Minutes for the General Assembly on Wednesday, 1-11-12

January 11, 2012 in General Assembly by Bryan

On January 11, 2012 Occupy Baton Rouge held our twenty-second General Assembly. The minutes follow:

Designated Secretary for General Assembly of January 11, 2012: Phillip Waltz


Sophia went to a Together Baton Rouge meeting. A CATs proposal was put through to fix the bus system. Would be done through a property tax. Voting is April 21st. Sophia feels we should advocate for this. In Baton Rouge, we spend about 27 dollars per capita on the bus system as a city. In New Orleans the city spends 200-something per capita on the bus system.

Courtney George went to Jindal’s inauguration. They got a bunch of nasty looks. Some pleasant responses and publicity though. Woot!

Debate with the Tea Party by Fini. Tea Party was against pretty much any regulation. Fini asked Mike Thibodaux how they keep people motivated and Mike said they send out a weekly email to keep members motivated.

MLK day working group meeting today after GA.

Sophia deals with trafficking hope. The punishment for trafficking is UP TO five years in prison. LSU student group “tigers against trafficking exists” to inform people about this issue and fix it. Fundraising gala at shaw center (???).

Working groups

Currently have two articles. Occupy NOLA is starting a magazine called occupy. They are willing to trade articles. If you don’t want to have your article in Occupy NOLA’s magazine, tell Bryan, otherwise he’s just gonna send it to Occupy NOLA’s magazine. Word count less than 800 preferably.

MLK day working group
Sophia needs to call the NAACP about the “People’s Mic.” Dave needs to finish the banners stuff. We have the memorial that needs to be painted by Loko still. We still need the words that will be put on memorial plaque, Loko is working on it. Maybe tie the memorial sign into the CATs crisis. Call to action will be announced at the end of the day, maybe we should emphasize the bus system.

Occupy Artshow
Still need to set up the facebook group. The Violet House might still have artshows. People can start making art. Music could also be there. Maybe bother LSU art students and notify artists of the city. We could put a call out to the artists of the city. Kiera is the coordinator.

Spanish town parade
Feburuary 18th at noon is when the parade is. We gotta pay 25 bucks. Someone has to be a member of the SPLL prior.

Occupy Comic-con
Was added to the calendar. It’s in New Orleans.

Occupy Radioshow
Chris Chemel said they are reviewing the application for a radioshow.

Tea party is planning on crashing amendment 21 part.

Finance committee
We need to type up the minutes of this meeting including the statement that we have approved the creation of a credit union account. Included must be those who will have access to the account. One person needs to obtain tax ID to bring with us as well. Then, we need to fix a time to meet at the credit union to set up the account.

A proposal was made by the working group to give Sophia Kunen, David Kirshner, David McLaughlin, Shaun Hughes, and Bryan Perkins full signing authority for a credit union account in the name of Occupy Baton Rouge. That proposal was passed unanimously. For any withdrawal of $50 or less one signature is needed; for amounts over $50 two signatures will be needed.

Now we need to print and sign the minutes and bring them to the credit union with our tax ID to get this done.

General announcements

Courtney proposed that each working group has a coordinator. The working groups will be individually elected coordinators. Coordinators are responsible for the minutes. Coordinators will delegate tasks and keep tract of whats going on. For each working group the members of the working group can at anytime vote to remove the coordinator of the working group. Whether consensus or majority is needed was not included in the proposal. Thus, the working group coordinator is a completely recallable elected official.

David McLaughlin is not on the finance committee email correspondence. He’s not getting finance committee getting emails.

Sophie is making and spreading sheet of contacts and email lists. We should have a list of contacts and preferred contact method. (dave mclaughlins preferred contact method is email)

T-shirt making on Saturday after the GA.

New person is John. He is interested possibly doing pottery for the Occupy Artshow. He plays guitar and bass, so could be involved in some sort of musical ensemble.

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