GA Notes – February 17, 2013

  •  We will participate in Tent City!  https://www.facebook.com/llemmons1#!/events/481236308602494/  – We are not releasing any details on what our occupation plans to do yet.  If you are interested in participating, please inbox the Facebook page for now.
  • Lindsey is creating a meme for the occupation of the week – Aloha!
  • Searching for Occupy will be at Ed an Judy’s February 18th, 5:30!  Everyone is invited!  Inbox us for directions.
  •  Lindsey is “knocking the dust off” the Occupy Mississippi webpage and Ernest is investigating the Riseup listserv.

Minutes taken and transcribed by Lindsey Lemmons


GA Notes 12/08/12 and Other Issues

(Landon)
I’m working on getting all the previous GA notes on the site as well as all the videos, radio/TV interviews and articles covering Occupy Jackson.

SITE NOTE: This site will soon be moving to occupyms.org. To continue receiving updates, you will have to sign up for that email list. Sorry for all of this. We needed to host our own site so we could do all the things with it we were wanting to do. If I can finish the new site this weekend, the switch will take place Monday. After the switch, this WordPress site will go inactive. For the moment, I’m posting updates on both sites.

Below are the meeting notes for the December 8, 2011 General Assembly. Lots of good news!

There were four proposals that were passed, which are outlined below:

1. Secret Santa ($10-20 range). More details to come!

2. Monthly Magazine/OccupyJackson Magazine – Will upload to Issuu after final preparations.
(UPDATE: Find it here http://issuu.com/occupyjackson/docs/occupymag)

3. Anti-Corporate Personhood Amendment to be presented to the Jackson City Council.

4. To get one port-a-potty to last until our permit expires on the 26th.
(h/t Lindsey)

MEDIA UPDATE:

Ernest and I were on WJSU 88.5 yesterday. Listen here I’m trying to track down audio from Mr. Mo and Cricket’s radio interviews over the past few weeks.

If you have them, I need the videos from the GA meetings we’ve recorded. I know half of a couple are on my phone (up until my battery died), and the other halves are on Derenda or Ernest’s phones. One was shot using CJ’s computer as well. I either need you to post them to YouTube and email me the link (you’ll have to split them into 10 minute clips), or find a way to email them to me.

I also need ANY GA notes you have whether they’re typed or hand-written. Finally, if anyone has been archiving local media coverage of Occupy Jackson, a nice list of links to said coverage would help me immensely.

SHIFT UPDATE:

I don’t have the shift calendar or the events calendar embedded on the new website. That’s on my very very long to-do list. The shift calendar seems to be catching on though. It’s very important that we use this calendar. Many of us are really starting to feel the burnout, and I know I personally cannot keep wearing as many hats as I am now (I think I speak everyone when I say that). We need more participation in person instead of online. 4 hours at the park can make a huge difference, especially if you spend that time cleaning or making signs.

PERMIT UPDATE:

We applied for a permit for the planned event on January 3, but we were denied. We assume this is because Gov. Bryant’s swearing-in ceremony is planned for that day. We’re working on a plan B, and I’ll let you know what we come up with. Ideas are always welcome. There is a thread about this in the forums. Share your ideas there. If you can’t log in, let me know, and DO NOT re-create your account using a different name. I’ll have to delete them all before you can actually sign on.

Moreover, the forums have been a lot more active lately. This is a great thing. I think we can get far more done this way.

RECENT PROPOSALS:

At a GA last week, we proposed and approved that each person purchase a small spiral notebook (it’s like 5×9 or so) and bring it each time he/she comes to the park. Keep notes on interesting ideas and post those ideas in the forum. Date these notes, and use this notebook as your own personal OccuDiary. That way we can take these entries and use them to keep track of conversations held at the park. We can then use these to document the history of Occupy Jackson, learn from our mistakes, create proposals and ensure that no good idea or conversation goes to waste. At the park, we also have two notebooks: one for members, especially James, to list needs and concerns, and another for GA notes. Many notes have been lost because we did not have something like this.

Also, I proposed holding Intelligence Squared-style debates at the park. This proposal was accepted. I’ll be posting a Soapbox piece on this later. We also accepted Jacob’s proposal to hold Socratic Discussions/Forums regularly. I’ll let Jacob explain this in his own Soapbox piece.

