Archive for October, 2011

http://www.montesite.net/occupy/ – visual aids, more coming soon

October 31, 2011

General Strike Update, tomorrow, I’ll focus on local efforts of support

October 31, 2011

Nov. 2 General Strike for Scott Olsen Occupation Sources List; Draft I

October 30, 2011

The Occupied Wall Street Journal

All Occupy Live Streams

General Strike:

Longshore Workers in Oakland Call for a General Strike – YouTube – 10/28
#2N – GENERAL STRIKE – Oakland, CA FaceBook Event
Blockade Port of Oakland During Nov 2 General Strike – Occupy Oakland – 10/29
Carpenters Local 713 Supports Call for Nov. 2 General Strike in Oakland : Indybay – 10/29
Scott Olsen Cannot Talk, General Strike Nov. 2! : Indybay – 10/29
Blockade Port of Oakland During Nov 2 General Strike : Indybay – 10/29
PressTV – Oakland protesters vow general strike – 10/29
Occupy Oakland protesters plan to march on the port during strike | Local: In Oakland | an SFGate.com blog – 10/29
Oakland protesters plan march, mayor apologizes | Reuters – 10/29
Union Support for General Strike and Protests Nov. 2 : Indybay – 10/28
Modern School: General Strike Oakland 1946 & 2011? – 10/28
Liberate Oakland: General Strike and Mass Day of Action | NationofChange – 10/28
GENERAL STRIKE & MASS DAY OF ACTION – NOVEMBER 2 – Occupy Oakland – 10/27
OccupyOakland/ the Oakland Commune : Indybay – 10/27 – report from Oakland Comune strike vote
Soft Regime Change in America | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters – 10/27
BBC News – Occupy Oakland seeks strike after Scott Olsen injury – 10/27
Occupy Oakland makes plans for citywide general strike – San Jose Mercury News – 10/27
Occupy Oakland calls for general strike on November 2nd after police fracture Iraq War veteran’s skull – 10/27
#OccupyOakland Ratifies General Strike for Nov. 2 « occupy california – 10/26
OpEdNews – General Strike: Where OWS Needs To Go – 10/28 – Why It May Be Easier to Get Non-union Workers to Strike
Daily Kos: Occupy Oakland Calls for General Strike on Wednesday Nov. 2nd – 10/26
Police Violence Sparks General Strike Idea Within 'Occupy Wall Street' – Forbes – 10/27

Scott Olsen

Iraq veteran critically injured at Occupy Oakland is from Onalaska, Wisconsin – 10/27
Tents return to Occupy Oakland protest site – San Jose Mercury News – 10/28
Occupy Oakland protesters regroup – Iraq vet hurt – 10/27

Oakland

occupyoakland – live streaming video powered by Livestream
http://www.occupyoakland.org
FOCUS: A Witness to the Violence in Oakland – Eyewitness Report – 10/26
Occupy Oakland protesters return downtown to claim Frank Ogawa Plaza – San Jose Mercury News – 10/26

WI

occupy milwaukee | Tumblr
(57) Occupy Madison
(57) Blue cheddar: a Progressive blog in Wisconsin

World

Occupied Voices
LDColeman | Smartpower
(30) Twitter / Search – #OccupyLSX

Resources

Occupy* Posters, Protest Signs
What Percent Are You? – Real Time Economics – WSJ – 10/19
Occupy Protesters Down on Obama, Survey Finds – NYTimes.com – 10/28
#ows #occupywallstreet general assembly facilitation – YouTube – 10/9 
AWESOME FACILITATOR TRAINING!
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consensus_decision-making
Consensus (Direct Democracy @ Occupy Wall Street) – YouTube – 10/13
OccupyDesign
Occupiers : OccupyDesign Request a Design
Contact : OccupyDesign
IdeaTorrent | OccupyIdeas
Questions – How2Occupy
HowTo: The occupy Namespace – 10/21
Uncle Guy Fawkes Wants You to Occupy USA
Uncle Guy Fawke Wants You to Occupy Wall Street
What is Really Happening? – googlelowres – Minus.com

Hacktivism

Occupy “Hacktivists” Use Skills to Educate, Agitate, & Organize | The Pulse – Upload -10/29
News | occupy-dev
Twitter / @calebhaye: devs or designers interest …
Occupy Wall Street Hackathons Produce Digital Tools and New Activists – 10/19
Projects | Occupy The Web

Overview/Editorial

The Path Not Taken – NYTimes.com – 10/28 – "abject failure of a doctrine"
Lawrence Lessig: #OccupyWallSt, Then #OccupyKSt, Then #OccupyMainSt – 10/5 – Failure of ideology and deregulation
Nation Waiting For Protesters To Clearly Articulate Demands Before Ignoring Them | The Onion – America's Finest News Source – 10/12
The OccupyUSA Blog: Special Weekend Edition! | The Nation – 10/28

