MONDAY, OCTOBER 24
Moderator: Ruth and Lance.
Shadow Moderators: Jessica and Karoline.
Shadow Stackers: Fancis and Omar.
Time Keeper: Rex.
OLAGAFCLT [Logistics]: Jo.
Minutes Taker: Dennis de la Vega.
Principles of Solidarity ////Working Draft
Through a direct democratic process… we have come together as individuals and crafted these principles of solidarity, which are points of unity that include but are not limited to: Engaging in direct and transparent participatory democracy; Exercising personal and collective responsibility; Recognizing individuals’ inherent privilege and the influence it has on all interactions; Empowering one another against all forms of oppression; Redefining how labor is valued; The sanctity of individual privacy; The belief that education is human right; and Endeavoring to practice and support wide application of open source. We are daring to imagine a new socio-political and economic alternative that offers greater possibility of equality. We are consolidating the other proposed principles of solidarity, after which demands will follow.
7:52 pm: Solidarity Clap
7:53 pm, Jessica, Facilities Committee: Announces those who are protesting in cities across the U.S. including 40 of our own Occupy Los Angeles brethren and sisters standing off against Federal Officers with the LAPD as moderators.
7:56 pm, Lance, Facilities Committee: Reads our ‘Principles of Solidarity’ [ABOVE].
7:57 pm, Alexander: Words of Encouragement.
7:59 pm, , Navy Veteran of the United States Navy: Expresses his solidarity.
8:00 pm, Pierce Henderson: I got arrested… …resisting, delaying, or obstructing an Officer of the Peace …When they arrest you for PC 148…
8:03 pm, Joe, Logistics:
8:04 pm, Ruth, Facilities Committee: In Occupies we us hand signals so we aren’t yelling at one another…
8:06 pm, , : What they are... …What we’re trying tonight is what is called a ‘Progressive Stack’… …How many people have never been to a GA before? [HANDS RAISE] [CLAPPING] [LAUGHING].
8:07 pm, Natalie: People’s Collective University [?Committee?]
8:08 pm, Jeff, Objectives and Demands Committee: We meet 5:30 pm every day across the street [south east]
8:09 pm, Actions Committee: We are going in big groups to banks where [/when] everybody will get their money out.
8:12 pm, Beth, Media/Social Media Committees: We sent 25 people to San Diego by bus today. We will continue these outreaches… Check us out on Twitter Occupy LA.
8:13 pm, Regina, Indigenous People’s Committee: This morning we went to ‘Clear Channel’ to inspect their records. We went with Susan. FCC regulations allow us to inspect their files. We asked to see the records in their hard drives and they brought in two men to help us out.
8:15 pm, Facilitations Committee: We meet every day at 5:30 pm. Workshop Friday at 11 am. Any suggestions please send to the Welcome Tent.
8:16 pm, Paul, Resources Committee: It’s about getting resources for the camp as possible. We are having a workshop at the Finance Tent next to the Welcome Tent. New tents are forthcoming. OccupyLosAngeles.org.
8:17 pm, , [?Peace Keepers?] We found that between 10 pm and 1:30 a woman was robbed of her purse while she was sleeping in her tent. Our camera saw the person… We do not wish to involve the police for this person. All we are asking is, please bring the bag back, and give it to the Welcome Desk/Tent.
8:20, , Kids Village Committee: Please donate pumpkins.
8:21 pm: We ask that you come out and support…
8:22 pm: Socialism and Liberation Committee [NEW].
Affinity Group and Individual Announcements
8:24 PM: Occupy the Hood: Yesterday we had a very successful event. About 45 people came out from Occupy LA to show their solidarity.
8:24 pm, Keep’n It Real Affinity Group
8:25 pm, Stay Occupied Affinity Group: Trade things of value, food, jewelry etc.
8:26 pm Direction Action and Civil Disobedience: Tomorrow we’re having a…
8:26 pm I just came from the Obama dinner and asks if they could give us some left overs.
8:27 pm, Civil Disobedience Affinity Group, Antiwar Affinity Group: Please join our affinity groups. Let’s fight these banks.
8:28 pm: Tomorrow at 2 pm if you’d like to speak to Al Jazeera go to Temple and Spring.
8:29 pm: Some of the best times I ever have… at the protests and marches, it is community building [Builds camaraderie].
8:30 pm: How can we work for a common cause with other groups [UNIONS].
8:31 pm: My tent was stolen and sold to another girl. Watch your tents.
8:32 pm, John: Speakers Michael ?Brolin? and Eli Broad? Tomorrow?
8:33 pm, TC Alexander, Skid Row Green Party: We’re not being represented here… …you’re welcomed to our neighborhood. Meet here at 6 am and we’re going to go five or six blocks [EAST]. Let’s not be rude let’s all include.
