General Assembly Minutes 7 DEC 2011 (7 PM)

Main Facilitator: Dan. Stack: Danielle. Minutes: Joe

GENERAL DISCUSSION

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

  • The main facilitator explained our consensus decision-making process.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • We will hold “Recreational Day” at the Bucky Dome site near the corner of 51 and Grand on Friday, Dec 9th from 12pm-2pm.
  • The Outreach Working group met on Tuesday. The meeting minutes are posted at CccupyCarbondale.org. We will be meeting every Tuesday at 6pm at the IMC (214 N. Washington St.)
  • On Thursday, Dec 8th from 12-1pm we will be marching at the Federal Building in downtown Carbondale. Please join us!
  • On Friday, Dec 9th at 5:30pm we will be showing the film, “Metropolis” at the IMC
  • There will be a special Human Rights peace vigil at the Town Square on Saturday, Dec 10th from 12pm-1pm. The Peace Coalition is calling for 30+ people to hold signs stating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • This Saturday, Dec 10th, following the GA, at 2:30pm there will be a teach-in on sewing/mending clothing. Bring clothes in need of care.
  • American Voices meets every 1st Thursday of each month at 6pm at Spinoni’s. This is a good opportunity for outreach.
  • Ashley is planning an Art Show for next Wednesday, Dec 14th following the GA.
  • Last Sunday’s live music show made $20 for IMC utilities.
  • The Sierra Club is having a picnic at Giant City on New Year’s Day at Shelter 2 from 11-3pm. It is a potlatch. There will be soup.

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: Add a general discussion session of approximately 20 minutes to the GA agenda so that meetings will proceed as follows: 1) Announcements, 2) Discussion, 3) Proposals, 4) Adjournment. 

  • RESPONSE: Consensus
  • Note: This proposal, which concerns the structure of the GA process, has now passed the required 2 GAs and is now in effect.

PROPOSAL: Change the consensus process to include a discussion of the proposal after clarifying questions and before the first vote.  

  • RESPONSE: Consensus
  • Note: This proposal, which concerns the structure of the GA process, has now passed the required 2 GAs and is now in effect.

PROPOSAL: Cancel the General Assemblies currently scheduled for Dec. 24th, 2011 and Dec. 31st, 2011.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus
  • Note: Since this proposal concerns the scheduling of GAs, it must be brought up and passed at another GA.

PROPOSAL: Eliminate from the consensus process the first “Intervention” step and the vote that follows it, so that if a proposal is blocked in the first vote
(following the discussion) the process goes straight to small group discussions.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus
  • Note: Since this proposal concerns the structure of GAs, it must be brought up and passed at another GA.

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

SUMMARY OF CONSENSUS

  • A general discussion session of approximately 20 minutes will be added to the agenda of the General Assemblies so that meetings will proceed as follows: 1) Announcements 2) Discussion 3) Proposals 4) Adjournment.
  • The consensus process will now include a discussion of the proposal after clarifying questions and before the first vote.
  • The following two Proposals were passed, but will need to pass another GA before taking effect:
    • 1. Cancel the General Assemblies currently scheduled for Dec. 24th, 2011 and Dec. 31st, 2011.
    • 2. Eliminate the first “Intervention” step and the vote that follows it from the consensus process so that if a proposal is blocked in the first vote (following the discussion) the process goes straight to small group discussions.