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General Assembly Notes: January 3, 2012

This General Assembly was facilitated by Juliana. We agreed to use two new hand signals in place of the “direct response”. These were the “clarifying question” and “point of information.”

Announcements & Working Group Reports

  • Rapid Response email list update
  • MLK Day Parade: Application was submitted.
  • Occupy Congress trip planning meeting is Thursday @ 7pm.
  • Civil Liberties Working Group meeting is Thursday @ 5:30pm.
  • Open Discussion on media work will continue next Tuesday @ 5:30pm.
  • Foreclosure Working Group meetings are now at 8:30am on Thursdays at Spring Garden Bakery.
  • Foreclosure Working Group may be hosting a statewide strategy workshop on February 4th.
  • Rev. Johnson and the BCC are holding a teach-in about the Latin Kings case next Sunday.

Proposals

  • OGSO GA endorsement of the Occupy Congress trip: CONSENSUS
  • Reinstate GA’s on Friday: TABLED
  • Start an intentioal discussion forum on Sundays from 2pm-4pm: TABLED
  • Education group is working on a census of groups and communities in Greensboro. Asking for GA approval: CONSENSUS
  • Financial Working Group: Reimburse Al for some small expenses from the Walkupy events. Finance Group would be able to reimburse Al up to $100 without GA consent in the future: CONSENSUS

Discussions

  • Reflection on last Sunday’s GA discussion about race.
  • What is the process for proposals of solidarity actions with other groups?
  • Announcement of Latin Kings case teach-in by Rev. Johnson and the BCC.
  • Should there be a time limit for proposals and discussions?
  • Discussion of the upcoming Occupy panel at the Civil Rights Museum

Occupy Music entertained and inspired

On Wednesday December 7 Occupy Greensboro, the Blind Tiger and Natty Greene’s co-sponsored a great concert of local musicians to raise money for the OGSO movement. A couple hundred people came out to hear the bands and musicians listed below. We raised about $500 and had a great night!

Special thanks to Max Silver for his hard work bringing this together, all the artists who played, the OGSO folks who talked to a lot of people about the great things happening in our city right now and everyone who drank great local beer!

The bands: The Bronzed Chorus, The Collection, Daily Planet, Monarchist, Call to Action, Burn Door Door Door Door, Duke Stamina.

Photos

Occupy Greensboro Supports NCAE Boycott of Art Pope’s Businesses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Occupy Greensboro is proud to stand in solidarity with the North Carolina Association of Educators who called for a boycott of businesses owned by Art Pope.

Pope’s Variety Wholesalers, Inc. is an umbrella company for the stores listed below. He uses the massive profits generated by these discount stores to fund extreme right-wing think tanks, political candidates and other campaigns working to roll back social services that millions of North Carolinians depend on.

He supports anti-public education initiatives that include private school vouchers, cutting public education investment, eliminating professional development programs for educators and instituting merit pay schemes to further undermine our teachers.

Occupy Greensboro calls on the 99% of our city to join the NCAE boycott on Art Pope’s businesses and defend our public schools and their educators!

Boycott the following business run by Art Pope:

  • Roses
  • Maxway
  • Super 10
  • Bargain Town
  • Bill’s Dollar Store
  • Value Mart
  • Treasure Mart
  • Super Dollar

More Information:
NCAE Boycott Flyer: http://bit.ly/sWyRIw
New Yorker Magazine profile on Art Pope: http://nyr.kr/nAkLSQ

Open Discussion: G.A. Process

Description: An open discussion was held on Sunday, December 4, 2011 from 3pm – 4pm just prior to the regularly scheduled General Assembly to discuss the open, democratic decision-making process OGSO has developed. This was intended to be the first of many discussions aimed at crafting a stronger, more accessible and scalable democratic process in Greensboro capable of creating sustainable change.

Discussion facilitator/note taker: Dave R.

Agenda

  • Introduction go around: names, experience with consensus decision-making.
  • OGSO’s process: strengths and weaknesses/things to be improved

Discussion
Purpose of General Assembly?
– Organize people who want to join efforts.
– People can find places to fit in.
– Grow the movement.

Strengths (+)
– spontaneity
– ability to draw in new people
– good for people to learn about Working Groups and what they are doing

Weaknesses (Things to be improved)
– Communication between GA and WGs.
– No advanced agendas; people can’t prepare for future meetings.
– Step Up, Step Up needs to be improved.
– WG’s need to send people consistently.
– We should have space in GAs for WGs.
– Need a clear process for making a proposal so new people know how to bring stuff to the GA.
– WGs need to be more open and accessible.

 

Addendum (12/12/11) by Alex Justis:

Notes regarding the Hub and Spoke Model ideas are missing. I’ve tried to capture the essence of that from the 12/4 GA process discussion in this document. Please let me know if it needs to be modified. It’s publicly available:
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HERE (Google Doc) – https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B3eEpUTB10N8OWY5M2U2YTItZGQwNi00OTZmLTllY2QtMWQwMWFiZTlmZDE0
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AND HERE (PDF Download 65kb) – http://www.mediafire.com/?8xjx9144h3zdr2s

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