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RT @OWScom: TONIGHT: GA @ 100 William Street 7PM. This GA also a call to action to defend our right to peaceably assemble. Let's get a h ...
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GA IS STARTING AT 100 WILLIAM: "The reason we're assembled here today, as opposed to in the Park that was recently opened, is that..."#nycga
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"...on Sunday, despite the fact that this is an open space, when we had GA here, we were aggressively removed by the NYPD. When we..."#nycga
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"...explained that we had the right to be here, we were aggressively removed by the NYPD and told we could take it to the judge in the AM."
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"When we started #OWS... our action was our speech. And in the spirit of that tonight, we will hold a General Assembly." #nycga #ows
19:15 pm
Facilitators (stairs) tonight are Nathan and Marisa. Theyre explaining our process, and recruiting a timekeeper from the large crowd! #nycga
19:17 pm
We're starting w/ announcements. Stairs opens stack, w/ Matt as stacktaker. "In order to allow the greatest number of proposals..." #nycga
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"...to be heard tonight, is that we'll allow 15 minutes per proposal, although you'll be, as always, empowered to extend that time." #nycga
19:18 pm
In order to allow entry and egress to 100 Williams, Aaron is asking folks to move slightly away from the Stairs. #nycga #ows
19:19 pm
Georgina's announcement! "This is my first time at #OWS GA. Thank you all for your strong spirit and inspiring so many ppl in so.." #nycga
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"…many other places. I'm coming from the [Sailor Sea], in the Pacific NW, which spans Seattle, Vancouver, and Coastal BC." #nycga #ows
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Cont'd: "We have a real problem there right now, which is that Brookfield Asset Management Company are liquidating the last temperate…"
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Cont'd: "…rain forests of British Columbia, which they privately own. These forests are getting cut and sent as exports to China." #nycga
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Cont'd: "So, I wanted to come here and help make the connection that the same company who owns Brookfield Properties, and Zuccotti Park.."
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Cont'd: "…who truly represent the 1%, are also involved in liquidating forests. There's a particular forest on Cortez Island, in B.C…"
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Cont'd: "…that is scheduled for clearcut this month. And we need solidarity actions here and all over the world!" They have a petition...
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Cont'd: …from OccupyVancouver. "We'd like ppl to sign this petition but also think there's lots of potential for creative solidarity action"
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Cont'd: "The wolves, the endangered species in these forests have no protection, so the people need to show up at this time!" #nycga #ows
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Cont'd: "Thank you all again for your solidarity and inspiration." #nycga #ows
19:22 pm
Next announcement: "Last night, the Global Revolution live stream base was hit w/ a multi-agency task force and evicted and locked out.."
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Cont'd: "…of their building. On Friday, at 2PM, at 79th Street and 5th Avenue, at Bloomberg's Mansion, there will be a protest about.."
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Cont'd: "…what happened to not only the Global Revolution Livestream, but all the press who have been arrested covering #OWS." #nycga #ows
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Cont'd: "We are asking everyone to come with cameras, video cameras, and live stream. We're gonna make 'em shut that block down, and…"
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Cont'd: "…we're gonna drive Bloomberg and his neighbors crazy. And we're looking for standup comedians who want to do comedy about.."
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Cont'd: "…Bloomberg, Lady Gaga, and the police state we're living in." #nycga #ows
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Next, Milo: "My announcement related to that, I'm in contact w/ someone right now who's at the Manhattan base for Global Revolution TV.."
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Cont'd: "…and they are expecting a raid tonight. She wants to leave, but she doesn't feel safe leaving alone, so I'm going to go pick her.."
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Cont'd: "…up." Next, Nan. "Hi everybody; happy new year. My announcement is, my working group is currently working with.."
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Cont'd: "…a new working group, basically to have some kind of fundraising for the occupation, since we all know, very soon.."
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Cont'd: "…we'll be broke. So, that's my announcement." Ted's "report back on the NDAA actions today!" "It was a beautiful success!"#nycga
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Cont'd: "…and done on very short notice. We began on 42nd Street, right next to the Library on Bryant Park, and we held a press conference."
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Cont'd: "There was no mainstream media, kind of like our first official statement about #NDAA did not get any press, but we kept on.."
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Cont'd: "..going. We staged theatrical renditions of ppl speaking out; renditions being their capturing. After that, we went to Senator..."
