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by Don

Minutes of the October 29th General Assembly

October 30, 2011 in GA Minutes

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At 4pm Saturday October 29th, the General Assembly commenced. Volunteers were chosen to be Facilitator, Stack Coordinator and Recorder.

Everyone introduced themselves and the minutes of the G.A. of Wednesday Oct. 26th were read. A vote was taken and consensus reached that an audio recording would be allowed by WAZU FM 90.7 of our General Assembly.
Agenda items were submitted and approved as follows:

1. Oakland recap. – The differrence of Peoria’s police response compared to other cities was noted. Since they are also part of the 99 percent and we are not occupying a place overnight, we enjoy no interference whatsoever from them.

- If we should want to do a civil disobedience activity, it must be discussed at the GA in open and be voted on.
The GA agreed that more people are needed before we can plan any such activity and that we should have legal advice
available in our decision making. We should be creative but also on the look out for trouble-makers who are either too anxious
for civil disobedience or are infiltrating to get us bad press. The GA voted 100% for no solo activites by Occupy members.

Don Necessary said Occupy Peoria received 100 dollars for our printing or room rent fees.
Educational events indoors is now desired at the temperature plummets and locations are being considered. Our strength is in our numbers. Outreach and education was agreed to be our first goal.
The statement about Oakland was already posted on the Web site.

2. Bloomington-Normal event on November 5th.
An invitation from the Occupy BloNo for maybe 10-20 Peorians to join them downtown Bloomington was conveyed.
The BloNo GA of Thursday Oct 27th, agreed that by showing support for their march on Saturday the 5th would be reciprocated by joining us on November 11th downtown Peoria. They also agreed that they would notify us if an act of Civil Disopbedience was planned. A question was raised as to whether support would be in addition to or instead of Peoria’s protests. A show of hands was requested to see how many might be able to participate in Bloomington. Since about 5 hands were raised of those present, the GA agreed to continue with Peoria Protests as usual.
– Discussion was raised about a possible November 4th action to withdraw money from Bank accounts from certain banks. No one had specific details, so no vote was taken on action on the 4th.

3. Goals
- Several people read their ten reasons for participating in Occupy Peoria as asked at last Saturday’s GA. Several also stated that it would be wise to just adopt the declaration of the OWS. And several people agreed that accountability, justice and maintaining our freedoms should be added to the list.
-A vote was taken and consensus reached that 5 main ideas to represent our group should be decided on by voting of the members of our list serve. A 100 percent vote is desired for the top five reasons within 2 weeks ending November 12th.
The list is being compiled by Benjamin Machalek at ansonmachalek@gmail.com and reason should be submitted to him now. However, the voting will commence via e-mail and the results will be given to the Saturday Oct 12th, GA. Look for an e-mail to the listserve from Benjamin soon. It was agreed that this list will be redefined by the GA as an ongoing project.

4. November 11th. – Since there is a parade on Veterans Day, those who have served in the armed forces to protect our freedoms wish to participate. Don Necessary took an action to research if we can be entered in the parade. If not, the GA should determine where and when we should assemble on November 11th.

5. November 12th – Discussion was on whether we can support the Bradley Action Committee on campus if they get permission to demonstrate on the quad. David will let us know how soon and where they plan to demonstrate. The GA voted to continue with plans to demonstrate from 10am till noon at Sterling and War Memorial Drive and then from 1pm to 3pm at Main and University.
The GA voted to hold the Saturday GA at 3pm on November 5th at an indoor location. Consensus was reached for meeting at the Peoria Library downtown. Paul MIller took an action to reserve a room for the GA from 3-5pm. Other potential locations include:

Avanti’s, the Field House restaurant, One World Cafe or the Labor Temple. Members expressed an interest in staying business friendly in the Bradley neighborhood to build goodwill.

The GA was adjourned at 6pm

by Don

Occupy Peoria’s statement on Occupy Oakland

October 29, 2011 in Statements/Declarations

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As agreed by consensus at the October 26th General Assembly of Occupy Peoria the following statement:
"Occupy Peoria condemns the violence committed by the Oakland Police Department against Occupy Oakland protesters. We oppose violence of any form from any source.  We stand in solidarity and support with Occupy Oakland."

by Don

October 22nd General Assembly Audio File

October 24, 2011 in GA Minutes, Media

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Michael Perillo of WAZU 90.7 FM recorded some of the General Assemblies of Saturday October 22nd.  Here is a link to my Public Dropbox file:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5288271/OPGA_Oct._22_2011.mp3 (http://dl NULL.dropbox NULL.com/u/5288271/OPGA_Oct NULL._22_2011 NULL.mp3)

Or play here.  [audio:http://occupypeoria.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/OPGA_Oct._22_2011.mp3|titles=General Assembly of October 22, 2011]


by Don

October 26th Occupy Peoria Rally and General Assembly

October 23, 2011 in Marches & Rallies, News

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Wednesday, October 26th at 4pm, we will meet outside the Federal Building for a Rally ending with a General Assembly on location at 6pm.  The Media Committee encourages you to bring artwork (and flyers if you can produce them) to announce this Rally and Saturday's Rally for distribution on the street and at all public bulletin boards.

