Occupy Seattle will suspend all decision-making at General Assemblies until Wednesday October 3rd 2012, while continuing to hold Discussion General Assemblies Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at the Washington State Trade and Convention Center. If there is an urgent matter requiring decision during this period, an exception can be made to allow decision-making under the following conditions:
If twenty-five or more attendees at a Discussion Assembly vote in favor of holding a Decision Making GA, they can call one for the following week. (This first discussion must be Livestreamed, and the scheduled Decision-Making GA must be posted on the OS calendar and in the GA section of the OS website at a minimum)
At that next week's Decision Making General Assembly there will need to be a quorum of at least fifty people involved in the consensus process for a decision to be made on a proposal.
If at any Discussion GA there is a "super-quorum" of one hundred or more attendees, they may propose and use consensus to pass a proposal or proposals, thus turning the Discussion General Assembly into a Decision Making General Assembly for that day only.
(With the exception of a super-quorum; any decision made under this process, the meeting must be livestreamed, and the existing pre-proposal process still applies – a pre-proposal needs to be made by Sunday evening , 72 hours before GA, to Process and Facilitation and posted on the OS website's GA proposal section)
We Reaffirm the OS “Unity, Solidarity, and Debate” Statement and condemn any physical attack on persons or of political literature as described by Revolution Books as happening at the May Day event May 1st, 2012 at Westlake.
Background Information Presented by Revolution Books:
On May 1st at Westlake Park, a group of people seemingly part of the day’s protests verbally and physically attacked Revolution Books staff people. Instead of seeking to debate differing politics with substance, they approached en masse to bully and intimidate shouting “Statists! You’re a cult! Fuck Bob Avakian! Get out of here!” Members of this group attempted to provoke a physical fight by shoving, pushing and knocking things out of the hands of the Revolution Books staff people. During this time, two bins of progressive, radical and revolutionary books, and literature were taken and destroyed by dumping water over the literature. This attack was later upheld and celebrated by a post on an anarchist website on a page listing attacks on capitalist businesses and government institutions on May 1st. An almost identical attack occurred in Oakland on May 1st, also involving the destruction of books and literature with water. Destroying books and literature that contain ideas one doesn’t agree with is not, in essence, property destruction; it is censorship, and it is no different than book burning.
These actions are in clear violation of the “Unity, Solidarity, and Debate” statement passed by Occupy Seattle on 11/16/11. Provoking and carrying out physical attacks or spreading slanders and gossip because of political differences is unacceptable. It is entirely different than principled discussion and debate, even sharp debate, over these differences. Such attacks have no place in the Occupy movement. They can only benefit a system that seeks to suppress Occupy and other movements of resistance by dividing people who have honest political differences. The U.S. government has a long history of fomenting and using such attacks to isolate and eliminate radical and revolutionary groups and individuals.
Occupy Seattle endorses the April 24-5 action by Share/Wheel, Real Change and Nickelsville to occupy Westlake Plaza and the Committee to End Homelessness in King County (CEHKC) in protest of CEHKC's failed policies, with the demands that 1) data collection and outcomes should be used as tools, not weapons; 2) Provision of low-cost survival services must be prioritized; 3) CEHKC must create and promote an economic justice agenda. Nickelsville, Share/Wheels, Real Change.
OUR SAFER SPACE POLICY:
The members of Occupy Seattle feel that for the GA to be an effective forum for discussion, as well as reflective of our anti-oppression statement, we need to enact a Safer Space Policy.
A Safer Space Policy is a community agreement that sets the standards for how to participate and interact with other people in this space. It is expected that all those who are participating in the Occupy Seattle General Assembly comply with the Safer Space Policy and understand that if they do not they will be told to leave.
The person experiencing the oppressive statements, behavior, or dynamics will decide if the person violating the Safer Space Policy needs to be warned, if there needs to be a community response, or if that individual needs to leave. The community will provide a collective decision on how to react to the oppressive behavior. Process and facilitation will decide on a hand signal to be used to call attention to the behavior and it will be added to the orientation section that is read before each GA.
