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Occupy Supply: Voting Now Open for Outstanding Local Activism by an Occupation

These are the nominations for Outstanding Local Activism by an Occupation. The Occupy Supply contest was announced last week, and anyone could nominate an occupation for its local activism. Nominations closed at midnight last night, and the preliminary round of voting will be open until this Wednesday, February 1 at 12 midnight.

Vote your top 10 choices for outstanding activism in the Occupy Movement for a chance to win a tent or laptop with webcam for your occupation!

The 20 occupations receiving the most votes in the semi-final round will proceed to the finals round of voting, which will begin on Thursday February 2 and close at midnight on Saturday the 4th.  In case of a tie, a vote will be taken by Occupy Supply liaisons at the Sunday 3pm liaison webinar meeting.

The 5 occupations  receiving the most votes in the final round will each win a command-post tent with lighting, presentation boards and tables worth $5,000 to support their exceptional community activism.  The tents will be delivered by DADT activist Lt. Dan Choi, with a celebration courtesy of Occupy Supply.

Click here to vote before midnight on Wednesday, February 1

Occupation Nominated For
Occupy Albany Staged a protest at a lobbying convention with a huge banner over the hotel Albany awning that said “Collect your Bribes” here
Occupy Albuquerque Move to Amend Demonstration
Occupy Allentown Protested outside opening of Obama 2012 headquarters over his “heavy involvement with the Wall Street system.”
Occupy Anchorage Protested mismanagement of Port of Alaska
Occupy Ann Arbor Held a WalMart flash mob on Black Friday
Occupy Asheville Arrested for picking up litter and wiping windows at Merrill Lynch in “corporate cleanup” campaign
Occupy Ashland Convinced Ashland City Council to conduct a review of the city’s criteria for selecting a bank
Occupy Atlanta Saved Iraq war veteran from being evicted
Stopped eviction of Pittman family
Saved an historic black church
Occupy Augusta Marched to governor’s mansion to protest after the encampment was raided. 9 people were arrested.
Occupy Austin Arrested CEOs of BofA, Chase, Wells Fargo and “CP Hood” and put them on trial.
Organized Free the NYE3 Rally
Austin Bank Action moved over $1.5 million from bailed-out banks to credit unions. Urging City of Austin to move their accounts from Bank of America. Staged over 50 protests and demonstrations to date.
Worked with members of Austin’s Eastside community to ensure parents were able to voice their opinions about a for-profit charter school
Escorted away by security from Barton Creek Mall on Black Friday, where they had a children’s band playing and were doing child-friendly events.
Helped community groups plant 600 trees to help reforest a local nature preserve.
Occupy Baltimore Fighting governor’s plan to spend millions of dollars to build a new jail for youth charged as adults
Occupy Bangor Marched on local BofA and asked people to close their accounts
Occupy Beaverton Organized operation “Flogging Wally” to stop WalMart’s expansion into the area
Occupy Bellingham Opposed SSA Marine’s plans to build nation’s largest coal terminal near Bellingham
Occupy Bend Demonstrated against banks
Occupy Berkeley Stood up to UC police
Occupy Birmingham Mic Checked DEC Hydrofracking Forum
Occupy Boca Raton Participated in Move to Amend protest
Occupy Boise Have Occupied the Boise Capitol hearing rooms, and the halls of the Capitol on a daily basis since MLK day – and the action continues
Occupy Boston Organized People of Color led meeting on Martin Luther King day
Occupy Boulder Performed street theater piece, “A Miracle on Wall Street.” At the end of the performance nearly 100 members of Occupy Boulder entered the Wells Fargo branch to deliver a stocking full of coal.
Occupy Buffalo Peaceful Police Appreciation Day — fed carrots to their horses, shook their hands. A week ago a police officer dropped off a stack of the police union’s newsletters and told us they had printed copies of thank you cards from Occupy Buffalo in their paper.
Protested outside the offices of foreclosure mill attorney office, Steven J. Baum. Baum was responsible for over 40% of NY foreclosures. The firm is now closed.
