At the GA on Sunday, 1/27, approximately 90% of those in attendance expressed an interest in continuing a discussion on the harmful practices of patriarchy at the GA next Sunday, 2/3. I take this to mean that we don’t want these problems to be neglected any longer. Several agenda items have been suggested for this work, and we hope others will critique this list and contribute items of their own. Here are some agenda offerings: - Should we discuss specific incidents of patriarchal disrespect and abuse that have occurred within Occupy Oakland? - Should we develop techniques for reacting in constructive and empathic ways to the anger bursting out of the victims of patriarchy? (To me, this means not getting defensive or angry in response, understanding that the frustration of victims is appropriate, and taking whatever time is needed for real understanding to develop. (Is there a better word to use than “victim”? It sounds kind of patriarchal to me.) - Should we use a dialectical method to define patriarchy, rather than simply accept definitions created by outside groups and academics? (I feel that by trying to find our own way in this we will create routes to understanding that will become familiar to us, easier to remember and paraphrase, and less dogmatic.) - Should we work on a proposal that Occupy Oakland resolve to institute a program of anti-patriarchy?