General Assembly Minutes – February 11, 2012

Agenda Saturday February 11th 2012 minutes

Intro – Many new faces so we had an introduction for everyone

Updates – This GA was recorded a contact sheet was handed out and we will get a copy of the video.  It is being compiled for a film festival

U of A update
- Presence of University security reported to have tripled since the February 2nd protest
- This has caused for some discontent among students
- Education needed around faculty cutbacks and rising tuition fees
- Nestle getting an honorary degree, we are working with student groups and other organizations (council of canadians)
-Nestle well known for their union busting tactics, student union support needed
- Solidarity week is coming up, we should go for information exchange
- Occupy needs to work on cleaning up its image, and to alleviate and misconceptions students have about the occupy movement
- NVDA training and workshops needed (non violent direct action)
-Theatrical Protest being organized more help needed

Castle Logging
- Tuesday 16th @ Lunch, possibly filming an artistic protest with a clear message
- Media spokes needed
- Call MLA ask for seat in Legislature for Monday 15th or Wednesday 17th arrive before 1 pm

Community Garden Project
- U of A being looked at as a possible location
- Community Garden exists there already
- Student group exists around gardening but needs more student support
- Contact Greater Edmonton Food Alliances for support
- Landshare.net has some free land for agriculture available
- Boil Street Shelter might be able to offer financial aid for project
- Food blog website proposed

Web Blog
- Title, “Reclaim the Schools”
- Creation of a website which highlights student uprising and struggles from across the world in relation to student debt and high tuition fees
- Website should also have updated accurate information about the specific situation at the U of A
- This will be a huge undertaking much help will be needed to put it together
- Proposed we use the Arab spring uprising timeline on the website as well (which has already been compiled)
- Anyone with web developing skills wanted

Camp Update
-Gear will be coming soon from Mountain Equipment co-op
-Old camp gear needs to be sorted through
-Other gear still needs to be taken from police custody, list of items has gone missing

Grant Mac discussion forum
-Graphic Designers needed
-Grant Mac Student action group being formed
-ideas and energy needed

Sharing Circle / Art Build
-Greenpeace Warehouse Sun Feb 11 @ 2pm – 5 or later

-We need to get the word out about our meetings more effectively
-Skype Meeting Sun Feb 12th @ 8pm

March for Murdered/Missing woman in Edmonton
-Sacred Heart Church 111ave & 95th street (not exact address)

-Concern expressed that we were going to brand mayday with an occupy label and try to make it our day
-Occupy needs to be there in solidarity and not try to overtake it
-Some representatives were picked to go to the planning meetings

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