Day 16 – 7pm General Assembly Minutes

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Occupy Chicago – 7pm GA Minutes
Date/Time:
 10/8/11, 7pm – met at Jackson & LaSalle and began march to 500 Congress in front of Horse statue
Location: 500 E Congress in front of Horse Statue (opp. Roosevelt University)
Attendance Count: Roughly 250 heads (no formal head count taken)

INTRODUCTION

We are going to have some keeping time and we are going to use the human line stack. If someone has a proposal that you would like to talk about while they are discussing it, come up and line up behind the person representing the human line stack.

Something is going to happen here in Chicago that has not yet happened in the face of the Occupy wall street movement. We are voting on line items. Someone came up to me with a list of gievances that we are going to talk about, like less than 5 minutes ago, and I need that person  to come up right now.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Non-committee speakers are going to speak. We are going to have a few brief announcements that are an emergency:

Hi everybody so Dan’s announcement was that today’s march went great. That’s an awesome announcements, but mine is less cool. Today someone threw a cigarette in a cop’s face. So I wanted to point out that this is a nonviolent movement! Office Hansen is kind of on our side. He’s pretty pissed off. I would be too. If you remember, the police union is marching with us in New York. They are part of the 99%. In Seattle they are carrying out groceries. Don’t be a fucking dick.

Announcement two:  Earlier this week Mary Kay Henry the president of the union SEIU, sent out an email to all SEIU members everywhere telling them to come to their respective local occupy movements. On the topic, SEIU on Monday, in the morning from 9AM to 12pm they will be training us in civil disobedience, but not here; 37 S. Ashland. The UE Union hall will be there. It’s cool. Trust me. It will be on the website.

99: Also on Monday, following your new lessons in civil disobedience, thousands of Chicagoans are taking to the streets, we are meeting at LaSalle and Jackson, marching at 3:30 to Michigan and Balbo.

Greg: hello my name is Greg. So it is commonly said that in every movement there are two wings. There is a left wing and a right wing. What is the difference? The answer isn’t as obvious as it seems. What’s the left? What is socialism? I want to announce a teach-in at Jackson and Lasalle to discuss these questions and more. Here we represent is a diversity of opinion. If you agree that Marxism is worth learning about, we want to talk to you. But even if you disagree we want to talk to you. We will meet you at 6.

99: Moving right around, as crystal moves up here we are I am going to explain how we communicate. Instead of clapping and hollering we raise our hands up and wiggle them. If something is like “meh,” we point our hands forward and wiggle them. If someone has a point of order we make a diamond with our hands.

Crystal: Hello everyone. Alright so, I was approached by a history student at the University of Chicago and she has invited 2 or 3 I don’t know…participants in the university of Chicago, preferably those who have been here since the beginning, or someone is well versed with what has happened here in the past 2 weeks to come and speak. And uh, the teach in will be held on Friday. It will be from 3:30 to. The teach-in will be about the history of the Occupy movement. It is not a debate. They will be talking about what has been going on. There will be professors to give a more intellectual option on this subject. But it will be really, really appreciated if we can get 2-3 people to come out and speak. It would be cool if a lot of you could come out and learn about the history of what we are doing.

Crystal : If you can, raise your hand and do that, Occupy Chicago.

99: Does everyone know what we are voting on? Good, because we are about to have a proposal on it. So please listen carefully. Do not make side-chatter unless politically constructive. Here are the first of few proposals.

Evelyn: The way that this is going to work, as I discussed with the secretary committee; we are limiting people to 1 min each so that they don’t make points that have already been made. After the discussion we will vote on that item. Ideally we will cover 3 of these tonight . And as a policy comes up, people  can feel free to propose them in the same format. Here we go. We will take each proposal and take  a temperature check.  If it looks like its 50/50 we table the topic to keep things moving. This is what New York does, and it seems like a great idea.

