General Assembly notes 10/23

Occupy Seattle General Assembly

  • Date/time: 2011-10-23 18:35
  • Location: Westlake Park
  • Minutes taken by: Phil Mocek
  • Audio archive: http://www.archive.org/details/OccupySeattleGeneralAssembly2011-10-23

Facilitation Team

  • Facilitator: Ian
  • Time keeper: Jamie
  • Taking stack: Val
  • Agenda: Chase
  • Orientation: Nicholas

Campers

  • Kristen
    • Had a good time last night. At Westlake Park, couple people, as a non-violent protest, set their sleeping bags near the police. Many people joined by placing their sleeping bags out. She left at 5am, and the cops had not done anything about this. Doesn't know the reason (weekend, press?), but was awesome. We talked, debated, then slept.
  • ?
    • Those of us who try to stay here every night can't sleep. Can't lay down, can't sleep on a blanket or put one under us.
  • ?
    • Consistent pattern: After about 2:30, police allow blankets and laying on the ground.
  • ?
    • Was one of the people sleeping with blankets in front of police. Was fun. Please join tonight.
  • ?
    • Loves sleeping outside.
  • ?
    • Thanks those who are metaphorically keeping the fire burning, camping down here under increasingly-difficult circumstances (declining weather, declining number of people staying). Has stayed overnight, can't do it all the time, appreciates those who are here.
  • Kellen
    • Concern among people with whom he's mingled: Seems there are dividing factions. Not necessarily opposing, but dividing. Is a contingency of people who view the occupation of Seattle as being an intentional community for the purpose of building consensus among individuals and as a group with the vision of building a movement for justice. Other faction seems to be those who have in mind to simply reform our current structures. He doesn't see these as oppositional viewpoints, but this is causing conflict. Hopes we can understand each other and where we're coming from.
  • Chris
    • Wonders if there are plans in motion to get permits to continue camping at Westlake Park. Any acts in motion to relieve stress from police so some of us can get some sleep.
      • We've been engaging in direct action opposing the police harassment. Has proven effective to use lights shining in the eyes of police officers as they do to us. They often turn off their lights after persistent light warfare.
  • Ellie
    • Read on Seattle City Council website that a motion will be voted on Monday, October 31, in support of Occupy Seattle. We have an excellent chance of winning that vote. If McGinn wants a second term, he needs to support us. We're wasting lots of energy fighting the cops. We need a home like Portland's so we can build our movement, come together as a community.
    • Denny Park might be good home for us. Envisions as an interim measure, being like Nickelsville (very sustainable, safe, intentional, positive). Denny Park could be good.
  • Linda
    • This is an occupation. Do we really need permits? She doesn't think so.
  • ?
    • Westlake is excellent front line. Excellent visibility. Great forward operating base. Terrible command post. Cannot sustain command post here. Does not want to open another debate in what has been a very positive start to GA.
    • Let's keep Westlake as front line, forward operating base. Let's find another place for command post.
    • Good general does not throw all resources to the front line, but holds some in reserve. We should do this, and we should do it before La Nina winter comes and makes it miserable for us. Weather will be bigger enemy than police and permits. Those days are only days away.
  • ?
    • There is possibility of office/conference center at 3rd Ave and Union, at Seattle Sustainability Campaign.
    • Suggests finding when City Council vote happens so we can be there to support.
  • Doc
    • Really loves seeing us here.
    • Insurgency that we launched has no arrests, great coverage.
    • If can risk arrest and have fun, please see him.
    • Still needs folks who can be disposable for peaceful disobedience.
  • ?
    • Rode down on bike, locked to garbage can by police van. Now it's gone.
  • Jonathon
    • Energy is real. Many young people don't believe our numbers will grow large enough to make a difference.  Awareness is necessary for change.
  • Loree
    • Hasn't camped here but her spirit is here. Supports us and agrees that we need to establish a base. Need to be here because this is what we're fighting against. Need to stay peaceful and know that we don't need physical bodies to be here. Millions of people support us. Remember this when times get rough.

