Category: Minutes

General Assembly Minutes 12 NOV 2011 (7 PM)

Main Facilitator: Joe. Stack: Kyle.  Minutes: Nichole.

GENERAL DISCUSSION

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

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

PROCESS: Special Format

  • It was asked that some time be spent doing free discussion before we begin the usual process.

SPECIAL DISCUSSION

DISCUSSION: Related to the move to the IMC

  • Organizational Development & Strategic Visioning: the point of this committee is to develop actionable proposals. This group meets twice a week – Thursday at 5.30pm & Saturday at 2pm are the next two meetings (more concrete times will happen later). Starts with collectively creating an agenda; minutes will be posted on the occupycarbondale.org site under the tab for working groups/committees. Minutes will also be on the Google groups, Facebook, & a physical copy will appear in the IMC.
  • Perhaps have a board in the IMC that lists who is in what committees, who can be contacted for different issues or to be added to the Google groups?
  • Reminder that everyone is welcome to join any committee.
  • We constantly come up against new questions. How do we actively as new activists fight back & connect that to the movement as it began? We need to continue to connect to these [economic] issues, in terms of how they are going to play out in Southern Illinois.
  • Anyone in the Google groups can invite any other person to join.
  • Perhaps we should pass around a sign-in at the beginning of any GA for folks who are new who might be interested in joining the Google group to participate in those conversations.
  • Form small groups meetings to take place at the IMC, about how this space can be used as a winter headquarters in order to keep building activist connections. Some things that have been suggested:
    - art shows
    - music shows (diy, local)
    - free laundry service
    - skills swaps / teach-ins with the general aim of weaning ourselves off corporations
    - make a more substantial kitchen
    - info swap / book store, publishing our own material
    - free store
    - radio show
    - open mics
    - what would it mean for this to be a safe space? critically reflecting on the ways we communicate with one another, engaging in anti-oppression work.
  •  We should put a lot of time, energy, & effort into the Organizational Development & Strategic Visioning committee; we need to be strategic about how we continue to channel energy into specific activities towards our goals.
  • American Voices still claimed to be an ally of our movement in the paper, even though we rejected the proposal to let them co-sponsor an event. What if we, as a group, aligned/attached ourselves with local businesses/organizations?
  • Re: Faculty strike; the faculty is now curious about Occupy Carbondale. There is some rich possibility here.
  • Reading groups? Study groups? Speakers’ Bureau? How do we go out, to  keep from being isolated? We can both invite people in, work on our own public speaking, and volunteer to go speak about Occupy Carbondale. Suggested that we have a roster of folks willing to speak.
  • Missing from Strategic Visioning: rallies, marches, and direct actions we can’t forget these.
  • What kinds of things allow people who wouldn’t come to a GA to feel connected to the movement, to recognize skills that may be of help to the movement? One way to connect to students may be to have a table on campus once every two weeks or something, encouraging students to start or move bank accounts to local credit unions. Start focusing on solutions, and driving  people towards them.
  • Re: creatively connecting to what’s going on in Southern Illinois: we can’t keep ourselves isolated from the people. We need to connect to the desires of the people: the unemployed, exploited students, etc. The intellectual and creative power is here.
  • There are two modes to demonstration: attack & support. We can mobilize support for those things that we do believe in. We don’t have to always be on the attack.
  • It’s really important we keep our focus on the world, what’s going on. ”We’ve already caught all the fish, a tiny group of people stole those fish, now we gotta fight to get our fish back.” Not helping people, but joining with them. Solidarity, not charity. For instance, we could demand the prices of textbooks be lowered; we could look up whose houses are being foreclosed on.
  • There are have been some talk about trying to organize an undergraduate student strike in the Spring to address the huge increases in student fees. This might be an issue we could help to organize around, create a push-back on campus, & get people involved on campus.
  • We could concretely start creating new economies here, such as land trusts, having people buy houses to create a new housing situation, etc. Sarah has suggestions of model for how this stuff works.
  • We need to listen to their concerns, but not necessarily unite with all their answers. We need to teach the people how & why the system works, that this isn’t their individual fight, but a systemic issue.
  • Women & children are the most deeply effected in economic issues.
  • Have we already started to identify organizations that we may be able to assist/take action with? Women’s Center, Good Samaritan, Boys & Girls Club
  • Jason has been in contact with Good Samaritan through Occupy Hunger; there are both short & long term goals. The Good Samaritan food pantry is in desparate need of food. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel; we can help organize & facilitate, mobilize. We can help them do what they are already doing. We can build a network of people who provide, such as local farmers.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Occupy Hunger went to the Farmer’s Market 2 weekends in a row. We collected $75 & a bunch of food last weekend, which was donated to Good Samaritan and Feed My Sheep. Today, we collectd almost $200.
  • There is a black & silver tripod belonging to Nichole & her partner that was loaned to the group for media stuff. It has gone missing. Please return if found!
  • There is a power bill; it runs from $30 to $60 a month & it is more expensive in the winter.
  • If you had things at the campus location, you should come to the IMC to collect anything that is a personal item (or it might become collective property).

