Minutes of the 53rd Occupy Detroit General Assembly, April 3, 2012
a. Rakiba opened up with an overview of OCCDET Guiding principles that we strive to carry out in this space
Review: done by Curtis
II. Approve Agenda
III. Working Group
A Outreach = Jarret
4-8 retreat 4/6 @ 5900
B Midwest Curtis
April 19th Education teachin – Diane – WSU Law school 12-8
ACLU voter suppression
Strangulation of welfare rights – Mirian Kramer
D Sensitivity and Racial Inclusion
Connections made at Foreclosure forum on Saturday
Involvement with Housing is a Human Right campaign
Meetings weekly @ Starbucks on Mack& Woodwa rd
IV Emergency Financial Manager Teach-In by Diane
Minute to minute changes to the consent agreement by city council today
$600,000,000 in interest on these deals in SWAP agreements
Suggested solutions (2)
1. People’s audit
2. Participatory budget
Questions odious debt – only 3 council members fighting Joanne Watson, Kwame Kenyatta and Brenda Jones
When will signatures verified to repeal PA 4 be verified and will it effect the consent agreement
4/15 99% 12-4:30 training then a direct action busing people to Livonia
4/25 GE share holder meeting
Tucker Occupy Nation
April 14th Roast the Wall Street Bull celebration at 5900 Michigan Ave – celebrate the 6 month anniversary of Occupy Detroit and house warming for occupy space!!!
We need working group descriptions and contact info for a pamphlet for the Eastern Market GA on the 14th. Working groups can send info to Coffey (email@example.com).
Every Sat at Eastern Market people are collecting signature for the collective bargaining petition. If you’re interested in volunteering talk to Curtis, Shannon or Bartosz.
Only need 30,000 more signatures needed to get legalized marijuana on the ballot, talk to Jeph if you want to sign petition.
Wed, April 4th from 8pm – 11pm at Rosa Parks Transit Center – Candle light vigil mourning for Detroit Transit and memorial for MLK Jr.
Next GA meeting Safer Spaces proposal
Potluck at 5900 Michigan Ave every 1st and 3rd Wed
1 Month Experimental General Assemblies
• Variable agenda for Saturday Gas
• Include Working Group Breakouts – aimed at raising our attendance at Gas coupled with newcomers to experience the different work groups directly
• Lots of people in working groups don’t regularly attend GA-so what is GA for?
• Focus is on work during the GA – ideas in action directly
• At the end of the month decision shall be made if the experimental GA s have value and shall be continued
• Working groups shall:
o Rotating bottom liner(s) designated for facilitating the GA breakout for their group
o One paragraph description of what they do, including meeting time and place
Proposal: Teach in on the history of Mayday
Diane has arranged with a speaker from Wayne State U to have him do this teach in
FA: Coffey – suggestion to have this teach in at GCP for the Mayday GA
21st of April 2012
SAFER SPACES WG
Questions: Justin and Mark stated concerns about stating resources OUTSIDE OD
Rakiba concern was use of persons creating non safe conditions as opposed to “the subject” of the concern
Rakiba does Invictus again for dramatic intentional closing.