Minuets of General Assembly of 1/23/2012

For the General Assembly of 1/23/2012, we were one vote shy of obtaining Quorum. Therefore, no new proposals were made. However we did make some general workgroup report backs followed by a discussion of our concerns over the future direction of OccupyHouston as regular, reoccuring members of the prescence at Tranquility Park, alongside the Freedman’s Town Project House and Roccupy.

Joe Roche reports Harris County Comissioners meeting is at 10:00am this Monday followed by City Council open forum at 2:00pm
Pointdexter volunteers to join Peacekeepers
Pointdexter also  reports maybe joining TX/RX [A systems analyst/hacker/tinkerer nonprofit collective] on behalf of Occupy with motive to maybe leverage any resources as needed.
There is consensus that Park conditions are abysmal and is a recognized problem requiring a solution.
Jennie and Sherie disavow membership from Roccupy and are trying to get stuff back to Tranquility Park, and to “reset” things as according to the originol logistics of the Tranquility Park. Some furthur discussion proceeded that rather than returning back on exactly the same part of the park, we rotate around and begin efforts fixing the other side of the park.
	Logistics wants back:
		2 tables
		2 chairs
		Laptops
		Possibly surplus blankets
		Clothes maybe
		Lots of stationary (inside)
		Folding Chairs (inside)
Maria points out it may be possible to obtain items we may need that have been recycled through Freecycle.com
Trae Facebook Groups reflecting the various workgroups and roles of Occupy should “just happen” in the interest of increased transparency.

Afterwards, some general concerns were raised by some present that OccupyHouston has broken up into a series of secretive groups. Although Occupy is “leaderless” it is also “leaderful” in that the people who decide to take responsibility of something should, ideally, step aside after adding their nuance so that others can add theirs, in effect returning back to the “source” of the movement. People who have formed their own groups in the name of Occupy, but then not returned that back to the General Assembly, have, in esscence, broken faith with Occupy, threatening its integrity as a whole entity.

On the other hand, it was also argued, that a Gestalt perspective is a good way to interpret OccupyHouston. That OccupyHouston is made up of separate groups that are large, or small, depending on frame of reference, and may not seem to make a coherent picture when taken exactly as it is laid out, but when patched together keeping in mind negative and positive space [in this sense this is being used in the sense of black and white shades of a picture,] in its own context, makes an actual interpretable picture. Literally, this is what you see when you look at the World Wildlife Fund Panda Logo, or our own We Are The 99% logo with the head of a girl. These logos have been left behind to help people understand and will be placed in the library.

Before disolving for the night, we had a last round robin approach to air what we felt, and we talked about:
1 ) Cleanup of Tranquility
2 ) Physical occupation in public space is still important, versus private space
3 ) We hope for better cooperation among workgroups
4 ) Forgiveness among workgroups
5 ) No secrecy
6 ) Survival over the next final three months of winter
7 ) Some mediation and exchange, that FTPH (Freedmen’s Town Project House) and Roccupy would be together and communicating
8 ) For evreyone to know what groups we have; and for these groups to be accessible
9 ) Maybe “official” communication should be in a particular format (email?) so there is always a single point of reference for the conversation between groups as a whole rather than vieing for evreyones attention across different mediums
10 ) We are still a young movement with many questions
11 ) Can we get portapotties?
12 ) Meet  back at Tranquility at 1:30pm for protest action followed by City Council Forum
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