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GA Sunday Feb 19 AGENDA Special Topic

Friday night’s Planning Meeting was fruitful!  Some  folks stepped up & volunteered to Faciliate Sunday’s Session and the Agenda was consensed.  If you plan to attend Sunday, you can review this Agenda in advance & come prepared to participate in discussion of the many questions OH faces as we move forward.  See you then!

Sunday Feb 19 Agenda Strategy GA

Today, we answer some of the hard questions about what Occupy Houston is, where it’s going and how, specifically, to get there.

Special Topic GA: Internal Strategy

1-1:15              Welcome and Values Activity

1:15-1:25         Agenda and Participant Guidelines

1:25-3              Values: What Are the Guiding Principles of Occupy Houston?

  •             Decide on values all can agree on
  •             How do these get communicated?
  •             Who will help implement decisions?

3-3:10  BREAK

3:10-3:15         Opening Activity

3:15-4:45         Structure: How Do We Structure Ourselves In Order to Implement Our Values?

What structure will we create to coordinate efforts between occupiers?

  •                         How will it work?
  •                         What needs to be done to implement it?
  •                         Who will be tasked with implementing it?

The GA

  •                         When?
  •                         Where?
  •                         How?
  •                         Who will help implement decisions?

Work Groups

  •                         What workgroups are absolutely necessary for OH to function?
  •                         What workgroups are currently truly active?
  •                         What are workgroups required to do?
  •                         What are they forbidden to do?
  •                         Who will help implement decisions?

4:45-4:55   BREAK

4:55-5  Opening Activity

5-5:55  Goals: How Do We Enact Our Values?

Impending Coordinated Occupy Actions

Feb 28:  Mass suppression of Occupy

Feb 29: Protest ALEC Corporations

Mar 1: Student Rally and Walkout

Mar 15: ReOccupy 2.0

Mar 17: St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Mar 31: NOW DC

Do we want to develop best practices for deciding on/creating other actions?

  •                         What would they be?
  •                         Who will help implement decisions?

5:55-x= Continuation of Above OR New Items OR Feedback for Facilitation, Closing Activity and Adjourn

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Community Outreach/Foreclosures WG Minutes 02.16.12

Foreclosures

Online Resources

http://www.tenant.net/Community/history/hist03d.html
info on 1930’s tenant movement. Some tactics may be relevant.

http://www.truth-out.org/how-occupy-our-homes-can-win/1328034041

focus on anti-eviction rather than anti-foreclosure, makes the housing bubble the real culprit

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qSeEvKoYg0pxLKJxfDW20wNyxVUiBei4-VDoBeKfgmM/edit

notes from 2/2/12 mtg
http://occupyourhomes.org/
Above has lots of info about helping folks stay in their homes

http://bit.ly/9zurox

Above enables homeowners to ask their lenders to show them their mortgage note via a form.

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Welcome & Introduction

Introduce facilitation team
Call Host:  Occupy Houston
Call Facilitators:  Amy Price
Maestro Board Manager(s):  Amy Price
Note Taker(s) :  Giselda Rendon
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Main Meeting
Present: Erica, Michael, Jim, Miguel, Jim, Amy, Folko
Facilitator: Amy
Notes:

REPORTBACKS:

Erica on Freedmanstown: Erica followed up last week on investigating building ties and community with Freedman’s town.  Wants to meet with Lenwood Johnson, a longtime activist there who has long ties with the community, at 7pm Monday at the neighborhood association.  Giselda and Erica will go to discuss issues and opportunities in Freeman’s town as individuals but not as spokespeople for the group. Erica spoke with Delbert, who has been active there and meeting with churches.  He says there is a lot of sympathy for occupy in the neighborhood and chance for not only residents being active in an occupy cause but for occupy to help with neighborhood needs and struggles.  Recommends visiting churches in the area.

Michael on media: Media in Mission Bend – didn’t find a fannie mae office here,  compiled a list of standard media organizations but none that are mission bend.  (amy) Even with a small amount of people we could make a media stink at a bank/office.

Folko: Posted a link from the 30s era of eviction struggles, inspiring to read and informative, it is on the workgroup facebook page.

