GENERAL ASSEMBLY Tuesday January 17th 2012 at 6:00 pm at the new MOMDAD camp. Directions: go to the corner of 2nd Avenue West and 1st Street N, go up the hill one half block to the alley. Turn left into the alley and MOMDAD is in the first courtyard on the left. Look for the tarp tents! Come on in. Some heat and hot drinks may be available.
201201101800 GA DECC harbor side entrance to skywalk lobby
Minutes, short form (expanded form may follow if I get time)
About thirty members were present. Lara reviewed hand signals and consensus process. Kathy took Stack, Richard took minutes, Jesse and Lara facilitated. Agenda: Foreclosure working group report; Occupy Courtyard; Phase II: banner drop; next GA at new MOMDAD site; update on West Duluth Office site.
Foreclosure: Vern reported that the bank has agreed to push back the January 19th sheriff’s sale at one of the occupy foreclosure locations. Petition to the foreclosing State Farm bank asking it to reconsider has been extended to February. A media forum is to be announced. There will be a Martin Luther King march on Monday 16th January. Occupy will gather at 10:00 am to march from one of the foreclosure sites (7th Ave. & 8th street in central hillside neighborhood) to Washington Center, where it will link up with the King marchers. On Saturday 20th January Move to Amend will rally at the Duluth Federal Courthouse. Planning meeting for this event will take place on Saturday 14th January from 3 to 5 pm at the Friends meeting house, 18th Ave. E. and 1st Street. Friday 29th January at noon there will be a Moveon.org and Minnesotans for a Fair Economy presentation to pressure Obama to move to the left by supporting the attorneys who are now suing the banks. Saturday January 28 from 9 to 3 the Citizens in Action and League of Women Voters will have a teach-in on how to navigate the caucuses and how to work the media. Pre-registration is required and the registration forms have just come off the press. Adam will present a request at the next meeting of the Central Labor Body that the labor body endorse the Save Our Homes action. Vern suggested a five day encampment on the lawn of the foreclosure house.
Jesse said several members have agreed to rebuild MOMDAD camp at the courtyard of the Paul Robeson Ballroom. Paul Robeson Ballroom is an undamaged part of the burned out former Kozy Bar complex, and the courtyard is accessed from the alley behind St. Regis apartments. This phase II action is in solidarity with Occupy groups across the planet, which are taking back foreclosed and condemned buildings and returning them to use, since the current governments have failed to serve the public interests. The Paul Robeson Ballroom courtyard is private property, and the owner is not responsible for our being there, but is expected to be sympathetic to our cause. The occupiers will work to restore the building to code, to clean up the site and the neighborhood, and to address the needs of the people who live in the neighborhood. Thursday at 11:00 occupiers will need help, especially people with trucks and trailers, to haul trashed-out furniture and materials to the recycling center. People who wish to help will need to park on the street next to the Kozy and walk up or down the hill and through the alley to the Paul Robeson Ballroom courtyard.
The next GA will be held at the Paul Robeson Ballroom courtyard on Saturday at 2pm, under the canvas of MOMDAD phase II.
Tyler reported on progress with the Ft. Meyer office space in West Duluth, 24 N. 21st Avenue West, suite C. Melanie Ford’s office is in the same building. Computer and telephone banks are possibilities. There is office furniture and a small kitchen area. A working version of Microsoft Office could be very helpful if anyone can donate one. Also needs an Ethernet jack. Tyler also announced a National Protest of the Guantanamo prison camp, with local action from 2 to 4:30 tomorrow, Wednesday 11 January, at the power plaza. Move to Amend is having an occupy the ports action at 7 pm February 20th.
At this time the meeting was rudely interrupted by four burley employees of the DECC, led by Terry Burke, who informed us we were on private property and we would have to leave. We asserted our right to use the space, as has been agreed with police representatives at past GA skywalk occupations. Burke stated that “we don’t want anyone hanging out in the skywalk” and implied that we were loitering. We informed him that this was a public meeting, which he was interrupting. He threatened to call the police. When we did not move, he retreated with his would-be goons to an employee only area.
