Proposal for a Minnesotan General Assembly

In an attempt to allow organizational outreach flourish and to give occupiers an opportunity to connect, a proposal is being presented at the Occupy Minneapolis GA to form a working group to create a weekend event so that a statewide general assembly can take place. This general assembly will will allow for Minnesotans to come together in unity to provide a sense of direction for the movement through a consensus-based process.

This general assembly will, however, in no way effect each individual occupation nor will it necessarily speak for the views of any occupied city in Minnesota.

The proposal is as follows:

A Proposal to the Occupy Minnesota Movement to call for a Statewide General Assembly
What is being proposed?

Occupy Minneapolis formally endorse the idea of a mass call for action to occur in the state of Minnesota and support the organization for a statewide general assembly to convey a sense of direction and focus for the Minnesota Movement. This is a chance for us to create new spaces to connect in; new ways to share knowledge, experience, resources, and to express our solidarity. Together, our statewide efforts keeps  the Occupy movement decentralized but we believe that it will be for our mutual benefit to cooperate and connect with our fellow Occupy camps in a more organized manner.

The Event?

The general assembly will fall on a weekend (to be determined). During the time of our gathering individuals will participate in several events including marches, teach-ins, along with social events to support organizational outreach. Some of these events and marches will focus in on current legislation set to be passed in Minnesota including: the “Right To Work” legislation, the “Protect Marriage” movement, the “Voter-ID” legislation, and an opposition to new stadiums being built through taxpayer funding.

(Events and focuses subject to change.)

All events planned in this conference will follow the Occupy Minneapolis Strategic Non-Violent Direct Action resolution.

Who is Impacted?

Specific working groups will not be committed to attend or support the event in any capacity but are invited to help coordinate and connect with this action. Many Occupations need advice on certain areas of housing, financial, etc. and this is an opportunity to strengthen the movement outside of our own city. Any and all committees are welcome to send delegates to this event. This is the first proposal to begin such efforts, and the event itself will be organized by an ad-hoc working group.

Who is Responsible?

This proposal will create a working group to coordinates events, to communicate with other Occupy groups and update the General Assembly if another city is reaching out to Minneapolis for support, action or other types of coordination. Concerning participatory obligation, none of the Occupy Minneapolis committees will be required to help in these efforts but can decide on their support based on their own committee-level decision process.

What is the Expected Result?

An overall strengthening of our cause and a recommitment to each other. At a time where Occupy needs a stronger presence on the national stage, a statewide general assembly offers us this opportunity. Our outreach will also meet with cities, close to Occupy Minneapolis, will allow us to spread the message about occupy in a more effective manner.

After this proposal is passed, other cities are encouraged to pass proposals endorsing this weekend event along with attending the event itself.

Proposal Movements:

03/22/2012: This idea was presented at the Occupy Minneapolis General Assembly where it was discussed as an item on the agenda. Ideas were taken from the discussion and have been incorporated into the above proposal. After the idea was discussed a vibe check was taken where there was consensus that this idea could continue through the process.

03/24/2012: This proposal will be brought forth to the Occupy Minneapolis General Assembly for consideration.

Occupy Minneapolis Proposal

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