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Cont'd: "…Gillibrand and Schumers' office, and we had incredible soapboxing as well as a statement from a man who was indefinitely…" #nycga
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Cont'd: "…detained for 3 years of his life for going after a corrupt bank." Recommends we look at video from the action. #nycga #ows
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Cont'd: "Next, we went to Rockefeller Center; we were prevented from assembly there, but many people heard about the NDAA. Because..."
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Cont'd: "…the media is doing nothing. #OCCUPY is the voice. After that, we did an incredible flash mob in Grand Central Station, where..."
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Cont'd: "…thousands of ppl heard our mic checks. 7 of us were arrested for speaking and assembling -- the police were violent." #nycga #ows
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Cont'd: "And I say that this year is a continuation of this protest! So we were in solidarity w/ Anonymous in this global revolution, and.."
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Cont'd: "…we are unstoppable! Keep going!" Big cheers. #nycga #ows
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Point of information (POI): "I'm part of @GlobalRev; I'm unsure what is going on. OccupyNYC will not be streaming, but we're not the only.."
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Cont'd: "…stream team at these events. It's about multi streaming!" He's sorry they have to leave tho. #nycga #ows
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Next: "Please appreciate the dynamics of what is occurring. We have a Mayor Bloomberg who has a conflicting agenda w/ the movement."#nycga
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Cont'd: "Consequently, he has proceeded in a systematic matter to achieve his agenda. Specifically, his plan of action…"
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Cont'd: "…is to end participation in the movement, and has utilized the NYPD as a device to achieve such means." Stairs Pt-of-processes him.
19:33 pm
Stairs: "While we appreciate what you're saying, what you're saying isn't an announcement, it's more of an opinion." Soapbox after GA.#nycga
19:33 pm
Courtney from OccupyVancouver! "Georgina spoke to you earlier about Brookfield Properties' plan to log on Cortez Island." #nycga #ows
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Cont'd: "I brought this petition here tonight, in the hopes that you'll sign it, so I can bring it home to Cortez Island to show.." #nycga
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Cont'd: "…solidarity from #OWS and stop Brookfield" from cutting down the rainforest. Sign and bring it back to her after GA! #nycga #ows
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Next: "Join elected officials and community leaders for a rally and press conference as we make a new years' resolution…" #nycga #ows
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"…rededicating our efforts to the police accountability movement. Let's recommit. Tell Bloomberg and Ray Kelly that we recognize…"
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Cont'd: "…discrimination of communities of color codified in the NYPD culture. It's not anti-NYPD, nor does it impede efforts to end..."
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Cont'd: "…gun violence. We're fighting for better policing and safer streets for all New Yorkers. The problem must be acknowledged..."
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Cont'd: "…only then can it be fixed. 1PM, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn -- Saturday, January 7th." #nycga #ows
19:38 pm
Facilitation announces that it's come to their attention that several NYPD vans are in route. #nycga #ows
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We're making special care to leave a walkway through the space and into the building, before the NYPD arrive. #nycga #ows
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Robert: "Last year, the Spokescouncil was formally recognized as active. Recognizing also the rules set down in the October 17th..."
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Cont'd: "…spokes council proposal. This proposal cannot come to this body. Look it up." That was a point of process re: the first proposal.
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Stairs: "It's true that last night the Spokescouncil recognized itself after 3 months of craziness. However, there was an attempt to.."
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Cont'd: "…reach out to the Housing group, but they told Facilitation that their proposal was very urgent b/c ppl needed Metrocards…"
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Cont'd: "..to get to a warm place to sleep. So since we didn't know about Spokes until last night, we agreed in transition to allow..."
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Cont'd: "…this proposal to go through the GA." #nycga #ows
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Jeff: "Good evening; my name is Jeff and I'm w the housing Working group. The Housing WG would like to continue the process of weekly..."
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Cont'd: "…metro card requests that's been ongoing for 4 weeks to facilitate participation of individuals and WGs making a tangible…"
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"…contribution to the daily operation of the occupation." The NYPD have just arrived. #nycga #ows
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"We would like 130 total Metrocards for distribution. The first 30 cards were returned to #OWS accounting from last week's distro" #nycga
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Cont'd: "..and additional 100 new cards, at $29 each, for a total of $2900." It's 10 cards less than last week, and $580 fewer. #nycga #ows
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"The proposed process for distribution will remain the same. Each person requesting a metro card will need an auth form signed by..."
