Facilitator – Spencer
Stack-taker – Robby
Timekeeper – Dave
Minutes – Lainie

Intro
  • Kevin has a rap about hand signals!

Committee Report-backs
  • Anton
    • Web
      • Brochure is on the website:
  • Legal
  • Please send email to legal if you were a witness to tonight’s arrest
  • City appears to be moving to shut down 24/7 occupation
    • Legal team looking into taking up cause of legal issues surrounding homelessness
  • Jessica
    • Question about CT’s
      • Point of Information: Boston further along in fundraising
  • Kevin
    • Facilitation
      • We need more facilitators!
        • Workshop Sunday (location TBA) at 7 PM
      • Reminder to use proposal forms!
        • Proposal log at info desk at City Hall
  • Yatzel
    • Direct Action
      • Contingents leaving for Houston Sunday afternoon and Monday morning
        • Gas has been covered
        • No specifics yet on action
        • Talk to Yatzel to join
  • Michelle
    • Women’s Group
      • Collaborative Statement addressing sexism in OA

Announcements
  • Jamie
    • Austin/Travis County EMS wants agenda item on ballot to protect them from privatization.
      • See Jamie to sign petition
  • Jessica
    • Women’s Group meeting on Mondays
      • 9 PM
      • Location TBA
      • Support and empowerment of women
      • Women-only first half, all welcome 2nd half
    • International Human Rights March
      • 12/10/2011 @2 PM
      • Meet at Capitol, march down Congress
  • Michelle
    • Pranksterism workshop/teachin
      • Sunday, 12/11 3 PM @ Capitol
      • Bring Credit Card Mailers
  • Matt
    • Campaign to End Death Penalty
      • Teach-in @Monkeywrench re: Mumia Abu Jamal
        • 12/9 @ 7 PM
  • Kevin
    • Occupy Caroling
      • Options include:
        • Barton Creek Mall
        • Zilker Park @ the tree
      • Point of information: Occupy Music Facebook Page
  • Dave
    • March for Children of East Austin
      • Saturday, 12/10 11 AM @ Allen Elementary
      • Info on OA Calendar
  • Michelle
    • Informational Assembly
      • Fridays, Sundays, Tuesdays 7 PM @ City Hall
      • Informal discussions
  • Jessica
    • OA Barter Market
      • 12/18 1-6 PM location TBD
      • Bring items to trade, skills, services, etc
      • We don’t need the dollar!

Proposals
  • Yoshi
    • Proposes OA acquire land and supplies needed to create a community
      • Proposal tabled for working group
  • Justin
    • Proposes we withdraw proposal to give $500 to “We the People” occupiers
    • Says they demand we pay them $500, but do not want any resources from us
      • PoI: Some are still on board with Occupy & we need to do better job reaching out
      • CQ: What was the $500 for?
        • Cedric was going to buy warm clothes
      • CQ: How does the splinter group feel about the donated food?
        • They are still eating donated food
      • PoI: Cedric made initial proposal & he’s on stack to withdraw
      • PoI: Phrog says there are other ways to help besides cash
      • CQ: Why aren’t we talking to them?
        • It’s been discussed, and Cedric has been threatened with violence
        • They are the majority sleeping out
    • Stack opened for discussion
      • Cedric: We are outnumbered
      • Cedric: We are about to be closed down
      • Cedric: Withdraws request for funds
      • Cedric: Wants to shut it down
      • Yoshi: Help them. Kill them with kindness
      • Yoshi: Bless your enemy
      • Anton: Cedric was threatened w/violence
      • Anton: Unreasonable to expect him to continue to hold down the fort
      • Anton: Concerns about co-optment
        • CQ: Are they calling themselves Occupy Austin?
          • No. They are calling themselves We The People
      • Jessica: If they are getting violent, we shouldn’t support them
      • Dave: In favor of rescinding
      • Dave: Our comrades have been pushed out and forced to leave
      • Yatzel: Neutral, but fine with rescinding
      • Yatzel: Wants us to consider being open to offering support
      • Michelle: has been an advocate for City Hall, but had to stop going b/c of threats
      • Michelle: Will leave movement if money is not rescinded
      • Yatzel: Reminds of police neutrality policy
    • Moving on to concerns
      • If we don’t pay, we might see more violence
      • Proposal does not include how to tell them
      • Concerns for Cedric’s safety
    • <3 Friendly Amendments <3
      • After GA, we all confront the bully
        • Passed
      • Amend proposal to rescind $500 & make clear that we are rescinding because threats of violence & explain to Pops that he’s not part of Occupy movement
        • Passed
      • Find Cedric a place to sleep and pack up our shit
        • Not Passed
      • Make it very clear what we are willing to give them to make sure they don’t want it
        • Not sure whether this passed or didn’t
    • More discussion
      • Someone: ONE person is not the group
      • John: There’s no reason to give anyone cash
      • John: Volunteers to sit with Cedric
      • Kevin: For rescinding & making clear they are no longer with Occupy
      • Kevin: We need to address the violence
      • Kevin: We need to talk to them & seek representation
      • Yoshi: Rescinding con
      • Yoshi: Moving forward, request receipts
      • Yoshi: Funds reflect our hard work. Cash is king
    • Discussion Extended
      • Cedric: Why are we supplying the enemy
      • Dillon: Pops was “slinging” (drug reference)
      • Dillon: We should kick out Pops
      • Dillon: Ask police to escort them out
      • Megan: If an individual is violent, we need to hold that person accountable
      • Someone: These sound like personal issues, unrelated to the proposal
      • Chicago: The root of the problem is the move to the Capitol
    • Concerns
      • What ARE we offering
        • Keep it concise
      • We’re not respecting that those who brought it now want to rescind
    • Friendly amendments
      • Either sleep there or shut it down
        • Rejected
      • Stop police neutrality
        • Rejected
          • Reminder that individuals are welcome to call police if they are personally threatened
    • Proposal passed
      • Rescind $500 with friendly amendments that passed
  • Yatzel
    • Proposes request for additional $75 for food for Direct Action: Port blockade in Houston
      • Cedric donated food stamp card
      • Proposal rescinded
  • All (or most) participants went to City Hall to confront Pops and others who have threatened violence.

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