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May Day Planning Meeting

Come and help build for the May 1st 2012 Global Day of Solidarity, Wonderment, and Merrymaking, tomorrow March 20th at 7pm at the Washington State Convention Center.

Visit may1stseattle.org for more info on May Day.

General Assembly Consensus Process

 

Here's the consensus process that General Assembly approved last night.  We'll start using it next Wednesday, March 7th.

Issues and Proposals - An issue for dicussion or a proposal is presented by the person who put the item on the agenda.

  • Presentation – the person who put the item on the agenda presents the issue
  • Turn and Talk – 3 min, initial thoughts on the issue.
  • Understanding; questions, facts - stack is open for questions and facts to make sure everyone has the same understanding of the issue.
  • Open Discussion - thoughts, opinions, background information, and general debate
  • Ideas and Concerns: list and address - how can we address this issue?  what are our goals?  what are our concerns?
  • Consensus Test – are we ready to move forward with what's been suggested to address the issue?
    • Other Concerns?
    • Strong Opposition?
    • Stand Asides?
    • Consensus?

If consensus is not reached, or 1/3 or more of the assembly is standing aside, or there is strong opposition to a proposal to address an issue, the assembly may table the proposal until a future meeting.  If a proposal has been tabled once, the assembly may call for consensus among at least 80% [amended from 90%] of participants to move forward over strong opposition.  This is a last resort if there is irreconcilable opposition to a proposal that the rest of the assembly is in favor of moving ahead with, and should not be considered as strong as full consensus of the assembly.

May Day 2012 – General Strike!

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!

Come and help build for the May 1st 2012 Global Day of Solidarity, Wonderment, and Merrymaking, Tuesdays at 7pm at the Washington State Convention Center.

Visit may1stseattle.org for more info on May Day.

General Assembly Consensus Process DRAFT

Last night, a participant in the Process & Facilitation workgroup presented a basic outline of the consensus decision-making discussion. Here's the discussion model that was presented:

 

Issues and Proposals - An issue for dicussion or a proposal is presented by the person who put the item on the agenda.

  • Turn and Talk – 3 min, initial thoughts on the issue.
  • Understanding; questions, facts – stack is open for questions and facts to make sure everyone has the same understanding of the issue.
  • Open Discussion – thoughts, opinions, background information, and general debate
  • Ideas and Concerns: list and address - how can we address this issue?  what are our goals?  what are our concerns?
  • Consensus Test – are we ready to move forward with what's been suggested to address the issue?
    • Other Concerns?
    • Strong Opposition?
    • Stand Asides?
    • Consensus?

If consensus is not reached, or there is strong opposition to a proposal to address an issue, the assembly may table the proposal until a future meeting.  If a proposal has been tabled once, the assembly may call for consensus among at least 90% of participants to move forward over strong opposition.  This is a last resort if there is irreconcilable opposition to a proposal that the rest of the assembly is in favor of moving ahead with, and should not be considered as strong as full consensus of the assembly.

If you have any thoughts, suggestions, or concerns, please let us know at processandfacilitation@gmail.com.

 

Delete Me

If People are in Desperate Need There are Lock Combos at the Medic Tent. We will keep this Situation until Funds are Raised and There is a Better Solution.

General Assembly Resources

General Assembly Sequence

 

Facilitation Principles
  • Facilitators make space and move the process.  
  • Facilitators NEVER present content.  That means not speaking your views during discussion or using hand signs to respond to others opinions.  It’s hard, but it’s important.
  • When in doubt, ask the assembly.

General Assembly begins at 7pm.  Mic Check that the Assembly is beginning.

the times listed are guidelines – actual times may be shortened or extended by consultation with the Assembly

Orientation - 5 min
Anyone can read the orientation.  Orientation signals the beginning of the assembly. People will often gather and be seated as the orientation is being mic checked, so starting even if they’re still milling is OK.

Welcome and Introductions - 5 min
Facilitators introduce themselves, state their roles, and welcome the assembly.  Open stack and invite anyone who’s new to Occupy Seattle or has never been to a GA before to introduce themselves and say what brought them here.

Speakout  - 10 min
Workers’, campers’, and occupiers’ speakout.  Open stack.

Working Group Reports - 30 min
Any group (working groups, affinity groups, etc.) may report back.  Agenda keeper queues reports, sends one at time to speak.  Clarifying questions, but no discussion.

Actions - 10 min
Announcements of upcoming actions.  Clarifying questions, but no discussion.

Ideas - 15 min
Sharing of ideas and requests for feedback.  No discussion.

Break - 10 min

Upcoming Proposals - 10 min
Announce proposals to be voted on at an upcoming GA.  Proposers should include a date for their proposal, and agenda keeper can remind them to get a copy to Process and Facilitation (processandfacilitation@gmail.com) so it can go on the website.  Clarifying questions, but no discussion.