The meeting was almost over, and despite Mr. Burke’s protest that our meeting was unsafe and could be trampled at any moment by the thousands of people who could show up to attend a DECC $anctioned activity, we continued to occupy the space unmolested for another half hour, until we were properly agreed (happy, happy hands) and we adjourned at about 8 pm. Small groups stayed another half hour for conversation, but unfortunately no police responded to the emergency of Mr. Burke.
This is a preliminary report and is subject to correction. Dates and times should be verified with the relevant action committees.
GA will be at the DECC harbor side entrance, up the stairs, in the ‘end of the skywalk’ lobby at 6:00 pm.
On December 6, the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a lunch featuring Joe Scipioni, President & CEO PolyMet Mining. Scipioni will be speaking on “How PolyMet is Preparing for the Next Generation of Mining.”
Protect Our Manoomin, with co-sponsors Occupy Duluth and Move to Amend and support from several environmental groups, will be present to voice our opposition to Polymet’s proposed extractive resource copper colony that presents a clear and present danger to the environment of northeastern Minnesota.
We invite our supporters and other environmental groups and organizations to please join us on December 6. For updated and ongoing information, visit the Protect Our Manoomin FB page and the Occupy Duluth FB page. Gichi-mii’gwech.
Gashkozin! (Wake Up!), Niibawin! (Stand Up!), Giigidoon! (Speak Up!)- From Protect Our Manoomin Event invitation page on Facebook.
Now that being shared I (Jesse) would like to familiarize people with Glencore a multinational company that is buying up Polymet stock at record pace. Glencore is a company engaging in behaviors that centralize wealth and raise the prices of goods via commodity and speculation trading. They are an intense example of a growing monopolistic power with too much wealth and influence in the hands of too few people. The most efficient way I found I can share with people what Glencore is, is by sharing a news article published in May of 2011 which I will do after just sharing a few more things. Some people are not convinced that the environment is threatened by the mining proposal for the Iron Range made by Polymet, I assure you it is a very dangerous thing to the environment that will impact human life negatively, however that is not the only reason to oppose this mine. Polymet is now Glencore’s pet, Glencore generates its billions from playing games with investments that cause famines and other atrocities. Polymet is Glencore and here is an excellent article about what Glencore is.
|Glencore: Profiteering from hunger and chaos|
The world’s largest commodities trader is issuing a stock sale, and critics say the firm causes spikes in food prices.
Chris Arsenault Last Modified: 09 May 2011 08:15
The rapid rise in prices for food, fuel and commodities has been disastrous for the world’s poor, including Indonesian market vendor Lia Romi. But it’s a bonanza for multinational trading firms such as Glencore.
While Romi has trouble feeding her family, Glencore – the world’s largest diversified commodities trader – is planning a US$11billion share sale, likely the largest market debut ever seen on the London Stock Exchange.
“The price for our daily food has at least doubled in the past two years,” Lia Romi told Al Jazeera through a translator. “Food costs 100 per cent of my family’s daily income [of about $3]. I have nothing saved and I owe [money] from my [market stall] business.”
While Romi, and millions like her, worry about feeding their families, the initial public offering from the commodity speculating giant will create at least four billionaires, dozens worth more than $100million and several hundred old fashioned millionaires. Chief Executive Ivan Glasenberg is set to make more than $9bn from the share sale. And speculating on food prices is an important part of his wealth.
Valued at about $60billion, Glencore controls 50 per cent of the global copper market, 60 per cent of zinc, 38 per cent in alumina, 28 per cent of thermal coal, 45 per cent of lead and almost 10 per cent of the world’s wheat – according to information the firm disclosed prior to its share sale. It also controls about one quarter of the world market in barley, sunflower and rape seed.
“They are possibly one of very few mining companies that are price makers, rather than price takers,” said Chris Hinde, editorial director ofMining Journal magazine. “They are the stockbrokers of the commodities business [operating] in a fairly secretive world. They are effectively setting the price for some very important commodities,” he told Al Jazeera.