SAMUEL

Giselda regarding Samual and Dawn/mission bend:  The family has recently decided they need to prioritize legal measures to keep their home. It would be great if a few people from occupy – not just Giselda – could meet with the family to encourage them as far as our commitment to help with mass action/occupation/publicity and that that is a feasible option or at least one worth trying, because courts aren’t exactly geared to help people in these cases.  Erica, King, Giselda, maybe Miguel (with transportation help) might meet with Samual. Giselda will refer Samual to Burke, his info is in the notes from the last meeting,

Erica: Read in occupyourhomes anti-eviction campaigns need to focus on asking the bank to reduce the value of the principle and to sell the house back to the x-owners at the price that they would sell the house in the market, but the focus would be resist displacement and demand homes back to market value. Organizing around refinancing is not efficient because every refinance situation is different, we want to press the bank to let the x owner have the house at market value, has to do with focus on negative equity, ex. if they got the house at 200,000 and the house is only worth 100,000 – how occupy our homes can win is the name of the article. got good articles on forecolusure prevention, campaign in boston and other towns. fight for principle reduction.

NEIGHBORHOOD CAMPAIGN:

Amy:  this weekend we have a lot of planning, first Friday planning meeting to figure out what we need to be effective, what do we want to actually accomplish as a movement, Sunday we have another meeting to answer those questions (and it’s also a GA) great time to find a direction this weekend and focus.

Erica: meed to talk about that in our workgroup first, not planning meeting, we need to do more research, planning meeting would just be reporting on what we’ve been doing.  thinking we need to read more on how other people have struggled in foreclosures and what the situation is and what is possible to do.  We also need to think about neighborhood to work in.  Freedman’s town is close by but it could be another place as well.

Jim: one simple way to find foreclosures is look at databases online, find zipcodes with more foreclosures, go to the area, grocery stores, barbershops, etc.

Miguel: we could put ad in craigslist, houston press

Erica: har.com is efficient way to find foreclosed zipcodes. Problem is in most foreclosed listing people are already gone, not still fighting to stay. When we research best neighborhoods, let’s not just look at  foreclosure rates because they happen everywhere but places with a sense of community

Miguel: possibly find rich benefactors to buy properties to then sell or lease to x-owners at reasonable rate (Michael) in many campaigns, like Boston, the focus is to get landbanks to do that kind of thing, be the middlemen and pressure the banks to sell to them.

Amy: we should look into county landbanks, the lists that we had before was just bank of america foreclosures for houston area and beyond, one place there seems to be a lot in was the spring area, at least two occupiers there and not as far out as mission bend

Amy: Want to bring up an idea of larger vision, we’ve been working from action to action, now might be the time to start thinking more broadly, decision to act on kind of a neighborhood basis.  What Occupy Portland has done is divided portland into 5 sections to work.  if we could focus on certain communities, be occupiers instead of legal referals, canvass door to door, tie in foreclosure to the banks, corporate personhood, connect with other neighborhood forces, Houston urban gardeners, bicycle concerns, guerrilla gardeners, how we can better a neighborhood. if we have a choice it’s wise to start in a neighborhood where an occupier has ties, so we have a reason to be there not just come in and say “we’ll make your neighborhood better”.

Folko: let’s think systematically, try to find communities with high rates of foreclosures, thinking about neighborhoods and community is a good direction.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Amy talked to Occupy Austin, we’ve had some cross-pollination, a member there would like to connect with occupys around the country about foreclosure.  Several occupiers – Jamin, Capitol, Carl, were at a seiu event yesterday and lot of seiu folks want to connect with us and have resources, including bodies, blockwalking and other resources.

Michael: this could be the future direction for occupy, we should not hesitate to talk about it on Friday (i think, connection went bad – Giselda)

Miguel: city is working on some measures  that might have the effect of displacing people under the guise of urban improvement, gentrification (or a similar word) could/should be a big focus of occupy.

TAKE-AWAYS/TASKS:

Giselda and Erica will meet with Lenwood Johnson on Monday.
Giselda and Erica and King can meet Samual when he agrees to a time.
Miguel, Folko, and Erica will help with freemdmans town investigating.
Researching patterns of foreclosure in Houston: Jim, Miguel, Giselda
Amy will do a decision tree.
Miguel will try to be on Occupy Texas call at 6pm next Thursday to see if it’s worth moving our meeting time.

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Onward …! Weekend Strategy Session/GA Scheduled Sunday 2.19.12

Join us this Sunday for a very focused GA devoted to strategizing the future of Occupy Houston: where we’re headed and how, exactly, we’ll get there. We’ll follow an agenda set at Friday’s planning meeting so that we can hit the ground running and generate real answers to some tricky questions.  We are at a truning point and looking ahead to Occupy Spring. Now is the time to participate! Let’s strategize the direction of  our movement together.  Please  RSVP, if you like, at the  Event post on our facebook page.

