10/10/11 General Assembly meeting minutes (7:00 p.m.)

October 10, 2011 in Meeting minutes

Monday, October 10th, 2011
GA 7pm

Summary:

Announcements from committees:
–Legal Committee: Tentatively scheduled 3 Copwatch meetings on Know Your Rights for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week at 6pm. Confirmation will be made tomorrow night (Tuesday).
–Medical Committee: Need volunteers for the medical tent.
–PR and Outreach: Outreach is going to the 16th street mall to bring water, food, and word of the occupation to our brothers and sisters living on the streets.
–PR: State Representative Wes McKinley is joining the Occupy Denver’s tent city.
–Welcome Committee: Needs to compile a directory of all committees and representatives.
–Events Committee: Concert to be held at Occupy Denver on Oct 22nd with David Barsamian, Pirate Signal, Johnny 5 form Flobots and many other artists (free event).

Announcements (general):
–Auraria Social Justice club, in solidarity with Occupy Denver, will have an open forum on Auraria Campus on Wednesday from 11am to 1pm.
–Rights for All People is inviting protestors from Occupy Denver for the week of action beginning October 23rd, particularly against banks such as Wells Fargo who are investing in immigrant detention centers and private prisons, such as the one in Aurora. Monthly vigils held at the detention center around 38th and Peoria. Big day of action is on Friday October 28th. Flyers will be distributed.

Agenda items:
Proposal and clarification for the purpose of committees.
Proposal letter to the governor which was consented upon at the 3pm GA.
Proposal from the GA procedures committee on proper procedures of consensus meeting.
Proposal for creating a special area for medical marijuana users.
Proposal for PR statement endorsement of AIM platform.

Outcomes of agenda items:

Proposal and clarification for the purposes of committees:
MOLLY:
(1.) “All working groups are empowered to perform day to day functions without needless oversight and regulations. Trust your community.”
(2.) “Transparency of working groups of Occupy Denver will never entail the invasion of privacy for any members prior or present.”
(3.) “Working group meeting minutes will be taken and posted to the website. We propose that working groups bring decisions that may impact the direction of Occupy Denver to GA for a vote.”

Discussion ensues on (1. “All working groups are empowered to perform day to day functions without needless oversight and regulations. Trust your community.”) with regards to who decides what will be brought to the GA for decision making and what will be kept to the confines of each committee for autonomous decision making. Who decides what will need general assembly oversight and how do we ensure complete transparency? Transparency issue is resolved by ensuring that meeting minutes be taken and posted to the website. After much discussion, (1.) is voted on, and consensus reached. PASSES.

(2. “Transparency of working groups of Occupy Denver will never entail the invasion of privacy for any members prior or present.”) Discussion on the issue of making contact information confidential so as to protect the people’s desire for anonymity. The tech subcommittee of the larger PR/Media committee will work on creating a listserve to resolve this issue. (2.) is voted on, and consensus reached. PASSES.

(3. “Working group meeting minutes will be taken and posted to the website. We propose that working groups bring decisions that may impact the direction of Occupy Denver to GA for a vote.”) (3.) is voted on, and consensus reached. PASSES.

(4. “Proposed working groups that have a decision that will impact the direction of Occupy Denver will bring it to GA for a vote). (4.) is voted on, and consensus reached. PASSES.

–GA Procedures Committee: Passes out a proposal for the flow of GA meetings, including a Occupy Denver –specific “mission statement,” introductions, announcements, and agenda with timelines for each. Also a proposal for the flow of open forums. To allow for people to read and digest this information, the proposal will be posted online and will be revisited at the 7pm GA on Thursday evening.

–Special area for medical marijuana users: The concern is that card-carrying medical marijuana users should not be marginalized from the occupation by having to leave to take their prescribed medication. However, smoking in public is considered illegal, so having a designated area is essentially corralling law-breaking activity into one place, leaving them vulnerable to citations or arrests. Proposal to “BE CONSIDERATE” with regards to smoking marijuana and tobacco suggested, voted on, consensus reached, PASSES.

–Proposal letter to the governor: A proposal letter to Governor Hickenlooper was presented, voted upon, consensus reached, PASSES. The content of the letter will be posted online, and addresses Occupy Denver’s tent city, and our desires for no police intervention or interference from Hickenlooper’s administration. Also, an invitation will be extended to the governor to attend one of our general assemblies. Consensus was also reached on how to present the letter. For the sake of direct action and asserting our presence, all are invited to attend and go to the Capitol Building for our presentation of this letter. We will meet at the flagpole on Wednesday at 1pm, and go to the Capitol Building at 1:30pm for the letter presentation.

–In endorsing the AIM’s (American Indian Movement) platform at last night’s general assembly, the GA also agreed we should have our own statement of endorsement. We adopted the language used by Occupy Boston (to be posted online).