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: Clarify the process in order to limit the power of any single person from dominating the group. Propose that we agree to take this under consideration, and move to change/clarify/refine process rules by the end of November.

  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn; will be taken to a committee

PROPOSAL:  Reduce GAs to twice a week, Saturday at 1pm & Wednesday at 7pm.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus; must be approved at the next GA

PROPOSAL: Rescind the GA rule in which any change to GA structure must reach consensus at two consecutive GAs.

  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn

PROPOSAL: Use some of our funds to invest in our own hosted website so as to better archive all of our videos & photos.

  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn for further research regarding server space

PROPOSAL: Thursday, Nov. 17th is the National Day of Action declared by Occupy Wall St. Proposal would organize a protest for that day for 4.30pm at the Federal building. This should go to the Organizational Development & Strategic Visioning after the GA to be planned.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

SUMMARY OF CONSENSUS

  • General Assemblies will now occur twice a week, Saturday at 1pm & Wednesday at 7pm (this proposal was approved at the 7 pm GA on 11/12/11 and the 11 am GA on 11/13/11).

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General Assembly Minutes 10 NOV 2011 (7 PM)

Main Facilitator: Zainul. Minutes: Katy

GENERAL DISCUSSION

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Occupy St Louis has been served an eviction notice for 3 pm tomorrow, Friday, Nov 11th at 3 pm. Please call the Park District (314-289-5300) to support their right to peaceably assemble!
  • One of our members visited Occupy Chicago!

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: We allow a student to record this GA.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus [no blocks]

PROPOSAL: Post an announcement regarding our upcoming move to the official website and Facebook page, as follows:

We, the people of Occupy Carbondale, will be moving to the Big Muddy Independent Media Center (known as the IMC) at 214 N. Washington St, near the Town Square in Carbondale, on Saturday, November 12th, our 1 month anniversary. Our current location at the corner of Illinois and Grand Avenue, between the Bucky Dome and Gaia House on the campus of SIUC, has served us well as a symbolically powerful location. However, each occupation must be aware of its own limitations and, more importantly, its strengths. After careful consideration, we feel that our movement will be better served from this new space. It is our intention to use this location as a shared community space and as a base of operations for continued indoor and outdoor activities, programs, and direct actions. We assure the people of Carbondale and Southern Illinois that we have not gone away. We still are and will continue to be an active movement of, for, and by the people. We encourage everyone to join us in our new space where we seek to build true democracy and authentic community with you (yes, you!). It is never too late to get involved. Bring your thoughts, complaints, contributions, energy, enthusiasm, and yourself to the Big Muddy IMC.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus [no blocks]

