November 20, 2011 in GA Minutes
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