Monday, November 14 General Assembly

November 14, 2011
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The following is a message from the Occupy Portland Information Committee:

GA at 7:00pm in Pioneer Square

There’s a nice tree and some festive lights…

Point of Process!

I’m hungry!

Yes, we know. We’ll be feeding humans at 6:00pm, but we don’t have mess kits. Bring an fancy eating utensil and something to put a bit of food in.

Moving forward

Options for how to move forward would be a rather nice conversation for tonight. The air has been thick with talk about what’s next. A lot of people have voiced opinions on what they’re feeling, now it’s time to voice proposals on what’s next. Bring a good idea to share.

14 Responses to Monday, November 14 General Assembly

  1. Robert M. Koretsky on November 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    This is the kind of informational post that should be at the top of your webpage: articulate, concise, giving the correct information in as few words as possible to keep the Occupy community up to date on what is happening. I hope to see this kind of post daily now that we’re in a virtual encampment rather than a physical one. Thanks!

  2. David Evans on November 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    One thing I think that should be discussed is this:

    http://occupywallst.org/article/dallas-calls-general-strike-nov-30th/

    There is a coinciding labor strike in the UK:

    http://news.yahoo.com/uk-labor-unions-prepare-strike-over-pensions-160944022.html

    The OWS movement needs to UNITE and collectively call for and support such actions. Call for everyone to stay home (if they are lucky enough to have homes). Tell them not to work, take children to school, shop or drive or visit anywhere beginning Nov 30. The only thing our masters and our political elite care about is loss of profits. A nationwide or worldwide General Strike will get their attention. It is necessary to occupy, for visibility and attention, but many who cannot or woill not sleep out in tents will be able to contribute to a General Strike by simply staying home on coordinated days. Shut the system down! It is doable, and will give the Movement renewed strength.

  3. SLEEPY on November 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    HELLO ALL – I JUST WENT TO THE FACEBOOK PAGE OF THE PORTLAND BUSINESS ALLIANCE AND WROTE: “OCCUPY WALL ST, OCCUPY PORTLAND”. If anyone else wants to taunt the Portland Business Alliance with Occupy assertions that would be lovely!!!! Their top investors are major international banks, and they basically tell the police what to do, and are the ‘boys’ who endorsed police chief Mike Reese to run for mayor. GO ON THEIR MESSAGE BOARDS AND TELL THEM TO OCCUPY WALL STREET!!!!!!!

  4. SLEEPY on November 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    I JUST ANNOUNCED ON PORTLAND BUSINESS ALLIANCE MESSAGE BOARD ON FACEBOOK THAT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY STARTS AT 7 PM AT PIONEER SQUARE!!!! AWESOME!!! FIND THEIR MESSAGE BOARDS!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Hope on November 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Here’s the idea I’d like presented at the GA tonight. I can’t be there, but I’ll be watching on the livestream.

    It’s time to leave the strategy of occupying city parks behind. Occupying city parks does not serve as a meaningful way to protest the widening gap between the richest 1% and the remaining 99%. Instead, we need to focus on meaningful and direct ways to target greed at among the top 1% and target those who such greed in the first place.

    We spent over a month protesting in the park. How much time was spent protesting at our local main branches of big banks? The main branch of Wells Fargo is a block away from our parks and we never made a meaningful protest presence there. It makes no sense. People should be arrested for not leaving the perimeter we create around banks and investment firms, not parks.

    It’s time for a new strategy. Call it Occupy 2.0. Direct, meaningful protests in order to get results, even if the only result is making the lives of the greediest of the greedy miserable.

    Finally, we need a new strategy for dealing with local media. We need to befriend the media and use them to get our message out. How do we do that? We create newsworthy direct and meaningful protests. And then we invite members of the media to have their members embedded within our group to witness the protests first hand. We need to legally make news. We need to befriend the media and try to do their jobs for them. Remember, the local media are middle class people too. Many of their reporters aren’t even full time. They are the 99%. Excluding right wing radio, most of the local media already agree with what we stand for. We need to help them report it.