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

SUMMARY OF CONSENSUS

  • We will post an announcement regarding our upcoming move to the official website and Facebook page, as follows:We, the people of Occupy Carbondale, will be moving to the Big Muddy Independent Media Center (known as the IMC) at 214 N. Washington St, near the Town Square in Carbondale, on Saturday, November 12th, our 1 month anniversary. Our current location at the corner of Illinois and Grand Avenue, between the Bucky Dome and Gaia House on the campus of SIUC, has served us well as a symbolically powerful location. However, each occupation must be aware of its own limitations and, more importantly, its strengths. After careful consideration, we feel that our movement will be better served from this new space. It is our intention to use this location as a shared community space and as a base of operations for continued indoor and outdoor activities, programs, and direct actions. We assure the people of Carbondale and Southern Illinois that we have not gone away. We still are and will continue to be an active movement of, for, and by the people. We encourage everyone to join us in our new space where we seek to build true democracy and authentic community with you (yes, you!). It is never too late to get involved. Bring your thoughts, complaints, contributions, energy, enthusiasm, and yourself to the Big Muddy IMC.

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General Assembly Minutes 9 NOV 2011 (7 PM)

Main Facilitator: Joe. Minutes: Matthew 

GENERAL DISCUSSION

NOTE: Our 11 AM General Assembly was not held as there were no members present with proposals or announcements.

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • We were approached by a Group Against the Net Neutrality Bill.
  • Paula will be bringing by insulated coveralls. She would like these to be returned after use. She will also be washing wet blankets tonight.
  • Trish has an air mattress we can use at the Occupy site if we would like it.
  • Today’s march had a great turnout!
  •  The ongoing issue with the contract for the FA deals with not having penalties for striking Faculty members. No penalties were promised in the contracts for the other 3 unions.
  • Anne will be making pot pies over at Gaia House after GA.
  • There will be a meeting with the Chancellor and Administration at the Student Center at 9 am with a public Q&A to following from 10-12 on Thursday, Nov 10th.

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: We begin a radio show called Occupy the Radio to inform the public.

  • Discussion: Kara and Jason are already working on this. There are some management issues at the station but Jason is using his time slot to do this.
  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

SUMMARY OF CONSENSUS

  • No new proposals reached consensus
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General Assembly Minutes 8 NOV 2011 (7 PM)

Main Facilitator & Minutes: Meghan. Stack: Avery

GENERAL DISCUSSION

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The SIU Student Strike on campus was even bigger and better today, with estimates of almost 1,000 people!
  • There will be another SIU Student Strike/Rally tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov 9th. It will begin at 2 pm at Anthony Hall then proceed to Stone Center by 3pm.
  • Tomorrow, Wednesday Nov 9, the Recreational Committee will have its first game day! Yay! :) Come out and bring your friends :)
  • A potential future proposal was brought to the group by Ken for everyone who is interested to read and discuss. This idea is as follows but is neither officially proposed NOR approved by consensus at this time: Whereas:  The General Assembly has discussed, as summarized on the website: “Part of what is capturing the imagination of people with their eye on Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Carbondale is the public spectacle. That public spectacle has already been achieved. Now, we need to develop more community organizing angles as well as innovative ways of maintaining that public attention on the issue of corporate takeover of our democracy.” Whereas:  The movement in Carbondale must expand its membership to achieve its objectives. Whereas:  The public needs to be further engaged with our movement and conversely our movement needs to be further engaged with our community. Whereas:  We the People are empowered by the first Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America “peaceably to assemble” and also “to petition government for a redress of grievances.” Whereas:  We have peaceably assembled and have grievances that deserve redress. We should:  Establish a committee to gather our grievances, document them, investigate them and propose action or action possibilities to the General Assembly of the people. If the “Grievances Committee” properly documents and investigates a grievance and recommends an action and the General Assembly agrees consensually, then concerted  and sustained pressure should be applied to the solution of that grievance.

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: Dan proposes to become an administrator on the official OccupyCarbondale.org page in order to help Treesong and mainly to create a Committees page, which he will help maintain. The page will be dedicated to providing information about the Committees (as described by said committees) and what they are doing/ planning. There may possibly be a forum, as well, so that even people not on the committees can bring forth ideas on the page. The page is to
eventually become self-sustaining by the Committees, though Dan is planning on maintaining it to ensure the most up-to-date information.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

SUMMARY OF CONSENSUS

  • Dan will become an additional administrator of the OccupyCarbondale.org page mainly to create and maintain a page containing information on all the Committees.
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General Assembly Minutes 7 NOV 2011 (7 PM)

Minutes: Husni.

