NYC SC 12/12/2011 Minutes Summary

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NOTE: This is a brief summary that is posted prior to formal minutes. This summary is NOT all-inclusive. It includes only major highlights (discussion topics, proposals, and meeting dates/times/locations announced). This summary is compiled via Livetweets and Livestream viewing.

– First and foremost: Wednesday’s Spokes Council will be replaced by an OWS Organizers Workshop at Unity HallOrganizing through a Racial Justice Framework.

– The Council was facilitated by Star Hawk, visiting from CA, who suggested we started with a 15 minute open assembly:
  • A code of conduct for Spokes Council was proposed given the frequent interruption due to misconduct.
  • Concerns were raised about the fact that many occupiers are not able to find out about meetings given that they do not have internet access or cell phones.
  • There were concerns expressed about filming by independent videographers.
  • Concerns about the process were also voiced.
– Spokes begun their reports after the open assembly was closed:
  • Accounting reported that there are $374,722.57 in the bank.
  • Tech announced a new toll free voice service (855-203-7763) where people can find out about about OWS events. Those who have their phone numbers on their NYCGA profile will be able to receive personalized announcement pertaining to their WG.
  • Razor is submitting a proposal to end the $100/day allowance for operation WGs. He feels that people are incentivized to spend it for things that might not be in the interest of OWS. People can contact her if they want to support the proposal.
  • Facilitation has now a form where people who cannot attend Facilitation meetings but still want to facilitate can submit their information.
  • Com Cluster meets on Monday and Thursday 2-4 p.m.
  • Kitchen has a $10,500/week budget and provides 3 meals a day for occupiers.
  • Outreach has a $2,000/week budged which is largely unused. Anyone who has printing needs can email owsoutreach@gmail.com.
– Friday’s Spokes Council will mostly discussing the following agenda which emerged from the open assembly period:
  • Diverse spaces for diverse voices.
  • Structure of decision making.
  • Quick SC proposals.
  • Building GA.
  • Empowering SC.
  • What is SC for?
  • Accountability/community agreements
  • Action planning

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