Notes from General Assembly January 11, 2012

NOTETAKER: Johnathan McFarland

Workgroup meetings removed from proceedings on a consenus based vibecheck.

Announcements:
1. Accountability workgroup procedure:
Will be voted on for acknowledgement before GA.
“The Accountability Working Group functions as a non-authoritative regulatory and standardizing collaborative focused on reminding the working groups and members of OCCUPY St. Louis of what they are committed to do-thus, holding them accountable to ensure progress. This working group has no power to penalize anyone and as with all working groups, is always subject to the ruling of the General Assembly, and open to new members.

The Accountability Working Group is responsible for and will do the following:
-Resolve conflict between/among members of OCCUPY St. Louis with an investigation, mediation, and arbitration process.
- Maintain the official public record of passed proposals.
- Collect copies of proposal forms from facilitators to track responsible parties and ensure follow through.

The Accountability Working Group meets on Wednesdays @ 5:00 pm @ FOAM.”

Next Weeks’ Accountability Working Group Facilitator is Bradley Veltre
He can be reached at 314.662.2761 bvdadone@hotmail.com or on FB

2. Notes have not been posted for two weeks.
- Be diligent about sending to those who are posting on our website.

3. Finance Working Group- OStLfinance@gmail.com
Met This day, January 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm
-Contact Catherine Lipinski, Keith Rose, Catherine Powderly, Reese Forbes. etc. contact on FB is best
-Winter Relief Funds: $535 to be a proposal later. It is being worked out currently.

4. Needed at Warehouse: Candles and Batteries. I perceive this to be for flashlights.

5. Dianne Lee- Constitutional Amendment Committee
Subject:
To discuss ways to support those legislators who have proposed amendments to the United States COnstitution that will do away with corporate personhood and get corporate money out of American elections and to set up working groups to carry out that work in each congressional district, in the Saint Louis area, both Missouri and Illinois.
Date and Location:
January 17, 2012 7:00 pm
Edwardsville Public Library
112 S. Kansas
Edwardsville, Illinois 62025

There is a great deal of work to be done to pass a constitutional Amendment. We need everyone working on this in order to make it happen. Please attend and bring your friends.

For more information: Dianne Lee 618-578-1234 or DLee4144@aol.com

6.Firewood available at the Harbor tent city. There is a pneumatic wood splitter, just noone there to do the work.

7. Group in Kansas City and Springfield wording of Constitutional Amendment
- Allowing 18 year olds to vote. Mostly College and Highschool students did the work to get the amendment approved. To use as strategy.

8. InterOCC- OCCUPY Midwest March 15-18
Regional Working Groups will need help. We need help from St. Louis participants. Event on Facebook, survey available to speak to workgroup you want to be on. Conference calls are being made to finish up preparations.
-Some people do not have internet/facebook. We should have email available on sheets of printed paper.
-OCCUPYthemidwest.org
-googledoc- easily amendable- link to docs on website???
We need people on streat teams to approach businesses so OCCUPIERS can speand their monies there.
-Frank, Paul _ Working on teach-In on how to door knock and Fundraise.
Are street teams already out there?
INTEROCC people to be made known.

9. April 22, Earthday
-OCCUPY EarthDay-Bring Tents
-St. Patricks day, Cinco De Mayo- Possible future events.
-Then a reminder of a vibe check of limitations on events per month. (this was not a formal vote)

PROPOSALS:
C.Lipinski – 3 people as cohandlers/cosigners. Keith Rose, Catherine Powderly, Lisa Rasp Althein
Proposal: To add Lisa Rasp Althein to finance group as co-handler/co-signer
Impacted?: Finance/OCCUPYSt. Louis
Responsible?: Finance
Time?: ASAP
Desired Outcome: To disperse funds in a timely manner and to open an account with three people on the account
VOTE: Passed

