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A Letter to Gov. Perdue from OccupyChapelHill

As OGSO welcomes the Walkupiers, Chapel Hill sends the following to our Governor:


December 27, 2011


Office of the Governor Bev Perdue

20301 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699




Madame Governor,

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G.A. Meeting Minutes 12/18/11

Working Group Meeting Dates

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G.A. Meeting Minutes 11/22/11 courtesy of John Wright

General Assembly Meeting
Location – Glenwood Coffee and Books
Begin Time – 6:40pm
End Time – 8:20PM


Facilitator – Val
Time Keeper – Julia
Note Taker – John W
Stack- Matty


# of Participants: 30


Working Groups present:

Media Group – Creation of Google Docs for meeting minutes, national and local database for contacts being created.

Unemployment March working group – Date is December 10th at 11:30am (march starts at 12:00), including speakers from our group and groups with organized labor and youth that will be speaking on the historical connection between this unemployment work and the work that we need to do to create the new economy. It was requested that we be able to comment about the need to bring attention to the issue of unemployment.

Duke Energy Group – Next week Nov 28th public hearing is taking place in Raleigh. Organizing a car pool to attend this event. Car pool would leave here in time to be present for the car pool.



RUCO Working group – Rob – wants to put together a working committee to work with the city housing council to get the RUCO ordinance back online. Stephen Sills suggested that the two get together after the meeting in order to get details together. This is not an immediate action but one that will be on going. Rob’s email contact –

ISO Meeting – Trish – ISO will be hosting a meeting on december 6th through UNCG, details to come, talk to trish for more info.


Proposals (** indicates proposals that received consensus):

**Erin on Facebook Language – proposed that ground rules be extended to facebook page 2) that spam rules be extended and that 3) when oppressive language is being used, admin should screen shot as evidence. If violated, 1) a warning and then 2) 24-48 hour suspension of person in violation, and if it continues, bring it to the GA. It was added that the offensive item should be removed. It was added that there should be an appeals process. Trish suggested that the 17 admins be made public knowledge, so that way they help with that issue. If an admin is in violation of these rules, they can then be brought before the general administration. There were some issues about censorship concerns were brought up, but not the extent of blocking the proposal. This passed with consensus.


**Meeting Minutes proposals – using Google forms to do notes to add uniformity to the minute process. It would make the minutes more accurate. In addition to this, it was suggested that we record the entire meeting. The original proposal was passed, but Al brought up the point about Rules being bad, and that they should be kept at a minimum. The question was brought up about why record, and it was mentioned that this was done for the accuracy of minutes. Also this would protect us legally if anything else came up. Also this would be useful for activists in the future who want to see what we’ve done. Question was raised that this could be a way to discourage more radical ideas.  An alternative that was suggested was to have two minute takers and have them compare their notes. Also it was suggested that previous meeting minute be recorded at the next GA.


**Jobs March Proposal – Ed – Discussed details and time (December 10th at 11:30am in front of the downtown library) Content of Rally – “how do we create jobs” Explaining the difference between the official and real unemployment. Ed Whitfield, Economist Larry Morse, Union Leaders. Open space discussions (if the weather is nice)   Member of the city to speak about what they do with the 9 million. Need to have young people speaking about how unemployment affects our future. During the Depression a huge portion of jobless blamed themselves for unemployment, when it wasn’t their fault.
–    It was asked that we be able to be able to put out a press release calling upon people of unemployment and under-employment to join us; it was asked if we could put out a press release with language about this. A question was raised about the intent of the language with jobs, and not making us GOP like messaging, and they. The date was questions, since Saturday doesn’t bring the disruption to businesses that week day marches do. It was also noted this is to get together to imagine and create. An issue about whether or not we could clear people to do press releases. The previous consensus of the media group being able to act autonomously over actions that had been approved by the GA. 2 people stood aside, no one blocked. Passed with Consensus.


**New Biz -Approving previous meeting minutes at the following meeting – Read before. Question was brought up: What happens if minutes are approved, and then later someone has an objection? Erin suggested that the recording of meetings would answer the question. It was brought up that the lag time would present a problem. This passed consensus.


State Legislature – Wants an email distribution of minutes to keep up on desires of constituents – Just send to the members who attended the meeting.