The firm employs about 57,000 people, generated a turnover of $145billion in the past year and has assets worth more than $79billion. Glencore’s media department refused interview requests from Al Jazeera.
|Lia Romi has had trouble feeding her family in Indonesia because of high food prices, which some analysts link to speculation [Credit: Oxfam]|
Based in Baar, Switzerland, where regulation is minimal, the company’s sprawling interests span Bolivian tin mines, Angolan oil, zinc producers in Kazakhstan, Zambian copper mines and Russian wheat operations.
“Glencore’s vertical integration really is unprecedented,” said Devlin Kuyek, a researcher with GRAIN, a non-profit international organisation working on food security.
“Glencore owns almost 300,000 hectares of farm land and it is one of the largest farm operators in the world. They are engaging in speculation on the grain trade and have immense market power,” he told Al Jazeera.
“A disturbing amount of price increases, I fear, is being driven by speculative activity,” Marcus Miller, a professor of international economics at the University of Warwick, told Al Jazeera. “Bets [on future price rises or declines] can become self-fulfilling if you are big enough to affect the market.”
In March 2011, the World Bank’s global food index was 36 per cent above levels from a year earlier, although prices for commodities have dropped in the past few weeks.
Some analysts believe price increases have more to do with a growing global population and rising middle classes, particularly in India and China, who are eating more meat and thus driving up prices for corn and other animal feed.
Duncan Green, the head of research at development organisation Oxfam Great Britain, said international markets for food and other commodities can be compared to the shape of a champagne glass. “There are a lot of people producing, and a lot of people consuming, but there is a pinch point in the middle, controlled by corporations who can walk away with the final value,” he told Al Jazeera. “Many of the world’s poor are -bizarrely – people growing food.”
In 2010, investment bank Goldman Sachs warned of “violent price spikes” in commodities markets, and that prediction has more or less come true.
Knowledge and power
To make money betting on food, metals and energy, Glencore – like other trading houses and hedge funds – relies on one crucial commodity: Information.
“They have offices all over the world and unique access to information about production and distribution,” said food security researcher Kuyek. “When the people who have that information are also the ones speculating, there is grave cause for concern; they can purchase forward contracts when they know prices are going up.”
|Trading firms can capitalise on instability in world food markets [EPA]|
In August 2010, for example, Russia issued a ban on grain exports, after droughts ravaged crops. On August 3, the head of Glencore’s Russian grain unit encouraged the government to halt exports. The government followed his advice on August 5, causing prices for cereals to rise 15 per cent in two days.
“Days before the export ban went into place, Glencore made huge bets,” said Kuyek. “They had some kind of information there; companies with information are in the best place to capture profits from volatility.” Glencore, for its part, said it also lost money as a result of the ban, because it had to fulfill delivery obligations to clients outside Russia at the new, higher price.
In addition to manipulating food prices – potentially with insider information – the trading giant appears to have broken laws on several continents.
Prosecutors in Belgium charged Glencore employees with criminal conspiracy and corruption, alleging they illicitly sought confidential information on European export subsidies from a public official. The case will be heard in Brussels on May 12.
During Saddam Hussein’s rule in Iraq, and the UN sanctions which accompanied its final years, Glencore made handsome profits marketing embargoed oil. In February 2001, Glencore bought 1million barrels of Iraqi crude oil destined for the US and diverted the black gold to Croatia, where it was sold for a premium of $3million, according to a UN Security Council report.
When the news broke, the Sunday Times newspaper in the UK headlined their investigation “Secretive Swiss trader links City to Iraq oil scam”.
Glencore’s founder and lifelong commodities hustler Marc Rich was dubbed the “face of scandal”, by Vanity Fair magazine. After founding the company in 1974, Rich rose to prominence by pioneering “combat trading” -aggressive deal making in countries facing turmoil.
He traded oil for Ayatollahs when Iran was blacklisted by the US, did business with South Africa’s apartheid government and skirted US trade embargoes on Cuba and Libya to make trades under the motto: Do whatever it takes.
|In Lia Romi’s community, people have to choose between sending their kids to school and buying food [Credit: Oxfam]|
“There will always be allegations that they [Glencore] are dealing with some unsavory folks,” said Chris Hinde from Mining Journalmagazine. “But I wouldn’t say that makes them unusual for traders.”
