Draft Proposal for Saturday 11/19/2011 General Assembly: Emergency Proposal from Movement Building – Friendly Amendment, Egypt Election Delegation

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November 19, 2011

The Movement Building Working Group proposes the following friendly amendment to the EGYPT ELECTION DELEGATION consensus passed by the NYCGA on November 10th, 2011.  The EGYPT ELECTION DELEGATION proposal came through our working group originally.  New information and a wide array of important questions and concerns have been raised across the occupation since that time.

We make this recommendation after an extensive process of deliberation within our own working group and after an open council with all interested occupiers.

We propose the EGYPT ELECTION DELEGATION consensus be amended to read as follows.
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TO OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN EGYPT, AND TO A MOVEMENT THAT GAVE BIRTH TO OUR OWN: SOLIDARITY!

YOUR INVITATION TO OBSERVE EGYPTIAN ELECTIONS WAS AN INCREDIBLE HONOR FOR US.  LONG LIVE THE MOVEMENT FOR BREAD, FREEDOM, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE!

AS YOU HAVE HEARD, OUR OCCUPATION WAS RAIDED BY POLICE THIS WEEK.  WE MUST TAKE CARE OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS.  IN LIGHT OF THE POLICE ATTACK ON OUR OCCUPATION, OUR MOVEMENT MUST NOW TURN OUR ATTENTION TO THE DAILY SURVIVAL OF MEMBERS OF OUR OCCUPATION.

INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY IS A VERY COMPLEX AND FRAUGHT PROCESS FOR A NEW MOVEMENT SUCH AS OURS.  AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE POLICE ATTACK ON OUR OCCUPATION, WE HAVE NOT HAD THE CHANCE TO INVESTIGATE ALL OF THE QUESTIONS RAISED BY YOUR GENEROUS INVITATION.  WE WOULD BE HAPPY AND HONORED TO JOIN YOU IN THE FUTURE.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM ALL OF YOU, AND A WIDE RANGE OF VOICES IN EGYPT, ON HOW BEST TO SUPPORT THE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION.  WE REQUEST A CONFERENCE CALL INCLUDING THE MANY AND DIVERSE VOICES IN EGYPT TO LEARN HOW BEST TO SUPPORT THE REVOLUTION.

WITH GRATITUDE, WE EXTEND OUR HOSPITALITY; OUR DOORS ARE ALWAYS OPEN FOR AN EGYPTIAN DELEGATION TO STAY IN OUR SPACE.  ADDITIONALLY, WE CAN OFFER YOU TECHNOLOGY AND TRAINING IN ANY TECHNIQUE OUR MOVEMENT USES: FOR EXAMPLE, LIVE-STREAMING VIDEO.  INDEED, WE WILL HAPPILY GIVE YOU ANYTHING THAT YOU ASK, THAT WE ARE ABLE TO GIVE, OUTSIDE OF THIS ELECTION DELEGATION.

WE HAVE MUCH WE MUST LEARN FROM YOU, AND WE REQUEST TRAINING IN ALL OF THE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE NECESSARY FOR REVOLUTION.

WE NEED THE SKILLS OF OUR OCCUPIERS HERE FOR NOW.  WE ARE OPEN TO A DELEGATION IN THE NEAR FUTURE; WE JUST CANNOT COME FOR THE NOVEMBER 28TH ELECTION.

WE ARE TAKING THESE STEPS IN ORDER TO OPTIMIZE OUR SOLIDARITY ON THE GROUND WITH YOU.
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6 Responses to “Draft Proposal for Saturday 11/19/2011 General Assembly: Emergency Proposal from Movement Building – Friendly Amendment, Egypt Election Delegation”

  1. Siobhan Ogilvie

    I am so sad by what is occurring and wish success and freedom to Egypy but wish to go on record if what I heard is true I am so dismayed that GA voted tonight while many at actions to give $30K to send NY occupiers on a trip to witness elections in another country while our movement, still in it’s infancy is struggling. I feel this was intentional to push through when others were fighting for our rights on the street. If I had known, I would have forgone occupy Bloomberg to stand with a block, my first ever. That $30K should be going to housing, feeding, or other US occupations rather then sending english speaking occupiers to a different country with a different language where people are being killed. I know I will never donate another dime to the movement as a result of this and am sure many others wont either. I can just see the next headline – OWS to send occupiers to Egypt instead of US. Where are people’s heads?