Under Construction

Nov. 2 General Strike for Scott Olsen Occupation Sources List; Draft I

October 30, 2011

The Occupied Wall Street Journal

All Occupy Live Streams

General Strike:

Longshore Workers in Oakland Call for a General Strike – YouTube – 10/28
#2N – GENERAL STRIKE – Oakland, CA FaceBook Event
Blockade Port of Oakland During Nov 2 General Strike – Occupy Oakland – 10/29
Carpenters Local 713 Supports Call for Nov. 2 General Strike in Oakland : Indybay – 10/29
Scott Olsen Cannot Talk, General Strike Nov. 2! : Indybay – 10/29
Blockade Port of Oakland During Nov 2 General Strike : Indybay – 10/29
PressTV – Oakland protesters vow general strike – 10/29
Occupy Oakland protesters plan to march on the port during strike | Local: In Oakland | an SFGate.com blog – 10/29
Oakland protesters plan march, mayor apologizes | Reuters – 10/29
Union Support for General Strike and Protests Nov. 2 : Indybay – 10/28
Modern School: General Strike Oakland 1946 & 2011? – 10/28
Liberate Oakland: General Strike and Mass Day of Action | NationofChange – 10/28
GENERAL STRIKE & MASS DAY OF ACTION – NOVEMBER 2 – Occupy Oakland – 10/27
OccupyOakland/ the Oakland Commune : Indybay – 10/27 – report from Oakland Comune strike vote
Soft Regime Change in America | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters – 10/27
BBC News – Occupy Oakland seeks strike after Scott Olsen injury – 10/27
Occupy Oakland makes plans for citywide general strike – San Jose Mercury News – 10/27
Occupy Oakland calls for general strike on November 2nd after police fracture Iraq War veteran’s skull – 10/27
#OccupyOakland Ratifies General Strike for Nov. 2 « occupy california – 10/26
OpEdNews – General Strike: Where OWS Needs To Go – 10/28 – Why It May Be Easier to Get Non-union Workers to Strike
Daily Kos: Occupy Oakland Calls for General Strike on Wednesday Nov. 2nd – 10/26
Police Violence Sparks General Strike Idea Within 'Occupy Wall Street' – Forbes – 10/27

Scott Olsen

Iraq veteran critically injured at Occupy Oakland is from Onalaska, Wisconsin – 10/27
Tents return to Occupy Oakland protest site – San Jose Mercury News – 10/28
Occupy Oakland protesters regroup – Iraq vet hurt – 10/27

Oakland

occupyoakland – live streaming video powered by Livestream
http://www.occupyoakland.org
FOCUS: A Witness to the Violence in Oakland – Eyewitness Report – 10/26
Occupy Oakland protesters return downtown to claim Frank Ogawa Plaza – San Jose Mercury News – 10/26

WI

occupy milwaukee | Tumblr
(57) Occupy Madison
(57) Blue cheddar: a Progressive blog in Wisconsin

World

Occupied Voices
LDColeman | Smartpower
(30) Twitter / Search – #OccupyLSX

Resources

Occupy* Posters, Protest Signs
What Percent Are You? – Real Time Economics – WSJ – 10/19
Occupy Protesters Down on Obama, Survey Finds – NYTimes.com – 10/28
#ows #occupywallstreet general assembly facilitation – YouTube – 10/9 
AWESOME FACILITATOR TRAINING!
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consensus_decision-making
Consensus (Direct Democracy @ Occupy Wall Street) – YouTube – 10/13
OccupyDesign
Occupiers : OccupyDesign Request a Design
Contact : OccupyDesign
IdeaTorrent | OccupyIdeas
Questions – How2Occupy
HowTo: The occupy Namespace – 10/21
Uncle Guy Fawkes Wants You to Occupy USA
Uncle Guy Fawke Wants You to Occupy Wall Street
What is Really Happening? – googlelowres – Minus.com

Hacktivism

Occupy “Hacktivists” Use Skills to Educate, Agitate, & Organize | The Pulse – Upload -10/29
News | occupy-dev
Twitter / @calebhaye: devs or designers interest …
Occupy Wall Street Hackathons Produce Digital Tools and New Activists – 10/19
Projects | Occupy The Web

Overview/Editorial

The Path Not Taken – NYTimes.com – 10/28 – "abject failure of a doctrine"
Lawrence Lessig: #OccupyWallSt, Then #OccupyKSt, Then #OccupyMainSt – 10/5 – Failure of ideology and deregulation
Nation Waiting For Protesters To Clearly Articulate Demands Before Ignoring Them | The Onion – America's Finest News Source – 10/12
The OccupyUSA Blog: Special Weekend Edition! | The Nation – 10/28

Under Construction

General Strike; Oakland, NYC, Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia

October 29, 2011

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/10/28/18695805.php

Several Unions are joining in the call for a general strike in response to police viciousness.
(Scott Olsen is from WI. http://www.bluecheddar.net/2011/10/27/iraq-veteran-critically-injured-at-occu… )

Apparently several other cities are joining in the call, NYC Gen Assembly decided to join in Fri. night.
Update coming soon.

