by Bryan

Minutes for the General Assembly on Saturday, 10-29-11

October 29, 2011 in General Assembly by Bryan

Occupy Baton Rouge Second General Assembly

On October 29, 2011 Occupy Baton Rouge held our second General Assembly at the Centroplex Fountains. Two General Assemblies were planned and four working groups were created.

On Wednesday, November 2nd at 6:00 pm we will hold our third General Assembly in the park in front of the State Capitol.

On Saturday, November 5th at 2:00 pm we will hold our fourth General Assembly in the park in front of the State Capitol. Some Occupiers will meet on the Capitol steps at 11:30 am to march to 451 Florida Boulevard in support of a demonstration against the Chase bank at that location. After the demonstration they will march back to the Capitol for the General Assembly.

The Facilitators Working Group was created to streamline the General Assembly process and facilitate future assemblies.

The Website Working Group was created to design and implement a website at OccupyBR.com.

The Encampment Logistics Working Group was created to plan for a 24/7 occupation in Baton Rouge.

The Women’s Issues Working Group was created to address women’s issues surrounding the Occupy movement.

After the General Assembly was adjourned, we marched through the streets of downtown Baton Rouge to the steps of the Capitol building. On our way we passed lines of people waiting for the Halloween parade; it was almost as if they were waiting for the parade of the 99%.

Occupy Baton Rouge's First Encounter With Police

As we approached the Louisiana Book Festival, our procession was halted by a pair of Police Officers. The officers asked where we were going and recommended that we do not gather on the Capitol steps. We explained that we were exercising our first amendment rights and that we would stay on public property. The officers admitted that they couldn’t stop us and let us continue on our way. We continued the march to the Capitol steps in silence, attracting many curious eyes from the festival participants that we passed.

Once at the Capitol building, we gathered near the steps on the public sidewalks where we opened the floor to soap boxing. People of all ages, all occupations, all political, religious, and economic backgrounds were given a chance to speak and every voice was heard.

We are the 99%.

We will make a positive difference.

 

-Bryan Perkins
10/30/11

If anyone does not agree with, or would like to amend, this statement of events, they are free to propose a vote on the minutes at our next General Assembly.

Photo’s of the assembly are available on our facebook page.

A video of our encounter with the Police can be found on The Resistance Radio’s YouTube channel.

Minutes for the General Assembly on Saturday, 10-22-11

October 22, 2011 in General Assembly by occupybatonrouge

On October 22nd, 2011 Occupy Baton Rouge held our first General Assembly. Everyone was invited to share their opinion, and every voice was heard.

The event started at noon with an open forum on the steps of the Capitol building. Anyone who wanted to speak was given their turn on the floor, even a few local politicians. We were sure to make it clear that while we accept their support, we do not endorse any candidates or any party.

As our energy grew and our numbers swelled, we spontaneously marched through the streets of downtown Baton Rouge. Contrary to popular belief, not everyone gets gameday off, and many of the employees at the restaurants and hotels were glad to see us. The tourists at the U.S.S. Kidd broke into applause as we passed.

From there we returned to the steps of the Capitol building where we held the first General Assembly. Three events were planned and five working groups were created.

On October 27th, Occupy Baton Rouge will informally take part in the Baton Rouge Green Crawl which starts at 5 pm at Stun Design on Government Street. The Green Crawl is an event designed to introduce Baton Rouge residents to our city’s green resources, green businesses, and green developments. We feel that there will be like-minded individuals at this event, so we want to take the opportunity to spread the word, have some fun, and make some friends. More information about the Green Crawl can be found online at www.greencrawlbr.com.

On October 28th at 5:30 pm, we will meet at the statue of Huey P. Long in the park in front of the Capitol building. From there we will march quietly to Live After Five where we will distribute flyers for the next General Assembly. Remember, we are trying to make allies, not enemies. We want to be respectful of those who are out to see the music. That means no chanting and no big signs to block the view. If there is any disagreement about these rules they can be voted on at the statue before we leave.

On October 29th at noon, we will hold our second General Assembly at the fountain between South River Road and St. Louis Street. Everyone is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to this event so we can show our support of the Baton Rouge Food Bank which is currently suffering from shortages. The location was changed this week due to some concern that we would disturb the Louisiana Book Festival, which takes place in the Capitol building and on State Capitol Park on the same day. Seeing as how the Festival was cancelled last year due to budgetary issues, we do not wish to cheapen the hard work and months of planning that went into bringing this event back to Louisiana authors, publishers, and readers. We do have a working group that is contacting the Festival organizers to see if there is any way we can help.

The Community Outreach Working Group was created to contact like-minded organizations, including unions, non-profits, and student groups, in our community.

The Student Teach-in Working Group was created to hold an educational panel at LSU whereby the students can learn about our movement and how they can get involved.

The Media Design and Printing Working Group was created to design and print flyers to be distributed around town and at any event designed to spread public consciousness about our movement.

The Book Festival Outreach Working Group was created to contact the Louisiana Book Festival organizers to see if there is any way we can help.

The Occupy Outreach Working Group was created to get in touch with other Occupy movements around the state and around the country.

If anyone disagrees with, or would like to amend, this statement of events, or if anyone wants to join a specific working group, contact Bryan Perkins or bring up your issues at the next General Assembly.

We will only grow from here.

We are the 99%. We will make a positive difference.

 

Bryan Perkins

 

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October 22, 2011 in News by OccupyBR

At noon on October 22nd, Occupy Baton Rouge held our first general assembly at State Capitol Park. Everyone was invited to attend and share their opinions, and every voice was heard.

Occupy Baton Rouge is a leaderless, non-violent resistance movement united under a general discontent with our elected officials. We see that money, not voting, shapes public policy, that the extremely rich are bailed out while the lower and middle classes are forced to bear the brunt of a failing economy, and that the needs of society are placed behind the profits of corporations.

We are the 99%. We will make a positive difference!