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Cont'd: "…a point person in their working group. Cards will be available in a 1st come, 1st-served basis, distroed 6-9pm at GA or Spokes…"
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Cont'd: "…location on Tues, Weds, Thurs, by a committee of representatives of the Housing WG." #nycga #ows
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If you received a card in the previous week, you have to verify you are still in possession. This text is all on nycga.net too. #nycga #ows
19:45 pm
OK, Stairs opening floor to clarifying questions, taking stack. First CQ: "I have heard mentioned several times a standard of contribution..
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Cont'd: "…to the movement. I'd like to know how that's defined, and who's empowered to make that decision." #nycga #ows
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A: "Great question. The Housing WG does not feel empowered to make that decision. We have thus given that power to the working groups.."
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Cont'd: "…represented by the point people in each working group. As long as there are Metrocards or resources, we feel that WGs, as the.."
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Cont'd: "…basic organizational unit of this movement, should make that decision." #nycga #ows
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Point of information (POI): "I'm developing a template to help make that more transparent, what a defined contribution should be for..."
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Cont'd: "…membership in #OWS. Anybody who wants to be on that [group], contact me (Daryl)." #nycga #ows
19:47 pm
CQ: "RE: presenting your cards: my wallet was just lost, so how can I present my card if it's now lost?" #nycga #ows
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A: "Good ?. There are concerns that ppl are not using their cards for the intended purposes of transportation. Example given: selling them."
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Cont'd: "Therefore, in the unfortunate circumstance that you lose or your card is stolen, we are requesting that you notify the housing..."
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Cont'd: "…group immediately when the card is stolen or lost." CQ: "What happens when someone reports that?" A: "It's documented…" #nycga
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Cont'd: "…within the housing group that it happened, and the date they reported it is noted." #nycga #ows
19:51 pm
Stairs asks that we stop having side conversations. The space is a little echoey. #nycga #ows
19:52 pm
Stairs asks that we stop having side conversations. The space is a little echoey. #nycga #ows
19:52 pm
That's it for CQs, so we're stacking concerns. "My concern w/ this whole process is kind of like bureaucracy; it's a bit like.." #nycga
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Cont'd: "…applying for welfare. By the time you get forms signed, you have to make calls, you lose them. Why don't we just assume…" #nycga
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Cont'd; "…if people can't afford a metro card, then they'll buy their own. And if they can't, and they're living in churches, we'll give.."
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Cont'd: "…it to them." Next concern. "If this doesn't pass, a lot of ppl won't be able to find a place to sleep." #nycga #ows
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Cont'd; "To go to a church on time to enter [and sleep], I need a Metrocard. So, they're a good thing." #nycga #ows
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Yoni: "I'm not sure all WGs have good intentions for the movement. Not all the WGs come to the GA, and that's OK, but I don't feel as…"
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Cont'd: "…comfortable empowering each working group w/ money and then have no control over them." "Control?" someone says. #nycga #ows
19:55 pm
Stairs: "We are being interrupted by the security of this building. I'm going to continue facilitating." #nycga #ows
19:56 pm
OK, that's it for concerns. Any friendly amendments? No. Any stand asides? "Again, a stand aside is a personal serious concern, but it.."
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Cont'd: "…does not prevent the group from going forward." We've moved to 2 generations of the people's mic. #nycga #ows
19:58 pm
Nan wants to get a concern in, and I guess we didn't do FAs. "I have a concern for housing. I understand that every week, they come to.."
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Cont'd: "…the GA for $ about Metrocards. My concern is this. Since we're running out of $, I'm concerned down the road, that we won't.."
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Cont'd: "…have money for Metrocards. I'm wondering, when that takes place, what's Housing going to be doing about it?" #nycga #ows
20:00 pm
An emergency announcement. "Ladies and Gentlemen, we are possibly in an arrestable situation b/c we are taking more than 50% of the space."
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"The way to solve this is for everybody to step back behind the second line and spread out. As much as I hate this, I'd hate for you…"
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Cont'd: "…all to be arrested. Thank you. Also, please make sure that the entrance to this lovely Starbucks w/ no bathroom is clear."#nycga
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The whole group has moved back; definitely less than 50% of the space at this point. #nycga #ows
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OK, back to the housing proposal. Jeff: "Housing is also concerned about the # of funds being used in this organization. 3 weeks ago, we.."