Tony Hayward, the disgraced former BP CEO who presided over the worst oil spill in US history, has been approached by Glencore to become a non-executive director on the board of the company when it becomes public.
While Rich sold the company in 1993, his take-no-prisoners approach to the commodities business lives on in today’s traders and speculators, including the South African CEO Ivan Glasenberg, who gave Rich’s trading empire the name Glencore.
In a January interview with the Financial Times newspaper, his first in 20 years, Rich supported the share sale, although he acknowledged that it is “much more convenient” for a trader not to be a public company as mandatory disclosure and regulatory oversight “limits your activity”.
Perhaps, Glencore is going public to increase its size, allowing it to acquire large competitors, particularly the mining giant Xstrata. “They are so big now, that they cannot get any bigger unless they are listed,” Hinde said, adding that some of the firm’s 800 partners might want to take the company public with the hope of cashing out their millions over the next few years.
Regardless of the firm’s reasons, institutional investors from the US, East Asia and the Middle East have all committed to buying.
Aabar, the sovereign wealth fund from the United Arab Emirates, controlled by Abu Dhabi’s oil-rich monarchs, is expected to become the largest “cornerstone investor”, pledging to buy about $1billion worth of stock.
“It seems that they are buying a stake to strengthen the UAE’s control over the global grain trade, for their own food security,” said Kuyek. “In the absence of anything meaningful being done at the international level, – except for the same prescriptions of open markets and trade liberalisation.” Food insecure countries in the Gulf, Northeast Asia, Korea and other regions are attempting to gain more direct control over food, as the market economy “can’t guarantee decent prices”, he said.
Back in her hut in Indonesia, on the front lines of the global food crisis, Lia Romi hasn’t been following Glencore’s stock flotation. She is worried about how to feed her three kids.
“I’ve sacrificed several times not to buy books or clothes for my daughter and son, just for our daily food because I have no savings at all,” she said.
As Glencore’s directors prepare to pocket their millions, it’s unlikely that they will bet on Romi’s future, as fluctuations in the global market could push her family over the edge.
“Stability is to be prized,” said Oxfam’s David Green. And that is the last thing Glencore wants, as it’s instability which is most profitable – for those who have the inside knowledge to exploit it.
Know that by protesting Polymet you are not standing in the way of economic development and job creation in a destitute region, by protesting Polymet you are protesting an even larger organization and idea that creates wealth for private interests without working for that wealth they create it by capitalizing off of disaster through investments, an idea that must be put to the grave lest it put humanity there first. You are invited to go to Kitchi Gammi Club December 6th 11Am to tell the Ceo of Polymet that destroying sacred wilderness, poisoning the landscape and working with Glencore are unacceptable things to do in the Northland or anywhere for that matter. Good day
GA in City hall basement by DPD- 4pm
‘Matt- talked to police about getting belongings back. Was told that we need to make individual appointments and have photo ID with to reclaim belongings that were confiscated.
Discussion on donations and communal property- how are we to get items back at do not have one personal owner?
‘Alan- took direct action and went to desk to ask about his personal belongings that were taken.
Group motioned to follow Alan and address our questions directly
Sgt. Laura Marquardt addressed the GA and handed out the following letter.
Nov 23, 20011
To: occupy Duluth participants
On 11/22/11, at approximately 0620 hrs, all items found in the Civic Center by the Duluth Police Department that were removed and stored. The items in our possession have no owner information. By City Ordinance all property in possession of the Duluth Police Department that is not claimed within 30 days will be destroyed or auctioned. If you are the owner of any property left in the Civic Center on the above mentioned date please arrange to pick up your property prior to the disposal date of Dec 22, 2011. In order to release any property, you will need to bring photo identification such as a drivers license, passport or military identification and a detailed written description of and item or items you believe we may have.
Please contact the following people to schedule a pick up day and time.
Jen Mangan Property/Evidence Technician 730-5444
Erik Isackson Property/Evidence Technician 730 5443
Tony Rich Information Technician 730 5483
Sgt. Laura Marquardt- 730 5501
Duluth Police Department
Crimes Scene Unit
-Confiscated items were labeled as found, abandoned property and addressed as such under city ordinance.
