Category: Meeting Minutes

Strategic Planning Meeting Minutes 11/13/11

We went over ground rules, chose a stack taker and note taker.

 

Then started with the agenda:

 

We split into pairs to answer the question, What do you want to help Occupy Greensboro accomplish?  Everyone wrote answers on sticky notes.

 

People read off one of their sticky notes to the whole group and gave it to Val, who put it on the board at the front of the room, separating the notes into categories.  After everyone had gone at least once, folks read their second or third sticky note.

 

The grand list of sticky notes:

 

Democracy:

  • Push for a democratic budgeting process in Greensboro.
  • Public financing of elections.
  • Democratic consensus process replication in every community and organization, civic and religious community in the city.  Purpose: practice having a voice again.
  • Protest DNC in Charlotte.
  • Engage all our federal reps–accountable to our goals.
  • Change the national conversation from bigger government or smaller government to good government/best in class government.
  • Hold our systems accountable.
  • Secure constitutional rights, freedom, and democracy.

 

Health:

  • Alternative health care included in insurance.
  • As a community, shift away from depending on pharmaceuticals and toward naturopathy.
  • Universal healthcare.

 

 

Environment:

  • Understanding where our energy comes from and putting a stop to mountain top removal (and education about mountain top removal).
  • Permaculture
  • Sustainability
  • Respect the environment.
  • Public transportation/alternatives to oil.
  • Make greensboro a resilient community that doesn’t rely on fossil fuels.
  • Have peaceful protests/teach-in surrounding keystone xl pipeline.
  • Advocate food justice, especially with public school gardening.
  • Protect natural resources.

 

Education

  • Help organize teach-ins.
  • Getting students more involved in the community.
  • Teaching
  • Create a new educational system that is based on mutual aid and collaboration.
  • Participate in strategic planning or thinking related to teach-ins.  Visioning what we’d like to see.
  • Educate and empower youth.
  • Teach-ins: I want to help OG to learn and increase skills, increase collective knowledge base—skills and analysis.

 

Outreach

  • Engaging more veterans into our movement.
  • Outreach to get community members talking about occupy and feeling connected even if they are not actively involved.
  • Focus message, goals and supporting objectives into elevator speech.  Cut sheet with 7-8 points.
  • Make more people aware of occupy gso and what its about.  College campus outreach.
  • Build better relationship with labor.
  • To help save the public postal service.
  • Advocate for the voices of our youth (children).

 

Art

  • Impact through art. What we lack in numbers we can make up for in creativity.
  • Radical puppetry.
  • I would like to focus on telling individual stories of the 99% and events of this movement through video, still pictures, multimedia.
  • Health and music.

 

Undo racism

  • Undoing racism.

 

Economy

  • Create new markets with innovative progresive ideas.
  • Socializing the endowment of colleges.
  • Stop home foreclosure.

 

Non-violence

  • Disappear militarism.

 

How

  • Beautify this space (Al’s).
  • Analyze current strategies, develop cohesive democratic state and national movement.
  • Create our own media.
  • Support social change (nonviolent)
  • Maintain conversation on how to make the movement specifically practical.
  • More empowered/empowering facilitation.
  • Create a list of guiding principles that can be infused with our ground rules.

 

Community

  • Build a new transition community-“Ready for Action”
  • Compassion
  • Society where everyone counts and contributes, even the differently-abled
  • I want this to be a movement that is transformative on these levels: Personal, Interpersonal, Community, The World  (Transformative in the sense of untying oppressive knots, and giving us ways to move together to be truly self-organizing)
  • Create a democratic new society-bottom line: community (harmony through diversity)

 

 

 

We self-organized into groups around these categories.  Each group discussed these questions:

 

—What resources do I have/ do we have that will help us accomplish this goal?

—What resources do I/we need in order to accomplish this goal?

—What competencies do I/we have  that will help us accomplish this goal?

—What competencies do I/we need to in order to accomplish this goal?

