1-7-12 General Assembly Minutes

January 7, 2012 in Meeting minutes

Announcements

Confiscated articles from the December 20th eviction have been reclaimed and are available from Move-On contact to owners.

Littleton group is trying to feed all 24/7 occupiers a hot meal every day. They have one day covered need help with rest of week. They figured that between 17$ and 18$ they can feed between 20-25 people. They are also having a Knit-in to make scarves, hats and gloves for 24/7 occupiers.

Tactics is looking for volunteers to be part of a phone tree during evictions so that belongings can be salvaged and saved,

Events
January 8, 2012, Meeting 2350 Arapahoe Street 2-6 pm
January 8, 2012 1 hour before football game at Mile High Against SOPA, NDAA – New bill stripping you of civil rights
January 9,2012 Open Events Meeting 5-5:30pm at Civic Center Park
January 14, 2012 OCCUPY VETERANS MARCH
January 14. 2012 Foreclosures – Colorado Progressive Party
January 20, 2012 OCCUPY THE COURTS
11-12 pm Speeches Westside Capital State Building – repeal Corporate Personhood– Citizens United Cases – Get corporate money out of politics
12:00pm march to Colorado Court of Appeals & Federal court, sign petition to overturn Citizens United Act. handouts make your own sign or extra signs will be available
After MLK parade/march – a Redline meeting Beyond Cccupy Reclaiming our Future
Contact Tactics or Outreach for more info.
Outreach reaches out into the community for alliances and partnerships
Tactics organizes evictions and marches etc.
Email: outreach@occupydenver.org or email: tactics@occupydenver .org

Agenda Items

Change the Constitution: Wealth disparity common, rich use to constitution to stay rich, need reform that no longer supports the wealthy. Reform of Electoral College. Article V. of the constitution states method for reform & modifying the Constitution see below(from Expedia):
Article Five of the United States Constitution describes the process whereby the Constitution may be altered. Altering the Constitution consists of proposing an amendment or amendments and subsequent ratification.
Amendments may be proposed by either two-thirds of both houses of the United States Congress or by a national convention. This convention can be assembled at the request of the legislatures of at least two-thirds of the several states. To become part of the Constitution, amendments must then be ratified either by approval of the legislatures of three-fourths of the states or ratifying conventions held in three-fourths of the states. Congress has discretion as to which method of ratification should be used. Any amendment so ratified becomes a valid part of the constitution, provided that no state “shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the senate,” without its consent.
Discussion – Reform of Electoral College difficult should have more doable goals
Individual rights enable one to be more prosperous therefore
Get rid of corporate personhood
Courts need to respect individual rights
Discussion about State of Montana overthrowing the citizens United act. The reason this could happen was that Montana had laws already on the books that corporations were not people and that money is not free speech. Was a State versus Federal case. Colorado needs to get similar law passed
Need to turn power over to 99%
A Veterans spoke and said that need to respect constitution
Change comes from within and start from the bottom up
Citizens United vs. FEC
History of Corporation in U.S. a corporation is described as a person.
Legal definition of a person is a shell that holds rights needs to be determined more clearly that that rights are
Need to have realistic goals
Occupy Denver should become more politically involved someone says.
Elect people who support Occupy and 99%
Some politician in Massachusetts claims to be a supporter of the 99% and Occupy

Should Occupy Denver become more politically involved.
Occupy needs to be suspicious of politicians courting votes and elected officials
Use a tested model do not beg for answers
Nationwide movement to support each other
Share ideas for the future
Mike check and general assembly is a laboratory for the future
Need to bring together people that are disenfranchised
Change from within will lead to failure
No leaders –either good/bad
Find a way into the system use the model of tea party each vote counted and that got a voice
Do not want Occupy to become co-opted
Elected officials uphold the constitution like the sheriff in some place they are elected but in Denver they are appointed as in the manager of safety
Use of rhetoric can be used against us, be careful and avoid violence as in the Arab Spring. Officials support Arab Spring but not Occupy.

Get Stories Out
Mainstream media report a mountain of lies. Each of us has a story. Get your story out any way possible. Spread the news of 99%.
www.wearethe99%.org to post stories
outreach wants to put a human face video for the media. Interviews needed contact outreach@occupydenver .org
Occupy Denver has a forum on website where you can post stories check website

Electoral Reform
General Focus on electoral reform a very topical subject and one worth pursuing.
Discussion – ELECTORAL REFORM
www.getmoneyout.org needs 500,000 signature so sign up power to the people
What is Occupy Denver doing about Electoral reform
Fighting Citizens United act

Relationship with Civic Center Park
Many uses for the park, MLK, Gay Pride, Cinque De Mayo etc. Occupy needs to meld with other groups and gathering to offer and gain support.
Concern about assimilating into other groups
Share our ideas
Listen to 99%
Need to manage out image better when with other groups
Feature in the MLK parade
Outreach working with other groups
Join with them
Any connection one has to other groups. Work with them.

Inside Space
Need to find spaces that we can count on to teach, show video if you have any info on this contact outreach@occupydenver.org