Rallied outside of Bank of America to protest the unwillingness to offer loan re-modifications and their new $5/mo debit card fee. The branch office shut down for over an hour
Put on a free play open to the public, “Occupy Animal Farm,” along with Subversive Theater.
Marched in support of Buffalo firefighters
Marched on the headquarters of Chase Bank
Attended the 1/25 Buffalo School Board meeting to challenge the 30,000 student suspensions in a school district of 36,000 students. we had school children carrying handcuffs & book.
Questioned Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and County Executive Mark Poloncarz about wasteful uses of taxpayer money at the 1/9 Erie County Industrial Development Agency Meeting
Challenged the Erie County Executive about funneling business to a campaign contributor at the 12/19 Erie County Industrial Development Agency Board Meeting
Rallied against Erie County Executive Chris Collins for closing the Library down earlier to hold a library fundraiser (about $80,000… after cutting $4 million) 3 days before an election. Occupy Buffalo did not and does not endorse candidates
Conducted Teach-Ins and Justice Dialogs through the School of Everything
Provided coffee, info and entertainment to thousands who wait in line to sign up for the Home Energy Assistance Program which helps low income household heat their homes in the cold buffalo winter.
Marched in support of Scott Olsen
Occupy Burlington Protested Vermont Yankee after judge denied the state’s right to shut down the accident-plauged nuclear power plant
Occupy Cape Cod Hyannis New tent city started with Occupy Boston occupiers
Occupy Carson City Protested for enforcement of corporate regulations at State Legislature
Occupy Centralia & Lewis CO Protested on Chambers Bridge
Occupy Charleston Holds a potluck dinner each Sunday for the city’s homeless
Occupy Charlotte Protested at Bank of America
Occupy Chattanooga Protested BofA and John Boehner
Occupy Cincinnati Held Move to Amend march
Occupy Cleveland Encamped in family’s home to oppose forclosure
Maintained a 24/7 tent in Public Square despite being forced by police to leave 1 side open to the elements at all times.
Occupy Columbia Fought Gov. Nikki Haley in court — and won.
Occupy Columbus Protested corporate irresponsibility, outsourcing and student loan debt
Occupy Conway Protested NDAA
Occupy Dallas Marched in support of police to protest budget cuts
Occupy Davis Student protest and pepper-spray incident
Occupy DC Demonstrated against President Obama and other dignitaries at exclusive Alfalfa Club dinner
Occupy DC – Freedom Plaza Held a flash mob in Hart Senate office building
Occupy DC – McPherson Square Protested takeover of Franklin School
They established a University tent, and a library, and an Ecumenical tent.
Occupied Congress with a January 17 protest
Occupy Delaware Protests at monthly Sheriff’s auction of foreclosed homes.
Stopped the execution of a death row inmate Robert Gattis along with other community groups.
Protested Citi Bank
OccuCaroling Dec 21st US Senator Coons of Delaware questioned by OccuCarolers from Occupy DE
Occupy Des Moines Set up camp outside Obama campaign offices
Occupy Detroit Arrested outside Democratic Party headquarters
Arrested outside Mitt Romney’s headquarters
Occupy Erie Keep coming back to Perry Park gazebo despite 8 police raids
Occupy Eugene Forced City Council to pass resolutions and appropriate money to help the city’s 4000 homeless
Occupy Fairbanks Still holding down a 24/ tent encampment in -42 weather — and protesting in their underwear.
Occupy Flint Have gone gone “door-to-door” to figure out when foreclosures are taking place and who is responsible.
Sat down with Mayor and educated him about NDAA
The only encampment left in Michigan. Held “two large coat drives” for homeless veterans and citizens in Flint.
Occupy Fresno Demanded school superintendent should take a pay cut if teachers were forced to do so
Occupy Ft. Lauderdale Held a foreclosure Teach-In
Saved Bein-Aime family from eviction
Occupy Ft. Wayne Held mic check at Glenbrook Mall to remind people to shop locally
Occupy Fullerton OC Stay with woman as she awaits foreclosure
