Notes for GA 5/9/12 Eco Village

Facilitator: Carrie

Stack: Anna G.

Notes: Arianna

Announcements: Occupy Washington U is protesting the conferring an Honorary
Degree to Dick __________. Former Monsanto CEO May 18, 2012 time? NO
DISRUPTION! Buttons worn at the Open Commencment on that day.

North STL Garden Group is ongoing Saturdays at noon. Occupation spreading
throughout the community. 5 plots leased and to be worked.

Bears on the Beat has been moved new date, please see page for details.

Teach ins and film screenings during the summer in NSTL

Occupy the Issues/Solutions and Implementation–Tom Bradford Hunger
Strike–blog on Culver Way Eco Village website.

Occupy is invited to a conversation at Eco Village from 2-4 pm on Sunday
May 20, 2012

*Proposals:* Endorse and be in Solidarity with the USPS food drive May 12
Passed!

Endorse the Women in the Streets in Chicago May 20 Passed!

Endorse the We declare Solidarity with the movement against
global injustices perpetrated by NATO in Chicago (not limited to)
Solidarity!

OSTL organize an event RE on Russel and Grand for a demonstration against
the police.

June 15, 2012. Responsible: Paul P. Affects: All Solidarity!

OSTL Occupy MidSummer on June 20, 2012 against austerity and cuts and
making the counter demand for a living wage. Responsible: Paul P. Affects:
All Solidarity!

Paul will ask Oren about Admins for website password/access so that notes
can be posted and announcements need to be kept up to date and current.

Proposal: Temporarily until the OSTL.org website gets fixed, the notes for
GA are posted on the Facebook page as submitted by notetaker and posted by
administrator. Consensus minus 1. Solidarity!

Actionable Proposal: Occupy be ready to take Jefferson City with allies
at a moments notice because of the immediacy. Responsible: Arianna Who’s
affected MO. Rally, protest and legislative lobbying with use OSTL alert
system if necessary. Use text alert in time for OSTL to take action and
publicize the event. STATEMENT: With expectations of pending legislation
against the women of MO, OSTL opposes any and all such legislation that
would limit women’s access to reproductive and health care. Passed with
Solidarity!

Vibe Checks: Randy- Protest Against Nuclear Power Plant, Ameren UE,
Columbia, MO ask for volunteers to help concretize the protest within the
next month. Paul P. Will help with sub. So bring in info on this if
interested. Working group formation. Tabled for future action and future
proposal.

Meeting of minds/concern circle in future Chris Singer/Desiree Hutton
facilitator

Putting up another website in future if necessary.

Potential Action around Wachovia as prompted by OWS. !

Announcement: PO Box expired. Scott needs to ask Keith about volume of
mail. 30$ donated by Janet for PO Box renewal and given to Scott so he can
do that ASAP.

Announcement: A non Occupy group is having a GA for actions in general. At
Keiner Plaza from 3-4pm and then march to another location. Put in Link to
fb page for event.

Occupy Minneapolis Proposes Hosting Occupy The Midwest Regional Conference

After a successful regional conference in St. Louis, MO., Occupy Minneapolis is joining other cities by proposing that Minneapolis hosts the next conference. This proposal is being brought to tonight’s General Assembly for consideration:

 

Proposal for Occupy Minneapolis to Host Next Occupy the Midwest Regional Conference in August 2012

After the success of the Occupy the Midwest Regional Conference held March 15 – 18 in St. Louis Missouri, additional conferences are being planned by those interested. This is a proposal to add Minneapolis into nomination for the next city to hold the August 2012 (exact date to be determined) Occupy the Midwest Regional Conference in Minneapolis, hosted by Occupy Minneapolis.

Why:

Minneapolis is a centrally-located city in the Midwest that includes several appropriate targets for marches and peaceful direct actions (The Federal Reserve, US Bank and TCF Bank headquarters, among others), we have a walkable and convenient downtown location, and a reasonably sympathetic local population. Additionally, Minneapolis includes several large public parks and meeting areas to host events and teach-ins. A workgroup will be formed to organize this conference.

Occupy Minneapolis Proposal

Candle Light Vigil

Occupy St. Louis is holding a candle light vigil on Tuesday, April 3, 7pm at Compton Hill Reservoir Park to stand in solidarity with Occupiers who were brutally beaten on March 15, Trayvon Martin, and all victims of police violence and repression. We will be gathering at the south west corner of the park (Russel & Grand). Please bring candles, small paper cups, and lighters.

https://www.facebook.com/events/377818595572800/?context=create

Press Release

March 22–Last Thursday, March 15, attendees of the Occupy Midwest Conference were peacefully complying with police orders to vacate Compton Hill Reservoir Park, when they were violently attacked by St. Louis City police officers. The Occupy Movement is a collective response to social injustice and corporate greed. Rather than addressing the ongoing crisis of families being foreclosed on and the resulting destabilization of neighborhoods, a high unemployment rate, and the corporate syphoning of money from public education, the city of St. Louis is using it’s resources to repress a non-violent assembly.

“We felt very safe in the park until the police showed up. As we were crossing the street to leave, a line of blue charged into the crowd – batons swinging – and began striking people. It was chaos. The screams of those being beaten were terrifying to hear. I felt helpless,” reports Carrie Bumgardner Luna.

Despite the fact that he was not resisting arrest, one Occupier was repeatedly beaten in the face with the butt of a mag-lite. After already being beaten and cuffed, an officer then methodically snapped and broke two of his fingers. Another Occupier was repeatedly beaten in the head requiring staples. Both Occupiers were hospitalized. A third Occupier was hit in the neck and choked with a baton, thrown to the ground and kicked in the face causing permanent damage to his jaw structure.

“It’s shocking and disheartening to see people you love being violently attacked, bleeding from their bruised faces. It was a senseless betrayal of trust. It really helps me better understand what people of color in our city go through every day,” said Oren Goldberg.

Occupy St. Louis has always been responsible stewards of public space and disavow the graffiti damage done to the Compton Hill Reservoir Park.

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