General Assembly Notes 10/06

Minutes by Chris Natale

Work Group Statuses:

Fundraising:
-$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

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

Food:
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:
-occupyseattleict@gmail.com is the email you can offer any help to the internet communications group at.

Demands:
-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:
-medical
-internet comm
-media
-outreach and diversity

-go to facebook.com/occupyseattle
-follow official Twitter Feed at OccupySeattle

Outreach:
-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

Tactical:
-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!

Proposals:
-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

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