Evelyn: Occupy Chicago proposed demands on policy points. Number one: Pass HR 1489 Reinstating Glass-Stegall, a depression era safeguard that separated the commercial lending and investment banking portions of banks. Its repeal in 1999 is considered the major cause of the global financial meltdown of 2008-2009.

DISSENT STACK

Stack: I think demanding anything from corrupt government is wrong. As group who is against politicians, we should never be talking about working with politicians in this matter. Calling demands equals playing into their game. It would stop our forward progress

Stack: Kelvin: I agree with the proposal. A lot of problems in the financial industry started before the Glass-Stegall was repealed. Read “Age of Greed.” We should add some other problems not solved by the Glass-Stegall act.

Stack: I agree with the first speaker. I question if everyone who voted yes has actually read the bill.

Stack: I disagree with the first speaker. We need to move forward to specific demands and must make demands from corrupt government, to push them to do something; things the government of the 99% would have already done by now.

Stack: Disagrees w/ first speaker. “We should not hold out for pure ideal.”

Stack: We are in a democratic movement that compromises, and need to talk with politicians in the same way. If not we are just as bad as those we are fighting against.

Stack: I agree with the first speaker. To exclude someone that has excluded you is compatible with democracy. We can exclude racists, sexists, and homophobes. We should be forming grievances but we should not be asking for handouts from people who have already excluded us. The community here is the democracy we want!

99 brings up 2 POINTS OF ORDER:
1) If a moderator is out of order, make a signal, make it known.
2) To avoid appearance of leaders, we ask for everyone not part of secretariat to not stand behind the speakers.

VOTE TO EXTEND DISCUSSION
Vote on whether to extend discussion on the first demand takes place. The vote does not gain 9/10ths majority to extend the discussion.

VOTE ON FIRST DEMAND
The resolution is re-read. A vote is taken on the measure. Votes in favor = 129, votes against = 13.
A recount is voted in.
Recount for demand: demand does not pass. The demand is tabled.

DEMAND NUMBER 2 DISCUSSION

Evelyn reads the second demand.
Evelyn: Repeal Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

Stack: I agree with the first speaker, from the first demand. We should not rely on politicians.

Stack: Taxes on people making millions/billions of dollars should per year lower than working class, poor, minority, and marginalized citizens. WE NEED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. Money from taxes must be going into infrastructure.

Stack: These appear to be grievances passed by occupy wall street. Why distance ourselves by independently and start from scratch? We should adopt the Occupy Wall Street demands.

Stack: First speaker, from the first demand speaks. He has the same point as last time. What we are proposing takes 2-3 years to pass and we  will have limitations set to them.

Stack: The movement and discussion continues. We can find a consensus if we listen to each other. This is just one measure.

Stack: I hate the bush tax cuts, but this language is too general. It needs more language and discussion on more details.  We should not be partisan and should not make Chicago represent other cities by having same grievances

Stack:  Federal income tax being used to fund things we do not agree with is wrong. More taxes collected from rich mean more war money. We should abolish federal income tax and instead have just state taxes.

Stack: We should put in an addition to say money gained from tax boosts should not benefit war funds, but go to social welfare programs.

Stack: Federal income tax is outdated, overly complicated, and does not help us. It needs to be completely overhauled. Ending Bush tax cuts does not solve problems. We need to concentrate on capital gains.

POINT OF ORDER:
99: This is not the time for amendments

DEMAND 2 STACK RESUMES

Stack: 1 minute is not long enough. We should turn off human mic. *Human mic turned off.* We should oppose what they are doing and how they are doing it. They’re stealing the money from what they refuse to pay taxes on in the first place.

Stack: POINT OF ORDER. Bush tax cuts ended in 2010. Current tax cuts are Obama tax cuts that are very similar.

TEMPRETURE CHECK
Discussion is extended 10 minutes

DEMAND 2 STACK RESUMES

Stack: Rosa Luxemburg once said “Reform is the means, revolution is the aim.” We can use reform in the direction of revolution.  We should adapt the ideology of Haymarket riots. The top 1% own more wealth than the bottom 99%. Taxes putting rich at the same level as the poor is faulty.

