Beginning of Meeting:

Facilitator: Tovia

Stack: Ben

Notes: Martin

We started off discussing privilege because it had been previously decided that each week would begin with someone talking about privilege and that everyone needs to remember to actively check their privilege, and showed that there is a hand signal if someone isn’t.  (two fingers, together held horizontally)

Review of hand signals.

Introductions (everyone at GA say their name)

Request for Agenda topics

  1. Discussion of occufest and its future
  2. Discussion of dewey sq. reoccupation (whos going? Plan?)
  3. Offer/Request from Occupy Worcester to do 99% Spring Training at Clark/in clark facilities

First Agenda Topic:

1)      Occufest

  1. 1st on stack: thought that the last occufest went really well. Said there was a mic check on the green and that though it didn’t bring people over, they thought it was good they did it. The think occufest is good to keep our presence up, to let people know we are still there and that its good for group bonding.
  2. 2nd on stack said that the mic check wasn’t bad that was done, but that a larger mic check should be done to more of campus before the Friday event, whether it is occupy or not.

i.      **Proposal to mic check campus before Friday events.

  1. Passed with consensus
  2. 3rd on stack says that its been successful so far, that we just need to do things right and well not necessarily to get more people. Not getting people isn’t failing, that its fun and good bonding for the group and good to do something outside the Gas
  3. 4th on stack says that the apartheid wall brought people and that we should do something else to get peoples attention like that.
  4. 5th on stack says that tis a good bonding experience but we should try to draw people in. sitting in a circle under a tent might not be making the group approachable, agrees that not bringing people in isn’t failure, but still thinks the point is to try and reach more people. We should be able to get more people at a school like clark.
  5. 6th on stack says that we should do weekly emails not just send out stuff on facebook incase people don’t have it.
  6. 7th on stack says that tis good for bonding but we need to go somewhere with the discussions. Its hard to talk to people that don’t have the same views or experience that we do, and that we need to find a polite, non-condescending way to discuss opposing views. We need to actively create conversation that can go somewhere.
  7. 8th person on stack said that the group should create large displays of specific topics so that we can draw people in
  8. 9th person says we should pick out a discussion point and do mic checks about specific topics to bring attention
  9. 10th on stack says that it’s a good idea to do something different. Its good to do solidarity work like we did with the Palestinian group. We should come up with something similar for the future.  Maybe try to interact with the people out there a little more, like giving them all a flag that is representative of some statistic and then getting them to stand up so that they can visually see the statistic we are trying to represent.
  10. 11th on stack says that we should ask permission from people before forcing them to participate.
  11. 12th on stack says that the movement is obviously trying to raise awareness about income inequality but that we should focus on topics that are more relevant to college students.
  12. 13th on stack says we should do something for earth day, give something out about it…make it interactive.
  13. 14th on stack says we should do occufest in nice weather.
  14. 15th on stack says we should do some sort of action every Friday, maybe in UC or elsewhere.

i.      **Proposal: we do some sort of action every Friday at the regular time. Good weather it is outside. Bad weather in the UC. Good weather is 60 and above and sunny, bad weather is below sixty or rainy.

  1. PASSED with consensus
  2. 16th on stack says we should go pick up trash or something like that to show people we don’t just sit around and talk and that we are actually about doing active things as well.

i.      **Proposal: we should do some sort of active work for the community/physical every week to show that we are doing, not just saying.

  1. PASSED with consensus
  2. 17th on stack says we shouldn’t always call it Occufest because that takes away from its uniqueness as an event.

i.      **Proposal: we should call Occufest something different if we are going to do it each week. (Name not decided because there were no suggestions)

  1. PASSED with consensus
  2. 18th on stack says we should do specific occufest

i.      **Proposal: we have Occufest again the Friday after this coming Friday, at the regular time for Friday events, pick a specific topic to focus on and call it something unique (example: occupy the environment, which would focus on environmental issues), pick a group interactive activity and do something physical in the community. Prior to the event the campus will be mic checked at multiple locations.

