November 29th General Assembly Notes

The November 29th General Assembly took place at 7:00 at Joe Muggs Coffee inside of Books-A-Million. Future Assemblies will also take place here. We were joined by Jack and Liz from the outreach committee of Occupy Springfield. There were six in attendance.

  • Reviewed notes from previous GA
  • Discussed newsletter
    • Decided to publish in PDF
    • Might do wordpress module in the future for opt-in
    • Need more (smaller) articles from members, Grant’s were too large
    • 300 words or less for main articles (2)
    • 200 words or less for smaller articles (3)
    • Finish first issue this week
  • Outreach
    • MSSU
      • Discussed connections with progressives there
    • Drinking Liberally
      • Discussed connecting up
    • IBEW
      • We have local chapter, need to reach out to
  • Empire Updates
    • Un-elected commission regulating a monopoly
    • Large profits
    • Large rate-increases as often as possible
    • Possibilities for visibility/demonstration
    • More research required
    • Check to see if unionized
  • Talked about national politics/occupy news
  • Check on state amendments regarding corporate personhood
    • look into movetoamend.org and change.org regarding corporate personhood
  • Discussed petitions and initiatives
    • All state rep. districts need only ~200 signatures to run candidates
    • Discussed canvassing to gather petitions, voter drive, etc.
    • Tossed around party names
    • Need clarifications about rules/city council, etc.
  • Visit from Occupy Springfield
    • Liz & Jack shared about their street-cleanup program
    • shared about homeless outreach
      • homeless will be represented with their own occupy committee
      • Liz and Jack advocate for direct-to-needy distribution of donations
    • Occupy Springfield is experiencing a “holiday slump” just like Joplin
    • They are working on a newsletter
    • Occupy 417 is the “publications/marketing” “face” of Occupy Springfield
    • Occupy Springfield did some excellent black-friday actions
      • Poetry slam in Wal-Mart
      • “Buy Local” and “Slave Labor” stickers on products in corporate stores
    • Occupy Springfield would love to have more communication with Occupy Joplin
      • We will be notifying Occupy Springfield of our event times/date/details
      • We will try to send some members to observe an Occupy Springfield GA
      • They meet at 2902 E. Division from 6:00 to 8:30 every Wed.
    • The 99% Declaration recognizes the US Congressional districts, so the Springfield and Joplin branches will need to cooperate when delegate “voting” starts
  • The next Occupy Event will be this Saturday at Panera at 7:00
    • Members need to bring ideas, wording for initiatives, party name ideas, thoughts about the next 6 months, etc.
  • Future GAs will be at 7:00 at Joe Muggs in Books-A-Million until further notice

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