Working group announcements

  • time: 19:05

Internet Communications Working Group

  • Stian
    • We have a calendar (http://occupyseattle.org/calendar). We do not filter events, does not have to be an official Occupy Seattle event. Is for direct actions, work groups, and other events in the spirit of our movement. Instructions can be found on the calendar page.
    • E-mail address: OccupySeattleICT@gmail.com
      • Contact if you'd like them to do something or volunteer. To expedite, Include as much detail as possible.

Tactical Working Group

  • Peter
    • Joint statement from: Process and Facilitation, Food, Outreach, ICT, Tactical, Peace and Safety, Medical, Legal
    • Occupants of Westlake and the working groups which provide support to Westlake have continuously expressed desire for additional and stable base camp. Around 15 locations are being seriously scrutinized for their tactical and logistical advantages. To best prepare ourselves for this transition and maintain the advantage of surprise, we are not at this time announcing the names of these locations. Instead, we will share the list of tactical priorities against which these locations will be judged. Wednesday, we will provide an important update on how the proposal and possible establishment of this base camp will proceed. Stress that this is meant to be short-term and interim solution while gathering strength for next long-term steps.
    • Requests:
      • two reps from each working group attend 5pm inter-team meetings held daily this week
      • feedback on priorities:
        • legal implications of the site
        • 24-hour access to and display of tents at the site
        • water access
        • defensibility
        • shelter from the elements
        • public gathering space
        • nearby public transportation
        • ideal space for camping and facilities for waste management
      • patience while they determine which locations can actually support our supply, medical, and other logistical necessities
    • as soon as possible, within days, an actionable solution will be brought for proposal
    • encourage to go to second floor Westlake Mall food court where tactical meets if would like to discuss and share other site priorities
    • discussion
      • Was not a joint statement
        • Yes, it was
          • please join people after GA for further clarification

Livestream Working Group

  • Jake
    • Got the Mayor to commit to interview with livestreamers
      • will be next week, exact date TBA
      • to submit questions for the Mayor, give to Ian after GA by tomorrow
      • discussion
        • Will Media provide questions?
          • response from Ian: He'll select them, as he will conduct interview, but won't attempt to censor

Process and Facilitation Working Group

  • Ed
    • proposals for streamlining GA to come this week: (announcing early to facilitate development and revision)
      • all proposals announced one day in advance so they can be discussed, revised prior to announcement at GA
      • general assemblies nightly, but decisions made only on four of them, leaving three for open-ended discussions like we had last night
        • decision nights Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, others: no proposals, no decisions
        • come talk to them 4:30pm by Romax

Money out of Politics Working Group

  • Chris
    • new working group, will meet Sundays at 3pm by See's Candies
    • Had discussion about getting money out of politics

Demands Working Group

  • Justin
    • working on first possible demand
      • City of Seattle holds lots of money in multiple banks, particularly Wells Fargo. Considering proposal demanding that City Council withdraw or at least really consider getting out of Wells Fargo.
        • Will be discussing for a while.
    • find Demands group, usually meet 4pm daily (every weekday and some weekends), in front of See's Candies or third floor of Westlake Mall (little nook on the side, explore to find)

Peace and Safety Working Group

  • Cameron
    • Working on recruitment of members. Need more.
      • Need enough people to have two people here to represent P&S at all times.
      • Need people at City Hall Plaza, too, to deal with theft, etc.
    • Meet by Peace Tree, third south of Pine Street
    • Yesterday's march was peaceful
      • Was it? Police beating with bikes?
        • March divided
          • Group that broke off: Peace and Safety members were there to get them back with the rest of the crowd, slowly, peacefully, one-by-one.

