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GA Minutes 11-25-11

November 25, 2011

Big Ass Circle in the DECC

General Assembly

Facilitation staff/ approved by GA:

Jonathan- minutes

Facilitator: Jonathan

Co-facilitation: ? everyone?

 

Friday GA locations

Outside bus stop @ 11 am, door 8.

`Matt_- Does our phone tree exists? Can it be online?

`I feel it would be too open to post everyone’s number online. We can look at emails.

Future GA locations

`Matt – Do we have something to depend on as far as location?

`Jonathan- No, but it is open to discussion today and Saturday.

Retrieval of our personal affects from the 5-0.

Monday GA @ Police Station in hopes they relinquish our belongings and donations. Time determination tabled to Saturdays GA

Henry Banks

ACLU – searching for local contact

`Richard will follow up.

Megan will return with info from ACLU/MnclU

`Matt-Police served no paperwork regarding confiscation of personal effects.

`Jesse – prolific moments of our week.

`Jesse- Anishinabe ceremony and smudging that followed.

`Richard- Morning after they took down our camp I saw Jesse curled on the ground.

`Cathy- This moment right now I think. We are warm, I can see you all without hats and scarves, sometimes for the first time.

Direct Action

Police Station on Monday for GA time tba

Working on getting our belongings back from the police.

Melanie Ford is interested in our case-further clarification needed

Proposal: Teach in on how to be prepared for tense moments with the police. Civil Disobedience, and How to Be Prepared.

PASSED

Motion to close

PASSED

General Assembly 11-22-11

General Assembly 11-22-11

 

Facilitating: Tyler Nord, Tiffany Lee, Nadia Labyad

Taking minutes: John

Location: Skywalk in front of the Wells Fargo Building

Summary of Proposals Passed, Key Announcements, and To Do’s Agreed Upon

 

1)   Agreed to make a list of goals for Robert Lillegard’s interview.

2)   We agreed to keep tomorrow’s GA at the Civic Center lawn at 7pm.

3)   Support an indigenous rights solidarity march with members of the Native community starting at 11:45 at Bentlyville and marching to the civic center for a discussion.

4)   We agreed to a vigil tonight at 12am to show defiance. That were are not going away, and we will not give up so easily.

5)   Gathering some volunteers on Thanksgiving to volunteer at the DECC free community thanksgiving dinner.

6)   Pass out flyers with information as to why you should boycott Black Friday.

 

To Do

  • An indigenous rights solidarity march with the Native community TOMORROW starting at 11:45 at Bentlyville and marching to the civic center for a discussion.
  • Connect with Vern Simula or use the Budgeteer about connecting with a family who’s home is being foreclosed and attempt to help.
  • GA tomorrow at the civic center lawn at 7pm

 

Direct Action

 

A)   A list of goals from the group for Robert Lillegard’s interview.

  • Fight foreclosures, homelessness and lack of jobs (all three are connected.)
  • Cost and quality of education and, student loan forgiveness.
  • End Corporate Personhood and support Move to Amends’ bill to do so. http://movetoamend.org/
  • Support Protect Our Manoomin http://occupyduluth.org/2011/10/protect-our-manoomin/
  • Uphold the validity and importance of the Constitution.
  • Oppose pointless wars in other countries that only serve the interests of corporations and the politicians that they own.

B)   Collect signatures to help support Move to Amend. https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B9G1X7hhDo1MY2I1NzgxZjItZDg1Yy00NTY5LWE0ZTMtMzQzZTc1NTgyMWRk&hl=en_US   We can print these off and canvas neighborhoods.

C)   Volunteer (while wearing Occupy Duluth shirts, thank you Aaron) at the community thanksgiving dinner at the DECC. Sign up will be on the website www.occupyduluth.org

D)   Pass out flyers to those waiting in line on black Friday as to why they should not participate.  It was decided that these should be gentle to the shoppers and hard on the corporations. For example that they have pushed the start time earlier every year so employees can’t spend time with families because it’s mandatory that they work.

ATTENTION!!

As of 6:02 this morning the Duluth Police Department came in and took our structure down around from around us. They waited until then for multiple reasons; They did not want to have to arrest anybody and tried to “please and thank you” their way through the whole process. They knew that it would be hard to rally people at that time when some are already at work and most others are on their way too work.
PLEASE TELL GORDON RAMSAY AND DON NESS WHAT YOU THINK OF THESE UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND COWARDLY ACTIONS!!!

