Minutes for the General Assembly on Saturday, 12-31-11

December 31, 2011 in General Assembly by occupybatonrouge

New Years Eve General Assembly


On December 31, 2011 Occupy Baton Rouge held our nineteenth General Assembly.

Facilitated by: Fini

Stack: Sean

Notes: Courtney

MLK: Still uncertain about what to do for this event because the past MLK Day organizer is recovering from a surgery.

Radio Group: Dave gave suggestions, looks like we need equipment b/c Radio may not have enough for live show. (We need equipment?)

* It can be done anywhere

* Vicki might know someone to borrow equipment from

* Application is for 8 30-minute shows

* Haven’t yet said when we can start

* Still need an interview? And a training?

o We need people or a person (depending on how many they need) to do this

o Need 6 months of training to learn how to do this

Current Events: Occupy Houston won’t be evicted anytime soon, one of last major occupations

Finance: Spoke with David Brown, advised to start after 1st of year. Also suggested we go to Department of State off of Essen and bring a copy of our latest minutes and the names of OBR officers

* We need a Bank Account for Paypal

Proposal: 300$ will be spent on tshirts and flyers to be given out at MLK Day. (Flyers for everyone but any extra tshirts will be given to only more receptive and interested people). Number of each will be determined later depending on costs

It was also suggested that we maybe post on website for tshirt and/or paint donations. Also, check up on Bruce and Donna because it was said that they had expressed they may donate for tshirts

Spanish Town will be contacted for possible Spanish Town Parade participation and possibly our Art Show. It was suggested that we could possibly put up art at the Downtown City Market when they have art shows

Also, need to contact Bricks and Bombs about possible art show

Following the end of the GA, most of us got to work on making tshirts. We found that it was a much more difficult task than expected. Sean, Fini, and Courtney left to visit Mt. Zion Church but found it was empty.


Japheth Dupuis

by Bryan

Recap of the General Assembly on Wednesday, 12-28-11

December 28, 2011 in General Assembly by Bryan

On December 28, 2011 Occupy Baton Rouge held our eighteenth General Assembly.

We started with news updates.

The NDAA is in line to be signed by the president. It looks like he has no objections, even with the indefinite detention of US citizens sections still in the bill.

A short-term agreement was made on the payroll tax cut extension which gives the president 60 days to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Next we moved to Working Group updates.

The MLK Day Working Group is still searching for the organizers of the MLK Day march in Baton Rouge. We are planning on contacting Betty Claiborne, as she organized last year’s event. The group also wants to make shirts to wear to the event and to hand out to interested parties. For the shirts we will need more paint, stencils, and blank shirts.

The Radio Show Working Group has submitted the application to Baton Rouge Community Radio and we are simply waiting on a reply.

Finally, we moved to announcements.

Occupy Baton Rouge’s points of unity were given to the president of the Louisiana AFL-CIO, Richard Lloyd, and he said he agrees with all of them. Also, we have been in contact with the Louisiana AFL-CIO’s Vice President and he has invited us to attend the monthly union meetings.

by Bryan

Minutes for the General Assembly on Wednesday, 12-21-11

December 21, 2011 in General Assembly by Bryan

On December 21, 2011 Occupy Baton Rouge held our seventeenth General Assembly.

The General Assembly was facilitated by Courtney G., with Jason S. taking stack and David M. taking minutes.


Student outreach working group
Officer training is needed for the LSU student group. In order to become an official LSU student group officers are needed, and these officers have to attend a training session. There is a facebook page for Occupy LSU, Conor is working on this.

Radio working group
Meeting Thursday. Interview at 6:00pm at Chelseas.

Finance committee
We still need a tax I.D. Dave Kirshner needs a tax I.D. in order to have a bank account in the name of OccupyBR. That way we can have a way for people to donate to OccupyBR on the website. A tax I.D. has to be gotten under the auspices of a company or corporation. The form lists several possibilities, one of the options is a limited liability corporation, and over this we are consulting with a lawyer. David Brown is a lawyer who has been to the GA meetings. There has to be one person who is liable. We should look into what Occupy Wallstreet done.

Newsletter working group
Possibly have other occupations from around the country contribute.

Working group for encampment
They are getting a list of houses in north Baton Rouge that are being foreclosed on. They are gonna try and get outside support, set a date, and occupy some homes.

