Proposal for Sunday, 12/18, General Assembly: Buy-Out Buy-In

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Buy-Out Buy-In

proposal for GA: Dec. 18th, 2011

One month ago, we were kicked out of Zuccotti. Today, we had a major action at Canal St. Regardless of whether you support an eventual occupation at that location, it feels like this chapter of Occupy Wall Street is coming to a close. Regardless of the success our movement has in the future, the forceful and criminal eviction of November 15th still hurts. It hurts to be holding GA’s here in an empty park. It hurts to stand here in the cold, fighting for nothing. I do not mean that we don’t stand for principles.

I mean that we don’t have a physical home.

There is nothing here. There are no structures. There is no sign of our community. There is no life. Yes, we are here. But we have become tourists. We visit the park, we do not occupy it. I don’t care how hard core you are, you eventually leave to seek shelter somewhere else. You have to. The park has been, to use Bloomberg’s term, sanitized. The germs, the occupiers, the us, have been scrubbed clean.

One month ago I proposed that we take all of the funds in the general fund and divide them among the occupiers. A lot of people thought this was a crazy idea. A lot of people aren’t thinking it’s such a crazy idea anymore.

Immediate questions come up: How would you split up the money? Who would get it? How would you give everyone access to the tools to spend it wisely? How would current projects continue to be funded? Why would you do this?

I can’t answer all of these questions. But I can answer the last one. Why should we make an effort to give the money that Zuccotti was donated to the people who occupied the park? Because the park is dead. Look around you.

The occupation.
Is.
Dead.

Whether it can be reborn, here or in another location, is entirely up to us. But we have to acknowledge that the first phase of our occupation ended a month ago. And the only ethical thing to do is to empower people to make their own decision as to where they want to go from here.

The money can go to individuals. It can go to working groups. It can go to working groups that were established before the raid. It can go to all working groups created as of today. It can go to all of us here at GA right now. We don’t have to decide this right now. All I’m asking you to decide tonight is whether we SHOULD make an effort to split up the general fund and empower people to make their own decision as to where this movement is heading.

The fact is, currently people are meeting in secret to decide just that. They say things like, the GA is broken, while they empower Spokes Council. They say things like, we’re bleeding money, while they help shovel it out the door. They are not asking for your feedback. They are not here tonight.

The fact is, the working group formally known as finance has been incompetent from the beginning. God bless them, they have not successfully executed their mission, through purposeful or malicious negligence.
-how can you have a manpower issue in a populist revolution?
-how can you not begin electronic tracking of receipts and expenses from day one?
-how can you resent demands for greater transparency in a movement that attacks corruption?
-how can you allow yourself to become a bottleneck to efficiency?

A lot of people here have a lot of personal reform ideas. They would like to see more subway cards. They would like to see better housing options. They would like to see a more efficient kitchen. They would like to reform all of our resources, including SIS and the occupied office. They would like to strengthen this GA and perhaps even abolish Spokes. They would like to audit and reform finance. They would like, in summary, to be empowered to do what they came here to do: create a better America.

The only wisdom I have to offer is that reform, change, revolution, works best from the bottom up. We criticise a society of hierarchy while we recreate it here in our movement. We defend the victims of power concentration out there while we allow ourselves to be victimized right here, marginalized as a bunch of shivering idealists standing in the cold while the center of gravity of this movement openly shifts away from this park.

Now I’m speaking to every one of you here in attendance, not the movement. I’m not talking to Occupy Wall Street anymore. What’s your name? What’s your name? And yours? You have the purse strings of the movement right now. But you do not have the power. People who are good at managing social networks are grabbing up the power. They are organizing, so that they can “guide” the movement. They are starving the GA, allowing it to die on the vine. They are watching the money in the bank disappear. They have openly said that they don’t want to see our funds increase. Why would they promote that, they say. The GA is fucking nuts.

Well show them how fucking nuts you are. If you pass this proposal tonight, you will agree to divide up all of the money in the general fund among the occupiers. At the next GA, we will ask for representatives from each working group, as well as representatives of the occupiers who do not participate in working groups. We will empower them to decide the best way to divide up the money, in a transparent and legal way.

Occupy Wall Street faces a lot of problems. There are current internal power grabs. There is a geographical relocation. There is a fucking cold ass winter coming up. But the biggest problem that Occupy Wall Street has is that it is technically dead. There ain’t nobody occupying Wall Street, unless you count the part timers who make up the majority of 60 Wall Street or the privileged who make up a majority of the office on Broadway.

What I am trying to do, the only thing I’m trying to do, is to hold up a mirror. And then give you the tools to be reborn, in the image of your own creation, with the reforms you want implemented from the start. Want to rent a building? Take your share of the fund, get together with other people, and do it. Want to do your own thing? Go ahead and execute. Some people say that there are those who will just take the money and run. To them I say, if you don’t trust that we are all here out of sincerity, we have a lot more at risk than just going broke. I don’t know about you, but Occupy Wall Street is not my retirement plan.

A new world is my retirement plan.

