Occupy Duluth General Assembly
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Location: People’s Power Plaza, Superior and Lake, 2:00 pm
Summary of Proposals Passed, Key Announcements, and To Do’s Agreed Upon
1. We agreed to pursue a permit with the city, subject to staying within our goals and mission.
2. We agreed to hold a General Assembly at 10:00 am so the police can join us, and we can all discuss together, and the General Assembly can make decisions immediately based on our discussion with the police.
3. We agreed to hold future General Assemblies (beyond Monday) indoors.
4. We agreed to hold a General Assembly on Tuesday, November 22, at 4:30 pm in the Skywalk outside Wells Fargo.
- Blake will keep people posted on developments with the permit: on both Facebook docs and the www.occupyduluth.org website
- People are to bring flyers and signs for the General Assembly on Tuesday in the Skywalk. Diane to supply copies of the list of Credit Unions within a 50 mile radius of Duluth
- Add to calendar of events: Every Wednesday from 5-6pm, Solidarity Picket for Wisconsin Public Workers, on the corner of Belknap and Hammond Ave, in front of the Douglas County Courthouse, Superior.
- Add to calendar of events: Tuesday, November 22, Bret Thiele, former leader with Amnesty International, will be speaking on Housing Rights and Reclamations. Time: 7:00 pm. Place: Dorothy Day house, 1712 Jefferson St.
- We are all to think of inspirational quotes or very short stories we can share at the beginning of our General Assemblies
Jesse: He met with Eric Rish Friday afternoon, regarding the permit process to help us be legal during the encampment. But because the person who files the permits was not there, the police said the permit was “a moot point”. There will now be an inspection meeting at 10:00 am on Monday. In order to speed things along, we agreed to have a General Assembly at 10:00 am also. In this way, if decisions need to be made, we can make them immediately.
After much discussion among the General Assembly, we agreed to pursue obtaining a permit, as long as it is clear we are here to exercise the rights we have under the Constitution.
The City Planning Working Group (more members always wanted) will meet and work on this. Blake will post the progress and information we receive to both Facebook and the Occupy Duluth website: www.occupyduluth.org
It was noted that in the past, the city has on occasion waived the insurance requirement.
Other City Planning Issues: We will no longer have a kitchen, so will need hot food already prepared. There is a sign up sheet at DAD/MOM.
Point of Interest: There has been criticism of the group that both sides are accusing each other of lack of communication, and that the police have a hard time finding the leader of the group to talk to. Response: Justin stated that we are not followers. We are all leaders.
Diane responded with a reminder to everyone that the General Assembly is the only forum where we speak for Occupy Duluth, unless some assignment has been specifically delegated. No individual, no one who posts on Facebook, speaks for Occupy Duluth. That is why the General Assemblies are so important, and why minutes of the General Assemblies are so important. Imagine how efficient and clear the dialogue could be if the police chief and the mayor would show up at the occasional General Assembly. We could all hear from them directly. They would know whenever a temperature check was called, exactly where Occupy Duluth stands on any issue. No confusion. No lack of communication. If people want clear communication from Occupy Duluth, they must get it from the General Assembly.
- Diane: wanted to let the Assembly know that action is being taken on the issue of foreclosures. Occupy Duluth members are researching and reaching out to people whose homes have been foreclosed. One woman came forward and told her foreclosure story to the public present at Thursday’s International Day of Action. In addition, Peter Greenlee, a bankruptcy attorney, visited us on Thursday and presented a 15-minute statement on what is happening with foreclosures and bankruptcy, and how good, hardworking people are being hurt by the banking system. He has given us his statement, Diane videotaped him, and we are waiting approval to make the video public. He also answered questions about the issue.
- Joel: Related to this action is that on Tuesday, November 22, Bret Thiele, former leader in Amnesty International, will be speaking on Housing Rights and Reclamations. Time: 7:00 pm. Place: Dorothy Day house, 1712 Jefferson
- Riley Hanick is drafting a statement from Occupy Duluth on the foreclosure issue. The draft is posted on the bulletin board in the DAD/MOM living room. If you would like to have input on this, please contact Riley Hanick or Diane Emerson at DianeEmerson@Yahoo.com and one of us will send the draft out to you.
- Adam is working on the recall of Governor Walker, and handed out flyers about the solidarity pickets for Wisconsin Public Workers. These are held every Wednesday from 5-6pm, on the corner of Belknap and Hammond Ave, in front of the Douglas County Courthouse, Superior. Contact e-mail: email@example.com Occupy Duluth will include these in our Calendar.
- Adam is also working with the Northland Anti-War Coalition, which is holding anti-war pickets every Friday, from 5pm to 6pm at the Minnesota Power Plaza. www.northlandantiwar.blogspot.com Occupy Duluth will include these in our Calendar.
- Justin Anderson is working on gathering our Occupy stories. Write up your story, in a few words, and hold it in front of you while someone takes your photo. Then send it to Justin at firstname.lastname@example.org
What Occupy Is All About: Justin Hamilton reported a great find: something everyone can share with people who ask what this occupy movement is all about. George Carlin on Bankers. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeLLR3LWtv4 (DE note: for some reason I have been unable to find George Carlin in his banking video where the sound is decent.)
And his favorite quote: “The American Dream – the only way you can believe in it is to be asleep. Wake up.” He suggests those of you who have smartphones have this link on standby so you can show the video whenever someone asks you about Occupy.
Future General Assemblies: We agreed to hold our future General Assembly meetings indoors, after Monday. We will begin on Tuesday, November 22, with an indoor General Assembly outside Wells Fargo, in the SkyWalk. Time: 4:30pm, so people can join in after work. Come with flyers and signs, and be ready to walk to other locations in the SkyWalk to continue the meeting. Jesse also suggested that we bring inspirational tidbits, quotes or short stories to share at the beginning of our General Assemblies.
Next GA meeting: Monday, November 21, 10:00 am, DAD/MOM