11/20/11 – General Assembly Minutes (7pm)

November 26, 2011 in GA resolutions, Meeting minutes

Occupy Denver Minutes                                                            11/20/11

 

Passed Proposals

 

Occupy Denver believes that a world where everyone has the right to occupy public space safely is not only possible – it is essential to building a strong and lasting movement. We move to adopt an anti-harassment and anti-assault resolution with an emphasis on zero tolerance regarding sexual assault and placing high value on the rights of victims. Occupy Denver seeks to empower women and LGBTQ occupiers with the time, space, and resources necessary to ensure that every occupied space is a safe space.

 

Occupy Denver Good Neighbor Policy

1.Occupy Denver has zero tolerance for drug or alcohol abuse anywhere in Occupy Denver.
2.Occupy Denver has a zero tolerance for violence or verbal abuse towards anyone.
3.Occupy Denver has a zero tolerance for abuse of personal or public property.
4.Occupy Denver encourages all participants to respect health and sanitary regulations, and will direct all participants to respectfully utilize appropriate off-site sanitary facilities.
5. Occupy Denver will display signage and have a community relations and security monitors in the park, in order to ensure awareness of, and respect for, our guidelines and good neighbor policy.

 

Announcements

 

Attorney David Lane is filling an injunction 11/21/11. A request was made that any last minute participants interested in being a plaintiff step forward with their e-mails after the GA. The ground member making the announcement specified that interested participants do not specifically have to have been assaulted or arrested by the police, simply being a protester would qualify you to file as a plaintiff. She also specified that they were seeking participants who are articulate, look presentable to a judicial establishment, and are willing to give their full name in court.

 

Dagoda announced that he would be starting a working group for a canvassing committee to address outreach.

 

The DABC and the NLG will not be running their legal line over the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

The children’s march will be this Saturday, meeting in Civic Center Park at 10am

 

Jason from the 24/7 committees suggested a direct action against the Denver Post to protest their inaccurate coverage. He requests, from anyone who is interested, with help researching and consolidating all of the Post’s coverage and articles that are false or obscuring what is happening at Occupy Denver.

 

Agenda

 

Good Neighbor Policy Proposal

 

Proposed by representatives from the 24/7 committee

 

First, it was emphasized that the good neighbor policy is not rules but guidelines to strive for as a community. The purpose of these guidelines is to spread awareness and respect in an attempt to address past conflicts and issues that have occurred at Occupy Denver, to make a statement against harmful behaviors that are not welcome, and to ask people to use their own best judgment and common sense when they are faced with these issues at the Occupy Denver camp.

 

1. Zero tolerance for drug and alcohol abuse

2. Zero tolerance for violence and verbal abuse towards anyone

3. Zero tolerance for abuse of personal and public and property

4. That all peoples respect health and sanitation regulations and the use of designated off-site facilities.

5. Security monitors present to ensure awareness and respect through signage and interpersonal resolutions.

6. A visible community relation’s liaison representative to respond to community concerns and complaints to be on site at all times.

Questions comments and concerns

 

A representative from the legal committee addressed several concerns for the liability of having a go-to person referring to the liaison representative. She thought the proposal was good idea that could help us police ourselves but the liaison option was something we have to be careful and think about. Suggested pushing the proposal back to be voted on at a later night.

24/7 responded that there are no legal implications for having ethical guidelines and he thought it important to have an informed representative that knows the everyday dynamics of the ground to answer questions. He also mentioned that it would essentially function in a similar way that the information booth and the welcoming committee did before the raid. He said he was down for pushing it back but wanted to address concerns tonight so it could be revised and voted on tomorrow. It was also suggested that it be passed tonight without the liaison and an amendment could be brought forth tomorrow.

 

A concern was raised that what is the point of having guidelines of there is no enforcement?

The point is to raise awareness. This is one strategy that as a community we can officially recognize there is a problem and put out into the public that we are not going to put up with or endorse non-respectful behaviors.

This then turned into an argument over policing ourselves vs. calling the police when it comes to big problems like rape etc. This was further hashed and out resolved in the next agenda item. It was further stated that the main essence of the proposal is to create concrete awareness in our community in the hope that this consciousness may prevent future problems.

 

There was also a concern raised that having any kind of principles takes us into an oppressive philosophical argument of ‘what is violent speech?’ etc. and conflicts with respecting free speech. It was said that there is no point in having divisive principles if what we are talking about applies to individual common sense judgment anyways.