8;34 pm, , : I represent 500,000 medical marijuana patients… …if we can’t free a plant, we can’t free the planet. Dennis Peron and Richard Eastman… …we will be bringing food and medicine.
8:36 pm, Deva: I’m here to create a better world for my grandchildren and the three year olds who are drumming right now [REFERRING TO A DRUM CIRCLE DISTRACTION THROUGHOUT THE GA].
8:37 pm, , Compassion for the animals…
8:37 pm, Orlando, Peace Keepers: Good job, we are staying out of trouble and staying out of jail. Good job. We need more volunteers. Volunteers come by and [run the gauntlet].
8:38 pm, , : Fox day is National Move Your Money Day. I’m the girl with the red hair over on the South lawn [SHE POINTS WEST BY SOUTHWEST FROM THE SOUTH STEPS OF THE GA].
8:40 pm, Barry, : [Urging people to] come to the meeting, and people who have notice an article in the paper… more coverage.
8:41 pm, Pit Bull Masters: Beverly Hills Pet Masters
8:41 pm, Cory, People at Vice?Gum?: All the time we want food at the food tent, we need to have more food at the food tent so more people can have food all the time.
8:43 pm, Lance, Facilities Committee: [EXPLAINS THE PROCEDURES FOR PROPOSALS]
8:45 pm, Jeremy and Laura: [HE READS] What… How… Why…
Questions on the Proposal
8:51 pm, Barry: One cannot come to a conclusion… my amendment is…
Lance: amendments will be during the round of Amendments… not now.
Jeremy: [RAMBLES KNOWLEDGABLY ON THE FINER POINTS OF THE ROUGH CONSENSUS PROPOSAL].
Jeff: Did you speak with Patrick about this? […]
Scott: If something procedural comes up to the GA and do we need an administerial thing?
Concerns on the Proposal
If you have a friendly amendment, could you at least try it for a week [EXPERIMENTAL PHASE].
[BACK TO] Concerns on the Proposal
Can we add that people should be present? And, can we announce a convention?
Jeremy: We’ve considered [your previous] proposal of 51%.
[HARD BLOCKED] The journey of the minority is… of the majority.
Would you be okay with us trying it for a week?
Jeremy: [Considers] presenting a ‘Tyranny of the Majority’ versus a ‘Tyranny of the Minority’.
Maybe we should vote constantly or consistently. We should make sure all our information is disseminated so we all know what’s up.
What I see is that it is the 1% that hijacks the proposal.
Jeremy: Our concern was to clarify the process and to make sure that no voice was [ever] left out. We found that when people don’t do their due diligence around the power of clarity surrounding their proposals it is very difficult to reach a consensus. A 90%... …general consent of the model… …Remember that Rosa Parks was only the one percent on the bus.
Daniil: I believe that ninety-nine percent is much more fair and empowering than ninety percent.
I think the ninety-percent rule… …creates factions of people.
Jeremy: We’re always going to have factions…
9:19 pm: Lance: …amendment is… …practicing the process with the amendment… …for one week.
9:21 pm: Regina: [YELLS] I have a hard block. …
9:22 pm: Mike: I have concerns about… this very important issue… 95%.
9:23 pm, Lance: Do we want to keep going on this issue?
[CONSENSUS WAS REACHED ON THIS PROPOSAL WITH FRIENDLY AMENDMENTS].
Affinity Group Proposals
I suggest we… …filter… for… is this historical, creative, or …
Regina: How are we going to filter? Who is going to do the filtering?
[THIS WAS DEEMED ‘NOT’ A PROPOSAL, BUT A SUGGESTION]
We started Occupy Southgate four days ago. We were on the news… …but today the police came and asks us to leave… he gave me a ticket. Tomorrow we’re having a meeting at 8550 California Avenue, Manchester Blvd and California Avenue.
9:32 pm, Barry: Proposal to allocate five to ten minutes time for a meeting on Wednesday. [CONSENSUS WAS REACHED].
9:33 pm, , : Throughout the twenty days that we’ve been here we’ve been dancing around the worker’s issues…
9:34 pm, : We need to consider what Barry was saying… [HE ASKS BARRY AND HANDS BARRY THE MICROPHONE].
[HECKLER CONTINUES TO YELL “WE NEVER DO ANYTHING BUT WASTE EVERYBODY’S TIME].
9:41 pm, Max: Teacher of Economics Class at Finance Tent: I’m proposing that we ask people for a solutions committee …a broad base of an idea … giving people thirty seconds to advance an idea and have people advancing the idea by working on the idea.
9:44 pm: We are one big solutions Committee. …know we have a research committee…
9:46 pm: What [this is an ‘Affinity Group’ and not a ‘Committee’].
[HECKLER YELLS, “FINALLY SOMEONE THAT HAS A GOOD IDEA AND NOBODY WANTS TO LISTEN TO HIM].