Draft Proposal for Sunday 11/20/2011 General Assembly: Mobile Occupation East Coast Solidarity Tour & Budget

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Working Group (if applicable) : Mobile Occupation
Contact Email: occupywithin@gmail.com

This Proposal is for: General Assembly

Mobile Occupation draft proposal for East Coast Solidarity Tour 
(for consideration at the November 15th General Assembly – feedback and friendly amendments are welcome and can be submitted to occupywithin@gmail.com or by attending one of our working group meetings (MWF 11am @60 wall st)

In response to the growing requests and needs of other occupations, the Mobile Occupation working group is proposing an east coast solidarity tour. The proposed tour will be one month long (from late November through late December) and plans to visit 11 occupations between NYC and Florida.

The Goals of the Mobile Occupation are:
- Information exchange (sharing information and best practices)
- Educational training (ie: facilitation, intro to direct democracy, non-violent communication and mediation)
- To develop the inter-occupational infrastructure
- To boost the morale of other occupations and grow a culture of sustainability, non-violence, peace, self-empowerment, patience, compassion, creativity, cooperation, and innovation

The main objectives of this first tour are to begin establishing a personal and physical infrastructure for support and communication. The most common need surfacing is for facilitation and mediation training. We have also spent over a month connecting with various working groups about initiatives we can share.

Our crew will be comprised of 10 members of OWS that have been integrally involved in a large cross-section of working groups including (but not limited to) Internet, Outreach, Facilitation, Info, Arts & Culture, Open Source, Media, Sustainability, and Mediation. We are seeking diversity and welcome individuals from all working groups and caucuses to join our working group and submit a letter of intention if interested in joining the tour (email occupywithin@gmail.com).

The members of this group are autonomous individuals, not representatives of OWS or the Occupy Movement, and have no intention to impose anything upon other occupations. This is a horizontal initiative to simply share information, resources and initiatives in all directions.  As we visit each city we will remain in communication with working groups on the ground at OWS in NYC about what we will learn from our brothers and sisters everywhere.

Outreach to Occupations:
For the purpose of establishing effective communication and building bridges between occupations we have drafted a survey and are working with Movement Building and Outreach to contact each occupation and learn more about their current infrastructure and goals. A copy of the survey can be found at http://www.nycga.net/groups/mobile-occupation/docs/ and at http://occupywithin.us

Proposal to all OWS working groups:
All working groups and caucuses have been asked to support this initiative and to respond to a survey about their group, including anything they’ve learned or would like to share. These reports will be compiled into one document that can be shared with other occupations. A copy of the survey can be found at http://www.nycga.net/groups/mobile-occupation/docs/ and http://occupywithin.us

We are asking the GA for $14,500 to cover travel and living expenses, gear, technology, art supplies and other items detailed in our budget, which has been submitted to finance.

Amount Description Notes
$2500 Donation to Green Bus Tour Green Bus Tour is a growing participatory community project, out to inspire a culture of conscious living through creative collaboration and by promoting a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. The “Green Bus” has been converted to run on waste cooking oil and is being offered as a means of transportation.  This donation will go towards operating expenses, including fuel, tolls, and oil filters.
$6000 Food estimate for 10 people x 30 days x $20/pp/pd
$1200 Technology wi-fi hotspot, netbook, deep cycle batteries, power inverter
$750 Printing
$500 Art supplies for creating collaborative art at each occupation
$400 Canopy tents
$300 Community altar project for creation of sacred spaces
$200 Hardware magnets for curtains, rustoleum and miscellaneous hardware
$150 Storage bins
$2500 Emergencies & miscellaneous in case of break down, need to be towed, replace any parts or repairs; unanticipated expenses (upon consensus); first aid
$14500 Total

All accounting will be transparent and all monies not used will be returned to the NYCGA.

7 Responses to “Draft Proposal for Sunday 11/20/2011 General Assembly: Mobile Occupation East Coast Solidarity Tour & Budget”

  1. s.t.

    clarifying questions:
    – who decides who will be going on the trip? what is the process for determining who is selected? when will this process occur?
    – how will the accounting be transparent? what is the method that will be used?
    – what is the printing budget item for specifically?
    – who owns the “Green Bus”? was this Green Bus Tour already being undertaken before this idea was proposed? is there additional funding for this tour besides the amount that you request under this proposal?

