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GA notes wed Nov 30th

GA notes wed Nov 30th


There is a party at treys house noon until. If you drink you can stay or pitch a tent by the fire.

Joe investigated OWS regarding the national GA. He found it seemed legit, but could not find exactly in the OWSGA notes were the proposal to have a national GA passed. He will be doing more research.

Denny is an admin on occupy NC, question if this was real; Denny felt it was legit.

Lynn brought turkey soup

Committee reports

Finance- Non profit status has been filed on the state level. Ron presented the bylaws made for the non profit due to a lot of questions and concerns. He was still met with a lot of questions and concerns.

        There will be a forum at 7:15 on Friday regarding this. Please bring all questions and concerns to that meeting.

Media/outreach-  has a list of foreclosures, needs to work with direct action, wants to do this sooner rather than later

Direct Action- having a meeting after the GA

De escalation – Ron and Denny met with police, police said several things that the GA expressed they wanted in writing. The police are not the bad guys, the bones we have to pick are with city council.

     Concerns were brought up that Ron and Denny’s interaction violated the proposal passed in a previous GA saying that no agreement are to be made with the police without informed consent of the GA.

New business

   Facilitation brought a proposal on how proposals in the GA should be handled.

The proposal- diagram of how proposals should be discussed in the GA, all proposals should come from working groups.

Concerns were brought up that it takes away from the individual.

It was amended to have proposals come from individuals in the GA as well.

Proposal from an individual member-

   There should be a limit on how many WG one person can be involed in.

    2 was discussed

    3 because we are small

    4 because we are really small

    No limit because we are not trying to rule over people.

Proposal is going to facilitation for brainstorm.

Denny read the letter from city council explaining why we would not have overnight acess to the park. He proposed this go to encampment for discussion. passed.

Proposal there should be a disclaimer on all our personal media. Going to media/outreach for reworking.

Proposal to have a show called “occupy the truth”. Passed, contact steph to provide volunteer info, ideas and concerns. The goal is Feb.?

Follow ups

Concerns regarding de escalations involvement with the police, please meet with de escalation and bring your concerns to there meeting.

  • noted concerns- stepping over GA boundaries with the police
  • not enough accountability
  • not getting anything they are saying in writing to back it up


Contact steph to contribute energy to the occupy show

In regards to the city council letter

Meet with encampment to discuss

Concerns regarding nonprofit status and bylaws, come to the finance meeting at 7:15 Friday. Noted concerns:

  • to much power
  • not enough clarification
  • lots of decisions being made without the GA’s input
  • no transparency


concerns regarding facilitations proposal, please come to the facilitation WG meeting

  • to much control


Old bissness for the Next GA

Joes report on the OWSGA’s opinion with the national GA and min to back that up

     Media and outreaches conclusion to work with Direct action on foreclosures

     Reports from finance, facilitation, and de-escalation. On the issues discussed above.


artsy fartsy!

This world is ours

Whats really happening is a children revolution. Don't be fooled, they know whats up


Welcome to the resistance. There is an underground here; fifty thousand people took to the NYC streets last weekend. All across the world they are planning, they are uniting. Don’t rely on the information given to you, seek out the truth yourself. Don’t even categorize this as truth- this is simply one persons take. Richmond’s VA was bulldozed; they are resting in the suburbs to recuperate. They sit for hours on end trying to brain storm solutions. This is mirrored in all the other movements, arguments and laughter both arise simultaneously from groups.

The dialogue has been started, the awakening is happening. Occupy Richmond sends there hope, although the love that was shared with us cannot possibly be contained into words or images. I wish you all could have been there when I told them we existed in Wilmington; I wish you could have felt the support.

Hope for Wilmington NC

In solidarity from VA

There is something bigger here happening, can you feel it?

THE PLAN Nov 17th

Sheriff order was delivered, with the officer saying that this order came “straight from the top”:

We are welcome to protest.

We cannot have tents,



Or other “furniture”.

We cannot “deface” sidewalks.

We are welcome to picket at long as the permit serves us,

But an encampment is not welcome.

We have till tomorrow to clear out.

I told LT. Perkins I would relay this information to the General Assembly, and I told him that I was not a leader, nor do I speak for the movement in Wilmington. Our reaction to the request will be obvious tomorrow, whatever we decide to do.

So here is the plan.

Encampment is meeting at 5 pm at City Hall.

They will put together a proposal to be presented at the GA taking place during the forum, as part of the forum.

The forum is at 7, at UNCW.

Community building inside Occupy Wilmington NC


The Office set up at Occupy Wilmington

       So far, the Occupy Wilmington Group has been trucking right along! No final decision has been made regarding there request to use the lawn. Attorney Deb butler made a request at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. The request was met with just one question, and a concern about vandalism on the walls of the building. This was the first time occupy herd of any vandalism made on Tuesday. Deb butler explained to the city council that the group did not support such activities and had cleaned the stairs of city council that morning.

      Inside the group are interesting dynamics taking place. They all try to help out when they can, but only 2 active members are unemployed at the time, making commitments hard to uphold, and leadership roles easily implemented. Of course we all know the Occupy movement is leaderless, which seems to be an effective way to support anyone who wants to contribute and have their voice herd. Unfortunately it’s hard to wrap your head around how to function in such a set up. We are so used to looking outside ourselves for answers.

         Confidence if fostered in the movement locally, but only if you are sober. Unaltered minds are welcome to contribute out of respect for the rest of the group. But drunks don’t go over well. In such situations, the encampment team struggles to create a safe place for all, including the intoxicated themselves. It was decided that if alcohol was smelled on your breath, you would be asked to leave until you sobered up. In instances where such communication isn’t comprehended, they have a “time out chair” in support of the boundaries being set up.

They are in need of de-escalation volunteers, so that energy can be focused on each task individually. It is incredibly hard to organize the office, clean the kitchen, generate solutions, offer community support and make sure everyone is safe all at the same time.

     The work of all supporters and members is greatly appreciated, and it is quite clear that with a little effort on everyone’s part, we can start the change locally.