.

Joshua Tree map

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March 7, 2012 Posted by | General Assembly, Occupy Walk News, Preparation, Walking Blog | Leave a comment

Occupy Walk @ Joshua Tree March 9, 10, 11 Southern California General Assembly

Occupy Walk USA at Joshua Tree

#occupywalk — the adventure begins:

Come to Joshua Tree this coming weekend to see what it’s about.

Day 20, 21 Joshua Tree Outreach

March 9, 10, 11, 2012

http://www.occupywalkusa.org

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/occupywalkusa

Check out Joshua Tree National Park

For a first-time visitor the desert may appear bleak and drab. Viewed from the road, the desert only hints at its vitality. Closer examination reveals a fascinating variety of plants and animals. A rich cultural history and surreal geologic features add to the attraction of this place.

Two deserts, two large ecosystems whose characteristics are determined primarily by elevation, come together at Joshua Tree National Park. Below 3,000 feet, the Colorado Desert encompasses the eastern part of the park and features natural gardens of creosote bush, ocotillo, and cholla cactus. The higher, moister, and slightly cooler Mojave Desert is the special habitat of the Joshua tree. In addition to Joshua tree forests, the western part of the park also includes some of the most interesting geologic displays found in California’s deserts. Five fan palm oases also dot
the park, indicating those few areas where water occurs naturally and wildlife abounds.

Hexagram 45, Gathering

Key Questions

What is asked of you?
What are you investing in?

Oracle

‘Gathering, creating success.
The king enters his temple.
Fruitful to see great people, creating success.
Constancy bears fruit.
Using great sacrificial animals: good fortune.
Fruitful to have a direction to go.’

The old character in Chinese for ‘Gathering’ shows people gathered like grass, or perhaps gathered to bring in the harvest: they have a shared identity, and invest together for a purpose, looking for what will bear fruit. Sometimes this is an external gathering, sometimes an internal one – collecting yourself and integrating your many roles and strengths, getting yourself together. Many people, roles, energies and issues are concentrated in this single focal point.

The king enters his temple to connect his people with the ancestral spirits. This is a time to strengthen shared roots, and understand mundane daily activities as part of a larger story and identity that gives them meaning.With this connection made, it is time to see great people. Originally this might have meant consulting with diviners, to make sure your offerings were in harmony with the spirits of nature. Seeing “great people” (whether in the flesh or with your inner vision) gives you longer- term guidance to align your efforts with your purpose. Then a steady persistence will bear fruit. And you are making great efforts – and an act of faith – investing the best you have in this gathering. You need those good, deep roots, and clear-sighted guidance, and you need to know where you are going with it all.

Image

‘Lake higher than the earth: Gathering.
A noble one sets aside weapons and tools, and warns against the unexpected.’

We should be careful not to let anything get out of hand and we should try to foresee possible misfortune in advance.

Joshua Tree map

Related Links

March 7, 2012 Posted by | Events, General Assembly, Occupy Walk News, Walking Blog | 1 Comment

Money for our Walkers? GA Meeting Now!!!

http://philanthropy.com/blogs/philanthropytoday/ben-jerrys-leads-business-push-for-occupy-wall-street/45055

Ben & Jerry’s Leads Business Push for Occupy Wall Street

February 28, 2012, 10:30 am

Ice cream magnates Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are helping lead an effort by left-leaning business leaders to pump money into the “Occupy” movement, The Wall Street Journal writes.

The Ben & Jerry’s founders are on the steering committee of the Movement Resource Group, which aims to raise $1.8-million to re-invigorate the economic-equality campaign that captured global attention last fall but has lost momentum as cities have broken up Occupy protest camps.

The former Nirvana manager Danny Goldberg, the entertainment-industry executive Richard Foos, and the Philadelphia restaurateur Judy Wicks are also active in the effort, which has raised about $300,000 so far. The group will support a New York office for the national Occupy movement and disburse grants of up to $25,000 to protest groups across the country, with five Occupy activists involved in reviewing applications.

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February 29, 2012 Posted by | General Assembly, Occupy Walk News, Preparation, Walking Blog | Leave a comment

Second GA meeting Feb 19, 2012

General Assembly Meeting

Feb 19th 2012 around 8pm

This is our second GA. We’ve walked to La Jolla,California and the meeting is at the UCSD Geisel Library.

