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Whatever happened to the Occupy Wilmington organization?

Kevin Maurer
StarNews

Attempts to reach the Occupy Wilmington organization were not successful.

Occupy Wilmington

Occupy Wilmington protester Maria Diaz hangs a sign outside City Hall on Nov. 16, 2011. (StarNews file photo)

But the group has a robust Web presence and frequently updates its website. Members also hold meetings on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The general assembly meetings are held at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, and Fridays and Sundays at 3 p.m. at City Hall on Third Street in Wilmington.

The group has three issue groups, but none of the groups seem to act like a “nonprofit help organization.” Two of the groups – outreach and foreclosure – meet at the library’s downtown branch. The outreach group meets on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. The foreclosure group meets Mondays at 6. That group’s aim is to get a yearlong moratorium on foreclosures.

A direct action has also formed and meets Wednesdays after the general assembly. It is unclear what kind of actions the group has taken up.

To contact the local occupy group, you can send an email to occupyilm@gmail.com.

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5 Responses to “ Whatever happened to the Occupy Wilmington organization?”

  1. On December 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm Maria Diaz wrote:

    Dear Kevin,
    I assure you that Occupy Wilmington is very much still a force to be reckoned with during this time. We are putting forth much effort into our Foreclosure campaign, as this is a cause near and dear to our hearts.
    Even though we are no longer encamping at the present time in order to rally our efforts into our Big 3 run we are still around.
    I question your first statement that attempts to contact the group were not successful. I myself along with other members are easily found in the community, Facebook, and on the Forum pages. You have lots of information about our organization but I question where your research came from for this article? Seeing as how you have my name, I am easily searchable.
    “The group has three issue groups, but none of the groups seem to act like a “nonprofit help organization.” “- I am also puzzled by this statement. What exactly in your opinion does a nonprofit help group act like? We are active in researching lots of legal issues and have had teach-ins at UNCW in solidarity with the UNCW group.
    I would like to inform you that we are not 3 seperate groups under one group. Our groups function as one. We have had direct action in Wilmington-in the last week even. So I question your resources on this matter.

    I am not writing to knock your writing, simply that you lack pertinent information. You seem to know our schedule, I implore you before you write another one of these to please come check us out. Our meetings are open to ALL of the public. It is for everyone, even people who would like to just watch and not necessarily participate. Please come talk to our group and get all the information needed to make this an outstanding piece.

  2. On December 20, 2011 at 11:18 pm Star Anderson wrote:

    How hard did you try to contact us????? Since you seem to know when we meet and where we meet, did you ever come to one of the meetings to talk to us??? So this means that the first line of your answer, Kevin, is a utter lie!!! You never tried!!! Reporters use to go out and find the answers….. not sit behind a computer and do nothing!!!! Hell I can do that…. can I have your job????? Since you don’t really know how to do it!

  3. On December 21, 2011 at 11:08 am Kevin Maurer wrote:

    I will be at the meeting tonight to work on a story about your group and its plans for next year. I look forward to talking with you guys tonight.

    Kevin

  4. On December 21, 2011 at 11:55 am Autumn wrote:

    it is a good article, even if he got a couple of things wrong, they’re just details. he got the GA times wrong. he assumed future meetings of outreach and foreclosure to be at the library. and he said something odd: they do not act like a “nonprofit help group.” so i would like people to know that all we do is help people. that’s all we ever have done. all any of the occupy groups ever have done. some occupy groups. including ours, are moving into one specific winter occupation and that is homeowner assistance with foreclosure. the groups mentioned in the article are working groups, or teams. kevin is welcome to attend a GA and ask questions. they are open to the public. we’re at city hall 3 times a week so we can’t be too hard to find. we’ll be there tonight at 6pm, although it might be a small meeting as it is so near christmas. peace to all.

  5. On December 23, 2011 at 11:07 pm Lee wrote:

    Hey Star, you’re not helping your cause by the tone and content of your response.

    I don’t know if you realize it, but such a posting only paints you as reactionary and defensive, and I’m guessing that’s exactly the reputation that your group is trying to avoid.



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