Category: Liaison Committee

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 17 OCT 2011 (7 PM)

Main Facilitator: Meghan. Stack Facilitator: Danielle. 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

  • Rich Whitney made a few announcements regarding legal issues surrounding the tents and participated in a discussion of these announcements. The discussion included a quote: “We can be right but still be arrested”. Our argument for the tents is that this is public land and we are exercising our right to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Their argument against will likely be that this is not an established public forum and that tents may not be included in freedom of assembly. A sudden aggressive raid is unlikely since the administration would rather avoid the negative publicity. However, it is entirely possible that they will issue a notice to vacate at some point and give a very limited time frame to vacate.  If we would like legal counsel, including negotiating with the administration about details of our continued occupation of the space, dealing with arrests, etc., we are invited to contact Rich.
  • Danielle was a guest speaker in a class on campus today, explaining what Occupy Carbondale is and related issues. She encourages others to seek out similar opportunities.
  • Nick is going to Occupy St. Louis this weekend. Talk to him if you want to coordinate plans.
  • Jason Shoot is going to attempt to broadcast live from the occupation during his radio show on Thursday from 2 pm to 4 pm on WDBX 91.1 FM
  • Danielle reminded us that after each nighttime General Assembly, we start a list of that night”s safety watch shifts.
  • Someone else at WDBX has also expressed interest in interviewing people from Occupy Carbondale.

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: The General Assembly defines a proposal as a short, concise, actionable statement that needs to be consented to by the general population of the occupation.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus
PROPOSAL: Occupy Carbondale should cooperate with all official demands that are made upon our occupation which we do not find to be unreasonable, arbitrary, or capricious.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus
PROPOSAL: While the decision to maintain a tent at the occupied location is entirely the choice of the individuals who own the tents, Occupy Carbondale will not comply with the request of Tod Sigler and the SIUC Department of Public Safety at this time.
  • Further Discussion: There were several clarifying questions that lead to a general discussion of the proposal.
  • RESPONSE: Several blocks
  • Further Discussion: The blockers expressed their concerns about the proposal. General discussion ensued. There was a suggestion that a change in language may be enough to convince people to withdraw their blocks.
  • MODIFIED PROPOSAL: Occupy Carbondale supports any individuals who choose to leave their tents erected in the current occupied zone, which also does not preclude anyone from selecting to erect their tents at another location.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus
PROPOSAL: During the occupation, every 3 days, all tents will be moved to a new location in order to prevent the death of the grass that they are erected upon.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus
PROPOSAL: The original proposal involved a detailed statement with multiple points.
  • Further Discussion: There were several clarifying questions that lead to a general discussion of the proposal.
  • RESPONSE: Several blocks
  • Further Discussion: The blockers expressed their concern about the proposal. General discussion ensued.
  • RESPONSE: Several blocks
  • Further Discussion: The facilitators chose 3 people to speak for the proposal and 3 to speak against it. General discussion ensued.
  • RESPONSE: Several blocks
  • Further Discussion: The facilitators asked the General Assembly to break up into smaller groups for group discussion. When we regrouped, they once again chose 3 people to speak for the proposal and 3 to speak againsdt it.
  • MODIFIED PROPOSAL: An amended version of the original proposal will be kept on site with the meeting minutes for use in further discussion and outreach.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus
  • Full Text of Proposed Talking Points:
  • “In an effort to establish a basis for constructive political dialog with our constituents and representatives now and in the future, and in the spirit of the Occupy Wall Street movement’s basic premise of “righting corporate injustices”, we adopt the following four points as a basis for dialog about the basic foundation for change that we are seeking:
    1. The legal definition of corporations should be stripped of all suggestions that corporations are “persons” with the same inalienable rights that we, the people of America, are entitled to.
    2. There should be strict limits or a complete ban on corporate/institutional contributions to political candidate campaigns. Any contribution made within these new guidelines must be fully disclosed to the American public by both the donor and the recipient.
    3. Corporations should be forced by law to pay their fair share of taxes through the elimination of key holed subsidies and tax code loopholes.
    4. On a local casino online level, we stand in solidarity with the unions on campus in their struggle for a fair contract.
PROPOSAL: No one will make more than one proposal in a row at a General Assembly while other people have pending proposals.
  • Further Discussion: There were several clarifying questions. This proposal neither prevents someone from making more than one proposal per General Assembly nor requires a written proposal stack at further meetings.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus
PROPOSAL: Form a teach-in committee.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus
PROCESS DISRUPTION: The General Assembly was temporarily disrupted when a car pulled up to the curb next to the occupation site. Someone from the car deposited a large box in the grass near the site. Several people left the General Assembly to assess whether or not there was a security concern, leading the entire General Assembly to declare a brief recess while the situation was dealt with. Once it was determined that there was no security threat, the General Assembly resumed.
PROPOSAL: Adjourn after letting the current speaker finish any proposals that were interrupted by the process disruption.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus
PROPOSAL: Occupy Carbondale will conduct a march every day with the details of each march to be established from day to day by General Assembly.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

SUMMARY OF CONSENSUS

  • The General Assembly defines a proposal as a short, concise, actionable statement that needs to be consented to by the general population of the occupation.
  • Occupy Carbondale should cooperate with all official demands that are made upon our occupation which we do not find to be unreasonable, arbitrary, or capricious.
  • Occupy Carbondale supports any individuals who choose to leave their tents erected in the current occupied zone, which also does not preclude anyone from selecting to erect their tents at another location.
  • During the occupation, every 3 days, all tents will be moved to a new location in order to prevent the death of the grass that they are erected upon.
  • A detailed multi-point statement designed for outreach purposes will be kept on site with the meeting minutes for use in further discussion and outreach.
  • Full Text of Proposed Talking Points:
    • “In an effort to establish a basis for constructive political dialog with our constituents and representatives now and in the future, and in the spirit of the Occupy Wall Street movement’s basic premise of “righting corporate injustices”, we adopt the following four points as a basis for dialog about the basic foundation for change that we are seeking:
      1. The legal definition of corporations should be stripped of all suggestions that corporations are “persons” with the same inalienable rights that we, the people of America, are entitled to.
      2. There should be strict limits or a complete ban on corporate/institutional contributions to political candidate campaigns. Any contribution made within these new guidelines must be fully disclosed to the American public by both the donor and the recipient.
      3. Corporations should be forced by law to pay their fair share of taxes through the elimination of key holed subsidies and tax code loopholes.
      4. On a local level, we stand in solidarity with the unions on campus in their struggle for a fair contract.
  • No one will make more than one proposal in a row at a General Assembly while other people have pending proposals.
  • Occupy Carbondale will conduct a march every day with the details of each march to be established from day to day by General Assembly.
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