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New ATM Comes to Wesleyan

New Seasons Federal Credit Union ATM hits Exley Science Center

Wesleyan ATM WrappedNot only has the number of on-campus automated teller machines doubled over break, but thanks to Occupy Wesleyan and WSA efforts, we now have an alternative to Bank of America. Seasons Federal Credit Union, a local Connecticut credit union, has set up a new ATM in Exley (located between the 24-hour Quiet Study Lounge and Pi Cafe). It has the same features as the BoA machine, including account balances and cash withdrawal. However, for non-members the fee is $1.75, cheaper than Bank of America’s $2.00. Seasons account members can also deposit cash or checks directly into their accounts via the ATM. Moreover, Seasons is a member of a credit union network that allows members of participating credit unions to use the ATM for free. See if your credit union is in the network here.

After an eventful “Move Your Money” campaign featuring a march on Bank of America, the issue of Bank of America’s monopoly at Wesleyan grabbed both students’ and administrators’ attention and was pursued by members of the WSA. When the administration decided to put a second ATM on campus, instead of automatically giving Bank of America access, as they might have done without Occupy’s efforts, they sent out a request for proposals to all the banks and credit unions established in Middletown. Seasons FCU’s proposal won the bid over those of Bank of America and others. This is not only great for Wesleyan, but for the larger community as well!

Occupy is Occupying Wesleying. Again.

Occupy Wes:

For all the new frosh who wished they could’ve been part of all the radicalfreakinessthatwasOccupy (that is, the 1% of them not already from New York City), now’s the time to get excited. A group of students will be meeting today at 9pm in the University Organizing Center (that’s 190 High, all you youngsters) to plan a livestream viewing party/discussion for the upcoming debate between Chris Hedges and Crimethinc on “Occupy Tactics: Violence & Legitimacy in the Occupy Movement & Beyond” (planned for 9/12) as well as a trip down to NYC for the 1st anniversary of Occupy (events will be occurring from the 15th through the 17th of September).

tl;dr get your activist ass over to the UOC tonight at 9 pm.

Date: Thursday, September 6
Time: 9 pm
Place: UOC

Wes Students Return to NYC Streets for May Day

“The boss needs you – you don’t need the boss.”

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Looking for a reason to ditch class? It’s raining – what more do you want? About 20 Wesleyan students (and two Middletown residents) who went up to New York City last night and this morning are living theirs right now. May 1, or “May Day” for those in the know, primarily celebrates 1) pole dancing and 2) walking instead of working. So it seemed like a natural choice for one of the Occupy movement’s major bids for a return to mainstream prominence – a General Strike.  From the Occupy Wall St. website:

While American corporate media has focused on yet another stale election between Wall Street-financed candidates, Occupy has been organizing something extraordinary: the first truly nationwide General Strike in U.S. history. Building on the international celebration of May Day, past General Strikes in U.S. cities like Seattle and Oakland, the recent May 1st Day Without An Immigrant demonstrations, the national general strikes in Spain this year, and the on-going student strike in Quebec, the Occupy Movement has called for A Day Without the 99% on May 1st, 2012. This in and of itself is a tremendous victory. For the first time, workers, students, immigrants, and the unemployed from 135 U.S. cities will stand together for economic justice.

Hopefully, students who arrived at Grand Central this morning didn’t have to deal with the machine-gun toting National Guard…Christ.

The main purpose post is mostly a collection of just a few of the metric ton of online resources for anyone who wants to track today’s happenings. Onwards:

There may be a sprinkling of updates to this post as the day progresses – many Wes students who went are in a text-message group to facilitate coordination, and I joined in so I could keep track from Middletown Home Base. If anything interesting comes up and I’m online, I’ll try to get it up here. As of 11 AM: WesKids who stayed overnight have rendezvoused with Tuesday arrivals, and are gathering in Bryant Park after marching along 51st St. That’s all for now; get back to work (or not).

Daniel Plafker ’15 (99% sure… get it?) has been spotted in the title photograph of a Guardian article on today’s protests.

After the jump: Ben “The Doernbeard” Doernberg ’13 is live-tweeting the events as he attends  them, as well as retweeting relevancies from the ground. Click through for highlights.

March on Bank of America

The sun is shining, it’s (relatively) warm outside, what a beautiful day for a protest, eh? The folks in the Community Banking Working Group of Occupy Wesleyan have put together a nice little march to our local BoA that’s meeting at the steps of Olin at 3 pm! Luckily, Middletown isn’t the biggest of cities, so I’m fairly certain you’ll be able to catch up with them as they make their way over. And hey, who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired enough to close out the millions sitting in your account.

 More on the action below (yeah, I’m cutting this from the end of A-Batte‘s earlier post on Bank Transfer Week):
  • Friday April 27th, 3PM
  • Leaving from the Steps of Olin
  • March to BoA on Main St.

Tired of hearing about corporate banks taking advantage of American citizens? Frustrated by the fact that the only ATM on campus is owned by Bank of America? WELL, LET’S DO SOMETHING!

General Assembly Meeting to Occupy Wesleyan

TO USDAN!This Thursday at 4:15, in the Usdan Café, we invite you to a General Assembly1 to Occupy Wesleyan. We will emphasize Wesleyan-specific issues and actions going forward. Please come ready to share your concerns and ideas about how we can change Wesleyan. At the assembly, we will collectively establish working groups to perform ongoing organizing in order to make a huge impact this spring. So please come Thursday, and join the international movement to Decolonize/Occupy Everywhere, and let’s start with our own campus!

[1] What is a general assembly?
A General Assembly is an open, participatory and horizontally organized process through which we are building the capacity to constitute ourselves in public as autonomous collective forces within and against the constant crises of our times.

Also, to get on the Occupy Wesleyan email list serve, email occupywesleyan-subscribe(at)lists(dot)riseup(dot)net.

Occupy Wesleyan: A Retrospective

Our hardy band of pinko anti-capitalist anarcho-primitivist well-wishers.

Protests today marked the two-month anniversary of the establishment of the (recently-foreclosed) encampment at Liberty Square/Zuccotti Park. These demonstrations spanned the nation, bringing in their wake peace, love, and happiness–marred only by the occasional pepper spraying of 84-year-old women (oh yeah, and this).

By now, the Occupy protests are ubiquitous enough that they have effectively stretched to all corners of the country, even reaching a town so small that the progress of the firearm deer harvest easily makes front-page news (I mean, who doesn’t need to know the effect of wind conditions on patterns of deer movement?). So why shouldn’t we get to take a part in the action (again)?

Today, at 4PM, likeminded 99%-ers and our sympathizers (come on now, we can’t ALL be the 99%) gathered on the steps of Olin for a heady 45-minute march through campus to voice our frustrations to whomever would listen–er, I mean, our corporate masters.