Gordon Ramsay: 218-730-5020 GRAMSAY@duluthmn.gov

Don Ness: 218-730-5230 dness@duluthmn.gov

 

Also, please come to the GA today at 4:30pm in the skywalk in front of Wells Fargo!!

11-19-11 General Assembly Minutes

Occupy Duluth General Assembly

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Location: People’s Power Plaza, Superior and Lake, 2:00 pm

Facilitator:  Jesse

Stack: Lara

Minutes: Diane

 

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.

 

 

 

To Do’s

  • 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

 

 

Encampment Discussion

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.

 

Direct Action

  • 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: wainosunrise@yahoo.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 gibsonman113@yahoo.com

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

11-16-11 General Assembly Minutes

 

Occupy Duluth General Assembly

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Location: Duluth Autonomous District, Civic Center,   7:00 pm

Facilitators; Tyler

Stack: Lara

Minutes: Diane

 

Summary of Proposals Passed, Key Announcements, and To Do’s Agreed Upon

 

1. We received a statement from the police department, unsigned, which states what must be done by midnight Sunday or the encampment will be removed, and people will be arrested. The statement has been scanned and is posted separately.

 

2. We agreed to hold a facilitated discussion on Constitutional Rights and the Occupy Movement for the Public at 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 17, specifically inviting Mayor Don Ness and Chief of Police Gordon Ramsay

 

3. We agreed to contact Mayor Don Ness and Chief of Police Gordon Ramsay to sit down this week and discuss a counterproposal from Occupy Duluth, which will be drafted tonight after the General Assembly.

 

4. We agreed to investigate empty commercial offices on Superior Street to see if any of the owners would be kind enough to offer space to us for teach-ins and meetings and a visible base for the winter.

 

5. We agreed to obtain legal advice for Occupy Duluth as soon as possible

 

 

To Do’s

  • Jay will call to set up the meeting with the Mayor and Police Chief, with Joel and Tamara if possible
  • Draft the proposal for the city
  • Everyone with contacts of owners of Superior St buildings will start making inquiries for us
  • Supporters should call the mayors office and police chief in support of Occupy Duluth
  • Everyone with attorney contacts will start making inquiries with them for support
  • People who will be regularly at the encampment will arrange to be trained in the operation and maintenance of the solar system, which will be delivered Thursday or Friday, minimum 3-4 people. See Vern for details on timing
  • Diane to videotape and post the presentation on foreclosure and bankruptcy by Peter Greenlee
  • Show up at camp Thursday and Friday to take down tents, organize extra equipment, and return it to owners or move to storage.
  • Add Dec 1 to calendar of events: Occupy UMD hosting “What is Occupy?” Free pizza and music, 7pm start. Link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-UMD/301241356560454

 

 

Encampment Discussion

Tyler:  30% of the people of Duluth live below the poverty line.  He is seeing no concern for the safety of homeless people of Duluth, yet so much concern about the safety of the people in the Occupy Duluth encampment.

 

Allen: Next week there will be a meeting with the American Indian Commission – Red Lake, and there will be a teach-in here at Occupy Duluth.

 

Sharla Gardner: Sharla made inquiries to clarify the situation. She spoke to Police Chief Gordon Ramsay who felt he was making good progress with Joel and Tamara, but was frustrated with what he was reading in the newspapers.  The message from the Police Chief was “Do not believe everything you read in the papers. If you haven’t heard it from Joel, Tamara, or the Chief of Police, it isn’t happening.” And the message to the media is “If you haven’t heard it from the Police Chief, you haven’t heard it.”

 

Sharla confirmed her support of Occupy Duluth: “Your message is important.  You are speaking for all of us.”

 

The mayor and the police chief are getting calls every day complaining about Occupy Duluth. Supporters of Occupy Duluth can call too, and share their support.

 

We discussed and approved having a meeting with the Mayor, Police Chief, and if possible Sharla Gardner, our representative for this area to clarify the situation of the encampment.  Jay Benson will set up this meeting. In addition, we discussed and approved creating a counter proposal to the Police statement. Volunteers signed up to work on this after the General Assembly.

 

We also discussed and confirmed that a facilitated discussion on Constitutional Rights and the Occupy Movement would be held for the Public at 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 17, specifically inviting Mayor Don Ness and Chief of Police Gordon Ramsay. Jay will do the inviting on behalf of Occupy Duluth.