GENERAL DISCUSSION

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • A talk will be held by Professor Anthony Steinbock titled, “On the Ideas of University,” in front of Faner Hall on Tues, Nov 8th at 930 a.m
  • There is another SIUC Student Rally being held on Tuesday, Nov 8th at 3:30 pm. This will be located in the Free Forum Area near Anthony Hall. All are welcome.
  • A lecture will be given by Professor Randall Auxier at the IMC on Tuesday, Nov 8th at 6:30 called, “Loyalty & Treason”
  • Anne will be making pot pies from scratch at Gaia House on Wed, Nov 9th at 7 pm. Come and help!
  • Joe is stepping down as one of the admins of the Occupy Carbondale Facebook page.

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: Create an official statement stating that Occupy Carbondale is leaderless and rejects all financial corporate sponsorship.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Create a Recreation Day, beginning this Wednesday, Nov 9th at 2pm, in the spirit of the new games movement of the post-vietnam era. This will be headed up by Anne.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Set the date for Occupy Carbondale to move to the IMC for Saturday, Nov 12th, as recommended by the Winterization Committee.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

SUMMARY OF CONSENSUS

  • We will create an official statement stating that Occupy Carbondale is leaderless and rejects all financial corporate sponsorship.
  • We will hold a Recreation Day, this Wednesday, Nov 9th at 2pm, in the spirit of the new games movement of the post-vietnam era.
  • Occupy Carbondale will be moving to the IMC on Saturday, Nov 12th.
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General Assembly Minutes 7 NOV 2011 (11 AM)

In lieu of a General Assembly, online casino those present participated in a discussion.

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General Assembly Minutes 06 NOV 2011 (11 AM)

Main Facilitator: Avery,  Minutes: Katy.

GENERAL DISCUSSION

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Occupy Hunger Southern Illinois had a table at the Farmers Market on Saturday and had a great response. We collected food donations as well as cash donations of about $72, of which about $50 was spent on food at the Farmers Market (the remainder will also be spent on more food). More information is up on the Occupy Hunger Facebook page and we will be there each Saturday through the end of November.
  • We are going to the IMC after the GA for a potluck lunch and discussion of possible uses of the IMC.
  • We need volunteers to stay at the Occupy camp during the meeting at the IMC. Volunteers will be taken after the GA.
  • There is an SIUC Student Strike being held on Monday, Nov 7th at 3:30 pm. This will be located in the Free Forum Area near Anthony Hall. All are welcome.

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: Occupy Carbondale co-sponsor and help promote the teach-in/seminar ‘Economic Justice: Income Inequality in America and How to Fix It’ to be held on Wed, Nov. 16th at 7 pm at the Carbondale Civic Center. This teach-in is being put on by the group American Voices and is described as follows: “This seminar/teach-in will focus on the modern history of income distribution, wealth accumulation and taxation in America.  It will also focus on potential remedies for a more progressive distribution of income and wealth in America and how to achieve related policies in reality.  Sources for this course will include former Clinton Administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich’s book AfterShock, the website “CHARTS:  Here’s What Wall Street Protesters Are So Angry About” and other potential sources. The course will be taught in one three hour session and repeated as needed. Follow-up sessions may also be offered. Instructor:  Dr. Raymond Lenzi, former tenured Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia and retired SIU Administrator (served as Acting Vice-Chancellor for University  Advancement and Associate Chancellor for Economic Development.”

