Friday July 13 GA

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Friday July 13 GA

Postby GrameenEugene » Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:14 pm

OCCUPY EUGENE GENERAL ASSEMBLY MINUTES JULY 13, 2012
Facilitator: Jan; Notes: Fergus; Process Support: Art

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Newsletter: The $350 OE granted the newsletter plus $100 donations collected was enough to print 2000 copies of the Summer issue. Another $150 in donations permitted a print run of 5000 copies, printed on cheaper newsprint by our Albany printer. 1100 copies went to the Country Fair, 100 at OEV. We'll cover Salem and Portland as well. 15 distributors have put out papers in 46 locations with 15 locations to go, including the bus station and the Valley River Country Fair bus pickup points. More copies are reserved for the LaneCounty Fair in August. Our “Mike Check” column in the Weekly will continue, so send in your ideas and suggestions and also material for the next issue. Larry, (541) 344-3144.
Actions: Meetings have moved back to OEV, 5:30 PM Monday, 4 PM Thurs. Actions is working on new strategies with other committees. Another Occupation location? Camp-In? Need help tabling at the Free Speech Plaza during the Tuesday Farmers Market, from 10-3. Need written material to distribute. Beatrice's arrest at the Fed went well.
Legal: Mary B. reports that she filed an appeal of the eviction with the regional General Services Administration authority. Lauren R. is interested in pursuing a more timely legal challenge by filing for an injunction to reverse the eviction, but she's too busy to do it herself right now. Beatrice's case will not come up until September, and resolution could take months, while an injunction could be filed and ruled on right away. They're looking for local lawyers willing to carry this through pro bono (at no charge). Filing fees are around $400. If we get an injunction against the eviction Beatrice's case could be dismissed. Jan raised the concern that a poorly managed injunction effort could hurt more than it helps by establishing negative legal precedent, wants to very carefully vet any lawyer who takes this on before approval.
Welcoming: Kristi Thayer is working with Welcoming. She's an organizer with the Service Employee union, and steward and Vice-President of SEIU local 503. Kristi reports the Welcoming Committee did a cleanup at OEV, and is planning some canvassing to talk to people about what's going on in their lives and what's important to them that we can work on together to benefit the 99%. They'd like to partner with Homeless Solutions and Foreclosure on canvassing. They've been steadily recruiting new people and directing them to the appropriate committee, including two folks who are training with Com Com. They have projects for new people to plug in to. Welcoming Committee meets Wednesday @ 2 PM at OEV. Kristi's number is (541) 514-2110.
OH-FAC (Occupy Housing and Foreclosure Action Committee): Cleaned up 8 large bags of garbage from local house which is in foreclosure and abandoned, where homeless people have been crashing. Met the neighbors, learned they have to regularly call the cops, have found syringes on the property. OH-FAC is exploring ways we can help this situation: Occupy Neigborhood Watch? OH-FAC meets Wed @ 5 to meet the public and Thursday @ 6 for actions planning, both at Growers Market.
Homeless Solutions: Meets Mondays at 10:15 at the CALC office, on Blair between 4th & 5th. Occupy Eugene inspired the Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness, which was followed by the Homeless Solutions effort, which has generated a proposal for Opportunity Eugene, a homeless transition village, which they'd like to open October 1, but need the City Council to approve. They're eyeing the city-owned 3-acre field at 13th and Chambers. They've been working with neighborhood churches, schools and folks. The Village will include business-supported microenterprise development and cottage industries. Please show up at City Hall at 11:30 AM Wednesday for the noon City Council work session on Opportunity Village, and call your councilor to ask him or her to take action now to create Opportunity Village this Fall.
Facilitation: New meeting time- 5:15 Friday, just before Friday GA. Same location as GA.

FED UP REPORT
See Legal Committee report, above. Discussion on the injunction to be continued at a later meeting.
Dave and Cindy raised some issues regarding Peter's work at the Fed. Jan will contact SUGAR about mediation and process assistance.

TUESDAY GA LOCATION PROPOSAL
“Beginning Tuesday July 17 2012 the Tuesday night GA shall be held at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza.”
Consensus! One stand aside: Fergus' concern that it's too noisy to hear each other during a large meeting. Bring your own chair.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Monday at 6:30 a public meeting on the Coal Train issue at the Eugene Public Library meeting room just off the lobby.

Democratic Party Chili Cook-Off fundraiser at Alton Baker Park from noon-3 PM this Sunday. Great time to lobby Democrat office holders- which include all elected partisan Lane County officials.