 

Occupy Assembly Recap

Every week on Tuesday evenings at 9pm there is a separate assembly for the people who are living at the encampment. We recapped the most recent OA.

 

The group discussed who would be willing to get arrested

The OA worked out how to get down to one tent, and the process of making that happen.

They decided on an Occcupiers Schedule and a Food donation schedule.

 

Open Discussion on Encampment

Lara: Reminded the group that the United States Constitution overrides local ordinances, and this is something we should talk about when the meeting is set up with representatives of the city.

 

Aaron: Encampments are a tactic, and it is time to move into a new phase.  It has been a burden to maintain this encampment. The tactic of encampment has opened up a lot of eyes on this movement. But what kinds of numbers has it brought in to work locally? It is not a terrible idea to change our direction of focus. We need to be conscious of that.

 

Jennifer: This space has done a huge amount for he movement.  Because I am here most days all day, I have talked to hundreds of people who have never heard of Occupy Wall Street. It is time for something different. Now it is time to DO what we say we want.

 

Jesse: This encampment has brought in a lot of people. And it serves more purposes than just bringing in people. It is an illustration to society where people take space for public well-being. By being here, by being forcibly removed, we force the police to demonstrate their violence against peaceful demonstrators. We force them to demonstrate who their bosses really are.

 

Aaron: He advocates that our camp become smaller in our efforts, and direct action becomes our main priority.

 

Direct Response: It is useful to have a hub still here

 

Tyler: the cops will arrest us, if we don’t comply with their statement.

 

Ryan: Even getting a permit is appropriate, in many cases. He gave the Rainbow Coalition as an example. Bureaucracy is there to protect us as well.

 

Lou: Sounds like they are concerned about our safety.

 

Point of Interest; We should find an attorney. An Attorney can file an injunction, and buy us time.  Could also file a restraining order. We should get legal advice on the rebuttal proposal. Lara mentioned her father. Another suggestion was Greg Gilbert.

 

Ryan: note that the statement from the police is an unsigned document.

 

GA passed an agreement to get legal involvement as soon as possible.

 

People were asked to come by 8am on Thursday to start taking down tents, organizing the extra equipment in preparation for moving it off site, returning it to its owners, etc.

Friday 9am people will come and finalize the moving of this extra equipment off site.

 

Other Open Discussion Topics:

 

Superior Street Properties: Diane mentioned Jennifer’s work in identifying about 20 empty properties on Superior Street. The owner of one of these might be willing to offer the space to us through the winter for visibility, teach-ins, and a public meeting space.

 

Winter City of the North Parade: Friday, November 18

 

After much discussion, we agreed that anyone who is handing out flyers must walk on the sidewalk, and not on the street in the parade. We are walking with the Union. We do not have our own space in the parade. Because of this, it is important that we do not cause problems for the union, especially since they have not been in the parade in many years.

 

Solar Electrical system: Vern reported this will be delivered Thursday or Friday. We need 3-4 people to be trained in the operation and maintenance of the system.

 

Allen: review the particulars of tomorrow, the International Day of Action

 

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION

 

 

11:00    Peter Greenlee: Attorney specializing in bankruptcy and foreclosure, will be speaking and answering questions in the DAD/MOM living room. Diane will take a video of his talk, for people who cannot be there.

 

11:30 am: Rally at Depot, rally and speakers at Northern Lights Express Passenger Rail project. The Northern Lights Express,  www.northernlightsexpress.org, could bring in 13,000 jobs. At the rally there will be speakers, then a march to City Hall.

 

Pot Luck Lunch at Encampment

 

12:45 pm: speaker on Protect our Manoomin

 

Nathan Ness will speak

A family undergoing foreclosure may speak

Music by Partrick McKinnon and others

Wild Rice/Polymet discussion

Internet Issues/Censorship

7pm:  Fire Spinners

Discussion on eviction

A booth where people write their stories and have a photo of them.

 

 

OCCUPY UMD event:  Jeff Pollari announced an event to be held 7pm on December 1. Free pizza/music, and the theme is “What is Occupy?”.   Event details will be on the Occupy UMD Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-UMD/301241356560454

 

 

Next meeting: Saturday, November 19, 2:00 pm, People’s Power Plaza

 

 

Facilitated Discussion Hand Signals!!

