General Assembly Minutes 20 OCT 2011 (11 AM)

Main Facilitator and Stack Facilitator: Joe. Minutes: Treesong.

GENERAL DISCUSSION

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

  • The main facilitator explained our consensus decision-making process.

Summary of Minutes of Previous General Assembly

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Take care of yourselves and stay well! It’s better to take a little time off for self-care than to get sick and be out for a few days.
  • Dishes: People at the occupation site can bring their mugs/dishes inside together whenever the next person is headed that way. If we’re at Gaia House, though, everyone is encouraged to wash their own dishes in order to keep the building clean and limit the need for bigger dishwashing sessions.
  • Jason is bringing the WDBX Spin Party to Gaia House this afternoon at about 4:30.
  • Jason is offering to buy spaghetti to go with our tomato sauce.
  • An individual who refused to identify himself stopped by the occupation site during our General Assembly. Someone present said that they recognized him as the Dean of Students. This person stopped by to announce that he is “disappointed” and feels our canopies violate the agreement with the administration because rain is not immanent. Discussion ensued. Someone pointed out that it was raining last night and the canopies were still up from the previous night because of this. Several present said they had not seen forecasts yet for today and tonight. There was also discussion as to whether or not the document printed up by the administration accurately reflected the outcome of the meeting(s) with the administration and the consensus decisions of Occupy Carbondale. Independent of that question, though, people present seemed to agree that still having canopies up from last night was not a violation of the agreement. If it is, this is a grey area that needs to be contested/clarified. How soon after the rain must we disassemble the canopies? Why is there a specific timeframe for this?
  • The Daily Egyptian featured an article about the tent eviction.

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: Remove the side tarp from the canopy but leave the canopy up for now.

  • Discussion: The side tarp is easy to add or remove ¬†and it’s not currently raining so we may as well remove the side tarp.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Take down canopy for now during sunshine. Put back up tonight

  • RESPONSE: Two blocks
  • Discussion: signifies our space. Taking both tarps and tents down would be too much concession. We were not spoken to respecfully about the issues.
  • TEMPORARY RECESS. We decided to take a temporary recess because a class full of students came by to visit the occupation site and learn about what is happening here. We broke up into small groups, with one or two Occupy Carbondale participants in each small group to talk about what Occupy Carbondale is from our own perspective. The response seemed friendly and positive. Then we resumed our General Assembly.
  • RESPONSE: Majority block
  • Discussion: We are open to removing the canopies if asked to. We specifically asked if the person who visited our site was asking us to remove the canopies. He said that he was not asking us to do so and simply restated that he feels we are violating a previous agreement with the administration.

PROPOSAL: Form a Minutes Committee to share minutes-keeping duties and discuss the best ways to take and distribute General Assembly minutes.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus
  • Discussion: If you are interested in the Minutes Committee, please contact Treesong.

PROPOSAL: Make an official statement that we need more people between 7 am and 11 am.

  • Discussion: There are a lot of people going by during the morning rush who may see small numbers during this morning period and assume that we are small in number. We can promote this time through Facebook events and our Occupy Carbondale website.
  • MODIFIED PROPOSAL: Although we’re asking people to be out here at all times, we request that more people who support Occupy Carbondale come to the occupation site between 7 am and 11 am to show their support.
  • RESPONSE TO MODIFIED PROPOSAL: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Rename the Media Committee to the Media and Tech Committee.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

SUMMARY OF CONSENSUS

  • Remove the side tarp from the canopy but leave the canopy up for now.
  • Form a Minutes Committee to share minutes-keeping duties and discuss the best ways to take and distribute General Assembly minutes.
  • Although we’re asking people to be out here at all times, we request that more people who support Occupy Carbondale come to the occupation site between 7 am and 11 am to show their support.
  • Rename the Media Committee to the Media and Tech Committee.
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