  • Discussion: The manifestation of this proposal would be the use of social media for promoting and attaching the Occupy Carbondale name to an advertisement to be run in the Carbondale Times. There were questions about the make-up of the American Voices group which was not known. The evening GA on that day would not have to be cancelled; those who wish to attend the teach-in can go and the GA would otherwise be held as usual.
  • RESPONSE: 2 Blocks
  • Discussion: Concern was raised about supporting a group that we are not all familiar with. Others expressed a desire for us to more widely affiliate ourselves with various
    causes as we have done with the unions. It was suggested that we offer to promote the event within the group and using our social media outlets but not to attach our name to the event.
  • REVISED PROPOSAL: Occupy Carbondale will help promote the American voices teach-in/seminar ‘Economic Justice: Income Inequality in America and How to Fix It’ to be held on Wed, Nov. 16th at 7 pm at the Carbondale Civic Center. This will NOT include attaching our name as a co-sponsor.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Only hold evening GAs (7pm) on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of each week.

  • Discussion: It was asked if this had been discussed with other people in the group, which it had not. It was asked if this was just an idea for what would happen if we move to the IMC, which it is not. It was clarified that this proposal has nothing to do with changing the morning GAs.
  • RESPONSE: Majority Block

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • RESPONSE: Consensus [No Blocks]

SUMMARY OF CONSENSUS

  • Occupy Carbondale will help promote the American voices teach-in/seminar ‘Economic Justice: Income Inequality in America and How to Fix It’ to be held on Wed, Nov. 16that 7 pm at the Carbondale Civic Center.
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General Assembly Minutes 02 NOV 2011 (5:30 PM)

Minutes: Treesong.

GENERAL DISCUSSION

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

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

PROCESS: Special Format

  • It was proposed earlier that tonight’s General Assembly be modified in form to allow for group discussion of our plans for the winter using the stack process to facilitate the discussion. Those present at the General Assembly agreed to continue with this plan. Therefore, the Proposals section was replaced by a Special Discussion section. While there was the potential for other proposals to arise, there were no proposals other than the proposal to adjourn. The discussion was followed by the previously overlooked Announcements section.

SPECIAL DISCUSSION

DISCUSSION: Winter is Coming

  • It’s impossible to summarize an hour or more of discussion with a few bullet points. However, those present at this General Assembly wanted to pass on some form of overview of what was discussed. Therefore, the following is a list of some [but not all] of the points of discussion.
  • Winterization Plan: The current plan for winter proposed by the Winterization Committee is to use the Big Muddy IMC community space [known simply as "The IMC" or "The Space"] as an indoor headquarters. Other additional plans are possible, including various proposals for how to maintain a visible and active public presence during hazardous weather conditions. Work on these additional proposals is ongoing, but the general idea of establishing the IMC as a winter headquarters was almost [but not quite] unanimously supported by those present.
  • There will be a march from the occupation site to the IMC on Sunday for a potluck and/or clean-up day.
  • The SIUC strike is not the only focus of Occupy Carbondale. This has always been the case, but establishing an off-campus headquarters will help clarify this.
  • Gaia House is still open and welcoming to Occupy Carbondale. There is ongoing discussion between the two groups to ensure that Occupy Carbondale knows and respects the needs of the Gaia House space, but this is a friendly and supportive discussion. The idea of a winter headquarters at the IMC came about for reasons unrelated to Gaia House.
  • The IMC would be a dedicated space for Occupy Carbondale. This would allow us to do things that we can’t do in a shared space.
  • The IMC has proximity to the Town Square.
  • Someone raised concerns about security in the neighborhood that the IMC is in. Those with experience at the IMC and in the neighborhood in question argued that there are far less security concerns there than at the current occupation site. There was broad agreement on this point.
  • Occupy Carbondale can still can be active elsewhere. The idea of an indoor winter headquarters does not preclude the idea of an outdoor occupation site or other indoor or outdoor activities.
  • Someone expressed concern that creating an indoor headquarters will lead us to lose focus on our goals and become less active. Others responded that focusing entirely on battling with the cold would also lead us to lose focus and become less active. Vigilance is required either way.
  • The time spent indoors during the winter can be a time for personal growth and growth as a movement. Teaching, workshops, etc., will be productive movement-building activities even in those times that we spend indoors. This will better prepare us for community outreach.
  • There was some brief discussion of how to modify our General Assembly schedule to include less General Assemblies without excluding anyone with a restrictive schedule. This was set aside in favor of the night’s focus on winterization.
  • Would maintaining a presence on our current site after creating this winter headquarters lead us to spread ourselves too thin?
  • If we don’t have a 24/7 occupation at a single location, we will still be doing visible public events like marches, rallies, and mini/temporary occupations.
  • There are many was to do public outreach, not just marches etc.
  • Part of what is capturing the imagination of people with their eye on Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Carbondale is the public spectacle. That public spectacle has already been achieved. Now, we need to develop more community organizing angles as well as innovative ways of maintaining that public attention on the issue of corporate takeover of our democracy.
  • For our local circumstances, mini-occupations may be a more tactical approach than 24/7 occupations. We can march to a location related to our goals, occupy public space there for an hour/day/etc., then march to another location at another time. This is an option to consider when discussing our plans to maintain a highly visible outdoor presence throughout the winter. Rather than a large number of people in a set location, we may opt for a smaller number of people moving between numerous locations.
  • There was almost [but not entirely] unanimous support for the idea of the IMC as a winter headquarters. However, not everyone was able to attend this meeting, so not all views on the matter are known. This will probably be formulated as a formal proposal soon, so people with concerns about the IMC as a winter headquarters are encouraged to keep talking to other people in Occupy Carbondale and attend future General Assemblies [or pass on your concern to those attending].