This is a clip of an explanation of the hand signals that we use during General Assemblies and any facilitated conversations.

Why hand signals and facilitated conversation you ask? Facilitated conversation works especially well when having a discussion involving a large group of people or really any conversation where more than 2 people are involved. It allows every person to express their opinions equally. So instead of only the most confidant and loudest people deciding the direction of a conversation or discussion, even the quietest and most reluctant to speak can still make their thoughts and feelings known.Enjoy!

 

Lara explains our hand signals

 

Winterization Teach In Notes

head covered while sleep – not mouth!

condensation and sweat in sleeping bag will create cold.

-pair of slippers and fleece pants that stay in sleeping bag.

clean clothes

wool NOT cotton

loose layers

 

hypothermia symptoms:

core temp gets cold. falls below a point youll get very sick

signs: shivering is first thing – not bad, a good sign you’re keeping warm, if you sop shivering and then start again then stop and get comfortable, YOU’RE GETTING HYPOTHERMIC (many are found, DEAD, naked b/c they’ve started to “feel” warm and stripped when realy have been freezing), blue lips and fingernails, circulation pulls within your core away from your extremities, mainly confusion.

UMBLES = BAD (fumble, mumble, stumble, tumble)

 

almost all hypothermic victims are also dehydrated. stay hydrated. get free water everywhere you go.

 

get a thermos clipped to yourself.

 

buddy system – keep an eye on each other. RULE: no one sleeps alone.

 

Allen’s gotta run, POI: consolidate tent – exactly what that will look like and what we’re willing to get away with.

Francios -20 cold moves in.

Pallets off the ground.

1 comforter under bed 2 on top. socks, cap, sweater,

heat up rock on stove and roll in bed before getting in. hot water bottles, tomorrow’s clothes with you or under.

snuggle

wrap jacket around legs, garbage bags may help.

silver solar blankets under or over tent will help.

 

insulation works by trapping air. thick blankets next to you, airy on top (don’t compress airy insulation)

 

which is more effective; individual zipped bags or 3-5 under conjoined blankets?

-strip down and pile layers on top and get friendly.

-both

 

Liner – piece of cloth about 6” from side of structure to create air pocket that goes all the way around to the ground to prevent draft.

 

high calorie snack before bed.

 

melting snow vs. melting ice: snow has more volume and takes much more space to melt.

 

Original equipment – YOUR BODY. do jumping jacks, move around if you’re cold, eat food=calories=heat.

splitting wood: oak, maple, ash for great coals burns slow. pallets okay. we have a chainsaw.

-county land wood $10 permit

-Jennifer’s land owners may offer wood to be collected

*proposal for wood splitting committee – GA

*fire watch

-fire extinguisher, smoke & carbon monoxide detectors.

 

grab a sign and run around the block on superior on the hour.

 

peeing during the night is an issue. drink during the day. early afternoon stop/slow down. get to know your body.

-pee bottle in your tent/bag.

-females: let’s make some p-wizzles.

DON’T SPILL IN YOUR BAG cuz you’ll lose a lot of heat.

 

Snows a lot – which is our forecast.

 

union donated tent is small = 10×12

– elevated floor

loft sleeping layers

 

whatever we come up with

plan for safety and comfort primary concern over city’s.

-get it figured out and tell the city what we need not other way around.

 

strawbales

allergen

20 bales to work with if desired

don’t want to alienate anyone

wrap bales in plastic

 

alcohol and tobacco will take away from your warmth.

 

sleeping bag moisture. if you’re taking a night off/day off take your sleeping bag somewhere to air out and dry off – all gear; boots, socks, liners, clothes.

 

woodstove – a lot of sparks come out. small space and a lot of materials.

 

plastic bags over socks within boots – great idea, but seals in moisture and risks trenchfoot so, be sure to dry out. newspaper (5-6 sheets) in bottom of boot helps.

keep in mind more homeless may be coming to join us because we have skills, shelter, supplies. we will have limited space but none of us want to turn anyone away.

 

felt insoles.

Jennnifer can do a felting workshop (carded wool is cheap, wet felting is quick)*Dec. 10

boot insoles, mittens, carpets,

do we know anyone who will donate carded wool?

 

homeless not a problem, drunks a problem

POP

 

are we going to improve these structures?

these two tents side by side and tarping from tree down over them.