Sunday, 19 Feb, 1PM til we’re done, or 6PM, whichever comes first!

2990 Richmond Ave, 6th floor

 

This Friday is an open planning meeting to determine an agenda for this Sunday. What do we need to figure out? What is already working? What could work better? What about a physical occupation? What are the rifts between occupiers, and how can we bridge them? Here’s where we determine the questions. We’ll be getting as specific as possible so that the process on Sunday goes smoothly.  Details and RSVP opportunity on our facebook Events page.

Friday, 18 Feb, 7PM

2805 Wichita Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day #131 Tranquility Park To Be Evicted Tonight

You can’t evict an idea.

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PLEASE speak up! Houston City Council Meeting TOMORROW, Tuesday Feb 14th. Public comment is at 2pm. Sign up to speak by calling  832-393-1100 or emailing the City Secretary citysecretary@houstontx.gov

Can’t make it? You can let  Mayor Parker know your thoughts by facebook, phone, twitter or any other venue you prefer to use to exercise your rights.

http://www.facebook.com/MayorAnniseParker

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#F4 OH Press Release: Occupy Houston Says “No!” to War With Iran

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Occupy Houston Says “No!” to War With Iran

Houston, TX, February 3, 2012 – On Saturday, February 4, Houstonians will add their voices to the  resounding chorus of thousands around the globe demanding that the United States and Israel put an immediate end to any plans of hostile action towards the sovereign state of Iran.

Who: Occupy Houston and local affiliates
What: protest against hostile action toward Iran
Where: corner of Westheimer and Post Oak
When: February 4, 2012 @ 3:30 PM

February 4 is a national day of action calling for a complete cessation of any plans to initiate military action against Iran. The Occupy movement, as well as various other organizations, are coming together in a massive global demonstration to demand an end to Washington’s warmongering and encourage the peaceful resolution of differences. More information concerning the day of action may be found here:

http://www.payvand.com/news/12/jan/1297.html
http://occupyhouston.org/2012/02/anti-war-protest-this-saturday-feb-4th-join-us/

War has become nothing more than a tool to control the 99% and enrich the 1%. Despite the fact that the International Atomic Energy Agency, various American intelligence agencies and the Secretary of Defense himself have all stated publicly that they have no evidence to indicate Iranian plans to construct a nuclear weapon, Washington and Israel continue to use this as a pretext to potentially pursue direct military action against the nation. Occupy Houston has grown increasingly concerned about Washington’s unquestioning deference to the hawkish rhetoric of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and its utter deafness to the advice of its very own U.S. intelligence community. In the midst of such a deep recession, Occupy Houston believes our tax dollars would be better spent on education and jobs here at home, instead of being put into bombs and guns that do nothing but destroy lives and tarnish the international reputation of the United States of America.

Come out and make sure Washington knows that you will not stand by while Washington throws away our tax dollars and endangers more American lives with another senseless war. Bring a sign and your best anti-war chant. We’ll see you there!

CONTACT:

Dustin Phipps
Occupy Houston
Outreach Volunteer Group
occupyhoustonoutreach@riseup.net
occupyhouston.org

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Anti-War Protest this Saturday Feb 4th, join us!

Occupy Houston invites you to join us as we join in solidarity with Houston area Peace  advocates on this national day of protest against a new war.

3:30 PM – 5:30 PM Saturday Feb 4, 12:  Nat’l day of protest-prevent yet another war-on Iran. Speak out, Act up, Confront the lies & propaganda. No interventions. No drones. Save ordinary women & children & civilians.

Westheimer & Post Oak -4 corners & streets by the Galleria.

Bring your own signs. Plan to spread out along the sidewalk and not bunch up in one spot & occupy all 4 corners of Post Oak and Westheimer.  Be cautious about stepping into the street & don’t be perceived as trying to block traffic or pedestrians. This is a peaceful, non-violent, sidewalk picket protest only.
PARKING free all around the Container store & Starbucks coffee place & the Galleria.

“I’m not disturbing the peace. I’m disturbing a NEW WAR!”

Enthusiasm is growing … 56 cities now signed on nationwide.  See more details about national actions:
http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1170/p/salsa/event/common/public/index.sjs?distributed_event_KEY=655

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Anti-War: What Is It Good For?