  1. PASSED with consensus

_________Stack Closed_______

Second Agenda Topic:

2)      Dewey Sq. in Boston this Sunday

  1. Ben wanted to know if anyone would be going. Martin said he would be and that anyone who wanted to go should go in the car with him.

_________Discussion Closed____________

Third Agenda Topic

3)      99% spring Training

  1. Tovia gave us information on the training. Said that Worcester would like someone with the ability at Clark to book a multi-media room. The event would include 2 parts. Part 1 is informational what the topics/values/grievences of OWS are now and talking about it. Part 2 is trainings on things like DA, non-violence, street medics, legal observers etc.

i.      **Proposal: We want to book a room for Occupy Worcester to hold the 99% spring training event. Leila will be in charge of booking the room, and that it will most likely happen on two separate days and will happen between the 9th-15th of April.

  1. PASSED with 100% consensus

 

 

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OCCUPY GA 3/21/12

PROPOSALS THAT WERE PASSED:

  • have another Occufest on March 23rd
  • book swap
  • “easy up” with fliers
  • chalk and drum circles
  • food
  • This resolution includes talking to admin? NO
  • Cooking time in Wright at 12:20 on Friday call 610-772-1255
  • have a hand signal for when someone feels that another individual is not checking their own privilege: (sign language for the letter ‘p’),
  • start each GA with an announcement about privilege
  • form an affinity group to talk about Reoccupation on April 1, so long as all people who want to be involved are kept in the loop
  • boston will be re-occupying Dewey Square
  • could possibly be jailed for 48 hrs
  • need legal observers: people who take photos, keep track of time of arrest, brutality etc.
  • need to have a discussion of ‘what if’ scenarios

Facilitator: Ailey
Notes: Lily
Stack: Leila

– Introduce process 
– Introductions and Announcements

  • Take Back the Night, Thurs, March 1

Agenda 
Agency, Clark Styke
Take Back the Night
Womans Cacus
March 16th event
Direct Action
Conversation on Privledge
Creating Space for Workers

Take Back the Night
It is an event tin response to the recent assult at Clark. 
Proposal to officially endorse the event in media and physical presnce- passed
Proposal to hold a sign that has a statement that Occupy Clark supports it

Stack:

  • Some say yes, it is important value of Occupy Clark
  • Others say it might be seen as too controversial/ politically taking advantage of situation

Consensed upon having the words Occupy Clark on a sign in a general way that shows support of situation but does not make it about Occupy Clark . Those who are at the event will decided on the words at the time – passed 

Agency, Clark Style
A Difficult Dialogues event to bring together all acitist groups on campus to conenct and share what they are doing

Propsal to endorse event and have people attend to represent Occupy Clark – passed

Woman’s Cacus
– It will be an affinitly group of Occupy Worcester
– It will discuss issues concerning women, gender, sexuality

March 16th Event
Update on current planning:
– Green booked 1-5, 2nd floor Atwood booked 5-7
– We will bring blankets and signs out onto green to define a space
– Event is collectively made: potluck, musical instruments, book swap
– There will also be face paint, sign making, Discussion of future of Occupy

Open stack for more ideas:

  • Have statistics/ posters of statistics
  • Tents
  • Info
  • Explain how objectives of Occupy effect people
  • Have big charts with headings “what is occupy” “what do you want occupy to be?” for people to fill in

Direct Action
We should plan something, let’s brainstorm

Stack Opened

  • Protest corporations, Sodexo
  • Work with existing groups on their focuses in Worcester
  • Target inland port in Worcester
  • Coordinate with Occupy Boston on Port Blockade
  • Worker Solidarity

                have working group
                safe location off campus to meet
                create dialogue

  • Door-to-Door flyering

                could be invasive
                should be a two-way education experience
                flyering for an event will be more productive way to approach people and talk

  • Target old coal power plants
  • Protest UP at Friday protests (contributed by an anonymus source)
  • have many DA stratefies
  • Hold multiple meetings with Clark workers
  • Community Clean-Ups
  • Have list of pre-arranged topics that effect different people