Occupy Halloween Working Group

  • Jake
    • Next weekend, Saturday, will kick off Occupy Halloween.
      • encourages us, our families, particularly with kids, to come down wearing our message
        • bankster, corporate zombie, Captain Credit Untion
      • noon until 10pm
      • costume contests hourly, chances to talk about costumes and why here
      • bring punch pie, pumpkin soup
      • every creative idea does not need approval; just do it

Sanitation Committee

  • ?
    • good news: square looks great
    • bad news: for immediate future, porta-potties not feasible. Very expensive. Way more than a box you poop in should be.
    • need volunteers to research sustainable, homemade, do-it-yourself, porta-potties
      • meet by dumpsters after GA

Politics Working Group

  • Andrew
    • started WG yesterday, but didn't hang around for people to join
    • please read news, find scandals and interesting stuff
    • meet after GA
    • Bank of America is lining up for another bailout; may be taking trillion if they take a dive. November 5 is take your money out of banks event country-wide. Let's put two and two together.

Medical Working Group

  • ?
    • Had teach-in on psychological first aid and activist self-care
    • download your own at http://growing-hope.com/articles/pfaactivist-pocket-guide or http://bit.ly/oCSBVn
    • encourage radical self-reliance
    • happy to help, happier when you help yourself
    • If you use incense, make cigarette smoke, or wear personal scent products, be aware that this prevents others from participating in GA and other activities. Please do elsewhere.
    • tweeting health, safety, and wellness @occupyhealthy

?

  • Elvina
    • Wore tent as costume. Some cops laughed, others were angered. Was creative act of civil disobedience.
    • Will go tomorrow in costume to Bank Of America to interview bankers.
      • Would like to simultaneously have people wrap the entrance of Bank of America in crime scene tape
        • needs help with this
      • please meet next to Peace Tree after GA to discuss annoying Bank of America

