1) Emergency Proposal for new Quorum requirements . 116 yes, 12 no, 4 stand aside
1a. Quorum is hereby reduced to seventy people.
2) Proposal To Endorse Occupy Oakland Media Committee Purpose Statement
103 yes, 10 stand aside
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.
3) Proposal for a Occupy Oakland, Liberate Everything Conference at LaneyCollege in Oakland 95 yes, 1 stand aside
We hope to host the Occupy Oakland, Liberate Everything conference September 14 to 16, depending on confirming venues..
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.