Stack: I believe that the same people voting “no” are voting “no” on the concept as grievances as a whole. There should be a discussion and vote on voting. A vote should happen to determine if people are voting for “no” as whole concept of grievances as a whole.

Stack: I first entered into activism in early 70s in the capital of Australia. Australian government was trying to levy a tax against indigenous people living in shacks. People rose up against that.  They decided Aborigines would not pay property tax, stormed the house, and no tax ever came. We start talking about race tomorrow.
*Off topic. Mic removed from speaker.* Speaker shouts to crowd.
Stack: I want to shoot a movie at the Bank of America marathon.
*Some in the crowd are chanting “let him speak” some chanting “off topic.”*

Stack: A former speaker quoted Rosa Luxemburg “no revolution without demands for reform.” I do not see what repealing bush tax code has to do with revolution. If we do not vote against concrete proposals, if we have not determined long term statements on what we want to achieve…

VOTE ON THE SECOND DEMAND
Evelyn: “Repeal Obama and Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.”
Votes against = 12, votes for = 125.
The vote passes. Demand number 2 passes.

DEMAND 3 DISCUSSION

Evelyn: FULLY INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE THE WALL STREET CRIMINALS who clearly broke the law and helped cause the 2008 financial crisis!

Stack: Perpetuating crimes for financial use is one of the morally reprehensible things out there. I have a friendly amendment; send this demand back to research to verify if we can determine responsible people and corporations, specifically.

Stack: *A guy yells about us being co-oped by Occupy wall street founder and Michael Moore. Stenographer is distracted and takes poor minutes.*

Stack: We need to learn from the opposition. We need to have reform. We cannot wait for the revolution. People are direly poor. We need to start making direct action change now to help them.

Stack: This is about the Steagll act to prevent depression and tax cuts talked about before.
*Guy admits to being off topic. Continues talking.*
Obama tax cut only apply to companies if they give people more jobs. We need this type of law.

POINT OF ORDER Stack: General assembly exists to present ideas ALREADY DISCUSSED! It is not time to use the microphone to discuss personal announcements or opinions. Please respect this
*Stacker met with approval.*

Stack: I am a canvas manager for an activist group; The Fund for Public Interest. These people should be prosecuted and should have taxes, but should make change within it.

Stack: I feel the lack of prosecution of Wall Street investment bankers is worst tragedy in this century, except for the Iraq war. Names, companies, records, and people in power bribed not to pursue them are available. Please support this.

Stack: My name is Lucas. These are people who committed crimes, but most of what had already destroyed our economy had already been legalized.

TEMPREATURE CHECK
Extending the discussion does not pass.

99: I want to discuss a friendly amendment. If we pass this before we publish this, the research team should look into specific criminals, companies, laws broken, etc. to be more specific.

VOTE TO PASS DEMAND
Take vote: for = 105, against = 6
The demand passes.
Moderator asks if we want a recount. The group does not want a recount

COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Speaker: Educate yourselves, and educate us tomorrow

Ryan: I want to take a picture of all you and take it home. I see long, tired faces. Cheer up! We had a huge march against the war! We just passed things we are for! GA can be tiring, but I am glad we are here. This movement needs to have GAs to decide things democratically, to decide things amongst the people. When we have passed everything we are going to march to the halls of congress, and say that “This house is our house!”

Natalie: *Requests human mic to be shut off. Human mic is off.* The current system of posting content on website is a mess. We have locked out contributors. We now propose a process for content posting.

Andy: I understand we have a process, but if we do not vote on this tonight, due to a 24 hour process, nothing will be posted on site for 24 hours. There are 5 parts to this proposal:
1) If posted by a committee 3 committee members must approve the content prior
2) If someone wants something on the front page, 3 people from that committee must approve it, as well as 3 people from other committees
*stenographer distracted by shouting and flailing male. Does not take proper minutes. Points 3-5 missed.