The following will not be tolerated:
- Verbal, physical, or sexual forms of aggression
- Violating consent or the boundaries of others
- Sexual harassment or unwanted attention
- Domineering behavior and/or taking up too much space
- Perpetuating systems of oppression (ableism, adultism, ageism, religious oppression, transphobia, xenophobia, classism, heterosexism, racism, sexism, sizeism)
- use of drugs or alcohol during GA
This event is intended for us to build community, network, make announcements, plan and create projects, share resources, and have fun. Please do not consider this space to be a secure area to discuss anything that can be construed as illegal activity. This is not a value judgement; this is to ensure a safer environment for all attending.
The new GA Schedule will be as follows:
(there will be no more discussion GAs on Monday and Thursday evenings)
Sunday Decision making GAs at 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Westlake rain or shine.
By Sunday April 22 they will be changed to 2:00 p.m.
There is a noon discussion GA at noon on all Wednesdays at Westlake.
Decision making GA at 7:00 p.m. at WSCC every Wednesday evening.
Occupy Seattle's General Assembly that occurs on all Sundays at 2:00 p.m. at Westlake will change to 4:00 p.m.
Occupy Seattle, in solidarity with the port truck drivers of Seattle, demands that the Washington state bills HB 2527 and 2395 be passed into law by the anniversary of Ceasar Chavez's birth, March 31st, 2012, or we shall take further direct action in consultation and solidarity with the port drivers.
If necessary we shall call on other Occupys, especially those located in major transportation corridors, to take solidarity actions that they deem appropriate.
Occupy Seattle endorses the transphobia resistance marches, because gender expression shouldn't be an issue.
"To celebrate International Women's Day on Thursday, March 8th, it is proposed that the general assembly on Sunday March 11th be women centered. this means that the process of GA will be led by women, the discussion topics initiated by women and speakers are the women present that evening. We, the women of Occupy Seattle, want our male occupiers to hear our voices! Therefore, we request men to attend and listen respectfully to us. We believe that sharing our experiences will strengthen participation in the movement and help occupy Seattle to continue to grow and include all of the 99%!" brought by Mina to the 03/07/2012 GA and tabled until the 3/11, passed on 3/11
1) Consensus Process – http://occupyseattle.org/blog/2012-03-01/general-assembly-consensus-process
2) We, the general assembly of Occupy Seattle hereby endorse the Everything for Everyone Festival, planned in Seattle, Washington, USA in the month of August.
The Everything for Everyone festival is meant to give a face for this new movement. It indents to facilitate debate and cross-fertilization, for a mutual flourishing. A movement for changing everything is much more than actions and protest, as vital as those are. It is a new politics, culture, and forms of organization; a new way of living. The Occupy movement has created a rupture of possibilities; this festival aims to include those who have participated and those who have yet to participate but are attracted to fundamentally changing society. To provide a space for the new culture, the new philosophy, and new politics in it's diversity and complexity to intermingle and grow stronger. It aims to bring together art, music, workshops, philosophy, and encompassing participation from attendants. The festival aims to contribute to having a culture and way of life that is defined by “everything for everyone.”
1) Occupy Seattle stands in solidarity with the people both of Greece and Syria. We are outraged to action against the oppression and austerity measures that the state is administering to it's people. Occupy Seattle supports our Syrian and Greek comrades in their collective struggles in their streets.