Proposals - 1 – 1 ½ hours
Proposer presents their proposal.  No more than 3 people should present a proposal.
- 3 min small group discussion.  
- Open stack for discussion.  Proposer can respond to questions and comments at the discretion of facilitation.  Nothing jumps stack except process points.  Any amendments must be either accepted by proposer or taken up by a temperature check of the assembly.
- Proposer restates proposal before vote, including amendments.
- All in favor raise one hand.  Facilitators count, compare totals.
- All against raise one hand.  Facilitators count, compare totals.
- Ask for blocks.  No blocks: announce totals and result.
- If anyone blocks, blocker(s) get 2 minutes to speak.  Multiple blockers should confer briefly and share time.  -Open stack for 3 min.  - Revote.  Facilitators count hands as before.

General Announcements

Unity, Solidarity, and Debate

Occupy Seattle has many different politics and visions within it. This is our strength. We will not allow any in our movement to be singled out and attacked for their politics whether they be anarchist, progressive, communist, liberal, socialist, radical, etc. We welcome healthy debate among and between each of these groups, but debate is very different from irrational attacks and fear-mongering. We will defend each other and our movement.

If people are partaking in actions which are damaging to the movement or risk the safety of its members unnecessarily, this should be dealt with as a separate matter, outside the purview of this statement of principle. But no one will be allowed to ostracize or demonize our fellow occupiers for their world views or goals. Unless that be a world view or goal which is decisively against the general unity and aspirations of the movement, such as: fascists, the openly racist, sexist, or homophobic, white-nationalist populists, ageist, ableist, etc. No action, except those passed by the General Assembly, represent Occupy Seattle as a whole. We do, however, stand in solidarity with actions taken against the powers that be by any group or individual within this movement.

passed in General Assembly 11/16/11

Opposition to NDAA

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!”

-passed in General Assembly 1/8/12

Move to Amend – Abolish Corporate Personhood

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.

-passed in the General Assembly 12/21/11

Statements and Principles

Principles

Occupy Seattle is a leaderless and leaderful movement. We are all leaders. 12.20.11

Occupy Seattle will be a Cop Free Zone to the Best of Our Ability. 10.19.11

No Arrestable Direct Action that Threatens Occupy Seattle as a Whole can be Undertaken Without GA approval. 10.9.11

Don’t Call the Police on Each Other, We Should Solve our Own Problems Instead. 10.9.11

Facilitators Never Present Content or Advocate Opinions 10.6.11

 

Statements

Anti-Oppression and Accountability Principles

Declaration of Decolonization 

Unity, Solidarity, and Debate

 

Open Letters and Resolutions

Open Letter to Wukan Village

Opposition to Corporate Personhood

Opposition to NDAA

Dear Steven Colbert

test proposal

test proposal

Occupy Seattle Facilitators Step Back

The small group of people that has been facilitating most General Assemblies believes that there are too few of us running too many meetings, that this tends to give us too much power, and that too many of us are white males. As a way of insisting that more people — and more people who are not white males — participate, the group of people that has been facilitating will no longer facilitate General Assembly meetings, starting Monday January 16, through Sunday February 11. During the four weeks of the moratorium, it will be necessary for others to step forward and facilitate. If no one steps forward, there will be no facilitation. The goal will be to share facilitation among the entire general assembly.

We remind Occupy Seattle of two General Assembly policies:
– Facilitation must rotate; no one should facilitate two nights in a row.
– Facilitator must not advocate or introduce their own opinions. (One more reason that everyone should share this task.)

During the four week moratorium, all current facilitators will continue to work in the Process and Facilitation Working Group, and will be making ourselves available at General Assemblies to answer questions and provide support. We’ll continue to hold 6:00 P/F Working Group meetings on Sunday and Wednesday nights, plus longer P/F Working Group meetings as needed, and we will continue to help build proposals and create agendas.

Training in facilitation will continue to be offered, and we are preparing simplified process and meeting-sequence sheets to help new facilitators with what they need to facilitate a General Assembly.

We love the General Assembly and we’re not looking for a vacation. We’re taking this step because we hope this will make the General Assembly stronger and better, and we feel there is an urgent need to decentralize anything that looks like authority. We look forward to rejoining as active facilitators when the task, with its privileges and headaches, is rotating among all or most of the participants in General Assembly.

General Assembly Temporary Schedule and Locations

Dear Occupy Seattle,

Our General Assembly (GA) tonight at Westlake Park decided on a schedule for GA meetings.

Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., at the Washington Trade and Convention Center indoors.
Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., at the Washington Trade and Convention Center indoors.
Fridays, 7:00 p.m., at the Washington Trade and Convention Center indoors.
Sundays, 7:00 p.m., at the Washington Trade and Convention Center indoors.

If the attendance is greater than the Convention Center can handle, we may have to change this plan, but during the holidays this may work fine.

Stand by for Christmas Day decision. We failed to address the fact that the Convention Center may be closed then.
We can make that decision at a future GA.

And Discussion General Assemblies (GA) will be held:

Wednesdays, 12pm, at the Westlake Park Outdoors on the south end.
Saturdays, 2:00 p.m. beginning at the Westlake Park Outdoors on the south end. That assembly may choose to take a walk together to the Pike Place Market to have a GA in the midst of the people visiting the market, throwing fish, busking and generally there for fun. We will be first checking out what the rules, busker needs, and sensibilities etc. are that we need to know about.
It is meant to be fun while teaching the process.