Minutes–General Assembly 1/26/12

Facilitation Team

  • Moderators: James O and Bishop
  • Stack: Paige
  • Minutes: Brian H
  • Time: Amanda

Began 7:30 pm

Explanation of GA process, hand signals

 

Announcements

James O: Wants to discuss civil disobedience after GA

Kit: Austin Art Nerds made mini tent cities and are looking for location to place them

Levi: National Day of Action on March 19 to protest Monsanto policies

Amanda: Occupy AISD action January 30 at AISD board meeting Jan 31, 6 pm; sign-making party at Republic Square Park n Sunday

Kit: Web team needs volunteers able to use WordPress

Ryan: His church is willing to assist with donations and outreach. Meeting at Austin Java tomorrow, 5 pm, for outreach

Amanda: Stand Up For Occupy, Jan 29 at Hole In The Wall

 

Reports Backs

Kit: 7663 Twitter followers, counter of OA days of occupation, support from Australian occupations; Twitter implementing filter to restrict access per country/ OccuQueers meeting next Thursday, 9 pm, Austin Java

Brian H: need satellite kitchens and donations

Justin: Went on outreach canvassing to communicate Occupy message to public

Jordan: Debate Team holding actions on Sundays at Farmers Market

Claire: Requesting quorum for Finance Team proposal

 

Quorum is present. Explanation of consensus process

 

Proposals

Claire: Finance Workgroup has created processes to getting nonprofit status for financial assistance for OA

Kit: Advises an emergency GA should be called to ensure quorum and for discussion

 

Quorum was lost

 

Claire: Proposes quorum of twenty ( 20 ) should be present to pass proposals, due to decreased numbers at GAs

Concerns: Kit: Urges discussion of all options to increase attendance and reduce meetings

Amanda: Other Occupations have fewer GAs and at different times to encourage attendance

Claire: Likes both ideas mentioned

Gee: Claire’s document was published online and was being “paused” too fast

James O: OA is an experiment in social improvement, stresses importance of our presence in all aspects of Occupation

Justin: Downside to reduction of GAs is lack of participation

Paige: Less GAs means more actions

Cedric: Too many cliques within OA affects attendance for meeting quorum

 

Both proposals tabled

 

Adjourned 8:40 pm

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