Occupy Gainesville Move to Amend protest with Cornel West
Occupy Gainesville Radical Cheerleaders Oaks Mall Action
Occupy Grand Junction Occupied Rep Scott Tipton’s office in Grand Junction to protest his bill to cut corporate taxes
Occupy Helena March to celebrate the Montana Supreme Court’s defiance of Citizen’s United
Occupy Honolulu Protested at WalMart against sweatshop labor
Occupy Houston Attend city council meetings to protest sweetheart deal with WalMart developer
20 arrested at Port of Houston shutdown
Started Operation Clean Sweep — occupiers sweep up cigarette butts and other trash in Tranquility Park with lobby dust pans and brooms
Occupy Iowa City Took part on the Occupy the State House and Caucuses in Des Moines.
Occupy Ithaca Organized teach-in on corporate personhood
Performed anti-NDAA clown cop protest/videos
Occupy Jacksonville Set up community gardens, raised homeless-issue awareness, helped those facing foreclosure
Occupy Johnson City Protested housing authority public-housing rent increases
Organized Wal-Mart Black Friday Mic Check
Held an Occupy the Courts – Citizen’s United Protest at Greenville Courthouse
Occupy Kansas City Marched on Bank of America
Held an Occupy the Courts Protest
Organized a “Robbery of the American Homeowner” Crime Scene Investigation
Occupy Klamath Falls Held a “Grade-in” with Klamath Falls Public School Teachers
Occupy Kona Protested in front of Merrill Lynch
Occupy Lancaster Organized Anti-NDAA flash action
Occupy Lansing Demonstrated at Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address
Occupy Las Cruces Held protests relating to homelessness issues, foreclosures, etc.
Occupy Las Vegas Fed the homeless, protested Rudy Guliani’s motivational seminar, protested the Metro Police Department
Occupy Lincoln Held an educational series on issues about economic fairness
Occupy Little Rock “Occupy Quorum Court” – attended hearing to save local watershed from encroaching development
Helped organize the Occupy Arkansas State Convention
Occupy Longview “Occupy the Ports” – Held a protest in support of local longshore union
Occupy Los Angeles “Occupy the Ports” – Hels a protest to blockade port of Long Beach
Presented Bank of America with a “$673 billion check” on behalf of the “people of California”
Occupy Louisville Held a mock wedding between U.S. Government and Corporate America to protest Citizens United
Occupy Lubbock Protested outside U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer’s office
Occupy Madison Protested at the State Capitol
Occupy Maine Protested foreclosures with a “Day of Action”
Worked with Portland City Council to pass resolution urging congressional representatives to support amendment rolling back corporate personhood
Held educational teach-ins on economic and social issues
Occupy Manistee Protested in town square
Occupy Medford Organized “Occupy Christmas Caroling” at local mall
Occupy Memphis Worked to organize a busriders’ union
Occupy Miami Marched on the Financial District
Occupy Milwaukee Demonstrated on the North Avenue Bridge
Occupy Minneapolis Participated in Occupy our Homes, called US banks, did a lot of work to prevent foreclosures
Occupy Monterey Organized weekly food drop
Occupy Morristown Has been holding general protests
Occupy Muskegon Stopped demolition of local paper mill to prevent pollution
Occupy Nashua Participated in the Occupy the New Hampshire Primary Gay Pride Rally
Occupy Nashville Held a funeral for the Bill of Rights
Organized the “People’s Bribe” protest against corporate influence in government
Organized day of action against private prison equity
Occupy New Hampshire Participated in the Occupy the New Hampshire Primary Gay Pride Rally
Participated in Occupy New Hampshire Primary general protests
Occupy New Haven Organized a Wal-Mart Mic Check
Organized a Day of Action to get money out of politics
Organized a Breach of Peace March against police brutality
Organized a March for Jobs
Held a “State of the People’s Union” event
Occupy New Orleans Organized MLK Rally and March
Occupy New Paltz Picketed Chase Bank
Occupy New Port Richey Setup community learning garden, organized christmas parade, and bank protests
Occupy Newark Protested to end homelessness
Occupy Newport Participated in “Move your money” action
