19:11 pm
Hey fam! Liberty Square is about to have its first General Assembly since its liberation from barricades tonight! #nycga #ows
19:12 pm
Follow here, @LibertySqGA2, @LibertySqGA3, and @LibertySqGA4 for livetweets of tonight's GA! #nycga #ows #liberation
19:12 pm
OK, first off tonight, announcements. Check out the Anti-War WG on nycga.net for info about a proposal for international solidarity. #nycga
19:14 pm
He'll report back quickly about Austin: "Doing lots of good work! Have moved nearly 1mil out of banks into local credit unions!" #nycga #ows
19:15 pm
Next, Ethan! "I left NY on the 21st for Austin; it's nice to come back to a barricade-free park!" #nycga #ows
19:15 pm
Cont'd; "But they're doing good work, and they send solidarity." Next, Aaron. "I'm from Think Tank!" #nycga #ows
19:15 pm
Aaron, Cont'd: "We need more facilitators! Email owsthinktank@gmail; it's really easy to facilitate a think tank, and lots of fun!" #nycga
19:15 pm
Cont'd: "They've reoccupied foreclosed houses, and they suffer the same angst and trouble that we have as well." #nycga #ows
19:15 pm
Cont'd: "2: we need facilitators in DC for our #J17 action! We're having think tanks with occupiers, community groups, and reps willing.."
19:18 pm
Cont'd: "So, we're going into that period now! Making new friends! We love our old friends, but more ppl at the party is more party!" #nycga
19:18 pm
Lawrence's announcement: "I'm w/ the Free Society WG! I want to report that we've been meeting each week, Sunday, 12-2, Tues, 5-7." #nycga
19:18 pm
Cont'd: "Also, come to the Free Society WG meeting! It'll be great!" #nycga #ows
19:20 pm
Cont'd; "We've been talking internally a lot, noting that Winter is kind of a transform time, to change gears to outward-facing condos!"
19:20 pm
Cont'd; "I'd suggest that we all think about this: outward-facing organizing! More friends! More party! More #OWS!" #nycga #ows
19:20 pm
Next, Patrick: "I work in a # of working groups, but tonight I want to mention Structure. We help make this movement more efficient!" #nycga
19:20 pm
Cont'd: "We meet Fridays at… " He's interrupted by cheers as the People's Kitchen returns to the Park! #nycga #ows
19:21 pm
Stairs: "POI: This day in History, in 1946, was the first General Assembly of the United Nations! It seemed like a good idea at the time.."
19:21 pm
Cont'd: "…I think this General Assembly's a lot better!" One more report back, from @OccupyDC. #nycga #ows
19:21 pm
Joe, @OccupyDC: "We're up here w/ the statehood hunger strikers, and bringing information about #J17 in DC! If you'd like more info..."
19:21 pm
Cont'd: "…about what's going on in DC, email action@occupyDC.org! If you have any ideas for actions, or if you want to come down! Thanks!"
19:22 pm
Next, OccupyTucson! "Greetings from OccupyTucson, where we have the second-largest # of civil disobedience arrests- 2nd only to #OWS!"#nycga
19:22 pm
Cont'd: "You are an inspiration. We send our gratitude and love!" #nycga #ows
19:22 pm
Stairs: "Tonight's agenda: we have a proposal from vision and goals, which actually is not requiring consensus tonight." #nycga #ows
19:23 pm
Cont'd: "We have another proposal from Sean, [Block modification prop, as seen previously]. And one more from someone who just walked away."
19:24 pm
OK, Vision and Goals! "Vision and Goals has been helping the GA to crowdsource two things: 1st, the vision statement many have in yr hand."
19:26 pm
Cont'd; "It's a draft work in progress." They'll read it, then ask for feedback. Here's the proposal: http://t.co/GM4pcz8Q #nycga #ows
19:26 pm
"What we're trying to get frm the GA is permission to bring the document 1 week from the time you give a big up-twinkles that you're ready."
19:27 pm
"Take a look; if you think it's ready for primetime, we'll be back in a week w/ it all dolled up." #nycga #ows
19:27 pm
Em, V&G: "I've been working on it, and ppl have been working for months and incorporated your suggestions, from GA and online." #nycga #ows
19:28 pm
Cont'd; "Thank you for your input; it's made it a better document." Stairs temp-checks breakout groups, but not a warm response, so...
