Occupy Carbondale will hold the next general assembly wed, March 21st at 7pm to reflect on the midwest regional conference and to coordinate for the Chicago summit.
“We the People of Carbondale and Southern Illinois have chosen to Occupy Carbondale to take a stand against the corporate takeover of our democracy.“
— Official Statement of Occupy Carbondale on Oct 15, 2011
Occupy Carbondale is currently located at the Big Muddy Independent Media Center on 214 N Washington St.
Welcome to OCCUPY CARBONDALE, a hub for all of the events and dialog springing up in Carbondale and throughout Southern Illinois in solidarity with Occupy Wall St. and Occupy STL. As we followed the news on Facebook, Twitter, and the various live feeds across the internet, we felt compelled to build a site that would help bring this spirit of democracy in action to Carbondale, Southern Illinois. We hope to provide people with information about events that are organizing, ongoing, and building across the U.S. as we, the 99%, take action against the greed and corruption of the 1%.
We will try our best to provide you with the most accurate information possible. However, we are just a few volunteers and errors are bound to occur. Please be patient as we get this site off the ground and please contact us if you have any info on new events, corrections, or suggestions for this site. You can contact us at info[at]occupycarbondale[dot]org.
Note: The following is not an official statement of the General Assembly of Occupy Carbondale. It is simply a reflection piece that was written during the effort to start the occupation.
As the spirit of Occupy Wall Street spreads across America and the world, we who are among the 99% of people at the “bottom” of the economic and political power structure in this country have decided to bring this movement to our town. We call Occupy Wall Street a demonstration rather than a protest because the New York City General Assembly is demonstrating a popular example of what a genuinely democratic decision-making process looks like. Through this process, they have released their first official statement and are currently developing a proposed list of Demands for Congress.
Occupy Carbondale is a local manifestation of this national and global spirit of freedom and direct democracy.
In our pursuit of wealth and our lack of participation in our own democracy, we have allowed transnational corporations and other private interests to corrupt and overtake our democratic process. We are the 99% who were promised the American Dream in exchange for our hard work and our support of a system controlled by the 1% above us. But our loyalty and dedication was betrayed as economic elites and our supposed representatives worked hand in hand to sell our financial security, our personal freedoms, our political power, and our future to the highest bidder.
The time has come for us to resist the alliance of Big Corporations and Big Government. The time has come for us to resist the erosion of our freedoms and corruption of our democracy. The time has come for us to reclaim our freedom and our democracy by gathering together in public places to hold General Assemblies and talk to our fellow community members and fellow Americans about the solutions to our many economic, political, and ecological problems. The time has come for us to Occupy Carbondale, acting nonviolently and cooperatively to create better lives for ourselves and a better future for everyone.