1/14: Movement Building Road Trip

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Proposal for OWS Movement Building Road Trip

Prepared by Direct Action in consultation with Movement Building, Facilitation, Outreach, Education and Empowerment, PR, Media, Livestream, & Training

(1) Strengthen the OWS network by deepening relationships between occupiers
(2) Increase OWS’s capacity through mutual transfer of skills and knowledge
(3) Clarify OWS’s narrative by deepening its commitment to listening

For each stop, planners from OWS and the host city will work to craft an itinerary that most productively facilitates bonding and knowledge transfer between occupations.  The precise programming will vary from city to city according to the needs and desires of the planners.  A suggested baseline for each planning team to work off of is as follows:

– Welcoming Dinner: open unstructured time for people to get to know each other and build informal relationships
– Working Group Meet and Greets: loosely structured times for occupiers to meet occupiers from corresponding working groups in different cities
– Skill Shares: structured dialogue in which occupations can learn from each others experience deploying a range of tactics, including: facilitation, anti-opression, non-violent direct action, media, livestreaming/social media, town planning, DIY/dumpstering
– Visioning Session: open space discussion to develop a shared understanding of strategic approaches to big picture issues such as: engaging surrounding communities, media strategy, dealing with police repression, displacement and re-occupation, growth strategies, diversity/anti-opression)
– Learn-ins: open forums in which community members share their experience dealing with relevant issues shared by both cities, possibly to include input from local “experts” but to be structured in a horizontal way and encourage discussion of experience rather than theorization about structure or facts
– Joint Direct Action: All participants participate in an action focused on a local campaign.  This could involve plugging into a pre-existing action or working together to plan an action from start to finish
– Joint GA: Held on the last day to synthesize experience and bring in surrounding community
– Closing Party: Dance and have fun!

1/25 – 2/1:
Providence, Boston
1/30 – 2/6:
Boston, Northampton, Hudson Valley, Albany
2/5 – 2/12:
Albany, Ithica, Syracuse, Rochester
2/10 – 2/19:
Rochester, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Scranton
2/19 – 2/27:
Scranton, Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, Newark

Planning: For each stop, a planning team consisting of two people from NYC and two people from the host city will work to coordinate logistics for the visit, including (among other things): food, housing, event scheduling, venue procurement, intra-occupation and community outreach, and other support needs.  We will use the interocc network to facilitate this planning process, but NYC is encourage to select bottomliners with pre-existing personal relationships to organizers and community members in the host city.

Slots: T
here will be a bus with capacity to transport and – if necessary – sleep at least 30 people.  Slots will be apportioned by consensus among sponsoring working groups from within the following groups: Movement Building, Direct Action, Outreach, Facilitation, Training, Media++ (PR, Media, Livestream, Social Media), Education and Empowerment, Caucus members, Support (Legal, Food, Medics)

NYC occupiers will be able to participate in 1-week shifts, with a 2-week limit.  We will seek to create overlapping shifts so that people can share knowledge gained on the previous week’s shift with those coming on board for the following week.  An additional vehicle will be used to shuttle people between NYC and destination cities at the end of each weekly shift.

The budget will be determined by consensus among sponsoring working groups, subject to approval by the General Assembly.  Direct Action proposes a $9,450 budget and requests authorization for an additional $6000 fund, which will only be accessed in response to emergencies wich may arise during the trip. The budget breakdown is as follows:
Vehicle Rental and insurance: $4,550
Fuel and Basic Maintenance: $2,400
Food: $1,500
Action and programming materials: $700
Misc. Supplies: $300

2 Responses to “1/14: Movement Building Road Trip”

  1. Yoni Miller

    Friendly Amendment: During the early February Occupations, in NY, that is also primary season, and I’d like to suggest this group coordinates with Political Action and Impact working group, to ensure that OccupyThePrimary is a key event of that week, bringing awareness to voters about the Republican candidates and instigating them, when possible. I will not be present at Sat. GA, since I’m facilitating in New Haven, can someone else bring this up?