General Assembly Minutes 2013-02-02

Occupy Gainesville General Assembly Minutes for Saturday, February 2, 2013

Roles
Facilitator - Nancy
Stack - Zot
Time Keeper - Chris
Notes - Annette

Agenda
Announcements
Human Rights in County Charter
Occupy FBI/ FOIA
Court Cases
Occupy Gainesville Light Brigade
AIM Events
Nancy and Daughter Reunion Project
General Discussion

Announcements
Activist Coalition Meeting - Wed Feb 6 at 7pm at the Sun Center.
OG Light Brigade workday - Sun Feb 10, starting at noon. John's garage.

Human Rights in County Charter
Zot discussed how the City of Gainesville has a place in their charter for support of Human Rights which includes sexual orientation and gender identity. This may be an opportune time for groups in our community to support the idea of a resolution or ordinance to protect the same categories of humans in the Alachua County charter as well. She proposed that OG support the idea and join these groups in solidarity.
Consensus reached.

Occupy FBI/FOIA
A working group is being formed to research and continue to address issues related to FBI surveillance, which improperly classifies protesters as terrorists, fails to investigate the criminal fraud of bank executives, and has ignored a conspiracy to commit murder against Occupy participants. This effort will include requesting documents available from other sources by request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Chris will be creating a page for this and requests that people send in photos. Admins will include Chris and Willie. Nancy will communicate with the Occupy Jacksonville participants about a possible meeting this Saturday at 2 pm at the CMC (or courtyard).Whistler is willing to contribute $20 toward their gas. Ed believes we should encourage all Occupy Groups in Florida to do their own FOIA requests pertaining to surveillance of their groups or individuals. Liz M had suggested to Nancy that individuals request their personal records, as it may be quicker. Nancy believes that we should also request info regarding surveillance of Tea Party groups.
Zot pointed out that we could likely save a great deal of time by learning from someone who has been through the process.

Court Cases
Geoffrey has filed a new Motion To Dismiss based on the permit. People who were there when the permit issues were happening should speak to Geoffrey. Chris expressed concerns that we might lose the trespass cases if they go to trial and that the fines would be unaffordable for many of us. Annette wonders if perhaps the fines would not have to be paid if such a decision was being appealed. The worst likely scenario may be that appeals fail and we have to pay the fines, with help from a fundraiser, but the best case might be that a higher court would rule that our 1st Amendment rights had been violated by the city ordinance which keeps the public from utilizing it's own property for political speech and assembly - and that would be awesome. Ed said he remembers another case of uneven enforcement of the ordinance was when the officer spoke with Michelle, who had returned to the plaza after hours, but did not arrest her. Zot said this selective enforcement was evident also in the video taken the night that we intervened on behalf of the homeless.

Occupy Gainesville Light Brigade
Nancy, Zot, and Chris twisted wires into hundreds of LEDs today. Chris wonders which letters do we have so far. Annette has a list. The current goal is to choose a message for Valentines Day and display it at the pedestrian bridge on S 13th Street. The next workday for making letters is Sunday Feb 10, starting at noon at John's garage.

AIM action in St Augustine
Zot reported on the action organized by A.I.M. and Ancient Trees, and 2 other groups in St Augustine this past Monday. They began their campaign in November, asking for the closing of the fort (Castillo De San Marco) as a way to raise awareness of it's horribly cruel history. OG members participated in the outdoor picketing as well as the indoor events. An Occupy group from Lake Worth also attended. This event provided an opportunity for networking between the activist groups as well as interaction with Park Service staff. John took the tour inside the fort and said he found it to be somewhat more respectful than it had been many years ago. Attendees were very appreciative of the OGLB lighted display spelling out IDLE NO MORE. Proposal for reimbursing $20 of the money for gas. Consensus reached.

Nancy and Daughter Reunion Project
Chris has worked with Nancy to create the text for the fundraising page. Nancy's friend Jessica, has a PayPal account that will be used. The effort is to raise at least $900 by March the 15th. Nancy's daughter, Mary, is an outstanding young activist, whom Nancy has not seen in over 2 years because of her studies and activism, including the rebuilding of a house for a Palestinian family in a very high risk area.

General Discussion
Annette said Nancy made a good call on the postponement of the Feb 1st Wallmart protest, in light of the organization Our Wallmart granting some time for the corporation to deliver on promises recently made. Chris had done some scouting of the new location and remarked that it is a very huge property and the store sits very far back from the public sidewalk. Ed recently realized that Anarchy 1 Radio has helped to make it possible for 300 broadcasters worldwide to have access to some radio software. A company called S.A.M. which previously tried to maintain control over this and charged fees has given up and released