General Assembly Minutes 28 OCT 2011 (7 PM)

Main 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

  • There will be a conference about philosophy and waste next Friday and Saturday in either the Kaskaskia Room of the Student Center [if there’s not a strike] or at the IMC [if there is a strike]. The topic of the keynote address of this conference is ethics after the end of the world. For more information, talk to Nick.
  • All hell is breaking loose at numerous occupations: Chicago, Oakland, numerous others. There will be a general strike in Oakland on November 2nd.
  • All power generators at Occupy Wall Street have been seized. They are currently attempting to raise $8,000 for bicycle-powered generators.
  • Our weekly march starts at 11:30 am tomorrow.
  • The Occupy Art Show is tomorrow at 3:30 pm at the occupation site.
  • On Sunday, Nick will be at the IMC to clean, prepare for the conference, and brainstorm about our plans for the winter. Others are welcome to join in all of the above.
  • The second Fuller Friday went well. Someone read the introduction to Buckminster Fuller’s book, Critical Path, out loud as a starting point for discussion. We’re looking forward to more events along these lines.
  • If you’re considering putting up a tent in the event of a strike at SIUC, talk to Kyle and/or Peter. Tents are considered the equivalent of sleep, so the same consequences as for sleeping in the no sleep zone may apply.
  • Adam and other folks at Beyond Coal would like to thank everyone who came out to Demand Healthy Air.
  • There will be a night watch signup after General Assembly.

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: Adopt a new hand signal for “point of information”.

  • Discussion: “Point of Information” is used when another speaker wants to supply a specific and immediately relevant point of information such as a legal concern about a given proposal, a fact about a situation that the speaker may not be aware of, etc.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Eliminate the current “Point of Process” hand signal.

  • Discussion: “Point of Process” is sometimes used aggressively to grind a speaker’s comments to a sudden halt. We can instead use the “Focus” / “Get To The Point” hand signal to indicate that the speaker should return to the current point without necessarily interrupting them.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Form a working group to provide material support to strikers.

  • Discussion: This group would use donations to provide material support to strikers such as food.  It would also be a way for Occupy Carbondale to promote and contribute to dialog about union-related issues in the event of a strike. However, it was pointed out that there is no need to get formal consensus for this since it is a working group rather than a committee. A working group is a small group of people acting independently of the larger group or formulating proposals to bring back to the larger group. A committee is a small group of people working to implement some basic organizational need of the larger group, such as a Food Committee to handle the food needs of the larger group.
  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn

PROPOSAL: At the evening General Assembly, after the reading of minutes, a volunteer will provide the General Assembly with a treasury update stating how much money we currently have and what changes if any have occurred since yesterday.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Permanently terminate the 11 am Gen Assembly.

  • RESPONSE: Several Blocks [Three]
  • Discussion: Intervention. Three speak in favor of the proposal and three speak in opposition to it.
  • Those opposed argue that the morning General Assembly is small but important. It helps keep us seen, draws people out in the mornings, and provides availability for people who can’t make the 7 pm General Assembly. If the morning General Assembly seems too small, rather than cancel it, invite more people to come to it.
  • Those in favor argue that the morning General Assembly creates proposal fatigue. Formulating and deliberating on proposals twice a day isn’t necessary. If we don’t want to make this change immediately, we should start thinking about alternatives to a morning General Assembly to ensure that people who can’t make 7 pm can stay involved in decision-making if they so choose. Also, what’s the point of having a morning General Assembly if few or no decisions are made there.
  • RESPONSE: Majority Block

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

SUMMARY OF CONSENSUS

  • Adopt a new hand signal for “point of information”.
  • Eliminate the current “Point of Process” hand signal.
  • At the evening General Assembly, after the reading of minutes, a volunteer will provide the General Assembly with a treasury update stating how much money we currently have and what changes if any have occurred since yesterday.
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