Minutes for the General Assembly on Wednesday, 1-18-12

January 18, 2012 in General Assembly by Bryan

On January 7, 2012 Occupy Baton Rouge held our twenty-fourth General Assembly. The minutes follow:

News and Updates:

SOPA blackout Day is today. OccupyBR.com is blacked out in solidarity.

The Keyston XL Pipeline was denied.

Occupy Congress started yesterday and there were more than 10,000 people in attendance.

Friday is the anniversary of the Citizen’s United decision.

Working Groups:

MLK Day: Changed to Spanishtown Parade working group.

Finance: Got a tax ID, we just need to get to the credit union.

Art Show: We contacted Southern and LSU art professors to advertise that we are looking for art. LSU said they couldn’t do it, Southern asked for more information. No response yet from Bricks and Bombs. We are going to check coffee shops, restaurants, Bricks and Bombs, Stabbed in the Art, and other places to look for a location.

Student Outreach: Officer training is on Sunday, we need three students at least. Wednesday is club orientation day at LSU.

Newsletter: The first draft is ready. We need an estimate for the cost of printing. Start thinking about articles for the next issue.

Announcements:

Someone posted on our Facebook page about a national school walkout day. We need to look further into that.

Equality LA had a conference call on the anti-bullying bill. They are looking at having a rally and lobbying day at the capitol (possibly on March 12th). They are calling their campaign Stop Bullying Louisiana.

CATS will have a vote on the proposed tax to fix their budget shortfalls on April 21st. Together Baton Rouge is holding civic academies to inform the public about the situation.

Anniversary of Fukushima is in March. We should think about a clean energy action for that day. There is a nuclear power plant in St. Francisville.

Anniversary of the BP oil spill is on 4/20. We are looking at having a day of action for that.

LA legislators are coming back soon. We need to be prepared. Perhaps we can invite other occupations from around the state to join us.

The NAACP invited us to their monthly meetings at the MLK Day celebration. They are on the 4th Monday of every month at the MLK Community Center. Check the calendar for times.

A legislator in Shreveport is trying to ban pajamas in public.

Proposals:

A proposal was made to use Occupy Baton Rouge funds to get a button maker. The proposal passed.

After the meeting was adjourned, Sister Allison and Delia from Occupy NOLA came to discuss the upcoming Bridging the Gap Discussion with the League of Women Voters.

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