19:28 pm
Cont'd: …it looks like V&G will read it to us, and then we'll take questions/concerns. "If you like the document, tell us so!" #nycga #ows
19:28 pm
Em: "And, when you feel it's ready, we'll be able to put it on the website so the rest of the world can know that you and we have vision!"
19:29 pm
They're reading it now. The link again: http://t.co/GM4pcz8Q #nycga #ows
19:31 pm
While they're reading this, let me give you some info that I got errors when I tried to post originally, from the Think Tank report back...
19:31 pm
Think tank (earlier): "We're doing a mobile think tank Friday at 4 in Jackson Heights, Queens!" Get info on that at nycga.net. #nycga #ows
19:36 pm
OK: Stairs: "Patrick, Michael, and Em would like to take questions and suggestions." Stacking up reactions. #nycga #ows
19:36 pm
Next: "Some of the rhetoric is reminiscent of the French Revolution. #OWS recognizes Paris Commune; I respect that." #nycga #ows
19:37 pm
Next: "I thought that was beautiful; I'm down w/ everything right now. How long have you been working on this?" A: "3 months." #nycga
19:38 pm
V&G: "So, we want to ask you if this document is ready for prime time or not. Now, we do have one more thing to say…" #nycga #ows
19:38 pm
Cont'd: "…we have some feedback, a few more items, that we need to incorporate for total inclusivity. So, we need to look at that…"#nycga
19:39 pm
Cont'd: "…as well." Say it's 98.5% done, "unless you say it isn't. So, what do you say?" #nycga #ows
19:40 pm
CQ: "What about taking out the word 'must' in the last sentence?" A: "We can't do it on the fly; hv to bring it to a committee." #nycga #ows
19:40 pm
Cont'd: "But, it sounds pretty good! We like it." "Just to give you a sense of how we do this, we bring this to you w/ copies, take yr.."
19:40 pm
Cont'd: "…feedback, in writing, take it back to group when not cold or in the dark, and integrate it nicely." #nycga #ows
19:40 pm
Cont'd: "We did have some feedback sheets from Monday, so if you tell us to stop now, we have to disregard those sheets as well as.."
19:41 pm
Cont'd: "..any suggestions you have today. But we'll do it." Stairs temp checks whether we feel it's ready… GA doesn't feel that way.#nycga
19:42 pm
V&G: "We're gonna bring it back to you, w/ all the suggestions made so far that we'll work into doc, Thursday." #nycga #ows
19:42 pm
V&G: "We'll also be at Spokescouncil tomorrow -- we'll be in front of you continuously until you decide we're done!" They thank us. #nycga
19:42 pm
V&G: "One more thing: on the bottom of the document, go to the website, where you can find the document, sit down, relax w/ a cup of.."
19:43 pm
Cont'd: "…coffee, sit down w/ a beverage, and come up w/ yr own ideas." Meet Wed in Atrium at 5:30, Sunday at 12. #nycga #ows
19:43 pm
OK! Stairs mic checks: "There's been a problem. Unfortunately, nycga.net did not get updated properly. There may have been proposals.."
19:43 pm
Cont'd: "..that were properly submitted, that were not properly posted. Is there anyone here that may have one of those proposals?" #nycga
19:44 pm
After a beat, Stairs: "I don't see anybody. If a person had brought a proposal to the GA and they're not here, then they can't present it!"
19:44 pm
Stairs: "So, that being said, we've concluded our agenda!" Woah! Quick GA, now we can get back to celebrating liberation day! #nycga #ows
19:45 pm
Stairs: "We're going to start a soapbox! Right here! Who's up?" I'll get y'all a livestream link if there is one! #nycga #ows
19:45 pm
Thanks fam! Come on down if you're in the city, celebrate the end of the barricades! Hit me up at @diceytroop w/ ?s, comments, concerns.
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RT @TesselizaTC: @LibertySqGA has been LIBERATED!! if you can't be there, come watch: http://t.co/dFwLulFp @GlobalRevLive @OWSLivestream