PERSONAL COMMENT:

I’ve been trying very hard to stay at the park whenever I’m off work, but this is taking a toll on Cricket and I. Long work hours and sleepless nights are exhausting both my body and my mind. I need to run this website and handle many things in my life away from the occupation. I haven’t found a way to balance all these yet, but I know that soon I’ll be taking some time away from the occupation to handle all of this. That doesn’t mean I won’t be there at all, but it does mean I won’t be staying as long. I’ll get much more done that way, and after this break, I’ll be rejuvenated and ready to fight again. The same goes or Cricket.

I bring this up because our absence means someone will have to fill that void. I don’t know who that will be, but I do know that we have many supporters who could. Our break will only last a few days, but afterward I’ll be spending more time on the website, the debates, the Socratic Forum, the online forums, and working with Ernest on the magazine. That is where I’m needed most. I promise not to disappoint any of you. I love you all. <3


Occupy the Legislature

(Landon)

Sorry for the lack of posts guys. We’re working on switching the site to a new server. Now that we have internet access at the park, posting will be much easier. We will be posting the notes from every GA we’ve had thus far as soon as we can.

We’ve also talked about using Google for most of our social networking, video sharing, document sharing, etc. Also as you have noticed, we’ve created a Google Calendar for events and one for shifts. The shifts calendar will show the times we need people to come to the park and relieve our permanent occupiers. Lack of sleep and productivity are problems we hope these shifts will solve. We are in DIRE need of night-time and day-time occupiers. We also need more help with outreach, social media and this website. If you cannot join us at Smith Park and wish to support us from afar, send an email to occupyms@gmail.com describing who you are, what services you can offer and the amount of free time you have. 

 

On a different note, we plan to Occupy the Legislature on January 3rd 2012. We will be marching in solidarity with other grassroots movements. We will march to the Capitol building and mic check our message. We are in the process of getting a permit for this march, and we will let everyone know when it’s in our possession. We are throwing around ideas for some marches between now and January 3rd. If you’re a member of a grassroots movement in this area and want to schedule an event of some kind, send us an email describing who you are and what you plan to do. We will take this before the GA, and if the proposal is approved, we will gladly participate in solidarity. 


Permit Update

(Landon)

First, I would like to thank everyone for doing such an amazing job at the City Council today. For those who could not attend, our members were allowed to speak as promised, and whether or not we are issued a permit will be decided by the planning committee tomorrow at 1pm. I’ve been told by certain sources that we will receive 99% of what we’ve asked, and unless something changes between now and tomorrow, I expect Occupy Jackson will be off the sidewalk by tomorrow evening.


Changes To The Site

(Landon)

Hey guys. I’ve changed up the site a bit. Let me know what you think. We have had around eight volunteers step forward and offer to help keep it updated. I am about to add three blog pages to the site: one for need-to-know information, one for both #occupy and basic news related to our cause, and another called “Open Forum” on which any member who wishes to share his/her ideas, opinion, etc. in essay form will have a place to post that essay. We can bring this up at the next GA, but as of right now, there are no rules on what can and cannot be posted. We can use all three as a bridge to publishing our first e-newsletter, and hopefully our first weekly print-form journal/newspaper. The format is similar to newspaper’s news section, investigative reporting section and opinion section. The front page will serve as our editorial page, and all things posted on the front page blog (Home) will speak for the group as a whole. Here we will post GA meeting notes, announcements, etc. Finally, I will add a video page. This is not where we will post video of our GA meetings. The video page will be a “Media-based Open Forum” rather than text-based. As you come across eye-opening, informative videos you feel everyone should see, post them there.

 

HOW THE POSTING PROCESS WILL WORK

 

If you have an essay you have written or a video you wish to share, email them to occupyms@gmail.com for now. As the website committee builds an editorial team, we will provide more content-centered email addresses for each type: video, blog entry, news, need-to-know, etc. Please send any news or useful articles, data, etc. to that same email. This will help the blogging team construct posts much faster and ensure that we hear from a broad range of views while pulling from various sources all across the web, thus eliminating any personal bias the blogging team may have. All I ask is if you send it, be sure its accurate; fact-check everything you read. Don’t just assume because it is on the internet that it is true (lizard people live among us if you go to certain corners of the web). The research committee will help serve as our backup fact-checker if all else fails.

