General Assembly Minutes – Nov. 22, 2011

General Assembly Minutes – November 22, 2011 7:30pm
Approximately 34 in attendance.

Facilitators: Vanessa, Benjamin Franklin
Stack Coordinator: Miguel
Stackers: Jamin
Timer: Jonathan
Scribe: Jeremy
Greeters: John
Moderator: Amy Price

Volunteer Group Announcements

DUSTIN – Out Reach: trying to get state wide organization for Texas. Had a meeting today with Jen Chalk with the mayors office. We will keep you guys updated.

Joe – Political Action: this morning Ben Franklin and I went to Commissioners court, judge wasn’t there. I had a comment in the chronicle. I wanted to mention if someone wants to go to commissioners court in two weeks they should I will be in DC. They have an agenda with lots of money going to not so important things. Planted some seeds about

Benjamin – First Aid: Needs more volunteers, we can provide training, the first aid table is not a trash bin, please don’t eat food around the table. There are orange and silver blankets, that are labelled as emergency use only. They are meant to be used as such.

Benjamin – Peace Keeping: Meeting wed. tomorrow at 11pm.

Vanessa – Diversity: We had a radio show last night. There were three of us on the radio (Queer Voices with KPFT). Mary Wior, Remmington, and myself. We discussed a lot of topics mostly related to LGBT. We look forward to more shows like that.

Ian – Freedmans Town Outreach: I need more people, meet me after GA.

Workgroup Proposals

Dustin – Outreach: Some of you may know Maria Ellana, we have had some issues with her. I spoke with the legal team about this, and she tends to not be a team player according to them. I am making a proposal that we draft an official statement that would be signed by individuals in OH saying that Maria Ellana Castellanos will not be able to officially represent us or file paperwork without our consent. Effectively removing her from the Legal Team but allowing her to continue as a member of OH. Block: It is unethical to propose this when Maria is not here to defend herself, so I am blocking. Block 2nd! Tabled

Jenny – Finance: As of right now we have $22 in our cash fund. As for Cash Donations it keeps disappearing. There are people breaking protocol on finance committee. We went a week and a half without being able to count money. If you miss three finance meetings in a row without any notice your access to keys for petty cash and the ledger is revoked. -PASSED-

Personal Announcements

Joe – The term Sausage Making has anyone ever heard when it applies to legislative. Sausage Making is a term that’s applied to a legislative body when it’s making laws, which is never pretty. Next tuesday 29th city council is in session. Everyone should go!!! Please, we meet here at 1:30pm on tuesdays. You can get with me or email the city secritary to get on stack. The following tuesday is the sixth is the last day of early voting and the harris county commissioners court is in session. Please get on stack for that as well. Also if you are registered to vote there is a vote for the run off in at least two races on December 10th. I’ve been in contact with Congressman John Garamendi, email me a list of demands you might have, I can present it to him.

Jamin – Next wednesday there will be three mics available for a talk show that is hosted by the Nation of Islam at KPFT called Connect the Dots from 3 to 4 pm. On the 23rd is an international call to action to stand in solidarity with Sol Korea details will come later.

Amy – Jolanda Jones needs people to work the poles for her at the early voting.

Jenny – Thanksgiving coming up, my proposal is that we take a break from GA for Thanksgiving Day. We allow ourselves a day off. Artim is no longer on Finance. Voted at the finance committee

Personal Proposal

Jonathan – I propose that we buy a back scatter scanner in order to determine the gender of the person attending the next gender exclusive working group meeting. ***sarcasm?***

Erica – An action on no shopping day this friday, I propose that we go to the galleria mall and do a mic check about what it is that we are doing and what we want and one of the things we can say is no to consumerism, give love. An announcement was made before but no action was taken. So I propose this will be this friday at 3pm at the Galleria. -PASSED- Those interested please see Erica after the GA.

Jenny – Thanksgiving coming up, we should not do GA on that day, and take a break for the festivities. -PASSED- 2. I would like to have it put on the Occupy Houston event to be at 6pm whatever the harvest festival name is. -PASSED- Fall Harvest Feast official name -PASSED-

Ian – Our work is divided between GA and the committee I propose we figure a way to put all the software we use on sdi cards and go to the Points of Contact’s. So in order for any work to be done you have [transcription incomplete] Failed & had 2 Blocks

Alice – Make yard signs so people can put them in their yards for those that do not have the ability to come and support in person. Tabled to be represented with details.

Jamin – I propose there be no groups within Occupy Houston be exclusive certain demographics in Occupy Houston within the Occupied space of Occupy Houston. Blocks 2: no safe spaces.


Joe – 20% of people 18 to 34 vote, that’s sad. This is a US passport, it signifies citizenship in this country. People all over the world die and starve for being able to vote. People should Vote!

Alice – Reading an excerpt from “Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her” by Susan Griffin.

Mouse – I don’t know if you know, but we had a major event here yesterday. No body else knows. I spent all day informing people. They had no clue. Is Occupy Houston part of a global action. If it is why are we not out there explaining to everyone what went down. We had a gun man endangering everyone here, we had police sitting on their ass. The gun man shot 4 or 5 shots and it wasn’t until he shot the water that the cops did anything. Then the police hide behind the trees. Our lives are not front page news.

Amy – Thank you for the info, I am glad to know it. We shouldn’t speculate on the motives of the perpetrator.