—What processes do we have that will help us to accomplish this goal democratically?

—What processes do we need that will help us to accomplish this goal democratically?

 

5 minute break.  We played anarchist volleyball.

 

Report backs from groups:

 

Education

  • We’re forming a new working group around teach-ins.
  • We’ll be keeping in touch with each other.
  • At some point starting a listserv.
  • Meeting this Thursday at 5:30.

 

Economy

  • Lots of people in the group have tools, someone has a body shop.
  • There was discussion of worker-owned cooperatives, ending foreclosure.  (Def’n of cooperative: workers own it, which means one vote per person, not one share per person.  Workers hire and fire management, not the other way around.)
  • Discussed the three-part approach to movements: resistance, advocacy, DIY.  The DIY aspect is that we don’t want to ask someone else to do things for us.
  • Want to pick 3-5 local issues that are connected to national issues and do a campaign.
  • Develop some material that does some analysis.
  • A people’s court, or tribunal to hold banks accountable.

 

Outreach

  • We have access to time, internet, and some history around what OGSO has been doing so far.
  • We’re starting with emailing each other to get to know one another.
  • We’ll call John Kernodle about external alliance building.
  • We want to make a goals list and a list of information.
  • Reaching out to other occupy groups, specifically Raleigh.
  • Swapping information and documents.

 

Environment

  • Doing a teach-in on energy.
  • There’s a wealth of knowledge about large scale energy and dependence on fossil fuels.
  • Promoting public transit, maybe creating a forum.
  • Young people thnk they’re too cool to ride bikes/take buses, could work with greek organizations on campuses to host forums.

 

Art

  • We’re motivated, have manpower/womanpower.
  • Create a dropbox online for people to put photos and films into.
  • Meet ½ an hour before each GA to talk about techniques—folks who are specialized in mediums can give crash courses on lighting, etc.  How to record people’s stories.
  • Talk to folks in OGSO who have specialties.
  • Create a relationship with media.
  • There’s a zine working group.
  • Art/lit about local occupy and occupy wall street that doesn’t require access to the internet.

 

Community

  • Long list of resources we have.
  • Want to make a really, really free market
  • Possibly an outdoor festival with social groups or organizations in greensboro.
  • Or indoors in the winter, or a tailgate market.
  • Neighborhood caucuses for occupy greensboro.
  • Developing communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • Locating spaces to get together in our neighborhoods.
  • Language accessibility is a big issue, we need a visible process for translation.
  • Picking people at the end of each GA to act as facilitators, childcare, interpreters and carpooling coordinators (2 of each).
  • Going to where people are the most comfortable and willing to be most vulnerable.
  • Doing a skills inventory, and creating some kind of searchable database that we can use to get in contact with folks who have different skills.

 

After report-backs there was a long discussion about what we should do next—stick to the agenda or do some kind of whole group discussion about why we came to occupy greensboro… the idea of a mission statement came up, but there was a fair amount of opposition to the idea.  There is a proposal (to be presented at Tuesday’s GA) to do visioning next Sunday.

 

I didn’t take great notes because I was involved in the conversation, but here’s a list of ideas that came up that I was sort of able to get down:

 

  • Idea of a council of working groups.
  • Ed’s declaration is like points of unity, maybe there could be revision around that.
  • There are 1800 people on the facebook page, how do we have a large conversation including as many folks as possible?
  • We could discuss something like mission statement/points of unity, and the discussion would probably range from should we have one, to what should it be.
  • How can we build a group analysis of what’s happening in society—perhaps through teach-ins.
  • These are all teach-in ideas.
  • Organizations are different from movements.  Organizations have mission statements, in movements we need to engage in a level of flexibility while watching processes unfold.
  • Someone really liked open spaces and was excited, how do we have more of that?
  • How can we get back to the big picture, for example how do we relate to elections.
  • How can we go back and forth between the specifics and the big picture?
  • Discussion about historical and comparative things…
  • Greater questioning of structure and society
  • How to reinvigorate the language that we need.
  • Changing Sunday to conversations and large picture work.

