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General Assembly Minutes Jan 21st

January 23, 2012 in Assemblies, GA Minutes, News

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The GA Minutes for 1/21/12:

13 people present for quorum:

Agenda Item #1: Willie Crowder and the City:

Willie thanks Occupy for showing up to the house. Felt he received good and bad advice. Meanwhile, Willie got a phone call from Gulley (city council member) telling him that the South Side Mission and other organizations are going to stop them from demo the house. . Mission and others didn’t say precisely what they’d do to stop it, but saw his speech at city council. The demo guys told us that once it goes through the court system they couldn’t stop it. But why are they giving Willie a permit for electrical and pluming done they tell him he cannot do it. Willie is confused by the cities actions. Willie says that he was motivated at one point, but now he’s not sure if he wants to continue. Not sure what Gulley is capable of doing and why he’s all of sudden taking interest. There will be witnesses from Occupy Peoria at Tuesday’s City Council meeting when Willie addresses the council.

Agenda Item # 2 Occupy Peoria and Politics:

It was brought up that at the Occupy the Courts event some individuals from SEIU talked about hiring people into paid positions, and a local politician named Matthew Woodmancy was being promoted. This was concerning and the discussions of natural alliances and goals of Occupy started. Democrats and Republicans were talked about. Autonomy should be kept. If we start alienating people we’ll turn people away. Debates started about not shunning everything in the existing framework, but we should not be endorsing or getting behind politicians even if they’re aligned with principles.  It was passed that no one can promote politicians and parties at events, facebook or website and Occupy does not promote any politicians or parties at events, facebook or website. A lot of this has already been said in Occupy’s Statement of Autonomy: http://www.nycga.net/resources/statement-of-autonomy/ (http://www NULL.nycga NULL.net/resources/statement-of-autonomy/)

Agenda Item #3-Martha Needing Help In Community:

Martha from the south side tells us a story: There were these cars (three cars with plates) that were in the street, they had to move them off the street to someone’s yard according to the city (not sure why they had to be moved). City and code enforcement, police came down and told her that she had to move them (never stated where), the guy next door had his home torn down and the owner said it was okay to park them in the back of his yard (guy still owned that property). Not sure if the backyard was grass, concrete or dirt). The City sent a towing company (through a contract) and came down and towed two cars (she still has a mobile home that she uses as her garage and the city couldn’t touch it because it was in her yard, on concrete and valid plates), the battery of one car was dead, the other was fine, but the city towed both (not sure why they towed both), but they towed one that had a dead battery but never gave her the chance to take the good battery out of the one car and use it to move the other. She was there (80 year old lady Betsy Smith) during the towing (we know this since she cannot drive. Cars were for nephew to drive. Anybody would have moved them for her, since, everyone’s cool with each other) $500 was the cost. She doesn’t have the money and they took the cars. Towing companies are taking automobiles and keeping them. This happens quiet often. Martha talked about how the police have not been coming down to South Side. Good documentation needs to be taken of crimes. Take good notes about what happened and when you called the police. Legitimate documentation. Suggested a watch group. Alternatives were given for fixing up besides going through the police. People from Occupy will go to the Thursday 6pm Martha Riley House. Do not get cops involved since they are doing nothing. Get more people involved from the South Side. Someone suggested going through city council even though they haven’t done anything helpful so far. Having more of a citizen engagement. Occupy to have a future meeting come up with a way to do documentation. Build a working group. The idea of a Copwatch came up to, but nothing further discussed on that.

Agenda Item #4 Working on Resolutions for City Council (Move to Amend):

Questions were asked about making it clear the difference between a resolution and ballot: Resolution and Ballot are both voted on by city council if they’ll be voted, but Ballot is where everyone votes on. Ballot is stronger. How do we do that in Peoria? It’s listed by collection of signatures, referendum during an election, deadlines, specific things you do to authentic the signatures. Every city is different. First it would be Occupy groups that would hear from Move To Amend (MTA) and MTA would come back to Occupy with wording, discussions would continue during GA and then go from there with city council. Gary Sandburg (city council) told some of us that we would need to introduce it to one person on city council. City council could still vote it down. Find a councilperson that will work with it and sponsor. Work in between City Council Meetings was suggested. But MTA and OP would introduce what we want. Suggestion was made that we do dialogue and if we do not get resolution, then we go to the people and do a referendum item. If it’s a broad base effort the GPPC, PAPN, MTA OP, etc. propose this and city council sees these individuals from these groups that they may take this resolution (symbolic) more seriously. Can we resubmit a resolution? Move to Amend work on this as well. Bring something that would show how it would affect families and their kids. Proposal for a Occupy Peoria working group with Move to Amend to present things to the GA. Two weeks have a meeting and talk with some of the council people in between. Pick two people to follow through this, Bill Spears and Beth were suggested.

