Occupy Denver stands in solidarity with teachers of the Chicago Teachers Union

September 17, 2012 in Endorsement, GA resolutions


Occupy Denver stands in solidarity with the teachers of the Chicago Teachers Union and supports their decision to strike against the corporatization of the US education system. It is the teachers, not the growing standardized testing industry, that should be shaping the education of our youth. Education budgets around the country, and especially the Chicago Public School District’s, have been ruthlessly slashed year after year by our politicians so that they can serve the interests of the banks, corporations, and the 1%, all at the expense of our youth’s future. The striking teachers know this, and we join them in demanding that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and politicians all over the country act to reverse the siphoning of money away from the education system. Solidarity for the teachers of Chicago!


This statement was endorsed at the Occupy Denver General Assembly on Thursday, September 13, 2012.

Occupy Denver Legal Team Looking For Kathleen Diaz & Taylor Gordan

January 18, 2012 in GA resolutions

Occupy Denver Legal team is looking for Kathleen Diaz and Taylor Gordan. If you have any info on their whereabouts please contact legal@occupydenver.org before 4pm 1/19. If we do not make contact in the next 24 hours not only will a member of the Occupy Denver community be out $3700, but a warrant will be issued and both people will face bounty hunters.

New Occupy Denver General Assembly Schedule Beginning on 1/16

January 12, 2012 in Draft Proposals, Event, GA resolutions

THIS PAGE CONTAINS OUTDATED INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE OUR CURRENT GENERAL ASSEMBLY INFORMATION.

At the General Assembly on 1/11 the proposal to change GA locations and times passed unanimously. It is important to note that for the remainder of winter there are only 2 voting GA’s, and “get involved night” has been discontinued. For Thursdays GA Procedures is currently working on a spokes council model for Occupy Denver, based on the model that has been adopted by other occupies. For the time being Thursday will be an inter-committee meeting. Committees are still encouraged to hold meetings in Civic Center Park & stand with the 24-7 occupation while we continue our protest there throughout the winter.

Until Spring weather arrives the new GA schedule will be as follows:

Tuesday General Assembly, 7PM @ “Deerpile space” upstairs from City O City 206 East 13th Avenue, Denver, CO

Thursday Inter-committee meetings(spokes Council meeting pending approval) 7PM @ “Deerpile space” upstairs from City O City 206 East 13th Avenue, Denver, CO

Saturday General Assembly, 3PM @ Civic Center Park

We would also like to extend a huge thank you to Dan Landis, the owner of City O City for donating this space to us for the winter.

The amended proposal that passed GA is as follows:

Title: Proposal to Change GA Schedule and Location

What: We, the GA Procedured Committee propose that the General Assembly schedule and location change beginning January 16th. New location will be the “Deerpile” space upstairs from City O City at 206 East 13th Avenue.

Why: This proposal will all us work more efficiently through the winter and grow our numbers in a convenient location. To make our general assemblies a more inclusive environment for people who cannot stand in freezing weather for 2 hours.

How: We will change the current existing schedule of voting GA’s to be on Tuesday@ 7PM upstairs from City O City and Saturday in Civic Center Park @ 3PM. Thursday will be reserved for Inter-Committee meetings, or spokescouncil meetings(pending approval). Meetings will continue in this space, until spring weather is upon us. Voting GA’s will no longer occur in Civic Center park Sunday through Friday. Committees & working groups are encouraged to hold meetings or other events in Civic Center Park in place of GA throughout the week.

This space will be reserved for teach ins before GA’s from 5:30-6:45 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If there are no teach-ins scheduled committee meetings can happen on a progressive first come first serve basis.

*The new location is 2 blocks away from Civic Center Park. This is currently the only indoor space that was available to us and these were the only times available to hold such a regular event. We are currently seeking additional spaces nearby to use for committee meetings and teach-ins.

Film and Video Committee Proposal for a GA Procedures Educational Video

January 8, 2012 in GA resolutions

Proposal to create an educational video about GA procedures.

 

The Film and Video Committee proposes the creation of a video about Occupy Denver’s General Assembly, what it is, how it works and why it is important

 

The video will be 1 – 3 minutes in length. It will explain the roles of the facilitator, the stack keeper and the note taker. The video will also cover the hand gestures used during GA, how proposals are brought and passed and other GA procedures. (Basically the regular  explanation we give to GA newcomers but in handy video format)

 

This video is needed to educate the public and those that are interested in getting involved more with Occupy Denver about the GA, which can be intimidating to newcomers. Once created, the video would be available on Occupy Denver’s Youtube Channel and other online venues and could also be used by committees such as outreach at events to aid in educating people about Occupy Denver.

