General Assembly Minutes 21 OCT 2011 (11 AM)

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

GENERAL DISCUSSION

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

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

PROPOSAL: Temporary Recess

  • Early on in this morning’s General Assembly, another class from SIUC approached the group. It was proposed that we take a temporary recess to interact with the class and explain our perspectives on Occupy Carbondale.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Next Friday at 1 pm by Lawson Hall on the SIUC campus, there is a meditation event inspired by Occupy Carbondale.
  • We decided at a previous General Assembly to promote the 7 am to 11 am time slot as a time when we especially need more volunteers to provide a visible presence for the occupation. So far, however, we have not fully promoted this time slot. Please mention this online and offline to those who may be interested.
  • There is currently a tent laying on its side on the occupation site with signs in front of it about the banning of sleep and tents on campus. This tent is an artistic statement that the tent owner describes as an act of free speech. The tent owner would like to point out that there is room for plenty of other similar artistic statements.
  • Today is Bucky Dome Day. Here is a quote from Buckminster Fuller about his goal that we feel is relevant to our own goals: “To make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone.”
  • If you shop at Schnucks, you can donate up to 3% of your purchase price to Gaia House using the Schnucks eScrip card. There is no extra cost to you, just sign up with Gaia House as your chosen charity and have them scan the card whenever you shop at Schnucks. You can pick up these eScrip cards at Gaia House or Schnucks.
  • We are still trying to clear Occupy Carbondale’s camping and other supplies out of the Gaia House library so that Gaia House can use the library for events this weekend. Any help would be appreciated.

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: Put stars next to the 8 am to 10 am shift of night watch to emphasize its importance.

  • Discussion: This does not require  group consensus.
  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn

PROPOSAL: Add a big board to a wall at Gaia House to use for organizing Occupy Carbondale activities.

  • Discussion: This may or may not be necessary but it does not require group consensus.
  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn

PROPOSAL: Repitch the storage tent on Gaia House land

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Hold an event where we invite the local anti-Occupy group to a discussion.

  • Discussion: Given their past interactions with us, we must emphasize that this is a peaceful and civil discussion.
  • MODIFIED PROPOSAL: Hold an event where we invite the local anti-Occupy group to a discussion.
  • RESPONSE: Two blocks
  • Discussion: Everyone is already invited. There’s no good reason to give special recognition to a hostile group. Instead, we can just invite them to participate in the ongoing discussion as we have invited others.
  • MODIFIED PROPOSAL: Invite the local anti-Occupy group to participate in our ongoing discussion.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus
PROPOSAL: Change our Facebook photo to include the Bucky Dome or otherwise incorporate the Bucky Dome visually into our online presence.
  • Discussion: This does not require group consensus and may be a better topic for the Media and Tech Team or individuals.
  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn
PROPOSAL: Have someone with a sign down by the road on an ongoing basis.
  • Discussion: We previously discussed the safety hazard posed by people holding signs being too close to the road.
  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn
PROPOSAL: Make a formal invitation to the community to participate in our occupation and our General Assembly process. This will include organizing a special event to introduce members of the community to Occupy Carbondale. This will also eliminate the need for a previously agreed upon invitation to the local anti-Occupy group.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

SUMMARY OF CONSENSUS

  • Repitch the storage tent on Gaia House land.
  • Invite the local anti-Occupy group to participate in our ongoing discussion.
  • Make a formal invitation to the community to participate in our occupation and our General Assembly process. This will include organizing a special event to introduce members of the community to Occupy Carbondale. This will also eliminate the need for a previously agreed upon invitation to the local anti-Occupy group.
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