Tweets for Thu, 16 Feb 2012

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Hi fam! #OWS General Assembly is starting at 60 Wall. Follow here, @LibertySqGA2, @LibertySqGA3, and @LibertySqGA4. #NYCGA #OWS

“General assemblies are an optimized space for group discussions, planning community bldg and actions. We encourage this body…” #NYCSC

Cont’d: “…to discuss it further and welcome everyone to come to facilitation meetings,” Tues, Thurs, Sat at 4pm. #NYCGA #OWS

Facilitation also runs the “Intro to Direct Democracy” training at 5:30pm Tues, Thurs, Saturday at 60 Wall. #NYCGA #OWS

Lady is making this announcement for Facilitation to start us off. She reminds us we once had a Soapbox as part of GA, to “discuss things..”

Cont’d: “…people are interested and that can build the community.” Lady feels this is lacking right now. So, we’re brainstorming topics…

Cont’d: …for GA to discuss. Lady: “Anyone who’s been here since the beginning, raise your hand?” A few hands. #NYCGA #OWS

Cont’d: “Anybody just got here today?” There’s 1! “What up, my name’s Dave, I’m from Detroit.” He’s an MA in SW student. #NYCGA #OWS

He’s here in solidarity and to learn a little bit about what we’re doing and “try to adopt some of it for Occupy Detroit”! #NYCGA #OWS

Lady: “Anyone been here since October?” A bunch. “Who’s been arrested for the movement?” 8 ppl of this 30ish-person crowd. #NYCGA #OWS

Jeff is cofacilitating. “What Lady’s proposing is a breakout discussion to share info from people in the beginning, from being…”

Cont’d: “…on Wall Street, to moving to Zuccotti, to becoming part of a bigger movement.” Jeff suggests we orient each other. #NYCGA #OWS

Cont’d: “There are some ppl new to movement who have no idea about things that happened in the beginning.” #NYCGA #OWS

Cont’d: “I want people to be aware that folks who’ve been here, left are still the souls that propel this mvent.” Shouts out Daniel Zeta…

Cont’d: …and Eric Alexander, people who went upstate to farms, Adash from Structure… “Oh my Lord, there’s so many.” #NYCGA #OWS

Jeff suggests we tell stories about people who’ve left to each other. “And be sure and meet and greet at least one person you don’t…” #NYCGA

Cont’d: “…know already.” Someone pipes up. “It’s been amazing watching this grow, being a part of it. I love you all.” #NYCGA #OWs

RT @TesselizaTC: hey @LibertySqGA – could we ask around to see if someone would be willing to ustream GA? cc: @NaSh12 @OWSFacilitation @ …

RT @TesselizaTC: #makingspaces continues w speakers from global commons trust + union for radical political economics www.owsnyc.tv @Glo …

So, we’re breaking out, meeting each other, talking about issues and challenges in an unstructured way. There’s one proposal, next. #nycga

RT @NaSh12: @HelloFrances @libertysqga @libertysqga btw: per FWG this was supposed to be an announcent about future convos #butimjustsayin

OK, so we’re coming back after our breakout discussion. We’ll hear any working group reportbacks and then move to the proposal. #NYCGA #OWS

Apparently no reportbacks; we’re moving to the first proposal, for an #OWS Bike Coalition! Mandolin’s proposal: http://t.co/XjesTX9Q #NYCGA

Mandolin: “I guess I’ll just read our mission statement.” That’s the proposal (again: http://t.co/XjesTX9Q ) #NYCGA #OWS

From the Bike Coalition proposal: “The benefits of bikes are crazy rad, in fact (insert rad statistic here) isn’t that awesome?!” #NYCGA

The Bike Coalition’s 3-part purpose: providing bike swarms during actions, providing free bike repairs to members of all communities… #NYCGA

Cont’d: ….as well as free classes, and lastly, “The end goal of this working group is to get every Occupier fitted w/ a working bike.”#NYCGA

[This is easily the best-developed working group proposal we've seen since GA began hearing them a la the ComHub rules starting 1/21. -Ed.]

CQ: “Is this the formation of a group, or are you asking for funds?” A: “It’s just the formation of a group, there are no funds involved.”

CQ: “Is stealing a bike against what we’re doing?” A: “Um… I guess…. ask yourself that question?” (All in jest!) Moving to concerns. #NYCGA

One more CQ: “Do you have bikes already?” A: “We have some ppl in WG w/ own bikes, but at the moment don’t have any bikes…” #NYCGA

Cont’d: “…I’m going to Bike n Roll tomorrow to check out bikes that could be sold at a discounted price to us.” #NYCGA #OWS

Cont’d: “It takes getting funds and becoming a working group to get bikes.” Jeff asks for concerns or friendly amendments. #NYCGA #OWS

Anthony’s concern is “that if this WG doesn’t pass, we won’t be able to do lots of awesome shit!” He’s excited. #NYCGA #OWS

Shawn says “it’s not awesome enough!” Mandolin: “I want to take that friendly amendment to make it more awesome, Amendment taken!” #NYCGA

We’re moving to consensus, spirits high, people seem really into this proposal. #NYCGA #OWS

Restating proposal: “The proposal is for the #OWS Bike Coalition to become a working group!” Jeff asks for standasides… #NYCGA #OWS

Chris is standing aside “just for practice.” Jeff: “Any blocks?” Anthony: “I’ll block unless he does a barrel roll.” #NYCGA #OWS

Mandolin does a barrel roll. So, we have consensus! “Woooo!” Jeff: “So, now we’re fed, we’ve moved through and consensed one proposal.”