**Duke Power Working group – proposed doing a press release for next Monday saying that we’ll be in attendance at the duke hearing, we disagree with the increase due to the impact that it’ll have, that we’ll have carpools, and that we’ll be coordinating with other groups. Question was raised that putting out info about this could lead to us being denied entry, due to mic checks. Val pointed out that this was a public hearing and so they should be put out. The putting out of a press release was consented upon by the GA.


Facebook merger – The Media group will put together a proposal about how to merge the two facebook groups. The media group will come up with a couple of different options for how to do this, Including what to do with the administrator number problem.

Facebook Merging – The Media group will put together some ideas of how to merge and manage our online facebook groups.

National Conference Call Minutes 11/17/11

National Media Conference Call
Meeting Notes
In These Time is a national progressive monthly magazine that is part of the Media Consortium, which is a nonprofit national network of independent progressive media outlets.

This week, the Media Consortium is beginning a weekly conference call featuring Occupy activists and independent journalists
from around the country.

Here are the minutes.
Checking in of participants
Smallest movement: Town in Oregon with 150 people set up 100 tents. One stop light. Reaching out to tea party to find common ground.
Occupy Wall Street – Story ideas – focus on the localization aspect as well as the international spreading of the event.

Mayors from 18 cities participating in conference calls for national wave of evictions, need more attention on this.
Occupy Philadelphia – Marching today to take a bridge. Having a big problem with homeless outreach, but feel that they are handling it well. Looking at revisiting their GA process, including an increasing call for talking to more people whohave jobs
Occupy Greensboro – Spoke of bank foreclosure march, occupation, focus on local issues and the need to find a link to national/international message to get more people out. My accent was glaring.
Occupy Cleveland – Reaching out to local churches for a base in the winter, successfully stopped a foreclosure. Cleveland highest foreclosure rates in their state

Occupy Chicago – Working a lot with unions and with political groups that share their messages in order to provide daily programming. They work with their local borough occupations. Seem to function as a
coordinating hub for smaller groups. Looking to move indoors for the winter and go out into the city for activities. Putting out global call of action on April 7th 2012, Nato G8 occurring then.

Story Ideas Website:
An idea was discussed about establishing a national online database for pro-active story pitches for use in press released and other interactions with the media.

Question about Recent Polls

Then a question about what is causing the rise in people being against OWS. New York – The focus onpolice v protesters, toilets, etc. How do we turn this around? Focus on the local issues.

– OPhi – Community outreach and panels and positive events. Having a problem getting the
media to focus on these positive events as opposed to the logistical difficulties that the group is facing. If media would focus more on positive, these polls would change.

– OChi – Independent media needs to be engaged, and also more community out reach outside of the media (alliance building)

Racial Justice and the role of people of color in the occupation: OWS – bringing up photos, Occupy the Hood (boston, Chicago, other cities). Philidelphia – there are interest groups within the movement
(POCupie – People of Color)

Foreclosure – Is anyone doing anything? OGSO – Talked about working with register of deeds about foreclosure rates.

Press release process
Occupy Greensboro asked question about what peoples process was concerning the crafting of press releases; did they run everything by the GA, did they have autonomy, what did they use? People chimed
in and decided that they wanted to have this be a topic of a national email thread, with Greensboro,
Chicacgo, Philadelphia, and New York media group representatives involved.

– – Chicago – email about process.
OWS – Need to share resources, will help
Phili – wants to be a part of the conversation as well.

Moderator – email her, she’ll start an email chain (done)
New Policing trends since eviction notice? Camps noting police attitudes are getting more tense. Police are getting tired of the attention and the long hours. Also media is focusing a lot on this
aspect (as mentioned in the poling question)

Occupy Chapel Hill
Question was asked of me about Occupy Chapel hill and purpose of actions and whether the tactic of taking foreclosed buildings would continue ( I responded by saying that the Chapel Hill
folks had intended to use the building to better service the community but hadn’t had the chance to convert it. As far as a continuing tactic, I had heard people talking about occupying foreclosed and
vacant properties in Greensboro, Winston, Raleigh and Charlotte, but that the methods of going about it weren’t as militant as what had happened in chapel hill necessarily. For instance, we might talk with the property owners before hand.

Next Call: Dec 1st 3pm EST – next call (involving media and media groups)

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