– List tabled to go through at next GA
– Ailey proposed to take idea about flyering to Occupy Worcester GA – passed  

Conversations on Privledge
We should set aside time (5-10mins)  to talk about privledge at the begining of GAs

Stack Opened

  • make the conversation a broader topic
  • have conversation at the end of GAs
  • have conversation be book-ends of GA
  • Is it possible to have a conversation like this in 5-10 minutes in a meaningful way?
  • talk about rights: what are they? are they real?
  • we should do a trail run
  • we should hold a forum for these issues
  • simply state a reminder about privledge at the begining of each GA
  • say something about privledge during check-ins
  • set intention of space for GAs
  • write an official statement about the intention of challeneging privledge to read at each GA
  • Still have discussion
  • talk about issues on Fridays around protests in Red Square

Proposal: Start next GA by going around the circle and have everyone state their idea about the intention for the space of the GA – passed  

Creating space for workers tabled due to time.

Check-Outs
End with clapping

Facilitator: Casey
Note Taker: Lily
Bre: Stack

Agenda

Occupy Clark join Occupy Worcester for Earth Day event April 22, 2012
Labor Conference
Difficult Dialogues
March 17th
Friday Protests

Barry propose for Occupy Clark to join in with occupy Worcester on earth day events

Details of Event:

-Sunday April 22, 2012

-On the Worcester Commons

-deep green resistance

-toxic soil busters

-music

-food not bombs

-kids events

-rally and march

– as of now doing it without a permit, know risk of participation

-expect family friendly

– Chalk the city and flyer to get word out

-might be fundraiser

-going to make buttons

-bike powered smoothies by Scott

-Meet  Tuesdays at 12 at the Nu Café, Saturdays every other week at 11 at RAW Fitness

-would like Clark to do a teach in, make puppets, whatever creative minds come up with

-help Tovia write document about how corporations and environment relate

-if you know acoustic musicians who want to play

Stack:

– Possibly connect with Clark organizations

– Eco-Reps

– Clark Community Thrift Store

-Trading Circle

– Jenny Isler

– Leila might want women’s health table to talk about how the environment is so important in relation

– Clark Community Garden, Recycling center

– We should do outreach, get Clark students to go

– Have large meeting to tell Clark about to come and talk about planning and getting involved for this event

– Good idea to have prepared team to handle police interaction if it comes up

– Put it on the GO list

– Make facebook event

– Make Caf Slide

Proposal: Make affinity group of A1 steak sauce on OW to communicate online about the Event -passed

-Proposal: Ailey will make facebook event for Saturday meeting general interest meeting for planning event given current group approves this plan – passed

Labor Conference

– Prof Ross holding prestigious labor conference

– He is very in support of occupy

– We should have presence

– Could be autonomous or official occupy clark

– Sometime in April

– Possibly do some sort of presence/ protest/ signs to have presence there

Difficult Dialogues

-summary of event

-planning meeting feb. 24th

 – ask for more volunteers

March 17th

-announcement that we need to sit down and figure out planning meeting

-once we figure out planning meeting make event

– Proposal: 8:30PM Monday meeting to plan March 17th every Monday up to the event beginning on the 20th passed

Friday Protests

-talk about messages of signs

-talk about times

-we might want to specifically protest about doubling tuition rates

-what we want to comment on:

maybe don’t need specific issue, ask people what issues they want to talk about

-possibility of putting up tent: do we want tent to still be symbol or occupy?

-bring cardboard and sharpies

Talking about how to get people more involved who don’t want to be super involved/ plan logistics

-Tell people to like facebook group and post events

Announcement:
Friday at 8PM at the Shop – Rad movie night, Garbage Warrior

Check-Out

Meeting Closed

OCCUPY WORCESTER

  • Earth day- March/teach-in in tandem with REC?
  • Where do we want to put our efforts?
    • Overstressing ourselves?
    • Stick to $ and coporations?
    • Worcester GA consensus “we should be careful of brand dillusion” → focus on corporations
    • local and specific examples -NEED A RESEARCH GROUP
      • ex: Nixon’s EPA 1970s regulations of waste and purported benefits of those actions, largest sources of climate change: factory farming, Canadian tar sands pipeline makes this worse
  • Activism + Outreach working group
    • contacting other organizations that have this idea
  • possible panel on deregulation of laws

