Formation of Meeting of the Minds Working Group

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Meeting of the minds 2
Is a group intend to create mass action with in OWS.Meeting of the minds encourage groups to agree so OWS can move forward on a larger scale.Meeting of the mind objective is to have mass action push through GA to direct action at least ones a month.

Reason for meeting of the minds
There are people that don’t get along and at ga a lot of good ideas are block for this reason.I feel it’s good to have different opinions and debates that how everyone get a say ,I don’t want to take that away from GA.I also feel sometime the fighting and different opinion can bring the process of the movement to a complete stop.Meeting of the mind will serves as a mechanism to insure that this will not happen.Even if people can’t get along the super group will still be moving on a large scale.

Proposed by Rayshaun Ratcliff

6 Responses to “Formation of Meeting of the Minds Working Group”

  1. Heather

    Love your idea to gain some much needed solidarity but how bout some additional info, details…suggestions. What can we do to unite local occupations from New York, Jersey etc.? It would be nice to bring OWS, Occupy Newark, Occupy da Hood…together so all people with colors can just BE together. Have you put this out on Facebook and Twitter? I also suggest online and in-person outreach to other nearby Occupations listed on the OWS site and related links. There are so many Occupations out there and gathering mass support is a massive undertaking. Some are online, but many do not have regular access, hence the need for outreach in-person. A few days ago, 60,000 people marched on Madison, WI and there is no reason why we, as a movement, cannot obtain and even surpass those numbers in our street presence. I am from Chicago and the population there is about 3 million and I am still adjusting to the enormity of this place. Meeting of the Minds can utilize the population NYC, as the largest US city, and its surrounding areas. Then we gain not only a street presence and public attention, but much needed moral support and momentum to achieve our common goals.
    Both before and after this passes, we need to hit the streets and include direct action specifically for outreach. Scheduling conflicts are inevitable and your idea of having some sort of representation from various groups and occupations is a great one, and although it is similar to spokes council functions, it needs to be noted that this is a branching out of OWS intended to be inclusive for all of OWS, other local occupations and interested, yet to be involved ciitzens and (yet to receive amnesty) non-citizens. No one would be excluded but representation is merely a means of both in-reach and outreach to expand upon our abilities to organize and gather information and ideas for direct action.
    It should be stressed that the informal elements of your proposal are geared toward gaining camaraderie and the formalizing of direct actions will flow as Meeting of the Minds progresses. There is NO reason why anyone at the GA should get bent out of shape for a lack of formality in your proposal or feel as if it an insult to existing procedural bodies. Meeting of the Minds is all about getting together and details will follow as your idea of an Event Working Group grows.

    It is not to say that the Spokes Council and the GA are defunct, clearly we need additional human intellect and abilities to further our numerous causes. We are here to build new ways of living and different types of community and are in need of additional human resources. The problems we are facing, both internally and externally, constantly need to be examined and we are entirely capable of overcoming our conflicts and regulating ourselves and our processes. Meeting of the Minds is an opportunity to grow as a movement and formulate our own functional bureaucracy.
    This supergroup is in a beginning stage and I uphold pursuing a different type of solidarity much like the United GA and think that our occupations need multifaceted approaches for micromanagement and macro-management. Meeting of the Minds is a necessary endeavor in order to expand this burgeoning movement.

    As I mentioned before, I am a newbie here and you are relatively new to OWS. We are both still learning process and there is a lot of love and mutual support here. I will be there to support on you Saturday. :)

    • rayshaun ratcliff

      If this work I will come for the rest of the country

  2. rayshaun ratcliff

    Q)what the difference between spokes and meet of the minds.
    1) were as spokes deal with law rules and regulations they deal with a lot of issues  
    meeting of the minds focus is only on mass action

  3. rayshaun ratcliff

    How do you get people to agree.
    1)we make it easy them we put the focus on a decision that everyone can agree on mass action .knowing that OWS was built  action it’s our must power weapon .

  4. rayshaun ratcliff

    Meeting of the minds 2
    Is a group intend to create mass action with in OWS.Meeting of the
    minds encourage groups to agree so OWS can move forward on a larger
    scale.Meeting of the mind objective is to have mass action push
    through GA to direct action at least ones a month.

    Reason for meeting of the minds
    There are people that don’t get along and at GA a lot of good ideas
    are block for this reason.I feel it’s good to have different opinions
    and debates that how everyone get a say ,I don’t want to take that
    away from GA.I also feel sometime the fighting and different opinion
    can bring the process of the movement to a complete stop.Meeting of
    the mind will serves as a mechanism to insure that this will not
    happen.Even if people can’t get along the super group will still be
    moving on a large scale.

    I need people to come to saturday GA to make sure it pass.I would also
    like people to go the web site to look at a live stream of the GA that
    took place on the 10th of March and the 25th of february.that way you
    can know what i want.

    Meeting date on March 31 Saturday 2:00
    Rayshaun Ratcliff
    ACK ME ANY QUESTION AND I WILL TRY TO ANSWER BEFORE THE 17th