2) Boycott Wells Fargo (proposal for Occupy Seattle General Assembly, 2/22/2012)
Occupy Seattle endorses the formation of a group to discuss, plan, and conduct a boycott of
Wells Fargo Bank. The boycott is intended to take place over a long period of time, like the
Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Montgomery bus boycott of 1956-1957 and the
United Farm Workers’ Gallo boycott of 1973-1978, among many others. Like these successful
boycotts in the past where people in great numbers withdrew their financial cooperation from
a corrupt system, the Wells Fargo boycott will urge people to divest their money from Wells
Fargo. The goal of the boycott will be to shrink Wells Fargo’s dehumanizing influence in our
society. This influence currently includes:
Expensive lobbying in state and federal legislatures
Zero federal taxes, Washington state tax loopholes
High profits paid to executives
Foreclosures on homes
Investments in multinational corporations that run American prisons and deportation
centers for profit (GEO and CCA)
Possible investments in companies like Seattle Steam that perpetuate environmental
destruction instead of promoting energy conservation and clean energy alternatives
The Wells Fargo boycott will be organized in collaboration with other organizations in the
Puget Sound area and with other Occupy groups around the country, who have already begun
to raise awareness of Wells Fargo’s part in the dehumanization of our society; The Wells Fargo Boycott will report back to OS about all the groups it collaborates with on this boycott and all others; the OS Wells Fargo Boycott organizing group will give frequent reports to the OS General Assembly about what groups it is collaborating with on the boycott and the details of that collaboration. Importantly, the boycott will emphasize positive alternatives to people at every opportunity, including providing information on local credit unions and the effort to create a public bank in Washington. And it will submit any requests for Occupy Seattle funding for informational flyers, signs, sound systems, and permits through the appropriate Occupy Seattle channels.
3) May Day 2012
Occupy Seattle stands in solidarity with and endorses the call for a general strike –A day without the 99%! On May Day, wherever you are, we are calling for: *No Work *No School *No Housework *No Shopping *No Banking –TAKE THE STREETS!
Occupy Seattle will change its schedule to four General Assemblies only beginning February 27th. On all Mondays there will be an Action-Brainstorming General Assembly. On all Wednesdays there will be a Decision-Making GA. On All Thursdays there will be a Discussion GA. On all Sundays there will be a Decision-Making GA. Passed 02/19/2012
Occupy Seattle approves adding Linda Julien, our present bookkeeper, as a signator to the OS BECU account for purposes, not of writing checks, but for obtaining account information.
The port truck drivers are part of the 99%. They have put their livelihoods and lives on the line for safety, justice, and human dignity. They practice direct democracy, deciding their own course and actions, just as we do. Occupy Seattle stands with them and their struggle for as long as it may go on in full solidarity. To this end, Occupy Seattle endorses the Monday Port Truck Drivers' rally and the Feb 18th Occupy Our Hearts Solidarity Potluck.
1) Occupy Seattle agrees to having Nathan Shields, Douglas Johnson and Kawan Baxter be signers on the Occupy Seattle Bank Account.
2) Occupy Seattle endorses the action to mobilize on the University of Washington campus between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. against the arbitrary firings of custodians at the University of Washington
1) Occupy Seattle allocates $400 as partial compensation for use of the warehouse in which all of its supplies are stored for the month of February in order to use this month to find safe storage space(s). Proposer Carol Isaac – Thank you Sonya Rodgers, Phil Mocek and CDC for giving us this safe space for this long without requiring any rent.
2) In line with the fundamental principles of the movement, and in solidarity with Occupations across the country it is proposed that we move from a majority takes all voting system (regardless of percentage) to a consensus system.
Process and facilitation will require two to three weeks to make the necessary preparations. There are several consensus models to choose from, with possibilities of blending multiple approaches. The GA directs Process to listen and take from the conversation leading up to a cote on this proposal for direction and encourages all GA members to participate in Process meetings as time allows. The GA must come to consensus approval of the plan that Process brings forward at the end of those three weeks.
We cannot allow the dysfunction and divisiveness of the broken system we come from to entrench itself in our movement, therefor we affirm our commitment to self-representation, personal autonomy, and solidarity as we free ourselves from the tyranny of majority and move to consensus decision making for proposals in General Assembly. At the end of three months the General Assembly will decide whether to keep this system or return to majority voting.