 

you gentlemen, how do you think we should re-organize? *city said 1 warming tent

they are going to demand things we cannot give them if we’re going to stay here.

these structures won’t stand up to our snow storms. bearing load for house 42lb/sq.ft.

high pitch and push broom for snow removal

insulation: liner, mount snow around, build snow wall wind barrier will really help, be off the ground with pallets and wool carpet (stove) felt

build! plywood sandwich foam.

our safety should we defy? perpetual fine? according to code it should be fine.

*get contractors

heather will find city codes

contact sheet has contractors, builders union has offered support.

*get code (how many homes have sheetrock on outside?)

building something dangerous delegitimizes us.

 

more-permanent structure bring the yurt up to code – ORGANIZE A BUILD IN!

temp check Sunday @ 9am: hot – SPREAD THE WORD

call tree: time/date/tools/materials/plans

 

building has to be quick, city’s gonna freak out no matter what we do.

 

yurt free standing, let’s get it up.

 

swaying tarps from tree for one big tent.

– snow weight an issue

– support beams would do it

 

City evicting us, media creating rumors:

Joel: not immediate=fine tonight.

 

Zach, from channel 6, recieved e-mail: “we will have them out by this weekend” we have asked for this to be forwarded.

Joel was told Monday.

 

Joel: not likely – media looking for a good story.

 

police will be delivering a letter with eviction date. haven’t yet maybe good sign.

GA Minutes 11-12-11

Occupy Duluth General Assembly

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Location: People’s Power Plaza, Superior and Lake, 2pm

 

Lara shared today’s agenda

Facilitators; Tyler, Lara

Stack: Drake

Minutes: Diane

 

Lara reviewed the hand signals for consensus decision-making

 

Use blocks sparingly and have a proposal to rectify your problems if you do block.

 

Summary of Proposals Passed , Key Announcements, and  To Do’s Agreed Upon

 

1. We have approval from the city to keep our occupation camp where it is indefinitely, with a review scheduled for March 21, 2012.  We agreed to the city’s proposal in principle. We will work on getting changes made to the city ordinances related to camping in public parks as a first step, rather than immediately applying for a permit.

 

2. We passed a Resolution to Support the work of MN ASAP, http://www.mnasap.org/ .

 

3. Discussion of Bank Foreclosure issues will take place Monday morning at 9am at DAD/MOM.  Volunteers needed to join this working group.

 

To Do’s

  • Diane to put notes from Move to Amend up on the Facebook and Website so people canlook at it and understand it, before we discuss it again at our next GA.

 

  • Diane to get the support letter regarding the grounds to the Police Liason working group.

 

  • Vern will contact his friend to bring in a solar panel system as soon as possible.

 

 

 

Working Groups

 

1. Facilitation: Lara:

The Facilitation working group has always wanted to have other people join them, and this request is going out once again.  The Facilitation Working Group  will be doing teach-ins on this, so people who haven’t done it before can feel comfortable facilitating the General Assemblies and other assemblies.

 

2. Direct Action/Community Outreach

 

Donna Howard: This past Wednesday, the Direct Action working group met. We will be meeting again to discuss foreclosures and assign research work needed on Monday, November 14, at 9am at DAD/MOM. Volunteers needed.

 

Tyler: Teach-In: Monday, November 14th, 5:00 pm Duluth Autonomous District (DAD/MOM)  Agitation and Organizing 101 Teach in by C Ryan Welles

 

Tyler: Teach-In on Winterization on Tuesday, Nov 15, 6pm, MOM/DAD. Winterization is a pressing matter.  The ground is getting too hard to get stakes into the ground.

 

Heather Lynn Henkel: There is an Occupy UMD Student Group, which meets every week.  This next week it will meet at 5pm Wed, Nov 16, at the UMD Kirby bus hub.

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION

 

Tamara: Nov 17 Rally at Depot, 11:30 am rally and speakers at Northern Lights Express Passenger Rail project. The Northern Lights Express,  www.northernlightsexpress.org, could bring in 13,000 jobs. At the rally there will be speakers, then a march to City Hall.

 

Jesse: Nov 17th: event at MOM/DAD we will have musicians, wish lanterns, speakers, different things going on all day, beginning at 11:00 am

The 17th is an international day of action.  There is an opportunity for Actions for any activist organization or union. Push for activism –  Get out and do something on the 17th.  Let’s get our people out there, let’s get a lot of folks down there.