Occupy everywhere!

NYC General Assembly’s Awesometageous Facilatator Training

October 19, 2011

40 min. Oct. 9th (already a tiny bit dated)
The first 1:40 is a recap of consensus seeking and history, you can skip it if you want.
The next 9 minutes covers the core concepts very well.
The next 10 or so walks you through a NYC general assembly.

The most important concept is that consensual decisions don't just seek a super-majority.
Consensus seeking means that we attempt to address every viewpoint and objection, so that when it comes time to vote, no vote is actually needed.
Modification is sometimes made to full consensus to allow a few to stand aside, or even block it, on the assumption that there will be plants present to block everything useful. 

WI Green Party allows something like 2 blocks, or 3 stand asides or blocks. In Greater Milwaukee GP there is also a 2/3 majority vote to go to a 3/4 majority rules vote to overide the blocking concerns. To my knowledge, the later process has not been used in the decade+ since being decided upon by a modified consensus of 32 for, with 1 blocking vote, and one stand aside.

In NYC GA, it's a straight up 90% vote, not a bad choice for such a huge crowd.

The main difference is that minority concerns are treated, as much as possible, as majority concerns.
Majority rule is coercive and combative, consensus attempts to reconcile and compromise so that everyone continues to hold a stake in the communal enterprise.
Before calling for a vote everyone must be heard, and given a chance to offer a compromise they can fully support.

Retaining a blocking vote as a result of not getting your way is also more serious than just not having full support. 
It generally is a "I'm gonna walk" level of concern when one blocks a critical vote. 
A block should imply that you have a distinct and genuine distaste for the proposal.

It can take an excrutiating amount of time to get a group of newbies started on consensus (it often seems).
But once the habit takes, daily decisions are much quicker and more fully resolved. 

People have to lose the habit of counting the majority votes and learn to count the opposition(s).

The hardest part for some is learning patience, second is feeling your neighbors' pain.
These are good things to practice anyways.

The ever present dangers of groupthink, expertise-ism, and loud white males (like myself), are actually greater to/in consensus seeking!
If not guarded against these can wreck meetings, decisions, relations, and organizations. The flip side is that there are more eyes on the prize.

I'll let the vid tell you how OWS does it, I wanted to get my advice out there before being contaminated by the bright new shiny, so I haven't watched it yet…

Wow!! Facilitator Working Group! vibe checks, lots of trial and error, and many mechanisms, like gestures, so universal you can use them at a concert or a Robert's Rules of Order proceeding. 

It doesn't cover some of the new things the same guy covered Oct. 18 on the GlobalRevolution Livestream, like the caucuses' blocking vote. 
A block by a minority identity caucus is the end of a proposal if a compromise cannot be reached. 

A lot of this, like platoons of facilitator auxiliaries, caucuses, and putting everything through working groups, won't find much use real soon in WI, but it's good to know it's there when we need it, and it'll be better, with more options, by then.
The genie is definitely out of the bottle in the USA.

Consensus (Direct Democracy @ Occupy Wall Street) 8:26
the too short but more inspiring version.

Monte Letourneau, WIGP Rec. Sec.

What is Actually Happening?

October 19, 2011

Meanwhile in Canada

October 18, 2011

Meanwhile in Canada

October 18, 2011

“OWS + Green Party” Page?

October 17, 2011

Who thinks a Facebook page titled "OWS Inspires Green Parties", or "Green Party Supports OWS!" is a good idea? (or should it be "Green Parties Support Occupations"?) or a Twitter titled, "OWS, Steal This Platform"? maybe just, "OWS + Green Party"?

#OWS+GreenParty hash-tag?

Who wants to be seen being Green and Occupy and Write/Film/Photo It?
Participate at the local occupation, maybe you already are there, tell us the best points that come up that aren't in the GP platforms, share the best points that are http://www.gp.org/committees/platform/2010/index.php. Bring a web cam or camera.

Write me at geanark@gmail.com if you want to help coordinate or contribute to such an effort, in person or remotely.

Let's get each other hooked up and exchange ideas.

134 Occupations with LiveStreams @ http://occupystreams.org/

Assembly Minutes: NYC Coordinating http://nycga.cc/
They're working on recording the Assemblies online.