‘Marquardt- there are no ordinances to address communal property, a detailed description of the items must be given by the owners
‘Lara-These said items WERE DONATED and have no ONE owner- also- a detailed description of all of the blankets is not a feasible demand. It should need no further description other than “a pile of blankets”. Furthermore- should we not be able to get the communal blankets and property back we would like to make sure that rather than “disposing” of the property- it be given to the homeless community that could really use them this winter.
‘Marquardt- will talk to her superiors about how to address the communal belongings and will be in contact with Lara Simpson 393 8470 in regards to developments and future negotiations.
-Partial VIDEO of conversation with Marquardt will be up soon-
GA reconvened back in vestibule of City Hall basement
Temp check on 5 min break and reconvening outside at the Duluth Autonomous District (civic cntr lawn)
‘Vern- how are we going about addressing the ways the DPD went about confiscating our belongings?
‘Justin- we need to stop talking to their people and working through their channels. We need to go above and beyond their attorneys and channels to figure out our own legal channels to address this issue.
‘Vern- Who would be willing to look into legal aid and specifically the ACLU?
‘Jesse- I am already on contacting the ACLU and waited until today’s meeting with the DPD to move forward with contacting them- so as to have more information to present them with.
Proposal: contact the ACLU ASAP requesting legal advise and aid regarding our matters with the ACLU
Motion to move to next agenda item:
‘Tyler- “office” space on Lake Ave. and Superior St.- above The Electric Fetus has been offered to Occupy Duluth by a willing citizen willing to cover the lease and rent. Should be in the works for December 1st, 2011.
Proposal: Tyler will contact the Gentleman willing to donate the space tomorrow and jump on getting the lease signed.
*Clarification: Moving forward with the signing of lease before Wednesdays GA is an autonomous action on Tyler’s behalf to get the ball rolling. Further discussion on the parameters and function of our donated space will be added to Wednesdays GA agenda.
Motion to move to next open agenda topic.
‘Justin- expressed concern with facilitation and consensus process. It is important to make sure that we are all being listened to adequately and given the opportunity to speak without .
‘Nadia- I was at occupy Minneapolis and would like to say that in comparison to larger area GAs Duluth flows well.
‘Lara- most of the issues we are discussing can be rectified with refining the art of facilitation and exsibiting patience with one another
-Hand signals should be addressed to the stack keeper and not used as a way to undermine or cut off the person speaking
‘Nadia- a sign with images and descriptions of their usage would be helpful
‘Lara- I have been saying since the first damn GA we ever had that I would make exactly what Nadia just suggested. I, as a member of Facilitation working group will make sure to follow through with this by no later than Saturday of this week. Pamphlets and web postings will also be in existence soon. I would also like to hold a facilitation tech in to prepare people for Dec.4-9th when a core group of occupiers will be in DC. I will host this before the 4th and announce more details at tomorrow’s GA @430pm in the Wells Fargo skywalk entrance.
Temp Check on moving to next agenda topic
‘Vern- can we talk about the Dec 6th action at Kitchi Gammi Club in response to the Polly Met Lunch event
‘Jesse- has been in contact with Nathan Ness in regards to this event.
-A teach in on cohesive messaging and staying on point has also been suggested by Nathan.
Proposal: Jesse will get in contact with Nathan this evening and solidify details further to bring back a more complete plan to Wednesdays GA
Temp check on moving to next topic
‘Kindly gentleman with a nice hat and facial hair- I have personally posted fliers/info in the men’s bathroom at the mall and encourage others to do similar things in like places anywhere!
‘Nadia- we did that at the zombie black Friday rally at the mall- security followed us around and took them down.
Temp check on next topic
‘Nadia- just got back from OccupyMN and wanted to address a few agenda items of interest from the GA in last night.
-99 tents for the 99%, this Wednesday
-Temp check on solidarity action on Wednesday
-NO PASS- due to our climate here with the city and DPD more tents would be very distracting to our cause here and short notice.
