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General Assembly Minutes 17 OCT 2011 (11 AM)

Main Facilitator: Nick. Stack Facilitator: Meghan. Minutes: Treesong.

GENERAL DISCUSSION

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

  • Nick used a spoken word version of the consensus song from St. Louis to explain consensus process.

Summary of Minutes of Previous General Assembly

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The media committee is planning on creating a YouTube channel and Twitter account for Occupy Carbondale.

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: The Media Committee will create official YouTube and Twitter accounts for Occupy Carbondale.

  • Further Discussion: We may already have a Twitter. This will be verified.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: If people are using verbally abusive language on our online media, online media admins can remove their posts.

  • Further Discussion: What qualifies as verbally abusive speech? Specifically, hate speech. What qualifies as hate speech? This should be decided on before such a proposal is enacted.
  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn

PROPOSAL: Define group meals times at which people are invited to each together.

  • Further Discussion: This is something the Food Committee can do without formal consensus.
  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn

PROPOSAL: After each nighttime General Assembly, we will have a daily sign-up for security shifts for that night.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: We adopt the official statement of the Occupy St. Louis General Assembly regarding hate speech. [The Fifth Official Statement of the Occupy St. Louis General Assembly.]

  • “There are various forms of oppression embedded within the dominant culture and in the socio-political and economic systems of this country. As a community which seeks to build power and gain momentum through consensus-based decision-making and respectful social relations, we stand in opposition to the way in which our society privileges some people over others. We want to create an inclusive atmosphere of ideas in which we do not police each other’s thoughts, but we have absolutely no tolerance for oppressive or intimidating words or actions. Though our aim is to encourage and foster creative debate, we do not tolerate any form of discrimination based on actual or perceived  race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, education, nationality, religion, ethnicity or abilities within our occupied space.”
  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Do not use tents at our occupation site, instead, have people be awake or in sleeping bag without tent.

  • Further Discussion: Some other Occupy sites such as Occupy Wall Street do not use tents. Tents reduce visibility of people who are sleeping in them [is the tent empty or full?] and increase chance of legal difficulty. Ironically, during this discussion, we were approached by a university official and decided to withdraw this proposal for further discussion.
  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn

PROPOSAL: Allow Tod Sigler, Director of the SIUC Department of Public Safety, address the General Assembly.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus
  • Further Discussion: Tod Sigler approached the General Assembly and asked to speak to us. After a minute or two of process, we put forward a proposal and invited him to address the General Assembly. He stated that the administration of SIUC does not object per se to the presence of an ongoing demonstration on the SIUC campus. However, they do not want to set a precedent for people camping in tents on campus. He expressed a general concern for public health and safety, stating that even if our particular group made an effort to maintain a safe and healthy site, it would set a precedent for others who may not do so.

PROPOSAL: Publicize the General Assembly’s discussion with a representative of the SIUC administration and call for discussion and deliberation at tonight’s General Assembly.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

SUMMARY OF CONSENSUS

  • The media committee will create an official YouTube & Twitter account for Occupy Carbondale.
  • After each nighttime General Assembly, we will have a daily sign-up for security shifts for that night.
  • We adopt the official statement of the Occupy St. Louis General Assembly regarding hate speech. [The Fifth Official Statement of the Occupy St. Louis General Assembly.]
  • We allowed Tod Sigler, Director of the SIUC Department of Public Safety, to address the General Assembly.
  • We will publicize the General Assembly’s discussion with a representative of the SIUC administration and call for discussion and deliberation at tonight’s General Assembly.
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Tents At Occupy Carbondale Called Into Question

Tod Sigler, Director of the SIUC Department of Public Safety, came to General Assembly on Monday, Oct 17 to speak to us about the tents. We discussed his visit and the future of the tents at that night’s General Assembly. Stay tuned for more news as it develops — and if you can, join us out at the occupation site!