Agenda Item #5- Teach-ins:

 To have teach-ins with Bradley professors and the question was asked about community organizing and social movements. ALEC was talked about also list given of other ideas: ‎
1) How the Illinois (or US) political system operates and how it doesn’t work for us
2) Knowing your legal rights,
3) Anti-police brutality teach-in,
4) issues on violence against the marginalized in our culture and community,
‎5)teach-in on how to use art with activism and it’s history in movements,
6) Gentrification and it’s negative impact on the community,
7) Direct Action
8) Occupy Movement and Student Dept
9) Revolution instead of reform
10) Extreme Poverty: Causes and solutions to help the homeless
11) Local Issues
12) Exploitation of undocumented migrant workers
13)History of police control and protecting the State
14) Teach-in on the Occupy Movement from start to present
15)Dying for the American Empire:20th & 21st on U.S. Foreign Policy. Bradley students will set things up.

 

Agenda Item #6- Lori recaps on Eyes Wide Open:

refer to link for more information:

 http://occupypeoria.org/groups/media/forum/topic/media-minutes-from-jan-21st/

Agenda Item #7-F29 Conference Call:

Will reach out to people later (ran out of time and no one was available to do it).

by Don

Saturday January 14th G.A. Minutes

January 16, 2012 in Assemblies, GA Minutes

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The G.A. Started at 3:10pm with Andrea as Facilitator and Tamara as Stack Coordinator and myself as Recorder. There were 15 people in attendance. The Agenda was discussed as follows:

1. “Occupy the Corporations”, Andrea reported that she attended a conference call involving Occupy Portland, Oregon’s request for a National Day of protest against ALEC on February 29th. Nothing concrete is planned but information about ALEC can be found on Alecexposed.org. The next conference call will be on Jan.26th at 8pm. It was suggested that maybe a teach-in can be organized at Bradley before the protest. Bradley students will have to help organize if we wish to do this on campus and involve Bradley professors. The item was tabled for later G.A.s

2. Reducing the number of participants in a G.A. to constitute a quorum was discussed. The fifteen attendees was one person short of a quorum. It has been some time since Occupy has had a quorum but it hasn’t hampered Dirrect Action being taken. It was suggested that at the G.A. that has 16 persons attending, ( hopefully the G.A. on Friday, 20 January at 1pm,)a quorum can address the issue and possibly reduce the number to ten or a dozen.
The two extremes are having 4 or 5 persons calling themselves Occupy and taking action in the name of Occupy or never having 16 people in a G.A. and not being able to agree to take action on anything.

3. Bill Poorman of the local Move to Amend affiliate spoke of the planned Rally by Move to Amend at the Federal Courthouse on Friday, January 20th at 11am until 1pm. He described what was planned so far and that 3 banners will be on display (two of which were shown at the G.A.). He asked permission to e-mail the Occupy mailing list to recruit fellow protestors of the Supreme Court’s decision two years ago to grant Corporations the rights of citizens. No one in attendance voiced opposition to the request. There was discussion of how Move to Amend’s proposed changes to the constitution were different than other proposals drafted by Senator Sanders or Senator Durbin. And there was discussion as to whether Unions would support our Rally locally. Everyone was encouraged to spread the word about the Rally. Tamara discussed plans to distribute leaflets about Occupy afterwards. Most of the attendees indicated they would be willing to stay after 1pm to continue protesting.

4. The question of whether to Protest outside of Caterpillar on January 21st in solidarity with the Canadian UAW of London, Ontario was discussed. Some members are in contact with London and are wanting to know if the local UAW is planning anything locally. The suggestion was made to identify Occupiers who have no direct involvement with Caterpillar and would be available to protest in the future as needed. Since there were no further details available, discussion was tabled.

5. Discussion of Future City Council visits and development of a proposed Resolutions for City Council’s to adopt was next. A recommendation was made to form a working group for drafting a Resolution for cities to adopt. Another recommendation was made to pre-plan and coordinate citizen comments to the Peoria City Council in order to educate the council and viewers on TV. Again Bill Poorman offered to work with Occupy in drafting a resolution but said that Move to Amend is now working on a petition drive for Ballot questions to force State Governments to draft resolutions refuting Corporate Citizenship. The dealine for the petition collection is in August in order to be on the November ballot. Don suggested that the Peoria County board also be addressed about adopting a resolution.

6. Willy Crowder addressed the G.A. about his dilema with the Peoria City Government which wants to demolish his apartment property soon.
He has run out of time to repair the property and the city seems anxious to demolish it and charge him 8 thousand dollars. He said he is giving up his fight after addressing the City Council and getting no sympathy. The members of the G.A. asked him if we could visit his property on January 16th at 1pm to get a first hand look at the property and to document his story. Willy said he would meet us at 1419 Milman at 1pm. Harry said he contacted a city inspector and is waiting for a response to see if there is a way to delay demolition.

The G.A. was adjourned at 5pm. The next G.A. will convene on January 20th at 1pm in front of the Federal Court House.