CONVERSATION TABLED UNTIL WE DECIDE WHAT OCCUPY CLARK’S RELATIONSHIP WIH OCCUPY WORCESTER IS

OCCUPY WORCESTER + OCCUPY CLARK RELATIONSHIP

PROPOSAL: Officially being a working group of Occupy Worcester PASSED

    • raising awareness and numbers at Clark- keeping our individual voices involved

PROPOSAL: Once a week Clark students will be at Worcester GA: walking schedule PASSED

    • meet half an hour early outside Atwood to get there (530 Thurs, 1230 Sun)

PROPOSAL: Every Friday have a presence in Red Square with fliers and other literature that comes from Media Working Groups, have cardboard signs, keep theme neutral unless something has happened recently. PASSED

MARCH 17 -SPRING RENEWAL OCCUPY EVENT

  • parade is March 11- worcester GA divided abt support

PROPOSAL: Rather than participating in March 11 parade, we are going to have a sort of carnival instead. It will be mostly locally focused, and have games that relate to economy (debt bubble pinata, etc)

 

WEBSITE- LONG VERSION POSTED ON CLARK FB

 

APRIL 21-TEACH ANYTHING DAY

DISCUSSION TABLED due to time constraints

Facititaor – Bre
Note Taker – Lily
Stack – Tovia

Check-in/Update

Agenda:

Website 

-Nate and Yedi give description
-Viewing tabled to after meeting

March 17th

-Grind booked
Open stack for more ideas:

  • party/music in gring
  • partner w/ OW
  • hop on back of St. Patricks Day parade
  • Party in Elm Park
  • Protest in front of BOA
  • Not a good idea to go on back of parade because looks like we are protesting the wrong thing

Proposal: make a committee to research permit and day  passed

Proposal: protest at bank, followed by teach-in/ party on the Grind passed

Friday NDAA Protest

-mic check planning for Thursday
-Tabling – combine with WAFT tabling

Proposal: meet at 2:15 in Red Square to march  passed

Proposal: sign making part all day Thursday passed

-Invite OW through media

Code of Conduct

-club where all workers at Clark could talk
-meeting Sunday in Hughes at 7:30

Literature
open stack brainstorm ideas for literature about why students occupy

-list serve
-student loans
-average debt vs. people under poverty level
-% of rising tuition
-Trend- how much it could cost/have interest 10 yr projection)
-work study used to be about getting paid for doing work, now slave to university
-politics of loan – why it doesn’t work for everybody
-get salary info from faculty/ student loans/ financial aid

Update from Occupy Wall Street

Check-Out

Agenda Points

  • Organization
  • Avalon Website
  • Flyers/ Literature
  • Code of Conduct

Organize

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Email
  • Blog for minutes
  • Google Calendar
  • Make list serve – use MailChimp

General consensus to continue posting and updating as needed

Avalon Website

  • created by Clark and WPI students to make finding and discussing information easy
  • still working out bugs
  • will be proposed as official site at GA when it is working

Flyers

  • Need literature for events and to spread around campus to create dialouge
  • make general info and student specific literature pertaining to Occupy Movement
  • Propose at GA to brainstorm ideas for content

– Explain what is wrong with higher education system

– What is happening on other college campuses (UC Davis, other notable actions, etc)

– Why people are protesting/ what we want

Working Code of Conduct

To be passed at GA:

  • Refresh page before posting to ensure another admin has not posted it already
  • Don’t post personal opinions though admin status
  • Initial posts from Occupy Clark name
  • Contant person who made post to delete it if there is a problem
  • Don’t censor anything without GA approval
  • What is acceptable to post: events/meetings, livestreams, Occupy Worcester info, Occupy Boston infor, Occupy College info, Occupy Movement info
  • Do not post about campaigns or politics