General Assembly: March 11, 2012

Facilitator: Dave
Notetaker: Andrew
Stackkeeper: Tom

AGENDA:

  1. Introductions
  2. Ground rules
  3. Announcements
  4. Working group reports
  5. Proposals
  6. Discussion topics
  7. Reflection
  8. Support roles

INTRODUCTIONS
Those in attendance gave their names and something remarkable about their experiences this week.

GROUND RULES
Don’t talk over each other; use a stack system to determine speaking order; assume good intention; step-up, step-up; cut people slack; keep a sense of humor; follow hand signals.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Please look over lost items in the back room of Glenwood Coffee and Books to see if you find something you have lost during previous meetings.
  • A meeting of the North Carolina Coalition Against Corporate Power occurred Saturday, 10 March, at Glenwood Coffee and Books. It included planning for an action at the Bank of America shareholder meeting to be held at the beginning of May. A second meeting of Coalition will occur at the beginning of April.
  • The Commission on the Status of Women will celebrate the accomplishments of women throughout history on 22 March, 7 PM, at the Greensboro Historical museum; the list of speakers will include our own Maria Rosales.

WORKING GROUP REPORTS

  • Collective Access/Anti-Oppression. CA/AO’s discussion included foreclosures and the Amendment One work underway. Its next meeting will be Friday, 5:30 PM, at Glenwood Coffee and Books.
  • Employment/Unemployment. The group plans to establish a computer station dedicated to job searches at Glenwood Coffee and Books. The group is discussing the establishment of a summer landscaping co-op for high school students and undergraduates.
  • Foreclosure. “Let’s Lose Our Home!” will be screened at 7:00 PM, 14 March, at Carolina Theatre. A march leaving from the Interactive Resource Center will start at 6:30 PM.
  • Energy. The group is planning a radio show, possibly to be aired on a college station, which will draw from material gathered during Glenwood neighborhood canvassing.
  • Art/Communication/Media. Aspects of incorporating a forum on the new Occupy website were discussed during the group’s meeting. An “About” video for the website is still in the works; see Mo for details.

PROPOSALS

  • Proposal to amend the GA Ground Rules. The original proposal was to ask participants in the GA to moderate their use of electronic devices to prevent disturbances in the GA at large. After discussion, the proposal was modified to a request for participants in the GA to make the utmost effort to be present in the meeting by moderating their use of electronic devices and avoiding other disruptive behaviors. (CONSENSUS)

DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Discussion of the GA Ground Rules:
    • This is a non-violent movement.
    • No oppressive speech.
    • No alcohol or drugs may be consumed during the GA.
    • Assume the good intent of everyone present.
    • Do not interrupt speakers and remain present in the meetings.
    • Use step-up, step-up.
    • Approach people from a position of love and compassion.
    • Maintain a sense of humor.
    • Cut people some slack.
    • Use a stack system to determine speaking order.
    • Follow hand signals.

    Facebook document of GA Conversation Ground Rules (https://www.facebook.com/groups/253887434655229/doc/254498084594164/) mentioned but not discussed in detail. (DISCUSSED AND REFERRED TO DISCUSSION AT A LATER GA)

  • Discussion points to raise during the Left Forum OGSO panel. (Contact Michael before Friday, 16 March, at mrobto@aol.com to suggest additional talking points. He will leave Friday and wishes to prepare his remarks ahead of time.) (DISCUSSED)
  • What to do with Tuesday GAs? (DISCUSSED)
  • Amendment One activities. (Email webmaster@occupygreensboro.org to add your Amendment One activity to the OGSO calendar.) (DISCUSSED)
  • OGSO money in Wells Fargo accounts. (DISCUSSED)
  • What’s up with the parking lot of ideas (PLACED IN PARKING LOT)

REFLECTION

SUPPORT ROLES (TUESDAY ONLY)

  • Facilitator: Thom
  • Notetaker: Emiley
  • Stackkeeper: None presently assigned