General Assembly Minutes – Saturday, Jan. 7th 2012- 5:00pm

January 8, 2012 in Assemblies, GA Minutes, News

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Agenda Item #1- Sit-down with Mayor Jim Ardis:

-The Mayor wanted to know why we wanted to meet him.

-Had to remind him that he wrote a condescending article about the Occupy movement.

-Either he wrote about us without researching or had a ghostwriter.

-Confront the Mayor as a group of concerned citizens.

-Have face-to-face conversation.

-7-8 people going as of right now.

-Mayor is giving us 30 minutes to talk.

-Possibly give a picture of Occupy or information.

-Bring up talking points.

-Link our news coverage.

-Let him know that we’ll be occupying again and we’ll picket and protest.

-Let him know that members of the Occupy found his magazine article condescending.

-Give a clear message of what Occupy is about.

-Neighborhoods that aren’t taken care of because of the lower income homes.

-Meet up 30 min prior to meeting and go over the issues on what will be discussed

-As taxpayers and active voters the Mayor have been a disappointment.

-Mayor is answerable to the people when he writes against us.

-Ask him first what the occupy movement is about.

-Or wait and tell him first what the movement is about (each persons view).

-Can we record this?

-One of major reasons for existence is that “we are the discussion starters”.

-Meeting not to represent the Occupy Peoria movement as a whole, but as individuals.

 

Agenda Item #2-Jan 20th for Occupy the Courts (Move to Amend):

-Local Move to Amend chapter wanting to do 11am-1pm action outside Courthouse

-Friday would be the day since a lot of people will be downtown outside the courthouse.

-Bring Banners that say “We the People…” and have the constitution on there,

-2nd banner will say something like “money does not equal speech”

-3rd banner “Corporations are not people”.

-Flyer distributed at GA for Move to Amend day of action

-Flyer can can be viewed at link below:

http://occupypeoria.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Move-to-Amend-Leaflet-v2.pdf

-Bernie Sanders name was included in flyer

-Sanders amendment has a lot missing compared to the Move to Amend Amendment

-Bernie Sanders name should be taken out along with his website

-Move to Amend Amendment read out loud at GA.

-Working with Occupy Peoria to Occupy our Courts.

-Using chalk, skits, and handout flyers.

-Speaker to be decided.

-Move to Amend working on a new data network for easier use.

-Suggestions for the name of the Move to Amend Amendment (link to Move to Amend).

-Sanders Amendment would be addressed at the Jan 20th action.

-Next conference call for Move to Amend is Jan 17th.

-One of the members of the local move to amend never heard back about coordinating.

-Backside of pamphlet shows movetoamend.org is misspelled. Corrected

-Suggested to also have a rally on Jan 21st outside the courts. Little interest was shown.

-Proposal to commit to staying until 5pm and make more plans.

-GPPC has been meeting and will again about spreading the word.

-Event will be talked about through the UU church and pushing out flyers on campus.

-Pam Adams was contacted and will interview Bill Poorman.

-Keep posting information on facebook

-Tamara’s mom can contact the unions about joining.

-At this point, the holidays has made things more difficult to communicate.

-Educational outreach committee can do more work on getting the word out.

-Put up flyers up around the shops after they have been corrected.

-The Move to Amend is picking up speed.

-Would Galesburg or Bloomington join this event or are they doing one already?

 

 

Agenda Item #3: Curious about Fragmented Occupy communications online:

-Too many fragmented groups, but more importantly people aren’t communicating.

-Accusations of people going off and doing things on their own.

-People are making it their show instead of making everyone involved.

-The occupy web list server (email) completely stopped.

-The website has been low activity.

-Small group process with rough communications in the beginning.

-People who were “Ron Paul supporters” had the first facebook website.

-Some tried to do a “Progressive” website.

-Bradley had another facebook website.

-It would be nice to have one facebook website.

-Talks about how we should put everything behind us with the divisions.

-People would just make meetings on the spot without doing input.

-If we had a more fleshed out calendar

-The private conversation on facebook talks about stuff, but nothings ever decided there

-Start doing a RSVP process.

-Should we decide not to have a GA if there’s a weekend that a lot of people are gone?

-The calendar is up on the website, but it’s the weakest areas.

-Entertain using another piece of software for a calendar

-Comcast notified us instantly when emails were not going through.

-The occupypeoria site would shutdown sometimes at weird moments.

 

 

Agenda Item #4-In Solidarity With Canadian Auto Workers (lockout):

-International solidarity day Jan 21st.

-Will find unions positions.

-Saturday they wanted people outside in front of CAT HQ the week up to Sat. 21st.

-Call the Union Hall. Ask the UAW leadership what’s planned.

-Occupy should make contact with Canadian HQ.

-All these talks will be put on the discussion board at the website.

-Contact Canada UAW to find out more information

-Could not give a definitive yes on doing anything since not enough for quorum or time

-Find email address to and contact. Get any information.

 

Agenda Item #5-Peoria Area Peace Network (March event):

-PAPN will discuss the March event Sat. 21st 10:30am in meeting.