Proposals

  • time: 19:33
  • proposal: Resolved: Before this assembly, we are Occupy Seattle. No change to this name shall happen except by a unanimous vote of a scheduled meeting of the general assembly.
    • restated: (same)
    • presenter: Chris
    • discussion
      • ? – Thinks that this proposal goes against the principals of the GA because it concerns future and already-made proposals. Proposals like this should be blocked because it is probably referring to the People of Color's proposal to rename. It's a passive-aggressive move. Bring it up in context of those proposals.
      • ? – This proposal is unnecessary because block can cause requirement of 4/5 supermajority. Requiring unanimity is not necessary. Voted to keep name, but doesn't like this proposal.
        • response: still feels that we are Occupy Seattle
      • ? – Idea that we could pass something by simple majority that would require a unanimous decision of something later on is completely undemocratic. Sorry, bad idea.
      • ? – We are movement building. This means there is potential for name to change, not just here but nationally. Movements always change names. Cannot predict the future.
      • ? – This is a way to dampen dissent. This is the way the Republicans try to deal with Democrats in Congress. This is completely undemocratic. Would prefer we not use this as a way to talk about same issue again.
      • ? – When Occupy Seattle started and name was chosen, it was by small group of people for sake of convenience. Was not general consensus of people of Seattle.
        • response: However, it's the right name. We are Occupy Seattle.
      • ? – Name "Occupy Seattle" leaves the purpose for people gathering here broad and general. By changing the name we then label the people who come here as part of something other than what they came here for. By leaving it Occupy Seattle, make it clear to others that this is a place we chose to occupy so we can form our own groups and tackle problems.
        • response: change would cause problems with media, Internet, etc.
      • point of order: we're voting on whether to change conditions required to change name, not on changing name
      • ? – Agrees not with the proposal, but with the spirit of it. Was here for previous discussion. Lots of mean things said on both sides. Fracturing movement in other cities. Seeks proposal some other night for dealing with painful, contentious issues in GA.
      • point of process: proposer should use people's microphone
      • point of process: facilitator asked for supporting comments, aren't any, we're calling for vote
    • vote
      • time: 19:57
        • clear majority opposed; proposal fails
  • proposal: mass move to SCCC this weekend, with preparation all week
    • restated: begin mass occupation, indefinitely, at Seattle Central Community College on Saturday night, with tents, and prepare for it this week
    • restated: begin mass, indefinite, occupation at Seattle Central Community college on Saturday night, with tents, and prepare for it all week.
    • restated: (same)
    • rationale: Know that some groups are preparing alternatives, but if we really want to move this Saturday when we have mass support, need to start the process tonight. Courage of people holding Westlake Park is appreciated. Simply having heart is not enough. Simply having smart tactics against the police is not enough. Need to wage broader political battle to gain support to put pressure on authority figures who are sending cops to try to destroy our movement. Will be easier to pressure President of Seattle Central than to pressure the Mayor. Battle we may be able to win for the reasons:
      • already know that President of SCCC does not support us
        • this is because he supports interests of the 1%
      • however, already have mass base among faculty, students, staff
      • student walkout last week had largest from SCCC
      • many students support this movement; to keep it alive we should support them
      • not proposing to abandon Westlake; GA is still here unless we decide otherwise later
        • need to focus on direct action against financial institutions downtown
        • need home base from which to launch those
      • word already going out from clubs on campus, online publications, print publications
    • discussion
      • Nicole – Tactical is doing lots of work investigating all the things we need. If we go there without the support of SCCC President, where will we cook, use restroom? Still cold in grass at Seattle Central. Would like to wait for Tactical report before moving from one temporary place to another. Can we try not to plan multiple events on same night (e.g., big move when there's a big party that night)
        • proposer: clarification: President does not support, but have faculty support
      • Justin from Demands – would split us, change from movement people identify with to a mob. Would lose people, preclude political victory.
      • ? – 10th day here, at least 15 hours a day here, but doesn't sleep here. Wants to do stuff, not wait around. Wants child care, things Portland has. If this has most support, really wants to do it.
        • proposer: Appreciates work Tactical is doing. Saw some of their research. Criteria are good. SCCC meets may of them.
          • visibility, immediate logistical support, people nearby (residential areas nearby), people watching at night, so if cops try to do something, there is more visibility than here. Still close to downtown. Can use building * need to focus on direct action against financial institutions downtown
      • ? – Likes Capitol Hill, but knows people there are generally down with what we're doing. People coming home from work won't detour through Capitol Hill.
        • proposer: flash mobs, outreach
      • Lady Gaga – Member of LGBTQI community. Lots of support on Capitol Hill.
      • ? – as stated earlier, Westlake is a good front line. Need operating base. SCCC has history of movements. Black Panthers and Oriental Student Unions have occupied SCCC in past.
      • ? – Does not support SCCC for long-term (grass, mud, bad drainage, small, bad part of town). But is great idea to occupy for Halloween. Best part of town for Halloween.
