November 10, 2011 a full moon
Facilitators: Nadia, Jay, Heather H., Vern
Discussing events of today concerning invasion of Cravaackistan.
-Police said tent couldn’t be there. We stood our ground by replacing the MPLS tent with a symbolic donated tent. We consensually agreed we would not move tent until clear communication about regulations of the land. Miscommunications between occupiers and police led to freak out of possible eviction. Document was brought to camp, media was present and police didn’t want to talk then. Document very confusing and did not clear up confusion. We set up a meeting.
-Ben: has 30 min. video of conversation with Police Eric. Will post/transcribe.
-Jay: Eric is nice guy, institution a big part of THE PROBLEM. Estatic that police have been so nice to us. Risch made a comment: “I’m not just a badge,” Jay, “I’m not just a cardboard sign.”
Any unwarranted act is aggressive. I feel I can approach him at any time now. Very productive discussion.
What was the reason for not being on this land?
-Original negotiations; MN Power Plaza or other public land, we chose civic center and two lots were designated as city and the other as federal. Disconnect of understanding as to why police told us to leave federal land before they found the document saying it was an easement to the city. Basically, for containment reasons.
Adeline: Occupy the skywalks suggested. Ben informs about possibility of Annex.
Feels people want daily participation without camping (some sad octopi)
Tyler: can participate without camping; GAs, living room discussion, meals
DR Lara: we will be getting fliers out more.
Mayor’s office gets many calls saying they support movement but don’t like some things they see/hear, Jessica will recommend them to stop by 🙂
Stack – Tyler: sustaining camp, wear on grass, etc. winterization a priority; canvas wall tent w/ wood stove – off the ground fires city said is okay. More than a campsite. Facilities housing homeless, people with substance abuse problems and mental disabilities, and overflow of city facilities. Temp check of occupation fed land (show of force, when we push we get bigger, consider effects of being part of machine): 2 blocks
Adeline: tremendous effort to move everything. Snow. Better use of effort to move inside.
Jennifer: timing poor. We’ve got to rally on Nov. 17th and moving may take more than 1 day.
Vern: occupation more than encampment. Focus on foreclosure evictions, chips to something bigger.
– Direct Response: agreement
– Direct Response: agreement focus on
Ryan’s block: bureaucratic nightmare. Not worth antagonizing city. Our site is good and visible. Does not impede our rights to not be over there. Let’s work with that, they gave us this.
-Direct Response: if we are really concerned of footprint moving inside would benefit, moving here or there wouldn’t.
Tyler response: risking chips all that’s relevant, first amendment issue – that’s our land, there is no difference between those lands that’s why we should occupy that space. Reorganize on level land, don’t want to trump occupation of foreclosed home. They have said things and they went back on their word. We’re playing fair and they’re not.
DR: In mtg today we made clear expansion of movement inevitable and Joel is developing talks with them about this.
DR: no rights have been infringed yet other than those we’re trying to force.
Tyler’s response: what happens when they start saying no. liability. They are concerned about their safety not ours. Democracy is a great dream but people are whispering in Montgomery, Ness etc ear. Would there be an occupation when shit hits the fan. It sounds like every time they stand up to us we…
DR: there’s a time and place for CD – when you have no other choice and the authority is illegitimate. They are giving us what we need. If not it’s time to sit down and get arrested but that’s not this time.
DR: we’re willing to fuck shit up, but this is not the time.
Point of Process:
Autonomy DA: wanna set up camp over there, DO IT ON YOUR OWN, we’re not moving camp collectively.
Stack: foreclosed houses invite homeowners to storytelling time about thier stories to find ideal candidate to help out and occupy their home – public event, improve our structures, work with relationship we have, police is on our side their the 99%. Shake the mass public up not the police would be more productive.
DR: known houses empty for years, potential living space for occupiers. Plus known family being foreclosed.
Point of process: clarification of filling with occupiers or homeless.
DR: both. Plus send people showing up at night to dorothy day house
Point of Interest: we can’t, those showing up at night have been turned down due to intoxication.
Back to event idea…
DR: there’s a DA committee working on something for 17th
Point of process back to the proposal
Proposal: stage for storytelling of foreclosure families to find a poster family to begin our first home occupation. Temperature check – hot DO IT. Connect with DA committee.