The month of February will see many Anti-War Protest Actions around the country as well as here locally in Houston (#F4).  OccupyHouston stands in opposition to the corporate greed behind all these unjust and unnecessary wars.   Blogger and novelist David Mizner has graciously granted permission to re-print his original essay here for our Houston readers.  Minor edits also with permission. ~ OH Editor/KR

Make no mistake: Actual War = Class War. A good way to prevent war would be to win, or at least hold our own, in the class war, but we need to go at it from the other end as well: oppose the militarism that’s gobbling up our resources and helping to entrench the oligarchy.

The Budget Connection.

This is the probably the most obvious link. More money for war and the machinery of war means less money for jobs, education, and everything else that constitutes a decent society. The military accounts for 54% of the country’s discretionary spending, 19% of all spending, and 47%  of all military spending worldwide. That’s right: the U.S. spends almost as much on its military as the rest of the world combined.

Much of that money goes not directly to wars but to weapons and to the maintenance of the American military empire. But the cost of our wars is staggering. Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes put out a book arguing that the cost of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq would be three trillion dollars. Turns out, they were way off. It was too low. The new estimate is 4 to 6 trillion. (Wars are funded mostly through supplemental spending bills, which aren’t included in the defense budget, and they also drain from the Department of Veterans Affairs and a range of other government sources.)

Four to six trillion for war while around the country states are unpaving roads, shutting off street lights, and shortening school years. It’s hardly hyperbolic to say that the United States is destroying itself by maintaining its obscene military might. This is how powerful nations crumble.

The U.S. clearly has reached the point of imperial overreach. Military spending and debt-servicing are cannibalizing the U.S. economy, the real basis of its world power. Besides the late U.S.S.R., the U.S. also increasingly resembles the dying British Empire in 1945, crushed by immense debts incurred to wage the Second World War, unable to continue financing or defending the imperium, yet still imbued with imperial pretensions.

It is increasingly clear the president is not in control of America’s runaway military juggernaut. Sixty years ago, the great President Dwight Eisenhower, whose portrait I keep by my desk, warned Americans to beware of the military-industrial complex. Six decades later, partisans of permanent war and world domination have joined Wall Street’s money lenders to put America into thrall.

The Corporate Connection.

But where do all those dollars go? Many, if not most, go to contractors, for whom war is a lucrative business. You need not be an anti-corporate crusader (though it helps!) to recognize that one of the primary forces sustaining and expanding the American military empire are corporations, which feature once and future government officials among their leadership, and which have no allegiances beyond the bottom line. Time and again it’s the same giant conglomerates receiving taxpayer money via the Pentagon.

Large Pentagon contractors have been the main beneficiaries of this windfall. For example, a 2004 study by The Center for Public Integrity revealed that, for the 1998–2003 period, one percent of the biggest contractors won 80 percent of all defense contracting dollars. The top ten got 38 percent of all the money. Lockheed Martin topped the list at $94 billion, Boeing was second with $81 billion, Raytheon was third (just under $40 billion), followed by Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics with nearly $34 billion each.

In Irag the number of contractors has approached the number of troops, and in Afghanistan there is an even higher percentage of private employees. The DOD didn’t even keep track of contractors until 2007. Since then, contractors have made up between 55% and 69%of DOD’s workforce in Afghanistan. This is the privatization of the military, and lest you think it’s effective: in Afghanistan alone, contractors have overcharged the government by about a billion dollars. Oh, and there’s this minor problem.

Contractors often shot with little discrimination — and few if any consequences — at unarmed Iraqi civilians, Iraqi security forces, American troops and even other contractors, stirring public outrage and undermining much of what the coalition forces were sent to accomplish.

No skin of off the back of the money-making machines. After all, as Chris Hedges points out: Even Lost Wars Make Corporations Rich. Consider this:

In the same month (October 2006) that the US forces lost a record number of soldiers in Iraq, and the Iraqi citizens lost many more, Halliburton announced that its third quarter revenue had risen by 19 percent to $5.8 billion. This prompted Dave Lesar, the company’s chairman, president and CEO, to declare, “This was an exceptional quarter for Halliburton.”

I haven’t even mentioned Big Oil, which benefits from and helps to perpetuate the country’s longtime strategic goal of exerting control over the world’s energy reserves. Blood for Oil? Yes indeed, tons and tons. There are, of course, many other forces driving the country’s wars, but oil is often a primary one. The informal alliance of the U.S. government and oil companies goes back at least to the 1930s when they worked together to block Mexico’s attempt to nationalize its oil industry. It intensified in the years after World World II they both set their sights on oil in the Middle East. It isn’t so much that the oil companies have dictated U.S. foreign policy; rather, their perceived interests have generally aligned.