MN for a fair economy is all announced, and will be there. (Note from Diane: there are now 3 reflective vests with Occupy Duluth on the back and front pocket at DAD/MOM if anyone wishes to go out picking up trash, delivering coffee, etc. Sizes: Medium, Large and Extra Large. Look above your head in the Living Room)

 

 

Christmas City of the north parade Friday, November 18

Ed Barkos: It is too late for Occupy Duluth to get their own spot in the Christmas City of the North Parade, but we can be part of the Labor group, if we wish.  This is the first time Labor is back in the parade in 20 years.

 

If we want to be part of the Labor group, bring signs like “We support Occupy Duluth”, and keep things respectful, as it is an event aimed at children.

Line up at 5:30pm, Division Yellow, Unit 11, by Georgia Pacific General Mills Plant.  Just tell them you are with Unit 11.  The Park will get filled fast.  The actual parade begins at 6:20pm. It is a 3 hour parade. No alcohol or drugs, including smoking.

Tyler: There are costumes donated by Allen, if we want some.

 

 

Lara Mary: Community Outreach is planning an event on Portland Square on Saturday, November 19th. If you know any one interested in speaking or playing music at the event, contact Lara

 

 

Move to Amend:

Vern proposed that we adopt a resolution in support of Move To Amend, www.movetoamend.org   There was an event at Peace Church this past Wednesday.  David Cobb from Move to Amend spoke on the importance of ending corporate personhood. Many Occupy Duluth supporters were there.

 

Because not many of the attendees of the GA were at the Move To Amend presentation, Diane offered to write up her notes on the event, and put them on

Facebook and our Website so people canlook at it and understand it.

 

We agreed to Table this resolution until Wednesday’s General Assembly.

 

 

Minnesota ASAP:

Vern proposed a 2nd resolution:  That we officially support MN ASAP:  www.mnasap.org   This organisation is working to shift federal spending priorities from war to meeting essential needs. Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer spoke on this important effort at the Peace Church event on Wednesday.

 

Attendees were given a handout on the effort, and we passed a resolution to

support it, and a request for  all of us to  take the time to sign it individually. A paper was sent around for everyone to sign their support for the work this group is doing.

There were no sad octopi on this temperature check.

 

 

3. Donations

Winterizing Donations: We need Firewood, kindling, hay bales and big plastic garbage bags to encase them, and bagged dry leaves. You can bring them to the camp.  See also our donations page at www.occupyduluth.org

 

For donations by check, contact the Northland Antiwar Coalition, www.northlandantiwar.blogspot.com

 

We need no donations of small tents, or tarp yurts, or foam yurts. The foam releases toxic gases if it burns. Walled canvas tents are allowed, because if they catch on fire, you do not have the issue of toxic gas.

 

4. Police Liason

Joel: would like to bring some new people into the work.  Would like Peacekeeping and the medical team to join in the meetings.  Would like it if the people who wish to join the Police Liason group would be consistent in turning up for the meetings, and would like no more than 2 extra people. Tamara would like at least one of the additional people to someone who stays at the camp on a regular basis if possible.

Jonathan would like to help.

 

Bridget: do we still have a peacekeeping team? Reply: we do still have a core group, but we are working to get everyone who is an occupier savvy to the way to handle things.

 

Joel: The city has brought a proposal to us to allow us to stay at the civic center indefinitely, with re-evaluation scheduled on March 21, 2012.  There are concerns about electricity, safety, care of the grounds, and preferential treatment given to the Occupiers. We are currently violating city ordinances by being there. They have asked that we voluntarily comply with not using city electricity. We have already decided to move the kitchen off site, which helped.

 

They would prefer that we move into one large canvas tent. Tamara said we would need at least one separate tent for medical (smaller than the current tent), Tyler: advised the Police Liasons to ask for 3 tents: barracks, living room, and medical. The medical tent does not need to be as big.

 

 

There are two ways to proceed on the city ordinances issue.

One way: apply for a permit: The city is willing to work with us on the fees, and think of some creative way to put it in the name of an organization

 

The other way is to apply to get the city council to change the ordinance about camping overnight.  Tamara had an opportunity to talk briefly with Sharla Gardner about this possibility.  Sharla supports Occupy and will be working on bringing something forward.  Tamara welcomes help to get a proposed ordinance crafted.

