General Assembly notes 10/16

Seattle General Assembly 2011-10-16 18:45

  • Minutes prepared by: Phil Mocek
  • Audio archive: http://www.archive.org/details/OccupySeattleGeneralAssembly2011-10-16

Facilitation Team

  • Facilitator: Risha

Campers

  • time: 18:53
  • Noel
    • grandfather lives in Bellevue, offers beds, showers, washing machines to long-term campers who are ill
  • Mike
    • should have some coffee
  • Ruby
    • protester number three
    • camped last night
    • went home at 8am
    • tent, left here, is missing
      • red and beige Coleman
  • Albert
    • spends some nights here, some in car
    • family grows fruits and vegetables, sells at Pike Place Market
    • business lost money due to our march
  • anonymous
    • went to city hall plaza
    • felt like a prisoner
    • felt watched by police
  • Sunshine
    • If you see anyone sleeping without blanked, cover with two or more blankets
  • anonymous
    • been here two weeks
    • police have harassed
    • police said no tents
    • police said no sleeping
    • police said no possessions on the ground
    • no place to rest here
    • no place to gather here
  • anonymous
    • suggests orientation for new campers
  • anonymous
    • to deal with police tactic of sleep deprivation
    • in Air Force, rotate watch on front line
    • it's about tents, not just people
    • suggests getting someone to occupy tent for night, go home for a night
  • Tabitha
    • will have space for one person in my tent. Prefer women.
    • would be nice for smokers to go to the perimeter
  • Timber
    • reads Occupy Wall Street good neighbor policy
  • anonymous
    • If you were arrested on KOMO
      • KOMO Friday morning 7:30 a.m.

Working group announcements

Tactical Working Group

  • reorganizing
  • removing armbands
  • implementing system of accountability
  • if anything happens tonight, go to city hall
    • not reoccupying, just using it as safe place
  • police liason: Michael
    • please don't talk to police

Information Working Group

  • re: armbands: make reusable one
    • wear it at work
  • requests legal information posted at info (e.g., what to do when arrested)

Outreach Working Group

  • needs more volunteers

Medical Working Group

  • Miles
    • three people have had hypothermia
    • stay warm, bundle up
    • need more volunteers

Fundraising Working Group

  • need more people

Media Working Group

  • if you are talking to the media, please reflect us in best light
  • When talking to the meda: We have no official position or list of grievances
  • someone spoke to medda and made comments on behalf of all that were inaccurate

Internet Communications Working Group

  • Danica
  • need more people
    • contact us at occupyseattleICT@gmail.com

Hip Hop Occupies

  • launched new site
  • have multple sponsors
  • who to talk to about coordinating permanent performances

Sustainability Brigade

  • 5:30 in front of bubble tea place
  • helped Parks get bins to perimiter
    • important because police want them to go in
  • New York does deep clean weekly
  • get silverwear for use and to share
  • meeting tomorrow 5pm in front of bubble tea place

Food Working Group

  • Emily
  • appreciates listening to campers
  • next meeting: Sunday, time TBA
  • apologizes for XXX

misc

  • was police liason
  • already has such a good relationship that half tactical command provided phone numbers, are providing inside information

misc

  • Alvina
  • last night, had issue of people being aggressive to police and us
  • shouldn't have a gang of people telling you to leave
  • meeting tomorrow 5:30: strategy for police brutality day

Outreach Working Group

  • seek involvement of Spanish-speakers

Peace and Safety Working Group

  • did not meet today due to schedule conflicts
  • will meet tonight 9pm at peace tree
  • many have left tents and blankets behind
    • reuse these

