60 Wall Street, 8 p.m.
Attendance: Anne, Jackrabbit, Sam, Steve Thompson, Tim, Casey, Ben, Ahmed, Stefan, Jesse, Scott, Kay.
Jackrabbit gave an overview of process.
Tim and Steve reported that Kay is drafting a proposal for funding for an Ipad for the Voting Experiment. Anne suggested another source of revenue could be a grant, if necessary. Jesse suggested more discussion on our needs. Tim said the proposal for the funding for the Ipad will be online so we can all look at it (Kay was not in attendance at this point in the meeting). Further discussions about overall funding will be held.
Jesse reported on the viral campaign for a Constitutional Convention to revise the Constitution to get money out of politics. Scott started a Piratepad to discuss possible unintended consequences. There have been debates on whether a single amendment or an entire Constitutional revision would be better. The group is not ready to talk to other organizations. There will be a meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at 60 Wall St. to further discuss this.
Jack stated he is participating in conference calls Tuesdays at 9 p.m. with occupations around the country and others can participate.
Electoral Reform Proposal: Tim categorized the 13 items we’ve been discussing according to which have been non-controversial, which have been the subject of questions and which have been the subject of concerns. Anne added a concern about open primaries. Previously concerns were brought up about ballot initiatives, term limits and the second clause of the campaign financing item. There is a Piratepad on the forum where everyone can add comments. Jack suggested we try to submit this proposal to the GA within 10 days. Anne and Scott suggested campaign finance reform seems to be a key issue that should be emphasized and perhaps elaborated. Scott suggested footnotes. Casey wanted to emphasize term limits, even though this item was a concern for others. We broke up into small groups for further discussion. Tim collected comments for further revisions.
Jack suggested we need a Mission Statement. He, Anne, Jesse, Steve (?) and Sam will work on it online.
We discussed how to deal with new members. There seemed to be consensus that new members should be allowed to participate. We discussed what to do if a new member blocked a proposal. There seemed to be a consensus that this could be dealt with as it comes up and would likely only be a problem if a faction of some kind attended en masse to disrupt the group. There was a suggestion of some type of orientation for new members. There is a daily meeting at the square for new members which can serve this function. The possibility of asking new members to arrive early at the Thursday or Sunday meetings to talk to existing members was mentioned. Anne brought up the fact that we have two memberships, the in-person membership and the online membership which is much larger. Some people who have joined online do not live near NYC. We agreed to further discuss this at a later date.
The SpokesCouncil proposal from the Facilitation group was discussed and people were encouraged to go to the GA Friday night.
We approved a statement of support for Occupy Oakland.
Robert, who was not in attendance, wants to film one of our meetings. Jack brought this up for discussion, but retracted it after deciding Robert needs to be present to present this proposal. A temperature check regarding being filmed revealed mixed feelings.
Jack announced he will be speaking as an individual at the Platypus Society panel.
We may ask someone from the Facilitation Group to facilitate our Sunday meeting.
Adjourned shortly before 10 pm.