Sunday Afternoon Occupy Public Policy – Getting Money Out of Politics Meeting Notes 10/23/11

Occupy Seattle
Issue Meeting: Get the Money Out of Politics
10/23/2011 5pm – 630pm

Notes on concerns and comments of attendees. I apologize for any misrepresentations or mispellings of names etc, due to note taking errors during our discussion.

Organizer: Chris

Number of attendees: about 25

Intro: Chris took a stack list of those wishing to present ideas or concerns to the assembled group about getting the money out of politics. The speaker comments are summarized here:

Pearl: concerned about high price of access to our representatives – such as 5000/plate dinners and the like. (general discussion ensued of general agreement and concern about how to fixthis)

Sam: following up on Pearl’s comments, indicated that even though current system isn’t exactly quid per quo (money for legislation) yet – at best now there is a perception of corruption of our representatives due to the vast amounts of money needed for campaigns. Something like 20-70% of representative time is spent raising campaign funds. Very concerned about need for clear, full and detailed transparency on who specifically is funding all media material for campaigns.

Jonathan: Agrees on need for full disclosure on who is funding political ads. Wants end or reversal of Citizen’s United ruling by SCoTUS. Wants to eliminate creation of corporations that are too big to fail. Wants to separate insurance and banking industries/services. Shared the fact that Nov 5 is a ‘Move Your Money Day’

Kee: Not interested in a specific plans of action, more interested in coming up with demands/goals such as full disclosure of campaign/ad funding, and overturn of citizens united.

Val: concerned about power of supreme court of the united states (SCOTUS). Wants term limits, campaign finance reforms and overturn of citizens united. Thinks we need new political party or affinity group that can truly represent us, we need to think about big changes to the system in order effect real change in the country.

Abraham: very interested in creating a state or nationally owned bank, such as they have in North Dakota.

Also wants to offer idea that we are all to blame for the problems in our political system, we need to educate ourselves and take action to regain our democracy and address our true needs. Wants to remind us to think globally when it comes to corporate influence in government – this is a world-wide problem.

Kim: intereseted in ideas of Lawrence Lessig – specifically related to getting money out of politics. Wants all private money out of politics. Believes that the constitution allows for citizens to call for a constitutional convention to propose an amendment which addresses the problem of private money in politics. Believes that we can work on this from the ground up – do not need to convince our current representatives. Believes that we can constrain this convention call in such a way that will allow new representatives, so that we avoid the current corrupted system of representatives.

Breanne: Believes no private money should be required for campaigns. Frustrated with current system, and negative political ads etc, believes that it is one of the main reasons that there is low voter turn out for elections. Wants to have campaigns or elections focus on issues and what
decisions a candidate would make, rather than personal information on candidates.

John: Wants to eliminate legal concept of corporate personhood. Wants to nationalize FIRE (finance , insurance, real estate industries). Would like to require all users of public airwaves to donate airtime for campaigns. Wants to reform the stock and bond markets. Wants publically financed campaigns. Wants to eliminate no-bid government contracts.

Steve: Wants to overturn citizens united decision. Shared fact that 3/4 or more of US citizens nationally felt this was a bad decision. Interested in AZ and other state public matching election funding laws (recently struck down as unconstitutional by SCOTUS). Also interested in state banks. There is a upcoming presentation on the state bank concept

This Wed 10/26/11 7:00pm at Kane Hall on UW campus

Dorothy: Just came from training session on how to decrease corporate influence. Wants to share information about national action on this subject. for January 21 2012. House parties are
being organized for planning actions, especially Nov 9, when guest speaker will be Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Andrew: Concerned about citizens united decision. Shared example of funding to candidates on
school board election in North Carolina that resulted in election of board members who want to re-segregate schools (end busing etc.). We all need to educate ourselves and not be shy about sharing what we find out about local candidates and their funding sources. Wants to get the money out of politics. Interested in what role congress can play in regulating the actions of the supreme court.

Ann: Shared desire to make local public radio less focused on amount of money candidates are raising and more on the issues, and what candidates stand for. Suggests we should contact our local stations and ask them to change their focus.

Craig: Want to remind folks that end result of our efforts will likely be new or reformed laaws. Need to garner support and help from people, media. Would like to see us engage in actions that make our anger and frustration more visible to the populace. Offers example of ‘Target: Seattle’ action in fight against nuclear arms race. Got media interested in covering because of visual impact of expressed dangers. Would like to see a week long event in seattle focused on corporate influence , mock trial or mock constitutional convention that helped educate citizens
and gain media coverage. Craig is involved with Wash Public Campaigns

Jim: Concerned about Citizens UNited decision. If can’t get overturned, then wants to make corporations responsible for all actions as persons, not just get rights of personhood. Wants to see corporations held accountable for actions hurting people and communities.

Tom: Brought up idea that we can affect corporations and possibly make them accountable by
using heir weak point of neding a state charter to operate in each state. Might be able to revoke their charter if they do not address issues that we have.

All: agreed to start working group, and meet Sundays at 3pm until further notice.

PS: Thanks for taking notes, Kim :)

Meeting the Press – A guide to Talking to the Media

The Occupy Seattle Media Relations Group has provided us with a guide for talking with the media. While everyone has the right to speak as individuals in whichever way they choose, these guidelines will help us portray Occupy Seattle in as positive a light as we can.

Meeting the Press – A guide to Talking to the Media

The Occupy Seattle Media Relations Group has provided us with a guide for talking with the media. While everyone has the right to speak as individuals in whichever way they choose, these guidelines will help us portray Occupy Seattle in as positive a light as we can.

