Global Democracy Statement

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My name is Ameen and this is Caesar we have a global democracy statement. This includes a call to action on October 16, a global call to action that has been adopted by some general assembly and has been endorsed by Noam Chomsky Ben Danishiva Michael Hart and others. We have it in multiple languages. It was provided to Wall St occupation to be endorsed by the general assembly. This was read a few days earlier and people felt good about it. We’re reading it again for this body to endorse it. It has been endorsed by many GAs around the world. It has been endorsed as is, so it’s being presented as is.

It reads:

“On 15th October, 2011, united in our diversity united for global change we demand global democracy, global governance by the people for the people inspired by our sisters and brothers in Tunis Cairo Benghazi Dara Palestine Israel Spain and Greece. We too call for a regime change. A global regime change. We will not come to global institutions hat in hand begging for policy change. In the words of Ben Yeshiva, the Indian activist, today we demand replacing the G8 with the whole of humanity. The G 7 billion. These are our global Mubarak, our global Assad our global Gaddahfi they are the IMF the WTO global markets multi-national banks the G8 the ECB the UN security council the world bank the basil committee on bank regulation and other undemocratic international institutions. Like Mubarak and Assad these institutions must not be allowed to run people’s lives without their consent. We are all born equal rich or poor woman or man every African and Asian is equal to every European and American. Our global institutions must reflect this or be overturned.”

So this is the statement. It’s before this body. It’s provided to you as it has been received and it has been endorsed as is.

NYCGA Minutes 10/2/2011, 7:30PM

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Meeting Date/Time: 10/2/2011 / 7pm EST

Location: Liberty Plaza

Facilitators: John, Nalini?


Facilitator (F): We have a welcome table and an info table. If you want to help out go see either table. They got information; they can point you in the right way. We also have working groups. Join a working group. Working groups are autonomous. They do great things. Come and help out. You can get that info at either of those tables. We also have some thematic groups. Those groups are around issues. So if you want to talk about issues, join a thematic working group. My name is Nalini.

F: My name is Jason. We are your facilitators for this GA. If you want to be a facilitator we have a working group. Everyone is welcome. Everyone can join. We meet at 5:30. Sorry, 4pm. So we’re gonna explain how the process works.

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NYCGA Minutes 10/1/2011

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Meeting Date/Time: 10/1/2011 / 7pm EST

Location: Liberty Plaza

Facilitators (F):


F: Because hundreds of us got arrested, GA will be a little bit different. First, a review of procedures. Then we will have working group report backs. After that, announcements!

F: For working group report backs, we’re going to give priority to Legal and Direct Action to report back on what happened today.

Review of Process:

Two generations of people’s mic will be required! This means that the crowd repeats what the speaker says, and the crowd further back repeats that.



15.1.  Working Group Report Backs

15.2.  Announcements

15.3.  Soapbox

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Funding for Printing Flags

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We are requesting some money for printing.The artist who made the sweet shirt is offering to make us a bunch of flags for marches. We are asking for 300 dollars as the estimated cost of printing the assembly a bunch of flags.

Funding for Printing Fliers

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This is a request for funds proposal. We at OWS that we must come to you for anything more than $100 dollars. This proposal is for 2k$ for fliers to be handed out during the march to ….. I know you’ve heard a lot about the wonderful union support. We’d like to make Wed march biggest so far. Wed is also student walk out. So both labor students and us here at OWS will be uniting to take the streets again. Let’s get these fliers out so Wed we got power and numbers. One piece of paper costs about 10 cents. Each paper makes 4 fliers.

NYCGA Minutes 9/30/2011, 7PM

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Meeting Date/Time: 9/30/2011 / 7pm EST

Location: Liberty Plaza



F: Discussion of General Assembly Process and Facilitation Training
F: Discussion of Human Microphone
F: Discussion of Stack. Progressive stack explanation. Gives marginalized speakers more access to process. Gives those who speak less often a chance to access the process.