Occupy Norfolk Protested NDAA
Occupy Norman Protested Chase Bank
Occupy Norristown Protested at Montgomery County Courthouse
Occupy Northampton Have been holding general protests
Occupy Oakland Organized citywide General Strike
Organized a port blockade/shutdown
Held a “Rise Up” Festival with workshops, music, films, etc.
Participate in Occupy the Courts action
Occupy Oklahoma City Organized Wal-Mart Black Friday Mic Check
Occupy Olympia Setup Rachel Corrie Community Center
Occupy Omaha Held “Occustock” Music festival
Occupy Orlando Sang Chistmas Carols for Mayor Buddy Dyer
Protested at John Martinez swearing in ceremony
Participated in sidewalk chalk civil disobedience
Helped organize “People’s Convention of Florida”
Occupy Palm Beach Protested at GAIM USA hedge fund event
Occupy Pasadena Occupied the Rose Parade
Occupy Pensacola Held a Citizen’s Untied Protest
Occupy Peoria Has set up a Bradley Manning action group
Occupy Petaluma Organized teach-ins and an “Occupy Democracy” event
Occupy Philadelphia Has organized anti-curfew protests
“Foreclosed” on Well Fargo
Has performed various Occupy street theater
Set up “Occupy Vacant Lots” protest
Mic Checked the Philadelphia City Council
Occupy Phoenix Protested at ALEC summit
Organzied Guadalupe Street Cleanup
Occupy Pittsburgh Protesters were locked in PNC Bank during a protest
Protested on Liberty Avenue
Organized the “Justice for Jordan Miles” March
Organzied a Corporations Are Not People March
Occupied Target
Held protest march against Bank of New York Mellon
Held a “Public Transit” Week of Action
Occupy Plymouth NH Participated in Occupy NH Primary
Occupy Portland (OR) Held a peaceful anti-eviction protest
Organized a bank shutdown
Held a Universal health care march
Rallied for Tahrir Anniversary
Occupied the State Legislature
Held Occupy the Dream event in observance of MLK Jr.
Occupy Providence Fought eviction of House of Compassion residence for AIDS patients
Succeeded in forcing Providence to open day shelter for homeless in exchange for suspending overnight encampment
Counter-protested “right to life’ rally
Occupy Raleigh Protested (Mic Checked) Wells Fargo CEO at NC Campus talk
Occupy Redding Conducted Occupy the Forest demonstration against Clearcutting at the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference at the Shasta District Fairgrounds
Occupy Reno Rallied against Reno City Council vote on corporate personhood
Occupy Roanoke Held Occupy New Years Eve feast for the public; brought food to firefighters, police, EMS and other public service workers as thank you
Occupy Rochester Protested outside Bank of America on Veterans day against the targeting of military veterans by predatory mortgage lenders
and banks.
Moved homeless family into vacant, bank-owned home with Take Back the Land Rochester
Held 3-day “RocStock” Music and Ideas Festival
Occupy Rockford Protested Rep Manzullo fundraiser
Occupy Roseburg Held Occupy Black Friday at Bureau of Land Management with Feed the Burg potluck and a Free Store to boycott corporate black friday sales
Occupy Rutgers University (Tent State) Occupied Rutgers President’s office with a list of demands to improve affordability for students
Occupy Sacramento Organized funeral march and rally in support of The California Universal Health Care Act
Organized Federal Reserve & Economics 101 teach-in
Occupy Salem Organized Occupy the Legislature Protest at the Oregon State Legislature
Occupy Salt Lake City Held Rock the Jailhouse prison divestment campaign
Occupy San Diego Protested in support Raul Carranza on his fight against the draconian budget cuts that are eliminating his medical care.
Organized Black Friday flash mobs at Wal-Mart
Shut down the ports in San Diego
Organized Women of Occupy, which organized Occupella caroling and Occupier Support, a program to provide for the needs of the 24-7 occupiers
Occupied the Rose Parade
Occupied home of disabled teacher Leslie Bouchard in support of her battle against First Mortgage Corporation.
Occupy San Francisco Organized Wall Street West protest, including shutting down several banks in Financial District of San Francisco on January 20.
Occupy San Jose Provided trainings, classes, workshops and teach-ins for occupiers and community members