 

We broke from this discussion to go back to our groups for about ten minutes.

G.A. Meeting Minutes 11.11.11

Facilitator: Zack

[Participants gathered in a circle and began a casual discussion.  Media group did a report back.  Then some individuals called for the official G.A. to begin.  Zack was nominated, and accepted the Facilitation position.
There was some back and forth about the order of the agenda.  Participants gave a mix of announcements, agenda items/proposals]

 

Announcements:

We need those that video taped the 11.11.11 Bank Foreclosure and Zombie March to send the video to WFMY as they requested.

 

We need childcare and carpooling for Sunday 11.13.11  Mia & Jeremy have offered to bottom-line this.

 

OccupyCharlotte has been requesting help for weeks, they may be forcibly removed from public land just in time for a city ordinance preventing camping to be put into place.

 

No Foreclosure Group representative present to report back.

 

OccupyUNCG representative, Tim, attended the G.A. tonight.  Wanted to make contact and invite us to their meeting on Sun 11.13.11 @ 6pm (location TBD)
The idea of offering our resources to them online was brought up, but it was determined (NO CONSENSUS VOTE TAKEN) that we did not want to step on OUNCG toes and we would wait for them to reach-out to us.

 

The CEO of Wells FArgo will be in Winston-Salem to talk to the Chamber of Commerce at the end of the month.  More research will be done to determine if this event is actionable.

Proposals:

(CONSENSUS REACHED)Emily proposes that we write personal statements about our thoughts on the Duke Energy Rate Hike and deliver them to to the Utilities Commission on 11/28/11.  Email statements to dnbemiley@gmail.com

 

It was determined (NO CONSENSUS VOTE TAKEN) that we need more info about the Wells Fargo CEO event.  Julie Kimmel  will bottom-line this.

It was determined (NO CONSENSUS VOTE TAKEN) that we need more information about the needs of other Occupy groups before we decide how to help them.
Tim has offered to bottom-line a “field trip” to the other NC sites to make personal contact with them.

 

OccupyCharlotte:  Mo Kessler will bottom-line making contact with them and setting up communications for their imminent removal from public property as well as for the Democratic National Convention 2012.

 

The Media Group had several preliminary proposals.  Some were put on the back-burner by those proposing in order to gather more information.
-proposed regular/monthly focus or theme.  It was determined (NO CONSENSUS VOTE TAKEN) that this was not a good idea.
-proposed yard signs idea.  There was confusion and concern about the idea of using group funds vs. private funds, concern about who would make the signs, concerns about selling the signs (anti-capitalist sentiment).  It was determined (NO CONSENSUS VOTE TAKEN) that more information was needed in order to decide.  Though, it was made clear that Individuals are free to make any signs they want.

Next G.A. Sunday

11/8 General Assembly

11/8 GA

Report Backs:

Media Group: the voter guide leak. Asks for autonomy for certain issues.

Foreclosure demonstration on 11/11 at Bank of America on Green Valley: Moratorium on Foreclosures
and integrated Zombie march.

Banks have been engaged in criminal activity and have been working with states to be granted immunity in exchange for monetary relief. The demonstration will highlight the crimes of banks and push Attorney general Roy Cooper to not grant immunity.

Trip to Raleigh will be highlighted at demonstration and will attempt to work with Occupy Raleigh.

Unemployed/Underemployed organizational meeting on Thur 11/9 @ 6:00pm. There are 14,000 unemployed/underemployed in our area. Try to gather support.

Teach-in on Greensboro Massacre on Thur 11/9 from 3pm-5pm @ interestion of Everette & Mcconnell Rd.

Last call for stuff from Todd Warren’s trailer.


Occupy Charlotte holds demonstrations every Saturday at Bank of America. Should/could we join up?

Final Duke Energy hearing in Raleigh 11/28 at 1:00pm. Attn. Gen. Roy Cooper will be in attendance. Should we attend?