F: Discussion of hand symbols. Point of process (diamand shape hand sign). Speak up (finger upwards). Point of information. Approve (spirit fingers upwards). So-so (spirit fingers straight up). Disapprove (spirit fingers down). Block (arms make “X”). This is very serious and must entail an issue that is so serous to you that you would be willing to walk away from the movement over serious ethical concerns or serious safety concerns.
We cannot have this many people surrounding one person, we need a team of individuals to


14.1.  Working Group Report Backs

14.2.  Announcements

14.3.  Agenda Items (Request for Funds: Outreach, Direct Action)

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Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

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Our movement has now a reason, now we work in the action! Solidarity! It is our proposal to release this document to every other Occupy Movement, to put it on the internet as a beacon to those who are incredibly angry and want to do something about it, even if they can’t be here.

Declaration of the Occupation of New York City
As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.
They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.
They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.
They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.*
To the people of the world,

We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

*These grievances are not all-inclusive.

Funding for Bail

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Frame it when we march on Wall Street, we have a really cool chant: They got bailed out, we got sold out! It’s true! In the spirit of that chant, let’s not sell each other out. Let’s bail each other out of jail. They propose that the legal group, in the chants time, when someone needs bail, they will have access to the thousands of dollars that people have generously donated to the cause on Wall Street. Bail in NYC never generally exceeds $1000, and that amount would be rare. One concern they’re trying to cover now. Another suggestion brought to them was that they have their own funds that they ask for from the public for bail money. But we’re a group that shows solidarity for each other. We’re trying to create a new paradigm where we care for each other! So it’s symbolically important that we have access to the funds that represent all of us. People seem cool with this. In the chance that once of us is arrested at a protest and needs bail, let’s have this money.

Proposal: In the rare event that someone needs bail because they were protesting or arrested in this square and its occupation, then we would provide bail money from the general funds. If it exceeds $1000, they will bring that to the GA.

NYCGA Minutes 9/28/11, 7:30pm

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(Note: There were two GAs on day 12, on at 2pm and this one, at 7:30pm. There are two separate sets of notes, one for each GA held.)


Meeting Date/Time: 09/28/2011, 7:30pm EST

Location: Liberty Plaza



F: Introduction. For everyone who has never been to a general assembly, they will go through a brief process explanation.

F: There is an agenda that is brief and timed. They will take proposals for those agenda items, then we will take friendly amendments, then clarifying questions about those proposals, then they will take concerns, then they will move to blocks. Blocks are very serious. It means that you have an ethical or principal problem with what is being proposed, or you think it’s bad for the group.

F: There are hand signals for liking things, being in the middle, not liking it. You raise your hand to get on stack. There is a symbol for concerns or questions about the process. This is a point of process. One last point about process: we use progressive stack, which means that the stack-keeper does not necessarily call on people in the order in which they raise their hands. They take into account marginalized voices and individuals who have not yet spoken. So if stack is ten men in a row, a non-male bodied person will jump stack, so the discussion is not dominated by men, which is often the case here. Also, if you have a point of information, raise your pointer finger. Do not abuse this! It is only for relevant information about something someone is saying, such as a time clarification or an update. We are not doing direct response, we are doing point of information.

Point of Information (POI): Amy. Right here after the GA they are going to have a meeting about these issues. It is an anti-patriarchy meeting and an education group.

F: Points of information are not for announcements! There is a time for announcements!

F: If you cannot hear, point upwards. At last night’s meeting, they came up with a new hand signal for when a loud noise is coming up on the street, so the person speaking knows to pause until the noise has gone away.

F: Blocks—if you make a block, and consensus is reached after that, the person making the block should be prepared to leave the movement. It is very serious. After a block, there is a vote, in which we try to reach 9/10 agreement.


12.1.  Working Group Report-backs
12.2.  Announcements
12.3.  Bail Proposal
12.4.  Internet Discussion

12.5.  Announcements

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