1) This General Assembly endorses Occupy Seattle's "Get Money Out of Politics" working group's January 20th event, "Occupy the Courts." Karrsen Brannon-Young, GMOP, on January 12, 2012.
2) Occupy Seattle endorses the current boycott at the Seattle Hilton Hotel, where workers are fighting for their jobs, and will encourage members not to patronize the hotel.
Occupy Seattle will stand with workers, starting with the first rally on Monday, January 16th at 3pm.
The General Assembly requests that the media workgroup use Occupy Seattle’s online resources and media relations to publicize the boycott, and boycott-related events that are brought to their attention.
1) The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, (NDAA), under its Title X – General Povisions, Subtitle D – Detainee Matters, section 1031 and 1032 and subsequent sections does not support the peoples rights in that they can be detained indefinitely without charges and without trial. This does not adhere to the principles of the Constitution of the United States per the following;
Article III section 2, "…under which judicial power extends to all cases, trial of crimes by jury and where said crimes have been committed."
The 4th amendment, "No warrants shall issue but upon probable cause."
The 5th amendment, "…or crime a person shall not answer unless presented with or indicted by a grand jury…nor shall any person be deprived of life, liberty or property."
The 6th amendment, "…the right to a speedy and public trial…be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation, be confronted with witnesses against him, and to obtain witnesses in his favor and assistance of defense council".
The 8th amendment, "…no cruel or unusual punishments inflicted…."
The 14th amendment, section 1, "…no state shall enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of U.S. citizens nor deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due proces of law nor deny within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws…."
NDAA, section 1074 per the following; "…implementing procedures to integrate unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System" is in opposition to the 14th amendment, "…the rights of the people to be secure in their persons…against unreasonable searches.
The NDAA also negates Habeus Corpus, the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, and the Non Detention Act of 1971.
The NDAA is in oppostion to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Geneva Convention Rights all of which the United States is one of the signatories.
We the people claim the right to exercise the Power of the Constitution of the United States regarding all lawful and unlawful orders wherever they may be.
We the people know our rights. The American people have stood tall for liberty and justice for a long time and have sacrificed for these human ideals. We will not let them slip away or be eroded. "OUR Constitution, We Will Keep It!" -proposed by Bernard Weber
2) Occupy Seattle stands in solidarity with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day March.
Proposed by Norm Keegel.
1) We, of Decolonize/Occupy Seattle, endorse answering Occupy Longview, WA's call to stand by ready to help plan and coordinate the action of blocking the EGT grain ship expected to arrive in Longview mid-January. We join Occupy Longview in calling out to all occupies, from New York City down to Florida, all the way to the West Coast, to join in solidarity. - Proposed by Marianne Mork
2) I propose to add a 15 minute worker speak out at the beginning of non-voting GAs. GA has been a place to connect community struggles like foreclosure resistance, bank occupations, stopping environmental pollution, and resisting police brutality. A worker speaker will allow us in addition to connect workplace struggles to our movement. Most of us are part of the 89% who are unemployed, non-unionized, low waged, or casualized workers. Capitalism pits us against each other, non-unionized and unionized, immigrant and granddaughter of immigrants, employed and unemployed, low waged and lower waged, workers of color and white workers, fighting for the scraps and small pay checks. Together we can take action to support each other in our workplaces against unpaid or low wages, racial and gender discrimination, and unhealthy working conditions. Across industry, national border, migrant and employment status, we will uphold "an injury to one is an injury to all. " Proposed by Marianne Mork
3) Occupy Seattle endorses the letter below:
Dear Steven Colbert, Occupy Seattle would like to invite you to be our honored guest at a very special double birthday party the weekend of January 20th and 21st. We know you probably have other things to do, but we think this is more important. As you may be aware, the "Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission" decision is turning two years old on January 20th and we thought it would be nothing short of criminal if we did not celebrate the second anniversary of corporate emancipation. On that date two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that, because corporations are people too, they are entitled to the same first amendment rights as the rest of us fleshy mortals. In a narrow 5-4 decision, the court finally put an end to the discriminatory practice of treating corporations as second-class citizens, for no other reason than that they lack physical bodies and the physical organs to sustain them(including, but not limited to, hearts) and, in doing so, rectified one of the greatest and most glaring injustices of our time. Finally, after so many decades of struggle, corporations can finally express themselves freely, and spend as much money as they want doing it as the rest of us.