Occupy Spartanburg / GOP debate on Friday.

Choreography and song lesson for Saturday Bank of America demonstration before demonstration. 2:00pm on Saturday. Zombie makeup session will coincide.

Al mentioned that 1,000,000 people have closed accounts at major banks.

OccupyUNCG is acting in solidarity with Occupy Greensboro but is not a part. OccupyUNCG
will be hosting a speak out at “the rock” on campus. Monday, 2:00pm.

“What is the big picture?” for Occupy Greensboro: to be discussed in entirely at Sunday GA.

Proposals:
Moveon.org: “we are 99%” day. Gather at failed business/crumbling bridges/schools to reveal local symptoms of a failed economy.
This is surrounding issues of the super committee and its pending announcement. Moveon.org wants to host a demonstration in response to neglected areas on 11/17.

Proposal is for temporary alliance with moveon.org (Guilford chapter) to organize and demonstrate the 11/17 event.

Issues:
Concern over moveon.org agenda and political leaning.
Concern with becoming attached to moveon.org in public view. “birds of a feather”

Ideas:
We can support actions without having to support entire organizations.
Ensure all signs have “occupygreensboro.org” emblazoned.

CONSENSUS REACHED: Occupy Greensboro will appear and members can aid in organizing 11/17 demonstration.

Media Autonomy:

GA’s happen on set time. News and press releases happen in realtime. In order for the media group to facilitate the wishes of the GA consensus, they asked to be granted autonomy in three instances:

1.    Event Announcements or reiterating/releasing previously consensed upon material or instances. Reaffirming consensus to readdress issues. (CONSENSUS REACHED)
2.    Correcting published mistakes or inaccurate reporting (CONSENSUS (semi)REACHED, pending further converstation.)

3.    Website moderation against trolles, spam, etc… (CONSENSUS REACHED, publish a Terms of Service which reflects the ground rules applied to GA. These are the rules which will define our online media.)

Point 1: Knowledge about facts and consensus of the GA should be clearly and accurately reflected in GA notes. The media group should refer to these notes and the consensus decisions held therein when creating content for press releases.

A point was raised to ensure press releases remain subjective and in no way alienate members of Occupy Greensboro or the public in general.

Point 2: The conversation about media group answering corrections or that of individuals answering corrections passed on the basis that the conversation continue at Sunday’s GA.

Point 3: Website moderation will not engage cencorship, but will uphold the ground rules defined by the GA. There is to be a Terms of Service posted on the website which reflects those rules. Oppresive speech is defined and not tolerated.

It was agreed that the leaked voter guide and media issues in general highlights a need to discuss open/more frequent communication between the working groups within themselves and the greater GA in general. This discussion will continue at Sunday’s GA.


“Jobs for Justice” meeting on Tues. 11/15 at CWA Hall. A coalition of community and labor organizations will be speaking to help build relationship with community. OccupyGreensboro will be in attendence. CONSENSUS REACHED.


Greensboro Mural Project will be hosting a discussion at the mural on Sat. at 1:00pm. The mural is on Lindsay Street at the Greensboro Children’s Museum. The mural’s subject is “What would healthy Greensboro look like?” and the topic will explore how Occupy Greensboro fits into the mural theme. CONSENSUS REACHED


Art & Literature Magazine
A new working group will form to create an Occupy Greenboro Art & Lit magazine. The first meeting of the group will discuss logistics. All submissions are welcome. CONSENSUS REACHED.

11-1-11 Meeting Minutes

**Tuesday’s GA began the important discussion of how we proceed after our time at the YWCA comes to an end.  Due to the small number of people who attended, consensus was taken on some points, to get the temperature of the group that was present, but it was agreed that many important issues were raised which require broader discussion.  The sense from the meeting on Tuesday was that discussion will continue on these issues on Friday.

