General Assembly Minutes, Oct 22, 2011
2pm-3pm, at People’s Plaza
Moderators: Joel, Lara
Lara reviewed the process of consensus decision-making for the newcomers. Here is a link to a YouTube video of her giving these instructions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StOw8erHFIo
Working Group Updates
Media and Communication: Phil.
The website is online, www.occupyduluth.org All working group members should go to the website and sign up. Mediators can be given access to edit the site.
Needs: We need a Clear Wire Modem and Wireless Router. If anyone has a lead on getting these, please contact Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for someone to talk to the media on behalf of Occupy Duluth. If interested in being considered, talk to Phil.
What we need most of all are donations of people’s time. When telling people about Occupy Duluth, if they are supportive of the idea, ask “What have you done to help?” If they need ideas, have them call Tyler at 218-461-2540.
A Community Outreach committee is also being started, to bring in more volunteers.
Donations of Food – Josh. We will not turn down any food donations, but we ask that people donate food with these guidelines in mind:
1. Food as local as possible
2. Organic if possible
3. Whole foods are OK – such as a big bag of carrots or potatoes. We have the ability to cook our own meals.
Food Committee: We have lots of food, and it’s going to be fun!
Medical Committee: We need supplies. The list is on Facebook
Treasury: Malory: We will probably not be able to get nonprofit status, though Occupy Minnesota is working on it. A proposal will be given at Wednesday’s meeting. We can accept cash and checks, as long as checks are made out to Loaves and Fishes, with a note on the check that it is for “Occupy”.
Arts and Family: nothing to report
Facilitation: We need more members to facilitate meetings.
Town Planning (Occupation site): Need more people residing in the town
Need to shift the tents this next week so we don’t kill the grass.
PeaceKeeping: We need more people
1st Public Communique
A draft of Occupy Duluth’s first communique to the public was handed out for all present to read. This is intended to be sent out as a press release. After discussion and a temperature check, it was agreed by consensus to have the team which drafted the document (Aaron, Lara and Jesse), make changes based on the comments of the General Assembly, and send it out as a press release by Monday.
Bianca reported that we need to educate people as to what is going on in society. An Education Working Group will be set up. If interested, people can contact Bianca, or Joel Kilgour. Joel’s phone number is 218-724-2054.
Flags at our Camp
Currently we have 3 flags flying: the corporate flag is the US flag with the stars replaced by corporate logos. The US flag is flying upside down, indicating distress, and there is an Earth flag as well. After discussion, it was agreed by consensus to change the flags to the following:
Top: US flag flying right side up
Next: Corporate flag flying upside down indicating distress
Bottom: Earth flag
It was also agreed to indicate in the upcoming press release that an upside down flag indicates distress.
Open Floor Discussion
Tidiness: Everyone take their dirty dishes to the dirty dishes box. Do not leave them laying around in the living room.
David Cobb from Move To Amend
David is going to be in Duluth on the 9th of November. Here is why Occupy Duluth might be interested in hearing him:
“On January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government. Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions.” From www.movetoamend.org