Roles, respect check, donations, approve agenda – 5
Welcome, consensus review – 5
Announcements – 5
Working and affinity group reports and proposals – 15
Open discussion – 10
Epiphany break – 5
General proposals – 10
Open floor – 10
Occupy Gainesville news – 10
Other Occupy news – 5
Announcements, appreciation – 5
Clean up, party down
Facilitator – Michelle
Stack taker – Karin
Time keeper – Lars
Note taker – Walton
Vibeguide – Erin
A four-part series of nonviolent resistance and de-escalation and relationship skills will be held each Saturday for the next four weeks.
A mobile occupation and community outreach will be held on Sunday at Karrie’s house; meet at the corner of NE 12th St. and 23rd Ave. around 1:00 PM. We’ll be going door to door, telling people what we’re about and finding out what they’re about.
Julie is working on our January Rockupy.
There are also plans to occupy the Rainbow gathering on 14 February. Lars heard that there will be an Occupy camp, and that they’re planning a state GA.
Occupy Ocala wants to host an Occupy Florida GA in February (no concrete date yet).
We’re also planning a state GA as part of SERCO in March.
The Iguana needs submissions; if you want to write an article, particularly about OG or VFP, the deadline is Monday.
Working and affinity group reports and proposals
SERCO, via Lars
A group went to the fish camp, and they’re pretty enthusiastic about it as a location.
The invitation letter to other Occupies, and the text for the website, are available for review in the OG forums.
Move to Amend
Will meet again next Wednesday at 5:30 in the CMC, and each Wednesday thereafter. To get on the mailing list, please email movetoamendgainesville [at] gmail.com
Occupy the Dream, via Stephen
Results of the Veterans for Peace meeting are available on the website under Occupy the Dream.
Lars talked to an Occupy Miami friend, and they are experiencing the same stresses that OG has been. They’ve also been occupying since October, and they are going through the same tensions between organizers and sleepers that we have.
Even if OG fractures or disintegrates, we’ve all made strong connections and friendships here, and we can still continue to do actions and activities.
Julie has a friend at Occupy Oakland who says that they always have a fun activity or party going on; maybe doing the same would raise our morale and garner some new interest.
A mobile eatery was also suggested, like they have in Asheville. East Side Eatery has the facilities to make and sell jams and jellies, which may be an avenue for outreach and publicity.
Karin was looking at all the empty buildings on Main St., and wishes we could have one. Michelle was looking at some property on Newnan’s lake. It’s super expensive, but it would be great to have a place to be all self-sufficient and just hang out.
None tonight, folks
Our street theatre action needs volunteers to help out. Spike is super stoked about it.
Lars was inspired by the bank actions and is excited about our January events, and psyched about all the people participating in OG.
Nancy also expressed the same sentiments.
Suggestion for a time bank: volunteer your hours, get time in the bank, and someone else in the bank will recompense your time by providing a service you need.
Michelle wants to help out with the cooking, but has no way of transporting food. Does anyone want to volunteer a vehicle 1 night a week? She also wants to do more artsy stuff, and there are a lot of supplies in the shed. Also, emailing is fun. Let’s do more of it.
Stephen agrees that email is a great way to stay in personal contact, and would love to trade addresses with people.
Julie wants us to know that, even though she may not be on site, she’s still with us in spirit. She’d also like to have an art GA sometime in the future.
Phil was also at the bank action at BoA. There was lots of positive support, and only a few vocal detractors.
Occupy Gainesville news
Coral: today’s march to Wells Fargo went well, and spirits were high. Occupiers were asked to leave, and the police were called. The police showed up, hung out with the demonstrators for a little while. They left, and we stayed.
Nancy: the police were very friendly; one said to her, “we’re all in this learning process together”. After the action, a group went to the courthouse for the pretrial for some of our occupiers. Judge Green is probably one of the coolest people on the planet, and Nancy was enthused by the atmosphere he maintained in his courtroom.
Michelle: BoA is right across the street from the Alligator, and a photographer came and took some pictures, and talked to John Berger. The security guard was a nice guy.
Mary: we should try to get some journalism students to come cover our events, like they do for the VFP.
Other Occupy news
Nancy related a story from B.Love: Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, built a new, unwanted, and unnecessary stadium. Someone from Houston bought a house adjacent to the stadium, and offered to let Occupy rent it. Unforutnately, the local Occupy didn’t have any money; fortunately, he’s letting them rent it for free, as long as they make themselves really noticeable. About 30 people are occupying the house, and have pitched tents in the front yard.
Announcements and appreciation
The OG site was down this evening, but the net team is working to get it back up.
9 January, there will be a free speech forum at the Paramount Plaza Hotel. There will be food at 11:30 (which you’ll have to pay for), and a 12:30 forum (which will be free, like speech).
Also on 9 January, activist Mary Olsen will hold a strategy session regarding the proposed nuclear power plant. The event is at 7:00 PM at the CMC.
On Thursday, in Levy County, there will be two comment periods (1 PM and 7 PM) on the new nuclear plant. Gainesville is squarely in the fallout zone, meaning that in the event of a problem, we’ll be faced with evacuation and poisoning. If you can’t attend in person, you can write in, or visit the group on Facebook. For more info, get in touch with Lars.
Michelle appreciates white rice; brown rice takes too long to cook. She also appreciates all the OG people, for being so awesome.
Mary appreciates everyone who danced at the winter solstice event.
Michelle appreciates our silence.