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Cont'd: "…were requesting over $4,000 a week for metro cards. We have been putting in a process of accountability and have, at the same…"
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Cont'd: "…time, reduced our funding requests by $1500 a week. We are also hoping that past proposals from Info/Comhub…"
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Cont'd: "…will give more accountability for which working groups are viable for this movement. Also, we have been exploring other…"#nycga
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Cont'd: "…other transportation options- bicycles, school bus, and possibly fundraising in the future." Not sure yet, tho. #nycga #ows
20:04 pm
Stairs: "We're finished w/ stack for concerns. We'll open up stack for Friendly Amendments." (FAs for short.) #nycga #ows
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Nan's the only FA. "I'd like Housing to do some kind of fundraising effort, so they can sustain themselves and then also contribute as..."
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Cont'd: "…part of the movement." Jeff responds that he feels they already are contributing, "but financially, I know that other groups.."
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Cont'd: "…have already expressed about how everyone officially in the movement is empowered for active fundraising." #nycga #ows
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Cont'd: "…whether I personally, or the group of Housing in general, is for or against, is another discussion. I will say that we are…"
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Cont'd: "…actively exploring other options." Daniel's FA: "It seems to me that we bring up Metrocards every week. If we're going to.."#nycga
20:07 pm
Cont'd: "…do this, we might as well get monthly cards. That's my amendment." A: "We've considered monthly cards. But we have decided not.."
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Cont'd: "..to do that, because people often arrive on a weekly basis, and cards are sometimes lost. So we'll decline that FA." #nycga #ows
20:09 pm
POI: "If you lose a Metrocard, and you pay with a credit card, MTA will reimburse you." A: "#OWS pays cash." #LULZ #OWS #NYCGA
20:10 pm
FA: "I suggest putting forth a budget for 2 weeks so we don't have to do this again next week." #nycga #ows
20:11 pm
A: "Clarification: are you requesting we add an additional weeks' allotment of funds to this proposal?" #nycga #ows
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FA: "I'm saying funds to be dispersed next week, reducing liability." A: "Accepted!" #nycga #ows
20:12 pm
Ted's FA: "That the Housing WG transparently disclose whether cards issued have been lost, so we can discern whether or not it is…"
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Cont'd: "…financially rational to invest in using a credit card for monthly passes that we can actually get back." #nycga #ows
20:13 pm
Jeff: "Out of 115 cards distributed last week, only 1 person came forward and said that their card had been lost, and 1 additional said..."
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Cont'd: "…their card had been stolen. 2 cards. The cards are pro-rated. If you lose it on the 6th day, you're only reimbursed 1 day."
20:14 pm
No more FAs; Stairs: "We'll restate the proposal w/ amendments." Housing: "Housing WG is requesting 30 Metrocards returned to finance.."
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Cont'd: "..last week, and the funds of $2900 for the purchase of 100 cards this week, and an additional $2900 for the purchase of 100.."
20:15 pm
Cont'd: "…Metrocards for next week, to be distributed by a previously-defined process." #nycga #ows
20:17 pm
Stairs: "Any blocks?" No! Consensus! Jeff notes distro of first 30 cards starts immediately. #nycga #ows
20:21 pm
Next, @OccupyNewark is requesting $ from #OWS to help them buy a list of "items we need to purchase." #nycga #ows
20:22 pm
Their proposal is for $10,000. "Can we get a temperature check on reading the itemized list?" #nycga #ows
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#ON: "We have legal approval to occupy 24hrs downtown in the business district, which is the heart of Newark, NJ!" #nycga #ows
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Cont'd: "We do not have barricades surrounding our parks! We do not have the fear of getting locked up for peaceful assembly!" #nycga
20:28 pm
Cont'd: "…or, peaceful protest. This is because the Newark Police Department suffered over 160 layoffs. They are obviously acknowledging.."
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Cont'd: "…themselves as part of the 99%! What we don't have is the people power, such as yourselves, that can help us keep our encampment.."
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Cont'd: "…going throughout this winter! We have people sleeping in camping tents w/o heaters. Someone is going to get sick, catch…" #nycga
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Cont'd: "..pneumonia, and possibly die. I don't want that on my conscience. I don't know who all read the proposal, but it also states…"
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Cont'd: "…that if finance is the issue, can you at least help us receive some of the supplies." Stairs asks folks not to lean against glass.
