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.
Note for 1b: This assumes that the proposal does not involve any special requests for Occupy Oakland funding.
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.
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.
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.”
Reiko Redmonde, Opi Santos,Rafael Kadaris