1/6/12 – General Assembly Minutes (7pm)

January 7, 2012 in GA resolutions, Meeting minutes

Martin facilitating

 

- explained hand signals

- calls for committee announcements

 

Tactics committee announcement:

 

Pat from Tactics

Boulder is being raided tonight sometime after 11pm. Passed city legislation to say no one can stay overnight. After 11pm, Boulder will go on a mobile dance party / march. If interested, we are assembling rides.

 

Some questions raised about whether the raid is confirmed.  Raid isn’t confirmed, but it is possible after 11pm that they could get evicted.

 

 

Terese from GA Procedures committee:

 

On Wed. GA, decided that on Saturday at 12:30pm, instead of having a normal march, we will have an open forum, where all the people the normally come to the rallies and marches can talk about stuff related to the future and vision of Occupy Denver and how they can get involved.

 

 

Tad from Finance committee

 

Presenting financial audit

Have setup a credit union account through a cooperative

Money taken in has total $5,525. Majority has gone towards bail with the exception of just under $1,000 that has gone towards a road trip, tshirts and 24/7 budget.

 

Through our PayPal account, we have had a total of $6,400 donated.  There is about $430 left in the PayPal account. Credit union account has $523.  Of the bail money that we spent, we have received $1100 back in check form Need to decide whether to setup a separate bail fund or put it back into general fund.  Finance committee has helped individuals who want to give to to things related to Occupy Denver, about $4,400 in cash donations, the majority of which has gone towards bail through GA approval. $121 remains in cash from recent donation.

 

It will be published on the web site, after talking to a lawyer. Tad doesn’t want to take ownership of the cash, as it was never his.

 

 

Kerri from Gender issues committee is having a meeting around 3pm on Sunday afternoon.  Would like people from tactics, outreach and declaration of purpose to be at it.

 

Liberty says there is a meeting at 2:30pm for about 6 hours that is about the future of the Occupy Denver movement. It might overlap with Gender issues meeting.

 

Kerri will postpone until Monday or Tuesday so as not to conflict.

 

 

Proposal of Film and Video Committee

Proposal for two minute video about GA procedures

 

Those two items put on the agenda.

 

 

There is a pamphlet being created that will help with transparency and general information.  The first copy will hopefully be provided for the High Dive event on January 10.

 

 

Liberty wanted to give more information about the meeting on Sunday. It is at 2:30pm at 12th and Santa Fe, inside where we have electricity and lights. She is accepting agenda items for that meeting. The theme is the future of the Occupy Denver movement. So if you have anything pertaining to that topic, please see her or email general@occupydenver.org

 

 

AGENDA ITEMS:

 

Proposal for the creation of Occupy Denver film and video committee:

 

[ INSERT FULL PROPOSAL TEXT ]

 

 

Stack:

 

- mention of full agreement and support for proposal

 

- Kerri says that media / pr already has that responsibility and it would need to be removed or shared. We agreed to get someone a smartphone service to help 24/7.

 

Reply says that this won’t take anything from the other committees, but instead will help other committees and work closely with others.

 

Liberty says that currently the responsibilities that the fi;hand video committee are not being covered by pr/media. they are very similar, but basicallythis si creating content and pr/media will use that content.

 

Motion to vote, seconded. Vote 16 yes, 0 opposed, 0 abstain

 

Motion passes

 

 

Proposal for the film and video committee to create a two minute web video about GA procedures

 

[ INSERT PROPOSAL HERE ]

 

No current cast or outline of video, but it can be done for no cost by the committee.

 

This is something that GA procedures has talked about, and Terese is excited about this and wants to help film and video.

 

Motion to vote and seconded: 15 yes, 0 opposed, 1 abstain.

 

Motion passes

 

—-

 

Terese says we need to decide what to do about tuesdays and thursdays. They are called get involved nights, because we do not need to vote 5 or 7 days a week.  Tue/Thu intended for other participation from everyone in Occupy Denver and all the relevant issues.  On that note, she is proposing that this Tueday and Thursday, we use those get involved nights to do teach ins. Education opportunities, one of those nights would be a teach in on economic issues, led by an economic professor from UCD. The other night would be a teach in on participatory Democracy led by a professor at DU who is an expert on these issues. Her proposal would be to use the upstairs space at Studio city for these teach ins. Just this week. Studio city likes us. They have offered that we can use that space. More discussion will be had about this soon. They are offering it to us for a longer period of time, but for just this week, use that space at studio city to do those two teach ins during the get involved night time.

 

Only one of the professors has committed.

