Proposals for upcoming SCWG

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Proposals for upcoming SCWG

Postby breathedeep » Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:37 pm

So here are some rough drafts of some proposals to discuss as the next SCWG meeting. Unfortunately I will be out of town for the next couple weeks (maybe longer) so unless others have juice for my ideas, then I won't be there to further them.

On the very local/camp issues.
I'd like to futher the work Ira and uknown female did on the safety OM meeting the other day. Shall we make creating an incamp 'constitution' as part of this group? Ira called it 'rights and responsibilities'. Try out the process, going around asking everyone for their input. It's such an important topic right now, safety as well as responsibility. I think it's a great idea and can easily evolve into safety guidelines, but perhaps be more comprehensive. Time is of the essence as we need this document soon , so could we say to GA that we intend/desire to do this? Those interested come. Perhaps part of this meeting could be getting clearer on process,esp how to colate it after all the input.

I am seeing how the inssue of houselessness is at the forefront of our life here. i posted in another forum that it would behoove us to pro-actively address our safety issues. Creating a dialogue/conference amongst OE, Egon warming center, St.Vinnies, members of homeless community, the city, the police, and other interested parties to create a cooperative approach to a homeless camp in Eugene. Help us to all work together to address this issues, as we (as OE) can't do it alone. Perhaps if we all come together in a spirit of cooperation some changes could happen, at least in the service level.

Furthering the discussions with local corporations to raise minimum wage.

Study the constitution. Article 5 deals with rewrites and so we ought to have understanding of this as we go into rewriting it.

Those are my thoughts for now.
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Re: Proposals for upcoming SCWG

Postby Ross » Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:26 am

Hello friends,
yes, I believe this is one of the most imperative items we must consider and construct an OE Bill of Rights and Responsibilities and maybe consequences of noncompliance. Or camp is being infiltrated by EPD problem causing citizens. they have been seen being let out of Police cars, right by camp, on several occasions.
It has been discussed that we need to establish a Hospitality Committee that will meet and greet all new camp members. Finding out what brings them there, what there are interested in, what they have to offer the movement, and where they might put their gear and tent. Also, they will be introduced to the OE principles and rules that govern our camp. Right now, we are using principles and safety rules from other Occupy movements. It is time to construct our own;
What does everybody think about a single document, "rights, responsibilities and consequences" or should the be in two or three separate docs?
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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Postby Ross » Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:33 am

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Here is a doc for our review, It is not being submitted as a possible OE doc, but only for our use,

Article 1.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2.
• Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3.
• Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 4.
• No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

Article 5.
• No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 6.
• Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Article 7.
• All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 8.
• Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 9.
• No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 10.
• Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Article 11.
• (1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
• (2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

Article 12.
• No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Article 13.
• (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
• (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Article 14.
• (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
• (2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 15.
• (1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.
• (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

Article 16.
• (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
• (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
• (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

Article 17.
• (1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
• (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

Article 18.
• Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 19.
• Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Article 20.
• (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
• (2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

Article 21.
• (1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
• (2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
• (3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

Article 22.
• Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

Article 23.
• (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
• (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
• (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
• (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Article 24.
• Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

Article 25.
• (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
• (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Article 26.
• (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
• (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
• (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

Article 27.
• (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
• (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

Article 28.
• Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

Article 29.
• (1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
• (2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
• (3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 30.
• Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
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Re: Proposals for upcoming SCWG

Postby JamaMaja » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:54 am

I was thinking that within our eugene occupation community that perhaps we could call forth a "circle of peers" that would be delegated to deal with breakdowns with people in our community not being able to hold to the rights and responsibilities that eventually will become our agreed upon agreements. I'm not getting the impression that there's a loud call for us, as a community, to call in the EPD when problems arise, though for hard core breakdowns where the community is in danger that would be the final and probable correct option.

Now that the community is more situated in a stable site I am hopeful that more people will come out of their homes and join us as they did when the OE was in the Park blocks. The Network for a New Culture (NFNC) has put the call out to their people to come forth and be a presence and they (If they come) will be a very positive force as they have been working towards a world that the Occupation also has a desire to create. If these folks can become an ongoing participating energy we have a chance to stabilize the energy down there.

From my experience at the camp and sitting through several GA I see a group of disenfranchised voices in need of being vocalized. I suggest we find a way for the people to be able to express themselves - their needs, wants, desires, dramas etc in a forum that is not the GA. Perhaps the Grand Assemblies on Saturday is filling this need. That would be good and I would invite the OE to play with the idea of doing more than one a week if this is the focus of the Grand Assembly. I can check with the NFNC group to see if they are willing to take on a forum that could deal with this need. It's one of their main tools for communicating and has worked well for that group.

