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General Assembly: March 13, 2012

Facilitator: Emiley J.
Notetaker: Emiley J.
Stack: none needed
Time: none needed
11 Participants

Rules and Hand Signals

Announcements, Discussion Topics, and Proposals.

  • Foreclosure premier “Lets Lose our House”
  • Matt Dean, Social currency will no longer be on thursdays, see Matt for next meeting.
  • Mark, discussion topic, How are we using reflections?
  • Daniel, new to meeting, He has an issue that is important to him and would like to propose a working group to the General Assembly.
  • Proposal: New agenda. To split into working groups instead of proposals and discussion. Proposed groups, Foreclosure promotion working group to take an hour to pass out flyers. General Assembly process and discussion working group working with our new participant Daniel to help him build and plan a proposal and welcoming him into the process. Discussion and Questions. Consensus PASSES
  • No reflections.

Excitement builds for March 14 event, Save Our Community: Fight Foreclosure!

Press Advisory

Contact: Nathan Pius, npius20@gmail.com, 732-570-8847

Movie Premiere at Carolina Theater

“Let’s Lose Our House: A Modern Foreclosure Tale”

Film Stars, Robots, Crowds and a Red Carpet


  • 5:30 – 6:15: Dinner at the IRC. Provided by Unity in Greensboro
  • 6:15 – 6:30: Photo Op: Marchers assemble at IRC, including Cakalak Thunder
  • 6:30 – 6:45: Photo Op: March comes down Washington, turns left on Greene
  • 6:45 – 7:00: Interviews: Early birds arrive
  • 7:00 – 7:05: Photo Op: Paparazzi/Limo arrival
  • 7:15 – 7:22: Real Foreclosure Story. Ricky and Patricia video
  • 7:24 – 7:47: Screen the movie
  • 7:50 – 7:53: Intro Jeff Thigpen
  • 7:53 – 8:03: Featured Speaker: Jeff Thigpen
  • 8:03 – 8:05: Robots give Jeff autographs, and …
  • 8:30 – 8:45: Interviews: Q&A (in lobby or auditorium, depending on size of crowd.)

General Assembly: March 11, 2012

Facilitator: Dave
Notetaker: Andrew
Stackkeeper: Tom


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

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

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 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)



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

Collective Access/Anti-Oppression Working Group: March 9, 2012


  • Check-in
  • Foreclosures
  • Amendment One
  • Reflection


  • Part of CA/AO work against foreclosures: showing The House We Live in on April 6th at 7 pm at Glenwood Coffee and Books.
  • YWCA discussion on gender disparities.
  • CA/AO table at March 14th event
    • bring fliers for events coming up
    • bring sign-in sheet
    • Mark and Maria will table

Amendment One:

  • We already know OGSO is ready to help defeat Amendment One—solidarity statements we’ve already made.
  • CA/AO will host a panel of lawyers sometimes before April 28th (Maria will bottom line—starting by contacting lawyers who have helped OGSO in the past).
  • All kinds of anti-Amendment One work in which OGSO folks are involved
    • John K and his theatre group are producing Second Class as a readers’ theatre—many dates planned.
    • Encouraging OGSO folks to vote against Amendment One, even if they don’t want to vote for representatives
    • http://whatireallywantformybday.com/
    • Tiff and Kevin and others are going to make short films to add to the website (Todd will help too after March 14th)
  • Connor’s theatre group is also producing a play—Mo has the dates
  • Need to compile a calendar of anti-Amendment One events

Miscellaneous: as a temporary measure while other work is being planned for bookstore, we’ll make a cardboard sign that just says “Restroom” to cover each of the gendered restroom signs.

Reflection: Several points raised, including that CA/AO has a good balance between internal and external focus.

On March 14 Fight Foreclosure Takes Flight!

On March 14 Fight Foreclosure Takes Flight!

On March 14 Fight Foreclosure Takes Flight!

For Immediate Release

Contact: Nathan Pius, npius20@gmail.com

March to the Red Carpet

“Save Our Community: Fight Foreclosure!”
Movie Premiere at Carolina Theater

“Let’s Lose Our House: A Modern Foreclosure Tale”
March, Film Stars, Robots, Crowds and a Red Carpet

A cross-town march is planned from the Interactive Resource Center (IRC) to the Carolina Theater. Marchers will assemble at IRC, 407 East Washington Street, at 6:15 P.M. following a free soup supper and proceed to the Carolina Theater, 310 South Greene Street. Local marching band Cakalak Thunder will provide a back-beat to the parade, as marchers move down Washington Street to Greene Street. The procession will reach the Carolina Theater just in time to welcome the “stars” of “Let’s Lose Our House: A Modern Foreclosure Tale” at their Red Carpet arrival.

The list of participating organizations for this major event is growing with IRC, Guilford Home Ownership Center, Greensboro Housing Coalition, YWCA, American Friends Service Committee, North Carolina Justice Center, Unity in Greensboro Church and MoveOn.org turning out members to watch the movie and listen to Jeff Thigpen, Guilford County Register of Deeds, speak about fraudulent foreclosures.

Tables will be set up in the theater lobby for attendees to speak directly with experts on hand to advise them about fighting fraudulent foreclosure procedures and available resources to help them keep their homes.

In appreciation of his efforts on behalf of illegally foreclosed homeowners, Thigpen will receive autographs from the film’s robotic “Robo-Signers” who will make a special appearance at the premiere.

This is a major civic direct action event in Greensboro so plan your coverage now.

Updates posted to: http://occupyforeclosure.org

Marchers will assemble at 407 East Washington Street at 6:15 P.M. and proceed to the Carolina Theater, 310 South Greene St. Red Carpet arrival event is scheduled for 6:45 P.M.

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