(if you are on the newsletter listserv you may have already seen this)
Hello everyone! We look forward to seeing you all at tomorrow’s assembly. To clarify, the assembly will still be held in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union at UNR at 12 p.m. It is NOT a rally or an occupation so please don’t bring a bunch of supplies. This is our first meeting and it is very important to the movement – the New York occupation had over two months of general assemblies before they started occupying because there are many logistics involved.
We’re expecting a big crowd, and those of us who have been working as facilitators this week are going to do our best to make sure that everyone gets heard. We need everyone to be respectful, patient and focused in order for this to run smoothly. Here you will find a short reference guide to general assemblies as created by the NYC crew: http://nycga.cc/resources/general-assembly-guide/. On the second page of the PDF, there are some recommended hand gestures to help us express our thoughts to one another. It may be in our best interest to follow this system.
We are planning another assembly this Saturday, most likely at 1 p.m. Location will be confirmed later this week and will be sent to everyone. We hope this time will allow those who couldn’t make tomorrow’s meeting to attend and participate.
The weather may be stormy tomorrow. Many have insisted that we remain outside because it is in an open public location. Please dress warmly. We don’t want anyone getting sick or hurt. We do have electronics that we will be using to livestream the assembly but in the event that it rains we’ll have to resort to posting the minutes after the meeting.
The agenda for tomorrow is as follows:
First Preliminary Agenda for Occupy Reno
12:00 – 12:05 p.m. Ashley Hennefer – Member of facilitator team, member of the Occupy Wall Street/Occupy San Francisco Founding Cadres
12:05 – 12:10 p.m. Edward Hickey – Member of facilitator team, facilitator of media team
General thoughts and updates about the media committee
12:10 – 12:20 p.m. Rebecca Gasca – ACLU of Nevada Legislative and Policy Director
An overview protester rights
12:20 – 12:30 p.m. Stacy Alonzo and Cory Wendel, recent attendees at Occupy Wall Street
Experiences and suggestions for Occupy Reno
12:30 – 1 p.m. Open discussion
– Discussion of next meeting time and location.
Saturday at 1 p.m., possibly at the Underground (waiting on confirmation)
– Planning online meeting(s)
– Discussion of protesting location
– Discussion of length of Occupy Reno protests
– Brief discussion of committees
1 p.m. Meeting Adjourned
We will have a signup sheet passed around for you to add your preferred contact information as well as the committee you would like to serve on – technology, infrastructure, media and legality. We may need to add other committees, such as supplies or education, once we get started. Once we have everyone’s information, we will be emailing everyone in the different committees and then planning specific tasks will begin within those groups.
We the planners and interim facilitators wish for this assembly to go as smoothly as possible for tomorrow but we hope that you will be flexible with us if the weather gets crazy or the discussion goes off topic. It’s up to all of us to make this happen and we’re off to a great start!
Thank you all for your enthusiasm and ideas!
See you all tomorrow. Come wind or rain or opposition, we are united.