GA Notes 2.29.12

*Announcements*
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>Catherine-Jefferson Warehouse tomorrow: Art and Music Benefit for Occupy
>the Midwest Regional Conference (OMW)
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>Tom-Eco Village
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>Tom apologized for a lack of clarity at the Sunday GA where he offered
>Culver Way Eco Village as a camping possibility for OSTL. He wants to be
>clear now that he is offering the space for two weeks before OMW, if we can
>get 15-20 campers in order to say we have freedom of assembly. Please
>contact Tom if you plan to camp there and/or would like to help get the
>space ready.
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>Culver Way is still an option for OMW. If OSTL wants to continue to occupy
>this space after OMW, we can all evaluate at that time and proceed from
>there. Ultimately Tom would like to see this space evolve into a
>spontaneous eco village with a veggie garden, which Sasha is taking on, and
>markets.
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>In the spirit of full disclosure, Tom wants everyone to know:
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>The Eco Village has liability insurance. The premium was due today, but his
>agent is letting him put $500 down tomorrow with the balance due in a few
>days. Someone put up an event page today to help raise money. This premium
>is due every 3 months.
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>Before camping could happen, temporary fencing would need to go up to make
>his neighbors happy and protect campers. The first floor needs to be
>converted into a common space. Tom needs volunteers.
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>Tom has obtained a challenge loan. Monies Eco Village raises will be
>matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000. So, there could be a potential
>$100,000 raised. This money will be used to pay off outstanding defaulted
>loans and back taxes. The city has agreed to waive penalties and fines for
>the back taxes if the base amount is forthcoming.
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>Desiree will help Tom create an Encampment Event Facebook page. (It should
>be noted that by the end of GA Tom had raised, with the matching funds,
>$400.)
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>Brad- He and and John have been working with the Unions to see if there is
>money to be donated.
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>Desiree- On Sunday, March 18, at 2:00 (which is also the last day of OMW),
>Occupy Kids are going to be a part of the “Show Me No Hate” photo shoot at
>Clayton High School. This is a campaign to raise awareness of marriage
>rights equity.
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>**
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>*Proposals*
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>Susie reworked the proposal that passed last Sunday’s GA because there had
>been a lot of constructive feedback she wanted to include. (Many of us were
>rushing out the door to hear Angela Davis speak and do outreach prior to
>her speaking.) The new proposal:
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>Whenever possible Official Statements and Change of Process proposals will
>be posted on occupySTL.org>Forum>General Discussion a week prior to being
>proposed. This does not apply to time sensitive press releases. This will
>allow for careful consideration, discussion, feedback, and friendly
>amendments not only at GA, but prior to GA as well.
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>If you do not have access to a computer, you can ask someone to post it for
>you. The Forum is a public space to which everyone has access. If you have
>difficulty registering to use this space, email media@occupystl.org for
>assistance.
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>Emergencies, should they occur, will be handled on a case by case basis by
>the General Assembly.
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>Passed first GA
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>Susie read another proposal that The Occupy Caravan wanted passed. Everyone
>agreed the proposal was too vague. Susie will get back to Occupy Caravan to
>see if they can make their proposal more specific.
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>Proposal rescinded
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>*Announcements*
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>Catherine- This Saturday night at Paul’s house there will be a discussion
>about moving the movement forward and participatory democracy.
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>Catherine- Reminder there is a Concern Circle (CC) this Saturday at 1:00.
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>As it turns out most people were not aware the location for this Saturday’s
>Concern Circle had moved at a prior GA to Freedom Square (aka Kiener
>Plaza). If the weather is inclement a text alert will go out moving the CC
>back to Union Station in the food court by Sbarro’s.
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>Susie- Shared Vision, Strategies, and Tactics Discussion, where we discuss
>long term strategy, is held every Friday at 6:30 at the World Community
>Center, 438 N. Skinker Blvd.
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>Tom- anyone wanting to can meet with Tom after GA to further discuss plans
>for occupying and developing Culver Way Eco Village.
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>**
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>*Vibe Checks*
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>Desiree- We need more conflict resolution skills to help us treat each
>other with more respect.
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>Feedback:
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>It was agreed that this would be good to bring up to CC.
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>JJ- is concerned that facilitators step out of their role to give their
>opinion. He mentioned that he doesn’t facilitate for this reason.
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>Feedback:
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>The role of the facilitator is to keep the process smooth and moving along.
>We need to operate within the spirit of our roles and not be tied to the
>letter of them. The facilitator’s neutrality comes into play in that s/he
>can’t vote or change the process.
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>Tonight’s facilitator had stepped up to facilitate the last 3 GA’s because
>no one else had done so, and when she did step out of her role tonight,
>with the exception of JJ, everyone seemed to think she had done so in an
>appropriate manner.
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>If someone chooses not to facilitate in order to be able to always express
>his/her opinion, that person is placing the role of neutrality on everyone
>else without assuming part of the load.
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>John- Now that the weather is getting nicer, how does everyone feel about
>moving GA’s back to Freedom Square (aka Kiener Plaza) after OMW?
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>Twinkles all around.
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>Catherine- When we move the GA’s back to outside, we can start having more
>GA’s.
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>Feedback:
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>Can the GA on Wednesday’s at Culver be retained since it is difficult for
>one of our members to hear what is being said at outdoor GA’s and at Union
>Station?
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>Reese- There is an anti-war activist from St. Charles who is willing to die
>for the cause and wants to get 5,000 people to go to DC and have a hunger
>strike. Maybe after a few people die, the country will get serious about
>ending the wars.
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>Feedback:
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>At one of the GOP debates when the subject of someone dying because he
>didn’t have healthcare came up people shouted, “Let him die.”
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>This is not something we should endorse.
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>In Egypt the uprising started because one man set himself on fire. But
>those circumstances might not duplicate themselves here.
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>Some people would not participate, but would stand in solidarity.
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>Tom- The court date for the 27 arrestees from Nov. 11/12 is coming up. What
>if 100 people showed up and planned an action, got arrested and shut down
>the jails?
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>Feedback:
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>We should have all been arrested Nov. 11/12, then gone back to Kiener, then
>been arrested, then gone back to Kiener., then been arrested, then gone
>back to Kiener…..and then we’d be somewhere by now.
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>This won’t jam up the jails. They’ll arrest us, find a place to put us
>while they process us.
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>Those being arrested will have long records. You need very high numbers for
>a tactic like this to work.
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>This doesn’t empower us, it disempowers us. We need to focus beyond this
>dynamic, like on OMW.
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>Occupy Kids- brought by Kayla. Had 3 vibe checks:
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> 1. We want to know if anyone could help us with supplies and teach us to
> make an Occupy Kids Banner. We want a banner to hang from playground
> equipment when we occupy parks.
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> 1. How would people feel about helping Occupy Kids do a fundraiser?
> After the conference (OMW) we would like some of our own buttons and maybe
> t-shirts. We are thinking of collecting pennies.
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> 1. Also, do people think Occupy Kids needs its own account for money it
> raises, or should the money be given to the financial working group as part
> of OSTL money?
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>Feedback:
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>Everyone was very impressed with these vibe checks and let Kayla know how
>awesome this is.
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>There was no feedback about the banner or fundraiser. (Anyone out there who
>can help, contact Kayla through Desiree).
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>Occupy Kids is having a meeting Friday and maybe these are issues that can
>be developed at this meeting.
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>It would be good if Occupy Kids kept and tracked their own money. They
>could account to themselves what’s brought in and what’s been spent and
>learn as they go. They don’t need to fold the money into OSTL.
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>Lots and lots of twinkles.

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