24/7 rep. responded to this concern by stating that these policies are not meant to be about language but about belligerent assholes getting in someone’s face and screaming threatening things such as “I will fucking kill you”. Violent speech is meant to address the way you talk to people, not necessarily what you say. This is our way to assert that these sorts of behaviors are not welcome in this spot and this community does not endorse those kinds of behaviors.

 

Vote

The proposal was voted on with the liaison and the community relation’s representative from the articles of the proposal removed (article 6). The proposal was passed with 11 in favor, 0 opposed, and 1 abstaining.

 

 

Next item…

 

Zero Tolerance for Sexual Assault

 

Natalie proposed the next item. She read a statement off of Ihollaback.org regarding how incidents of rape have been, or should be handled in different occupies. The statement was an article for anti-violence and harassment policy for women and the LGBTQ community.

 

Comments and Concerns

 

One of the members moved to amend an anti-violence and harassment policy to all members of the community.

 

A long back in forth was discussed around the question; ‘how do we enforce this?’

The main points of the discussion concluded that we can self police but no one should ever be discouraged from going to the police such as what has recently happened at other occupies.  If something as big as the context of rape happens then our mechanisms of self-policing have already failed. Our hatred of rape and of murder should outweigh our hatred of the police. Relations with the police have to be based on personal judgment and capacity.

 

Vote

 

The proposal to adopt a non-violence and harassment policy was passed.

In Favor: 15

Opposed: 0

Abstained: 1

 

11/23/11 – General Assembly Minutes (7pm)

November 25, 2011 in GA resolutions, Meeting minutes, Uncategorized

Committee Announcements
o Tactics needs members, email general@occupydenver.org
o Katie Ms. Katie’s Corner is here to feed Occupy Denver, it’s a new non-profit
o Information committee- signs to wear that say ,occupy Denver info. Since the raids we no longer have an info desk.
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Passed: Women and LGBTQ Respect, Good Neighbor Policy

November 22, 2011 in GA resolutions, Uncategorized

Following a trend spreading to many other national assemblies, Monday’s Denver General Assembly unanimously passed the following recognition of the need to protect and respect women and members of the LGTBQ communities who are actively demonstrating at the Occupations.

For as long as public space has existed, women and LGBTQ people have been trying to “occupy” it safely — with distressingly little success. Harassing comments, groping, flashing and assault are a daily, global reality for women and LGBTQ individuals. Too often, these injustices are met with little or no response, regarded simply as “the price you pay” for being female, trans, or gay in public. As supporters of the Occupy movement, we believe that a world where everyone has the right to occupy public space safely is not only possible – it is essential to building a strong and lasting movement.

It’s no secret that the Wall Street 1% who wrecked our economy are disproportionately straight and male, despite countless studies showing the less organizations look like the 99%, the less effective they are. As we quicken the pace of social change, we must be careful not to replicate Wall Street’s mistakes. The message is clear: equality means impact.

But for women and LGBTQ people to participate equally in the Occupy movement, we must be safe in occupied spaces. We know that harassment and assault happens everywhere — and that the Occupy movement is no more immune to it than our nation’s parks and parking lots — but we also know that a movement where women and LGBTQ individuals are not safe is not a movement that serves the interests of the 99%.

In solidarity with those who are already working on the ground to make safer spaces, we call on all General Assemblies of the Occupy movement to adopt anti-harassment and anti-assault as core principles of solidarity. To realize these principles within the movement, we call on General Assemblies in every city to empower women and LGBTQ occupiers with the time, space, and resources necessary to ensure that every occupied space is a safe space.

Also passed on Monday evening was a good neighbor policy that reads as follows:

Occupy Denver Good Neighbor Policy

1.Occupy Denver has zero tolerance for drug or alcohol abuse anywhere in Occupy Denver.

2.Occupy Denver has a zero tolerance for violence or verbal abuse towards anyone.

3.Occupy Denver has a zero tolerance for abuse of personal or public property.

4.Occupy Denver encourages all participants to respect health and sanitary regulations, and will direct all participants to respectfully utilize appropriate off-site sanitary facilities.

5. Occupy Denver will display signage and have a community relations and security monitors in the park, in order to ensure awareness of, and respect for, our guidelines and good neighbor policy.