Kelsey: If you have armbands, turn them in, 99 has green generic ones, colored arm bands are creating confusion for committee ID. Arts and rec needs more fabric.

INDIVIDUAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

William: God bless all you. The way I met you was beautiful thing. I was trying to find a new life and just came home from doing 24 years. Please, read the book, don’t just look at people. I do not come to take anything or bring harm. Please, treat me as an equal. Don’t look at me like I am your enemy. I have been getting some funny feelings out there. People in jail come home from to no life, nothing. Since coming back I see people are really trying to make a change. Help me. Don’t be against me

Stack: I have a new proposal on the war grievance “our nation continues to spend more on military engagements than any other activity, preventing us from rebuilding our economy, destroying lives and relations to international community. Funds should not be used to…”

*STENOGRAPHER SWITCHES NETBOOKS BECAUSE OF DEAD NETBOOK BATTERY. MISSES SOME MINUTES*

PROPOSAL VOTE
It is determined the proposal on amending the war grievance needs extension to discuss more.

Stack: The US military should only be used to defend the US. We need an amendment that afflicted people abroad be taken care for by an international community and the US.

Stack: There are a ton of paid mercenaries fighting the same wars as our people. Mercenaries will still fight even if we don’t

Stack The US doesn’t spend most of the federal tax money in defense. It spends most of it on social security. We spend more than any other country on defense, but the first sentence is wrong, please change it.

Stack: I take issue with one component of the proposal. The wording “afflicted people.” We cannot force our morality or ideals on other people. We cannot put our values on other countries.
Stack: I like the new language regarding the afflicted. China and Russia are dictorial states, and have veto power over The UN. Therefore cannot have an international group that could prevent confliction around the world.

Stack: We need to add not just funding our military for war, but funding other militaries for war. This holds onto the myth that the military can only be used for defense while the military is part of the military industrial conflict.

Stack: We need to remember a lot of essentially rebelling soldiers, now. Viewing the military as a military of defensive or offensive, we need to use our military potential to move this country forward. Defense does not mean only against aggressors, but also defending our moral values and ideals. How can we use the military positively?

Stack: When we ask the military to be humanitarian, “humanitarian” changes what “humanitarians” needs. We need more discussion on what is “humanitarian.”

Stack: This proposal states that the military should be used to defend us and afflicted people of the world. Using the words “afflicted people of the world” is always used to justify war in the first place.

Stack: Using the terminology “the afflicted people”; Afflicted people occur when abuse occurs. Abuse occurs when we do not stay active!

99: Do we have any friendly amendments. *Explains what friendly amendments are.*

Patrick: If we only have one friendly amendment, I accept this. I will change spend “the biggest part of our funding” to “far too much”. I ask for people to please bring forward ways to reword this grievance.

DEMAN 3 VOTING

votes against proposal = 12
*Patrick re-reads his proposal, with “far too much” replacing, “the biggest part”*
votes for proposal = 67
Proposal does not pass.

FINAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Stack: Racism situation occurred today. We, the 99%, will not tolerate racism and indifference between each other. We must look at each other in the eye and become all equal. If you cannot view each other as equal in the 99%, you need to leave.

Arts and Rec: We are trying to design a logo for occupy Chicago. John has designed some. They are online on the forum. We will vote on a logo soon. John has one logo with him. Come see him.

Stack: *proposal to repeat and reaffirm the declarations and proposals of Occupy Wall street. Proposal voted strongly against.*

T:  Who here is exhausted? Who here is excited that this is the final announcement of the evening? There has been a 3270% increase of world news coverage since Sept 17. 1 in 8 people in our world know what we are doing and we did that In 21 days. That is simply amazing!

Announcer: If you have seen the flyers with peoples’ faces on them, I bet you didn’t know that they were hand drawn and created by our very own Evelyn!

