GA November 5, 2011

November 6, 2011 admin General AssemblyComments Off

Our rainiest General Assembly thus far, this one was held directly after our special assembly to discuss the unsolicited event permit. The GA was followed by a delicious dinner of mixed salad, wild rice, warm meat, and tofu curry.

Inspirational Piece

– Che Guevara quote about love being the most important element of revolution.

National Update Minute

– In Washington D.C
– Large powerful demonstration at Koch brothers/Herman Cain event (or something) and 3 protesters were hit by a car, but not seriously injured.
– Denver
– Rubber bullets + injuries
– Live demonstration + chats online
– Oakland
– Some property damage but on whole very peaceful until attacks by police at night.
– Baltimore
– Don’t time GA agendas there and that’s a problem, so good job SC.

Urgent Announcements + Introductions

– Western Service Workers Association
– Located on Mission St.
– Organizes lowest-paid workers in the community who have repeatedlybeen stolen from by the top 1%.
– Goals and beliefs are inline with those of the occupy movement, and is in solidarity.
– Has been training organizers for 37 years.
– Classes on subjects such as US labor history and social movements every Sunday 4 to 6.

– Post-Doctorate research union
– Supportive of the Education day of action.
– In solidarity with occupiers.

– Party for Socialism and Liberation
– In solidarity with occupiers.
– Website:

– Announcement: Tomorrow (11/6/11)’s rescue mission to San Jose was cancelled and rescheduled for next Sunday (11/13/11) at same time (didn’t catch).

Working Group Reports

Direct Action + Tactics
– Made 3 news stations and a piece in the Metro last week (or something).
– Was on TV two days in a row.
– Bank transfer day was today.

– New camper today
– Some extra space tonight
– Made chile for everyone and had extras for other people stopping by.
– Meetings every day @ 4 if necessary.

– Didn’t meet yesterday
– Meetings @ 5:15 and after GA everyday.

– Sign was put on poles to increase visibility
– Got 2 tarps
– Meetings after GA daily

Facilitations + Working group
– Meetings M, W, F @ 3:30

– Meeting 3:30 tomorrow
– Need to redouble media efforts + publishing notes

– Tabling at Cabrillo, UCSC, and on Pacific
– Trying Mission and some other places
– Meetings Sunday and Thursday after GA

– City Manager issued permit w/conditions
– There was a special meeting @ 4 today regarding the permit
– People who get citations should call 423-HUFF, because compiling list
– Have been 7 citations and 2 arrests so far, 1 person still behind bars

– California Nurses Association looking into new tent
– Need more supplies and want donations
– Meetings at 5pm every Friday

– Was a good week for eating but doesn’t mean will be easy in future
– Taking donations

Art + Music
– Recruiting musicians for Nov 9th day of action
– Also for Nov 19th

– Group getting better at facilitating communications

– Meeting tomorrow @ 11:30 to clean up
– Just garbage and stuff, could use some help

– Meetings M, W, F @ 2
– Getting account setup with credit union

Agenda Items

– Permit rejection proposal discussion
– Perimeter fencing -_ put off until tomorrows GA
– Announcement/suggestion to create camera crew/team

Item: Permit rejection + press release

– Proposal:
– Reject permit
– Present new proposal to media in press release
– Invite city council + officials to come out to Occupy to negotiate if they wish.
– Emphasize need for us to negotiate on our terms.

– Opinions from GA
– 1st:
– Need to reiterate why we’re here, and start from there taking that into consideration
– We need to take accoutability for ourselves and principles
– Should take time to consider this before inviting the Mayer and stuff.
– 2nd:
– Need to have positive attitude and dialogue with city officials during negotiatons.
– 3rd:
– One point of contention: we should send reps to city office to negotiate.
– Definitely can’t sign permit as is:
– Puts too much financial responisbility on one person
– Have to move camp soon anyways due to flooding.

– 4th:
– Agree with need to negotiate on our own terms
– Need more time to discuss however
– 5th:
– Support proposal, but propose form subcommitte to form list of needs/demands for counter-proposal to permit.
– e.g. Open san lorenzo bathrooms
– Agree with open invitation of city officials to come here to negotiate, but someone should go to office (?)
– 6th:
– This is a great opportunity to reframe discussion
– Concerned over giving police position in media (?)
– 7th:
– Don’t know if invite press conference is right route.
– No consensus was reached at special meeting on subject.
– Should table discussion for tomorrow’s GA
– 8th:
– Only group part of is human race.
– They’re trying to put us in a box with the permit.
– This is a protest for everybody.
– 9th:
– They’re claiming law is on their side.
– Counter-permit proposal should include suspension of laws in ways we feel are valid to situation e.g. sleeping law.
– We should not negotiate out of fear.

Restate of Proposal:
– No to proposed permit
– Yes to negotiation if officials come to GA to present/negotiate.
– Media and Press conference to offer counter-proposal / reject current.

Test for Consensus:
– One Block:
– Need to send representative to negotiate with city council, not flat-out reject efforts by city officials to offer permit.
– Friendly Amendment:
– Reject permit AS IS, be open with PUBILIC negotiation with
– Some thumbs down want to put off until tomorrow’s GA
– Upon test for consensus, decide to put off until tomorrow.

Consensus for another Special Assembly on November 6, 11am-1:45pm, to further determine response to event permit.

Other Agenda items put off until tomorrow due to rain and cold and lateness.

Last-Minute Announcements

– March in DC tomorrow re: keystone XL pipeline
– Want to form camera crew to capture lots of stuff, and should be on the emergency “text me” list
– Western Service Workers Association having class tomorrow on role of media in manipulating events of social and political movements. Has
classesevery Sunday 4-6.
– Facilitator training at 11am tomorrow.
– Dec. 1st Legal support benefit + dinner for a person charged with sleeping.