The Imperial Connection.

Military imperialism is linked to economic imperialism, also known as the Washington Consensus, also known as free trade, also known as market fundamentalism, also known as neo-liberalism. The tenets are deregulation, a free flow of capital and goods, an openness to foreign investment, privatization, and low taxes. It’s both an economic philosophy and a way of ordering the world, with the United States at the center, administering its clout directly through its foreign policy and indirectly through international institutions like the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank.

The Washington Consensus is good for multinational corporations, bad for workers and poor countries, and it’s a pillar of the American Empire, the economic means by which the United States imposes its will on the world. In a landmark piece several years ago in Harper’s, William Finnegan explored the Washington Consensus and its link to military imperialism.

Shortly after September 11, 2001, [President Bush] declared, “The terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, and we will defeat them by expanding and encouraging world trade.”…The United States trade representative, Robert B. Zoellick was less delicate when he suggested in a speech around the same time that opponents of corporate-led globalization might have “intellectual connections” with terrorists.”

As Finnegan points out, Bush’s National Security Strategy in 2002 said, “We will actively work to bring the hope of democracy, development, free markets, and free trade to every corner of the world.” This essay in the London Review of books dubs such a philosophy “military neo-liberalism” and traces it back to the seventies, when there emerged for the United States a “crisis of over-accumulation.”

Faced with growing competition from Western Europe, Japan and East Asia, the US under Richard Nixon dismantled international financial barriers in order to ‘liberate the American state from succumbing to its economic weaknesses and . . . strengthen the political power of the American state’, as Peter Gowan puts it in The Global Gamble (1999). At the heart of neo-liberalism’s strategy was an assault on the state-centred development of postcolonial nations: markets were to be forced open, capital and financial flows freed up, state properties sold at knockdown prices, and assets devalued and transferred in crises of neo-liberalism’s own making.

Nowhere was “military neo-liberalism” more apparent and disastrous than in Iraq, where neocons and corporate interests, with their eyes on oil money, tried and failed to create the market fundamentalist state of their wet dreams. It’s no exaggeration to say that American soldiers have killed and died in an attempt to make the world safe for the Washington Consensus.

Most establishment pols don’t share Bush’s messianic fervor; but most are devout believers in free trade. They don’t call it the Washington Consensus for nothing.

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The rich must be overjoyed with the War of Terror, which has locked the country into a permanent state of war, a self-perpetuating upward redistribution of wealth. The rich make war to make money, and the war makes more war, which makes the rich more money. I often return to these two paragraphs written by Chris Floyd, one of our best critics of Empire:

Each such act perpetuates the cycle of violence, the horrific dynamic of blowback: a self-perpetuating feedback loop that uses itself to engender more violence, in new and expanding forms. We are living today in the midst of a particularly virulent form of this dynamic, the so-called “War on Terror,” which I think has been designed — more or less deliberately so, although the obscene ignorance and arrogance of the powerful have also played their fateful part in unwittingly exacerbating these evils — to rage on without chronological end, without geographical, limits, and without any moral, social, legal or financial restraints. In his book X Films (reviewed here), Alex Cox uses an apt term borrowed from systems analysis — POSIWID: The Purpose of a System is What It Does.

The Terror War is not an event, or a campaign, or even a crusade; it is a system. Its purpose is not to eliminate “terrorism” (however this infinitely elastic term is defined) but to perpetuate itself, to do what it does: make war. This system can be immensely rewarding, in many different ways, for those who operate or assist it, whether in government, media, academia, or business. This too is a self-sustaining dynamic, a feedback loop that gives money, power and attention to those who serve the system; this elevated position then allows them to accrue even more money, power and attention, until in the end — as we can plainly see today — any alternative voices and viewpoints are relegated to the margins. They are “unserious.” They are unimportant. They are not allowed to penetrate or alter the operations of the system.

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Above I identify several tangible ways that American militarization affects the non-rich. There are other more elusive yet still significant ways. War-making creates cynicism, hopelessness, and anger that the angry direct at the poor and people of color. A war-making country is a colder, crueler, more conservative place. How’s that for the “well-being of the American middle class?”