CLOSING

99: Security and safety issues, please see Hawk. I hereby call the question of adjourning this meeting. All in favor say “aye”! *Lots say “AYE”* Let’s go home!

7 PM General Assembly Minutes, Saturday October 8th, 2011

PROCEDURES

We are going to have some keeping time and we are going to use the human line stack. If someone has a proposal that you would like to talk about while they are discussing it, come up and line up behind the person representing the human line stack.

VOTING NOTICE

Something is going to happen here in Chicago that has not yet happened in the face of the Occupy wall street movement. We are voting on line items. Someone came up to me with a list of gievances that we are going to talk about, like less than 5 minutes ago, and I need that person  to come up right now.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Non-committee speakers are going to speak. We are going to have a few brief announcements that are an emergency:

Hi everybody so Dan’s announcement was that today’s march went great. That’s an awesome announcements, but mine is less cool. Today someone threw a cigarette in a cop’s face. So I wanted to point out that this is a nonviolent movement! Office Hansen is kind of on our side. He’s pretty pissed off. I would be too. If you remember, the police union is marching with us in New York. They are part of the 99%. In Seattle they are carrying out groceries. Don’t be a fucking dick.

Announcement two:  Earlier this week Mary Kay Henry the president of the union SEIU, sent out an email to all SEIU members everywhere telling them to come to their respective local occupy movements. On the topic, SEIU on Monday, in the morning from 9AM to 12pm they will be training us in civil disobedience, but not here; 37 S. Ashland. The UE Union hall will be there. It’s cool. Trust me. It will be on the website.

99: Also on Monday, following your new lessons in civil disobedience, thousands of Chicagoans are taking to the streets, we are meeting at LaSalle and Jackson, marching at 3:30 to Michigan and Balbo.

Greg: hello my name is Greg. So it is commonly said that in every movement there are two wings. There is a left wing and a right wing. What is the difference? The answer isn’t as obvious as it seems. What’s the left? What is socialism? I want to announce a teach-in at Jackson and Lasalle to discuss these questions and more. Here we represent is a diversity of opinion. If you agree that Marxism is worth learning about, we want to talk to you. But even if you disagree we want to talk to you. We will meet you at 6.

99: Moving right around, as crystal moves up here we are I am going to explain how we communicate. Instead of clapping and hollering we raise our hands up and wiggle them. If something is like “meh,” we point our hands forward and wiggle them. If someone has a point of order we make a diamond with our hands.

Crystal: Hello everyone. Alright so, I was approached by a history student at the University of Chicago and she has invited 2 or 3 I don’t know…participants in the university of Chicago, preferably those who have been here since the beginning, or someone is well versed with what has happened here in the past 2 weeks to come and speak. And uh, the teach in will be held on Friday. It will be from 3:30 to. The teach-in will be about the history of the Occupy movement. It is not a debate. They will be talking about what has been going on. There will be professors to give a more intellectual option on this subject. But it will be really, really appreciated if we can get 2-3 people to come out and speak. It would be cool if a lot of you could come out and learn about the history of what we are doing.

Crystal : If you can, raise your hand and do that, Occupy Chicago.

99: Does everyone know what we are voting on? Good, because we are about to have a proposal on it. So please listen carefully. Do not make side-chatter unless politically constructive. Here are the first of few proposals.

Evelyn: The way that this is going to work, as I discussed with the secretary committee; we are limiting people to 1 min each so that they don’t make points that have already been made. After the discussion we will vote on that item. Ideally we will cover 3 of these tonight . And as a policy comes up, people  can feel free to propose them in the same format. Here we go. We will take each proposal and take  a temperature check.  If it looks like its 50/50 we table the topic to keep things moving. This is what New York does, and it seems like a great idea.

Evelyn: Occupy Chicago proposed demands on policy points. Number one: Pass HR 1489 Reinstating Glass-Stegall, a depression era safeguard that separated the commercial lending and investment banking portions of banks. Its repeal in 1999 is considered the major cause of the global financial meltdown of 2008-2009.

