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General Assembly Minutes 8 NOV 2011 (7 PM)

Main Facilitator & Minutes: Meghan. Stack: Avery

GENERAL DISCUSSION

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The SIU Student Strike on campus was even bigger and better today, with estimates of almost 1,000 people!
  • There will be another SIU Student Strike/Rally tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov 9th. It will begin at 2 pm at Anthony Hall then proceed to Stone Center by 3pm.
  • Tomorrow, Wednesday Nov 9, the Recreational Committee will have its first game day! Yay! 🙂 Come out and bring your friends 🙂
  • A potential future proposal was brought to the group by Ken for everyone who is interested to read and discuss. This idea is as follows but is neither officially proposed NOR approved by consensus at this time: Whereas:  The General Assembly has discussed, as summarized on the website: “Part of what is capturing the imagination of people with their eye on Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Carbondale is the public spectacle. That public spectacle has already been achieved. Now, we need to develop more community organizing angles as well as innovative ways of maintaining that public attention on the issue of corporate takeover of our democracy.” Whereas:  The movement in Carbondale must expand its membership to achieve its objectives. Whereas:  The public needs to be further engaged with our movement and conversely our movement needs to be further engaged with our community. Whereas:  We the People are empowered by the first Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America “peaceably to assemble” and also “to petition government for a redress of grievances.” Whereas:  We have peaceably assembled and have grievances that deserve redress. We should:  Establish a committee to gather our grievances, document them, investigate them and propose action or action possibilities to the General Assembly of the people. If the “Grievances Committee” properly documents and investigates a grievance and recommends an action and the General Assembly agrees consensually, then concerted  and sustained pressure should be applied to the solution of that grievance.

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: Dan proposes to become an administrator on the official OccupyCarbondale.org page in order to help Treesong and mainly to create a Committees page, which he will help maintain. The page will be dedicated to providing information about the Committees (as described by said committees) and what they are doing/ planning. There may possibly be a forum, as well, so that even people not on the committees can bring forth ideas on the page. The page is to
eventually become self-sustaining by the Committees, though Dan is planning on maintaining it to ensure the most up-to-date information.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

SUMMARY OF CONSENSUS

  • Dan will become an additional administrator of the OccupyCarbondale.org page mainly to create and maintain a page containing information on all the Committees.
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General Assembly Minutes 7 NOV 2011 (7 PM)

Minutes: Husni.

GENERAL DISCUSSION

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • A talk will be held by Professor Anthony Steinbock titled, “On the Ideas of University,” in front of Faner Hall on Tues, Nov 8th at 930 a.m
  • There is another SIUC Student Rally being held on Tuesday, Nov 8th at 3:30 pm. This will be located in the Free Forum Area near Anthony Hall. All are welcome.
  • A lecture will be given by Professor Randall Auxier at the IMC on Tuesday, Nov 8th at 6:30 called, “Loyalty & Treason”
  • Anne will be making pot pies from scratch at Gaia House on Wed, Nov 9th at 7 pm. Come and help!
  • Joe is stepping down as one of the admins of the Occupy Carbondale Facebook page.

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: Create an official statement stating that Occupy Carbondale is leaderless and rejects all financial corporate sponsorship.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Create a Recreation Day, beginning this Wednesday, Nov 9th at 2pm, in the spirit of the new games movement of the post-vietnam era. This will be headed up by Anne.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Set the date for Occupy Carbondale to move to the IMC for Saturday, Nov 12th, as recommended by the Winterization Committee.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

SUMMARY OF CONSENSUS

  • We will create an official statement stating that Occupy Carbondale is leaderless and rejects all financial corporate sponsorship.
  • We will hold a Recreation Day, this Wednesday, Nov 9th at 2pm, in the spirit of the new games movement of the post-vietnam era.
  • Occupy Carbondale will be moving to the IMC on Saturday, Nov 12th.
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General Assembly Minutes 7 NOV 2011 (11 AM)

In lieu of a General Assembly, online casino those present participated in a discussion.

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General Assembly Minutes 06 NOV 2011 (11 AM)

Main Facilitator: Avery,  Minutes: Katy.

GENERAL DISCUSSION

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Occupy Hunger Southern Illinois had a table at the Farmers Market on Saturday and had a great response. We collected food donations as well as cash donations of about $72, of which about $50 was spent on food at the Farmers Market (the remainder will also be spent on more food). More information is up on the Occupy Hunger Facebook page and we will be there each Saturday through the end of November.
  • We are going to the IMC after the GA for a potluck lunch and discussion of possible uses of the IMC.
  • We need volunteers to stay at the Occupy camp during the meeting at the IMC. Volunteers will be taken after the GA.
  • There is an SIUC Student Strike being held on Monday, Nov 7th at 3:30 pm. This will be located in the Free Forum Area near Anthony Hall. All are welcome.

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: Occupy Carbondale co-sponsor and help promote the teach-in/seminar ‘Economic Justice: Income Inequality in America and How to Fix It’ to be held on Wed, Nov. 16th at 7 pm at the Carbondale Civic Center. This teach-in is being put on by the group American Voices and is described as follows: “This seminar/teach-in will focus on the modern history of income distribution, wealth accumulation and taxation in America.  It will also focus on potential remedies for a more progressive distribution of income and wealth in America and how to achieve related policies in reality.  Sources for this course will include former Clinton Administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich’s book AfterShock, the website “CHARTS:  Here’s What Wall Street Protesters Are So Angry About” and other potential sources. The course will be taught in one three hour session and repeated as needed. Follow-up sessions may also be offered. Instructor:  Dr. Raymond Lenzi, former tenured Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia and retired SIU Administrator (served as Acting Vice-Chancellor for University  Advancement and Associate Chancellor for Economic Development.”

  • Discussion: The manifestation of this proposal would be the use of social media for promoting and attaching the Occupy Carbondale name to an advertisement to be run in the Carbondale Times. There were questions about the make-up of the American Voices group which was not known. The evening GA on that day would not have to be cancelled; those who wish to attend the teach-in can go and the GA would otherwise be held as usual.
  • RESPONSE: 2 Blocks
  • Discussion: Concern was raised about supporting a group that we are not all familiar with. Others expressed a desire for us to more widely affiliate ourselves with various
    causes as we have done with the unions. It was suggested that we offer to promote the event within the group and using our social media outlets but not to attach our name to the event.
  • REVISED PROPOSAL: Occupy Carbondale will help promote the American voices teach-in/seminar ‘Economic Justice: Income Inequality in America and How to Fix It’ to be held on Wed, Nov. 16th at 7 pm at the Carbondale Civic Center. This will NOT include attaching our name as a co-sponsor.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Only hold evening GAs (7pm) on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of each week.

  • Discussion: It was asked if this had been discussed with other people in the group, which it had not. It was asked if this was just an idea for what would happen if we move to the IMC, which it is not. It was clarified that this proposal has nothing to do with changing the morning GAs.
  • RESPONSE: Majority Block

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • RESPONSE: Consensus [No Blocks]

SUMMARY OF CONSENSUS

  • Occupy Carbondale will help promote the American voices teach-in/seminar ‘Economic Justice: Income Inequality in America and How to Fix It’ to be held on Wed, Nov. 16that 7 pm at the Carbondale Civic Center.
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