~ David Mizner

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MEDIA/WEB WG Meeting Minutes 01.21.12

MEDIA/WEB WG Meeting Minutes  01.21.12

No livestream due to overcast weather

Facilitator: BenjaminF

Scribe: Karen

In attendance: DianeS, KarenR, mouse, BenjaminF, Mary, LindaK, (visitorfromOccupyEarth)

Announcements

Karen: Of the eleven invites sent out by Kevin from the Jan 7 Day, very few have accepted/joined the Web Google Group. Welcome Linda, an exception, thank you for coming today.

Discussion

Name Change to Internet Work Group

From Media/Web to Internet.  AGREED

WG Mission/Charter draft is in progress and available to view/edit at link. It’s a start but could use a little more work to include “Scope” and links. Please review, add and/ or comment. Final is due Feb 7.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/16z1jdnBb4UO2KI_1iAD72eIVdVx7CDnnffpZWXo_zwI/edit

Virtual participation via livestream in GA’s, new rule from 01.19 GA:

“Capitol- Livestream be used to allow people online to participate in GA
PoI: 30 second delay on livestream will affect calling for consensus
Proposal Passes, Pending next GA
original proposal passes” http://occupyhouston.org/2012/01/evening-ga-19-jan-2012-minutes/

Karen: has serious concerns with this concept of Chat Room “voting” capabilities. Yes, we want to be more inclusive of our virtual occupiers, (she is one), however, there are numerous flaws in this unless it’s further explored and developed better. There needs to be criteria in place on how to “qualify” any given Chatter as an active OH Occupier. Also technical questions, sometimes its really hard to hear.

Mouse: the hard to hear issue can be lessened if GA people will use MicCheck and we may also be able to purchase a Mic. Mouse will research Mics and costs. Mouse will also need reliable battery-life, hardware.

Benjamin: As a Member of Facilitation, Ben will ask that FAC WG consider reviewing this as well, as it has a radical impact on standard procedures in place such as Quorum and so on.

Karen: volunteers to look into other Occupies who may be already doing something like this for models & ideas.  See Occupy Boston: email occupybostonmedia [at] gmail [dot] com.

Linda: offers to help research that as well.

Work Group Proposals for GA

Benjamin will make an Internet WG Proposal stating that we propose that this decision allowing livestream (Chat Roomers) to participate in Ga’s be suspended pending the development of criteria, means, tools and related technical issues.  AGREED.

Mary: Discussed need have do a WG Proposal stating that every internet account that has “OccupyHouston” in the name/officially is an OccupyHouston account have 3 active OccupyHouston members who currently reside in the Greater Houston metropolitan area with the password/login access. AGREED.

Official Policy regarding posting promotions of non-OH events and activites to Calendar and FB Wall?

Diane: Methods to verify that Events OH wants to help promote are OH approved?

* event was approved in GA proposal/Minutes

* submitted by a WG Magnet or active known Occupier to webreq’s mail

* ?

Discussion on posting non-event type items as well, such as News links, etc. We should do more of that.  Ben: try to make the tone be neutral… “for your information” rather than “Way to go!” (exceptions for Stop SOPA, that’s gets the Way to go! lol, also any other Occupy specific big news, be it national, global, or local)

Diane: Calendar access continues to be an issue. Will ask Kevin again for help with this and then draft a mini-tutorial (google doc) for other/future Cal Admins.

FB Admin news

Karen: Several things going on in FB Adminland. Working on finalizing OH FB Admin Guidelines.  Once final and agreed, we can publish to the website & FB  –  transparent. People need to understand the role of FB Admin, it’s a responsibility & service to all of Occupy not just a way to post about your own pet issues or activities.  Also, there are several FB Admins who are no longer active, we need to contact them and let them know we will be removing them so they have an opportunity to let us know if they want to stay, and why. (Already did this with Gessner Soto, done.)

Web Functionality Issues

Numerous items: Livestream links, Newspaper sidebar-button, New Section for WorkGroup Minutes, etc.

Note: WG Minutes will file under General Assembly/Minutes Section until we can get a New WG Minutes Section set up (or the OH WG’s wiki is up and running) AGREED

Mary: has determined that most of the needed format changes cannot be done without ftp level admin due to WordPressTheme set up.  If she can get ftp access from Kevin or Cassie, Mary is willing to work on fixing these items and more on the website.

 

NEXT MEETING:  Due to several schedule conflicts, decided to schedule next meeting as an online focus session in the web google group over 48 hours period Feb 4 – Feb 5. Primary focus to be finalizing Charter and other details for Feb 7 WG Guideline deadline.

 

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