 

Internal core working group voiced support and says this is the direction things should be moving in.

 

Studio city is at 13th and grant.

 

motion to vote, seconded: 13 yes, 0 no, 0 abstain

 

motion passes

 

 

Kerri proposes that we recognize “Billy’s gangsta.”

 

No one outside of OD will get it, inside OD will be hilarious.

 

Anthony speaks in support

 

Terese agrees this is a proposal that we have been talking about and she is a fan of.  Terese wants someone to bottom line writing an awesome statement about it. Anthony agrees to do it.

 

Matt asks for clarification about what this is all about.

 

Kerri explains Billy is a drunk who hangs out here and he is crazy and cool.  He used to run around yelling “respect my gangsta.” He has felt marginalized as a guy on the street and would appreciate it.

 

Someone else mentions that only 24/7 committee will get it.

 

motion to vote, seconded: 13 yes, 0 opposed, 6 abstain.

 

motion passes

 

GA officially respects Billy’s gangsta.

 

 

Proposal to get light sabers, with green and blue ones. And then offer the red ones to the police when they come.  Record it and put it on the web site.

 

Stack

 

- in support of idea or for a future march. No fake guns. Little kids and parents will like this. Police won’t want to fight us with light sabers, but it is funny

- as a point of process, Terese thinks the best way to make that happen is to talk to tactics and make it happen.

- storing them will be too complicated, better for march.

 

- proposal tabled and to be taken to tactics / events

 

 

Pat announces that right after GA, tactics committee will meet about Boulder eviction.

 

Motion to adjourn seconded with no opposed.

 

1/4/12 – General Assembly Minutes (7pm)

January 5, 2012 in GA resolutions, Meeting minutes

Committee Announcements:
Tim (Legal): Legal team has being formed; in process of getting training from Dabc.  Need people- talk to Tim or Patty if interested.
    Roshan: Legal team needs lawyers!
Tim (Relocation): Relocation has identified three potential locations within six blocks: City O’ City, a Santa Fe art gallery, and possibly the Aztlan Theater.  OD is still in need of a dedicated HQ.
Martin (Fundraising): Considering doing a State of Disunion Address on the date of the State of the Union address, which is the 24th at 7:00 pm.
Terese (Education): The Education Committee infrastructure is up and running!  Nick put it on the website.  There is a form to submit if you want to do teach-ins.
(There was then a straw poll taken to determine if the GA wanted the committee members to introduce themselves.  It was voted 15 Yes, 2 No.  Introductions then commenced.)
Outside Group Announcements:
Mayor Hancock is giving a speech at the Auraria campus.  How about a direct action?
Tanner-  There is an art exhibit beginning Friday at 7:00 pm, and they have offered to let us put on an event Thursday.
Roshan- Occupy DU is putting together speakers for the 17th and 18th, professors at DU.  On the 19th, at 5:00 pm, there is to be a student debate on the Movement.
Gary- OD has a show on Denver Open Media, Tuesday at 6:00.  If you have ideas or content, contact Gary.
Occupy the Moment meditations take place Saturdays, 10:30 am, and Wednesdays, 6:30 pm.
General Announcements:
Tim- Global Revolution TV has been invaded.  This is fucked up!
Nick- Doing work on the website.  A website team is beginning to get its act together, but in the meantime, he’s the go-to guy.  First thing needed: committee descriptions- send these to general.  Also send recommendations for the website to general, although there is a limited amount that Nick can implement.
    Roshan- we’re looking for professional web designers.
Jason- What happened to Occupy Boulder?
    Roshan- somebody with the City passed an ordinance clarifying what’s allowed after 11:00- basically, exercise and stargazing.  Occupy Boulder is therefore planning on having a stargazing party nightly at 11:00.
Gary- There is an OD YouTube channel- Film/Video would like the password so they can upload videos.
    Tim- Contact the owner directly through YouTube.
There was then an angry complaint about people smoking during the GA’s.  It was pointed out that a previous GA has decided that you can smoke, but you’re expected to do so outside the circle, or downwind.
Since there were no resolutions submitted, we moved to discussion.  It was voted to begin on a topic proposed by Tanner on SOPA and NDAA:
Tanner is getting involved in direct actions around this issue.  It was decided that it would be good to do things like  banner-dropping.  It was decided that it would make the most sense to do this in high-traffic areas during high-profile times, such as during the next Broncos game.  It was also brought up that we could get a lot of Tea Partiers and civil libertarians on this one.  Jan 17th, as a National Day of Action, would be a good time.  Tanner invited everybody to help plan it, at Friday’s Events Committee meeting at 5:30.
It was then voted to move onto a topic proposed by Wayne: what to do about the lack of signs at the Occupation.  It was discussed that the cops would remove them nightly as “encumbrances,” hence we’d need to get around that.  Roshan brought up that it’d be a great idea for a working group.  Martin offered to supply banner materials, making it big enough that 24/7 could sleep on it.  Jason brought up that we could get somebody who’s occupying on board, since cardboard signs are comfortable!  Roshan and Nick offered to build website support for sign making.The final discussion topic was also brought up by Wayne, who was concerned about the relative smallness of last Saturday’s march, as well as the relative lack of OD visibility.  The general consensus was that it was organized by different groups, it’s the holidays and lots of people are gone, etc. Additionally, it was viewed as a positive thing that we would be willing to join other groups- we don’t have to be “top dog” all the time.  The discussion then changed to a more general one about tactics, with Tim noting that week after week, we do the same thing and it’s only natural that we’d lose people.  Roshan then proposed that this Saturday be a “get involved day.”