MLK day
MLK day is gonna be based around the march. The march is starting at Mount Zion and probably ending at the First United Methodist church. We could possibly use the People’s Mic for MLK speeches. Another idea was having a large piece of paper with people’s dreams on it (playing off MLK’s “I have a dream” speech). We are also having a community service day. Other ideas that were brought up were an occupy puppet show, facepainting, or henna for kids.


Tuesday people talked about meeting to work on the theme song for the radio show. David Kirchner and Courtney are interested. Keyboards, guitar, and piano are available.

T-shirts. We need to make t-shirts prior to MLK day. Vicki has the stencils and all the paints put messages on the shirts. We could eventually sell the t-shirts. Dave McL, Courtney, Timothy, Collin, and Jason are interested in painting shirts. Dave McL is gonna think about designs. A meeting time needs to be made. People could possible make their own t-shirts. Mylar stencils are more durable than cardboard. Info about this will be mailed out to the list-serve.

The state legislature convenes Monday Jan. 9th. You’re supposed to be able to go to the state legislature when they’re in session. OccupyBR could possibly go and ask questions, pester representatives, or just sit in on the sessions.

by Bryan

Minutes for the General Assembly on Saturday, 12-17-11

December 17, 2011 in General Assembly by Bryan

On December 17, 2011 Occupy Baton Rouge held our sixteenth General Assembly.

The minutes were taken by David M.


NDAA bill will soon be signed by Obama. This allows the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens. Half a trillion got approved for the military. Last week a bunch of people called the Whitehouse in opposition to the Keystone Pipeline. 350.org has info about the Keystone pipeline. It hasn’t been passed yet though. It’s the 1 year anniversary of the beginning of the Arab spring. G8 this May in Chicago. April 1st is first meeting of Occupy Washington D.C. in freedom plaza. Bradley Manning’s trial started this week. Iraq war “officially” ended this past week. President of Greater Baton Rouge AFL-CIO was asking Jindal to support the extension of payroll benefits.


-Nathan is going to contact the AFL-CIO president of Greater Baton Rouge.

-We are going to continue with the Occupy logistics meeting group. They are meeting Monday at 7pm at Garden District Coffee on Perkins.

-We started the Shock Doctrine study group. Next meeting ins jan 9 at 7pm. Get in contact with Bryan if you want more info.

-Thursday we had a radio group meeting. They discussed ideas and sent off a proposal to local radio stations. It’s called “The People’s Mic”. The plan is to have a 5 to 10 minute recording and send it in. There is info on the facebook working group about how to get in involved in the radio show. We plan on getting guest speakers and politicians and other things related to Baton Rouge. This is a good way to be involved in the community.

-For the finance committee, some want to revive it. We need to get an IRS number and a bank account. The bank needs meeting minutes. Sean volunteered to be 4th member of the finance committee, proposal accepted. Finance crew will discuss when to meet later.

-Proposal for an electronic and paper newsletter with a mailing list to send it out. Bryan, Bruce, Chris and Jason are interested in working on this. Probably setup another facebook working group. Anyone can drop off information for this newsletters. Probably will be done through google groups.

-Occupy_BRlive is a twitter feed that livetweets the General Assemblies

-Courtney brought up doing something mardi gras related. The crew of mutts is a cheap way to get involved.

-We also talked about doing something for Martin Luther King day. Jason works in the governor’s office so he can bring in information about volunteer. There is a Spanish town parade that is somewhat political. SPanishtownparade.com

-Myriah volunteered to investigate the Spanish town parades. Between florida and north street on foster dr there is a meeting place we can go to.

-Courtney thinks we should start a working group for the Martin Luther King day (committee). David, Courtney, Jay, mryi,ah lee ann, sophi, Collin, ramalus, Jason, Courtney, sean, josh, fini, Bryan, chris, and Nathan are interested in this. There is an MLK day parade. Also there is MLK volunteer stuff. Sean thinks we should have up to 1000 flyers for MLK day. Dave and Sean can get flyers and print stuff. Chris thinks we should have a 16th point of unity, but the idea was tabled for later.

-Copies of the points of unity of Occupy BR. Dave and Sean can print-off flyers.