We the People-Eugene has been asked to partner with Occupy Eugene with a Eugene Celebration Parade entry. We've invited Mr Big and the Supremes to return, with the theme “Challenging Corporate Rule: It Takes All of Us”. Other groups like the IWW, ESSN, etc. also welcome to join in. Contact Lauren Asprooth (630) 712-6435 or Graham (541) 689-1679.

MaryB 12th Annual Garden Party next Saturday, July 21 at 6 PM. 6Th & D Streets, Springfield. Everyone welcome. Potluck if you can.

Join Fed Up's table during the Tuesday Farmers Market, 8th & Oak. Beatrice needs her pink Occupy Your Courage sign back.

MaryB expressed great admiration for the way Occupy handled the Fed eviction. Well done Beatrice and everyone else involved! The Mayor's compliments.
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Re: Friday July 13 GA

Postby Majeska » Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:26 pm

Fergus, minutes much appreciated.

I wasn't at the GA so don't know what was said. However, I'm active on the Homeless Solutions committee, and know some details were not accurate in the minutes. One thing is the date of the city council meeting. Don't want readers to go on the wrong day, so here are some edits (in caps).

> Homeless Solutions: Meets Mondays at 10:15 at the CALC office, on Blair between 4th & 5th. Occupy Eugene inspired the Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness, NAMED OPPORTUNITY EUGENE, which has generated a proposal for Opportunity Village, which they'd like to open October 1, but need the City Council to approve. They're eyeing the city-owned 3-acre field at 13th and Chambers. They've been working with neighborhood churches, schools and folks. The Village will include business-supported microenterprise development and cottage industries. Please show up at City Hall at 11:30 AM WEDNESDAY (NOT MONDAY) for the noon City Council work session on Opportunity EUGENE (NOT VILLAGE), and call your councilor to ask him or her to take action now to create Opportunity Village this Fall.

(Note it wasn't the task force itself which has developed the proposal for Opportunity Village. That has come about since the task force ended, thanks to many community members including many occupy folks from Homeless Solutions. A new independent nonprofit named Opportunity Village Eugene has been created. Homeless Solutions committee meetings continue at 10:15 on Mondays.)
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Re: Friday July 13 GA

Postby Majeska » Sat Jul 28, 2012 4:26 pm

Apparently the minutes above have been edited between the posting of my last comment and this one. There are still some historical inaccuracies in the minutes, and some additional new ones. (Note I am not commenting on what was said at the GA, as I was not there, but rather on the events reported on, as captured in the minutes.)

From minutes as seen above, as of today:
>Occupy Eugene inspired the Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness, which was followed by the Homeless Solutions effort, which has generated a proposal for Opportunity Eugene, a homeless transition village...

Actually Occupy Eugene's committee what took the name Homeless Solutions and Support Committee (HSSC) was in existence DURING DECEMBER 2011, predating even the council decision which called for the city's task force, which then began in JANUARY 2012 with the name OPPORTUNITY EUGENE. (I was co-coordinator with Jeff Gent of that OE committee, which came out of Legal/Research. We helped get the city task force off the ground, with eight slots designated by the mayor for OE to fill, which turned out to be the only slots for homeless people on the 58-member task force, btw -- a little historical aside.)

Opportunity Eugene was the name given by someone in the city to the city task force. The proposal "generated" by the task force and/or HSSC (lots of collaborative community energy was involved) for a "homeless transition village" is not named "Opportunity Eugene" but rather "Opportunity Eugene Village." (Sorry for the nit-picking but we have enough confusion without further misinformation.)

>Please show up at City Hall at 11:30 AM Wednesday for the noon City Council work session on Opportunity Village...

The work session was not about the village, much as we wished it would be. It was about all the task force follow-up. Certain city powers-that-be were doing their darndest to keep the "place to be" (i.e. village) recommendation from getting attention. Fortunately, several of the city councilors did manage to bring it to the attention and discussion of the work session. (What exactly was decided there is another matter, so far clear as mud, but that's another story.)
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Re: Friday July 13 GA

Postby Majeska » Sat Jul 28, 2012 4:28 pm

For the record, or mine anyway, this is what is posted in the minutes as of my comment just now:

>Homeless Solutions: Meets Mondays at 10:15 at the CALC office, on Blair between 4th & 5th. Occupy Eugene inspired the Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness, which was followed by the Homeless Solutions effort, which has generated a proposal for Opportunity Eugene, a homeless transition village, which they'd like to open October 1, but need the City Council to approve. They're eyeing the city-owned 3-acre field at 13th and Chambers. They've been working with neighborhood churches, schools and folks. The Village will include business-supported microenterprise development and cottage industries. Please show up at City Hall at 11:30 AM Wednesday for the noon City Council work session on Opportunity Village, and call your councilor to ask him or her to take action now to create Opportunity Village this Fall.
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