RRAD – 5
Working and affinity group reports and proposals – 15
Open discussion: local and national issues – 15 (+25)
Break from reality – 15
General proposals – 10
Open floor – 10
Announcements, news, appreciation – 10
Facilitator – Michelle
Time keeper – Gary
Vibe checker – Ed
Greeter/guide – Kenzie
Stack taker – Spike; Tommy after the break
Note taker – Walton
Respect check – everyone
Consensus review – we all know the twinkles
SERCO – Spike
Event is getting closer; we need to finish prepping the land. We’ll be working this Saturday, please let us know by Friday if you’d like to help out.
We have a firepit, firewood, and some cleared land.
We still need to clear trails and more camping space, and figure out how we’ll light the trails. We also need volunteers to manage crews.
Please publicize the conference call.
Chris inventoried our first aid kit.
Our food connection has offered us $400 worth of food for $100.
Direct Action – Karrie
F29: Shut Down the Corporations day of action. We’ll demonstrate at the corner of University Ave and 13th St, and there may be a march to Bank of America (or somewhere else, depending on the prevailing mood). Bring your favorite anti-corporate sign; we’ll bring the corporate puppet and a giant scroll of ALEC corporations.
Proposal (passes): Demonstrators will pass out flyers containing the following text (with a few minor tweaks):
What Is The Noise About Today?
We are joining with activists across the U.S. protesting ALEC, which is meeting in Salt Lake City. Bank of America is among hundreds of corporations in ALEC. The American Legislative Exchange Council, funded by corporations, uses lobbyists to write legislation.
What's Wrong With This? These bills:
*favor Wall Street profits over local small businesses
*undermine consumer and workplace protections
*destroy public access to healthcare and education
What Can We Do?
*educate ourselves and others
*join the movement for corporate accountability
*write to Congress. Tell them ALEC has to go!
There is a nationwide call for footage of this day of action to be compiled into a video. Please bring your cameras.
The air card will be reactivated on Friday so we can cover SERCO live.
Special thanks to our hard working video-editor.
Foreclosure affinity group – Kenzie
8 March: protest against the auction of Bea’s foreclosed home in the Superfund area. The auction will begin at 11 AM in the courthouse, in the lobby. Bea doesn’t want to see contaminated land sold to unsuspecting and uninformed bidder. Bea’s lawyers say that there’s nothing they can do about the sale.
There will be a meeting announced soon, to be held before the auction; keep an eye on the forums.
-Balancing and managing our time with local and national issues
Karin: CFAs are often last minute, leave us scrambling; a tricky situation; but we are developing the Emergency Response system to deal with situations like this
Michelle: pick and choose, giving priority to situations when we have at least 2 weeks advanced notice
Lars: time consciousness for a small group was also an issue in Athens; we can’t do everything (apparently)
Michelle: "Don't half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing." – Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation
Tommy: concern with local lifestyle issues and engrossing national issues seems to oscilatte
Kenzie: local concerns feed into the national (like food sovereignty). Strategic action in the community productively chisels away at national oppression.
John F: focus on one thing and do it well
Spike: idea for community service—solicit people to let us plant the parking strips on the street in front of their homes.
Gary: get perspective on our priorities, educate ourselves on what others are doing and what we could do
Karin: “one foot steps, the other rests” – the natural cycle of activity. Trust the movement; even if we can’t do something, some other Occupation is handling it. Work on what interests you.
Nancy: the national and the local intertwine
Michelle: national actions are a way for individual group actions to add up and make a difference through our principles of organization and cooperation
Lars: getting to know people in other towns is helpful for developing our OG organism across the region and the globe
Chris: OG can’t deal with local or national issues while it is internally segregated into cliques. We need to strengthen the community and unify our effort like Occupy the Courts.
Doc: OG’s shiny reputation precedes us in other states and regions, but the reality is different; feeling disconnected, lacking support.
Lars: it’s important to talk openly about conflicts and issues. Interpersonal conflict has torn other Occupations apart; we need to work on ways communicating effectively and develop our social cohesion. Open-mindedness, forgiveness, vigilance.
Michelle: there are lots of available supplies in the shed (blankets, food, etc.). On a related note, let’s all try to be understanding, and talk instead of bottling emotion up until it bursts.
Doc: everything we do, say represents and affects OG
Spike: groups are all open, everyone is invited to join; take initiative and pursue what interests and concerns you—do stuff and make stuff. No “inner circle” in OG, just a core group that regularly participates in several groups and activities.
Abbie: Occupying 24/7 is as important as participating in groups. Atlanta went through these same problems. Our presence reflects the commitment and vitality of the movement. Last night, the police laughed at the sleepers they moved along off the stage. Come out once and while, like we go to group meetings.
Ed: need on-site documentation and info on meeting places and times; not everyone has internet access
Karin: talk about issues, don’t hold them in until things boil over
Kenzie: negative energy, asking people to commit more time and energy isn’t productive
John F: the movement is about the global situation; the global community is the ultimate achievement. We need a new system to supplant the current one. Remember, hurt feelings go away.
Ed: let’s start an InterOccupy baseball league
Michelle: appreciate what we all do for each other; don’t call people out, especially if they’re not present
Karin: helpful communication tools – communicate your needs; the self is the locus of control: express your feelings to others, and the community will help you to meet your needs
Lars presented an open burrito to the GA. “Get on stack!”
Nancy: feels unsafe because of false sympathetic rhetoric, and withheld interaction
Announcements, news, appreciation
At 4AM today, four police officers moved the sleepers off the stage onto the wet bricks. They laughed and joked that they wanted to arrest them, but the lieutenant told them not to.
Cinema Verde is screening two films on Thursday, 1 March that may be of interest to Occupiers: #whilewewatch (4PM) and Priceless (6PM). They will be shown at Villa East (301 N. Main). It seems that if we occupy a table with info and conversation, we won’t have to pay the entrance fee. A special guest from OWS will participate live via Skype.
F29: ALEC demonstration at University and 13th from 5 – 7 PM. There may be a march if the fancy takes us.
8 March: Women’s GA at 6:30 PM at the plaza.
5 March: Direct action meeting. Meet at BDP, then the Sun Center.
1 March: Koppers vigil at City Hall; the names of the deceased will be read at open comment. Wear black.
Karrie appreciates everyone.
Ed has been working all week.
Nancy’s daughter will travel to Palestine to help build a house for a homeless West Bank family. On a similar note, Nancy’s landlord is selling her (Nancy) her house; it has some land, and potential for occupation.
8 March: Stop Foreclosure action at 11 AM, at the courthouse. A meeting will be held before then.
We sang ourselves out.