General Assembly Minutes 17 OCT 2011 (11 AM)

Main Facilitator: Nick. Stack Facilitator: Meghan. Minutes: Treesong.

GENERAL DISCUSSION

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

  • Nick used a spoken word version of the consensus song from St. Louis to explain consensus process.

Summary of Minutes of Previous General Assembly

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The media committee is planning on creating a YouTube channel and Twitter account for Occupy Carbondale.

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: The Media Committee will create official YouTube and Twitter accounts for Occupy Carbondale.

  • Further Discussion: We may already have a Twitter. This will be verified.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: If people are using verbally abusive language on our online media, online media admins can remove their posts.

  • Further Discussion: What qualifies as verbally abusive speech? Specifically, hate speech. What qualifies as hate speech? This should be decided on before such a proposal is enacted.
  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn

PROPOSAL: Define group meals times at which people are invited to each together.

  • Further Discussion: This is something the Food Committee can do without formal consensus.
  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn

PROPOSAL: After each nighttime General Assembly, we will have a daily sign-up for security shifts for that night.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: We adopt the official statement of the Occupy St. Louis General Assembly regarding hate speech. [The Fifth Official Statement of the Occupy St. Louis General Assembly.]

  • “There are various forms of oppression embedded within the dominant culture and in the socio-political and economic systems of this country. As a community which seeks to build power and gain momentum through consensus-based decision-making and respectful social relations, we stand in opposition to the way in which our society privileges some people over others. We want to create an inclusive atmosphere of ideas in which we do not police each other’s thoughts, but we have absolutely no tolerance for oppressive or intimidating words or actions. Though our aim is to encourage and foster creative debate, we do not tolerate any form of discrimination based on actual or perceived  race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, education, nationality, religion, ethnicity or abilities within our occupied space.”
  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Do not use tents at our occupation site, instead, have people be awake or in sleeping bag without tent.

  • Further Discussion: Some other Occupy sites such as Occupy Wall Street do not use tents. Tents reduce visibility of people who are sleeping in them [is the tent empty or full?] and increase chance of legal difficulty. Ironically, during this discussion, we were approached by a university official and decided to withdraw this proposal for further discussion.
  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn

PROPOSAL: Allow Tod Sigler, Director of the SIUC Department of Public Safety, address the General Assembly.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus
  • Further Discussion: Tod Sigler approached the General Assembly and asked to speak to us. After a minute or two of process, we put forward a proposal and invited him to address the General Assembly. He stated that the administration of SIUC does not object per se to the presence of an ongoing demonstration on the SIUC campus. However, they do not want to set a precedent for people camping in tents on campus. He expressed a general concern for public health and safety, stating that even if our particular group made an effort to maintain a safe and healthy site, it would set a precedent for others who may not do so.

PROPOSAL: Publicize the General Assembly’s discussion with a representative of the SIUC administration and call for discussion and deliberation at tonight’s General Assembly.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

SUMMARY OF CONSENSUS

  • The media committee will create an official YouTube & Twitter account for Occupy Carbondale.
  • After each nighttime General Assembly, we will have a daily sign-up for security shifts for that night.
  • We adopt the official statement of the Occupy St. Louis General Assembly regarding hate speech. [The Fifth Official Statement of the Occupy St. Louis General Assembly.]
  • We allowed Tod Sigler, Director of the SIUC Department of Public Safety, to address the General Assembly.
  • We will publicize the General Assembly’s discussion with a representative of the SIUC administration and call for discussion and deliberation at tonight’s General Assembly.
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