-Port action, November 12th
-Proposal to possibly do something here in the twin ports area on this date, Nadia will look into devising a proposal for Wednesday’s GA to discuss deeper
-Motion to CLOSE assembly
Closing reminder that there will be a GA tomorrow at 4:30 in the Wells Fargo skywalk entrance, and Wednesdays GA will be held at 7pm at the civic center.
December 6th –Kitichi Gammi Club from 11:30-1.
Further information on facebook.
Work goup for cleaning “storage space”
Teach-in @ Pineapple arts about civil disobedience. Time tba.
Wednesday GA – Wells Fargo @ 7 pm
Write stories and send to OccupyMNstories website – email@example.com
November 23, 2011
Place of little Passage or Civic Center
Facilitation staff/ approved by GA:
Co-facilitation: Jesse and Lara
Run through of proposed agenda items
Lara: Proposal: Follow stated agenda and then open floor to additional agenda items
Jesse: Proposal amendment: Let the GA decided if we run through individual proposals and announcements before proceeding with said agenda.
Temperature check on amended proposal- HOT
Dennis: Proposal: Can we start a sub group committed to national action and movements?
Passed with consensus
`Brent supports the national connection
`Dennis needs a better way to connect
`Cathy – occupytogether.com
`Lara – Individual and group expeditions to other occupations is a great way to reach out to the national movement. Great way to network face to face.
~Small group will meet after GA to start planning, strong support
Moved to next discussion point through temp check: HOT
`Brent – Addressing Facebook and his activity. “I feel like responding with harsh word to a group of people on fb. What should I do?”
`Malory- 99% is a lot of people. We need to include.
`Dennis- We don’t have much control over fb. “People are shitting in the punch bowl.”
`Robert-“Don’t feed the trolls.”
Point of Info-Jesse- Just a reminder that we are all facilitators and are encouraged to respond.
`Rajeev- What is the point of fb?
`Lara-Information, message, and was started with maybe a little too much rash excitement.
`Malory-Fan base page gives more freedom to dictate what goes on.
Proposal: 2 pages, 1 will be intended for updates and the like www.facebook.com/occupytwinports, 2 will be more for conversation, and will be a new page connected to occupytwinports.
PASSED by consensus
Next agenda item- consensus to move forward
`Every single day and at different times.
`Scott-2-3x a week
`Malory-Discussion 3 days, official GA other 3 days
`Jesse-“I like you all so let’s spend time together in a place where people don’t like us.” That is kinda the point.
`Lara- Having one everyday encourages people to stay involved in this time of transition where we lack a gathering space
Point of Process: Where can we go?
Proposal: Wednesday @ 7pm & Saturday @ 2pm GA- keep these times but discuss alternate indoor locations
Temp check: HOT
Proposal: Saturdays GA be held at the Wells Fargo skywalk @ 2pm
PASSED by consensus
Proposal: For other GA’s (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sun)- we can decide the location of the following days meeting during the then current GA. Until we come up with concrete ideas of viable alternative in-door spaces.
Proposal: collect ideas for indoor GA spaces and address them at this Saturday’s GA @ Wells Fargo
Temp check to table: HOT
Proposal: Thursdays GA be held after (@4pm) DECC Thanksgiving dinner, in the DECC skywalk
Temp check: HOT
GA THANKSGIVING DAY – 4pm near the “Big Ass Circle” straight down from the downtown skywalk or enter the Lakeside Harbor Convention Center doors and walk up the staircase. Listen for “Mike Check” and other tomfoolery.
Meet 11am @ the DECC to volunteer in 99% T-shirt or mindset.
Temp check on moving forward with agenda: HOT
Community Space Project
`Lara-We have our eyes on a space, it is something we cannot speak of at this time, due to the tentative and sensitive nature of the location. We will discuss this much more openly when things have been solidified.
`Jonathan-The place needs lots of love before it will be functional. We need volunteers to keep the locale under the wraps and do some cleaning up of the space and its contents. There will be sign up info available soon.
`Jay-I think we should talk to Tony (Keuhn-ah) and Zeppa as space options
Consensus reached to continue with further agenda points.
Treasury – $ is in Mallory’s bank account and it could be collected on taxes/send up red flags to the IRS.
