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Occupy Koch Town Schedule of Events:

Friday, February 17, 2012

Registration/Welcoming, with early registration and orientation starting at 1:30 p.m. at both places with,
optional direct action time beginning 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. all at the Grand Chapel, 828 N. Broadway, Wichita, Kansas

Welcome and Opening at Rhatigan Center, Student Union of Wichita State University
*Registration Table with event handouts
* Social gathering (campus commons, pizza bar, lounge areas)
* Classroom lecture/Documentary series and discussion on climate change and energy
* Students from visiting campuses discuss "Greening your Campus"

Optional/Simultaneous Action in Downtown Wichita/Occupy Wichita from Rhatigan
* City bus service until 6pm.
* Caravan/ride share from WSU campus direct action, 'Fight the Pipe' march and or action at/near Century II events, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Break for dinner or eat with each other on site at the campus commons, Rhatigan Student Center or in the downtown area from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  After dinner, we will meet at the Grand Chapel for our evening program.

Evening Program,  7 PM---9 PM
General Welcome, introduce native elders for welcome and comments
Speaker (TBA)
Event Discussion and Training
Grand March ‘practice’
Music and some mic time to share slogans, etc.
Poster making/button making party

This schedule allows for flexibility taking into account what participants want to do, giving some options for early arrivals and a definitive re-group evening program.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Morning Events

7:00 – 8:00     Gather as soon as allowed at Grand Chapel for site preparations.  'Occupy Koch Town' late entries for the 'Distinguised Artist Awards' will be accepted until 8:30 a.m. but will not be promised priority display, mounting or placement
8:00 – 8:30    Registration begins (continues through the morning), Selected segments of “What a Way To Go" video, to be viewed while crowd gathers
9:00 - 9:15      Welcome; Introductions of coordinators and sponsors; fine-tuning of day’s arrangements; Ask where folks are from.  Your biggest concern (place rallying notes on bulletin boards for gatherings during free time). Turn off Cell Phones, Directions to Rest Rooms.
9:15 – 9:45       First Nations peoples' blessing and concerns for ecology.  Remarks from the Interfaith Community; Care of All; Community; Localism; Not hyper-consumption. 
9:45 – 10:10 Presentation by Jim Turner on climate disruption; the climate denial campaign, and suppression of climate education; the role of oil industry’s role in it; (15 minute presentation, 10 minutes for questions and comments)

10:10 – 10:40 Roles of corporations in spoiling climate and sapping the middle class.  The Citizens United Decision, and proposed constitutional amendments and their extent of support – presentation by Mary Lindsay of Kansas City Move to Amend.
 (20 minute presentation, 10 minutes for questions and comments)
10:40 – 11:00 Break; Coffee available in the reception area downstairs (Post your topic interests on easels/boards, for get-together during meals)
11:00 – 11:30 Richard Mabion, of "Race and Occupy Wall Street": Energy policy, jobs and diversity; Income inequality and jobs as a factor in 2012 elections (20 minute presentation, 10 minutes for questions and comments)
11:30 – 12:00 Mike Elk, labor journalist; employer influence on employees’ politics; legislation on unions in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana; ALEC’s influence; if time permits: promotion of privatized prisons (20 minute presentation, 10 minutes for questions and comments)

12:00 - 12:05 Announcement - Surprise Direct Action

Afternoon Events

12:05 – 1:00 Lunch in reception area downstairs; attention to attendees' news from their area

1:00 – 1:30 Kent Rowe – Accidents & History of Pipeline Safety (with static display); (20 minute presentation,                                    10 minutes for questions and comments)

1:30 – 1:50 Video from Bill McKibben: coalition politics in the progressive movement; NAFTA/free trade areas' treaties, and overrides of environmental protections (10 minute presentation, 10 minutes for questions and comments)

1:50 - 2:00 Break to prepare for March

2:00 – 3:45 Direct Action: March to Kansas Policy Institute etc. for rally, and march back to Grand Chapel together; upon return to Grand Chapel, gather in reception area for discussion and follow-up on topics

3:45 – 4:10 Political challenges of 2012 and the cultural transformations that we must lead -- Robin Mann, President of the Sierra Club's Board of Directors and Donna Buell, Secretary of Sierra Club's Board of Directors (15 minute presentation, 10 minutes for questions and comments)

4:10 – 4:35    Effect of climate and corporate policy on food production and agriculture industry (15 minute presentation, 10 minutes for questions and comments)

4:10 – 4:35    General Assembly, Lead by Occupiers; Discuss work to be done in Wichita on Sunday by those who can stay overnight; Finalize Lodging arrangements and Discuss follow-up activities in other locations in near future/"Next Steps"

Evening Events

5:45 - 6:45 Dinner, in reception area, informal gatherings by topic groups

6:45 – 7:05  Governmental policy: education, student loans: discussion of student viewpoints, lead by Occupiers

7:05 - 7:30 Comments by Richard Davies, faculty of Wichita State University and Butler County Community College, based on his book Heriloom (15 minute presentation, 10 minutes for questions and comments)

7:30 – 7:55  Comments by Charles Eisenstein, faculty at Goddard, based on his books "Sacred Economics," and "The Ascent of Humanity."

7:55 - 8:05 Questions and comments

8:05 - 10:30 Evening music entertainment, Presentation of 'Occupy Koch Town' Distinguished Artist Awards and Art Drawing, Grand Chapel reception area

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Place:  Chisholm Creek Park, 3228 N. Oliver, Wichita, Kansas (29th N. & Oliver St.)
  • 11 a.m. pot luck lunch
  • Direct action (TBD - Koch Industries or Neighborhood Canvass, material distribution and voter registration). A community decision will be made at the location.
  • Drum Circle and closing
  • Announcements:  Folks wanting to stay over could be there for a possible Monday morning Direct Action.

All schedules are relatively decided but please allow for flexibility for small changes and adjustments, as necessary.




Please note this event and coalition has pledged to abide by the following:

Occupy COMO Pledge of Non-Violence
  • Our attitude as conveyed through words, symbols and actions will be one of openness, friendliness, and respect toward all people we encounter, including police officers, members of the larger community, and all occupiers.
  • We will not assault, either verbally or physically, those who oppose or disagree with us, even if they assault us.
  • We will protect those who oppose us from insult or attack.
  • We will carry no weapons.
  • We will not vandalize.
  • We will not use or carry alcohol or illegal drugs.

If a person is unable to comply with the above items they shall remove themselves from the Occupy event. If they are breaking the law and fail to remove themselves, the police will be called.


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