Occupy San Luis Obispo Organized weekly silent marches at the farmers market to raise awareness of the movement
Occupy Santa Barbara Provided teach-ins for protesters and community members
Occupy Santa Cruz Occupied homes in the process of foreclosure
Occupy Santa Fe Protested at opening day of New Mexico Legislature
Occupy Santa Rosa Marched with immigrant rights activists through Santa Rosa to demand that Wells Fargo withdraw its support for investments in private prisons and declare a moratorium on home foreclosures; “Mic checked” inside two separate Wells Fargo branches.
Occupy Sarasota Organized weekly food collection / food drive
Occupy Savannah Protested the local school board is pushing to privatize the cafeteria, custodial, and maintenance workers.
Occupy Seattle Protested in solidarity with Ruby Ridge Dairy Workers
Protested JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon’s speech at Sheraton Seattle Hotel downtown for University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.
Occupy Sebastopol Protested proposed CVS/Chase Bank development in downtown Sebastopol.
Occupy Shelton Organized community events to raise awareness of the movement
Occupy South Bend Held social events to engage the community
Occupy Spokane Organized holiday benefit show
Occupy Springfield (MO) Started Shop Local to shift 50% or more of the retail sales that go into the big box stores into the local small business’s for the ENTIRE Christmas season.
Protested undeveloped land in their community
Occupy Stockton Observed and protested destruction of Mormon Slough homeless community
Occupy Syracuse Protested $1,000-per-ticket fundraiser by Mayor Stephanie Miner
Occupy Tacoma Marched to City Hall in Defense of budget cuts for Essential Services
Occupy Tallahassee Mic checked Glenn Beck book signing
Occupy Tampa Occupied a local accounting firm, Watkins and Co., that has been called “ground zero for what’s wrong with Florida politics”
Occupy Taos Organized benefit Concert and Art Sale.
Occupy Terre Haute Protested at office of James Bopp, the attorney who was the driving force behind Citizens United
Occupy Traverse City Organized OCCUPALOOZA music festival and silent auction
Occupy Trenton Provided teach-ins for occupiers and community members
Occupy Tri-Cities Protested branch banks
Occupy Tucson Organized Stand Up Tucson free community event
Attended UNIDOS event supporting ethnic studies, against censorship and for accurate history in schools
Occupy Utica Rallied against hydrofracking in the community
Occupy Wall Street (NYC) Occupied homes in foreclosure in East New York
Protested in solidarity with Tahrir protesters at the Egyptian Consulate
Organized Brooklyn Bridge protest on 2 month anniversary
Held solidarity March on Foley Square
Organized Labor Union solidarity march
Occupy Wilmington (NC) Organized teach-ins and community outreach
Occupy Wisconsin Renovated Liberty State Bank in Milwaukee to be used as a hostel for ‘Occupy’ protesters from other cities, and for Homeless Youth
Occupy Worcester Caroled at Worcester Roller Derby’s Alternative Craft Fair, Crafershock, with protest carols to the tunes of Christmas songs.

Some occupations have had their encampments evicted or have moved indoors, so we’ll also be awarding laptops with built-in webcams to the top 3 vote-getting occupations that cannot use a tent.

All other semi-finalists will win a $100 gift certificate for supplies from the Occupy Supply store.

We hope this impressive list of achievements from occupations across the country will put to rest the pernicious media meme that “occupy is dead.”  This is by no means a complete list of actions, but rather represents the actions for which people felt moved to nominate their local occupation.

It’s worth noting that occupations without a current encampment were much less likely to be nominated.  Moreover, when they were nominated it was usually for actions they took when they did have an encampment. Whether this is because they are less active, or because they have a harder time making the community aware of their activities without an ongoing public symbol, is not known.

Please see contest rules for deadlines and guidance.

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