Joel: There are two ordinances: one is the closing hours for city parks. These can be 10pm or midnight, depending on the park. The other ordinance is about tenting. Tenting is expressly prohibited right now.

 

Heat source; waiting for an answer from the fire chief, by Monday, on what is acceptable as a heat source for the camp.

 

The Grounds: There has been no direct ask, but they are concerned about the state of the ground, and what plans we have to repair the grounds.

Point of Interest from Jennifer: Dina from the city stopped by the camp to tell us how nice it looked.

Jesse: We have already proactively started a working group that we have a plan to address the grounds, and we are capable of doing these things. Jesse reminded the group that we have a letter from a former President of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society (me) stating that there has been minimal damage done to the grounds by Occupy Duluth. It includes an offer to help fund repair of the grounds when the camp leaves. This letter will be given to the Police Liason working group.

 

Lara: electricity  – we are planning to get off the grid. There will be a meeting on Sunday, Nov 13, at 3pm on the Kitchen – at least getting the kitchen off the grid. Vern will contact his friend to bring in a solar panel system as soon as possible.

 

Temperature check approved to work with Sharla Gardner on getting changes made to the ordinances before working on applying for a permit.

 

Joel:  The Police Liason is meeting with the police on Monday: Occupy Duluth agrees in principle with the proposal.

 

 

 

4. City Planning Committee

The issues coming up from the Police Liason report are mostly city planning issues. Tyler noted that if you would like to be in on City Planning, contact Lara.

 

Tamara: We have labor support.

Duluth Central labor body paid for our loos again. Will do it indefinitely. They passed the hat, $170 was raised for canvas tent, and the union offered the rest needed to buy the tent.  We now have one canvas tent and wood stove.

Propane has been donated. But we will buy wood instead.

 

Medical Team: Everyone wants the medic tent to be accessible and organized. We have again set up the comfort tent. No comfort items will be left in the medic tent except for those items needed for emergencies.  The medic tent is for medics only. But the person who has the armband would have the right to enter the tent, in case there is no medic in camp.

 

Comfort tent: to better control the sleeping bags and blankets people donate for comfort, there will be someone sleeping in the comfort tent who will distribute the items if there are late night arrivals.

 

OPEN FLOOR

Ed Barkos, President of local 2750, AFSCME: We are supportive of Occupy Duluth because you are fighting our (union) fight. It is about basic rights.

 

Tyler: if you believe in the occupation, be here.

 

LisaLee  Williams and others discussed how LisaLee came to occupy the city park next to Electric Fetus. There was miscommunication based on previous information from the city about us being able to camp on any city park, at the very beginning. What we know now is that situation and offer changed once we selected the Civic Center as our camp.  Joel: in the initial dialogue with police, the message was that they could work with us on any city property, but not now.

Tyler thought it would be legal for us to camp in any city park based on the previous information.    Tyler has been advocating direct action that has not been approved by the GA, and apologized to LisaLee about the miscommunication. Lara also took responsibility for some of the miscommunication. “When we encouraged you, we assumed you already knew the fact that it was autonomous action.”  The miscommunication was compounded by Allen offering a tent for her. LisaLee thought that any communication on Facebook was official from Occupy Duluth.

 

It was clarified for everyone present in the discussion which followed that all key decisions are made at the General Assembly or the Occupiers Assembly, and that without approval at the General Assembly, there would be no official support from Occupy Duluth to camp in any other place except the current half of the Civic Center.  If people choose to take actions not sanctioned at these Assemblies, they are doing it as autonomous beings.

 

LisaLee:  Occupy Duluth originally said there were going to be demonstrations and teach ins at the plaza on Superior and Lake, but she doesn’t  see anything going on here.  The Civic Centre is half a mile away.

 

Ed: having more activities on Superior St would be good for better visibility.

 

POI:  We could be in the large park on the community centre on Hillside, for classes.

 

Lara: Agreed with more direct action in the public.  We need to be out.  Direct action is at forefront of our agendas. Also, we want to look into indoor spaces for teach-ins.

 

Jennifer: when we come down to the plaza for our meetings here on Saturdays, space, we want to rally and tell everyone to come join us. Invite everyone to come down.

 

Vern: thanks and supports us.

 

Tyler: Mic check of a People’s Apology, and group hug

 

Next meeting: Wednesday, November 16, 7:00 pm, Civic Center DAD/MOM