Due to the situation at Copley Square, the 4pm GA and the 7pm Strike Debt meetings will both be tentatively rescheduled for the following Sunday. We will have to re-evaluate whether Community Church will be re-opened next week. Updated information will be posted to this website. Hope everyone is safe and having a nice weekend.
Money for S17-related trial expenses
$150 to Linda, for S17-related trial expenses
Brought by Linda. Passed in the consent bucket.
Proposal Consideration Proposal
Several of Occupy Boston’s funding proposals have resulted in hard feelings. Generally, these hard feelings come about when a (large) funding proposal is brought to GA and passed, and people feel blind-sighted because they didn’t know the proposal was coming, and were not at GA to object.
This problem is made worse by two factors:
- We often don’t know in advance what proposals are being brought to GA, and
- The tactic of “packing” GAs, where the proposer brings enough friends to overcome a block; after the GA, the proposer and their friends disappear.
I’d like to propose a change to the way we handle funding proposals, to create more opportunity for participation, and to make the process fairer and more democratic. Ultimately, I’d like to see Occupy Boston become better at managing resources.
I ask that any proposal involving more than $500 be subject to a one-GA “settling period”. This settling period would work as follows:
- Funds or materials are not disbursed until the next GA after the proposal passes.
- During the following GA, anyone can ask for the proposal to be “reconsidered”.
- During reconsideration, the proposal is discussed again. The outcome of reconsideration is that (a) the original proposal stands, (b) the proposal is amended (if the original proposer is there to discuss the amendments), or (c) is rescinded.
- If there are no calls for reconsideration, the proposal stands, and disbursements can be made.
In short, reconsideration provides a one-GA cycle where we can gather additional input, and even change our minds.
I realize that this settling period will slow down some decision making. But I hope that the extra time allows us to make decisions that are acceptable to a greater number of people.
We will maintain the previously allocated direct action funds, to be used for direct action, without the one-GA settling period.
Proposed by Steve. Passed by consensus.
Activist Collaboration and Coalition Building
We’ll spend the next GA brainstorming and discussing ideas for building coalitions with other activist groups in Boston.
By Occupy Boston Strike Debt
Saturday April 6th, 2013 2-5pm Upstairs at The Middle East, 472 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA, Central Square.
FREE ADMISSION and Refreshments provided.
Debt is a tie that binds the 99%. Occupy Boston Strike Debt present an afternoon of music, food, serious discussion and strategic resistance around the growing student debt bubble. New York Strike Debt spearheaded The Rolling Jubilee and so far has bought and paid off over $1 million in medical debt as a new tactic for emancipation of citizens from debt peonage. Boston Strike Debt joins New York Strike Debt and Oakland Strike Debt to actualize realistic approaches to fighting and eliminating debt.
Rick Berlin and A Few Nickels and Dimes and Licious featuring Kelsey Brown will provide entertainment along with DJ Ultratumba.
Professor Dan Clawson of the University of Massachusetts Sociology Dept and co-author of The Future of Higher Education will present on the growing student debt crisis. Join us for activism, music, community collaboration and solid solutions to student loan debt. Together we can break the shackles of debt. You Are Not A Loan.
If you would like more information about this event or to schedule an interview please contact email@example.com.
by Joe Cugini for OB Strike Debt
Hello Occupiers and friends.
The Occupy Boston Strike debt group is holding an “Anti-Student Debt Event” at the Middle East Club in Cambridge, on Sat., April 6. There’ll be music, information, agitation– and we’d like a key part to be “True Student Debt Confessions”.. Do you have a tale about how you ended up under or unemployed and over the debt barrel? We bet a lot of you do. Would you like to get up on stage, get it off your chest and purge your needless guilt? Bring a prop or 2 if you like, such as suitcases full of dunning letters, or your “Chief Chicken Fryer” hat from KFC.
Victims of student indebtedness of all ages and classes are welcome. Send us a note and tell us your story briefly, and we’ll slot you into our program. Contact us and get all info about the event @ firstname.lastname@example.org YOU ARE NOT A LOAN !