i posted on the occupy website earlier regarding some critiques i had about GA. i spoke with one of last night’s facilitators . she was really receptive and helpful in explaining things.
i noticed that sunday’s GA had fewer facilitators and a bit of a different structure. i don’t know if my feedback helped at all, but i appreciated the change. i hope others did too.
i have a concern about a general air of respect and a need for equity on the mic. i liked how there were sign-holders and timers to let people know if they were using up all of their time. that was really effective in keeping things moving along. however, there were some moments in which the time-keeper lapsed and let certain people speak longer than others. while nearly everyone who approached the mic was given their due, whether they rambled or stayed on topic, i noticed that for one man in particular, he was cut off quickly. the time keeper and the person working with him started shouting at him, saying that he had used sexual expletives with one of them at some other occasion.
just as a jumping off point, i want to voice a concern with you about issues of equity. sure, the time keeper and his assistant were upset with that particular speaker for an earlier transgression, but he should have been given his due like everyone else. i’m concerned that certain people are being shouted down by the audience, and that this behavior is okayed or even encouraged by people who are acting in leadership roles on the stage (not finn, per se, but others). some people are getting opportunities to use the mic again and again, while others are not. i just wonder how fair this is? one speaker was given 4 minutes to speak (i timed it) while others had 90 seconds. again, i ask about fairness.
i’ve noticed that someone from the crowd takes notes for the group for GA during different nights – where are these minutes? i don’t see them posted on FB nor on the occupy site. are there copies at the info tent?
you might be wondering – well, here this person is with all the critiques, why can’t she come to the meeting? well, the thing is that i cannot attend any daytime meetings on weekdays.
i’d love to have a virtual discussion via email about this at your earliest convenience. for the sake of transparency, i am also going to post this email online on the occupy site and perhaps on the FB site.