THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Basic GA Agenda
- Welcome and orientation
- Working group report backs
- Working group proposals
- Individual proposals
- Speakers List
The Occupy Providence General Assembly is a non-violent movement. Violent or destructive behavior or tactics are not welcome
Discrimination based on race, sex, gender, orientation, ability, religion, legal status or age is not welcome. This includes sexist, homophobic, trans-phobic, and racist speech, chanting, writing, and action.
We are (by majority vote) a drug and alcohol free assembly and occupation. Cigarette smokers are asked to please smoke a respectful distance from non-smokers.
Occupy Providence and facilitators strive towards making this space safe for all to participate, please approach one of the facilitators after GA if you feel this is not being done.
Guiding principals of the GA:
* We use participatory decision-making to work towards consensus
* We strive for the best decision that reflects the best interests of whole group, not competition or pitting one opinion against another
* The GA is focused around the questions: What do we need? How do we get it?
* The GA is based on free association: you are not obliged to carry out anything you do not agree with
* The GA is guided by facilitators. Facilitators do not have special authority and it is the right and the duty of people in the GA to keep them on task and on topic, just as it’s the facilitators role to help keep them on task and on topic.
* To become a facilitator, join the facilitation working group
We use hand signals express ourselves during the GA. We’ve found that cheering, yelling, and clapping interrupt the flow of conversation, so we’ve found these signals to be helpful.
The signals are:
- I agree: hands up
- I disagree: hands down
- I sort of agree, not sure how I feel: hands at midway
- I have a clarifying question: make a “c” with hand
- I have point of information (relevant information to share): make an “i” with one finger
- Point of process (I don’t think we’re following process): Make a pyramid with both hands)
- Time to move on, wrap up: both arms in rolling motion
- Block (I’m offended, will leave this group if this issue isn’t addressed): arms in an X
“People’s mic”. If you can’t hear someone, ask for mic check. The GA will then repeat every word that you say so that you can be heard.
Anybody can make a proposal. Once a proposal is made, the floor is open to discussion. Vote is called. Folks can vote for, vote against, or block. 75% majority wins (not 90%), unless there is a block. If there are blocks, floor is open for those who blocked to explain why they blocked. When discussion ends, vote is called. 75% majority passes.