      • ? – Dislikes for multiple reasons: 1) President not on board. Trading one place we're unwelcome for another where we're unwelcome. 2) Have group evaluating 15 places we could move. SCCC is on that list. If it turns out to be optimal, is worthy of consideration. But if we move too early, could shoot ourselves in the foot. 3) Heard police are already looking around SCCC. Not as secure as might think.
        • There's continuous support there.
      • ? – Supports for multiple reasons: 1) Boost in numbers, 2) Youth culture of Capitol Hill will bolster and support us. 3) Numbers of people of color will be boosted.
      • ? – For movement to continue need to move. Wants to hear from Tactical. Excited about moving. Notes that most important thing about movement is not where spend night but how we spend our activities. Need place we can organize, pull our money out of credit unions, etc.
      • Seattle Central is closer to Westlake than you might think. Keep it in mind. People there are moving around at all hours. Not so at Westlake. Safer there overnight when police try to evict. Downtown is harder to defend than Capitol Hill. Capitol Hill is more residential. But it's still commercial area, not as much so as Westlake, but still banks and big businesses there.
      • ? – From Legal: If we make move to occupy both SCCC and Westlake, Legal does not have resources to support two locations of unwanted occupations, just one.
        • proposer: Not about dividing forces, about joining forces up there. About moving base camp, not where GA is.
      • ? – Favors. Urgent because: Showed two Saturdays ago that we can successfully occupy Westlake in face of police harassment, but requires hundreds of people. Don't have hundreds here during week. Numbers are dwindling. If we don't take action soon, likely that occupation will be broken up. SCCC provides numerous tactical advantages. More defendable, easier to get larger turnout. Need time to mobilize there. Saturday is the best day to make a move, because we're likely to have mass turnout on Saturday, could then march to SCCC. It's vital for GA to rapidly decide so word can get out and students and staff can start building active base.
      • ? – It's raining now. Reality is that weather is not on our side. Weather getting worse. Police harassment getting worse. Nationally, police are cracking down fiercely, particularly on expansions to new locations. We need to expand immediately — this Saturday — to build huge occupation at SCCC. Understands ongoing WG discussions. All of us here have great tactical minds, have been discussing it every day at Westlake. Is absolutely essential that as democratic body we not be paralyzed by decision until midweek for something we should start tonight. so we can have feet on the ground tomorrow at SCCC.
    • vote
      • time: 20:32
        • majority favors, proposal passes
      • blocks (2)
        • ? – Not blocking the fundamental principle of occupation, is blocking the proposal partially because of issues on CH due to noise and alcohol prevention. Would need to stop at a certain time to respect the neighbors.
        • ? – Concerned with lack of actionable plan. Main problem with proposal is that without Food, Tactical, Medical, or other work groups talked to to figure out logistics, this plan, even with good intentions, can burn and die. Let's table until tomorrow.
          • point of process: This does not raise issues of core principles.
            • Lacks actionable plan. Without such, is not complete plan.
          • point of process: note that of numerous GA's, blockers are male socialized folks and facilitators stick to point of process when dissent is expressed, but rarely otherwise.
          • point of process: should vote on block, not on proposal again
        • discussion
          • Regarding second block: Main concern is that we haven't given this time, and Tactics has not discussed. Was with Tactics today. They spent five hours discussing it. Can't say what they decided, but has spent 80 hours over last week working to make this occupation successful at SCCC. Nothing is guaranteed. Was just at City Hall last night; it's a nightmare; that's guaranteed. We must take risks.
          • Values opinion of those voting against. This idea has most support so far. If you think we need to move, even if you have questions about viability of location, if you put faith in workgroups, we'll need 4/5 support to stop standing in the rain.
          • Wisdom of general assembly will be followed, and work groups should follow lead of general assembly. If we decide to move to SCCC Saturday, WG's can start now to come up with actionable plan. GA should rule. People should rule.
          • If we were to vote to move to Oregon and told the workgroups tomorrow, they'd have problems. Wants us to move so we can stop discussing this, but wants plan first.
          • Perspective: Winter is coming. Opposition thinks that will end our occupation. Reminds us that in 1999 we were tear-gased and shot with rubber bullets for trying to occupy places in Seattle, but Central de La Rossa, Day star Center, and Central Area Motivation Center were abandoned buildings that people occupied. Wherever we go, if we occupy, this is civil disobedience. Will be pressured, will be harassed. Get used to it. Stay together long enough so that this will become national movement so that cities can act in unison. Imagine cities across the nation marching to Bank of America at the same time.
        • vote
          • time: 21:00
          • 89 for, 24 against. Blocked. Proposal fails.
            • In order to pass block, needed 4/5 majority, which is 80%. Rounding up, had 79%.
            • Had five independent counts. Proposers are invited to resubmit tomorrow.
  • proposal: Without a definite time for the move, relocate to Cal Anderson Park
    • rationale: This location offers many of the advantages of the previous motion (move to SCCC), plus one: With private institution such as SCCC, these places are not democratic. Ultimately, there is only one vote that counts: that of the institution's president. SCCC president is not on board. Would be easy for president to declare us trespassers and evict us. At Cal Anderson Park, would be in public space, without annoying detail of being evicted by university president.
