Quorum at 12:45pm
In attendance: Itzhak, Michael K, Sati, Paul (stack keeper), Bill, Sumumba, Patrick
(facilitator), and Shoshannah (minute taker). We were soon joined by Aaron, Lisa,
Michael 2, and still later, by Broni, Noz, Jean, Cynthia and Lee Roy.
Reports back were heard from Patrick on last GA presentation and blocks; from
Itzhak on the hijacked meeting of 8 Feb; from Sumumba who says we (V&G), owe
Facilitator was set for next meeting, Wednesday 15 Feb.: Sumumba can’t make it to
that meeting so Shoshannah or Michael will do it.
Agenda items were put forward and given the following order:
1. Tabled from last meeting: What can we do to prevent V&G’s process, meetings
and document development, from being usurped by disrupters?
Note was taken that the alternative document was written by the person declaring
himself “facilitator.” That he/it was supported by a contingency of new faces;
seemingly with an agenda to replace rather than to amend the consented draft. That
on Feb. 8th process was not followed.
Many suggestions were put forward. It was decided that “membership” in our open
working group was confirmed by someone’s presence. That everyone is welcome to
participate fully and should be constrained only by our process, which is designed
to protect and respect everyone’s fullest participation. Consensus was reached for
strict process adherence. Consideration of a “circuit breaker” process was tabled.
Aaron is given permission to continue taping and taking photographs of this public
meeting; with the request that he ask before starting next time.
2. Michael K’s work on feedback items submitted for inclusion/amendment of
document was incorporated into item 5.
3. V&G response to request for participation and endorsement of El Barrio
demonstration March 1st for International Women’s Day; GA endorsed.
Sumumba will post on listserve.
4. Who is our audience? What are the purposes of this document? Discussion
considered purposes of business model re: what needs it has to meet, appeal to
internal and external mobilization, movement building, to the 99% ‘s universal
needs, worldwide potential usefulness, motivation, inspiration, aspiration, etc.
Break for lunch. Reconvened at 2:05pm.
5. Reworking of document: Updates to working draft have consensus. Stylistic
consented draft on the website a.s.a.p. He will reserve time on the agenda for
10 minute pause for pit-stop/cigarette break.
6. Itzhak and Bill made suggestions for presenting to GA: No consensus initially
on when to consider this, however, after completing agenda item #5 this was
discussed and consensus was reached on a game plan: Present to GA in easy to
swallow, one at a time bullets, each followed by a temp check. Patrick offered
this (accepted) amendment: The GA is welcome to make any revision it wants,
as has always been its process. Our WG should require that further suggested
revisions be resolved only by adopting this document as a whole, at a meeting
of the GA, and that revisions made at that meeting of the GA become the Occupy
Wall Street Vision Statement Consented Document. Without GA consent the
document reverts to its last (WG) consented draft, for re-presentation to a
subsequent meeting of the GA.
Additional: No banner will be placed on the site and the regularly scheduled
meeting following our presentation to GA will be cancelled. This could be either
Wednesday’s or Sunday’s meeting, depending upon action taken by GA on
Tuesday, Feb. 14th, 7pm – 9pm, 60 Wall Street, Atrium. Consent for both post
Meeting adjourned at 5:30pm.