Daily Archives: October 23, 2011

Our up-to-date Occupier’s Code

Here is the latest version of our Occupier’s Code updated 10/22 after being adopted through the consensus at the GA. It’s pretty good stuff. However, it is a work in progress so feel free to suggest changes.

OCCUPIER’S CODE

In our occupation, we are committed to sustainability and self-reliance. In realizing this commitment, we support the following nine guidelines:

  1. #1:  In our relations with each other and our neighbors, we support a culture of love, respect, and understanding over hatred in any form. Further, we support peace and non-violence.
  2. #2:  In respecting ourselves, we support keeping ourselves healthy—physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. In this, we support sobriety and sustaining ourselves on good food. In keeping ourselves and each other healthy, we do not support second-hand smoking.
  3. #3:  In our connection to ourselves, each other, and our neighbors, we support open and reflective conversation over silence and before confrontation. Further, we support educating ourselves, each other, and our neighbors.
  4. #4:  In helping our neighbors, we encourage using local businesses and abiding by the local laws that keep all of us and our community safe, healthy, and free to exercise our First Amendment rights.
  5. #5:  In respecting the area we occupy, we support a leave-no-trace approach.
  6. #6:  In our living situation, we encourage the use of tents and sustainably-built

    structures over RVs and trailers.

  7. #7:  In our movement, we encourage the use of sustainable transportation over non- sustainable transportation.
  8. #8:  In our economy, we support transparency in any and all transactions in which we are involved.
  9. #9:  In keeping this an open movement, we acknowledge that some of us have pets. We love our pets. If they occupy with us, we ask our pets’ companions to keep them on a leash, to pick up after them, to care for their needs, and to be aware and considerate of the other nonhumans and humans in the movement.

In summary, we care about the health and well-being of ourselves, each other, our community, and our planet.

NOTE: This is a working document of the people, by the people, for the people, Like all great people’s documents, it can be amended when the situation of the people changes and when new situations arise. Specifically, this document can change by a consensus of the General Assembly of Reno.

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Updates from our 5th General Assembly earlier today (10/22)

Hi everyone.

I just want to do a quick update for those who couldn’t make it out to today’s events.

We met outside Lawlor Events Center at UNR at noon where about 75 of us marched from UNR to City Plaza.

We had our 5th GA at City Plaza from 1-4 p.m. with about 100-125 people in attendance.

Three decisions were made by consensus:
1) We will continue to pursue a 30-day permit to occupy the space at 240 W. Moana Lane while simultaneously pursuing other occupation sites including the old bus station at 4th and Center.
2) We adopted an amended version of the Occupier’s Code of common values. The original code was posted in the update from last Thursday’s GA at Moana Pool. We will post the final version shortly.
3) We established a quorum  number of 50 people to constitute a General Assembly and make decisions on behalf of the group which we can change in the future if necessary. We determined that any member of the group can call a GA so long as there are at least 2 facilitators there and quorum is met.

Beyond these three decisions, we discussed:
1) We will be meeting next Saturday (10/29) at 11 a.m. (location TBA) to travel to Carson City for National Occupy Your State Capitol day which starts at noon.  We may have a GA before then, but nothing has been set yet.
2) We will be having training for those who would like to learn to facilitate GA’s and committee meetings in the future. The location and time are TBA, but please email outreach@occupyreno.org with “Facilitator Training” in the subject line if you are interested.
3) We are in the agenda for Wednesday’s City Hall meeting (10/26) at 12:45 p.m. We will be meeting outside around 12:15. We will be petitioning to have all fees dropped and our permit approved for occupation at 240 W. Moana Lane. If approved, we could be occupying as early as this Thursday 10/27. Everyone is invited, and we would love to have 100+ people.

I have just a few more comments to add in hopes of starting up a conversation on these issues. Today a member of our GA, Kyle, nominated himself to be the facilitator for a sub committee he calls “Issues and Action” aka “starting a ruckus”. This is awesome. If anyone feels at any time that we have overlooked something important committee-wise, it is highly encouraged to step up and start your own sub-committee under the appropriate committee (Outreach, Legal, Infrastructure, Media, or Tech).

The use of the People’s Mic was also questioned a few times. It was suggested that we use a megaphone instead, and the most common reasons why were that it would save our voices and energy, it would make meetings go by faster, and passerbys would be able to hear us. The reasons for keeping the People’s Mic were because it forced us to listen to each other, generated a sense of solidarity, and was necessary during events where amplified sound was not permitted. It was also suggested that the People’s Mic still be used but only at certain times which were undefined. What do you think?

Lastly, it seems we have a problem of people leaving early at just about every GA thus far but especially the Saturday afternoon ones the past two weeks. We understand some people have other obligations and plans, but it also seems likely that people leave early because they get hot, tired, or just plain bored as the meeting goes on. What do you think?

Stay tuned for updates on this week’s scheduled committee meetings and our permit status, and we hope to see you at City Hall Wednesday, October 26 at 12:45!

As always, thanks for the support, and please offer any suggestions or constructive criticism for how to make this movement better in the future!

-Stacey