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Be attentive to who we are and how we interact with community groups and businesses. If you are speaking to anyone in the community in an Occupy Carbondale capacity, be sure to be respectful of others, even if you disagree with them or if they do not express support for Occupy Carbondale.
  • Voices for Truth is meeting tomorrow [Thursday] at 6 p.m. at Spinoni’s. They invite us to learn more about them.
  • We are being heard on the national level. There was recently an executive order relevant to Occupy Wall Street claims. There is also now a proposed Constitutional amendment to reverse the effects of Citizens United.
  • There is vegan chili available across the street after the meeting.
  • There is a march and rally starting at 4 p.m. tomorrow in support of the unions on campus. The start time is too early for some working people, but the march and rally will be ongoing to accommodate those with later availability and maintain a presence for a longer period.

General Assembly Minutes 30 OCT 2011 (7 PM)

Main Facilitator: Marcus. Minutes: Treesong.

GENERAL DISCUSSION

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • We discussed having handouts at the occupation site so that people who visit the site would have information to take with them. We now have some handouts.
  • A strike is looking increasingly likely. They have a strike date picked [November 3] and a strike headquarters reserved. We have a handout about strike-related events at the occupation site. We have many copies of this, so be sure to share it with as many people as possible.
  • Two of our resident techies have been working on setting up a social networking server called Diaspora. The server exists and the software is installed but it’s still being debugged. Diaspora is an alternative to social networking sites such as Facebook that allows us to keep all of our data on our own servers rather than letting Facebook control it all.
  • Speaking of Facebook, if you’re on Facebook, please consider signing up for strike-related events and other events on Facebook. This is a way of showing your support both before and during the [potential] strike.
  • We now have a Google Group for Occupy Carbondale. Talk to Kara for more information.
  • We had a complaint from a group that uses Gaia House about cleanliness and security. Be sure that in the mornings [especially Sunday mornings] we have any dishes washed and any blankets etc. out of the way so that the “living room” looks nice. Occupy Carbondale did do some cleaning so this may have been a shared problem with another group that’s been making extra use of the building lately. Thanks to Marcus, Kara, Wayne, and everyone else who has done cleaning over the weekend. Also, remember that at night the building should either be locked up entirely or have one or more awake people in it who are actively using it for something they can’t do across the street [kitchen, restrooms, Wi-Fi, etc.].
  • We have a bus tray for bring dishes from the occupation site to Gaia House. Any empty mugs etc. can be put in this tray and carried over together rather than left sitting next to chairs or on the table when empty. This ensures that clutter is reduce at occupation site and also makes it easier to carry our dishes across the street.