Tyler: let’s not send it to the committee wants to discuss now.
Security culture discussion…
Proposal: committee work quickly to plan and come back to GA
Stack: 17th day of action good time for this.
Every Tuesday at 9pm. First was last night, focused on: drunk population, winterization, electricity, cravaackistan issues, addressing media.
– Agreed on media blackout because of overwhelming. Yet we called media today due to events.
– Teach in on winterization Tuesday 15th at 6 pm
– Go off grid as much as possible/completely. Kitchen will change to off-site.
– Individuals showing up in altered mind states: big topic! Spent 3 hours chasing/babysitting individuals. Increasing issues to figure out. We don’t want to get law enforcement involved if violence/sexual violence not involved. Everyone is involved in peacekeeping and we will start incorporating teach ins for all occupiers. Should not so welcoming house people so intoxicated because it’s distracting. Detox/hospital options for those
- Liability of transporting ourselves
- Health risks may need to be taken to detox
Call Joel to pick up and bring to detox
Temp check for list of help resources: hot.
Treasury: lock box purchased. Armband is in charge of collecting donations will know where and combo of lockbox. This will change on regular basis. Need to be more in contact with treasury to deposit more regularly.
Peacekeeping: discussion of accountability teach-in series.
Medical: Teach in Tuesday 6pm winterization keeping warm, signs of frostbite, fellow with training in arctic. Winterizing camp – move quickly because the grounds going to freeze. We’re going to take down most of these small flimsy tents and consolidate to 1 big communal sleeping area.
Food: kitchen closing soon and we need contact list to prepare off-site food please contact us if you have capabilities and interest in preparing meals through winter – we have funds for you to purchase food. Be responsible for recycling!
-Sunday @ 3 open kitchen discussion of thoughts, ideas, wants, needs, anything etc.
-Please be very conscious and considerate of allergen cross contamination. For more info about those allergens talk to kitchen people,
Facilitation: Nadia’s doing’ great 🙂 we need more people to step up and get involved.
-temp check for 1 more ga/week: hot – suggestion of a FB survey of when: hot
Communications: live stream 2 more people to create accounts needed. See Lara or Phil to volunteer.
Lara: sorry for improper wording of today’s announcement. We need to communicate better and don’t put out false/misworded information.
-Tyler applauding tenacity of communications today
-Nadia thanking for solidarity and 30+ dropping their things to be present.
Direct Action: Message from Jesse: Nov. 17th make it big, get the word out, be on the corner every day, be autonomous, make it big and strong.
-a lot going on for 17th, should we discuss times for actions, still saying we should discuss these.
17th international action day: 11:30 press conference at Depot northern lights express and jobs. At 12 march to fed to rally. More to be discussed, but
18th: fair farm bill 7pm Kirby ballroom senator or staff present and we will demand stance on GIPSA.
19th international solidarity day: plans needed.
Sanitation: cleaned out tents today. We need to know which tents are available for those who need it. Tons of shit in them: CIGARETTER BUTTS! HUGE FIRE HAZARD AND DISRESPECT TO TENT OWNERS, food PEANUTS now have to be washed b/c of our allergies can’t be back in comfort tent until clean.
– Accountability? Reaction?
– Every morning clean up suggestion.
– Temp check on occupiers checking’ tents each morning: hot
- 1 block: I’m not going to clean up after full grown adults
- Clarified we would just collect donated materials
– Implement with intention to phase out
Community Outreach: only 3 of us. Bridgett, Lara, Mary Ann, Heather-UMD SA
Event at Portland Square on 19th outdoors early afternoon to draw out community members to talk with one another and get familiar with our process. Almost informal intro GA process. Get ideas flowing. Music – if you’re willing to play let Lara/committee know!! We will have electricity/.
Flyering more. Would like help with that when we have them posted.
1st occupy colleges meeting: 5 present, focusing on cost of higher education. Wed. at 5 at Kirby bus hub for now. We will be flyering, not tabling want to think outside the box b/c we want to pop the bubble people up there are stuck in. needs a 2/3 majority student participation but community members welcome. Move to amend will sponsor for food and stuff. SUPPORT THEM CUZ THEN THEY WILL COME DOWN HERE