DISSENT STACK

Stack: I think demanding anything from corrupt government is wrong. As group who is against politicians, we should never be talking about working with politicians in this matter. Calling demands equals playing into their game. It would stop our forward progress

Stack: Kelvin: I agree with the proposal. A lot of problems in the financial industry started before the Glass-Stegall was repealed. Read “Age of Greed.” We should add some other problems not solved by the Glass-Stegall act.

Stack: I agree with the first speaker. I question if everyone who voted yes has actually read the bill.

Stack: I disagree with the first speaker. We need to move forward to specific demands and must make demands from corrupt government, to push them to do something; things the government of the 99% would have already done by now.
 
Stack: Disagrees w/ first speaker. “We should not hold out for pure ideal.”

Stack: We are in a democratic movement that compromises, and need to talk with politicians in the same way. If not we are just as bad as those we are fighting against.

Stack: I agree with the first speaker. To exclude someone that has excluded you is compatible with democracy. We can exclude racists, sexists, and homophobes. We should be forming grievances but we should not be asking for handouts from people who have already excluded us. The community here is the democracy we want!

99 brings up 2 POINTS OF ORDER:
1) If a moderator is out of order, make a signal, make it known.
2) To avoid appearance of leaders, we ask for everyone not part of secretariat to not stand behind the speakers.

VOTE TO EXTEND DISCUSSION
Vote on whether to extend discussion on the first demand takes place. The vote does not gain 9/10ths majority to extend the discussion.

VOTE ON FIRST DEMAND
The resolution is re-read. A vote is taken on the measure. Votes in favor = 129, votes against = 13.
A recount is voted in.
Recount for demand: demand does not pass. The demand is tabled.

DEMAND NUMBER 2 DISCUSSION

Evelyn reads the second demand.
Evelyn: Repeal Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

Stack: I agree with the first speaker, from the first demand. We should not rely on politicians.

Stack: Taxes on people making millions/billions of dollars should per year lower than working class, poor, minority, and marginalized citizens. WE NEED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. Money from taxes must be going into infrastructure.

Stack: These appear to be grievances passed by occupy wall street. Why distance ourselves by independently and start from scratch? We should adopt the Occupy Wall Street demands.

Stack: First speaker, from the first demand speaks. He has the same point as last time. What we are proposing takes 2-3 years to pass and we  will have limitations set to them.

Stack: The movement and discussion continues. We can find a consensus if we listen to each other. This is just one measure.

Stack: I hate the bush tax cuts, but this language is too general. It needs more language and discussion on more details.  We should not be partisan and should not make Chicago represent other cities by having same grievances

Stack:  Federal income tax being used to fund things we do not agree with is wrong. More taxes collected from rich mean more war money. We should abolish federal income tax and instead have just state taxes.

Stack: We should put in an addition to say money gained from tax boosts should not benefit war funds, but go to social welfare programs.

Stack: Federal income tax is outdated, overly complicated, and does not help us. It needs to be completely overhauled. Ending Bush tax cuts does not solve problems. We need to concentrate on capital gains.

POINT OF ORDER:
99: This is not the time for amendments

DEMAND 2 STACK RESUMES

Stack: 1 minute is not long enough. We should turn off human mic. *Human mic turned off.* We should oppose what they are doing and how they are doing it. They’re stealing the money from what they refuse to pay taxes on in the first place.

Stack: POINT OF ORDER. Bush tax cuts ended in 2010. Current tax cuts are Obama tax cuts that are very similar.

TEMPRETURE CHECK
Discussion is extended 10 minutes

DEMAND 2 STACK RESUMES

Stack: Rosa Luxemburg once said “Reform is the means, revolution is the aim.” We can use reform in the direction of revolution.  We should adapt the ideology of Haymarket riots. The top 1% own more wealth than the bottom 99%. Taxes putting rich at the same level as the poor is faulty.