20:31 pm
Now opening stack for CQs. @shawncarrie has a POI tho: "The site of the Newark encampment is an historic site! It's the location where.."
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Cont'd; "..George Washington camped out w/ his troops during the coldest winter of the first American Revolution. My CQ is, how many.."
20:33 pm
Cont'd; "…ppl can sleep in a military tent?" A: "It depends on the size of the tent," but thinks they can get close to 200 ppl in the park.
20:34 pm
"We want to get 25 2-man tents. But we welcome as much support as we can get." They invite us to bring own tents, too. #nycga #ows
20:35 pm
CQ: "What's the purpose of $2500 for emergency funds?" A: "The emergency funds are going to be reserved by Accounting and will only…"
20:36 pm
Cont'd: "…be issued for emergency situations or supplies." John the EMT comes up, also from @OccupyNewark. #nycga #ows
20:37 pm
"We need emergency funds for medical supplies! I need a tent for heat, for hypothermia patients." Stairs calls for next on stack. #nycga
20:37 pm
CQ for facilitation: "I don't understand how we should make financial decisions w/o understanding the ramifications for the rest of budget."
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Stairs: "GA has the pwr to make those decisions. If they feel they don't have enough information, they can decide not to pass the proposal."
20:39 pm
#ON: "These funds will be used for the items on the list. We will be totally accountable and transparent." #nycga #ows
20:40 pm
They say this request is for items they've overlooked in their previous fund allocation: medical supplies, transportation, etc. #nycga #ows
20:40 pm
A POI: "$2500 is 1/4 of our weekly food budget. Any decision we make should keep that in mind." #nycga #ows
20:41 pm
Nan's CQ is essentially just praise for Newark. "They're not like New York; they're very poor. If we pass this proposal, I'm asking.."
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Cont'd: "..you guys, please take care of the supplies, because we're running out of money. That's my concern." #nycga #ows
20:42 pm
A: "Again, we do not have police raiding our encampment. We don't have any acts of vandalism going on-- we take a lt of pride in our city.."
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Cont'd: "…regardless of what's being displayed in the media. So I assure you, we'll treat it as precious as you would." #nycga #ows
20:44 pm
They're also working off of less than $20/day in donations. Sage: "Do we have any tents left over from #D17 that might be suitable?" #nycga
20:45 pm
SIS says they have a few tents, sleeping bags, clothes, but not quite sure how many. "SIS still needs a computer." #nycga #ows
20:45 pm
Stairs suggests that SIS talk to @OccupyNewark and try to figure it out. #nycga #ows
20:45 pm
Yoni: "CQ: On website, it says you'll be buying some supplies from Wal-Mart. Are you still going to?" A: "No, we're not. There was a…"
20:46 pm
Cont'd: "…reason for that, but we can't, not on this." OK, no more CQs! Stacking up concerns. Aaron says the NYPD told him we're find as...
20:47 pm
Cont'd: …long as we keep an open pathway. Next concern: "I don't want anyone to be cold in the winter! However, I'm concerned about the.."
20:47 pm
Cont'd: "…funds running out, and w/ #ON not having all expenses accounted for nor communication re: available resources here." #nycga #ows
20:48 pm
She suggests we should give some funds, but to reconsider the total? Hard to hear. Daryl's FA is to subtract cost of physical items given.
20:50 pm
A: "We'll accept the FA; it's not about $, it's about lives." Anymore FAs? Temp check: looks good… #nycga #ows
20:51 pm
Any standasides? No. Any blocks? No! CONSENSUS! Proposers: "Pls take a GA field trip to @OccupyNewark so you see what you're helping out!"
20:53 pm
Next, a Proposal to End Corporate Personhood! "We're here tonight to get your support in trying to end corporate personhood!" #nycga #ows
20:53 pm
They state they want to end the US constitution and pursue "certain reforms while we pursue revolution… because money is not speech!" #nycga
20:55 pm
They passed around the text of it, but they'll read a little bit. Here's the full text: http://t.co/9hKia3ze
20:55 pm
"Due to opportunity provided by their great wealth, corporations use the legal system to overpower human beings and communities." #nycga
20:55 pm
"Corporations are not mentioned it the constitution, and we're particularly disturbed at the rollbacks of legal limits to corporate…" #nycga
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Cont'd: "…spending creates an unequal playing field." #nycga #ows
20:58 pm
Additionally, on 1/20 and 1/21, they're organizing several actions across city on 2-year anniversary of the Citizens United ruling. #nycga
20:58 pm
"We propose this resolution as one of many strategies to work towards empowerment, not as an endorsement of political party.."