But in order for that world to be born, we have to acknowledge that the old one has died. Buy yourselves out so you can buy back in, and bypass those who seek to control the movement. The only way the few has ever won against the many has been through maneuvering. Right now the control of money is in the hands of the few. With a little creativity we can put it in the hands of the many. You can outmaneuver the people who currently hold power in this movement. Because, let’s not be naive. This movement has created a power structure.

You can dissolve that power structure in one decisive action. And we can get on with this revolution.

One more thing: do the right thing and watch our donations soar. Right is right, people will respect us for trusting in each other. And when they see what we do when we put that money to good use, they won’t be able to ignore us.

I’d like to do a temperature check on this and then move on for the sake of time if there isn’t enough interest to warrant a discussion.

30 Responses to “Proposal for Sunday, 12/18, General Assembly: Buy-Out Buy-In”

  1. Brendan

    stop callig your eviction from Zucotti park illegal. How arrogant you are to presume that you can take over private property or even public property and deny its use to everybody else. This is why the 99% percent moved on weeks ago. You started out as a genuine and spontaneous reaction of the people against common injustice but you quickly were hijacked by a few hundred selfrighteous acivists who’s ideas dont resonate and must therefore shout the ideas louder.

  2. Anne

    The occupation of Zuccotti park was a tactic. The movement as a whole is and was much,much larger than the occupation. The idea that only people who actually lived in the park constituted the movement is false. The idea that a social justice movement is about funding individuals with Metrocards and food is ridiculous; a social justice movement is not a welfare program. I agree that the “occupation” is dead; the movement, however, is far from dead. Many activities are on-going, although many of the individuals involved in these activities neither ask for nor receive Metrocards or food or housing subsidies. A movement of the 99 percent is much more than a movement of the 1 percent at the bottom, the chronically homeless.

  3. Lopi

    OWS is not dead. This proposal is absurd and written in a contentious and divisive tone. I do not support this proposal on that basis alone. There are people working their asses off day and night for this movement. How dare you insult our hard work by saying OWS is dead?
    From my perspective, it’s the people in this movement that are working the hardest that ask for the least from the General Fund and the people who work the least asking the most from the General Fund.
    For example; why do certain people get metro cards, laundry money and food? What are they actually doing FOR the movement?
    I quit my job and have been working overtime for the movement and am running out of funds. Yet I am not asking the general fund to buy me lunch, give me a metrocard, do my laundry or pay my fucking rent. The last two weeks I barely slept, hardly ate and worked on the tactical team for several very successful actions.

    And you have the nerve to say OWS is Dead?? WTF? You want to split the money up and run away? Bad Idea.

  4. Kate

    OWS is dead because the 99% you purport to represent don’t support you. The US is founded on individualism, self-sufficiency, and capitalism. Those are our core principles and the majority of us still believe in them.

  5. kachonka

    So it all comes down to dividing up the money in a movement about dividing up the money. GREED. OWS has shown their greed. They ask not whom they can help, but to vote to divide their spoils. This mess was predictable the moment michael fat @#%^ moore spewed his regurgitative speeches. Hope you parasites enjoy the audit. Occupy prison next you filthy criminals.

    • Yoni Miller

      Feel da love, :) Stop da hatin’ <3 <3 <3 you're an asshole, but we still can feel the love and harmony of a peaceful society,

  6. pootskins

    The minute the mask of the charade came off and exposed itself as the liberal marxist movement was the day it died. Liberals like to create their own laws then repeat them over and over in different forums, then try to enforce them, like occupying was a right. The liberal movement is going down. Your sick twisted representativs in congress were not voted in by liberals, they were voted in by independents, moderates and people tired of Bush policy. Liberals proved that when they reign in power, they abuse, lie cheat, steal and corrupt every level of anything they involve themselves with. Congress was controlled by liberal democrats from 2007 on up and look what happened as they try to place blame. All these policies being blamed on Bush, were voted YAY by obama as a senator.

    Pass the bill to see what’s in it right? Sick Effers! Get used to it liberals, you are over everywhere. The USA 99 percents is sick of you pathetic parasites.

    • Yoni Miller

      liberals and marxists are two terms that never mix together, :) point said you don’t really have a clue what you’re talking about..

      we are not liberals, and we do not support Obama…lol

  7. Axcelle

    Wow. I’m surprised at people’s really negative reaction and demoralizing statements against the movement. I think when people with good intention come together to try to change the world for the better, inviting everyone else to join them in doing so, and don’t do that perfectly, but have transparency in their imperfection, such hatred is unwarranted. I’m not sure where people commenting on this is coming from. I’m curious why someone with such feelings would even take the time to read a proposal to go to the NYCGA. I’m really sorry that people feel that way, these are frustrating times. I don’t agree that anything is dead. In Portland we are still going strong, and I believe New York will recover and evolve as well. We need to occupy our minds and ourselves. We need to check what we put out into the world. Hatred returns hatred, and an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

    • Yoni Miller

      these haters…are amusing, lmao, I respect good trolls or comebacks, but most of these are pretty darn ignorant and baseless

  8. steve

    Axcelle you make it sound like we should all be grateful to the occupiers? Just because they’ve given their time and effort doesn’t mean they deserve thanks a.d praise. There’s a serious flaw in the business plan of the so called 99% and that is they are nowhere near the 99%. It’s like a Starbucks running out of coffee.

