OCCUPY EDMONTON: Saturday, January 14, 2012.
- Occupy Parliament
o March 13-16th. Shuttle will go to Ottawa and then will come back.
o Occupy Sudbury is trying to pull it together.
o There is another mobilization being planned for Ottawa in the fall.
Will get more information about this as there were a lot of questions raised about it.
- Working Group Sign-Up List:
o Please sign up for the working groups. Only bottomliner emails will be put on the website.
o Phil knows a guy that sells fresh water filtration systems. Could be used to melt snow and filter it to provide water for the camp group.
- IWW training:
o Organizer training.
o January 27th.
o Enbridge Jan. 24th – rally need to figure out what to do. Jan 24 – 31st are Enbridge hearings.
o Feb 4th – reoccupation actions.
o Feb. 7th – provincial legislature opening.
o Feb. 29- Mar. 2 – Workers compensation board protest.
o March 13-16th – Occupy Parliament.
o May 1st general strike has been called by several US working groups.
o May 19th-20th – GA in Chicago.
o July 14th – Wallmart action being planned.
o Communications is trying to provide a central hub for people to get updates.
o Calendar is being more regularly updated so please check there for details.
o Communications is also trying to clarify working group mandates and membership.
o Tuesday at 8:00 pm – skype meeting – contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
o Trying to take an inventory of gear so we know what we have.
o Have a lot of gear at Kirk’s house that needs to be washed and dealt with.
o 8-person mec tent is currently MIA.
o Small set-up and can be maintained by a very few people.
o Gear needs to be picked-up from police station as well.
o Need to ensure that next occupation clearly articulates the reason for the choice in location.
o Would like to have a clear plan presented about how needs will be addressed: ie. medical, sanitation, warmth supplies.
o Would like set meeting date to discuss about camp.
o Would like to set up a healing circle to address concerns and feelings.
o If you would like to make communications materials to help support camp please contact Rob Butz.
o We have $1,400 in the budget.
o WePay money was returned as we couldn’t access it. We are trying to find an alternative system that will meet our needs.
o If we reoccupy we will need more people on the finance working group.
o Would also like to start calculating what Occupy Edmonton provides in terms of services.
- Non-violent Communication:
o There is an on-going communication line that is very helpful to talk about issues, to talk about personal issues.
o Line is available from 2:00 – 4:00 every weekday.
o Everyone should try it at least once.
o 780-666-3830 is the number.
- GA schedule.
Proposal for set OE schedule:
TUESDAY: General Assembly 7:00 pm
o THURSDAY: training workshops.
o SATURDAY: General Assembly. – 2:00 pm
o SUNDAY: Social (or last Sunday of the month group talking healing sharing listening circle.) Try to have someone from NVC at those meetings.
- PROPOSAL WAS PASSED – on January 14th. This schedule will start on the January 19th.
- GA structure.
o Consense on facilitator.
o Appoint roles: stack taker, minute taker, time keeper, vibes watcher and meeting greeter (someone who welcomes new people and helps bring latecomers up to speed on where the meeting is at.
o Welcome/Introductions – (dependent on numbers).
o Announcements. (1-2 minutes max for announcements)
o Working group updates. (5 minutes for a WG update).
o Proposals. (5 minutes to outline a proposal, 10-15 minutes for proposal discussion.
o Ideas – short 1 min ideas are brought forward for upcoming proposals.
o Next meeting date – who is bottom lining next GA.
- Concern: greeter should be well versed on hand signals.
- Concern: potentially bring sheet about hand signals to give out to new people.
- Concern: ideas section maybe should not be formally part of agenda.
- Concern: is 1 min for idea proposals too short?
- Friendly amendment: clarification ideas section is for people to bring forward ideas. They have one minute to pitch idea – GA will then either direct them to working group, they can have a discussion about the idea after the GA, or GA can decide to allocate more time.
- PROPOSAL WAS PASSED – on January 14th.
- GA proposal format.
o Proposals should follow the same written format and should be posted on the main listserve, and sent to facebook and a website administrator for posting at least 24hrs in advance of when they are seeking GA approval (email should be marked PROPOSAL). A specific section of the website will be constructed so that proposals are clearly visible.
o Proposals should follow the format below when they are being discussed by the GA:
Proposal is read out.
-Clarifying questions are taken.
-Concerns are raised.
-Friendly amendments given (small changes to strengthen the proposal. Proposer will have the ability to accept or reject friendly amendment suggestions.
-Test for Consensus.
o Concerns raised about people who may not be comfortable writing out proposals.
o Concerns about fact that anyone should be able to bring a proposal at general assembly without notice.
o Concerns about during camp its difficult to get online access.
o Concerns raised about whether we were moving from away from direct democracy by this proposal.
- Friendly amendments:
o Should add implementation bottom liner to proposal form.
o During camp this proposal is postponed.
o Should also have an ideas section at the GA’s so that people can raise new ideas that could then be translated into more formal proposals for the next GA.
o Oral proposals amendment – not accepted.
o Hard copy blank forms should be available at GA’s.
o Disclaimer – not accepted can do this anyway.
o Should also include on form that online discussion will need to be received one hour prior to GA discussion.
o Proposal is passed.
- PROPOSAL WAS PASSED – on January 14th.
- Occupy Edmonton working groups.
§ Raising awareness
§ Direct action
§ Street actions.
§ Marches and rallies.
§ Logistics for actions.
§ Action point of contact: Katie, Anna.
§ Maintaining social networks
§ Media/press releases
§ Design unified message.
§ Internal communication.
§ Facebook, twitter, listserve, website communications.
§ Graphic design.
§ Talking points.
§ Media spokespeople training.
§ Educational materials.
§ Communication point of contact: Steven, Mike.
§ Camp Logistics.
§ Camp Supplies.
§ Camp recruitment.
§ Camp security.
§ Police liason.
§ Camp point of contact: Kirk,
§ Maintain discussion
§ Key organizational tools regarding discussion.
§ Training of facilitators.
§ Facilitation process.
§ Facilitation for troubled areas.
§ Facilitation point of contact: Bridget? Jenika?