-Japheth and Fini are gonna work on the wording for the 16th point of unity. This one has to do with erosion of freedoms/ bill of rights.

-Courtney is making a FB page for MLK day.

-Courtney has a really long paper rollup canvas for large signs.

-Newcomer suggests street art and art installations to get people to notice Occupy BR. We could to a sculpture. Drawing on street walks. Chalking. Hip-hop movements. Radical arts. Courtney suggests crochet or knit stuff to go over trees or light poles. Collin suggests maybe going to free speech alley. Or going to the mall.

-Link subgroups on facebook (working groups) to main group on facebook

-Sophia suggested an Occupy Artshow. Maybe use it as a fundraiser. Bruce thinks maybe have guerilla theatre, skit and performing arts, musical performances. Proposal for Occupy Artshow was accepted. Myri, Sophi, Courtney kira, Bruce, Minjie, Jayfth, and Sean. Sophia doing FB page for it.

-Title for radio show is “People’s Mic”

MLK day committee
Tuesday at 7:00pm at Bruces house. 474 North foster Dr. 70806 bruce’s address. Indepent living incorporate. On north foster between florida and north st. Right after the tire place. MLK day stuff first.

by Bryan

Recap of the General Assembly on Wednesday, 12-14-11

December 14, 2011 in General Assembly by Bryan

On December 14, 2011 Occupy Baton Rouge held our fifteenth General Assembly.

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

We began with news about the Occupy movement. Occupy NOLA is facing eviction again. On December 16 at 4:00 pm they will be picketing at the front entrance to city hall in New Orleans.

December 12 was shut down the ports day and Occupy movements from Austin, Oakland, Seattle, and other cities up and down the west coast blocked access to ports. More info on Seattle’s action can be found at The Stranger.

Evictions of Occupations around the country continue as Boston was evicted again last Thursday or Friday and Denver is facing a new threat of eviction.

In Washington D.C. there is a plan forming to Occupy Congress on January 17, 2012. They are putting out a call to Occupations around the country to send people with tents ready to occupy Freedom Plaza for the return of legislators.

In more positive news, TIME magazine named “The Protester” person of the year, and Occupy Baton Rouge was featured in an article in Dig Magazine this week.

After Occupy News, we moved to announcements.

The first Radio Show Working Group meeting was announced to be on Thursday, December 15 at 7:00 pm. This meeting was held to start filling out the application for, and start planning the format of, an Occupy Baton Rouge radio show on Baton Rouge Community Radio, WHYR 96.9.

The next Shock Doctrine study group meeting will be held on January 9th at 7:00 pm. If you missed the first study group meeting, don’t be afraid to attend this one. For the location and directions contact OccupyBatonRouge@gmail.com.

After announcements, we moved to proposals.

A proposal was made, and passed, to change the name of the calendar on the website to “Upcoming Events”. A related proposal was made to create an email address where people can submit community events, not necessarily dealing directly with Occupy Baton Rouge, to be included on the calendar. That proposal was passed. The email address is OccupyBRCalendar@gmail.com. If you know of any community events that would be of interest to participants in Occupy Baton Rouge don’t hesitate to send an email to that address so we can get them on the calendar.

A proposal was made and passed to change the name of the Encampment Logistics Working Group to the Occupation Logistics Working Group. The next meeting of the Occupation Logistics Working Group will be held on Monday, December 19, at 7:00 pm at Garden District Coffee. This meeting will be to discuss alternative forms of occupations, including, but not limited to, occupying homes that are being foreclosed on, disrupting foreclosure auctions, and a standing occupation. As such, if you or someone you know is having your house foreclosed on, please contact OccupyBatonRouge@gmail.com so we can see if there is any way we can help.

Finally, it was proposed that we start planning our next action. The group agreed that Martin Luther King Day would be a good date that is far enough in advance for us to properly plan for. This action is still in the brainstorming process so all ideas are welcome. Some ideas that have been aired are reading King’s speech on the Vietnam War, reading his I Have a Dream speech, marching in an MLK Day parade, taking part in an MLK day of service, or combining our efforts with the AFL-CIO who have an event for MLK Day every year. Please continue thinking about this day of action and bring your ideas to the General Assembly on Saturday, December 17th.

by Bryan

Recap of the General Assembly on Wednesday, 12-7-11

December 7, 2011 in General Assembly by Bryan

On December 7, 2011 Occupy Baton Rouge held our fourteenth General Assembly.