-Center of Conscience and War was contacted. http://www.centeronconscience.org/ (http://www NULL.centeronconscience NULL.org/)

-Asked how we would feel about having an event in Peoria about war.

- Reaching out to Camilo Mejía United States to speak about conscientious objector.

-Camilo has not confirmed if he can make the date or not.

-March 2nd and 3rd have a speaking event, art type performance

-Draw people in from Bloomington and Galesburg.

-Goals were to fully network in the area and reach out to high schools.

-Use library for venue if reservations are made promptly, but downtown closes at 6pm.

-High schools will be contacted for holding the event.

-Meet again Jan. 21st at First Baptist Church to plan event.

-This will be $1,500 to do.

-Clearlake Quaker meeting will sponsor.

-PAPN $200-$350 sponsor.

 

 

Agenda Item #6-Report outs from committee:

-Not much going on with working groups.

-Direct Action Meeting Planned for Jan 10th 5pm at Bradley Library:

http://occupypeoria.org/events/event/direct-action-working-group-meeting-2/

 

Agenda Item #7-Upcoming Elections Primaries candidates:

-We have been figuring out our calendar that we want to represent or voice our opinions.

-Not to support any candidates or politicians.

-Declaration of Occupy Wall Street, basically saying no to any politicians.

-Support the ideas of politicians.

-Stay away from candidates.

-Not asking candidates to support you.

-Have people go to city council meetings.

-Local issues are where we’ll have the best chance of making an impact.

-Elections are rigged and are pointless to vote until it represents us.

 

 

Agenda Item #8-St Louis Event March 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th:

 -Not enough time to talk about. Will follow up on:

http://interoccupy.org/regional-conference-in-st-louis-mo-315-318/ (http://interoccupy NULL.org/regional-conference-in-st-louis-mo-315-318/)

 

 

Agenda Item #9-National General Assembly Philadelphia Summer July 4th 2012:

-Information will be put on Calendar. Not enough time to talk about.

 

General Assembly Minutes – Saturday, December 10th – 3pm

December 13, 2011 in Assemblies, GA Minutes

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General Assembly Minutes – Saturday, December 10th – 3pm

Agenda item #1 – Response to Two Media Questions -

[Media Question 1]
What has been the reaction to Occupy Peoria from the general public?

Overwhelmingly positive comments and interactions, with the exception of a few who said that the sidewalk chalk was dirty. “Get a job” was shouted a few times. Handful of drunks on weekend nights. High traffic for both business or school during the weekdays.

Conversations with new people and perspectives. Homeless interaction and outreach.

[15 people]

Some disagreements at first, but they opened up a dialogue that usually ended with the sharing of personal stories sympathetic to the movement.

Support with donated food. Lots of homeless. They have relevant issues and contributed to GAs. In general, neutral or positive feedback. 

Overwhelmingly positive. Cars stop and donate items.

Thank yous and handshakes. Combating illusions and wild stereotypes.

People can see we can make a difference symbolism.

[Media Question 2] 
What do we plan on doing through the winter, next spring, etc.?

Distribute flyers. Develop five reasons why we support OWS and also localized to peoria’s goals. Discuss how to get the message out. 

Teach-ins regarding issues people need to be aware of. Informational presentations and leaflets. YouTube clips. 

Continue to address the issue of income inequality and how out of control it’s gotten. Discuss power and equality issues. Corps and politics revolving door? Out of publics’ control?

How to harness the populist movement? Develop a cooperative body. Refine the message.

Occupy our homes with foreclosed homes? Find families to help put back in homes. How do we find those places?

Agenda Item #2 – Outreach -

Goal construction. Find five common goals. Distinguish between reasons and goals.

1. Overturn citizen’s united: Corporations aren’t people
2. Banking accountability
3. Cut wasteful defense spending
4. Tax reform
5. Fair trade policy

Discussion on leaving them flexible. Room for personal goals.

Good discussion talking points.

Agenda item #3 – Mayor’s Article -

[Public reading of the article of discussion]

We are looking to reinstate values that Jim Ardis simplifies.
Write a letter in response?
Make an appointment with Jim’s office to meet him?
Visual protest (shoe-shine boxes)?
Circulating Jim Ardis article to public?

 
Agenda Item #4 – Outreach Announcement-

Good ideas for grievances (flyer created by Harry).
Flyer shows why many are angry or dismayed about major imbalances.
Do not narrow it down to a few things, but add to a list.
Purpose of outreach?
Handing out flyers to Grand Prairie?
Reachout to people on Martin Luther King Day?
Jan 25th ICC fair for student activities. Put up a booth or just go there and visit with people.
Jan 20th Occupy Court House.
Trying to connect the people, get their interest to our events and form groups that will be a service to them.
Go to different areas of the community and make others aware of Occupy.
Outreach community will meet Tuesday at 4pm

 
Agenda Item #5 – Bringing a Speaker to Peoria on War - 

“Soldiers of Conscience” showing of film. http://www.soldiers-themovie.com/AboutFilmmakers.html

Two day event expense would be plane tickets for conscientious objector and former Staff Sgt of Florida National Guard Camilo Mejia and Marie and a speaker fee.