After discussion, the final proposal was:
“This Saturday at 12:30 we should hold a non-voting GA to discuss how people would like to get involved.  This will be advertised on the website.”  It PASSED: 16 Yes, 0 No, 2 Abstaining.

GA Minutes 12/27

January 4, 2012 in GA resolutions

12/27/11 GA Notes

Emergency Agenda Item- 24/7 Occupiers need a phone with a camera and a storage unit to enhance security, communication, and documentation during raids/police harassment.

On 12/27/11 at 1am Occupiers had their tarps torn off of them and were demanded to remove personal items within 10 minutes. The police officers offered the same “encumbrance” eviction paper as their justification (but with no warning ahead of time). Occupiers had to run to a pay phone (to no avail) and an apartment to reach help to retrieve private property and to record the officers.

The need for a storage unit for essential personal items, such as: birth certificates, personal photos, court papers, etc. was discussed.

The need for a phone with a camera (preferably a smart phone) for calling emergency help and back-up, for recording interactions with police, and for mass communication through the internet was discussed.

The idea was proposed to seek both items as donations before using funds.

An idea was proposed for an emergency twitter account that sends text alerts.

The previously discussed necessity of an emergency phone tree was reiterated.

A vote was taken to have a phone on the ground for the 24/7 Occupiers.
13 For
1 Opposed
0 Abstaining

The finances for the phone were discussed. Several people offered phones that could be donated. Different plan options were discussed. Anthony offered to add a phone to his plan. It had been proposed to raise the funds among the members of the GA, but as the exact cost was unknown, funding for the emergency phone was tabled until GA on 12/28/11 to allow Anthony to learn the total cost for activation fee, monthly service cost, etc. Funding options will be discussed at the GA on 12/28/11.

A vote was taken on the 24/7 Occupier to be responsible for the emergency phone. For security purposes this name will be available upon request. Alternates were discussed as well, in case of emergency.
9 For
0 Opposed
2 Abstaining

Further decisions on the storage unit were tabled until a cost estimate could be brought to GA. The goal for the estimate is 12/28/11. Discussion of access to the storage unit will be at the same GA.

The Twitter emergency account was discussed further. Privacy concerns were raised.

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS (because this was an emergency GA, the emergency agenda item had been discussed first)

*Matt raised the proposal to act in solidarity with Occupy St. Paul, MN on January 17, 2012 against the NDAA. The action would be to Occupy the Senator’s Office.

Questions were raised about the fact that the NDAA, if not signed or vetoed, would become law within 10 days, well before January 17, 2012.

The idea was tabled until further information could be learned.

COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENTS

*Outreach Committee- Anthony mentioned that the January 10, 2012 event at the Hi-Dive was coming together well.

Anthony also mentioned outreach to veterans was going well, while outreach to senior citizens was not going as well.

*Silas mentioned hearing about other Occupations going underground and ceasing to exist and rallied everyone to keep things going at Occupy Denver.

At this time, the GA came to a close.

GA Minutes 12/22

January 4, 2012 in GA resolutions

So, I had to erase the GA meeting from Thursday that was on my phone because my memory was full and we had an emergency interaction with the cops that we needed on video. I had only gotten 2 parts up on youtube out of our 2 hour GA, because it takes forever to upload. So, I just wanted to go over the agenda items (all votes passed).

1. Satirical Christmas caroling on Saturday as our march and in neighborhoods, as opposed to the usual route. This happened and was a success!

2. Audit of Occupy Denver. Account for all money and resources that we currently have, where money is currently going, etc. To be completed by January 1, 2012. From that date forward, receipts are to be kept for all financial transactions. Greater transparency with the money and resources of Occupy Denver.

