October 19, 2011 in Meeting minutes
Tuesday, October 18th 2011
–Update from the meeting with the mayor: Did not agree to an encampment, or an occupation 24/7. Mayor Hancock stated that he was concerned with trash and security, although the point was made that our original encampment handled both of those issues well enough without governmental intervention. He stated that we should observe the park hours.
–The chief of police of city of Denver Police Department will open an investigation on the use of excessive police force at the protests on Saturday, October 15th.
–PR/outreach committee: Denver Area Labor Federation endorses OccDenv, will put this in writing. They reiterated that they are not interested in coopting this movement.
–Legal committee: 2 attorneys have agreed to review our petition for injunctive relief.
–Security committee: Need volunteers for the concert/rally/march this Saturday, October 22nd. They will be offering a training this Friday, October 21st at 6pm for those interested.
–Justin, a pedicab rider, offered 3 or 4 pedicabs for the movement to use at will during the protest/rally this Saturday, October 22nd.
–Ben is interested in doing teach-ins. Anyone interested, contact email@example.com
–Member from PR team expressed great concern over another member of the PR team, stating that she was not forthcoming with crucial information (list of email addresses for mailing list), and that she unilaterally issued 4 demands to the media that were not cleared with the PR team nor the GA. Some discussion was had on whether we should vote her off the committee, or wait for her to come to a GA and confront these allegations. It was decided informally that she deserves due process, and we voted formally (40 yays, 0 nays, 5 abstentions) that the GA procedures committee would draft a process of accountability, as well as principles of solidarity, to present to the GA as soon as possible.
–Member from PR committee asked the GA to vote on a call to action in response to the poor outcome of the meeting with Mayor Hancock. Concern was expressed over a paragraph that began “This movement is about…” We voted to release this call to action, with said paragraph struck from the statement (27 yays, 0 nays, 2 abstentions).
–3pm GA voted to establish an admin committee, whose responsibilities would include keeping a list of all active committees, keeping email list for each person on each committee, acting as point persons for new committee participants, point persons for inter-committee communication. The vote at hand was whether people would be nominated to this admin committee, or whether people could nominate themselves to this admin committee. We voted to, as a GA, nominate people to this committee at a future GA (32 yays, 1 nays, 4 abstentions, 0 blocks).
–Events committee: Wanted protestors to investigate Ken Gordon’s background, because he offered to speak at the event. Wanted us to be informed before we allowed him to speak.