Sasha – Creation of Official OCCUPY Book Discussion Group.
Proposal: Creation of an official OSTL Book Discussion Group, to use OSTL marketing/media tools.
Impacted?: To increase outreach and education on topics related to #OCCUPY
Responsible?: Outreach & Education Workgroup
Time?: Weekly (Tuesday evening @ WCC)
Outcome?: To increase public awareness of the issues and OSTL
Will create group on meetup.com following occupy educated’s model linked to occupyeducated.org

Current cities: Oakland CA, Chicago IL, NYC NY.
Vote: Passed

Johnathan – Accountability Working Group official purpose.
Proposal: The Working Groups of OCCUPY St. Louis write their official descriptions of area of focus and responsibility and submit for GA endorsement by Wednesday, January 18, 2012. And list members of that Working Group.
Who is impacted?: Members of OSTL working groups. Accountability
Who is responsible?: OSTL Working Groups
What ist he timeframe?: Immediately –> January 18, 2012
Expected Result: Transparent understanding of OSTL Working Groups approved by GA. Better enabled Outreach and Accountability and Facilitation.
Vote: Passed

Bradley – Accountability Workgroup Description:
Proposal: Accountability workgroup procedure:
Will be voted on for acknowledgement before GA.
“The Accountability Working Group functions as a non-authoritative regulatory and standardizing collaborative focused on reminding the working groups and members of OCCUPY St. Louis of what they are committed to do-thus, holding them accountable to ensure progress. This working group has no power to penalize anyone and as with all working groups, is always subject to the ruling of the General Assembly, and open to new members.

The Accountability Working Group is responsible for and will do the following:
-Resolve conflict between/among members of OCCUPY St. Louis with an investigation, mediation, and arbitration process.
- Maintain the official public record of passed proposals.
- Collect copies of proposal forms from facilitators to track responsible parties and ensure follow through.

The Accountability Working Group meets on Wednesdays @ 5:00 pm @ FOAM.”
Who is impacted?: Accountability OCCUPY St. Louis
Who is Responsible?: Accountability
What is the TImeframe?: Immediately–>Ongoing
Expected Result: Vote of COnfidence in/for the accountability WG.
VOTE: Passed

Leto – Reproposal to move all GA’s except Wednesday to Union Station to be indoors for the cold. The proposal had passed one GA, January 8, 2012. This proposal was amended, making it have to go through a two GA, consensus process sense the proposal was amended and it is a change of process.
Proposal: To move OCCUY St. Louis General Assemblies on Saturday and Sunday to Union Station mall in Downtown St. Louis. This would not trump any previously approved “special,” temporary locations for General Assembly.
Who is Impacted?: Occupy St. Louis
Who is responsible?: OSTL
What is the timeframe?: Immediately upon approval
Expected Result: To create a centralized location in order to recollect our members, and prepare for reoccupation.
VOTE: Passed. This has to pass a second GA in order to become official.

Zach – Officially endorsed event. March 29-30. End the Fed March.
Proposal: Occupy St. Louis take part in a national day of action against The Federal Reserve Bank Downtown.
Impacted: OCCUPY St. Louis
Responsible: OSTL/ Action
What’s the timeframe: ASAP Organizing to action.
Expected Result: TO topple the FED, Save the world. Solidarity with RIchmond.
VOTE: PASSED

Bradley – Move Thursday January 12, 2012 GA to Union Station. Right next to Sbarro’s Pizza
Proposal: Move Thursday, January 12, 2012 GA from Freedom Square at 7:00pm to Union Station at 6:00 pm behind Sbarro’s Pizza.
Who is impacted?: All of OSTL
Who is responsible?: All of OSTL, Chuch with text alert system. Johnathan with notes to be posted.
Timeframe: Thursday, January 12, 2012. 6:00pm.
Expected Result: No frostbite and to maintain quorom.
Vote: Passed and considered 24 hour notice.

Proposals Over:

Announcements:
Tomorrow is courtdate for those arrested. Place 15th and Market, 1520 Market to be exact. Time 2:00 pm. Brings signs if you dare, but please bring yourselves in solidarity and support.

January 20th National Day of action against Citizens United. 111 S. 10th Street. (time?)

11am Traffic court 1520 Market January 18, 2012

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