3. Creating a security committee, effective immediately but recruiting more members. (Unfortunately I erased the video that had the names of the members that night on the committee. I’m really sorry. I can tell you that this was James’s agenda item and we can ask for clarification.) From memory, members included: James, David “Beard,” Corey, myself-Pamela, and Kerri, but there were more.

4. A massive once-off review of all of Occupy Denver’s committees to take place on January 8, 2012. All committees will present to the GA what they have accomplished and what they are currently working on. The GA members will be able to evaluate their performance and vote to make changes to committees. Some may be abolished due to inactivity, some due to redundancy. Some may need structural changes due to members. Some may be doing an excellent job and will continue as they are. This is a huge event, that will be well-advertised to attract a very large GA. This will be the time to attract people back to the movement, or to allow new members to feel like they can become more involved. This once-off job evaluation will be followed up with the current plan for greater transparency and review of Occupy Denver committees.

5. Declaring Christmas day Reconstruction Day, but this date already passed and there were too many cops around the park to proceed.

6. Creating a gender-issues committee, effective immediately but recruiting more members. Members from GA: Kerri, myself-Pamela, Carole, Corey, and Silas.

Here’s a link to the 2 videos that had made it on to Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL14D49A3D5E135E53

12/30/11 – General Assembly Minutes (7pm)

December 31, 2011 in GA resolutions, Meeting minutes

Jason from Events committee had an announcement, that they had decided to focus on more events, albeit smaller direct-action types.
Sara from Outreach committee had an announcement on the veterans organization, which was turned into a proposal.
Jo from the Unnamed working group announced a fundraiser planned for Jan 24th, to begin at 5-5:30. Booths are planned, venues are being located, the highlight of the night is a mock State of Dis-Union address, to be followed by an Occupy Denver fashion show and a raffle.
On the agenda were two proposals to form new committees and one proposal to set the theme for the Jan 14th march.
The first proposal, which passed unanimously on a vote of 23-0-0, was to form a new committee tasked with resource development. This is the same group which is doing the Jan 24th fundraiser. The name of the group is TBD, as the working name was deemed exclusive and no one cares to call it Resource Development.
The second proposal, which passed on a vote of 21-0-1, was to designate the Jan 14th march as being for American veterans. Outreach has already contacted veterans associations and Oathkeepers to participate.
The third proposal, which passed unanimously on a vote of 25-0-0, was to re-form the Legal committee. DABC is handling training for committee members, and several members of GA signed up to join the newly re-formed committee.
General announcements were re-opened after the agenda items. The new committees were informed they would be getting email packages from Admin to coordinate paperwork and meeting notes, and the PR committee – version 2.0 – was roundly commended for their excellent work after the committee shake-up. GA was dismissed at 8:20.
These are the notes for voting GA 12-30-11.

12/28/11 – General Assembly Minutes (7pm)

December 29, 2011 in GA resolutions, Meeting minutes

Minutes for Wednesday, 12/28/2011

Annoucements:
Tim (Relocation Committee): The Relocation Committee is looking for a reliable place to hold in-door GA’s and meetings- there is an offer from a local theater. A debate then ensued about the merits/lack thereof of moving GA’s inside.

Patti (Media/PR, Events): There is a rally Saturday at 1:00pm against Suncor, Tar Sands, and XL Energy. It will include various groups, including AIM and DABC.

Jo (Tactics): The Tactics Committee has newly reformed, and the number one need is people able and willing to be on phones at a moment’s notice in the event of emergency.

Martin: Martin is working on a web portal (different from Blair’s). Talk to him if interested.

Ben (24/7): CCH is willing to consider endorsing a review of homeless shelters.

Jo (Economic Statement Committee): The committee needs people. Contact her if interested.

Josh (Outreach): Outreach is looking for permanent occupiers to work with on a coalition-building project to get them consistent food. Talk to him if interested.

Tad: While the Movement is in hibernation over the winter, need to keep on the radar with direct actions. Currently thinking of an action against Wells Fargo- contact general@occupydenver.org, subject “Event Ideas,” if interested in this or if you have other ideas.

Anthony (Veterans working group): Vets working group convened for the first time last Saturday

Agenda:
Jason (Admin): Proposal to fill Admin Committee vacancy with Nick Snoux.
Passed: 13 Yes, 0 No

Tim: Proposal to make amend Saturday’s events to make it a “double header,” going ahead with the original War on Drugs march @ 12PM, then moving to Skyline to join the anti-Suncor march @ 1PM.
Passed (after lengthy debate): 15 Yes, 3 No, 8 Abstain