Walkers in attendance: Britten, Amy, Dj, Mike, Rich, Adam, Jason

Walker not in attendance: Eugene

Additional attendee: Susan Sayler group co-organizer and support person.

Moderator: DJ

Topics General Discussion: 

The first topic of discussion was regarding the fact that Eugene took a bus home to revise our maps and create a better route which will allow the walkers to follow a path of maximum exposure to the public.

The group decided unanimously not to wait for Eugene but to continue walking and let him catch up to the group when he is finished with the new maps.

Second topic was plans for Day three to try to reachTracy’s home in Encinitas by the end to tomorrow.Tracyis planning to house the group overnight and provide dinner. If walkers do not reach Tracy’s house by the end of day three, Susan will pick them up to go to Tracy’s home and then return them to where they ended the day three walk.

Third topic was the need for flyers. Today the group noticed that when they stopped at a shopping center (Trader Joes and Starbucks in the UTC La Jolla area) they were approached by interested passersby and would have liked to have flyers to hand out to the public. It was also mentioned that flyers will help us raise revenue for our mission.Susanvolunteered to make up a flyer while we wait on a final design for the walk which Britten has been working on.

Fourth topic was the need for a live stream account with Sprint or Verizon. The 400 cost to Brittenis still not met by donations. We are all tweeting and posting on website about this need. Meanwhile we are creating short videos and photographs and posting them on our website to keep everyone informed.

Fifth topic was Susan was asked if there was anything she needed from the group to help her do her support role. She mentioned that she is uncomfortable with some of the walkers not having a cell phone or anyway to be contacted when they split off from the group. We are looking for solutions for this issue and will bring it up at a later GA meeting again.

Sixth topic was whether Susan should take Britten to Walmart to pick up an extra tent.Mikewas able to lend a tent to Britten so this need was postponed. Aimee also needs a sleeping bag and everyone needs rain ponchos.

Seventh Topic was the group explained to Susan why they don’t want to be driven part of the way. The core group of walkers all decided that they want to walk every step of the journey and have no intention of “rotating out” for sections of the trip.Susancongratulated the group for this but felt that perhaps it would be good to be flexible in case circumstances require it.

The meeting ended with the group agreeing to sleep at Blacks Beach because it is quasi-legal to sleep there (many people do it) and they would likely not be disturbed.

 

February 27, 2012 Posted by | General Assembly | Leave a comment

General Assembly Meeting on Feb 18th 2012 around 2pm

This is our first GA.  We’ve walked 5 miles and stopped for lunch and decided to have our first meeting

Walkers in attendance: Britten, Aimee, Dj, Mike, Rich, Adam, Jason, and Eugene

Moderator: Adam

Topics General Discussion:

Overall aim: raising awareness of the Occupy mission

Methods: Recording video of the walk and networking using social media

Sticking to the planned route vs being flexible

Britten suggested we put raising awareness at the top of Occupywalk’s priority list—that we need to garner support and funds for our media needs.

DJ and Mike spoke to the idea of needing to focus on the walk and the logistics of the walk.  Mike said he has survived on the road with just flyers — no internet no media.

Eugene and Rich spoke to needing a balance between route logistics and media needs. Eugene talked about handling friction.  It happens and he will not let it get in the way of the walk.

Adam suggested we recognize our inherent skills and weaknesses.  We should welcome and accommodate wheelchair walkers if necessary.

Adam suggested that we update the Occupy Walk USA website on a daily basis.

The more experienced walkers/hikers offered to help adjust packs to lessen the load.

Eugene proposed to stick to the route as planned. Adam wants walkers to stick closer together while we are walking.

Medical needs: Jason has allergies, no other needs at this time.

List of needs:

  1. Official Occupy Walk USA cell phone with Data plan live-streaming (we have a phone we just need service for it)
  2. Petty cash for food and daily supplies,
  3. Shoes for Amy
  4. Micro SD cards w/adapters for phones and GoPro Camera
  5. General first aid
  6. Knee braces

Occupy Walk GA: Meeting ended with the plan to walk until dark, crash at Jason’s place, review the route as a group.  Bag drag so we can streamline our gear.  Scheduled a radio interview via phone with Susan.  Our Next GA: Tonight after we camp.  We plan to have a short GA during the day-and a more detailed meeting at night.

February 27, 2012 Posted by | General Assembly, Walking Blog | Leave a comment