General Assemblies are held twice a week in downtown Oakland:
Sundays – 2:00 PM, directly in front of City Hall
Our General Assembly is a participatory gathering of Oakland community members and beyond, where everyone who shows up is treated equally and has equal decision-making power. Occupy Oakland’s General Assembly uses a participatory decision-making process appropriately called, “Occupy Oakland’s Collective Decision-Making Process.” Our Assembly and the process we have collectively cultivated strives to reach agreement while building community.
Proposals are brought to the Facilitation Committee, either in person at their regular meetings (19th and Telegraph on Wednesdays at 12:00 PM and Saturdays at 4:00 PM) or through an email to: email@example.com, and then are brought to Occupy Oakland’s General Assembly. A proposal becomes a resolution only when it is approved through the mechanics of Occupy Oakland’s collective decision-making process. If the community passes a proposal, then it becomes an official Occupy Oakland resolution.
Autonomous Action & the General Assembly
The bulk of the work of Occupy Oakland does NOT happen in the General Assembly. It happens in various committees, caucuses, and associated groups that report back to the general assembly. Everyone participating in Occupy Oakland should be part of at least one associated group. Occupy Oakland encourages autonomous actions that do not require consensus from the General Assembly. This encourages political activity that is decentralized and welcomes diverse voices and actions into the movement.
General Assembly Standard Agenda
- Welcome Announcements
- Agenda Overview
- Reports from Committees, Subcommittees, Caucuses, & Working Groups
- Overview of Process
- Proposal Queue
- Sample Proposal 1
- Sample Proposal 2
- Sample Proposal 3
- Action Announcements
- General Announcements
* An agenda is subject to change at the discretion of the Facilitation Committee or the facilitators of the GA.
Schedule and Records
Meeting notes, resolutions, and decisions are posted online so that participants can keep track of what is going on with the occupation.
Helps facilitate the operation of the General Assembly. The Facilitation Committee meets at 19th and Telegraph on Wednesdays at 12:00 PM and Saturdays at 4:00 PM. If you would like to join our committee, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or see our page on this website for more information: Facilitation Committee.
How to Make a Proposal
- Create a group of at least three people that have attended at least one Occupy Oakland General Assembly prior to drafting the proposal.
- Submit your proposal in writing to: email@example.com or during a Facilitation Committee meeting.
- Please include contact information for at least three members of your group.
Video Training on Consensus Based Decision Making
Overview of a General Assembly and the Consensus Process