Proposal Queue for July 15 GA

Categories: Facilitation Committee, GA Announcements, GA Proposals, General Assembly

     1.    Emergency Proposal for new Quorum requirements
     2.    Proposal To Endorse Occupy Oakland Media Committee Purpose Statement
     3.    Proposal for a Occupy Oakland, Liberate Everything Conference at Laney College in Oakland
     4.    Proposal to Endorse Occupy  Anti-War Working Group resolution to  END to the militarization and  violence of the police, FBI, homeland security, and any other ‘security’  force (Held at Proposers request for later GA)
     5.    Proposal to denounce the physical attack on the Revolution Books table at OGP On May Day (held pending response from proposers re: still wanting to present)

The text of the proposals is here:

1) Emergency Proposal for new Quorum requirements 
1a. Quorum is hereby reduced to seventy five people.
1b.  Proposals which are strictly calls for endorsements of actions by   outside groups in solidarity with Occupy or endorsements of actions by   Occupy Oakland or by official Occupy Oakland committees, or   condemnations of police violence shall be considered and voted on with  a  quorum of sixty people. All other proposals must meet the  seventy-five  quorum threshold.
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Note for 1b: This assumes that the proposal does not involve any special requests for Occupy Oakland funding.
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We ask that this proposal be considered an emergency proposal on the grounds
that this proposal is an attempt to make the GA proposal process functional
again and if it (or another proposal similar to it) does not pass at the first opportunity
of a quorum being present there is a reasonable likelihood that the OO GA will never
achieve quorum again and be able to pass this or a similar resolution, thereby
continuing to render the GA proposal process, funding, and any other activity that
relies on the GA proposal process moribund.
proposal sponsors: JP Massar, Greg Jan, Bob Sarnoff
2) Proposal To Endorse Occupy Oakland Media Committee Purpose Statement
OCCUPY OAKLAND MEDIA COMMITTEE PURPOSE STATEMENT
The  Occupy Oakland Media Committee (OOMC) is a committee of Occupy Oakland*  (OO) that makes use of the press, social media, multimedia, and other  forms of media to connect with supporters by promoting actions events,  workshops, nurturing political dialogue. The OOMC will develop and  adhere to policies regarding the following responsibilities:
  • Connecting  outside press inquiries to current and relevant sources of information -  rotating “spokespersons,” contacts within committees, or document  archives – primarily within OO but also within the greater Occupy  movement.
  • Working  with other committees to write, edit, and distribute press releases to  the media, Occupy journalists, and community organizations of interest.
  • Keep a list of press contacts and community organizations and other outreach resources.
  • Facilitating or giving aid to other committees in calling press conferences.
  • Using the official OO versions of social media platforms to support our mission. See policies here.
  • Scouring  media sources for journalism positively covering OO activities.  Circulating those stories on to our supporters via social media, email,  etc.
  • Producing media trainings and skill shares for OO.
  • Coordinating  with the Web Committee to ensure that the OO website is serving the  movement’s informational and media needs, for example making sure that  events are updated and accessible on the website.
The  OOMC will develop relationships with members of the press, a general  understanding (and evaluations) of the media outlets and reporters that  cover OO, and lists of resources (human or technological) for media  dissemination. The OOMC will interact with alternative and mainstream  media outlets, including independent and Occupy journalists. Media  committee members will adhere to the resolutions of the General Assembly  (GA) resolutions, especially those relevant to the Media Committee. The  OOMC will not generate its own opinionated content or maintain  (web/technical/media) resources separate from official Occupy Oakland  resources.
Proposers:
Alyssa Eisenberg, Molly Batchelder, Matt Smaldone, Krystof
3)Proposal for a Occupy Oakland, Liberate Everything Conference at Laney College in Oakland
    “This August 17th through 19th we hope to host the Occupy Oakland, Liberate Everything conference at Laney College here in Oakland.
