11/08/2012 in GA Minutes
Minutes Occupy Central Vermont general assembly
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Present: Jay M., Sue M., Brian T. Brian ?, David K. Marie C., John H., Margaret B., Dell W., Bill ?, Jeremy H., Matt A.
$60 single donation
$17 contributions @ Hardwick pop-up
$11.75 to Capitol Copy for People’s Café flyers
left in treasury $65.25 after 150 buttons were paid for
- Hardwick Pop-up Occupy—Sue
—participation from a number of locals
—about 25 people at the general assembly
What about follow up?
—Hardwick folks are continuing the conversations at Wednesday night Think Tank. They’re wondering if any of us will participate.
—Discussion: John and Marie will look into bus to Marshfield (community dinner there at 6 pm)
Sue will write to Mary; Jay will contact Marcia, George, Tyler
- Plainfield Pop-up—Jay & Sue
—Planning board meeting in Marshfield re Red Store & Tim’s Convenience store owner
—How does one object to something that’s legal but immoral? Boycott?
—Questions on Goddard issues? Brian will contact Ben Graham, who has a strong interest
- Burlington: 802 Spokescouncil last weekend—Marie, Jay, John, Brian attended
±25 people mostly from Burlington, various activists (student, environmental, cop watch, etc.)
—Still doing Citizen’s Bank pamphleting
—Working groups were UVM, labor, human rights
—Small group discussions were focused, came up with plans
—Agreed to have a joint calendar for 802
—Marie will be a contact person
—Do we want to propose a joint action? Discuss using email.
- People’s café—David
—Mixed cabaret format
—next scheduled for December 6 at Bagitos, 6 to 8 pm.
—Parts were very good: poetry, music, visit from Stephen Durham, Freedom Socialist Party candidate for president, brief presentation.
—Concerns: comedy crossed the line to offensiveness;
Time for discussion was too little, too late
Chatting during performances, how could this work better in a café setting?
—Suggestions: tighten format
Focus on or frame as Occupy Central Vermont on poster, same posted, add Occupy Central Vermont
Create a small group to organize our next: David, Marie, Dell
- What is a movement?—Margaret
Saturday, December 8, 3–5 pm Montpelier Library
Goals: What have we learned from our experience in previous movements?
- Worker’s Center film (±20 minutes)
- Brief presentations: labor, civil rights, peace, gay rights, environment, women’s right, indigenous people, occupy. What was unique to each?
- Small group discussions: How are movements different from organizations?
—Marie will pass out flyers
—Jay willget info to media
—Has not been able to get any info re Black Friday
—Burlington group suggestion from Jen: if we can’t get enough people, we could pamphlet bomb; concern that without significant presence, we’ll be ignored.
—Brian: Chad McGinnis may be the best source of information
—Jay: Worker’s Center not doing anything; seems that UE is most active; perhaps best to focus on Williston store
—Matt: interested in communicating with workers but don’t have a union ready to plug them in; might have to be strategic and covert to talk with workers and find out their issues; important tactical questions because this is not just a one-time action.
—Jay: trying to have job actions, flash strikes in Texas, DC, 6 states.
—John: present to public bigger issues, broader analysis; suppress workers’ salaries for suppliers; suppress cost at all costs, a value destroying corporation, one of many!
—Marie: some Walmart workers are planning to walk out on Black Friday, trying to find out if this is happening in Williston—would join in solidarity
—Jeremy: What about pamphleting the workers?
—Bill: Seacoast Occupy in New Hampshire is discussing how to coordinate with workers
—discussing pamphleting in support of downtown shopping
—Jay: willing to work on leaflet (with Matt & John?)
—Marie: Perhaps more effective to leaflet cars in town prior to Black Friday with information on Walmart and encouraging people to shop in downtowns.
—Matt: Our communities have been occupied by for-profit corporations, so we can’t pamphlet on private properties/parking lots
—Marie: Preleafleting should include Barre
—John: Suggest communicating among ourselves using the core list and commit to the activities suggested above.
—Marie will coordinate leafletting cars in Montpelier
—Occupy Central Vermont will cosponsor the rally on Saturday, November 17 to close Vermont Yankee
- Occupy Sandy—Jay
—providing food and other services in 5 boroughs
—organizing is paying off
—What is happening with Occupy Farms?
—Suggested to send $, not food.
December 7, 9–5, Gwen Hallsmith is presenting “The New Economy” with all day workshops and discussions. $25. neweconomyworkinggroup.org
Jeremy and others on computer security. Recommendations to the Secretary of State to track how voting machines are working—If something is wrong, one is first supposed to call the company, not the Secretary of State. The company can wipe the machine clean. Procedural issues. Contacts to Jim Condos
- WGDR (Goddard radio) at 8:30 am on Monday
- Will send us his letter
- has copied reporters