Occupy Carbondale March On SIUC Campus

Monday, October 17   |   Starting at 12:30 pm    |   On Campus at SIUC

The primary purpose of this march is to invite people to participate in the ongoing discussion at Occupy Carbondale, including but not limited to our General Assembly.

The route for this march will be as follows: start at the Bucky Dome, then march to the Morris Library plaza, then to Lawson Hall, then to the Student Center, then to Anthony Hall, then to Brush Towers, then back to the Bucky Dome.

General Assembly Minutes 16 OCT 2011 (7 PM)

Main Facilitator: Meghan. Stack Facilitator: Danielle Williamson. Minutes: Treesong.

GENERAL DISCUSSION

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

  • The main facilitator explained how consensus decision-making process generally works at General Assemblies.

Summary of Minutes of Previous General Assembly

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • We have new people at Occupy Carbondale. Having new people is awesome!
  • Someone volunteered to run a D&D roleplaying game for those interested.
  • Anyone with tarps & ropes is encouraged to bring them tomorrow (Tuesday).
  • Adam Turl has started a library for Occupy Carbondale. This library is currently in the food tent.
  • No one has proposed an official policy along these lines, but it’s generally considered a bad idea to respond to hecklers, especially with heckling, and especially at night.
  • An officer of the SIUC Campus Police came by the occupation site to examine it and ask a few questions about our purpose for gathering and our sanitation procedures. Members of our police liaison committee spoke with her and gave their contact information to her. She was friendly and professional in her interactions with our people.
  • Jason Shoot brought soup for us to enjoy after tonight’s General Assembly.
  • Kyle Cheesewright [and crew?] picked up some donated pizza for us to enjoy after tonight’s General Assembly.
  • A police officer driving by offered a friendly wave.
  • Some of the food scavenged last night is still available in the food tent.

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: The primary purpose of tomorrow’s march is to invite people to participate in the ongoing discussion at Occupy Carbondale, including but not limited to our General Assembly.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Get people to wake up early in the morning to greet newcomers.

  • Further Discussion: The proposer clarified that he was suggesting we seek volunteers, not that we wake up the whole site in the early morning. Since it doesn’t require action by the group as a whole, a proposal is not necessary.
  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn

PROPOSAL: The route for our march tomorrow (October 17) will be as follows: start at the Bucky Dome, then march to the Morris Library plaza, then to Lawson Hall, then to the Student Center, then to Anthony Hall, then to Brush Towers, then back to the Bucky Dome.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Create a local “We Are The 99%” display including stories of local people to be displayed at one or more locations on campus and in the Carbondale community.

  • Further Discussion: There was widespread support for this project, but since it will be acted on by volunteers on the Outreach Committee, there is no need for a formal proposal.
  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

SUMMARY OF CONSENSUS

  • The primary purpose of tomorrow’s march is to invite people to participate in the ongoing discussion at Occupy Carbondale, including but not limited to our General Assembly.
  • The route for our march tomorrow (October 17) will be as follows: start at the Bucky Dome, then march to the Morris Library plaza, then to Lawson Hall, then to the Student Center, then to Anthony Hall, then to Brush Towers, then back to the Bucky Dome.
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General Assembly of Occupy Carbondale

Every Day at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Occupy Carbondale is currently occupying the grassy area around the Bucky Dome on the SIUC campus and using the Gaia House community center across the street as a resource for support of the occupation. [MAP] If you share in our concerns over corporate influence on the democratic process, join us at 11 a.m. and/or 7 p.m. to participate in our General Assembly. The General Assembly is a place where we meet to discuss and decide on proposals for actions that we will take as a group. All people who support Occupy Carbondale are invited and encouraged to attend General Assembly whenever possible.

General Assembly Minutes 16 OCT 2011 (11 AM)

Main Facilitator: Nichole Nicholson. Stack Facilitator: Meghan. Minutes: Treesong.

GENERAL DISCUSSION

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

  • The main facilitator explained how consensus decision-making process generally works at General Assemblies.

