GA October 25

October 26, 2011 admin General AssemblyComments Off

Mother speaks against police brutality in Oakland at a Santa Cruz City Council meeting. Photo by Justin White.

A late start for a GA, but with good reason: OSC protesters crowded a city council meeting, voicing their concerns to the council about issues regarding police interaction (in light of police attacks in Occupy Oakland today), and the future of this occupation with regard to the larger Santa Cruz community.

Working Group Reports

    • Food
      • Food is good!
      • Meal sign-ups: sign-up on the calendar at the Info table or online at Take Them A Meal (“occupy” for both recipient and password boxes).
      • Lots of produce/perishable foods at camp that need to be used! Pick some up and make something for your community.
    • Media
      • We are getting press releases drafted and sent out.
      • We need more consistent note taking so we can get detailed notes (like this) on the website.
      • There was a conference call between a number of other Occupy’s nationwide. Many of the occupations are facing similar obstacles as we are. Documentation of this is online through Google Docs.
      • A very successful and powerful presence at the city council meeting today–they will most likely keep us in their thoughts within the next few days.
    • Outreach
      • Working on contacting and coordinating with unions, for example teacher unions and labor unions.
      • Unions are meeting November 9 at 4:00pm at the Clock Tower.
    • Direct Action/Tactics
      • They will be bringing a proposal to the GA.
      • Regular meetings on Thursdays and Sundays directly after the GA.
      • Organizing an action: “tourist agency” on 41st Ave, in which participants will wear tourist costumes and protest at local corporate banks.
    • Art & Music
      • No events planned currently.
      • Looking into getting a free permit for public speaking.
      • Organizing a possible autonomous electronic music event that will raise money for OSC.
    • Medical
      • Regular meetings on Fridays at 5:00pm. No medical background is needed to be a part of Medical.
      • Supplies are inventoried every Friday.
      • Medical needs more members!
    • Sanitation & Environment
      • Need to dispose of compost–if anyone wants it or knows what to do with it please contact S&E.
      • Needs members and ideas to contribute to S&E. Including around issues such as the grass condition near the courthouse steps.
    • Intercommunications
      • Obtaining a better contact list among the working groups with at least one primary contact per group.
    • Camp
      • Camp is functioning competently and is handling daily issues.
      • “We’re working together,” but we’re a “work in progress.”
    • Legal
      • According to Steve, city council did not discuss issues raised by those who spoke at the city council meeting today.
    • Treasury
      • We currently have ~$650-700.
    • Mission Statement
      • Will report to the GA on Thursday, October 27 with a proposed “mission statement.” It will be confined to a seven sentence limit.
      • Open invitations to join this working group–meet after every GA on the river side of the courthouse building (near the encampment).
    • Infrastructure
      • Meeting after next GA–needs members.
    • Process
      • Preparing different informational sheets, including a one-page “GA process” sheet.
      • Facilitator Training: Thursday, October 27 at 3:00pm and Sunday, October 30 at 11:00am.

Agenda

    • Discussion regarding camp location:
      • Presenter expressed concern with dialogue over moving the camp from San Lorenzo Park to the courthouse lawn.
      • Many find San Lorenzo Park to be dangerous due to many incidents that have occurred.
      • Many find that the incidents have been handled calmly and assertively and that moving the encampment would jeopardize  the future of OSC.
      • Some want to “leave problems” and move to the courthouse lawn.
      • We need to think bigger and keep both locations, so we can spread out when we have more people.
      • People must police themselves. Concerns were voiced regarding alcohol abuse, rape, and violence, saying they should not be tolerated.
      • Decisions about the camp should be decided by the campers.
    • Solar Panels
      • Many campers and other participants at the courthouse/encampment are bloggers and would like to blog, tweet, or update statuses on Facebook about what is happening, but currently have nowhere to charge their electronic devices.
      • PROPOSAL: Look into various local solar panel companies to donate solar panels to power OSC. Would most likely advertise their business in the process of having their solar panels.
        • Someone already has solar panels that need to be wired.
        • Opposition to advertising businesses/corporations at OSC.
      • Proposal was withdrawn and sent to Infrastructure.
    • Terry’s “Modern Declaration of Independence” Draft
      • Terry asked permission of the GA to individually draft a statement regarding OSC and the Occupy movement.
      • Questions/Comments/Concerns that arose:
        • October 29 is an international day of action.
        • When is outreach meeting?
        • What is the point of having a working group if people act autonomously and bring their own proposals to the GA?
      • It was made clear that anyone has the individual right to draft any proposal to bring to the GA, but it is suggested and preferred that proposals are made and presented through working groups either already established or created.

Announcements

    • Proposed Working Group: Roust Response
      • How to react, rehabilitate, and reconvene to police action (such as in Oakland).
    • Occupy Cabrillo is in the works and extends the invitation to join there.
    • Potential schedule of events for Saturday, October 29, including, but not limited to, pumpkin carving, kids costume show, and family sleep-in.
    • Some people marched on city hall chambers due to the city council meeting. Some members of city council reached out to OSC at the occupation site and indicated they may support us, invited us to speak during the Oral Communications section of their meeting.
    • Nationwide conference call with other occupations:
      • Purpose was to brainstorm ideas about nationwide communication, learn from each other, coordinate nationwide days of action, and possible mass occupations on specific cities.
      • Other occupations have similar issues, some have resources we lack (ex. Tucson has a lot of legal support).
      • Occupy Philadelphia will organize next national conference call.
      • Livestream as occupy podcasts.
    • Please volunteer to wash dishes. Dishes will be cleaner if taken home rather than washed at camp.
    • Robin Hood march (sponsored by Adbusters) is Saturday, October 29.