  6. Daryl on November 14, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    So, what is the plan now after you have lost the parks? Is there a new meetup place instead of the Courthouse Square? I want to make sure I can make the meetings and help out with marches, etc. I couldn’t make i tho GA tonight :( Is the Sqaure the new GA location? IS it still at 7pm or different time? WE ARE THE 99%!!!!

  7. maralyn monroe on November 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    you guys are a bunch of dirty shameless punks !! if you mess with that Christmas tree you are going to piss off a lot of hard working Portland residents !! who work hard for an honest living and now have to pay for your destruction to the parks, your message was lost a while ago when your so called movement turned into a homeless druggie camp !! you guys should seriously rethink your message and not allow disruptive behavior to negatively influence your movement like it has already !!

  8. Bob on November 14, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    LOL your out of the parks dead beats time to begin to look for a job and pay back some of the tax money you wasted with your exercise of stupidity. You did nothing but show the entire US that you know how to waste the tax payers money now we have to clean up your mess.

  9. Bob on November 14, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Your comment is awaiting moderation. is what I get when I type my responce. Why should my responce need to be moderated unless you are afraid of what people think and say about you.

  10. Matt on November 14, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    This movement is so right on, so inspiring, so important. I’m eager to see how and where we will regroup.

    I would like to see a page on this site with a list of needs, prioritized, for those who would like to help but can’t always be physically present.

  11. nowoccupy on November 15, 2011 at 1:09 am

    The New Common Sense has been going around and was introduced. Yes, I know it is “long” but that is because it is packed with real substance. The basic message is “Kick the illegal new fourth Special Interest Branch out of government and let’s unite to force the government to uphold the Constitution again, because if we don’t, our issues mean nothing because we will not have a voice again until we get our representation back.” It’s a GENIUS document, fully compatible with the 99$ Declaration and any other declaration that we or anyone else comes up with. It’s above politics and can unite us all.

    Think of it as a toolkit, a HUGE soapbox that we can all stand on that is rock solid enough to hold us.

    IF we adopt this as another tool in our tool box, it would send an incredibly powerful message to the world and would absolutely help us gain another level.

    Please, please, let’s make this a priority to at least understand and address it (and hopefully take the powerful step of adopting it). By adopting it, we will prove to the world that we are in fact capable of consensus on something complex and powerful– something that has real teeth that is a cornerstone of a united cause.

    Please, please, try to read, understand and share. Urge all to read so that we can have an informed discussion and reach am informed consensus either way. Every day that we do not invoke that document is an opportunity lost to send the 1% a powerful message that will make them have more respect for us.

    The document can be found here: http://pastebin.com/gm2UV08D

  12. LANA BUCHANAN on November 15, 2011 at 5:17 am

    The GA last night was too long and people lost their focus. I love the square as meeting spot, however we need to think about an indoor venue or a way to set up large temp tarp like structure that we can set up and remove as needed as the rain will keep people away….as well as meetings that lose focus do…we are going to lose a lot of people if we don’t reorganize and move forward quickly….i saw a lot of people throw up their hands and leave last night..we can’t have that happen. Our major strength is our numbers,if we lose people,we lose impact. I’m glad to see our hungry being fed…I was worried about that…we must refrain from all the profanity..we were NOT family friendly last night. I know people are angry and passionate but we have children who attend these events with their parents. I want to bring my granddaughter but until we clean up the profanity I will not. Think about how msm portrays us, we only add credibility to them by behaving this way. Peace, Love, and Light.

  13. OregongrowersUNION on November 15, 2011 at 10:22 am

    HYPOCRITES…tHIS MOVEMENT IS NOW TAKEN OVER BY TWO FACE HYPOCRITES…You can not condemn the banks and put up livestream ads about citi bank while running live stream….you can not go to bed while the police move in and take down your camp…you cant have GA when ever one talks the good talk just so every one can see how cool this guy is…and never do any thing…this movement is lost to the STUPID…and i will never follow STUPID!!!!!

  14. Hope on November 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Is there a reason my comments are stuck in moderation? Do I need to register somewhere? I thought I already did, both in the discussion forums and the livestream (I haven’t posted in the forums yet though)

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