Monday, December 19, 2011

Announcing #OccupyChristmasPDX

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On Dec. 25, we are helping Occupiers occupy everywhere!

UPDATE (12/23 1:40PM): All existing sign-up have been matched.  Deadline has been extended to Saturday (tomorrow) at 2 p.m., but you will need to be able to access email tomorrow.

UPDATE (12/21 10AM): We are receiving quite a few occupiers on the list looking for a host; however so far there is ZERO on the host list!  While we understand family commitments and church activities as such, please step up to the plate and show some solidarity.  We definitely need to receive all sign-up entries by Friday 5 PM so we can match people and make sure they are in touch with each other.

On this Christmas, we are bringing the Occupy spirit everywhere! Host an Occupier or two, and hear from their experiences and engage in conversations and community building!

Built on the success of #OccupyThanksgivingPDX, with some twist, #OccupyChristmasPDX is a region-wide, decentralized, diversified event with two-fold goals:
  1. We recognize that for many without families and/or housing, including a significant number of active Occupiers, the Christmas Day represents deprivation, major inconvenience and isolation as virtually nothing is open and they may have limited or no access to their daily necessities as well as to social interactions. As a group committed to social and economic justice, we use this occasion not only to ameliorate the important needs but also to demonstrate such needs exist, and that in America, an observance of a holiday is a privilege for some.
  2. Christmas Day is often a slow-paced day with families and friends, regardless of one's religious affiliation. We find that this would present an ideal setting for conversations and learning; we bring Occupiers to your home and neighborhood through this program, and thereby bringing the spirit and energy of the Occupy movement where people live.

While we do this on Dec. 24/25, this is a non-sectarian and interfaith project. Neither the hosts nor the Occupiers are expected to, or required to, be Christians or participate in "traditional" Christmas activities. In fact, if you are an atheist, a secular humanist, a Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, or any other non-Christian type person and will be having the Sunday off, you are more than welcome to participate in this event!

Registration deadline is Saturday, Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23 at 5 p.m.!  Please spread the word widely on Twitter (hashtag is #OccupyChristmasPDX), Facebook, Google+ (hashtag is #OccupyChristmasPDX), Diaspora (hashtag is #OccupyChristmasPDX), email, and also very importantly, the good old-fashioned word-of-mouth!  If you are involved with any committee, caucus, affinity groups or work groups, please forward this information as well!   Use URL

To register to be part of this event, go to the online registration:
IMPORTANT: We at the IGC recognize that not everyone has an access to the Internet.  We will be doing an in-person registration on Thursday, Dec. 22 during the Interfaith Winter Solstice Peace-In (5 p.m.) at St. Francis Plaza (SE Oak & 12th) and at the Spokes Council Meeting (7 p.m., Che Room, 1131 SE Oak St.).
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