Agenda for this Assembly will be as follows:

1. pick volunteers for Facilitator, Recorder and Stack List Coordinator
2. read the proposed agenda and add additional items
3. approve the agenda
4. review artwork submitted for flyers and handbills
5. review status of the Media and Promotion Committee
6. Discuss plans for Nov. 11th Veterans Day Parade.
7. Remind  attendees to review list of OWS Declarations and Grievances.   Attendees shall
     identify any objections to any parts contained within those Declarations and bring them to the
    Saturday General Assembly.
8. Review proposal to acquire a Foreclosed House

by Don

Minutes of the two General Assemblies of October 22nd

October 22, 2011 in GA Minutes

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At the 10am General Assembly (in Liberty Plaza) the following Agenda was discussed:

1. Zack Teague of the Blo-No Occupy movement and Mike Perillo explained the process of conducting Assemblies through Consensus.

2. Facilitator, Recorder and Stack Coordinator volunteers were designated.

3. Areas for Rallies were discussed for Saturday afternoon. A consensus was reached for University and Main.

4. It was decided by the Assembly that attendees would rally as late as we can with a GA to be conducted immediately following.

5. Discussion of the Rally on Saturday the 29th of October ended with consensus that it would be 10am to Noon at the intersection of Sterling and War Memorial Dr. then move to Main and University from 1pm till 4pm. With the General Assembly to be held at Bradley Park at 4pm.
Potential other sites were mentioned for future rotation of Rallies. However, there is a general consensus to maintain Saturday afternoon presence at University and Main St. to let the public know of one consistent
6. Discussion of reducing communications through the e-mail list-serve ended with a decision to table the topic and perhaps create a Communications Team at the next General Assembly.
7. The subject of an actual occupation was discussed with an idea proposed to buy a foreclosed house for use as an example of positive improvement and a base of operations. It was decided more information needs to be gathered.
8. The Bradley Activity Council reported on their progress and limits of operating on campus.
9. A motion to discuss discouraging political Banners and shirts was tabled until the next General Assembly.
10. Goals of the Peoria Occupy movement were discussed and agreed to be tabled until the next General Assembly.

At the 2pm General Assembly (in Bradley Park) the following Agenda was discussed:

1, A Facilitator, Recorder and Stack Coordinator were designated

2. Political Banners and T-shirts were discussed at length. A consensus was reached that T-shirts are a freedom of speech right and cannot be banned for political messages. However, signs or banners should refrain from political messages for parties or candidate to maintain unity of the Movement.
3. Specific Goals or Demands are yet to be created by the local Occupy Peoria and the need was discussed at length with the proposal to have
everyone bring a copy of the Occupy Wall Street list of grievances and the Declaration with any specific objections for use by Occupy Peoria to the Saturday, Oct 29th General Assembly. The following “Reasons we Occupy” were mentioned in discussion for possible inclusion:

a. We (the 99%) do not have a voice
b. We have a corrupted Democracy
c. The “Citizens United” decision by the Supreme Court
d. Corporate influence in politics
e. With our current DuOpoly, our dysfunctional Government cannot
solve problems
f. The imbalance of wealth and power
g. Amending the constitution

4. The rotation of places to Rally were tabled until the next General Assembly
5. The topic of better communications was discussed with a decision to form a Media and Promotion Committee. Names were collected for volunteers to work on this committee.
6. A schedule of actions was discussed to attendees who were not at the morning’s General Assembly.
7. The need for attorneys to help advise and monitor Occupations was discussed if Occupy Peoria is to consider Civil Disobedience in the future.
Names of attorneys are being collected and contacts should be reported at each General Assembly in the future.
8. The November 5th Rally date was discussed but no actions were planned. It was pointed out that there will be a Veterans Day Parade and it was agreed to table planning for that day.
9. A need for training or educational symposiums was discussed and was tabled for future Media Committee discussions.
10. Each attendee was encouraged to make flyers or Handbills for Wednesday’s and Saturday’s Rallies and to bring 10 to the Wednesday Rally.

October 15 Rally photo, courtesy Terri Brink

October 21, 2011 in Media, News

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October 15 rally

Picture courtesy Terri Brink.

Video from Oct 15 March, courtesy Scott Wilson

October 18, 2011 in Media, News

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October 11, Occupy Peoria with Union Leaders – Video

October 17, 2011 in Media, News

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Original Peoria Journal Star Post (http://www NULL.pjstar NULL.com/video/x153927314/Occupy-Peoria)

From Ellingson, Oct. 17

October 17, 2011 in Site Feedback

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Hi, I’m part of the movement (I was the guy with the drum and yellow “McDonalds kills” shirt on Saturday). I was just speaking with a friend who’s been active with Occupy Chicago and she had some solid advice (copied/pasted from our facebook conversation):

“i think it’s important that if anyone at peoria decides to get arrested they should plan it and consult a lawyer first for some advice on proper civil disobedience because random arrests could lead to resistance / rioting / bad things we had civil disobedience training and an amazing lawyer and our legal team at hand the national lawyers guild supports us maybe you can get a rep to hang out, that’s where ours is from”

It makes sense to me that we should plan out ahead of time who is willing to get arrested if need be. Civil disobedience training would be AWESOME. I looked up the National Lawyers Guild and it doesn’t seem like there may be one around here, but it might not hurt to contact the contact in Chicago: http://www.nlg.org/members/professional-chapters/midwest/ (http://www NULL.nlg NULL.org/members/professional-chapters/midwest/)

We should probably stay in contact with Blooming-Normal and Galesburg about these resources as well.

From Occupy Rockford, Oct 16

October 16, 2011 in Site Feedback

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I just wanted to pass along some of the resources we have had up here. Contact Occupy Chicago…they came to Rockford and gave us great suggestions, offered up ideas on how they organized, great ways to stop fake scammer sites that may try to guise as Occupy Peoria, etc.
Good luck to you guys, if we can help you in anyway, let us know!