General Assembly Meeting Notes: 10/9/11



-NEEDS: -cheap pencils, boxes with holes in top, usb solar batteries, power strips, marine batteries (deep cycle batteries), someone willing to do a propane exchange for food stove, someone with access to printing
-DO NOT NEED: peanut butter

-We are making a proposal tomorrow to adopt the Occupy Wall Street list of grievances and also to add localized grievances.

-mission statement: Outreach is a voice to the people who are not in our movement yet. We are a working group to educate and invite people to this movement. We aim to create an anti-repression place for all people in the movement. Everyone part of the 99%. We embrace everyone.

-We need flyers to canvas other communities. The 99% is majority of country who do not feel that they have a voice in this country. We are here to give the 99% a voice, regardless of political affiliation .

-We are taking an extra day to make sure mission statement is representative and inclusive to all members of community before submitting for approval.

-We meet every day at 4:30. if you can’t make a meeting, we have an email for recommendations:
– We need to start rotating facilitators. And they need to be trained! Drop by the facilitator table to learn how to do it.

– contact us:
-NEEDS: power sources, translators for web content, a method to approve things for the online calendar
-we meet every day at 4pm. We wear blue armbands.


FIRST PROPOSAL: Let’s sleep in shifts for rain protection

SECOND PROPOSAL: Don’t ever call the police on each other, we should solve our own problems instead.
MOTION: The vote to overturn the block on the proposal against calling the police on each other failed by a 58-41* margin. Since overturning a block requires a 4/5ths majority, the margin would have to have been 80-19 in order to override the block.

THIRD PROPOSAL: No arrestable direct action that threatens Occupy Seattle as a whole can be undertaken without GA approval.

– To change the GA time for tomorrow to 5:45pm in order to accommodate tomorrow’s events, such as the candlelight vigil at 7pm.

-The Internet Communications work group would like to put notification on the Occupy Seattle website notifying everyone of a student walkout on Wednesday and the Saturday global protest.


– A United Farm Workers Rep requested that we support fthe farm workers walkout tomorrow!
-We need more volunteers to take the minutes! Contact
– A hip hop group has been created! Show support for the hip hop community.
– Capitalism vs. Corporate control study group. After GA next Fri there will be a workshop about why capitalism is the problem, not corporate greed
– Meditation group at 6-6:20 in front of See’s Candy Shop.
– If you have audio, radio friendly hip hop, bring it!
– Tomorrow at 4pm the Old Growth Alliance is hosting a rally and protest for the 4th consecutive year at Westlake plaza. Show respect to elders and the native community.
– We need a car to transport water from Capitol Hill.

General Assembly Notes 10/06

Minutes by Chris Natale

Work Group Statuses:

-$300 for bailing out those arrested in yesterday’s arrests will be used.
-People are coming forward with many additional funding and supplies since yesterday’s arrests
-Donations: we cannot currently accept credit cards and checks. If you would like to use a credit card or check, please buy something from our donation list and deliver it to us.
-We could use more fundraisers

-debate on whether we should accept financial donations until assembly has decided on lawyers.

Interruption: Phone call from NYC
-NYC Reads Statement of Purpose, will be posted on website soon

-Request for more tents, blankets and sleeping bags

-About half those arrested yesterday will be arriving by bus at Westlake Park ~7:30pm

Looking for food from restaurants, churches, community groups… whoever can help us. Email us.

Announcement: We have started a library. Bring us books!

Internet Communications Group: is the email you can offer any help to the internet communications group at.

-need to update website to explain we are working to coordinate with with global movement by posting NYC’s list of demands

-Facebook groups are being created to represent online wing of each working group. We will have a list soon. Currently have:
-internet comm
-outreach and diversity

-go to
-follow official Twitter Feed at OccupySeattle

-request to start direct action work group. Outreach stands in solidarity with this idea

Progressive Stacking:
-let’s implement a weighted system to better represent minorities
-financial transparency: proposal to give all money raised so far to Portland branch until we can implement financial transparency
-debate: some people would rather use the money to bail out person first. Resolved: we will bail him out, but using

-looking for recruits
-world liaison is necessary
-discussion of other locations
-tomorrows demonstrations have permits that allow structures. Proposal to have as many tents as possible
-new flash mob groups with targeted messages. Meeting is important, but going out and meeting people is just as important.
-tomorrow is a big antiwar, anti-militarization protest. Protest as FBI/CIA Federal Building. Recruiting office
-Please, all groups are open. Get involved!

-set time for each meeting: Accepted
-rotation of facilitators, and training. Accepted.
-meeting times: 6:30pm for general assemblies weekdays. Work group meeting times are up to individual work groups. Accepted
-tomorrow: discuss process for 10-15 minutes before tomorrow’s general assembly. Accepted
-notify people of meeting through calendar, online. Accepted
-facilitators should never advocate or present their own opinions. Accepted
-proposal for legal council. if you get arrested: call 206-447-3900 dial 0 to talk to a real person that will transfer you to a legal council Lisa Druggart. Accepted
-proposal for a bank run initiative tabled, sent to direct action group. Accepted
-proposal: community tent for storage of items. Rejected

-Suggestion: talk about location later. Rejected, but no consensus reached on location

-online sign up for kitchen, cooks, transportation. Go to
-rally Saturday 12pm @ Westlake park. Bring everyone!
-SEIU pledges support for Occupy Wall Street Movement. 2.1 million members nationwide!