  9. Mikeraglass

    In my experience, occupy is far from dead, for though we no longer have the physical encampment of zuccoti we still have multiple encampments throughout the country, and those encampments which have been evicted continue to meet for general assemblies and plan new events. Occupy hasn’t been about the encampment at Zuccoti since October, and to base everything on the lack of encampment misses the point of this movement. Remember the roots of occupy, and remember that this is about the people, not bureaucratic structures or the lack thereof. And to those who post comments attacking occupy, regardless of how you feel about the “type” of people in this movement, if there is such a thing, or the tactics used, we’re trying to bring back the power to all the people, including you, rather then leave it in the hands of a select few who have the privilege of wealth. Maybe there is a better way that we could be doing this, and if you believe so I encourage you to contribute your ideas rather then attack the occupiers for acting in ways which you might not have acted.

  10. steve

    Ok here’s an idea, elect someone to run for governor and see how many of the public support and vote for you.

  11. Da Raw Journalist

    LET’S REALLY GET FREE 4 EVER !!!!!
    “This Is Free Press Telling the TRUTH ”

    CONFIRMED: The Trillion-Dollar Lawsuit against The Fed, IMF, MF Global & more Prove This Wrong http://divinecosmos.com/start-here/davids-blog/995-lawsuit-end-tyranny

    The Zionist who own The Fed
    Rothschild – Bank of London & America, Rockefeller – Citi Bank , Lazard Bros. Banks of Paris , Israel Moses Sieff Bank, Warburg Banks of Hamburg & Amsterdam , Kuhn Loeb Banks of NYC , Lehman Bros., Goldman Sachs & JP Morgan Chase
    The Zionist also own IRS , NSA, CIA , NASA , All Big Oil , Gas , Pharma , Education & Energy Corporation as well … All Aspects of your Lives own by the 1% is this a Coincidence or we the people just in denial !!!
    Re educate our self & Children
    Follow The Money , Numbers dont Lie Politicians Do…lol

    FUCK THE MONEY !!
    RELEASE THE HOARDED FREE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
    that will FREE the Planet , Spirit & Consciousness of the Human Races..Such As .

    Nikola Tesla 1st Electric Car AC Induction Motor 1918 (skip to 2:18)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjb3QtzggrU&feature=related

    Jack Nicholson’s Hydrogen Car Power 1978
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjfONpsFvyM

    Stan Meyer Water Powered Car 1992 – “22 gallons of Water NYC to LA”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFIlXaABU54

    What Happen 2 ” Free Market ”
    No More Big Oil Corp Making Trillion$ in Profit & dont pay no Taxes..Lol

    The Big Corporation Brought & Killed alot of inventors trying Free the Planet.
    What Happen 2 ” Free Market ”

    FREE ENERGY Electro-Magnetic Genorator
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckNHr74C_9c

    the Searl Effect Generator
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPPBkhjp1fY
    No More G&E Bill
    No More Big Energy Corp Like G&E Making $15 Billions In Profit & Paid no Taxes…Lol
    What Happen 2 ” Free Market ”

    The 1% Zionist Illuminati Families are holding us back as a civilization
    ” This Is Free Press Telling the Truth ”

    We all are going to Die so what are you afraid of Telling The Truth !!!
    If Will really want Justice we have 2 Destroy & Rebuild the Whole System.

    The Whole System has 2 go…
    Release The Hoarded Technology Paid for already from stolen unaccount for Tax Payers Money through BLACK BUDGET PROJECTS…..

    So Occupiers Lets Hold These Domestic Terrorist Committing High Treason We call Our Elected Offificals who sworn on the BIBLE & Took The Oath 2 Protect The Constitution & Its Citizens…..

    LET’S START MAKE CITIZENS ARRESTS & DEMAND THIS HOARDED TECHNOLOGY

    .WAKE THE F@#K UP THE ……….. 1LOVE…….
    Da Raw Journalist – Mike Rambo

    ” This Is Free Press Telling the Truth ”

    THRIVE – What in Earth will it take
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJ1IFRPAlzU

  12. reginahny

    Reporters from sites such as Salon.com, Slate.com, Alternet, Huffington etc. access this site to write articles without speaking directly with OWS activists, or our Media WG. They have posted articles regarding “OWS Donations Plummet”, “OWS Struggles to Regroup” etc., in essence telling the Occupy story without us based on information taken directly from this site. This is of course completely valid in a movement that values transparency. But in my opinion there should be some moderation of hate-filled posts like those in this thread lest they be quoted as “us”. I believe this site was originally intended to be an intranet but it has also become a Media Resource.

    • Yoni Miller

      to be honest, no newspaper has written much about any of our key General Assembly proposals that were passed…I wish they did. Your point is well accepted and taken.