South East Convergence March 23 to March 25

Occupy Gainesville invites you to the first SouthEastern Regional Convergence of Occupations (affectionately dubbed SERCO). This event was approved via consensus by the statewide Florida General Assembly on December 11, 2011. SERCO will take place from March 23-25, 2012, in the lush cypress groves of North Florida.

Occupy Gainesville commits to providing a safe campsite to host three days of workshops, skill-shares, and assemblies. But rather than setting the agenda ourselves, we invite all participants to help shape this event. We will help coordinate the planning, but you will decide the program itself, so that SERCO reflects the interests and concerns of all attendees. With this goal in mind, we propose three overlapping steps to start: 1) brainstorming and developing decision-making structures, 2) reaching agreement, 3) taking roles. These steps are overlapping, and we encourage the involvement of anyone who is enthusiastic about helping create the program for this weekend. This process is happening in part on the weekly conference calls
Calls dates:
March 12th at 6pm EST
March 19th at 6pm EST
Register to conference call here : http://interoccupy.org/secall/

We are very excited about SERCO and the opportunity to develop a consensus-based, directly democratic process for our geographic region. Through this, we can build and strengthen a network of activists and occupations from the Caribbean to the Southeastern U.S.; achieve a model for more effective global coordination in the spring, summer, and the coming years; celebrate the great diversity of our cultures; and find new cohesiveness in our common aims of creating a more just, free, and sustainable world.

To be sent directions you must register with an email address you can check. You may arrive after noon Friday, March 23 to help us with final preparations. There will be some things happening Friday evening and night, but much of the program will happen Saturday and Sunday. Please plan to leave the site by 5:00 pm Sunday. We hope to help anyone with transportation issues. Please let us know via the registration or contact forms. Thanks and see you soon!

Here are some of the workshops planned for SERCO. These are tentative titles; as we get better descriptions from the presenters, we'll post them.

Why Regional and Global Networks? With Author and Activist Cindy Millstein
Solidarity, Anti-Oppression Organizing and the Global Occupy Movement
Men Stopping Rape and Sexism
Aboriginal Issues in the Southeast US
Consensus Process and Clear Facilitation
RNC and DNC Organizing
Constitutional Amendments and Occupy the Legislatures
Environmental Activism: Occupy Climate Change
Lessons from Latin American Social Movements

Some Assemblies:

Women Only GA
State GAs (Florida definite)
Southeastern Regional Assembly

Some facilitated discussions we envision happening:

Nonviolence, Diversity of Tactics, and Occupy Strategies
Camp Issues: An Exchange of Occupation Ideas, Experiences, Tools
Strategies for Dealing With Police, Assault, Infiltration, Repression

We encourage activists from our region to join this effort and help build a stronger inter community network. We already have some ideas about what such a network could mean and how to help it to develop. But we also know that growing a movement requires everyone’s participation.