The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets Sundays, 4-5 PM during Daily Savings Time (March to November) and at 3 PM during the cooler, darker months. We generally meet on the steps of City Hall at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway. “If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 4:00 PM we meet inside at the Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave., on the corner of 48th Street. Directions
We have met on a continuous basis for more then six years, since October 2011!
We discuss the previous week’s Occupy-related events, announce future events & plans and have discussion topics. Everyone is welcome!
Occupy Oakland activities and contact info for some Bay Area Groups with past or present Occupy Oakland members.
Occupy Oakland Web Committee: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Occupy Oakland Kitchen Committee: (email@example.com)
Strike Debt Bay Area : strikedebtbayarea.tumblr.com
Berkeley Post Office Defenders: http://berkeleypostofficedefenders.wordpress.com/
Justice 4 Alan Blueford: justice4alanblueford.org
Oakland Privacy Group: oaklandprivacy.wordpress.com
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity: prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/
Bay Area AntiRepression: firstname.lastname@example.org
Biblioteca Popular: http://tinyurl.com/mdlzshy
Interfaith Tent: www.facebook.com/InterfaithTent
Port Truckers Solidarity: oaklandporttruckers.wordpress.com
Bay Area Intifada: bayareaintifada.wordpress.com
Transport Workers Solidarity: www.transportworkers.org
Albany Bulb Defense: sharethebulb.org
Fresh Juice Party (aka Chalkupy) freshjuiceparty.com/chalkupy-gallery
Sudo Room: sudoroom.org
The following verbiage is a couple of years old, but retained for archival purposes. We have not made our reduced quorum of 70 more than a couple of times in the last year, so we no longer table and discuss proposals on a regular basis:
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