Spokescouncil model for assemblies and meetings and getting th ings done
is a method for regional collaboration rather than decision making, so as not to step on different regions toes.
Inter0ccupy groups communications, regional actions-- working group on a regional calendar, for travel to larger events. Discussions of how that could play out on a larger scale.
Glass Steagal and working with legislation
working with legislation on federal level
addressing local level coincil meetings, deciding on attending in GAs.
Creating a toolkit with different ideas and ordinances.
Occupy scranton has been successful at this kind of work.
Ordinance or local issue re foreclosure of homes.-- creation of fact sheet
How do we communicate locally? website, occupytogether, Facebook
If we each get involved in our township meetings, we can pass ordinances that sheriffs can't go out and foreclose on people's homes. Have successes, bring people into the movement.
Power is in the numbers-- Occupy Scranton has been reaching out to other towns that need bodies. Scranton will come help you. Come help us. Get each other's contact info.
interoccupy.org allows for horizontal channels of communication within the movement.
We need to reach out to bring in new people, using web and non-digital means
We need to work both within and outside the political system.
Some voice concern about the word/branding OCCUPY-- it's offensive to some groups, like Native Americans. But it's an integral part of what has emerged as this powerful movement.
co-opting vs. cooperation is discussed. I'm not really sure the woman discussing it really gets. Since I was pepper-sprayed by guards incited by an agent provacateur at the National Air and Space Museum, I know how pernicious co-option can be. Someone else asks about co-option by Move-on.
There's discussion of how Occupy addresses political and social change. Most say it's more social than political-- that it's a paradigm shift.
Plans for actions are brought up-- do street theater like they do at Zuccotti Park.
Rebuild community. Engage neighbors in activities.
Folks from Scranton talk about plans for actions that will lead to arrests-- related to Fracking. They report on a success at one public meeting. They ask for help for small town Occupy groups at getting media attention.
The big DC Occupy March in DC on March 30th is discussed.
I bring up the need, now that locales have been closed down, for donors to contribute-- that they are, even though they do not sleep at locales or attend GAs, participating in the movement-- and we need to keep them involved, keep giving them opportunities to be involved.
Then, there's offereing services and skills. One young man has been doing job counseling for the unemployed.
Create a new member video, that orients people to Occupy.
Occupy is beyond political-- it's social, a paradigm shift.
Skill Share / time banking system.
We need the unity. Gotta stop having division amongst ourselves.
Finding areas of overlap and common cause with Christians and the movement.
reach out to all religions.
reach out so it goes out beyond white, middle class, not very religious folks.
had some success dealign with the inter church council in Harrisburg.
Some support not by showing up but by donating money, food, spreading the word, making churches available to them.
I've been there since 9 AM. It's 2:30 and the drive back is 90 minutes. We leave, not getting to participate in the GA that starts at 3 PM
The previous weekend there had been a similar meeting in Philly, with about 120 in attendance. It's clear. Occupy is morphing. There no longer a fixation on encampments. Occupy will go into partial hibernation over the winter and explode into spring, into the 2012 election cycle with a long, durable quantum leap in activism like the world has just begun to see.