Faciliator: Will & Noah Notes: Jen
Asked for people to attend the City Council Meeting this Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at 6:30 PM RM 201 City County Building. On the agenda is planning & redevelopment for Union Corners, restart finding developers at Don Miller lot & military building on south park street. As many people as possible encouraged to come as 1) Housing is a Human Right 2) Land is not just for developers & realtors. (City Agenda >>) http://legistar.cityofmadison.com/meetings/2012/5/10816_A_COMMON_COUNCIL_12-05-15_Agenda.pdf
Update on info for alternative sites.
Visitor from Ann Arbor, MI who is travelling occupies across the country.
Reported on May 5 Occupy Wisconsin endorsed a number of organizations in Wisconsin:
- Endorses Penokee Hills and working with the River Band Tribe continually;
- Endorses opposing iron ore mining;
- Endorses supporting the campaign to stop foreclosures and evictions and the moratorium twin demand in the state of Wisconsin and federally;
- Endorses Occupy The Vote: Choice of Representation founding work from Attorney Jim Mueller and make a working group to petition the congress;
- GA Video
Read more here: http://occupywi.org/state-endorsements-05052012/
Updated petition, and suggested people might continue to collect signatures and maybe a few t-shirts could be made with OccupyMadison on them.
Allan: realized that consensus would be a better way to handle GA decisions, and passed out a number of documents on consensus from Davi and Terre. He suggested we review and become informed on the process and that we could return to this at some point in the future. During the discussion several people said that the May 6th proposal/passing of 75% majority was invalid as it was rushed thru at the end. Everyone present was asked if this was ok to nullify that decision (if it was a decision), and everyone present was in agreement that 75% rule was not in effect. Other items brought up included that we need to become better informed and educated on the process, that part of the issue on site with GAs is there was no introduction or training on the process, and that there was a misunderstanding of blocking. Someone also said that when things were blocked in GAs or there was disagreement, the results were always better after discussion of those objections even if it did take longer. Another person said that very little does the GA need to be directly involved in.
Edited version passed around by Dan; short discussion on it. [update: Press Conference Planned for Wednesday May 16th at Veterans’ Plaza, please attend if you can and have been involved in Occupy Madison.]