Pop- up Proposal:
With input from the GA and DAWG participants, we have come up with this proposed vision for which we seek approval to move forward with.
To increase diversity of participants, accessibility to the Occupy Central Vermont Movement, and visibility of this movement, we propose to have “pop-up” occupy gatherings every other Saturday (with some variance) throughout the warmer months, starting in May and going through September, potentially into October.
These events would happen in different towns throughout the geographic area defined as Central Vermont. The organizers would be responsible for making connections in towns we would hold events and making sure that we are connected to the resources, issues, and people in those locations.
Events would hold a number of different activities including a free store and library, alternative health care options or resources, information tables, youth activities, educational workshops and the weekly general assembly. Educational workshop offerings would vary from week to week and could include political/ movement education or discussion as well as skills share information. We would work with workshop hosts to build ALL workshops around the “occupy framework”, addressing the disparity of wealth and hording of power among so few.
As we enter community around Central Vermont, we will work to identify specific community issues for that area and address them in our time there. This might look like a workshop on a specific topic OR it might look like a work session with OCVT participants to help clean up an area, plant a community garden, picket outside of a local institution which is not supporting its community, or some other related activity. These activities would need to align to the occupy framework and be articulated as such.
Sample Day’s agenda:
10 AM set up and social time
11 AM workshop slots
12 PM Lunch and social time
1 PM Workshop slots
2 PM Workshop slots
3- 5 PM General Assembly
As workshops are happening, other activities can be happening also. Some workshops might be one hour, some might be two. Kids activities can happen at a set time during the day or run throughout the event. Free store and health care would ideally be available through the whole time, with some things like massage being at set times
In initial discussions, the DAWG agreed that we would need to let each location be built and billed as needed. In some towns, we might seek a permit, in others we would not. We would also have to play our outreach into each location by ear, balancing safety, accessibility and information sharing. We would look to our connections in each community to help define the best way to enter and do outreach.
The Direct Action Work Group would be organizational support, but functionality of organizing would happen through a sub-group focusing only on this. The DAWG has identified various supporting roles that would need to be filled for this project to happen. We believe OCVT has the capacity to fill these roles and encourage a OCVT members to step into these roles, even if they seem outside of their comfort zone, there are multiple layers of support available and this is an achievable, albeit ambitious, undertaking if many people carry the load together.
LONG TERM ROLES
- Primary Coordinator:
- Holder of the broad vision and organizational tasks.
- Ensures other roles are filled and supported.
- Creates continuity between events
- Entry point person for others to connect with general planning or work.
- Takes on role for duration of warmer months (with support from others as needed)
- Coordinating Organizers:
- Will organize different “sections” of the event, being responsible for only one part, but making sure that part happens at every event, ie: someone keeping track of the Free Store throughout the summer and ensuring the functionality of that piece.
SHORT TERM ROLES
- Weekly Organizer:
- Takes on role for ONE WEEK (or more if desired)
- Responsible for connecting with the point people for the different activities/ offerings at each location; will ensure that those people have the support they need to ensure the activity happening.
- Will help identify specific community issues and implement ways to address them in collaboration with the Education and Empowerment workgroup.
- Will reach out to OCVT members who live in that community and other identified allies/ supporters whom we should connect with prior to coming.
- The Primary Coordinator will support the Weekly Organizer in identifying a site within the desired community, Weekly Organizer will be responsible for working with the town if needed (permits and such).
- Will work to fill the education and skills workshop slots.
- Will collect information from workshop presenters for use in outreach.
- Point People: (in general)
- Will be supported by both the weekly organizer and the coordinating organizer.
- Responsible for “section” of the event happening, filling roles, making sure basic needs are met (tables, tents, chairs, etc).
- Workshop point person
- Responsible for bringing needed materials for workshop and identifying help as needed.
- Will give a paragraph description of the workshop to the PO no less than one week ahead of the event.
- Free Store point person
- Responsible for bringing free store items to the site, setting up and breaking down.
- Health Care point person
- Will connect with health care providers to allow for some sort of health services to be offered during the event. This may include herbalists, naturopaths, nurses, masseuses
- Tabling point person
- Will help identify people/ orgs interested in tabling and ensure they have the support they need to come. (Tablers will have to bring own tables)
- Kids/ youth Activities point person
- Will work with self or other groups/ individuals to have some activities available during the workshop slots.
- Will be responsible for bringing any materials they need