Summary of Minutes of Previous General Assembly

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The ad hoc tech committee is working on implementing free social networking software called Diaspora. This would allow us to engage in social networking without relying on Facebook. For more information, contact Wayne.

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL:  Following today’s General Assembly, break into committees.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Create an Occupy Carbondale library.

  • Further discussion revealed that this can be accomplished by volunteers and does not require a formal proposal.
  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn

PROPOSAL: March up the Strip, around Town Square, and back at some point today.

  • RESPONSE: Three blocks
  • The facilitator called for three in favor and three opposed to speak. Blockers expressed concern that there wouldn’t be enough time to notify people not present and that it was more important to focus on greeting new people at the occupation site.
  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn

PROPOSAL: March tomorrow (Monday, October 17) at 12:30 p.m. on campus.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: March or hold a rally on Thursday to focus on outreach to unions on and off campus.

  • Further discussion lead to the suggestion that it may be better for several reasons to find events that unions are already organizing and propose a march or rally in solidarity.
  • RESPONSE: Withdrawn

PROPOSAL: It is our policy at the occupation site that in the event of an eviction by police, those present will make every effort to move the gear of anyone who is not actively resisting eviction across to Gaia House.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Adjourn

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

SUMMARY OF CONSENSUS

  • Following today’s General Assembly, break into committees.
  • March tomorrow (Monday, October 17) at 12:30 p.m. on campus.
  • It is our policy at the occupation site that in the event of an eviction by police, those present will make every effort to move the gear of anyone who is not actively resisting eviction across to Gaia House.
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General Assembly Minutes 15 OCT 2011

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

GENERAL DISCUSSION

Note: This was our first General Assembly at the current occupation site at the Bucky Dome on the corner of Illinois and Grand in Carbondale. Everyone is invited to join us in the occupation. Everyone is also invited to participate in future General Assemblies, even if other commitments prevent you from spending more time at the occupation site.

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

  • The main facilitator and others explained how consensus decision-making process generally works at General Assemblies.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

There were no announcements.

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: Hold two General Assemblies per day, one at 11 a.m. and one at 7 p.m. Hold a Soap Box gathering for an hour prior to the evening General Assembly for people to have general discussion.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus
PROPOSAL: Read a summary of the minutes of the last General Assembly at the start of each General Assembly.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus
PROPOSAL: Adopt an official statement: “We the People of Carbondale and Southern Illinois have chosen to Occupy Carbondale to take a stand against the corporate takeover of our democracy.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus
PROPOSAL: Vote again on the official statement at the next General Assembly.

  • RESPONSE: Two blocks
  • Further Discussion. One blocker argued that it would probably be the same group of people at the next General Assembly. Therefore, it would be better to discuss matters that hadn’t yet been consensed on. Another blocker argued that the statement is simple enough and close enough to the sentiment of other Occupy statements that it is likely to be uncontroversial. If anyone does find it controversial, it can be revised or rescinded at a future General Assembly
  • RESPONSE: Proposal withdrawn after discussion.

PROPOSAL: While participants sleep, have a night watch composed of volunteers who stay away in shifts.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus
PROPOSAL: Form a police liason committee.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus
PROPOSAL: Adjourn.
  • RESPONSE: No formal call for consensus, but the meeting adjourned.
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Unofficial Zine

A few people in Occupy Carbondale have started an unofficial zine inspired by the movement. You can view the first issue below. To get a print copy, join us at the occupation!

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Reclaim Your So.IL - Issue I - Oct 15, 2011

Unofficial Zine for OccupyCarbondale

March, Demonstration, and Occupation!

Saturday, October 15   |   Starting at 11:30 am    | Gaia House Interfaith Center

Occupy Carbondale will march from Gaia House to the Town Square Pavilion, participate in an hour-long demonstration with the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois from noon to 1 pm, and march back to Gaia House and the Bucky Dome near Quigley on the SIUC campus. When we return to the Gaia House / Bucky Dome intersection, the Occupation begins!

Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=302023096481233

General Assembly Minutes 12 OCT 2011

Main Facilitator: Jason Shoot [joined by Nichole Nicholson]. Stack Facilitator: Kara Nichols [joined by Nichole Nicholson]. Minutes: Treesong

GENERAL DISCUSSION

Last week’s Planning Meeting was facilitated using a simplified informal version of consensus. This was our first General Assembly facilitated using a formal consensus model similar to that used at other General Assemblies in other cities. Therefore, the order of discussion and deliberation was somewhat irregular. Items are listed roughly in the order in which they occurred.

PROPOSAL: Audio Recording

  • Grant permission to a member of tonight’s General Assembly to do an audio recording of tonight’s General Assembly. However, people wishing to record any future General Assembly must make a proposal before doing so.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROCESS: Introduction to Consensus

  • The main facilitator and others explained how consensus decision-making process generally works at General Assemblies.

PROPOSAL: March on Saturday

  • March in solidarity with Peace Coalition on this coming Saturday, October 15. Meet at 11:30 am at a location TBA [later decided to be Gaia House]. March to the Town Square Pavilion for a demonstration/vigil in solidarity with the Peace Coalition. 203 3571 celeste williams
  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Have people say their name and a brief introduction prior to speaking

  • RESPONSE: Two blocks.
  • Proposal discussed and set aside as an informal suggestion.

PROPOSAL:  Make public a list of committees and invite people to participate.

  • RESPONSE: Discussion without coming to consensus.

PROPOSAL: Start the General Assembly with general discussion and announcements rather than consideration of proposals

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Adopt a new hand signal for point of process.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Mountaintop Removal. “Appalachian Treasures: The Struggle to Save the Heart of Appalachia”, a presentation by Appalachian Voices, is coming to Carbondale this Sunday, October 16 at 3 pm at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship.
  • Shawnee Green Party. The General Assembly is a non-partisan event. However, as an announcement, Rich Whitney of the Shawnee Green Party announced that the Greens are looking for candidates for office. For more information: richwhitney(at)frontier(dot)com
  • Solidarity with SIUC Unions. Meeting on Sunday, October 16 at 4 PM at Morris Library (cafe area)
  • Graduate Assistants United is having a bargaining meeting on Friday, October 14. This is the final negotiation prior to a strike. Demonstration in support of GAU starting at 1:30 pm outside Anthony Hall
  • American Voices has voted to support the Occupy movement. Next meeting is Thursday, November 3 at 6 pm at Spinoni’s. For more information, contact Ray Lenzi at rayle46(at)gmail(dot)com
  • GENERAL DISCUSSION: Should we focus down to one demand or not? Is the message to model the General Assembly process or to make a specific demand or demands to local/state/national officials?

PROPOSAL: Move to proposal section of General Assembly

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSALS

PROPOSAL: Occupy the Free Forum Area.

  • RESPONSE: Several blocks but not a majority of blocks.
  • Further Discussion
  • MODIFIED/CLARIFIED PROPOSAL: Occupy a location on the SIUC campus.
  • RESPONSE: Several blocks but not a majority of blocks.
  • Break into small group discussion
  • Listen report back from small groups
  • MODIFIED/CLARIFIED PROPOSAL: Occupy SIUC and Gaia House
  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Specify that the occupation at SIUC will occur at the Bucky Dome near Quigley and Illinois Ave.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus

PROPOSAL: Start the Occupation

  • Start the Occupation at 11:30 a.m. this Saturday, October 15. March to the Town Square Pavilion for the demonstration and vigil in solidarity with the Peace Coalition. Resume the Occupation when we march back.
  • RESPONSE: Consensus
  • DISCUSSION: Ensure that we find ways to welcome people to participate who are unable to join in the Occupation.

PROPOSAL: Adjourn.

  • RESPONSE: Consensus
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