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Cont'd: "…or of the current political system, just as one of many strategies to end corporate dominion." #nycga #ows
21:00 pm
"The resolution is also online, on the GA agenda for tonight!" Pete Levin, from the NYCC, is a sponsor of the resolution at the city council
21:00 pm
Councilor Levin notes that they'll be voting on that resolution tomorrow at City Hall. #nycga #ows
21:01 pm
OK, no CQs, so it's time for Concerns stack. Concern: "This is a demand for reform." #nycga #ows
21:02 pm
A: "As a movement, we want to move forward… the idea that corporations are not people" is one we want to stand in solidarity with. #nycga
21:04 pm
Lopi's concern is with some of the language, but I missed it. Sorry, Lopi. Daryl is concerned that more things like this don't pass. #nycga
21:05 pm
They say the word "fiction" is about their personhood; also, they have removed demands from the language in response to Sunday's GA...
21:05 pm
"Rather, [we want to state] our values in asserting that corporations should not be considered people. We are not demanding political…"
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Cont'd: "…action, joining a specific group, or passing any sort of legal thing." Concern: "There are many different viewpoints and maybe.."
21:07 pm
Cont'd; "…even demands that #OWS could conceivably make. I don't think that the right move is for any one of those demands to get out.."
21:08 pm
Cont'd; "..in front of any of the others." Wants us to work together and come out united." OK, friendly amendments. "I used to have…"
21:08 pm
Cont'd: "…concerns about this being a demand, and after reading it, I think it's carefully written, phrased, and doesn't violate our…"
21:09 pm
Cont'd: "…statement of autonomy, which says 'speak with us, not for us." But has one amendment: take out #OWS so the proposal simply reads..
21:09 pm
Cont'd: …"the general assembly of new york city." More powerful than to say we're just the GA of #OWS. #nycga #ows
21:10 pm
A: "I really appreciate the thoughtfulness you articulated. My concern w/ not including the phrase "Occupy Wall Street" is we've…"
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Cont'd: "…worked so hard to grow the movement, that #OWS is familiar to all, while the #NYCGA is a function of the movement."
21:11 pm
Shawn understands. "If you don't want to take the FA, I still support the proposal." But still feels the GA is #OWS, and vice-versa.
21:13 pm
OK, no more FAs. Restating the proposal. "We'd like to ask #OWS to endorse the resolution in solidarity w/ @OccupyLA in stating that…"
21:13 pm
Cont'd: "…corporations are not people. and money is not speech, and we invite you to join in w/ actions on 1/20 and 1/21." #nycga #ows
21:19 pm
Sorry, had to switch to thumbs! There was a block, not by Shawn, but with same request as his FA, tho more for reason of clarity. #NYCGA
21:21 pm
They accepted the block's suggested FA, so we got full consensus in support of the resolution in refutation of corporate personhood! #Nycga
21:21 pm
Next on the agenda is Nan's proposal, and holy deity is it cold right now. Daryl is helping her present. They want an audit of #OwS finances
21:22 pm
Nan: "My working group's concern is: we don't like the IRS, don't want IRS coming after us." #OwS #nycga
21:29 pm
Sorry, we're being hassled for using public power outlets. So far ppl seem to be asking basic info about our accounts. We have 2 accounts...
21:31 pm
...one under auspices of non-profit sponsor, and one that isn't, because non-profits have limits on how their $ can be used. #OWS #NYCGA
21:33 pm
Lopi asks Nan if she'd accept an audit on her own working group's funds; Nan was defensive and Lopi noted Accounting says Nan.. #nycga #ows
21:34 pm
...and her working group has had issues accounting for some of their funds as well. #OWS #nycga
21:35 pm
CQ: all members of accounting have had background checks. Can you also have your background checked before you perform an audit? #OWS #NYCGA
21:39 pm
Ok, someone's concern is that they don't trust Nan's motives. Nan: "this is about accounting, and avoiding the IRS." #nycga #ows
21:40 pm
Lopi's concerns are "too great to state briefly," but highlights concern that Nan might get access to the anonymous donor info. #NYCGA #OWS
21:42 pm
Nan: "Lopi, the way we're going to audit it, we're not going to publish the donors' names." she won't be there when audit is done... #nycga
21:43 pm
...Daryl, her co-proposer, who has an accounting background (?) would take care of overseeing the audit. #OWS #NYCGA
21:46 pm
Concern: "This divisive issue has come before the GA before, and we rejected it. We're wasting ppl's time in freezing cold, and we may not..
