Meeting Minutes for Day 7 – October 8th

Meeting Minutes for Day 7 – Occupy Providence
Saturday, October 8th, 3:00pm
Volunteer Co-Facilitators by Ashley and Cam (Alan)

– Guest speakers from New York wished us well.

– Facilitators reviewed guidelines for the General Assembly (GA)

Working Group Announcements:

Media:

– Alexia from media announced that someone from Occupy Providence was interviewed o WBRU 95.5 and that interview will be aired on Monday at 11:00 (am?).

– Media reminded GA that is you would like to be a contact person for media interviews to please email them at OccupyProvidenceMedia@gmail.com, and also to e-mail them and let them know if you are contacted by the media. You can also call them at 401-421-7000

– They are also trying to compile a list of who created each social media page (Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, etc.), please contact them if you created one of these pages.

Direct Action:

– Jared and Honore gave a report back on Occupy Providence’s first rally and announced they were working on a proposal for the time of the occupation.

Faciliation:

– Sarah put out a call for more facilitators to help facilitate the GA.

Food:

– Arthur put out a call for food and cooks and more people to get involved in the food group.

Medical:

– Artemis announced that palettes have been donated to Occupy Providence

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GA broke into working groups for an hour

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Second half facilitated by Ashley and Alan

Elyse (sp?) from Occupy NH gave a quick presentation about vocal projection to avoid blowing out your voice.

Working group report backs:

Direct Action:

– Jared presented a proposal from Direct Action to begin the occupation at 5:00pm. There will be a march joined by an anti war group, Brown students, and Verizon workers. Passed.

Media:

– Media voiced a need for translators and spokespeople.
– There will be a radio show at RIC from 6-8pm (what day?) on community outreach and unions (?)
– Proposed that all meeting minutes go to the facilitation working group and the media group will put them out.
– Social media passwords needed
– Proposed Occupy Providence go to Occupy College Hill (OCH) Teach-In on Wednesday from 5-7, which means suspending out GA on Wednesday. Passed.
– OCH needs a PA on Friday 9-14-11
– Leave here (on Wednesday for OCH?) at 4:30. Passed.

Legal:

– Reached out to legal community, National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have responded, sent legal observers (?)
– Keys – peacefully assemble, free speech (?)
– Presentation – Tent City 2009 Occupation

Food:

– Needs: Water jugs, habachis, grills, sterno for cooking, possible offsite cooking, compost, no nuts (?), vegan food. Need reusable/bring your own containers (?)
– Enlist the help of local restaurants coolers (?)

Medical:

– (need?) Medic training, getting medical supplies, need to id (?) bathrooms. porta potty donations from unions.
– Everyone should bring their meds.

Facilitation:

– Working on simplifying hand signals and creating a hand signal poster for GA’s.
– Need more facilitators for GA’s.
– Suggest sign interpreter for GA’s.

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Open Stack/Speakers List

– Proposal made to take Sunday off to rest & reconvene on Monday at 5:00pm. Passed.
– Suggestion made from direct action to works on chants, music, drums, and energy for the rally.
– Build ideas for Oct. 15th and beyond as far as mediating, dancing, performance.
– Invite folks in from KP, be friendly and inviting to onlookers
– Keep talking to mail persons and teachers, folks are close to joining, keep the group strong.
– Suggestion to begin and end assemblies with “Occupy Providence” chants.

GA closes out by chanting.