Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Thomas C. Shope leader of Occupy Charlotte is a theif


We the people of Occupy Charlotte and the General Assembly thereof, wish it to be hereby known that Thomas C. Shope has been exiled from the Occupy Charlotte movement and is to no longer be used as a source for communication and/or donations. He has been separated from this organization due to his consistent and willful actions against the will of the people and the decisions of the General Assembly. Any and all communications to the media and any donations from the people that support us, are to be made and accepted by and from the members of the occupation at 600 E. Trade Street in Charlotte, NC.

This was a long meeting, and this issue was talked about until consensus was reached. There are many more statements to come on this issue and many others. On this one alone there are too many concerns to not try to get them to the public as soon as possible. This is merely one of many videos to come.We invite everyone to come be part of our ongoing conversation, the process, a true forum of the people, just one of many across the world. We will not be meek, we will not be silent. Our true voices will be heard and we will fight against any distortions that are created to manipulate public opinion against us. We are the 99%...and so are you.

Occupy Charlotte: Where do the donations go?

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Occupy Charlotte protestors seem to be settling into their community outside the old city hall. Supporters are even sending them mail to Trade Street.
There's also a donation booth on the grounds, a few steps away from police headquarters.
"This is a book we started several days ago," said Don Faix, one of the occupiers. He's a retiree who believes in the movement, and he says, financial disclosure.
He showed WBTV how each donation is logged, with the initials of two protestors to account for it. The day of their most recent march, more than $200 dollars came in to support the cause.
"The public will know everything about our finances. That's one of our goals," he said.
Just not right away. Another voice of the movement, Luis Rodriguez, did not want to discuss total donations amounts.
"I'm afraid I can't really say. That number is being tallied by fundraising," said Rodriguez.
He said the fundraising committee is also working on project to allow people to make online donations. It's a signal the movement wants to grow.
But there's a problem. Occupy Charlotte doesn't have a bank account. Protestors say they are in the process of starting one.
There's also conflict over the name. Occupy Charlotte is registered with the city as a sole proprietorship under their former spokesperson, Thomas Shope. The group ousted him last week amid accusations coming from both parties.
While the group works to sort out legal obligations, the donations are building.
"When we have money come in, right now it's going into a general coffer," said Rodriguez. He said the donations pay for things like megaphones and fliers. He also said they hope to buy winter clothing and winterize their tents.
It sounds like a group not going anywhere soon.
Much like the business culture they rail against, as Occupy Charlotte grows, so will its financial accountability. 
The group says it will register as a non-profit, which means those dollars must be reported. The donors would get a tax write off.

1% Support And Finance The 99% At Occupy Wall Street

They may represent the "One Percent" decried by many of Occupy Wall Street, but some wealthy individuals have nevertheless made common cause with the downtown activists. AFPTV meets with the privileged few dedicated to social justice who are standing with the "other 99 percent".

TootsSweet Called Out OccupyWallStreet In May

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"We're being played by the Shadow Government of this progressive liberal End Game"