If you know people who are coming to the General Assembly for the first time tonight, & do not consider themselves part of Occupy Oakland, please join me in asking them to keep these questions in mind (repost if you agree):
“Am I voting on what I want to see Occupy Oakland do?
Or am I voting for what I want to participate in with Occupy Oakland?”
If newcomers are not interested in any future participation with Occupy Oakland, & have come out just to give input this once, please join me in
asking them to encouraging them to join the discussions, but to stand aside for the votes & to respect the collective decision making process by voting “stand aside.”
Edited 11/21 to clarify.
I don’t have a litmus test of who “should” vote. I’m not suggesting excluding anyone, or devaluing anyone’s vote. I’m not suggesting interrogating anyone. What I’m hoping is that everyone who comes to a GA decides to continue participating in some way.
I am suggesting that people who don’t consider themselves part of OO, & aren’t going to join OO in anyway, should vote “stand aside,” because they have made their own decision to disclude themselves from the group.