21:47 pm
"..get to the one remaining proposal because we're again hearing this proposal." Nan notes that it was tabled on NYE. #OWS #NYCGA
21:48 pm
Ok, friendly amendments: @jdegroot makes a FA that states that Nan won't have any additional empowerment above the rest of us as a result...
21:49 pm
Cont'd: ...of this proposal. "this should resolve many concerns." Nan and Daryl accept it. Lopi wants to see it in print. #OWS #NYCGA
21:51 pm
Robert's FA: that this proposal can't of "move forward w/o the approval of the Accounting Working group." Nan: "Forget about it." #NYCGA
21:51 pm
Next FA is anyone who looks at Accounting's books must pass a background check, same as anyone else who joins accounting. #OWS #NYCGA
21:55 pm
They accepted the friendly amendment requiring background checks. Restating: proposal is to get an external accountant to prepare #OWS for..
21:57 pm
...tax time, w/o anyone getting special powers among occupiers and w/ background... Oh, now they're balking on the background check? Yeah.
21:59 pm
No background check. Temp checking moving to consensus.. "I'm seeing a lot of negatives." also, we're out of time. TC on extending time...
22:04 pm
...also very negative. Nan tables her proposal. Now we're trying to decide whether or not to keep going because it's so cold.
22:06 pm
Ok, next proposal is the "Occupy the New Hampshire Primary" dealie. I beg you to look it up on nycga.net and send me the link so I can...
22:07 pm
...save my limited number of remaining taps before my hands expire. #NYCGA #OWS
22:09 pm
The only FA was "make sure you kick ass." oh, Ted also suggests they make effort be4 leaving to try to get donated funds if possible. #NYCGA
22:11 pm
Restated prop: Total budget is $1650, which is just basic transport and facilities. FA was to ask for in-kind donations if possible. #OWS
22:12 pm
Oh, plus $250 for an occupation in NH. $1900 total. Standasides? No! Blocks? No! Consensus! #OWS #NYCGA
22:14 pm
(Moving in closer w/ much smaller crowd, we're feeling a little more focused, and slightly less cold. Slightly.)
22:18 pm
Next proposal is to "Go to #j17!" Proposer is requesting that people go to DC and that #OWS express solidarity. #OWS #NYCGA
22:19 pm
A concern was expressed that expressing solidarity w/ an "event that violates the principles of solidarity of #OWS" by interfacing w/...
22:34 pm
...national governing bodies w/o a directly democratic method of setting the agenda." proposer feels the concern and the FA that came...
22:36 pm
...out of it, which was for ppl to go individually, and not endorse it or "express solidarity"-- proposer agreed w/ this concern, but...
22:45 pm
...most people expressed that they didn't support that FA, so the proposer turned it down. But, when that became a block, and the blocker...
22:45 pm
...said "I beg of you all not to consent to this; there is no difference between an endorsement and expressing solidarity w/ something..."
22:46 pm
Cont'd "...and we need to be consistent in our adherence to direct democracy and the principles of solidarity..." the proposer again...
22:47 pm
...expressed sympathy and considered tabling the proposal. Stairs suggested that for a proposer to agree w/ a blocking concern.. #nycga #OWS
22:50 pm
...seemed to indicate that moving to consensus was suspect. But many ppl insisted that we move to modified consensus on the proposal. #nycga
22:51 pm
So, we did. About 6 people voted for and at least as many voted against, so the proposal did not reach modified consensus. #nycga #OWS
22:54 pm
So, that's it! These last few tweets, I waited to post til my hands re-entered a building. Thanks for yr patience fam! #nycga #ows
22:54 pm
Also, big thanks to everyone who turned out in crazy cold tonight to defend our right to assemble. Make no mistake, they "expect us"...
22:56 pm
...to follow through when we come for serious. And they didn't want to mess with even the numbers we could get in 15 degrees. #OWS #NYCGA
22:57 pm
[Also, thanks to @what_a_fiasco for throwing me some gloves! Crucial. if y'all have questions/comments/concerns, hit me up on @DiceyTroop!]