The General Assembly was facilitated by Chris, with Vicki taking stack. A copy of the full minutes, taken by Masa, can be found here.

We began with news about the Occupy movement around the world. Occupy San Francisco was evicted on Wednesday with 70 people being arrested. Also on Wednesday, Occupy Portland reoccupied after an eviction. On December 12th, Occupy movements from around the west coast plan on shutting down all ports. New York may be trying a similar demonstration on the same day.

After two months of continuous encampment, New Orleans was evicted with one arrest. Shortly thereafter they were granted a temporary injunction for one week on the conditions that they provide their own port-a-potties and put down a $5,000 bond to cover possible damages.

Participants in Occupy Dallas have announced that they are creating the COAPT to monitor police actions, doing the duty of internal affairs. And several Occupations around the country, including Occupy New Orleans, have started disrupting foreclosure auctions and occupying foreclosed homes to help protect families’ houses.

Finally, the United Nations envoy for freedom of expression is drafting an official communication to the U.S. government demanding to know why federal officials are not protecting the rights of Occupy demonstrators whose protests are being disbanded — sometimes violently — by local authorities.

After Occupy News, we moved to announcements concerning Occupy Baton Rouge.

On this Saturday, December 10th, we are holding our Alternative Day of Action in celebration of Human Rights Day. We will start at noon in State Capitol Park under the statue of Huey P. Long. There is a sister event, Occupy the Coast Guard, happening in Mobile, Alabama from nine to noon. Both events will bring to light the health issues and human rights violations going down in the Gulf at present, among other human rights issues around the state and around the world. Organizers and supporting organizations for the events include Occupy Baton Rouge, Occupy Fairhope, Occupy Mobile, Operation People for Peace, Gulf Change, and the Alabama Oil Spill Aftermath Coalition, among others. Please share with all of your friends, invite everyone, and attend.

After announcements we proposed and passed a tentative agenda for the Alternative Day of Action. Remember, this is a flexible agenda, it can be changed at any time, including the day of the event. If you want to add something to the agenda, or contribute to an already planned event, feel free to bring it up on the day of the event or email your idea to OccupyBatonRouge@gmail.com. The current draft of the agenda is as follows:

1. Welcome. Reading and approval of the agenda.
2. Reading of the Occupy Baton Rouge Points of Unity.
3. Soap-boxing.
4. Huey P. Long’s “Share the Wealth” speech using the people’s mic.
5. Discussion on the ongoing atrocities caused by the Gulf Oil Spill.
6. Sign making, shirt painting, and snack time. (Bring a blank shirt and some food to share.)
7. Discussion on SOPA and the IP Act.
8. Discussion on the National Defense Authorization Act.
9. Discussion on the crisis that the CATS system is facing.
10. Funeral march for the human rights that are dying around the world.
11. Soap-boxing.
12. Discussion on ENDA and the proposed anti-bullying law.
13. Discussion on the Equal Pay for Women Act and the ERA.
14. Discussion on Human Trafficking.
15. Reading of Obama’s speech about Tahrir Square using the people’s mic.
16. International issues and lagniappe issues.
17. General Assembly.
18. Candlelight reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
19. Clean up.

After the agenda was approved, a proposal was made to print leaflets for the event on Saturday. We will be printing 100 leaflets with information pertinent to the discussions in the agenda, and we will print flyers with the Occupy Baton Rouge points of unity and General Assembly schedule.

Next, the proposal was made to make Saturday a pot-luck event. People have volunteered to bring vegan jambalaya, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, hot chocolate, and coffee. If you can bring anything, please do, the more the merrier. We also need some folding tables, so bring one if you have one.

Chris presented the work that he has completed toward procuring a radio show on Baton Rouge Community Radio, WHYR 96.9. That information can be found through this link. A Radio Show Working Group meeting will be scheduled soon, so stay tuned to the website, the Facebook group, and your email account to stay updated.

Finally, a meeting was scheduled for Thursday, December 8th at 7:00 PM at Highland Coffees to continue preparing for Saturday’s event.

After the General Assembly we headed over to Chelsea’s café for the Tacky Sweater Soiree in support of Baton Rouge Community Radio.