Just a start. See many of you soon.
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Re: Proposals for upcoming SCWG

Postby IraA » Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:09 pm

Kind of last-minute putting this on here:
Following on our discussions, I propose we develop a mechanism for inviting community suggestions for a new constitution and request GA approval a week from today to begin soliciting those suggestions on behalf of Occupy Eugene.

Look forward to talking with y'all soon!

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Re: Proposals for upcoming SCWG

Postby davidhazen » Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:35 pm

I volunteer to convene of a series of "Creative Community Conversations" on the topics related to homelessness and the Occupation.

My Goal: beloved community, i.e. mutual understanding and compassion. In this regard, the Harris Hall event, "Occupy Eugene in Context" was extraordinarily successful, and I totally 100% support doing this again as soon as possible.

For example, I think it would be interesting to begin the next conversation with sharing of personal stories from the homeless youth (what was your life like before the Occupation, what is it like now, and how do you explain the difference?) --- followed by a S>W>O>T analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) of the Occupation by the city councilors opposed to it, plus a few other business and home owners who may be upset by it, Chief Kerns, Lt. Sam Kamkar, Neighborhood Association Leaders, PLUS the Occupants themselves and their supporters, all of it facilitated by someone who can get past the opinions and judgments down to the real unmet needs of all concerned. I'm open to brainstorming on this.

I would be glad to reserve a venue, line up facilitators & participants, send out publicity, etc. I think Harris Hall makes the most sense right now, although I can imagine some other places that would work, round buildings like the Unitarian Church, Wheeler Pavilion, or semi-circular ones like First Christian Church. I am thinking that a centralized fishbowl or panel is amenable to a video broadcast. The smaller group is then processing questions on behalf of the larger audience which is invited to queue up for rotating participation in the small group. I would ask Stephen Fantl of PeaceDayTV to stream it live over the internet. He lives here in Eugene. I am totally confident if we did this we would light up the world. The first discussion that we had with the City Manager and Chief of Police brought out 100% agreement on the goal of win-win solutions. Let's build on that.
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Re: Proposals for upcoming SCWG

Postby IraA » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:50 am

[I'm posting the following for Liz, who had difficulty getting the forum to let her post today.]

Anyway, I couldn't make the meeting yesterday because of work, and I'll be there tomorrow on my lunch break, so I'll probably have to leave early. But I've been doing some research...

I've talked to people from a few different local Non-profits and they are all about calling a conference. I have a bit of a connection with Larry Abel, who is the head of HACSA and I contacted him. He said that HACSA, Human Services Committee, the City, and a few non-profits (St. Vinnie's, Sheltercare) have been meeting to discuss homelessness and he thinks it would be great if Occupy Eugene would join the meetings and he'll talk to Steve Manela, the program manager for HSC which is who has been heading this project up.

This might be an interesting thing to do, but isn't exactly the kind of conference we were talking about. But I guess we can talk more about this tomorrow.
I also found about 5 people from the University who would be interested in leading sessions to dissect and analyze the Constitution. We just need to set up time/place and discuss further what we would like these sessions to look like.

Like I said, I'll be there tomorrow, but might not have time to get all of this in since I'll have to go back to work. So I just wanted to make sure that people heard this so that maybe we could discuss it tomorrow, or maybe tonight if I get off early enough to catch anyone down there.
Thanks! See y'all soon!
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Re: Proposals for upcoming SCWG

Postby IraA » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:55 am

On my own behalf, though what I'm most interested in is moving forward with ways to approach constitutional change (we tabled my proposal [above] in the Monday meeting, because there were various conflicting perspectives on how best to come at it, though general agreement that there was something of value in it), I am *not* submitting a better worked-through proposal, as I said I would Monday. It seems like there are so many great and important ideas about how to move forward at the microcosmic and local levels right now that I'm hesitant to ask us to spend much time (yet :-) ) on soliciting community input about the large-scale level.


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Re: Proposals for upcoming SCWG

Postby davidhazen » Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:09 am

City Club program committee is conducting a community conversation about Occupy on Monday Nov. 28 at Cozmic Pizza, with 3 Occupants and 3 responders including audience participation and dialog. Dan Bryant will facilitate and there will be video coverage.

Eugene City of Peace (me + ll others) is sponsoring similar community conversations for two Mondays, Dec. 5 & 12, at Harris Hall from 6 to 7 PM. We will invite city councilors for the 5th. 3 homeless youth will share their stories.

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