NYC GENERAL ASSEMBLY DAY 155
Location: 60 Wall Street Atrium; then Liberty Square
Facilitators: Justin and Nick (livestreamer Nick); then Nick and Anthony; then Nick and Carrie M at Liberty
Stack Taker: Josh; then Carrie M at Liberty
Time keeper: Carol
Vibes checker: Sean
Minutes: Carrie M
Working Group Report Backs: Occupy the Bronx (Take Back the Bronx), Facilitation, Anthony, Accounting, Sean, Queering OWS
Proposal: March 17th Action, by Housing. Consensus
Proposal: Space, by Darrell Prince. Tabled.
Discussion: From the The Anti-Oppression Affinity Group. Discussed.
Emergency Proposal: To temporarily restrict Sage from participating in the movement. Not passed.
Working Group Report Backs:
Occupy the Bronx: Sumumba: Occupy the Bronx or Take Back the Bronx has consensed on becoming a working group in preparation of an all-borough GA. The purpose is to have more actions planned in communities instead of down here, to be more representative of the Occupy movement and make sure other occupations are not marginalized. They are as important as OWS. Stay tuned. We are going to Occupy Astoria and Occupy Sunset Park soon.
Facilitation: Corey: Because of a holiday on Monday, it has been hard to find space for Spokes Council, so there is chance we might have to cancel it. We are going to find out by tomorrow 7pm if there is going to be a space. If not, it will be on NYCGA.net and blasted out through ComHub. Check back.
Anthony: The Solidarity with Arab Spring action was good. We had 50 people at most. But the action was good. We went from the Egypt consulate to one from Yemen to the Tunisian and Syrian ones. The Tunisian people were really nice and gave them food. There are actions at the Syrian consulate every Friday until there’s a resolution the Syrian people want.
Sean: They [not sure which working group] found out yesterday that Westboro Baptist Church was going to make a mess about Whitney Houston’s funeral. They were prepared to go and shut down the Westboro protest. Westboro didn’t show, but they still declare victory.
Queering OWS: On #F16 they had action, a PR event. They had planned a march, but it rained so … had poor turnout but was a grand success.
March 17th Action. Brought by Housing
Accepted friendly amendments: To connect with the NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade, to coordinate with Direct Action (which might also be planning an anniversary action that day), to incorporate Black History Month, and to coordinate with food organizations.
Space. Brought by Darrell Prince.
There were breakout groups, then consensus process (clarifying questions, concerns, and friendly amendments).
Anti-Oppression. Brought by a subgroup of the Facilitation Working Group
Discussion question: “Oppression,” “marginalization” and “privilege”: What do these words mean to you, and is that different from how you’ve heard them used in OWS?
Original proposal: To temporarily remove Sage from Occupy Wall Street until the grievance committee process is set up.
Moved through consensus process (clarifying questions, concerns, and friendly amendments).
Proposal as restated by proposer after friendly amendments: To temporarily restrict Sage from participating in the OWS system and facilities (meaning all the services and participation as outlined in the proposal at Spokes Council on 1/18 that passed to restrict another occupier). After one month, someone can bring a proposal to reinstate him.
Result: 12 standasides; then 10 blocks. Moved to modified consensus. 11 no votes, 16 yes votes. Does not pass.