Get a Co-Sponsor: partnering with Bradley University or Veterans for Peace and Peoria Area Peace Network?

Peoria Downtown Public library says they have a good facility here to have showing of movie and speaker.

March and June would work to bring in speakers. If we did it in March, leaflet it during March Madness at the Civic Center? 

Money Issue

 
Agenda Item #6 – Winterizing Occupation/24.7 Occupation/What’s Next/Occupy Our Homes - 

Very Cold.
No one walking by.
Is it worth it?
Concentrate on outreach.
Energies maybe more important to do teach-ins
Play day-by-day
Check supplies and things are tidy every so often.
Sliming things down on occupation
Discussed the same things that were brought at Tuesday’s GA Dec. 6th
Keep in contact with those who are homeless friends.
Do more for homeless in general
Propane tanks to heat area.
Put signs on inside of windows at storefronts or empty buildings.
 

Agenda Item #7 – Leaflet corrections -

More cited sources. 
Take out the word “Goals”
Do we want two different leaflets: One with facts, the other with issues?
Simplify flyer information by presenting more info on .org site?

 
Agenda Item #8 – Possible teach-ins - 

Get students involved after Christmas break.
Developing a reading list.
Bradley professors teaching social movement and community organizing courses have expressed interest.
Topic suggestions and schedule we want? weekly or monthly?
Talk about the history of social movements.
Incorporate outreach’s five issues for teach-in topic structure? refer to leaflet?

General Assembly Minutes – Tuesday, December 6th – 6pm

December 8, 2011 in Assemblies, GA Minutes

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General Assembly Minutes – Tuesday, December 6th – 6pm

[Review of the GA minutes from Monday @ 11am]

Previous Agenda item #1 – Sustainability
Is 24/7 sustainable? Limit hours per week? Exhaustion. December – students leaving for the semester. Cold weather. Holidays
Proposal: Adjust hours to 9am start (daybreak over buildings, increased foot traffic, etc.) until the 6pm GA.

Previous Agenda item #2 – Supplies
A storage shed in Morton is available. Have a garage/storage unit next to the laura bradley house. Slim down to food, blankets, and tarps? Any developments on a permanent space? 123 adams adjacent to plaza may be expensive. Labor temple charges a fee, but are they open to storing supplies? Bradley storage?

Previous Agenda item #3 – Winterized Encampment
Army tents, heating sources. Wood burners don’t need a permit. Electricity. Winter clothing.

[End discussion of previous GA minutes.]

Agenda item #1 – General Discussion of the Current Occupation -

Do we intend to occupy with reduced hours 9am – 6pm until the holiday or bad weather?

Pros: Focused energies. Safety at night. 

Suggestion to not propose an ending time after the 6pm GA

Suggestion that the last person packs items of importance (books, chairs, etc.)

Pack important things for garage storage tonight?

What about inclement weather?

Suggestion to encourage personal responsibility for supplies. Only bring items you feel comfortable donating or losing.

Will people complain about leaving our supplies unattended? Littering?

Donations of warm weather materials – coats, scarves, etc. left unused since their on-site donation? 

Homeless attendee suggests that the Salvation Army has everything they need, and encourages donation to local support services for children. Goodwill.

Keep frequently used supplies on-site at all times? (blankets, gloves, art supplies, etc.)

Post a list of the needs? 

Occupypeoria.org; Twitter: @occupypeoria #needsoftheoccupiers

Homeless attendee suggests we create a needs for the homeless list (salvation army and church meal times, etc.). Suggested response is to work this into the outreach working group.

Suggestion to be self-sufficient. Pros: not risking littering..

Summarization of the items discussed and agreement to move on to other agenda items.

Agenda item #2 – Other Permanent Spaces for the Winter - 

Mt Zion baptist church will let us use a room the size of the library room if we schedule days and hours.

Suggestion to draft days and hours to pass to them.

Do we need a workshop place?

Motion to gather potential places for workshops and GAs and continue to maintain Fulton Plaza presence. Passed.

Agenda item #3 – Winterizing Encampent -

An attendee has been developing a design to build an insulated disposable cost of $10. Fifteen hours to build and assemble? Has a quarter-scale model.

Build an art-based tent encampment?

Summarized and proposed to continue dialogue at the next meeting. Passed.

Agenda item #4 – Building Awareness of Local Events (i.e. civic center) for Potential Action and Outreach - 

General agreement on the idea

Agenda item #5 – City Council Action - 

Residents can address the chamber for an allotted time.

Suggestion that the recent cumulative voting issue merits our attention.

May be too late to build a referendum.

Build a regular presence at these meetings?

Research constructive arguments to present to the public?

Mic check events? (Appropriateness for city council? May work once?)

Can we can draw an experienced Chicago activist to increase effectiveness of the mic check?

Build a constructive dialogue with city hall?