 

That said, I don’t feel any group should have power over what is considered factual and what is not, so if there is enough doubt among the editorial team and the research committee on the accuracy of something you wish to share on the site, we will first post it in the forums and on the Facebook page and allow all members to comment and provide their own research. If supportive research is provided, the post will go up with all supportive research linked within. On the contrary, if a post that goes up is proven inaccurate, it will be taken down or inaccuracies will be corrected pending severity and the corrections’ impact on the post as a whole. Nothing will be “deleted” from the original; strike-outs will be used instead with the corrected information placed right after. You have probably seen this done in similar ways on blogs across the web.

 

Now, if we happen to let something slip onto the page that we didn’t fully fact-check, that is what the comment section below each post is for. Tear it to shreds and do not be afraid to offend someone. Criticism is the essence of free-thought, and critical thinking is such a crucial part of freeing ourselves from the propaganda, indoctrination system we are fighting against.

 

THE FORUMS

 

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I created a forum for committee discussions. http://occupyms.freeforums.org/ We can use this for committee planning and whatnot. Doing so will allow everyone to see what’s being discussed in each committee, and as a result, shorten–and hopefully eliminate–time spent discussing committee business during GA meetings. Before bringing anything before the GA, we can hash out the details in this forum and in person. There will also be a thread for open discussions of any kind.

 

The main reason I think this is a bit more effective than our current approach is most of our discussions are scattered across various social networks, pages, groups, etc. We need this all in one place. If you are interested in being a facilitator in the forums, just let me know. I also need help creating threads and stickies.

 

I’m adding a page/link to the website’s navigation bar which will take you directly to the forums. All you have to do is sign up for a free account. Choose any name you wish, but be sure in your profile you put what name you go by (if you don’t mind), any contact information you are willing to make public to the group, and any committees in which you participate.


Website Meeting Tuesday

(Landon)

The Website Committee needs to meet on Tuesday of this week. For those planning to attend, let me know what times are you are available. I apologize for not being able to make it to the event yesterday, but Cricket told me that some said Tuesday was a better day to meet than today. Also, she told me many of you wanted to meet at Cups or Sneaky Beans. I think if we sit down for a couple of hours, we can form the editorial team, delegate responsibilities to each member which will fit into his/her work and/or school schedule(s), finish up the description pages, create threads for all the committees in the forums and have the site ready to roll that day. Do not forget to bring your computer.


Website committee

(Landon)

Anyone interested in helping with the website please send me an email (occupyms@gmail.com) and I will give you special permissions. We need editors and webmasters. If you have any ideas for the page, feel free to send them to me. I’m thinking about creating a forum for committee discussions and linking to it from this site. I would also like to create pages for a news blog, a research/need-to-know information blog, and a video blog for all of our GA meetings. Of course I will need volunteers to help with these as well as moderators for the forum. Thanks.

UPDATE:

Two new people, Stacy and Linda, have volunteered to help with the site and the blogs. Thank you both.


October 25th General Assembly

PAST General Assembly notes here: http://www.facebook.com/occupymississippi?sk=notes
(Occupy Jackson, Dane and Coach)

  • IMPORTANT: 6PM General Assemblies have been moved to 5:30 due to the fact that we need more time to meet before it gets dark.
  • We have police support and we are supporting the police. They recognize us as non-violent protesters and we aid them in apprehending true offenders (by calling the police).
  • Talk to people at the community churches. They are nice and courteous and may let us use their restrooms.
  • Representatives from the ACLU came to the meeting and gave us a lot of “Protester’s Rights” booklets.
  •  CJ ROCKS!
  • Attention Students: If you are currently a student, please contact Coach if you would like to be interviewed by the Clarion-Ledger Thursday after General Assembly. 601-559-77287.
  • Pumpkin Carving! If you have any information regarding where to get cheap pumpkins or would like to be invloved in “99%” pumpkin carving please contact Gabe: 601-665-8460

General Assembly Training Video


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