General Assembly Minutes 19 OCT 2011 (7 PM)

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

GENERAL DISCUSSION

MISSED GENERAL ASSEMBLY: On the morning of October 19, 2011, our occupation site was subjected to a “tent eviction” by the SIUC Department of Public Safety. Due to this significant disruption of the occupation site, ┬áthose of us present at the tent eviction decided by consensus to forego the 11 am General Assembly and postpone further deliberation until the 7 pm General Assembly. In the interim, we held several impromptu assemblies to make consensus decisions about the day’s conflicts with the SIUC administration.

SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS: The main facilitator proposed that in light of the unusual day, we modify tonight’s General Assembly order of business to include a special discussion session.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • We have 700+ plus supporters on Facebook.
  • After General Assembly, we would like help moving blankets to the canopies so that people can stay warm.
  • Tod Kington introduced himself and offered his support as nonviolence trainer. If anyone would like to take him up on this suggestion, Treesong has his contact information.
  • We are allowed to stay out here on the occupation site but not allowed to sleep. Sleeping on campus may lead to suspension/expulsion for students and arrest for non-students.
  • One of the others complaints from Tod Sigler of the SIUC Department of Public Safety was a complaint about food being left. Please ensure that no food is left sitting around unattended.
  • Be aware that there may be agitators who have come to disrupt our occupation. Counterpoint: be aware that introducing fear and mistrust is also a disruption tactic, so worrying about it may be counterproductive.

SPECIAL DISCUSSION

The goal of this special discussion session was to discuss ideas surrounding immediate short term concerns as well as the overall future of Occupy Carbondale. This explored a wide variety of topics, including potential proposals.

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: For tonight, stay on Gaia House land but continue our ongoing occupation on campus with the two canopies. Our existing night shift sign-up will become a sign-up for people who will be at the occupation site.

 

  • RESPONSE: Consensus
  • Discussion: Since there was one block, we had a brief discussion after consensus. This lead to a clarification of the proposal stating that the number of 3 campers that had been mentioned was a suggested minimum, not a suggested total.

PROPOSAL: Demand that SIUC revoke its no sleeping and no camping policy. If this policy is not revoked, demand the firing of Rita Cheng.

 

  • Discussion: Wait and draft response.
  • MODIFIED PROPOSAL: Form a “Free Sleep Committee” to formulate a statement and action plan related to the sleeping on campus issue.
  • RESPONSE TO MODIFIED PROPOSAL: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Have a highly visible outdoor encampment at Gaia House rather than spending time indoors discussing and sleeping.

  • Discussion: Where each person sleeps can simply left up to the individual. There is no need for a formal proposal beyond the previous one.
  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn
PROPOSAL: If the General Assembly sends a representative to the SIUC administration or others groups, the General Assembly will: (A) rotate which representatives we send; (B) strive for diversity in who we are sending as representatives; (C) require those who are sent to check with the General Assembly as to what is to be discussed; and (D) not empower the representatives to make any decisions since such decisions must be made by the General Assembly.
  • Discussion: The exact formulation of this proposal was developed after discussion and several amendments in order to create the proposal as listed.
  • RESPONSE: CONSENSUS

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

SUMMARY OF CONSENSUS

  • For tonight, stay on Gaia House land but continue our ongoing occupation on campus with the two canopies. Our existing night shift sign-up will become a sign-up for people who will be at the occupation site.
  • Form a “Free Sleep Committee” to formulate a statement and action plan related to the sleeping on campus issue.
  • If the General Assembly sends a representative to the SIUC administration or others groups, the General Assembly will: (A) rotate which representatives we send; (B) strive for diversity in who we are sending as representatives; (C) require those who are sent to check with the General Assembly as to what is to be discussed; and (D) not empower the representatives to make any decisions since such decisions must be made by the General Assembly.
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