Agenda item #6 – Peer Review of Statistic Leaflets - 

Don’t confuse stats with demands.

Keep citations.

Post on the .org page.

Outreach group should be involved with this action.

Agenda item #7 – Video Production - 

30 second interviews? Practice interviewing each other.

Preview of footage on a private website thread and/or GAs.

An occupy Peoria YouTube page has been created.

Good press.

Agenda item #8 – Reinforce Getting Working Groups and Meetings on Website - 

Own a working group. They were chosen from the NYC model. 

Post events.

Agreed.

[Congratulations for a completed week. Proof of concept. Learned useful things.] 

Agenda item #9 – Media - 

A local pjstar journalist inquired about our winter presence.

Invite him to a GA? Ask him to come to the next Saturday GA?

The Solidarity Journal will record audio and interviews next Tuesday.

End GA. 12 present.

GA Minutes – Saturday, December 3rd – 1:00pm

December 4, 2011 in Assemblies, GA Minutes

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Agenda Item #1 – Indoor space – (Shannon)

He located two potential properties away from Fulton plaza worth pursuing. The cost of the rentals will be researched this week.

Possibility to do a work/trade agreement to fix up 123 Adams adjacent to the plaza, but the property needs extensive ceiling and electrical work.

Does moving indoors take away from the cause? 

Safety issues with extreme cold.

Protest outside/meet inside – find a balance

Pursue a free place? Focus upon movement and outreach around town – churches, civic organizations?

Come back seasonally.

Need a place to hold supplies. 

Illegal to set up tent? Need to ask the city. 

Proposal to gather more info for a permanent spot to keep supplies – proposal passes with 25 people present

Agenda Item #2 – Email contact info for action items – Harry

Confusion about where and when events are happening

Don has the email list – he should be contacted to add names to the list – bring more info how to do that next meeting 

Facebook – dealing with negative comments and keeping people updated on events – Bradley group updates regularly and keeps trolls at bay

Occupypeoria.org, ustream, YouTube, & twitter were all suggested.

Meeting notices and minutes will be on the .org page

Agenda item #3 – Donations of items policy – Shannon

Where do we put donated items from the public? Cash food phones. 

How do we keep our collection tidy? 

We will get a prepaid phone donation for those present here. 

Phone contact list and emergency contact list are needed

Agenda item #4 – Is there a treasurer? – Harry

No

It was suggested that we open a credit union account if the need arises. Group or personal account? 

Two co-signer proposal to open an account at cefcu. Need a business account needs a business ID? Tax obligations? 27 people now.

T-shirt sales?

Make a wish list for goods and services 

If its a small amount of money is donated, consensus was made to accept it (for coffee)

Consensus was also reached to accept goods rather than monetary donations if possible.

Agenda item #5 – Safety – Andrea

Get a first aid kit, hand sanitizer.

Should we ask drunk homeless to leave? 

We have the responsibility to take care of each other.

Take personal responsibility!

Overtalk issue?

Late night danger! Walking to vehicles.

Battery issues for cell phones

Should have at least two people with at least one cell phone.

Need morning rush-shift people. Make a schedule to work this out.

Have someone on call. Contribute at least two hours every other day if possible?

Agenda item #6 – Include this GA info at the 3pm GA – Paul

Passed

Agenda item #7 – Forming a mediation team – Joey

Keep people honest and grown up. Maturity emphasized. Step in if an issue overshadows our mission. If you notice conflicts, stop them.

Proposal for everyone to be responsible and help resolve conflicts.

Passed. 24 people.

Agenda item #8 – Shift times & scheduling – Shannon & Larry

Start to commit to times on the occupy site. Need people during the morning rush. Civic center events. Sign up in our scheduling notebook before you leave.

Is the goal for 24/7?

Is there a point to stay overnight?

Agenda item #9 – Mission/purpose for being here – Bob

Pick out 3 strong topics to discuss. Local corporate giveaways? 

Specialized topics?

Take money out of politics.

Politicians being bought.

Get ahold of the local crime stats. 

City layoffs vs Marriot funding.

