12/27/2011 General Assembly Minutes PM

General Assembly – 2011-12-27 PM

Moderator – Ben F
Facilitator/Stack Coordinator – Scott G
Scribe – Jeremiah C
Stacker/Timekeeper – Miguel M

[Ben goes over hand signals]

Workgroup Reportbacks

Joe R – Tranquility Park Occupiers – Justin came to us on Monday

Joe R – Political Action – This is the end of the year and we have been successful. Don Cook said that he would be here commenting for the next sixty weeks. Civil disobedience about re-routing a road race.

Jamin S – Roccupy – We are going to clean up the landfill across the street from the lot we’re occupying as a show of solidarity and to gain support from Freedmen’s Town. Time/date will be discussed after GA. Or come to the Roccupy lot and discuss it there. At the lot at 1401 Andrews, catty-corner to that lot is the lot filled with debris and trash and we’re going to clean that shit up. [Question: where are we transferring the refuse?] [Answer: (Greeny?) Recycling]

Scott G – Research – I started this group on October 9th but it hasn’t gotten off the ground until now. The idea is that there will be an online aspect because it’s data-intensive. The idea is that there’s a lot of different things going on at Occupy Houston and research would benefit a lot of them. For example a laundry list of the nasty things that Chevron has done. E-mail scottrgregory@gmail.com and Scott will invite you to a private online discussion group. Would like to work closely with other workgroups. This is a way for tens-of-thousands of Houstonians who can’t be here physically to contribute.

Announcements

Joe R – Talked about meetings of various political parties. Governor Perry is in deep shit in the Commonwealth of Virginia and will not be on the ballot there.

Ben F – Last GA: * happy holidays from Dan
* Russian Consulate Protest on Wed from 4-6
* Really Really Free Market here on Thur 1to5pm
* Workgroup reinvigoration on Sat Jan 7th 2pm

Scott G – Newt Gingrich is also not on the ballot in Virginia. If you’re concerned about getting out of the fray at 1401 Andrews, the police already showed up there. They surrounded the lot with their cars. You’re not getting away from the action by going over there. [Ben F says that on private property without a fence, the police don't have to afford you a reasonable expectation of privacy]. Scott wants to build a miniscule fence as a statement. Come to workgroup meetings for Roccuhouse for fence-building project. [back to research workgroup idea] Reach out to other Occupy cities to find out what their research is.

Proposals

[there is confusion over whether a proposal still requires two GAs to pass. Three people recall a proposal passed that reverted our GA process back to a one-GA passing]

Scott G – proposes that consensus discussion to change specifics or nature of GA must be announced 24 hours in advance both online and at Tranquility Park on a sign. [passed]

Ben F – proposes that any proposal that cannot be demonstrated from the minutes be treated as an opinion until it can be demonstrated. [passed]

Trey – proposes that GA schedule be 7 days per week at 11am and 7pm. And that we allow proposals that don’t involve schedule changes to be passed at one GA. [tabled because we need 24h announcement – requesting that it be proposed at the Thursday evening GA]

[proposals closed because we no longer have a quorum]

Opinions

Jeremiah C – There is conflicting information on when the GAs are scheduled. Currently, Facebook and occupyhouston.org don’t have an event published for this very GA that we are attending.

Miguel M – we should be videotaping our GAs.

Trey – thinks we should have a (Little Smokie?) grill. Was told that we’re not allowed to have an open flame and that the fire must be off-the-ground and enclosed. [Ben suggests that we use charcoal]

Scott G – I love you guys. So glad that we’re here. I believe.

Anthony H – About the guys who were indicted by the grand jury and the raid on the property near Roccupy, they’re trying to send us a message that says “we don’t mind you being here, just don’t make waves”. [Miguel says that if we're going to be representing OH, be non-violent]. [Anthony points out that it's not about violence. It's about us being disruptive].

Scott G – there’s going to be a Facilitation meeting at 6PM Wednesday…extra-special two-hour long Facilitation meeting.

Jamin S – As Gandhi said, “be the change that you want to see in the world.”

Miguel M – If you know anybody that likes to draw, maybe they could setup a stand out here and draw.

Joe R – MLK day is coming up. There are two parades in this city. Our legendary activist is organizing all sorts of lovely coordinated civil “obedience” to brainwash.

[adjournment due to lack of quorum]

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