Minutes for the General Assembly on Wednesday, 11-2-11

November 2, 2011 in General Assembly by Bryan

Occupy Baton Rouge General Assembly

On November 2, 2011 Occupy Baton Rouge held our third General Assembly in State Capitol Park. The meeting was called to order at 6:20 pm.

We started the assembly with announcements and proposals from our Working Groups.

The Women’s Issues Working Group had three proposals which were all approved. First, they will start a collection of whistles to be kept at each tent in the encampment for safety reasons. Starting at our next General Assembly they will accept donations of whistles or money to go toward a whistle fund. Second, they will start planning a RAD workshop for anyone who is interested in learning self-defense. And third, they will ensure that there is a women-only safe space in the encampment.

The Student Teach-in Working Group announced that their first meeting will be held on Friday, November 4th at Bruce Blaney’s house. Check the calendar for further information.

The Website Working Group announced that the livestream is up and running, and that this and future General Assemblies will be streamed.

The Encampment Logistics Working Group announced that they will hold their next meeting at Garden District Coffee after the General Assembly on November 5th.

The Facilitators Working Group made a call for volunteers that are interested in facilitating General Assemblies. Any interested party should attend the next facilitators meeting at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 5th in State Capitol Park.

After Working Group announcements and proposals, we opened the floor to general proposals.

The duties of the Media Design and Printing Working Group were expanded to include media relations and communication, including the creation of a radio program in conjunction with Baton Rouge Community Radio. This group will be renamed the Media and Communications Working Group.

The Diversity Working Group was created to predict complications that will arise with sharing a living space in an encampment, and to create safe spaces in the encampment for minority groups that may require them.

The Finance Working Group was created to design a system whereby monetary donations can be collected, budgeted, and accounted for.

The Website Working Group was tasked with adding a ride share forum to OccupyBR.com.

The Direct Political Action Working Group was created to plan and enact demonstrations and other actions designed to produce political change.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 pm.

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.

Bryan Perkins

Lost My Job Found An Occupation