     The desire to organize a conference started after the planned  J28 Move-In Festival fell apart, the necessity arose when folks at  Inter-Occupy started seeking endorsements of “Occupy National Gathering”  conference  of theirs happening in Philadelphia on June 28th-July 4th. Inter-Occupy  is organizing what seems to be a second Constitutional Philadelphia  Convention, with  two “representatives” from every occupation, and urge that Occupy adopt a  new “social contract.” With electoral politics heating up and eager to  coopt the energy of Occupy, it’s vital that we push the Occupy movement  in a more radical direction.
     The purpose of the conference is to provide skills, tactics, strategy, and vision within and across occupations. The Occupy Oakland Liberate Everything  Conference will explore how nonprofits coopt social movements, the  criminalization of pre-crime and radical politics, radical history, and  the crisis of capitalism this time, and more.  Expected speakers  include, Andrej Grubacic, Angela Davis, Elaine Brown,   Laurence H. Shoup and many others. There will likely be performances by   The Coup, Mystic, and Zion and I and more. At a sliding scale of  potentially $5-20 dollars, with no one turned away, and expected  attendance of at least three thousand, our hope is that the conference  will  radicalize occupiers and provide at least $15,000 to Occupy Oakland’s  general fund.
     The Long Haul, which has agreed to lend their nonprofit status  to our application with Laney College, has also offered to loan $2,500  dollars towards this project.”
Proposal Sponsors: Chris Cross, Leo Ritz-Barr,Michelle Dreyden
4)Proposal to Endorse Occupy  Anti-War Working Group resolution to  END to the militarization and  violence of the police, FBI, homeland security, and any other ‘security’  force (Held at Proposers request)
Because the Oakland police and all their allies, including various branches of ‘security’ and military are the MOST violent presence on the streets of Oakland and all cities today;
We  severely object to and demand the immediate END to the militarization  and violence of the police, FBI, homeland security, and any other  ‘security’ force called into harm unarmed civilians of our cities
Including, but not limited to:
  • IMMEDIATELY  scrapping the Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) bought & paid for by  U.S. tax dollars thru ‘Homeland’ ‘Security’, residing with the Alameda  County Sheriff’s Department – and all other such “vehicles” brought in  to terrorize and stifle the public, including but not limited to those  exercising Constitutional rights and responsibilities of protest and  resistance
  • IMMEDIATELY  identify any DRONES existing and/or allowed in the Bay Area airspace;  and should none exist IMMEDIATELY proclaim that such UAV’s are forbidden  in our airspace and the entire police forces in California
  • IMMEDIATELY  disarming police including removing shields, all weapons including but  not limited to so-called “non-lethal” weapons of tear gas, tasers, flash  grenades; guns, batons, steel-toed boots
  • ELIMINATING  the police practices of trying to intimidate and silence protestors  with a ridiculous presence of number & kinds of police (sometimes  outnumbering demonstrators), handcuffs, any number of various and ugly  vehicles of bullying, as well as attempting to control and direct  expressions of resistance instead of insuring the rights of the people  to protest and hold our government accountable.
  • ELIMINATING  the current practice of calling up all sorts of police from various  outlaying cities and counties, FBI, ‘homeland’ ‘security’, private  police, state and BART police, etc.
We  recommend to anti-war activists, anti-military prison industrial  complex activists, occupy folks, folks concerned with the continued and  escalated militarization of our cities, country, and world, that we form  a working group to address these violent practices, to propose actions  against the county of Alameda, ‘Homeland’ ‘Security’, local city  councils and police departments to accomplish the above and more.
Proposers:
dolores, becky,bob
5) Proposal to denounce the physical attack on the Revolution Books table at OGP On May Day (Held pending response from proposers)
“Occupy   Oakland denounces the physical attack carried out by a few individuals   on the Revolution Books table at Oscar Grant Plaza on May Day. Such   actions only aid the system’s agents of repression in their efforts to   isolate, divide, and destroy revolutionary organizations, the Occupy   movement, and the broader movements of resistance. We stand for spirit   of principled unity against this oppressive system. And we stand for a   spirit of serious engagement, principled dialogue and debate over   political differences within our movement.”
Proposers:
Reiko Redmonde, Opi Santos,Rafael Kadaris
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