Proposal: Can we put the $ in with Veterans for peace or AIWC?
`Jesse- “It’s a box to put our $ in. That’s all.”
`Nadia- We-pay account possibilities
`Vern-Checks need to be writable to occupy Duluth
Proposal: Look into $ being held in either account.
PASSED in consensus
Foreclosure: Working on a date for teach-in with Brett Thiele & Mayra Gomez
Saturday December 3rd – community outreach @ Noon, Public Library. This will be a space to meet and hear the stories of people being foreclosed upon.
*Sandwiches were promised at this event for the families.
Forum on Sunday @ Unitarian Church (9am.) between UMD and Scholastica
Consensus to continue with final formal agenda point
10 am – London Rd Perkins / Meeting for Move2Amend group starting in Duluth, with Nathan Ness.
11 am. – Meet to volunteer at the Decc until 4 pm
4 pm – GA around “Big Ass Circle”
Flyers would be great to hand out- some may be made available on our webpage’s for printing- if you make some please contact communications via fbook or the occupyduluth.org site
Camping in front of retail stores promoting Occupy from tents while building community in lines for consumerist bs.
Zombie march in the mall @ 9 am / Meet outside Yonkers just before 9am Friday morning
Tabled direct actions:
Make out not War- Feb 14th
Port plug- more research
Anti-Christmas and/or revolution caroling
Motion to close meeting- temp check- HOT
Occupy Duluth would like to first sate that we stand in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and the movements in cities across the globe. It should however, be expressly stated that we are NOT a political or social organization, nor are we aiming to trump any other movement or cause. This is a movement FOR and BY the people. The people are not “camping”. Rather, this is an encampment of citizens assembling to petition our redress of grievances. We would like to ask; where are the people able to assemble to petition our government when no adequate space has been provided for us? It should also be noted that there is no curfew on our Constitution.
We would like to remind the DPD and City of Duluth officials about the conversation that went on in the Occupy Duluth living room on 11.07.11. This is when and where the concerns addressed in the statement presented to the 99% during our General Assembly on 11.16.11 were already discussed. The occupiers are well aware of and addressing these stated concerns, taking it upon ourselves in full self awareness – outside of your suggestions – to implement our own plans to address our safety as well as the well-being of our community and its land.
We would like to remind our officials that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and therefore overrides local ordinances and laws. We will not easily comply with obtaining a permit to assemble. We will adamantly stand by the fact that we have the inalienable constitutional right to do exactly what we are doing here. If a permit is to be something that we must obtain, we will need to meet with the City of Duluth to clearly define and discuss the ramifications of said permit. We will NOT pay you for this permit if it is to be acquired. You have been appointed and paid for, by the people to serve and protect their rights. We implore you to keep this in the forefront of your minds when addressing your concerns and misguided demands.
Emergency GA to discuss today’s police visits.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
This meeting was called after an emergency call went out on Facebook to get to the occupation site ASAP. Because of miscommunication, we were led to believe that the camp was in immediate danger. It wasn’t. Since so many of us were there, we decided to have a meeting about recent police visits to tents put up by individuals, on their own authority, as autonomous beings.
After much discussion, it was decided to have the individuals who put up the tent in the other half of the plaza talk directly to the police, and only about that specific action, rather than get into a discussion about the entire camp, (consolidation, electricity, heating, numbers of tents, etc.) These will be discussed at the 7pm General Assembly meeting, later today.
It was also agreed that people need to be very sure about situations before sending emergency meeting requests out on Facebook, as the Mayor’s office was flooded with calls of complaint that the camp was being evicted – unnecessarily.
The Cheif Administrator of the City of Duluth, David Montgomery (highest paid city official, under appointment of Don Ness) has made public notice that the city is moving forward with “wrapping up” Occupy Duluth. WE DO NOT ABIDE. period. If he thinks we will quietly walk away and thank him for his “concerns for our saftey”, he has another thing coming. Join us Monday morning at 9am while we occupy Rm 402 of Duluth City Hall. We will be addressed face to face on his concerns- or we will occupy until we get the consideration we deserve.