Since proposals like these interest you so much, take the time to come down to a General Assembly and make and vote on your own proposals. This is what democracy is like.

N17 Day of Action

November 16, 2011 in Event, GA resolutions, Uncategorized

24 hours of protest.

First Rally: Noon at Municipal Building @ 201 West Colfax Avenue
Second Rally: 6PM @ The Greek Ampitheatre in Civic Center Park

Facebook event link

contact: Occupy Denver PR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCCUPY DENVER
November 17: 60 Days of Action
We have reached a pivotal moment in history, as we find ourselves on the threshold of a great and lasting change. We at Occupy Denver stand in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and all occupations across the country and around the world. The accelerated and coordinated efforts to destroy the Occupy movement, evidenced by the forceful actions taken against the occupiers in Zucotti Park and other cities, are confirmation that the Occupy movement is working.
These actions will not stop us; they will only make us stronger. This has brought us to the precipice of tremendous change, a change for the better. We believe and know what is right and good and thus we will take that next step.

The Occupy movement stands in sharp contrast to the forces that are being marshaled against us. When they use force, we use nonviolence. When they try to isolate us, we build community. When they move against us, we call for peace and cooperation.

Together, we are standing up and speaking out for the rights guaranteed by our Constitution: the right of free assembly, the right of free speech, the right of free press. We affirm that all people are created equal and have the right to share in the prosperity of our great nation. Without such rights, then what have we? We are committed to ending the corruption of our government and restoring political power to the people. We believe that our country, and our world, can be a better place and that we must work together to make this happen. To those already standing with us: we ask that you continue to stand strong. You are making the difference. To all the rest: we need for you to join us. We need individuals and organizations from every corner of the country to join the Occupy movement now.

We call upon you who have been silent: Speak and be heard.
We call upon you who have not stood up for what you believe in: Stand and be seen.
We call upon you who have yet to put your needs on paper. Write and be counted.

Make the difference and bring about the change you want to see! Join us at noon tomorrow, November 17, at Civic Center Park as we celebrate the two month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street and the nearly 2,000 Occupy movements that have sprung up around the world. There has been a coordinated effort to silence the voices of the 99%, Mayor Hancock and the Denver Police Department are scared of an awakened populace. We will call attention to the Mayor’s decision to violently crackdown on Occupy Denver. We will present alternatives and show the contrast with other communities around the country and how their local governments have supported the 99% rather than attempt to silence the voice of their constituents. There will then be a 6 p.m. rally at Occupy Denver after which we will conduct a General Assembly where we will discuss the Occupy movement as a whole and how we should progress over the coming months. So come out, have your voices heard and once again stand up for freedom, for justice, and for the future of our world. United we stand!

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11/9/11 – General Assembly Minutes (7pm)