Summary of Consensus Points:

  • Agreement to postpone finding a new camp site.  Agreement to use Al’s bookstore in the meantime (Glenwood Coffee and Books at Grove and Glenwood Streets).
  • Agreement to continue discussion of camping issues at Friday’s General Assembly.  (It was asked that it be emphasized that if you care about these issues, there will be more discussion, so please come on Friday 6:30-8:30.)
  • Agreement to continue the discussion of how to include homeless folks once the YWCA site is decamped.  Please bring proposals to Friday’s General Assembly.
  • Agreement that tomorrow will be clean up day at camp.  Please come volunteer any time before tomorrow’s march.
  • Agreement that December 10th is a tentative date for the Underemployment March, but also that the march group will take into account questions about the date, and come back to the group later.
  • Agreement to have a celebratory dance party Friday after the General Assembly.

 Minutes

Dates and times for meetings and events are in bold.
Needs for specific materials are underlined.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

There’s a group working on actions around foreclosures.

  • They met with a local housing advocate recently, who works with Guilford County Self Help.  They work with people to avoid foreclosure through loan modification.
  • The group also met with Jeff Thigpen, our Register of Deeds.  He’s working on something called the Robo-signing controversy.  He’s 1 of 2 Register of Deeds in the nation who’s working on suing banks over this convroversy.
  • The group recognizes that both of these folks/organizations are good at what they do.  And that we have heat, fire, and people power, so they’re working on what we can do to support them.
  • There’s a rally on the 11th at Bank of America on Green Valley.
  • Group is working with local housing advocate to find a family to work with, who is facing foreclosure, so that we can protest and work to stop the foreclosure.  There are already some people lined up.
  • Part of the idea is to build strategies that could be replicable around the nation.
  • Two meetings: Strategy Planning Thursday evening @ 8:00 pm at Al’s Bookstore
  • Also Tuesday morning @ 8:30 am at Spring Garden Bakery
  • Question about what Robo-signing is.
  • Answer: It’s a small part of the mortgage crisis.  Banks traded titles… There are examples where someone supposedly signed documents, but there are twenty different signatures that all look different.  So people aren’t actually signing the documents, and this is something that used to be a long process, but now they’re doing thousands of these per day.  So Jeff Thigpen is looking for a way to stop foreclosures through this.
  • Suggestion of an information pamphlet about robo-signing.  Response that that’s exactly what the group is talking about on Thursday evening.
  • Jane Parker and Will Shuford have experience with this stuff, but the group is also looking for folks that have finance backgrounds to do a teach-in.

The art team is meeting at 2:15 on Friday, at camp, to prep folks for the Zombie March. 

  • They will be doing zombie makeovers.  Please bring corporate clothes that can be torn up.  But the art team will also bring some, and will be bringing fake blood, etc.
  • The march is at 4 pm on Friday.  Walking down Summit to Greene, past Wells Fargo, down February One, stopping at Bank of America, have flyers to hand out.
  • Also the idea of eating money, eating deeds, having people dressed in cardboard houses running away from the zombies.
  • There will be credit union flyers to hand out with info.
  • Question about why zombies.
  • Answer: The idea is that corporate zombies are feeding on our resources.  It’s also in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, which has done similar things.
  • Also there’s been a news article about a foreclosure firm hosting parties where people dress up as homeless people—a reason to protest.

Credit union event being organized for November 5th  @ 1-3 pm. 

  • Host a credit union forum in the Nussbaum room at the Library.  Event about how can we move our money, what are the beneifts of credit unions.
  • Not a lot of response from credit unions so far, probably because they’re usually closed on Saturdays.  But the event will happen regardless.

Morning of November 5th @ 11 am there’s a MoveOn event at Bank of America to protest foreclosures.  They need help marshalling people, it would be great to get people out there.

Underemployment March

  • Meeting to discuss underemployment march @ 1:00 pm on Sunday, location TBA, tentatively Spring Garden Bakery (was going to be Green Bean, but because of recent controversy, going to move locations).
  • Proposal for March on December 10th.