Stack: I believe that the same people voting “no” are voting “no” on the concept as grievances as a whole. There should be a discussion and vote on voting. A vote should happen to determine if people are voting for “no” as whole concept of grievances as a whole.

Stack: I first entered into activism in early 70s in the capital of Australia. Australian government was trying to levy a tax against indigenous people living in shacks. People rose up against that.  They decided Aborigines would not pay property tax, stormed the house, and no tax ever came. We start talking about race tomorrow.
*Off topic. Mic removed from speaker.* Speaker shouts to crowd.
Stack: I want to shoot a movie at the Bank of America marathon.
*Some in the crowd are chanting “let him speak” some chanting “off topic.”*

Stack: A former speaker quoted Rosa Luxemburg “no revolution without demands for reform.” I do not see what repealing bush tax code has to do with revolution. If we do not vote against concrete proposals, if we have not determined long term statements on what we want to achieve…

VOTE ON THE SECOND DEMAND
Evelyn: “Repeal Obama and Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.”
Votes against = 12, votes for = 125.
The vote passes. Demand number 2 passes.

DEMAND 3 DISCUSSION

Evelyn: FULLY INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE THE WALL STREET CRIMINALS who clearly broke the law and helped cause the 2008 financial crisis!

Stack: Perpetuating crimes for financial use is one of the morally reprehensible things out there. I have a friendly amendment; send this demand back to research to verify if we can determine responsible people and corporations, specifically.

Stack: *A guy yells about us being co-oped by Occupy wall street founder and Michael Moore. Stenographer is distracted and takes poor minutes.*

Stack: We need to learn from the opposition. We need to have reform. We cannot wait for the revolution. People are direly poor. We need to start making direct action change now to help them.

Stack: This is about the Steagll act to prevent depression and tax cuts talked about before.
*Guy admits to being off topic. Continues talking.*
Obama tax cut only apply to companies if they give people more jobs. We need this type of law.

POINT OF ORDER Stack: General assembly exists to present ideas ALREADY DISCUSSED! It is not time to use the microphone to discuss personal announcements or opinions. Please respect this
*Stacker met with approval.*

Stack: I am a canvas manager for an activist group; The Fund for Public Interest. These people should be prosecuted and should have taxes, but should make change within it.

Stack: I feel the lack of prosecution of Wall Street investment bankers is worst tragedy in this century, except for the Iraq war. Names, companies, records, and people in power bribed not to pursue them are available. Please support this.

Stack: My name is Lucas. These are people who committed crimes, but most of what had already destroyed our economy had already been legalized.

 

TEMPREATURE CHECK
Extending the discussion does not pass.

99: I want to discuss a friendly amendment. If we pass this before we publish this, the research team should look into specific criminals, companies, laws broken, etc. to be more specific.

VOTE TO PASS DEMAND
Take vote: for = 105, against = 6
The demand passes.
Moderator asks if we want a recount. The group does not want a recount

COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Speaker: Educate yourselves, and educate us tomorrow

Ryan: I want to take a picture of all you and take it home. I see long, tired faces. Cheer up! We had a huge march against the war! We just passed things we are for! GA can be tiring, but I am glad we are here. This movement needs to have GAs to decide things democratically, to decide things amongst the people. When we have passed everything we are going to march to the halls of congress, and say that “This house is our house!”

Natalie: *Requests human mic to be shut off. Human mic is off.* The current system of posting content on website is a mess. We have locked out contributors. We now propose a process for content posting.

Andy: I understand we have a process, but if we do not vote on this tonight, due to a 24 hour process, nothing will be posted on site for 24 hours. There are 5 parts to this proposal:
1) If posted by a committee 3 committee members must approve the content prior
2) If someone wants something on the front page, 3 people from that committee must approve it, as well as 3 people from other committees
*stenographer distracted by shouting and flailing male. Does not take proper minutes. Points 3-5 missed.