November 12, 2011 in GA resolutions, Meeting minutes

notes 7pm ga 11/9
Anouncments
Events – Cock brothers – blog con convention for conservitive blogers – direct action on friday 11/11 =, Corwn plaza hotel, 5pm protest.
24/7 – securing designated sleeping area for females, provide atmosphere where females feelcomforytable sleeping over night
Leason O Aurira O Denver – want invloved, e-mail to join committees
Safe spaces – smoke down wind
NOn-violence – 6 principles of non-violenceby Martin Luther KIng, meeting sun 2 at lib
Eucation committee – get involved
Security -
Outreach- fredrick dougless center, diusscussion on communities of color and role in the movement 2745 wekton st
Occ compared to freedom writers Terry on panal at Blar-coldwell lib
Theator group – tomo night bring food song and sport- spend the night
Iraq vets event – fri 6-8
Sat march against corperate personhood, 12:15 scit, pa on capital after the march good speakers on corperate personhood
NOvelist from NY, get everyone rto be apart in seridan floor for weekend
Agenda- buget for stikers. put them everywhere.
Ask for $200 worth of stikers
Janaless currently making stickers
Ask for $400 worth
Tabkled for qute latter
Like stikers!
Do you have design – occupy
Ask for smaller stikers too
100 of thusands to hand out
Next Item: Chris
Disconnect betwen 7pm ga and occupation
Pick a night for all to occupy- set it up, food…
See whole protest in diferent way when sleep here
disabled and elders can sleep here
Ben offer to make it possibe if can
weather disabilties can’t do it
Is it required
Just a strong suggestion
suggestion fri noon through sat
Pro – fri a week from tomo make an aficaial occupy event for occupy 24 particularly for people very involved but never stay the night.
Amend for every week and call it occupy the night and don’t specify just for thoise involved
What about sat night- everyweek
Chris fine with both amendments
Like saturday better
Where put people – on broadway there is space
Need to have secure area for people to out stuff
Everyone responsible for you own stuff
Volentary, not manditory, but encouraged because of the risk
Have friends look out for stuff
Toilets? Cops tear down sat?
Sleeping on street not tents
a week from this sat
Come up with list of things people should know when they occupy
Teach-in afetr march on sat on urban camping and street safty
Can we invite to encourage endourcers
Legistics will fall in place once we decude to do it
Proposal – Once week from sat start event called occupy the night and does 24 hour occupation
25 in favor
0 obstaning
0 oppossed
Propose form teach-in after day time and before night fastivities on how to stay safe and warm on the streets
Can’t we just do it – not a needed proposal
24/7 should teach it, spear head it and annouce it soon
Ajern?
non-violence meeting
round of aplace for being out here 40 days!
100$ for every 1000 stikers
pr committee responsibility, ga ask pr committee
what about finance committee? they give money for stikers
Propose to print them and bring bill to finance committee and have it by tomorrow, $300 worth
Include sharden dude on stiker project
Finance committee has money to do this
bring back smple
Tabkled ’til tomo
bring 3 or 4 samples to choose
simble to chalk
not want inclusive to denver
do we have that jurisdiction over the whole
cool
99% vs occupy language
Occupy together
Come to ga with proposal, print out tomorrow
Ajern

General Assembly Statement on Shelby’s Election

November 10, 2011 in GA resolutions, Uncategorized

You may have heard about Shelby Here’s some specifics from the GA:

We of Occupy Denver hereby elect and recognize Shelby the border collie dog as our leader until such time that Occupy Denver, rescind or replace said role.
As such, under auspices including, but not limited to, the facts that she can bleed, breed, and show emotion, there by proving she is more of a “person” than a corporation, here by demand that Shelby not only be legally recognized by both State and Federal government as the leader of Occupy Denver, but also as a person.

To similar call, should Shelby be granted such recognition, it is to our expectation that all pressing legal matters regarding the occupation that require a “leader” or representative to speak on the behalf of the Occupation, that unless representation other than the Occupation’s leader be found adequate and/or accepted through the governing body of Occupy Denver, that U.S. law be followed as it concerns providing an adequate interpreter to accurately and provably convey the meaning and substance of Occupation related legal matters both to Shelby and from Shelby to her legal counsel and/or legal bodies handling such cases. It is to be understood that it is not the responsibility of Occupy Denver, nor Shelby, to find or provide interpreters for such task.

Should such demands of the Occupation not be met, we of Occupy Denver demand that any and all rights and privileges granted to corporations under the rights afforded them through corporate “personhood” be made illegal through State constitutional amendment. Further, should such an amendment be superseded by Federal law, that the governing bodies and persons of the State of Colorado, through political, economic, and all legal means available, pursue without haste, in earnest transparency, and to their fullest possible capacity, entry into any and all legal contest necessary to both uphold and enforce the revocation of corporate “personhood”.

Saturday Rally To End Corporate Personhood

November 10, 2011 in Event, GA resolutions, Press, Uncategorized

This Saturday join the 99% led by Shelby, who is more human than any corporation could ever dream, in a march against corporate personhood! Let’s celebrate what it means to be human.

We’ll start at noon at Civic Center Park with speeches and a skit putting corporations on trial. Afterwards we march downtown, ending up at the west Capitol Steps where Move To Amend and others will be speaking about the dangers and illegitimacy of corporate money as protected speech.

OCCUPY DENVER ELECTS LEADER

November 8, 2011 in GA resolutions, Press, Uncategorized

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT
Occupy Denver
Attn: Media-PR Committee
media-pr@occupydenver.org
occupydenver.org

OCCUPY DENVER ELECTS LEADER

In response to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s insistence that Occupy Denver choose leadership to deal with City and State officials, and drawing inspiration from the notion that corporations are people, Occupy Denver’s General Assembly has elected a leader: Shelby, a three year old Border Collie. “Shelby is closer to a person than any corporation: She can bleed, she can breed, and she can show emotion. Either Shelby is a person, or corporations aren’t people,” said a Shelby supporter at the time of her election.