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • Discussion: Since there was an unusually low turnout, and no one had any time-sensitive proposals that needed to be addressed tonight, we decided to stick to announcements and simply adjourn when it came time for proposals.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus
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General Assembly Minutes 28 OCT 2011 (7 PM)

Main Facilitator: Joe. Minutes: Treesong.

GENERAL DISCUSSION

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

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

Summary of Minutes of Previous General Assembly

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • There will be a conference about philosophy and waste next Friday and Saturday in either the Kaskaskia Room of the Student Center [if there's not a strike] or at the IMC [if there is a strike]. The topic of the keynote address of this conference is ethics after the end of the world. For more information, talk to Nick.
  • All hell is breaking loose at numerous occupations: Chicago, Oakland, numerous others. There will be a general strike in Oakland on November 2nd.
  • All power generators at Occupy Wall Street have been seized. They are currently attempting to raise $8,000 for bicycle-powered generators.
  • Our weekly march starts at 11:30 am tomorrow.
  • The Occupy Art Show is tomorrow at 3:30 pm at the occupation site.
  • On Sunday, Nick will be at the IMC to clean, prepare for the conference, and brainstorm about our plans for the winter. Others are welcome to join in all of the above.
  • The second Fuller Friday went well. Someone read the introduction to Buckminster Fuller’s book, Critical Path, out loud as a starting point for discussion. We’re looking forward to more events along these lines.
  • If you’re considering putting up a tent in the event of a strike at SIUC, talk to Kyle and/or Peter. Tents are considered the equivalent of sleep, so the same consequences as for sleeping in the no sleep zone may apply.
  • Adam and other folks at Beyond Coal would like to thank everyone who came out to Demand Healthy Air.
  • There will be a night watch signup after General Assembly.

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: Adopt a new hand signal for “point of information”.

  • Discussion: “Point of Information” is used when another speaker wants to supply a specific and immediately relevant point of information such as a legal concern about a given proposal, a fact about a situation that the speaker may not be aware of, etc.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Eliminate the current “Point of Process” hand signal.

  • Discussion: “Point of Process” is sometimes used aggressively to grind a speaker’s comments to a sudden halt. We can instead use the “Focus” / “Get To The Point” hand signal to indicate that the speaker should return to the current point without necessarily interrupting them.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Form a working group to provide material support to strikers.

  • Discussion: This group would use donations to provide material support to strikers such as food.  It would also be a way for Occupy Carbondale to promote and contribute to dialog about union-related issues in the event of a strike. However, it was pointed out that there is no need to get formal consensus for this since it is a working group rather than a committee. A working group is a small group of people acting independently of the larger group or formulating proposals to bring back to the larger group. A committee is a small group of people working to implement some basic organizational need of the larger group, such as a Food Committee to handle the food needs of the larger group.
  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn

PROPOSAL: At the evening General Assembly, after the reading of minutes, a volunteer will provide the General Assembly with a treasury update stating how much money we currently have and what changes if any have occurred since yesterday.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Permanently terminate the 11 am Gen Assembly.

  • RESPONSE: Several Blocks [Three]
  • Discussion: Intervention. Three speak in favor of the proposal and three speak in opposition to it.
  • Those opposed argue that the morning General Assembly is small but important. It helps keep us seen, draws people out in the mornings, and provides availability for people who can’t make the 7 pm General Assembly. If the morning General Assembly seems too small, rather than cancel it, invite more people to come to it.
  • Those in favor argue that the morning General Assembly creates proposal fatigue. Formulating and deliberating on proposals twice a day isn’t necessary. If we don’t want to make this change immediately, we should start thinking about alternatives to a morning General Assembly to ensure that people who can’t make 7 pm can stay involved in decision-making if they so choose. Also, what’s the point of having a morning General Assembly if few or no decisions are made there.
  • RESPONSE: Majority Block

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

SUMMARY OF CONSENSUS

  • Adopt a new hand signal for “point of information”.
  • Eliminate the current “Point of Process” hand signal.
  • At the evening General Assembly, after the reading of minutes, a volunteer will provide the General Assembly with a treasury update stating how much money we currently have and what changes if any have occurred since yesterday.
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