    • discussion
      • ? – If you vote no, spend the night here. While you're voting and proposing, he's freezing his ass off, and wants to sleep in a tent.
      • ? – Proposer raised concern that SCCC president is not on our side. This is political movement. Establishment of city, country, or any college, will not be on our side, but that's not our goal. We're an occupation, not a camping group. Clear tactical advantage of SCCC over Cal Anderson is that we have support of students, faculty, and staff. Cal Anderson Park is potential location for overflow or joined with SCCC.
        • There is no president of the park so we can not be so co-opted as with where we need support of president.
      • ? – Correct, no president of park. But is mayor, same mayor who sent police to us. He'll send them to Cal Anderson. Have no illusions about the president of SCCC, is getting pressure from students, faculty. This is related to the proposal because case was built in relation to last proposal more than in relation to Westlake.
      • ? – Impetus for mayor's actions here are different than they would be on Capitol Hill. We do not have the support of this neighborhood. They hate us here. That's why they are calling City Hall and demanding that the Mayor get rid of us. Capitol Hill likes us. We will not experience same conditions there as here.
      • Vince – Feels that there is much speculation about how mayor thinks. We'd be trading one park for anther and creating a mud field. Has proposer investigated possibility of permits?
        • response: No. We need to coordinate this properly rather than rushing willy-nilly anywhere. Wants time to prepare our move. Would like eventual destination to be Cal Anderson Park.
      • ? – Is student at SCCC. Is one of 99%. Students there fighting tuition hikes, cuts in transportation. Will we support students or leave to go to Cal Anderson.
      • point of process – Previous speaker introduced herself as time keeper. One of the hardest parts about being part of facilitation team is withholding from participation during the GA.
        • she was replaced, didn't know she'd be excluded from participation
      • Is it so difficult for students at SCCC to cross Broadway to Cal Anderson? Is distance so great that they cannot manage to land at the park? Thinks not.
      • Cal Anderson Park is a water main for Capitol Hill [note: it's a covered reservoir]. City is unlikely to allow camping there under any circumstances.
      • Katelyn – Permit or no permit is not the issue. We don't need a permit. Reasons we blocked and reason didn't pass move to SCCC were not changed or addressed by proposing we move to Cal Anderson.
        • proposer: Devised proposal before learning of proposal to move to SCCC. Some of language matches because previous proposal was fresh in his mind.
      • point of process – Concerned that we are so few as not to be representative. Suggests proposer table proposal.
        • proposer: Will table. Suggests we exhaust remainder of alloted time to discussion, then table.
      • ? – Two weeks ago, considered Cal Anderson Park, and thinks it's a bitchin' idea. Does some things we don't want, though. Solidifies us in people's minds as white movement, not for people of color.
        • proposer: There, would be closer to Central District, with large diversity. It's within walking distance of Cal Anderson Park. Westlake Park is not.
      • ? – Last week, his grandfather offered his house for sleepy, sick, or tired people who have been here a long time. If you're in that condition, please go with him to grandfather's house.
      • ? – City has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars upgrading facilities there. This presents problems.
        • proposer: Amongst those facilities are restrooms that are pleasant and rather pleasant
          • proposer: There, would be closer to Central District, with large diversity. It's within walking distance of Cal Anderson Park. Westlake Park is not.
      • ? – Last week, his grandfather offered his house for sleepy, sick, or tired people who have been here a long time. If you're in that condition, please go with him to grandfather's house.
      • ? – City has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars upgrading facilities there. This presents problems.
        • proposer: Amongst those facilities are restrooms that are permanent and rather pleasant. More restrooms are available by taking the sidewalk to a nearby bar. Mall at Westlake closes at 10pm. Porta-potties are gone. Facilities at Cal Anderson park are argument for moving there.
      • ? – Buy Nothing Day (day after Thanksgiving) as well as Christmas is coming soon. Keep this in mind.
      • ? – Constitutionally, we do not need a permit to assemble in public and express our views. When someone makes proposal and brings up issue of permit, we should tackle this. Mayor's political position, not understand Constitutional law, is unacceptable. Considering proposal to recall elected officials to be removed from office for not respecting Constitutional law.
        • proposer: Washington is not California. Not legal to recall elected officials in this state yet. May need ballot issue.
        • proposer: He didn't bring up permit. It's not in his proposal, precisely because this is an occupation. SCCC is private property. Owner has right to toss us. Not so in public place. No right of public assembly on private property.
      • ? – Has not slept at Westlake, but last she checked, occupying is not about sleeping. As a group, should get smart about occupying and make other plans for sleeping as needed. Talking about moving to anywhere has little to do with an occupation. Let's organize, share burden of occupying space, and focus on finding solutions to problems facing our nation instead of just facing problems of sleeping at Westlake.
        • proposer: Most visible sign of this movement are the tents. Call it a trademark. Can argue the philosophy of whether we should be sleeping in those tents. Central gist of this protest is sleeping in those tents.
      • Alvina – Regarding tents: Can get around this by wearing our tents as costumes. Need more fun.
    • proposal tabled

