General Assembly Minutes 20 OCT 2011 (7 PM)

Main Facilitator: Katy. Stack Facilitator: Meghan. Minutes: Kara.

GENERAL DISCUSSION

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

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

Summary of Minutes of Previous General Assembly

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Danielle has been invited to another classroom to speak to students about #OC on Thursday and is looking for other people who might be interested in joining her.
  • There will be a yoga class held here Sunday afternoon at 4pm for all who are interested.
  • Joe is offering another opportunity for some people to speak to students in a Cultural Diversity class on Tues/Thurs at 11am.
  • It was suggested that we get in touch with the Women’s Center for some outreach in the community.
  • In regards to the tarp incident that happened Wednesday, Todd Sigler, Director of the SIUC Department of Public Safety, has stated that the University will reimburse people for any property that was damaged.
  • Officer Mathis sends greetings from across the street.
  • Just a heads up that the music needs to be turned down before 10 pm. Thanks to Jason for bringing out the equipment today so we could have some tunes!
  • We have been seeing a lot of new faces today and we have had a few visits at the site from classes! We need to remember to welcome all visitors and engage in conversations with them whenever we have the opportunity.
  • Katy has made Vegetable soup for everyone. Thanks Katy!
  • The phone tree will be started tonight. Megan will have the list so please sign up!
  • The 25th anniversary of the Lost Cross is this weekend in Carbondale, which will bring in a big crowd. It’s a great opportunity for outreach in the community.

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: Make this Friday, October 21 “Bucky Dome Day” to invite people to come to the occupation site to learn and have conversations about Buckminster Fuller.

  • Discussion: Joe wants anyone who has knowledge about Buckminster Fuller to share to please come out and tell us all you know!
  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Start the process of finding an indoor space to occupy during the winter months — for example, the Independent Media Center. This would serve as headquarters for Occupy Carbondale to grow and plan coordinated actions.

  • Discussion: After discussion, this was amended asto Forming a Committee to finding an alternative place for the winter.
  • MODIFIED PROPOSAL: Form a committee to tart the process of finding an indoor space to occupy during the winter months — for example, the Independent Media Center. This would serve as headquarters for Occupy Carbondale to grow and plan coordinated actions.
  • RESPONSE: Several Blocks
  • Discussion: Intervention and Small Groups. After small groups talked, some concerns about how this should be opened up to being impartial to moving inside were brought up.
  • MODIFIED PROPOSAL: Form a Winterization Committee to explore all of our options for sustaining Occupy Carbondale during the winter. This includes indoor, outdoor, and mixed options.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Set up a booth in the student center to have information for students.

  • Discussion: After discussion about how those are usually rented and are for RSOs it was decided that this shouldn’t be a formal proposal and that a few people could look into it more to determine if it is possible.
  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn

PROPOSAL: Have another march this Saturday and every Saturday thereafter from Gaia House to the corner of Illinois and Main to join the Peace Coalition in their weekly demonstration.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

SUMMARY OF CONSENSUS

  • Make this Friday, October 21 “Bucky Dome Day” to invite people to come to the occupation site to learn and have conversations about Buckminster Fuller.
  • Form a Winterization Committee to explore all of our options for sustaining Occupy Carbondale during the winter. This includes indoor, outdoor, and mixed options.
  • Have another march this Saturday and every Saturday thereafter from Gaia House to the corner of Illinois and Main to join the Peace Coalition in their weekly demonstration.
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