Tweets for Sat, 31 Dec 2011

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RT @heratylaw: Jurors Need to Know They Can Say No: #jurynullification #ows #BadLawmakersPassBadLaws

And tonight’s NYE #OWS General Assembly is starting now! Follow here, @LibertySqGA2, @LibertySqGA3 and @LibertySqGA4 for livetweets! #nycga

Right now one of the facilitators, Nathan, is explaining the handsignals we use, and our consensus process. #nycga #ows

Stairs: “A block is very serious. It doesn’t mean I disagree, it means I have a moral, ethical, or safety concern w/ the proposal.” #nycga

Cont’d: “If we don’t have blocks, we’ll move fwd to consensus. If we do, we’ll move to modified consensus,” which requires 9/10ths consent.

First, we’ll have announcements – 4 on stack right now. First, re: the NH primary. #nycga #ows

Billy: “A proposal at tomorrow’s GA will be about January 5th thru 10th; occupying/disrupting the NH primaries. So, be a part of that…”

Cont’d: “…decision at the GA tmrw. We need to have a strong presence in this election year in this farce of a democracy owned by WallSt.”

Cont’d: “Iowa’s already doing a good job! We need to be strong on the east coast as well.” Next, Zoe from OccupyDurham! #nycga #ows

Zoe: “We recently hosted @Walkupy! They’re walking from DC to Atlanta. In Greensboro, they put out a call to action for Spring 2012.” #nycga

Zoe cont;’d: “Check it out on their website at, b/c it’s a great action. It’s to have a walk in each state to the state house..”

Cont’d: “…and let them know what we’re all about!” #nycga #ows

Next, Justin. “I’m from Information! Starting on January 2nd, we’ll be back in the park. But we’ll need the support of every working group.”

Cont’d: “If you are a member of a working group, you should probably see me so I can teach you how we’re gonna do things in #Occupy2012.”

Cont’d: “So, hope to see you Monday thru Friday at Noon to 6, b/c Information’s back!” #nycga #ows

Nan: “Hi! How are you doing tonight? My group just wanted to wish you guys a happy holiday and safe new year- party hard guys!” #nycga #ows

Next! “Good evening, and happy new year! I’m an inventor blessed to come here & help you guys. I’m donating $300billion of patents.” [:P :D]

Cont’d: “The poorest people in America are going to control the richest companies in the world. We’re going to actually live it, and it…”

Cont’d: “…has to happen!” … The people’s mic has exercised its rarely-used ability to just stop. Took about 2 sentences. #nycga #ows

Yoni is explaining progressive stack. “If you’re a traditionally marginalized voice, we try to make room for you to have a stronger voice.”

Also, step up step back. “It means if you’ve traditionally be heard, step up and step back, and let others speak. Chances are they’ll…”

Cont’d: “…bring up the same concerns that you have!” Nathan notes that each proposal tonight gets 20 minutes to try to keep moving thru.

Some official-looking police guy has drawn a crowd towards the middle of the park, and GA is paused for a second. #nycga #ows

Apparently a tiny tent was set up for small children to be in by their parents, and the police are trying to remove them. #nycga #ows

OK, a tiny tent w/ 2 kids, that became the center of a human wall a few minutes ago, has been moved to right in front of the stairs. #nycga

The human wall has been reformed around the tent. Since the police have banned new entry to the Park, we’ve moved close to the barricades.

OK, we’re going to proposals. First proposal is from Jonathan Friedman. “My proposal is to register a new working group: Anti-War WG.”#nycga

“We’ve been meeting since October, but every time we fill in the form, the process changes. So, finally, here we are.” #nycga #ows

Cont’d: “I’m just going to read the statement on the form. “While we struggle to keep our homes, farms, hospitals, schools, and libraries..”

Cont’d: “…our money is being laundered for wars. These wars are waged by corporate and government forces for profit, causing untold…”

Cont’d: “…death and destruction to life and earth. Our group works to abolish these destructive forces through non-violent direct action..

Cont’d: “…and education, and stands in solidarity w/ those facing war and oppression.” Now opening stack for clarifying questions. #nycga

First CQ, Nan: “Hi guys. My clarifying question is, can you summarize just briefly, explain what exactly you’re trying to do? I’m confused.”

A: “The proposal is to register an anti-war working group. That’s it.” Stairs: “Under the new proposal system, a working group that wants..”

Cont’d: “…to be created needs the approval of the GA.” CQ: “Will you be covering, in your anti-war protest, the NDAA? If so, how?” #nycga

A: “That falls under the scope of our group. We haven’t talked about it yet in detail, but you can come to our next meeting and suggest..”

