2/28/12 General Assembly Meeting
Mary E. minutes
Occupy the Food Supply:
Mary M. is going to be working on issues pertaining to food supplies, including buy local, local area farms, and Monsanto.
Compassionate Communication & Skills in Action
Mary M. announced a workshop and flyer with moderator, Syrrus Powell, MSW. Syrrus, from Evansville, Ind., is a graduate of the Committed NVC Practitioner Program and was an Assistant Trainer for the international Leadership Program run by the Bay Area Center for Nonviolent Communication in Oakland, California. The workshop is free, but donations to reimburse travel expenses will be appreciated. It will be held at Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Church, Saturday, March 3 from noon to 4pm.
Chris W would like to add a secure forum and chatroom to our website. There will be no costs associated. The GA voted approval.
Occupy BloNo at the State Capitol:
Linda G & Shelly B joined BloNo members & Sonny G for the HS 4603 hearing, which did not pass out of the committee.
Mary E passed on a request from Joe F regarding media events. If we are going to send press releases to media, we should show up to our events 15 minutes prior to the actual event, i.e. getting there before the media does, be ready on time.
UIS Rally & Ask Occupy Panel Discussion
Mary E. reminded OSI members to participate in the campus rally from 5 to 6pm, preceding the OSI panel discussion this Thursday.
Chris W will run the book club, independent of OSI. The first two books on the book club list, available online, will remain the same, Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky, & Webs of Power by Starhawk.
Jim D will post a link on the OSI discussion page regarding a published annual report of corporations, who owns what.
Chris W reminded us that OSI began with a work group structure but this faded away, due to a lack of individual commitments. Also reminding us from Richard Gilman-Opalsky, be careful of becoming too restrictive with working goals & demands. Although, we do need a straight-arrow focus. The OSI “core” is the GA, the GA is where decisions are made. AJ stated that we can have internal structure within groups, as well as support from external groups. AJ recommended that OSI should take the time to create a list of obtainable goals that are reachable in a timely manner. Bob believes we may be putting the cart before the horse, in organizing work groups. We may first need to establish a more definitive mission before we begin organizing work groups. Instead of viewing a philosophical mission, we need to create that philosophy through realizing our philosophical goals. What are those goals? It’s really about the 1% in control. Keep hammering at that objective. Chris W said our goals are education, awareness, & empowerment, & that we do not align ourselves with the 2-party system. Jim D. stated that the 99% is a diverse group that represents the 99%. The goal is how to make change. We need to stay focused on what we are trying to accomplish. Establish that first, & work backwards from there, utilizing individual skill sets. Shelly B. stated that we need to focus on the broader issues. We can’t afford to get lost in minutia; we have to be diligent in keeping in the context of national issues. Work groups are not issue based groups, but rather, where people work; matching individual assets to tasks. Linda G. said she has posted a detailed description of work groups online, for review. We will post a discussion on the topic of organizational development on the forums & further review will be made at the GA, next Tuesday, March 6th.
AJ provided a copy of the schedule of events which is posted on the Midwest Conference website. Housing for the summit will include an encampment (no permit), foreclosed homes, individual homes, & hotels. There is an Occupy Bus available for rides. Linda G. has also posted a ride-share for OSI online. Chris W will post this event on the OSI calendar.