Occupy Denver reserves the right to alter leadership status, but for now, Shelby exhibits heart, warmth, and an appreciation for the group over personal ambition that Occupy Denver members feel are sorely lacking in the leaders some of them have voted for on national, state, and local levels. Accordingly, Occupy Denver looks forward to communication with Mayor Hancock and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper sometime this week to introduce their leadership.

Newly-elected leader Shelby will be leading this Saturday’s Occupy Denver march against Corporate Personhood, and invites all other civic minded dogs (and their leash-holders) to join.

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GA Resolution on Shelby

November 5, 2011 in GA resolutions

You may have heard about Shelby Here’s some specifics from the GA:

We of Occupy Denver hereby elect and recognize Shelby the border collie dog as our leader until such time that Occupy Denver, rescind or replace said role.
As such, under auspices including, but not limited to, the facts that she can bleed, breed, and show emotion, there by proving she is more of a “person” than a corporation, here by demand that Shelby not only be legally recognized by both State and Federal government as the leader of Occupy Denver, but also as a person.

To similar call, should Shelby be granted such recognition, it is to our expectation that all pressing legal matters regarding the occupation that require a “leader” or representative to speak on the behalf of the Occupation, that unless representation other than the Occupation’s leader be found adequate and/or accepted through the governing body of Occupy Denver, that U.S. law be followed as it concerns providing an adequate interpreter to accurately and provably convey the meaning and substance of Occupation related legal matters both to Shelby and from Shelby to her legal counsel and/or legal bodies handling such cases. It is to be understood that it is not the responsibility of Occupy Denver, nor Shelby, to find or provide interpreters for such task.

Should such demands of the Occupation not be met, we of Occupy Denver demand that any and all rights and privileges granted to corporations under the rights afforded them through corporate “personhood” be made illegal through State constitutional amendment. Further, should such an amendment be superseded by Federal law, that the governing bodies and persons of the State of Colorado, through political, economic, and all legal means available, pursue without haste, in earnest transparency, and to their fullest possible capacity, entry into any and all legal contest necessary to both uphold and enforce the revocation of corporate “personhood”.

Occupy Denver Honors Veterans & Takes Action Against Big Banks

November 2, 2011 in Event, GA resolutions, Press, Uncategorized

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT
Occupy Denver
Attn: Media-PR Committee
media-pr@occupydenver.org
occupydenver.org

 

OCCUPY DENVER HONORS VETERANS & TAKES ACTION AGAINST BIG BANKS

 

Denver, Colorado, November 2nd, 2011 - This Saturday, November 5th, Denver is hosting its 2011 Veterans Day Parade in Civic Center Park, where Occupy Denver has established its Occupation. Last night, Occupy Denver came to a unanimous consensus to vacate Civic Center Park following the 7 PM General Assembly meeting on Friday, November 4th, in a show of solidarity with our veterans, our service men and women, and our fallen heroes. Occupy Denver supports the valor and sacrifice of the men and women of our armed forces, and unilaterally wishes to show unwavering support and respect for the Veterans Day Parade.

 

Occupy Denver will reestablish its Occupation at Skyline Park on 16th Street Mall, directly across from the Denver Federal Reserve building, and has planned a series of actions for Saturday to coincide with the bank boycott known as Bank Transfer Day, in which customers are urged to close their accounts with predatory financial institutions like Wells Fargo, Citibank, and Chase, and redeposit their funds into their local credit unions. Occupy Denver member Mitch Shenassa explains, “The Occupation has deliberately chosen the space across from the Federal Reserve as its temporary site to bring attention to the economic dangers posed by this independent central bank and its short-sighted fractional reserve banking system that cause the devaluation of our currency and the ballooning of our national debt.”

 

Denver’s citizens will gather at the Federal Reserve building and march en masse to their respective banks to withdraw their financial support from the corporate entities responsible for the gradual erosion of the middle class through sub-prime mortages, usurious fees and interest rates, and a loyalty to corporate profits over the financial interests of their hard-working customers. Occupy Denver will coordinate and rally customers to an undisclosed number of Downtown Denver’s corporate bank branches in a randomized sequence throughout the morning and afternoon. Read the rest of this entry →