by Don

Minutes of the November 19th General Assembly

November 20, 2011 in GA Minutes

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On Saturday November 19th there were not enough Occupiers present to hold a morning General Assembly at 10am. At 3pm, there were at least 15 people and an Assembly was convened. Andrew was Facilitator, Tamara was Stack Coordinator and Don was Recorder. The minutes of the November 12th GA was read and Agenda formed. The order of Agenda items was as follows:
1. Location and time of next GA. comments:
– Outdoors GA’s feel more organic, aids openess and transparency
– Older persons are less tolerant of the cold
– Keeping notes outdoors is difficult when your fingers are frozen
– There are several possibilities for indoor GA’s (library branches?, Labor Temple? UU church?)
some charge a fee however. The Bradley students may be able to get classrooms in the future.
– Until we pick an Occupy location, we should stay indoors.
– We should stay outdoors until it is too cold
A consensus was reached for holding the GA at the Peoria Library on Saturday and Don volunteered
to reserve a room for 3pm.
2. Location and time of next Rally. comments:
– Should we protest at a bank downtown?
– Downtown is dead on weekends in the fall and winter.
– Because of Thanksgiving, Wednesday and Friday will not have much attendance.
– Should we mix up locations to broaden the exposure for Occupy Peoria?
– We picked the War Memorial and Sterling location because of the volume of traffic and
decided to keep the protest in one place last GA.
– We should develop special events in addition to our regular protest dates and locations.
– We should move around town and do more outreach.
– The numbers of protesters should grow before we spread to more locations.
– Since our numbers are so light in the morning, we should only have afternoon Rallies.
– We should print posters to notify residents of new locations we’ve chosen
A consensus was reached for holding the next Rally at War Memorial and Sterling Ave. at Noon.
3. Committee Reports –
– The Permanent Occupy location Committee looked at a potential house on Sunday. Because of the
condition of the house, feedback from GA’s of the past, No purchase will be attempted.
The committee is researching other locations such as Fulton Plaza and Lawyers are being
consulted. The ACLU has not yet responded to requests for advice. Both private and public
locations are being considered.
– Steve reported that he participated in the Occupy Illinois conference call. Only Occupy
BloNo is occupying a place on campus at I.S.U. in all of Illinois.
– The Outreach committee met on Wednesday. A summary will posted on the Occupy Peoria website.
A new group was created to research topics and develop materials for Outreach through pamphlets,
videos, flyers and lectures. It is hoped that coordination with the Bradley Action Committee
can secure classrooms at Bradley for discussions on topics chosen by the General Assembly.
– The Bradley Action Committee reported that they are making progress but may not formally occupy
until next semester. The campus gave guidelines for protesting (for instance not when the temp
is below 25 degrees) and a location may be decided soon. Andrew is confident rooms should be
available for discussions by Occupy Bradley as they did on Tuesday with professors participating.
4. Steve discussed improvements to the Web Site. It is “modelled” after Occupy Wall Street’s web
page using much of the same code. This affords flexibilty and ease of management and it is
hoped that discussions can soon be placed on the web site versus on Facebook. Registration on
the site is simple and problems should be reported to the contact address.
5. Steve read the Statement of Autonomy (that is modelled after Occupy Wall Street) to set forth the
policy for participating organizations outside of Occupy Peoria. it is posted on this website and
consensus was reached to approve the Statement of Autonomy.
6. A vote was taken to skip the Wednesday Rally because of Thanksgiving and consensus was reached.
7. Discussion was held on a need for action beyond Rallies. Comments were:
– We can pick local issues to promote at city council meetings.
– We can pick national issues to promote locally too.
– They should be positive actions towards constructive goals.
– Further discussion can be on the web site for actions.
– More letters to the editor should be written.
8. Consensus was reached to end the General Assembly at 4:40pm

by Don

Minutes of the November 12th General Assembly

November 13, 2011 in GA Minutes

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The Occupy Peoria General Assembly met at the Peoria Public Library at 3pm on the 12th of November at 3:00pm.

Tamara Royer Facilitated, Hanna was stack coordinator and Don Necessary was recorder. The assembly was asked if anyone objected to WAZU recording the session and no one objected. The minutes of the November 5th General Assembly were read. Benjamin Malachek elaborated on the subject of Voting on a top 5 reasons for Occupy Peoria and the need to
take care to separate grievances and goals. Since this is an ongoing procedure, no objections or conserns were raised about delaying a vote.

Next, Dave Cuculich updated the Assembly on the planned discussion at Bradley University on Tuesday Nov 15th at 7pm.

Mike Perillo will moderate a panel of two sociology professors and several members of the Bradley Action Committee.
David explained non-students are not allowed to engage in on-campus protests but the public is allowed to come to seminars.

Next, the General Assembly discussed the proposal to move Wednesday’s protest to Thursday in conjuction with the OWS call for National Action on the 17th. Consensus was reached for moving the protest to Thursday at 3pm until Dark. No General Assembly is planned afterwards.

Next, Bill Poorman who leads a local chapter of the group Move to Amend, explained the goal of the group (A national referendum to amend the constitution to reverse the Supreme Court decision on Citizens United versus the FEC) and stated that on January 20th, a National observance will be planned (versus the actual anniversary of the 21st). No local plans are made yet by Move to Amend on that date but plans are in the works to petition local city governments for resolutions declaring that Corporations are not Citizens. This prompted ideas later of maybe having this be an action for Occupy Peoria to bring up each council meeting. There was no quorum to vote on such an action near the end of the GA.

Next, the item of occupying a regular place was discussed. Comments made were:

We don’t have a place to occupy but need to identify one to keep interest

We need more discussion on how Oakland evolved into various actions

We need more planning for something invigorating to bring more participation

We need something big and sustained versus single events

There are two views on our progress, Long-term and pragmatic vs Short-term action

We need a single place for the occupations and GA’s that is consistent

We should keep Ga’s outdoors for unlimited access

Are there enough people willing to man a 24 hour occupation outdoors?