Cont’d: “..a plan of action.” Jack’s CQ: “In order to hv peace on our spaceship Earth…it’s suggested tht we should fight for a third UN.”

Stairs: “That was a great announcement, but not a clarifying question.” Now opening stack for Concerns. #nycga #ows

RT @jopauca: NYPD is not letting people into the GA #ows # nycga

RT @jopauca: NYPD is not allowing ppl in bc a tent has been set up and holds a mom & her 2 children (info from @justinstoned) #nycga #ows

Concern: “How can we raise money for this?” Lots of points of process. He’d like to start a foundation to fund the anti-war effort, he says.

Next Concern: “Sometimes I’m not involved a lot in meetings, b/c there’s a meeting after another meeting after another meeting.” #nycga

Cont’d: “I’d rather organize, and make something happen. Tonight, friends of ours, Native American people, are having a ceremony.”#nycga

Cont’d: “And tomorrow we’ll have a sweat lodge. We’ve been occupying, not just to support native people but to make ppl aware of…”

Cont’d: “…to erosion of the middle class.” There’s a bunch of hollering, a march incoming? Temp check says we want to stick w/ GA. #nycga

Cont’d: “The native americans should not be represented by non-indians, and we should not be tokenized by any working group. If you are…”

Cont’d: “…a native indian, you should be aware of native issues. Don’t be a virtual reality indian. There’s probably going to be a…”

Cont’d: “…to start an indigenous working group. This group is non-indian, and I oppose, our friends oppose it…” “Last week, when we…”

Cont’d: “..were here to talk about the memorial for wounded knee, this was the same set of people…” Stairs recognizes a point of process.

PoP: “I want to hear where we should go next with this, but we’re in the middle of a different proposal. I want to give you both respect.”

Friendly Amendment stack has opened on creating the anti-war working group. #nycga #ows

No FAs. “I’d like to now move this proposal to consensus. How do we feel about that?” “Looks good. Any blocks?” No blocks! CONSENSUS! #nycga

Stairs: “Earlier, I said this would be the last proposal. How do we feel?” A few uptwinkles, lots of nonresponse. Distractions abound. #OWS

We’re continuing. “The next proposal is from Strong Women Rules.” #nycga #ows

Nan’s proposal (as Strong Women Rules) is “to audit finance. Yes.” #nycga #ows

Here’s the proposal from Nan’s Strong Women Rules:

Nan says we have an obligation to our donors to audit finance, and to protect ourselves from legal scrutiny. #nycga #ows

Nan: “We are asking you for your permission, if Finance do not want to audit themselves, then our working groups audit finance…” #nycga

Cont’d: “…so that way we know where the money’s spent. We’re going to be transparent.” #nycga #ows

“Basically, what we are asking you is your permission to audit finance and to be transparent. How we’re planning on doing this is…”

Cont’d: “…1, we’ll have minutes. 2, you’ll have livestream. 3, donors will have Internet to ask questions.” #nycga #ows

Now opening stack for Clarifying Questions. First: “I just want to know, what group are you with?” A: “I’m w/ Strong Women Rules…”

Cont’d: “…working group. I’m a group that helps victims of sexual assault and rape. I’m a woman on behalf of women.” #nycga #ows

RT @Newyorkist: Just spoke w/ Captain Duffy of NYPD. Tells me NYPD closed park because “going to be impending arrests. We don’t want any …

Yuri’s CQ: “I’d like to point out that there is a transparency working group, i believe. Is that good enough?” #nycga #ows

A: “The transparency working group’s been trying so hard to make Finance transparent, but aren’t doing much of a good job.” #nycga #ows

Next CQ: “As far as reporting where $ comes from, is that going to be a problem – you mentioned money laundering. Can you not report…”

Cont’d: “…where donations come from w/o giving IRS license to audit?” A: “I don’t understand your question.” #nycga #ows

CQ: “You mentioned keeping confidential names of donors. Is that legal w/ respect to your concern about auditing?” #nycga #ows

A: “I said we’re going to keep names in confidence. We’re only going to use initials, but the auditors have to do what they have to do.”

Cont’d; “We’re not going to livestream the people’s accounts or names. That’s what I meant.” #nycga #ows

Lorraine’s CQ: “Can’t people give donations to a certain amount w/o any names being given?” A: “That’s a great question. That’s for…”

Cont’d; “…the accounting working group. I’m not the accounting working group. I cannot answer that question.” #nycga #ows

CQ: “I’d like to have clarification about the motive of this group, how it’s going to work, and what would be its relationship w/…” #nycga

Cont’d: “…accounting and w/ the GA?” A: “The WG is a women’s working group in solidarity w/ many working groups. We’ll have solidarity…”

Cont’d: “…w/ transparency working group as we audit finance working group. Our goal is to make sure accounting is doing what is right.”