Tomorrow is a march in support of the General Strike responding to police brutality at Occupy Oakland.  March starts at 5:30 in Governmental Plaza.  Will wind up here at the camp.

  • Dinner tomorrow after the march is a potluck.  Please bring food!!  Working groups will be meeting.
  • Leaflets printed up for tomorrow’s event.  Look like $100 bills, have a breakdown of wealth in the US, “Top 1% by the numbers” on the back.  There’s a PDF for these, and the message on the back can also be changed for future events.

Announcement that we really need help cleaning up the kitchen area.

 

PROPOSALS

  1. Al from Glenwood Coffee and Books has offered his site to be a central location for Occupy after we decamp from the YWCA.  His offer does not include camping or cooking, because he is not zoned for either.  He’s offering the group access to both the front and back rooms, from 9 am to 9 pm daily.  It’s warm there, and there’s coffee.
  2. We need to have the camp area cleaned, please come by tomorrow morning/afternoon and volunteer.  See Tina.  Let’s leave the area cleaner than we found it.
  3. The YWCA camp is closing Sunday at Noon.  Proposal that we wait on finding a next spot for camping, and give ourselves time to talk about what we’ve done well, and what our next steps are.
  4. December 10th as the date for the Underemployment march.
  5. Dance party on Friday after the GA to celebrate, to include a discussion of safety/consent.

 

DISCUSSION OF PROPOSALS

PROPOSALS #1 and #3 Discussion opened up for postponing any new camping site discussion.  (And discussion included proposal to use Al’s, since proposals were related.)

  • Suggestion that we do an action or event before decamping here, and that there’s a press release to the media about what we’re doing, so that people know it’s not over.
  • Many people in occupy have homes, it’s cold, people might not have insurance and can’t afford to get sick, so these are practical matters to consider in a discussion of camping.
  • Concern that we don’t want to undermine folks who are looking for next camping sites, but aren’t at this meeting, don’t want to undermine them by making decisions tonight.
  • We need some way of promoting ourselves, maybe a potluck at Al’s.
  • Decamping is not a retreat, we’ve had three weeks of continuous action, it’s been tremendous, but there’s also been a tremendous outpouring of energy.  There’s a next phase that we have to be prepared for.  We should have strategies and be intentional about our next step.

2 ideas to test for consensus:

  1. Postpone discussion until someone who’s been looking for new sites can come
  2. Postpone finding a new camping site until we can reflect and plan

Point of process:  Add that even if we decide we’re not ready to make a decision, we’re having the conversation.

Test for consensus on #1.

One down thumb: Why do we need to wait for someone?  If we agree to postpone finding a new camp site, do we need to wait for those who are looking for new sites?

Responses:

  • There was a guy on Friday who was bottomlining the search for new sites, and he had stated he wouldn’t be here tonight.
  • There’s a group working on new camp sites, and they’re meeting tomorrow at 2 pm.
  • The next GA is larger, more people will be there, more opportunity to give an opinion.
  • Support for the proposal to move back into Al’s, but awareness that a bunch of people aren’t here tonight.  Lots of people are at UNCG doing an event.

More discussion:

  • Idea that we could work toward a sense of the GA on this issue, which we could take into the next GA, aside from making any decisions.
  • Totally fine with that idea, but it’s also time sensitive.  Re-emphasize that we’re decentralized, so people could camp if they want to.  What’s great about Al’s is it gives us, like the encampment, a where and a when to meet.  So he’s offering us a middle ground.
  • Regrouping is not a bad word, it’s about what worked and what didn’t.  It takes time and money to run a camp.  We could have a smaller permanent encampment.
  • Question for clarification, is Al’s place being offered as a space for meetings?
  • Yeah, central place for meeting, also for sign making, storing tools, a completely open space.  Only reason we couldn’t do camping or cooking is the zoning.
  • Liking the idea of regrouping.  When we first started that first march was an action that brought in more people.
  • It’s great Al has made space available, maybe we could also do one GA per week in a different location, to make GAs more accessible.
  • We could do short actions and encampments, it’s really cold, and we need strategies to deal with that.  Is that the energy we want to use?  We don’t have Wall Street here.  They have a really distinct reason for camping.
  • We could camp for shorter times.  Hook up with other local occupy groups and camp with them, ways to build more solidarity with them.
  • Corporations and banks are praying for cold weather.  This is a strong movement with external activity, it’s hard to maintain that level of activity when trying to stay warm.  Making visible the process of foreclosing on people in December in the cold.
  • Idea of something US Uncut did, walking into Bank of Americas and handing out pamphlets to customers.
  • Having events, specific events.  It’s really hard to feed people.
  • Although liking the idea of camping, even if we’re not here, doing a bunch of stuff.  Maybe having a ride share network to get to future GAs.
  • We need to know if we have other places to camp.
  • Agreement to continue discussion on Friday.  (Consensus)
  • Postponing camp we are allowing to move forward.  Also consensus to use Al’s temporarily.  (BUT, there will be more discussion of this on Friday.)
  • Question, folks who are homeless, how will they be able to follow the movement after decamping?
  • Response, we’re decamping because we’re coordinating with the YWCA, and they have a Winter Emergency program for women, which is in cooperation with organizations like Urban Ministry, it’s important that they have this space be safe for them.
  • Folks who are using this space for shelter.  What about homeless folks who are occupying?  How are they going to keep up?
  • A lot of homeless people here who have questions, want to get involved, and enjoy camp life.  They have a lot of good things to offer.  Figuring out how to involve them in actions.  Assisting people who are homeless.  What do we need to do to get info to people who are homeless?
  • 2 things.  When we close down camp on Sunday, we’ll still be deciding what to do.  It’s a great point about homeless folks, and folks from Occupy are working with IRC, maybe that’s a way to keep people updated on next steps and how to plug in.
  • Movement to put this on the agenda for next meeting—continuing presence.
  • Maybe people can give rides to homeless folk.  We don’t want to leave people out.
  • Ways to communicate.  Flyers or info handed out at Center City Park or somewhere to communicate with homeless folks.  Some means of phsyically disseminating information.
  • Idea of other locations for GAs, maybe the IRC would be one, to directly involve homeless folks.
  • If we want a way to have a continued presence, folks have talked about getting tired and going home, homeless people don’t have that luxury.  And they specialize in that kind of tenacity.  They’re already occupying Greensboro.
  • Consensus approved to continue this discussion on Friday.  Bring proposals.

PROPOSAL #2, Camp cleanup.

  • Wednesday morning until end of march is cleaning time.  Please bring rakes and brooms.
  • Question:  When is trash day?
  • Movement to have a meeting about trash situation, can we take trash somewhere else.
  • Idea that we could go to Summit Station and ask about a dumpster.  Don’t put trash in library dumpsters that are near YWCA, we know that for sure we can’t do.
  • Bottom liner for trash cleanup tomorrow:  Maia  336-392-6059
  • Can everybody take a couple bags tonight.
  • Emphasize that at Friday’s GA we’re going to talk about these things—issues of camping/decamping, etc., so if you care about these issues, there will be more discussion, so please come.

PROPOSAL #4 December 10th for Underemployment March.

  • Happens to also be International Human Rights Day.
  • Is it a holiday?
  • Agreement that December 10th is a tentative date, but the march group will take these things into account.

PROPOSAL #5 Dance party.

  • Can we make it a cleaning party and a dance party?
  • Perhaps have a local band.
  • Security needs.
  • Police are around and know what’s going on.
  • We can just do it the same way we do all our other events, which is to assume good intent.
  • Julia will bottomline dance party: juliamkimmel@gmail.com.
  • Dance party needs speakers.
  • Question: We’re decamping Sunday at noon, so will GA still be here?
  • Response:  Yes, GA will be here after tent removal before noon, and Val’s revisioning session will be here too.
  • This was a great meeting, can we just clap for that?  There was applause.  Meeting closed.
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