Being as we are incapable of detecting blatant and unapologetic sarcasm, we can tell from your show that you are one of the most passionate advocates of corporate rights alive in America today, second only to Newscorp, FoxNews, and the vast majority of their employees. Since none of those people returned our phone calls, we are reaching out to you. We're hoping that you might join us for this two-day celebration. There will be music, marches, and lectures by human-people. There will also be mock trials for some of the corporate-people who have given corporate personhood a bad name by doing things like stealing other people's houses and dumping poisonous chemicals on other people's farmland(including, but not limited to, JP Morgan Chase and Monsanto). If you can't come, or just don't feel like flying to the West Coast for the beginning of Citizen's United's terrible twos, could you, at the very least, plug the event on your show? That would be cool. Sincerely, Occupy Seatte
4) Occupy Seattle Unanimously Endorses Solidarity Action with United
Farm-workers and begin building towards a May 1st General Strike in
Seattle. Proposed by: POCcupy Decolonize Seattle, Food Justice Work Group
Occupy Seattle endorses a solidarity action with United Farmworkers on
January 27, 2011 at 2pm from Seattle Central Community College to
Darigold Headquarters to demand that immediate action be taken to
resolve the issues facing workers at Ruby Ridge dairy. That Occupy
Seattle calls for a coordinated national actions in solidarity with
Farmworkers and Immigrant workers to be carried out by the Occupy
movement on January 27, 2011.
Seattle reaffirms a commitment to global economic justice. Over a third
of Ruby Ridge farmworkers have been fired for asking for a union and
suing owners over unpaid wages, hour violations, and even assault.
According to workers, the dairy owner, supported by a multi-million
dollar loan from a major lender, carries a rifle in his truck and has
threatened workers. This action will begin building towards a May 1st
Global General Strike with farmworkers, migrants, and economic refugees,
unionized and non-unionized labor to achieve economic justice and human
rights for everyone. Occupy Seattle is a union for all workers,
especially the 89% of workers who are not unionized. For more information visit on the worker struggles at Ruby Ridge and the solidarity action with the United Farmworkers on January 27, 2011 visit: http://action.ufw.org/page/s/darigoldpetitionkids?source=web
1) All money in the Occupy Seattle general fund be spent using the 80% consensus of the occupiers who choose to vote D\during a weekly meeting scheduled and made public on the site at least 1 week in advance. Amendment: Money authorized by The Occupy Seattle General Assembly remains Occupy Seattle until and unless it is spent for the purpose authorized. Each work group or affinity group which is authorized to spend money will report at least once a week to the General assembly about the status of the authorized funds.
2) That all money be accounted for and publicly accessible. Copies of all receipts be made. The current balance, (original and copies) of the receipts, money spent and donations be publicly accessible, both in hard copy and digitally. The current balance be put on a tab on the Occupy Seattle website and the money subtracted and added each week be accounted for on the website and updated in this tab on a weekly basis.
3) Money donated to specific projects by work groups, or affinity groups may only be spent for purposes authorized by those groups unless otherwise specified by the donors at the time of collection. This includes monies raised via we-pay. This respects the intent of donors and the work done by these groups to secure funding for their projects.