Cont’d: “We’re opening up the floor now for announcements.” Anthony: “Accounting has decided that our open meetings will be moved…”

Cont’d: “…from Fridays 5:45 to Saturdays at 6, 1 hour before GA. This Friday is our last Friday open meeting, after that, Saturday.” #NYCGA

Cont’d: “And we’ll have more things that everyone can decide on. Because everyone should be involved!” #NYCGA #OWS

Anthony: “Oh yeah, and fuck Monsanto! And Free Ellis!” #NYCGA #OWS

Think Tank: “We’ve changed our schedule completely; we’re switching to a topical think tank, Monday nite, 6-8, on tactics for next few wks.”

Cont’d; “If a working group has something and wants to have an open discussion w/ the public and a facilitator, let us know.” #NYCGA #OWS

Mandolino makes an announcement for his new Bike Coalition WG! They’ll meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3pm, at 60 Wall! #NYCGA #OWS

Daniel has a letter from an occupier in Vermont w/ no cell phone or Internet, and wants to read it. #NYCGA #OWS

Daniel: “To the GA of #OWS in the City of New York, from Velva Diego, at the first Occupy Farm in VT. We proudly announce the creation of..”

Cont’d: “…OWS anti-mail,” in response to the loss of frequent USPS service in many areas. “This has a very real impact on quality of life…”

Cont’d: “…for millions… and jeopardize the only Federal service that specifically received Constitutional mention.” Leaves rural Americans..

Cont’d: …”with a tenuous link to their fellows.” Notes that SOPA, ACTA, PIPA, and this regards a gov’t desire to keep us separate. #NYCGA

“Whether from the fear of what the American Spring or our movement resurgent will bring, or simply from the natural decay…”

Cont’d: “…of neglect, the US is unable to ” provide for its people. “We’re key to the future of where we must go together. It falls to us..”

Cont’d: “…to build parallel structures… to meet human needs where the system no longer can.” Anti-mail will subvert need for establishment.

“It’s also our hope that we’ll satisfy the very real needs of people who cannot afford USPS or other corporate mail systems.” #NYCGA

“Should we ever nd it, we’ll have a robust network in place, autonomous of external controls.” Friends doing friends favors. #antimail #OWS

Ronnie: “Printing has been sort of a 1-man job recently; been a little difficult keeping up with it,” but he’s working w/ Printer Co-op…

Cont’d: …so that he has to do less work and we have to do a little more. Also notes Mandolin did an “avian roll”, not a proper barrel roll.

Sean: “Tomorrow, there’ll be a conversation about ‘the grievance process’ — what it would do, how it would work, etc.”

“At 110 Schermerhorn at the Quaker House, 6:30-9:30 Friday, being led by Safer Spaces WG, is a conversation on grievance process.” #NYCGA

Nick tells us about the Open Spaces meeting format that Facilitation is continuing to hold events in, “to allow ppl to have conversations..”

Cont’d: “…on their own terms. We’re having them every other Friday; next one will be Feb 24 from 6-10pm.” 125 West 23rd St, 2nd floor.#NYCGA

Cont’d: “We’d love for everyone to join us if they could; pls come.” Notes it’s a great space for conversations being had via email. #NYCGA

Facilitation will also be having open spaces facilitation trainings so people can use Open Spaces on their own. #NYCGA #OWS

Anthony: “Tomorrow, 5:00, Arab Solidarity Day! No, I don’t have the address, look it up, you guys have cell phones and everything.” #NYCGA

Cont’d: “And, oh yeah, Free Ellis and Fuck Monsanto once again!” (“Fuck Monsanto!” everyone yells.) #NYCGA #OWS

Shawn: “If you want to come and be loud and have some fun, come to Grand Central Station at 7pm tomorrow for an action GA!” #NYCGA

“We’ll have teach-ins on direct democracy and teach-ins, and an open forum w/ tons of unsuspecting ppl on way to trains!” #NYCGA

OK, that’s it for GA! Thanks for reading fam. One last goodie coming up. #NYCGA #OWS

Velvet Diego’s letter to #NYCGA announcing #antimail, page 1. #NYCGA #OWS http://t.co/teuCQpdd

Velvet Diego’s letter to #NYCGA announcing #antimail, page 2. #NYCGA #OWS http://t.co/MH9WTAwQ

Velvet Diego’s letter to #NYCGA announcing #antimail, page 3. #NYCGA #OWS http://t.co/53dBxZcL

Velvet Diego’s letter to #NYCGA announcing #antimail, page 4. #NYCGA #OWS http://t.co/N6gYuWr3

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