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 firstname.lastname@example.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!