Cont’d: “I don’t want the IRS coming after me because finance working group is…” [couldn’t hear the end.] Stairs notes time’s up. #nycga

We agree to continue for 10 minutes. Someone has a POI: “I opened the bank account for #OWS through a longer story than I’d like to go…”

Cont’d: “..into right now, I’m not w/ the Finance group. There are some things that I would like to see made clear w/ the help of an…”

Cont’d: “..external auditing group. So what I would like this proposal to become is a mandate to get it done externally and have it…”

Cont’d: “…taken a look at by as many people as possible.” Stairs: “That was a point of information; also sounded like a frndly amndmnt.”

Stairs: “But I don’t think we had consensus on extending this conversation.” We temp check 5 more minutes… sounds good to us. #nycga #ows

Stairs: “If we get to that 5 minutes, and we don’t consent to continue the conversation,” we may skip to consensus. #nycga #ows

CQ: “Do you have any background in finances or regulation?” A: “I have a legal background. My father is a judge. RE: accounting, I…”

Cont’d: “…do not have an accounting background, but other groups that are joined w/ my group, do have people w/ accounting background…”

Cont’d: “…and they’ve already picked the firms that are going to be doing the work.” End of CQ stack, opening Concerns stack. #nycga #ows

Stairs notes that after this proposal finishes, we’ll address how we feel about expected arrival of police imminently. #nycga #ows

Sully’s Concern: “I very much support the idea of this proposal; an audit is an important step for our community. First concern: this…”

Cont’d: “…proposal gives Accounting an opportunity to do an internal audit. I think it’s important that the audit be external to…”

Cont’d: “…accounting, and involve others in OWS as well as people outside who can provide accounting knowledge and support.” #nycga

Cont’d: “My second concern is tht ppl are being barred from the park and the GA has dwindled, and this is too big to pass” right now. #nycga

A: “People will always be barred b/c they have backpacks and can’t come in. I can’t stop that, sorry. Second, we’re going to give…”

Cont’d: “…accounting 7 days to do the auditing. If they refuse, we’ll bring someone from outside to do the auditing, w/ working groups…”

Cont’d: “…and other ppl who want to be partaking of that and know what’s going on.” #nycga #ows

Concern: “Through all these questions, a lot of things come up, like the 7-day deadline, which weren’t mentioned before, so I find it…”

Cont’d: “…very hard to comprehend the full spectrum of the proposal.” A: “I was trying to read it; ppl kept [using ‘wrap it up signal]..”

Cont’d: “…so I summarized it. Sorry.” Nathan notes that time is up, and we expect the police to arrive very soon. Trying to temp check…

…but the march is too loud. Some discussion happening between Stairs. OK, they’re temp checking again, do we want to close the GA. #nycga

Nan temp checks whether we can finish it. Looks negative. Sully encourages her to consider tabling and allowing the GA to be closed for now.

We temp check continuing w/ the proposal, and it looked negative. Then we temp checked ending the GA, and it was mixed. #nycga #ows

Still confusing, temp checking again. OK, Nan’s proposal is tabled. “The consensus was to end the conversation on this but to continue GA.”

Next proposal also from Nan. Loudest contingent in favor of continuing GA sounds unpleased by this. #nycga #ows

Stairs: “We’re starting a new proposal. Please give your respect to Jared.” Oh snap, we’re moving to the Politics and Electoral Reform WG.

It’s the “Subgroup to end Corporate Personhood” of the Politics and Electoral Reform Working Group. #nycga #ows

@dailyrev above a certain size, you can’t bring it in. on a night like tonight, refusing a search of any size bag keeps you out.

Proposer explains that Citizens United gave corporations the right to spend unlimited campaign funds, “and the only way to remedy this is..”

Cont’d: “…a constitutional amendment. Our proposal is for #OccupyWallStreet #NYCGA to say that we are in support of such an amendment…”

Cont’d: “…and the New York City Council is voting on a resolution on Wednesday the fourth to also call for such an amendment.”

Cont’d: “So, we’re also asking everyone to support the city council in their resolution. That’s it!” #nycga #ows

[Here’s the tent that’s causing all this commotion. -Ed.] #nycga #ows

The tent’s been moved away from the stairs again. Looks like GA may pause again for a minute. #nycga #ows

Stairs: “I’m willing to wait 5 more minutes. If we don’t convene w/in 5 more minutes, the GA is over.” #nycga #ows

Ok! GA has been dispersed by an unofficial consensus of no one focusing on it. Lots of merrymaking and fun! But can’t run consensus lk this.

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