Recap of the General Assembly on Wednesday, 11-30-11

November 30, 2011 in General Assembly by Bryan

On Wednesday, November 30, 2011 Occupy Baton Rouge held our twelfth General Assembly.

The General Assembly was facilitated by Joshua Fini, with Japheth Dupuis taking stack and Bryan Perkins taking minutes.

The Student Teach-in Working Group proposed a Shock Doctrine study group. The proposal was accepted and the study group will begin on December 12th at 7:00 pm. If you are interested in taking part in the study group contact for the location. Also, if you cannot afford to purchase the book for some reason, include that information in your email and we may be able to purchase a copy for you.

The Encampment Logistics Working Group announced that they are planning a meeting with David Brown to go over the procedure for setting up a bail fund. They are also contacting private land owners to determine if there is a space that we can get permission to use for our encampment.

During general proposals, the General Assembly agreed that we should contact our legislators to give them our opinion about SOPA, the Protect IP act, and the National Defense Authorization Act, particularly the provisions that allow for the indefinite detainment of US citizens without charge or trial on American soil. We are collecting contact information and talking points to make this process easier, and we will be posting them on the website and handing the information out at General Assemblies and other events.

The General Assembly agreed to start contacting other organizations around Baton Rouge, particularly Together Baton Rouge, to see if there is any way we can assist them in advocating for the issues that we all agree on. Especially the budget crisis the CATS system is facing.

A proposal was passed to search for families whose homes are being foreclosed on to see if there is any way we can assist them.

The General Assembly agreed to hold viewings of the Zeitgeist documentaries followed by discussion sessions. The dates for these viewings have not been set, but they will start after finals are complete.

And finally, the General Assembly agreed that we should set up Obama’s speech about the Tahrir Square uprising to perform with the people’s mic at our December 10th Alternative Day of Action in celebration of International Human Rights Day.

Cops for the MoviesAfter the General Assembly, we walked down to the Old State Insurance Building where we planned to set up our encampment. We noticed that the entire stretch of fifth street in front of our proposed location was blocked off by movie crew trailers being guarded by several police cars with flashing lights. Not only were they taking up the street, they had filled the parking lot next to the empty grass lot with campers. This is included in the recap of the General Assembly to show the difference between the government’s reaction to citizens enacting their freedom of assembly and its reaction to movie crews with enough money to pay for use of the location. The picture is dark, but we wanted to make sure that we had some documentation of the occurrence.