Kelsey: If you have armbands, turn them in, 99 has green generic ones, colored arm bands are creating confusion for committee ID. Arts and rec needs more fabric.

INDIVIDUAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

William: God bless all you. The way I met you was beautiful thing. I was trying to find a new life and just came home from doing 24 years. Please, read the book, don’t just look at people. I do not come to take anything or bring harm. Please, treat me as an equal. Don’t look at me like I am your enemy. I have been getting some funny feelings out there. People in jail come home from to no life, nothing. Since coming back I see people are really trying to make a change. Help me. Don’t be against me

Stack: I have a new proposal on the war grievance “our nation continues to spend more on military engagements than any other activity, preventing us from rebuilding our economy, destroying lives and relations to international community. Funds should not be used to…”

*STENOGRAPHER SWITCHES NETBOOKS BECAUSE OF DEAD NETBOOK BATTERY. MISSES SOME MINUTES*

PROPOSAL VOTE
It is determined the proposal on amending the war grievance needs extension to discuss more.

Stack: The US military should only be used to defend the US. We need an amendment that afflicted people abroad be taken care for by an international community and the US.

Stack: There are a ton of paid mercenaries fighting the same wars as our people. Mercenaries will still fight even if we don’t

Stack The US doesn’t spend most of the federal tax money in defense. It spends most of it on social security. We spend more than any other country on defense, but the first sentence is wrong, please change it.

Stack: I take issue with one component of the proposal. The wording “afflicted people.” We cannot force our morality or ideals on other people. We cannot put our values on other countries.
Stack: I like the new language regarding the afflicted. China and Russia are dictorial states, and have veto power over The UN. Therefore cannot have an international group that could prevent confliction around the world.

Stack: We need to add not just funding our military for war, but funding other militaries for war. This holds onto the myth that the military can only be used for defense while the military is part of the military industrial conflict.

Stack: We need to remember a lot of essentially rebelling soldiers, now. Viewing the military as a military of defensive or offensive, we need to use our military potential to move this country forward. Defense does not mean only against aggressors, but also defending our moral values and ideals. How can we use the military positively?

Stack: When we ask the military to be humanitarian, “humanitarian” changes what “humanitarians” needs. We need more discussion on what is “humanitarian.”

Stack: This proposal states that the military should be used to defend us and afflicted people of the world. Using the words “afflicted people of the world” is always used to justify war in the first place.

Stack: Using the terminology “the afflicted people”; Afflicted people occur when abuse occurs. Abuse occurs when we do not stay active!

99: Do we have any friendly amendments. *Explains what friendly amendments are.*

Patrick: If we only have one friendly amendment, I accept this. I will change spend “the biggest part of our funding” to “far too much”. I ask for people to please bring forward ways to reword this grievance.

DEMAN 3 VOTING

votes against proposal = 12
*Patrick re-reads his proposal, with “far too much” replacing, “the biggest part”*
votes for proposal = 67
Proposal does not pass.

FINAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Stack: Racism situation occurred today. We, the 99%, will not tolerate racism and indifference between each other. We must look at each other in the eye and become all equal. If you cannot view each other as equal in the 99%, you need to leave.

Arts and Rec: We are trying to design a logo for occupy Chicago. John has designed some. They are online on the forum. We will vote on a logo soon. John has one logo with him. Come see him.

Stack: *proposal to repeat and reaffirm the declarations and proposals of Occupy Wall street. Proposal voted strongly against.*

T:  Who here is exhausted? Who here is excited that this is the final announcement of the evening? There has been a 3270% increase of world news coverage since Sept 17. 1 in 8 people in our world know what we are doing and we did that In 21 days. That is simply amazing!

Announcer: If you have seen the flyers with peoples’ faces on them, I bet you didn’t know that they were hand drawn and created by our very own Evelyn!

CLOSING

99: Security and safety issues, please see Hawk. I hereby call the question of adjourning this meeting. All in favor say “aye”! *Lots say “AYE”* Let’s go home!