Maybe participants are suffering Burnout and need activities to bring up the energy

We must get the attention of politicians

Is there anything to be learned from the Tea Party?

We need to seek endorsements and make a presence

Peoria is difficult and frustrating. Bradley is a different student population than ICC

We need to attract the young students in High Schools as well

We are in the early stages of committee building

This will be a long process over many months, we need to

add to our ranks

The media is not reporting the real story of OWS and OP or they ignore us

We need to make Outreach our priority like producing pamplets, leaflets and educational events.

Next, the schedule for November 19th was discussed. Suggestions were:

we have GA’s in the am before we protested.
we have several GA’s in a day to accomdate shift workers
we have several GA’s per week

we have the GA at the location of the protest
All GA’s must be published in advance and that the minutes of the previous GA be provided to be read

The General Assembly came to consensus that at least 15 people are needed to constitute a quorum in order to conduct voting. The vote was unanimous and there were 16 people in attendance. Then the GA decided to hold next Saturday’s protest and GA at War Memorial and Sterling Ave. The first GA will start at 10AM followed by a Rally on the same location.

A second GA will start at 3pm until dark. There is parking in the strip malls across Sterling Ave. from the abandoned Gas Station.

Next, Richard Reeves described a petition for Pekin to have a referendum on Home Rule. He described the current situation where Pekin voters narrowly defeated a proposed prison but the city council later decided to override that vote and proceed to allow a prison to be built. He asked if this is something the GA wants to consider for Peoria but also stated teh deadline for signatures is November 17th. It was dedcided that more information is needed about home rule benefits and Peoria City Council Rules.

Next, the General Assembly discussed the proposal to buy a permanent winter headquarters (a foreclosed property). no one was present from the committee for permanent action. It was noted the location was to be inspected by interested persons on Sunday the 13th at 3pm at 200 NE Rock Island Ave. Comments included:

Could we just squat on a foreclosed property?

If we know of a family in danger of foreclosure, we should help with a protest as at other Occupy locations

It would take lof people to do an action to prevent a Sheriff’s action at foreclosure

We should seek out families in danger of foreclosure

We should inspect the property on Sunday

Does this reinforce or endorse bad decision making and practices for banks?
Which bank holds the title?
How much work and money would be involved to make it habitable?

Could we better spend the money and labor that would be used for a house?

Does the purchase of a house cause a divide between those in the group who gave money and those who did not?

Purchasing a house takes a lot of money in addition to the initial purchase price.
Is the location safe for the occupiers?

Since there was no proposal or committee report, discussion then ended.

The General Assembly adjourned when the library notified the members it was about to close.

A suggestion was made to add the following links at the end of each e-mail minutes:

http://occupypeoria.org

https://www.facebook.com/?ref=hp#!/pages/Occupy-Peoria/197898350283956

by Don

Minutes of the November 5th General Assembly

November 6, 2011 in GA Minutes, Uncategorized

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Today at 4pm, we held our General Assembly at the Peoria Public Library’s auditorium.

First on the agenda was selection of the Facilitator, Stack Coordinator and Recorder.

Second, the minutes of the October 29th were read.

Third, the topic of audio recordings of actions involving police was discussed. Since violation of the state law is a class 1 Felony,
the Assembly reached consensus that Occupy Peoria does not condone or encourage the illegal recording of police action.
Fourth, the Assembly approved next weekend’s schedule is as follows:

Saturday from 10am to Noon will be the demonstration at the corner of Sterling Ave. and War Memorial Drive.
from 1pm to 3pm will be the demonstration at the corner of University and Main St.
from 3pm until 5pm will be the General Assembly at the Peoria Public Library
Fifth, the Assembly discussed Veterans’ Day with the decision that any action would be viewed as negative. So, the only
option left would be to have our Occupy Veterans give statements of support and have them posted on the web-site.
6th, Continuing demonstrations at the Federal Courthouse on Wednesdays was discussed and consensus reached on conducting
the demonstration from 3pm until 5pm on November 9th.
7th, Goals was discussed and attendees invited to continue submitting goals to Benjamin Machalek at ansonmachalek@gmail.com

voting on the top 5 goals will be completed by e-mail by the November 12th General Assembly.
8th, Ryan Frascone of the SEIU discussed help the SEIU can give to OccupyPeoria in terms of numbers of participants and having
specialists give us training sessions on organizing, canvassing and media management. The Assembly agreed to participating
in this training.

9th, the Bradley Action Committee announced that they attended Occupy BloNo today and were impressed with the encampment
at ISU. They announced that they wish to organize an occupation with a similar encampment. However, persons who are
not students are not allowed to participate according to Bradley regulations. The Assembly agreed to support the Bradley
students in their organization and occupation. A wish list for tents, etc. will be conveyed and put on the OccupyPeoria
website.

The library closed at 6pm and the Assembly adjourned.

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