Date/Time: 11/9/11, 7:30pm start
Location: Congress & Michigan
Attendance Count: 100
Moderator: David, Stack: Leslie, Timekeeper: James, Note taker: Brit
- Visual Media- James: having phone conference after GA
- Community Organization Working Group- Kelvin: Friday 3-5pm at Grace Place (637 S Dearborn) 1st weekly meeting of community organizations;
- Labor Outreach- is helping to coordinate tomorrow’s action at 530pm for the CTA mobilization at Kennedy King College
- Internal Coordination- David: Meetings are Sundays & Wednesdays 6pm; this Sunday meeting at Jackson & Wabash.
- Arts & Recreation- Trina: OCArtsandRec twitter, need help organizing Xmas Carol play, as well as street theatre. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Remember Saturday from 430-7pm “picnic” Louder than Bomb! Performances by Kevin Coval, FM Supreme and more!
- Social Media- Phillip: 4 representatives from Press Committee and Social Media will be visiting Occupy Wall Street! Email email@example.com for suggestions/questions.
- Housing- Zoie: Working on it, meeting tonight following GA
- Outreach- Babur: Process of creating outreach high schools, if you have connections email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Campus Outreach- Max: Friday at Loyola Univ. a general meeting will be held at 4pm in the student union; Sunday a meeting will be held in the peer room at UIC for CACHE.
- Donations- Abel: $18,000 has been raised, none has been spent, proposals in the work for budgets.
- Spiritual Affairs-Lucki: Every Tuesday 4:30pm at HQ meditation group; 12 step Meeting Group is being coordinated- email at email@example.com; this Saturday at 2pm in the Board of Trade Plaza a devotional gathering and potluck will be held.
Direct Action- Danielle: Thursday action for CTA is at 5:30pm, at Kennedy King College 63rd Halstead; 11/11/11 an Iraq Veterans Against the War action at 11am at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be held.
Larissa: We voted to move GA on Monday to Univ. of Chicago in order to protest the Condoleezza Rice & Henry Paulson talk- meet at the Midway at 6pm Nov 14th event being held across street at international house 1414 E 59th St
- Security/Safety/PeaceKeeping/Medic-“12”: Interested in joining? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Conflict Resolution- Lynette: Want to join? Email email@example.com
- Civil Liberties Defense – Kristy: We are building a media campaign demanding all charges be dropped against our arrestees! Visit us at http://civillibertiesdefense.tumblr.com/
- Education- Crystal: Check website for the upcoming teach-ins at occupychi.org
- Occupy El Barrio- Crystal: Next Meeting on Tuesday at 18th& Blue Island Ave. at 6pm
- Occupy the South Side- Marissa: 1st action was tonight Occupy the Redline! From 95th- Jackson and marched to the GA; Next action CTA Budget hearings 63rd &Halstead Nov 10th at 6pm; another action Saturday Nov 19th at Chicago Public Library at 3647 S State St
- Tech- Reuben: low numbers overnight, website availability apparatus will be created.
- Press- David: Want to join? Press needs help writing press releases, and finding diverse spokespeople, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details or to volunteer.
PROPOSALS FOR TONIGHT'S VOTING
Fair Elections Now Act - TABLED FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION
Max presenting in place of Patrick: [view more info here and proposal here]
Fair Elections Now Act represents the best opportunity we have short of a Constitutional Amendment or a radical overhaul of our system to address the corrupting, democracy-destroying influence of money on our government. It is proposed that Occupy Chicago issues a statement of conditional support of this Act. (reading of Fair Elections Now Act)
This Act offers up money from taxing military contractors. If a person running for the House only accepts small donations under $100, they will have access to this tax money for funding. The details can be found under Potential Proposals on the forums. I propose we support the Act under these conditions:
1) We support this bill but do not believe it comes close to addressing fundamental problem of money in politics. This is the first step in a long journey.
2) Right now in order to qualify for this money, you have to get a minimum number of signatures and raise a minimum amount of money. We say if you have enough public support, you should get the public money. This makes it more useful for 3rd party candidates.
- Concerns with rushing into this support/refutation- take time to read the entire Act.
- Objections to language within the act, so are we voting on language too?
- Reformist agenda? I thought this was a Revolutionary movement?
- Read the House and Senate versions of this bill! Www.fairelectionsnow.org
- Motion to table.
Operation Building Winter and Chicago Spring - VOTE BLOCKED (70 in favor, 17 opposed)
Evelyn & Josh: [waiting on formal text read during GA, please view forum for more details]
- Language approval? Direction approval? What are we agreeing to?
- Vote won't matter because no accountability really within the GA.
- Counter-proposer: wants to generate discussion, doesn’t consider the proposal friendly. Reading of the counter proposal. Extended to allow more time to read material within counter-proposal.
- Difficulty reaching out to the neighborhoods, but proposal gives time to act.
- Second part of proposal really important- picking a date of global action.
- There aren’t that many differences with the two proposals.
- We must maintain the attack on what Rahm is doing to us all. Support the newly offered proposal.
- There was a significant change in emphasis with the new language that wasn’t posted online. Thought our objective wasn’t to help the 99%, but rather to help them, help themselves. Should focus over winter on the attacks that will be coming down the pipeline to all workers.
- Concerns with the first part of the proposal- don’t like the insinuation of “coming back.” Should focus on the time between now and the spring. We need to keep organized; it takes more than time to rally thousands.
- Our spring event should be an international event for the Occupy Movement.
Point of Clarification - Evelyn: Bullet points are being drafted- and that’s what we will be voting on.
[Waiting on final language of the bullet points created as a friendly amendment, will update when received by authors]
- This proposal is entirely rhetorical, therefore impractical for application. This is a complex discussion already ongoing within committees- why is this from Social Media and not from Direct Action? This proposal offers no solutions, just flowery language.
Motion to Extend to finish stack line- seconded.
- Novemeber 17th should be our next big focus! Why aren’t we concentrating on that? This isn’t about being moral or noble, this is about building a sustainable social movement. Support the counter proposal.
- Teacher spoke about the focus being on maintaining struggle, not just focusing on community service.
- Why are we making a moral argument for commitment? And why are we taking a vote on things we already do successfully?
- We do need to affirm already existing actions by vote.
- Motion to Table- 60 against tabling, 24 for tabling
- Temp Check to remove 15 minute intermission- passed, intermission removed.
- Vote on proposal: 70 in favor, 17 opposed - PROPOSAL BLOCKED
***All other presenters and agenda items conceded their time to the moderator due to the length of the GA, and the dropping temperatures.***