  2. Anne

    I’m afraid I cannot agree to $300 for a “Community Altar Project.” Why should others support your personal religious practices, which may be different from other peoples’?

  3. Charlie

    @stristero – answers to clarifying questions:

    who decides who will be going on the trip? what is the process for determining who is selected? when will this process occur?
    - we decide as a group upon consensus, our group has been widely transparent and continues to be open, we have a handful of amazing people so far but still spots open.

    how will the accounting be transparent? what is the method that will be used?
    - all expenses will be posted online within 48 hours

    what is the printing budget item for specifically?
    - from my experience there are always printing costs that come up, for example: we already spent about $50 on printing the surveys & proposal to hand out at spokes & ga

    who owns the “Green Bus”? was this Green Bus Tour already being undertaken before this idea was proposed?
    - the green bus is a personal vehicle, registered as a motor home, and is offered in voluntary service to Green Bus Tour, which I (Charlie) have been running for the past 2 years – we are a community evolution project to inspire and promote sustainable holistic values. we co-produce community events and take people on retreats & sacred activism missions. Our website is http://greenbustour.com and you can also find us on facebook.

    is there additional funding for this tour besides the amount that you request under this proposal?
    - This proposal included the entirety of the budget for this particular tour. We also agreed to launch an online fundraising campaign and repay the NYCGA with donations we accumulate throughout the length of the tour. Surplus donations would roll over to fund our future initiatives…our vision is to develop a national mobile skill-sharing and transportation network.
    - Since the proposal was not approved, along with the current state of the GA, spokes & OWS in general, and many other reasons, I am now exploring doing this mission as an affinity group and raising our own funding (rather than being a part of OWS). We are meeting tomorrow and are still exploring options.

    @anne re: community altar project
    Hi Anne, I couldn’t agree more with you that it is not our job (or anyone’s) to impose anything upon others. I am one of a few people that helped start the community altar / “Tree of Life” at OWS. It was an amazing community shrine that flourished because it included everyone, and was open to all faiths / religions / forms of spirituality. The intention is to allow everyone to have a communal space for reflection, meditation, or prayer…or whatever is sacred to them. Here is the facebook page for the OWS Tree of Life – http://www.facebook.com/pages/OWS-Tree-Of-Life/183111478437555 – and a facebook page for the Occupy Together community of sacred spaces that have formed everywhere – http://www.facebook.com/OccupySacredSpaces – we have had an overwhelmingly positive response to having a sacred space be a part of the Occupy community.

    love
    Charlie

  4. s.t.

    hi Charlie, thanks for taking the time to make the detailed responses — they were extremely helpful in being able to make a decision, although too little too late unfortunately. based on your answers, should the group choose to bring this proposal up to the GA again at any time for the above or lower amount, i would be willing to attend that particular assembly in order to give my personal consent to it, for what it’s worth. cheers, s.t.

    • Charlie

      Thanks S.T. :-)
      We are planning to re-propose…tentatively this Saturday.

  5. odd ah

    I really like this idea! However, I do recall in the earlier version it was a proposed 2 month tour at a cost of $17,500. Planning logistics: I think that for this tour to be most affective, one must find out in advance, if and where gatherings,meetings, marches are happening in each planned stop, especially in the cities where occs have been decentralized(evicted). 2nd: bring value oriented facilitators, minutes, livestream, and known and trusted folks from movement building.
    - I hear occ W palm florida needs outreach and DD facilitation teachers.

  6. Charlie

    The original was for a one month tour at $17,500…we were able to lower the budget by $3000.

    I agree with you that there are many ways we can conceive of it being “most effective” – but simply going to places first is the most important part of the whole thing…we can’t be sure what is going to happen until it happens in this movement…if we are too big in our scope we may not be as effective as if we are open and adaptable.

    If you want to help us with coordinating with the other occupations that would be greatly appreciated :-)