    I will support the movement with food or items I know can be used on site but am not in any position to support other countries. This is insanity.

  2. ss

    Dear Siobhan: would you feel the same way if we were able to raise the funds w a separate fundraiser? would you feel the same way if the trip netted more people participating and sending funds to the occupations worldwide, so we can grow and be more effective in all the things you want? Of course this is independent of one of the goal to transform the bad will that the United States of America has earned around the world in the last few administrations.
    With respect,
    Sz

  3. Cody Ellis

    There are a lot of new developments on this trip you should follow the GA’s closely, details are still being hashed out.

  4. Tyler Cash

    Sounds to me like the trip is off…wise decision! It’s sad to see this movement falling apart after such a promising start. If only you understood what needed to be done. Now, your media coverage as dwindled down to a short sound bite if that. No city wants anything to do with the movement and soon there won’t be any place you can occupy without being uprooted by the cops. You are claiming to be the 99% yet your losing support from the 99% because they don’t see occupy as doing anything that will make their lives better. Sad!

  5. odd ah

    At the G.A. on 11/19/11 The Egyptian proposal submitted the above letter- I was there and here is my letter in response:*** Before you read my response, I must state, after much reflection i feel there are still many valid reasons to support and stand in solidarity with the movement, but there needs to be a new requirement for proposals seeking funding in excess of $10,000,perhaps one should be required to submit a ‘chain email proposal stating the date of GA submission at least 2 weeks before submission, unless one can show need for emergency aide.
    At the G.A. on 11/19/11 The Egyptian proposal- I was there and here is my letter in response:
I feel ‘certain members’ of movement building manipulated G.A. process by debating the Egyptian trip till the late hours of the night, basically wearing down the opposition to sending and spending until those who blocked left or gave up!!!!
I am disappointed with OWS movement buildings decision tonight to follow through on spending $29,000 sending multiple people to Egypt for a weekend despite the urgent needs of our currently displaced OWS comrades here in New York and our dire need for people power and resources to repair, rebuild and stabilize our fractured OWS movement here in New York and the U.S.
I feel extremely disillusioned with the G.A and facilitation process which took place tonight; there was tonight, and has been a clear and vocal opposition to this proposals budget and motivations since its approval became public knowledge. Tonight this opposition was voiced, a female Egyptian activist urged people to not go to Egypt at this time, stating that it would better serve the movement to take care of our own, and have Egyptian solidarity marches here in the states, she left at midnight. Some people stayed till 1 am debating the issue of postponing the trip to Egypt, cancel it or buy tickets for Nov., 25th, finally in the end, when only 50 people remained, a vote was called at 1 am; 21 votes were counted as being in favor of postponing the trip (and a possible renegotiation of funding) and 17 opposed to postponement…Now one would think 21 votes would be the deciding factor, but not in the G.A facilitators eyes- it was the 17 votes which prevailed, the tickets would be bought! Perhaps, I am undereducated, but I truly do not understand this counting method or voting logic. I feel the situation was manipulated to the favor of a few members’ desires in movement building. I sincerely believe and feel the decision to spend $29,000 sending 20 people to Egypt for a weekend when these resources are needed here and NOW is an act of self indulgence and reeks of the pervasive American attitude of privilege before good conscience and right action. Despite the fact that I was active in Egyptian solidarity marches here in the states and do support the international vision for liberation I stand firm in my Block on this particular Egyptian trip Proposal!
**Block: one has very strong moral or ethical reservations about the proposal and will consider leaving the movement if it passes. – Odd Ah
    P.S. I spoke out of turn because, the people were not informed about this proposal and its inflated expenditure ($29,000)example:budget for plane tics$1500 which can be found for $800)and the people were not given time to consider the risks of harm to our movement until after the proposal was approved . and was told to respect the process- FYI- The G.A process apparently has no 1st amendment, but I do! – I dont need ”your” approval to speak my mind when I feel opposition has been marginalized by ”your” process!