Process and Facilitation Working Group

  • Jacob
  • members of P&F will be available after GA

Steering Committee

  • all proposals need to be in by 5:00
  • need to be typed or written legibly

Proposals

  • proposal: either 1) move one GA per week to 7:30 (Tues, Wed, or Thur), or 2) move GA to 7:30
    • rationale: some work or live in the suburbs, making it difficult to get here by 6:30
    • clarifying questions and concerns
    • discussion
      • some people can't make 7:30, so let's just move one
      • how about M, W, F 6:30, T, R 7:30
    • revised: just move Tues and Thurs to 7:30
    • discussion
      • there are 48 hours until the change; people have time to find out,
      • some people don't have Internet access
    • vote: 19:47
      • passes
  • proposal: Outreach Committee will start to design materials
    • source: Noah from Outreach
    • clarifying questions and concerns
      • please work with media
    • vote: 19:53
      • passes
  • proposal: Hold city-wide event "Night of 5000 potlucks" urge people all over to hold potlucks, offer them topics of discussion
  • revised: Fundraising Committee and other appropriate working groups be authorized to organize a mass-potluck sometime in next two weeks
    • clarifying questions and concerns
    • discussion
      • quantification sets us up for failure
      • mayor is the enemy
        • when you identify enemies, you start losing
        • we'll have to accept support of people far more distasteful than McGinn
      • save this for when we're bigger and more established
      • need to bring people in, not go there
        • many people won't come to Westlake
      • look at what's happening around the nation
        • some mayors send police to crack heads, McGinn is not. Work with him.
      • how does this benefit occupy movement
      • 1000 with seven people is 7000
      • what about a potluck or several in other locations around but not in people's houses
    • vote: 20:12
      • block: 1), not enough time to do it well 2) shouldn't affiliate with church council, 3) concerned about issues & feels like these will be watered down, 4) it's another consumerist
        • discussion
          • pot luck is already collective sharing;
          • lots of people are already homeless, maybe can include them somewhow, instead of naming groups, let individuals make such conections
          • proposal didn't remove
      • vote: 20:22
        • block stands; proposal failed
  • proposal: adopt principles of anti-oppression and accountability based on those from Occupy Boston
    • source: Accountability Working Group
    • rationale: were tasked with devising a policy for holding people who violate our values accountable; based on
    • based on Boston's statement
    • principles:
      • We are the 99% and our task is to unify the 99%. Unfortunately, we live in a society that is racist, sexist, classist, homophobic, and ridden with various other interconnected forms of repression.
      • As the Occupy Seattle community, we will consciously and urgently work on dismantling these systems of oppression in our movement. We are working on creating a comm unity where everyone's autonomy is respected, protected, and treated equally. We all have different levels of privilege that we strive to acknowledge and educate ourselves about, in order to ensure that these privileges are not used to oppress others. We want to have an inclusive atmosphere of ideas in which we do not police each others' thoughts, but we have absolutely no tolerance for oppressive or intimidating words or actions.
      • We do not accept any of the following in our community:
        • White supremacy (racism against people of color)
        • Patriarchy (sexism)
        • Ageism (oppression against youth and/or elders)
        • Heterosexism (oppression against LGBTQ people)
        • Transphobia
        • Anti-Arab sentiment (or Islamophobia)
        • Anti-Jewish sentiment
        • Religious intolerance or intolerance of non-religious people
        • Class oppression (classism)
        • Cultural intolerance
        • Oppression base don immigration status
        • Oppression based on experiences with the justice system
        • Disregard for indigenous autonomy
        • Oppression based on appearance or size
      • The following behaviors are also unacceptable:
        • Representing the Occupy Seattle movement to the media or to any other entity without approval of the general assembly
        • Negotiating with the police or the City without approval of the general assembly
        • Instigation of violence in all its forms, explicit or implicit, whether physical, emotional, sexual, verbal, written, graphical, or through indirect means such as calling the police on another person when one is not in imminent danger
      • Any violation of these principles will be dealt with through a community accountability process, to be described in a future Accountability Working Group proposal
    • clarifying questions and concerns
      • regarding media: I understand the sentiment, but requiring GA approval will result in missed opportunities; will be hampered by this requirement; I trust them to do their job
        • no intention of preventing people from speaking to the media individually, just when representing the movement as a whole
      • should state it in an affirmative manner
      • this blank check is concerning; maybe finish proposal and resubmit
      • distrusts media group, wants restrictions
      • Canadian Union of Public XXX has a simplified policy
      • we previously agreed that working groups exist to formulate proposals and work on things that need to be done, not do anything that affects the entire group without consensus; they do not speak for the group
      • representation (e.g., our elected leaders) is troublesome
    • vote: 20:53
      • block
        • We are Occupy Seattle
        • This statement of non-descrimination comes from Boston. They say things we don't say.
        • fundamental conflict is we are autonomous and do not take orders from hierarchical structure. Boston may have consensus on 99%$, non-violence
      • block
        • Consider a class like religion. To take one subclass but not another creates a perception that multiple subclasses are not equal.
        • Principal is that we come here together. Should base on classes, not subclasses.
      • vote: blocks overridden, proposal passes
  • proposal: march from here to space needle, then occupy the base
  • revised: working groups will consider other locations including but not limited to Space Needle
    • rationale: public place
    • concerns
      • Seattle Center, while more symbolic, not as good an area to gain traction and support for the movement. Mostly tourists, who are unlikely to participate.
        • primary goal: growth. Westlake Park does not facilitate it. Regarding tourists, many people there are locals from the suburbs. Grounds provide space for us to camp. There are many indoor buildings to potentially occupy. Many friendly non-profit groups. Can still rally here after removing tents.
      • Are you suggesting a move?
        • yes
      • This is not a good time to bring up moving. Let's hold Westlake for a week or more. Not allowed to sleep here. Just got tents today. Only have them because of intense cleaning today.
      • We need to grow, then can occupy both sites.
      • It's the wrong time to move the movement to Seattle Center. We're in the heart of the city now.
      • This idea requires more thought.
    • vote: 21:30
      • proposal failed

Announcements

  • presenter: Emily
    • just got back from Occupy Wall Street
    • wants to share; let's find a forum
    • saw how people can face fear by sticking together and reminding each other to stay calm in what we believe in
    • we defended park in New York like we did here because we remained calm and stuck together
    • sees similarities between problems we're having here and they had there surrounding anti-racism, etc.
  • presenter: ?
    • make list of people who are mobile and want to stop evictions on foreclosed homes
    • flash mob a place and stop bank from foreclosing on home they don't own
  • police liason
    • we had this discussion at tactical
    • must be tactical about who speaks to the police on our behalf
    • we're working on system of rotation of liasons
    • need to develop trust
  • discussion of anti-capitalism starting now
  • Rob with Outreach: having meeting Tuesday at 7pm to talk about earlier proposal for us to create documents (a.k.a. promotional materials). Have some stuff already written. If would like to provide input, come.
  • I believe in all of you. We are all equal. We love our families. We love life. I believe in occupying here and all over the city. Has map from Parks Dept of trail reconnecting city. Can use these to move.
  • We should march to Space Needle instead of occupying it.
  • Consider blocking bank entrances and divesting from stock market.
  • Russ: agenda group will meet 4pm near Romax. Please bring announcements in writintg. After 5pm tomorrow, will have to work extra hard to get items on the agenda.

Adjourned 21:45