Announcements

  • Doc
    • Last insurgence was unsuccessful. Needs video. Needs communications. Please help.
  • Mark
    • Circulating petition that Mayor respect our First Amendment right to assemble and to protect ourselves while doing so.
      • See change.org "Hands off Seattle Protesters" http://www.change.org/petitions/mayor-of-seattle-hands-off-occupy-seattle-protesters
      • Demands that Mayor call off the cops and allow us to peacefully assemble here or elsewhere.
  • Cee
    • On second day here.
    • This is beautiful. Everyone gets chance to speak, and this is rare.
    • Has asthma, getting a cold.
    • People are smoking. They have a right to do so, but she has right to breathe and is having difficulty doing so because smoke drifts in.
    • Wants to be here long enough for the vote so she'll know where we're going.
    • She's here for the long haul.
    • Wants to know who's doing workshops. Willing to co-teach.
    • Has had civil disobedience training in past, but is rusty and needs to update skills.
    • Was WTO organizer. Attended Evergreen. They shut it down. Can do it again.
  • ?
    • Saturday's protest (October 29) is vital. Is national day of action. Let's take full advantage of that to get mass turnout this weekend at noon. Suggests this go up urgently on website and Facebook page. Let's build support and get thousands here.
  • ?
    • People at City Hall Plaza request support, particularly between 10pm and 3am. If able to wander down to City Hall Plaza, they'd love to see you. Have restrooms and hot water.
  • ? with IBAW
    • IBAW has campaign in support of victims of sexual trauma and PTSD, to empower them to refuse re-deployment and to receive quality care.
  • ?
    • Local AFL-CIO has endorsed petition, sending out to affiliates for signatures
    • No matter where we are, Mayor can sick cops on us.
  • ?
    • Lots of good discussion and conflict at GA. Difficult to have them at this venue. Talking to people about doing day of visioning Saturday so we can discuss different visions of what this can be. Idea: send out communications to solicit submissions of papers with ideas, paper them all over Westlake, then come down and sit by them and talk to people. Meet by hot dog stand after GA.
  • ?
    • If our movement is successful, everyone here will have needs. Please bring demands that are important to you.

Adjourned 21:49

One Response to General Assembly notes 10/23

  • forgetwho says:

    I live in Southern Oregon. I spent 6 days at Occupy Portland but have been back home for the past week and have been following Portland and Seattle events online since then. I just want to compliment you on the quality of these notes – I don’t think I’ve ever seen clearer, more comprehensive notes. Thanks!