Nov 13 GA Minutes

Occupy NOLA Genreal Assembly Notes – November 14


Announcements:

On Thursday November 15, the New Orleans venue Chickie Wah Wah will be hosting a benefit for the Occupy Movement’s Rolling Jubilee Telethon. The politically vocal folkie Michelle Shocked and surprise guests will perform here in New Orleans!

Sunday Nov 18 – Operation Holidays via the Craftivist Workshop will meet at 7pm at Occupy The Stage

Monday Nov 19 – There will be a Tar Sands Protest in Texas.
The NOLA Organizing Against Keystone meeting is at Fair Grinds on Thursday at 6pm for all who would like to show solidarity in New Orleans.

Thursday, November 22 5:30pm – Occupy Thanksgiving will be held at Occupy The Stage.
December 15 -Occupy NOLA will participate in an Austerity Protest in Solidarity with Gulf Coast People’s Convention! Please attend the Direct Action Working Group (Tuesdays at Occupy The Stage 7pm) or email howellnow@bellsouth.net to get involved.

The Occupy Puppet Theater/ 99% Voting Booth is still accepting write-in ballots and will do so until everyone has had the opportunity to vote. Ballots can be submitted at Occupy The Stage or digitally.

Teach-Ins for month of Nov and Dec

Occupy NOLA has scheduled two educationals and is waiting for confirmation of location availability.

Topics and Dates:
Debt Assembly – Nov 27 at 7pm (Location TBA)

Teach-In about The Fiscal Cliff – Dec 1 at 3pm (Location TBA)
(note – we agreed to do this on a Saturday and somehow I have the date the 2nd in my notes when the Saturday in December is actually the 1st).

Proposals:

1. Solidarity with Walmart Strikers! Passed Unanimously

Occupy NOLA stands in solidarity with Walmart employees and members will support Walmart Strikers on Black Friday (Nov 23) at locations in Louisiana where employees are actually striking. Other options for expressing solidarity include petitioning and using resources from The Corporate Action Center to raise awareness.

2. Digital Media Should Not Use Facebook to Post Details Related To Occupy NOLA or OTS Direct Actions Prior to Actions. Passed Unanimously

Digital Media will not post specific details related to upcoming Occupy NOLA or Occupy The Stage actions or civil disobedience on the Occupy NOLA or Occupy The Stage Facebook Pages or in Facebook groups and will not create Facebook events for direct actions or civil disobedience. This does NOT pertain to write-ups AFTER Occupy NOLA/OTS actions have occurred and does NOT pertain to posting information about teach-ins, petitions, community service opportunities, OTS performances, or General Assembly times and dates. This policy only applies to Facebook and does NOT apply to websites or other social networking sites or emails at this time. The GA has agreed unanimously that plans for direct action and civil disobedience will not be posted on Facebook by Digital Media.  Members of Occupy NOLA/OTS are encouraged to use discretion when using Facebook. Anyone who would like to discuss the nuances of the internet should attend a meeting of the Digital Media Working Group.

NOTE: The Occupy NOLA General Assembly agreed unanimously that Occupy NOLA Digital Media cannot promote direct action online on behalf of Occupy NOLA without consulting the General Assembly. This means that members of Digital Media cannot use the Occupy NOLA Facebook page or websites or emails or Twitter accounts to ask the general public to start physical occupations, encampments, or engage in Civil Disobedience without consulting the General Assembly and reaching consensus. When actions are planned by the Direct Action Working Group (empowered by the General Assembly) or the General Assembly or by individual working groups (this includes Occupy The Stage) several steps are taken including consulting the Legal Team.

The Digital Media Working Group is empowered to share press releases and notices from other activists as long as they are careful to clarify what is and is not an Occupy NOLA event.

Solidarity against proposed law to close Jackson Square daily between 1am and 5am by attending General Assembly of Jackson Square Nov 19! Passed Unanimously

Occupy NOLA offers solidarity to the Jackson Square tarot card readers and all people (citizens and visitors) who will suffer under the proposed law to close Jackson Square pedestrian mall daily from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.
http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/11/jackson_square_pedestrian_mall.html#incart_river
The Occupy NOLA General Assembly will offer solidarity specifically by attending the General Assembly of Jackson Square (not to be confused with The Occupy NOLA General Assembly) 6pm on Monday, Nov 19 and assisting with spreading awareness via flyers.  Please contact Mike Howells at howellnow@bellsouth.net to help distribute flyers.

Members discussed request submitted to Occupy NOLA’s Facebook to “Occupy Jackson Square.” The Occupy NOLA General Assembly reached unanimous consensus (12 people were there) to NOT issue a call to action by directing anyone to Occupy Jackson Square at this time. Occupy NOLA members agree it’s imperative that as community members, we meet with the Jackson Square General Assembly and learn more about their concerns as well as the legal history of this issue before planning a direct action of that scope.

 

Please feel free to add anything that was overlooked in the comments section here or email info@occupyneworleans.us.

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