March 8: Corporations & the Rise of Occupy

Thursday, March 8, 2012 – Phillip Tarro Theatre on SVC campus, 7 PM

This evening will look at the role of corporations and banks in the 2008 financial collapse, and the rise of occupy movements across the country and here in the Pacific Northwest.

We’ll start the evening with a panel of people who have been involved with Occupy movements in Bellingham, Anacortes, and Seattle, and close with a film screening of the 2010 Academy award-winning documentary Inside Job.

Our panelists are: James Bauckman, Kevin Green, Jill Eelkema, Erin Haliburton, Erik Goheen

Click here for clips from the film –

Panelist Bios:

James Bauckman – was at the first occupy Bellingham meeting on 10/4 at boundary bay and am owner of the #occupy Bellingham Facebook site. He has been filming events at occupy Bellingham, Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia. He started the occupy the road trip to Olympia, stopping at occupy sites along the way interviewing folks. We interviewed Dorli Rainey, who was the 84 year old who was pepper sprayed in Seattle. They were at the occupy the Capitol event during the special legislative session. He filmed the officers razing and arrested occupiers and called the first ever statewide general assembly at the Capitol during this event.  James is a graduate student in educational administration,  the cofounder of pioneer meadows montessori school in Ferndale, owner of revolutionary productions, a video production company in belligham and writer produce of a Web series www.beingthechange.net about the sustainability and occupy movement in Bellingham. He is running for superintendent of public instruction for WA state this year. He is also a single father of a 5 yo boy name Lucas and 2 yo daughter named Charlotte: “They are why I occupy.”

Erin Haliburton: “I grew up in the Everett area with my parents and younger brother, and moved up to Bellingham to attend WWU after high school. I’ve been there ever since, first getting my Bachelors in History, then my Masters in Teaching, and now working as a substitute teacher in the area. I got involved with Occupy for two main reasons. First, because the message of helping the 99% really resonated with me. And second, because this is such a widespread, popular movement, and I have high hopes for its ability to change the world for the better. I also love hiking, reading, and live music.”

Here is a link to analysis of the Montana Supreme Court decision to uphold their state’s ban on corporate funding in elections, in defiance of the Federal Supreme Courts’ recent Citizens United ruling (that grants “personhood” to corporations and allows them rights including funding election campaigns). Montana had a long history of corrupt political elections, and its Supreme Court believes strongly enough in the dangers of corporate political spending to stand up against the US Supreme Court and hopefully, to force the judges to reconsider the consequences of their ruling.

Click here for a Frank Sinatra soundtrack youtube clip from the Nov 15 raid on Zuccotti Park

And here is the movement’s “vision statement” proposed at the Occupy Wall Street General Assembly:

We Envision:

[1] a truly free, democratic, and just society;

[2] where we, the people, come together and solve our problems by consensus;

[3] where people are encouraged to take personal and collective responsibility and participate in decision making;

[4] where we learn to live in harmony and embrace principles of toleration and respect for diversity and the differing views of others;

[5] where we secure the civil and human rights of all from violation by tyrannical forces and unjust governments;

[6] where political and economic institutions work to benefit all, not just the privileged few;

[7] where we provide full and free education to everyone, not merely to get jobs but to grow and flourish as human beings;

[8] where we value human needs over monetary gain, to ensure decent standards of living without which effective democracy is impossible;

[9] where we work together to protect the global environment to ensure that future generations will have safe and clean air, water and food supplies, and will be able to enjoy the beauty and bounty of nature that past generations have enjoyed.

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