Occupy Seattle supports the United Black Clergy. They will be holding a prayer vigil January 04, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the Greater Mt. Baker Missionary Baptist Church on the corner of 25th and Jackson against the police abuses and highlighting the Dept. of Justice Report on Seattle City Police Department." Douglas Johnson
1) Publish open letter to people of Wukan expressing a) support and sympathy for their situation and b) respect and admiration for their bravery and moral resolve. Letter can be found at http://occupyseattle.org/blog/2011-12-19/open-letter-people-wukan-participants-occupy-seattle
2) Adopt statement acknowledging that US Constitution does not recognize corporations and stating that they are not people, should not be treated as such. Call for Constitutional amendment that humans, not corporations, have rights. Statement is as follows
"The General Assembly of Occupy Seattle,
Convinced that one critical threat to free and fair elections, and authentic democratic self-governance comes from the fact that corporations have been defined as legal persons,
Declaring that persons are rightfully recognized as human beings whose essential needs include clean air, clean water, and safe and secure food,
Deeply disturbed that the granting of Constitutional protections to corporations has compromised, or resulted in the destruction of our communities, economy, democracy and natural world in many ways,
Convinced that the solution must be comprehensive, and remembering that those who believed defining people as property was immoral did not call for ending one or two parts of slavery, but for abolition of the institution of slavery,
Recalling that corporations are human-made legal fictions, and that human citizens are the source of all legitimate power in any democracy,
Deeply concerned that corporations need only profit for survival, and that such profit and survival are often in direct conflict with the essential needs and rights of human beings,
Having observed that the great wealth of large corporations lets them misuse the legal system to overpower human beings and communities, thus denying We The People’s rights,
Recalling that corporations are not mentioned in the Constitution, that The People never granted constitutional rights to corporations, but that individual judges and courts have misguidedly done so without Our consent,
Particularly disturbed that the rollback on legal limits on corporate spending in elections creates an unequal playing field enabling corporations to influence elections, candidate selection, and policy decisions,
Having seen that large corporations own most of America’s mass media and use that media as a megaphone for their own agenda, drowning out other voices,
With conviction that defining property as people is fundamentally immoral and a threat to real people, all other life forms, and the planet,
Be it resolved that Occupy Seattle calls for the abolition of corporate personhood. We join the tens of thousands of people, grassroots organizations and local governments across the country in calling for an Amendment to the Constitution to firmly establish that money spent on political campaigns must allow for an equal voice for all people, that human beings, not corporations, have natural rights protected by the Constitution, and that the rights of human beings will never again be granted to artificial entities or property."
Occupy Seattle is a leaderless and leaderful movement. We are all leaders.
1) Occupy Seattle supports hotel workers in Seattle and everywhere who are fighting for living wages, benefits, job security, and respect on the job. Occupy Seattle endorses the upcoming rally at the Edgewater Hotel on Monday December 19th at 4pm, where workers are fighting for their jobs.
2)The General Assembly requests that the media workgroup use Occupy Seattle’s online resources and media relations to publicize the Edgewater rally.
1) OCCUPY BEYOND NOTICE: WE WILL NOT BE MOVED, JUST YET!
a) Leaving SCCC, we will make every effort to communicate to all especially to tent occupants who don't participate in OS events about what the Eviction means: the letter of the law and the effect of the Eviction Notice–that if they are still camping in a tent by the end of the 72 hours on Friday, Occupy Seattle will not try to protect their belongings or protect them from arrest. [Legal observers and Peacekeepers will of course be present and active as necessary.]
b) Friday when the 72 hours is up, Occupy Seattle will begin a 24 hour Teach-In on or near the former encampment at SCCC.
c) For the 24 hour Teach-In Occupy Seattle will use 4 structures, surrounded by people who are willing to risk arrest to protect their right to protest and freedom of speech. These structures will consist of: one open canopy tent, to protect active Teach-In workshop leaders from the weather; one Sanctuary Tent, for Occupy Chaplains to care for Teach-In participants, many of whom suffer from PTSD-like symptoms; one zip-up tent f Continue reading