Proposal for Thursday 12/22 General Assembly: Facilitation

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From Facilitation Working Group                               12.21.11

Proposal to be brought to the General Assembly 12.22.11

A proposal with two elements.  It is a request that the GA approve the use of the space at 56 Walker St, on an interim basis, for  holding the General Assemblies (4 per week) and Spokes Councils (3 per week) for the two week period beginning December 26, 2011 and ending January 8, 2012.

The second element is a request for approval of $3,000 to pay for the use of the space for that two week period. The ground floor and basement spaces at 56 Walker will be available for groups within Occupy Wall St to use from 11am to 11pm every day. On Sunday the hours of availability will be 11am to 9pm. The fee includes the cost of utilities. The space has web access. As this is an interim arrangement there will be no security deposit required. The landlord does ask that OWS provide security for the space throughout the hours of use. They ask that individuals entrusted with opening, supervising & closing the space meet with them before this arrangement begins.

In solidarity with OWS they have offered the use of the space this coming Saturday, Christmas Eve and Sunday, Christmas Day for $100 /per day. This fee will cover staffing for the weekend.  Thus the total funding request is $3200.

4 Responses to “Proposal for Thursday 12/22 General Assembly: Facilitation”

  1. Yoni Miller

    This is absolutely excellent. People will not have to stand up, or stay in the cold, in order to have a meeting place and dialogue. It is very conveniently located, train wise. 60 Wall Street can still be for working groups to meet, and 56 Walker as a place for conversations that need to be heard.

  2. Voter March

    56 Walker Street is home to I.N.N. World Report, an alternative media news outlet. I.N.N. World Report is a 501(c)(3) educational not-for-profit company. I.N.N. World Report is a fully equipped TV and radio station with an 8 foot satellite TV on the roof and WiFi Internet access. I.N.N. has been seen on over 100 Public-access television cable TV stations with access to over 20 million households. See

    For over 10 years, 56 Walker has been the predominant activist center in Tribeca, hosting numerous events, such as the live-streamed symposium, “How The World Changed After 9/11” which featured national and international leaders of the 9/11 Truth and accountability movement. See

    56 Walker Street is also home to the Epifaneo Cafe, an affiliate of I.N.N. World Report, which has a complete commercial kitchen and entertainment lofts on two levels. See

    56 Walker is a strong supporter of OWS. However, 56 Walker has received noise complaints from its neighbors during the Spokes Council and General Assembly meetings. This proposal will not be able to go forward until issues have been resolved with security and the disrupters.