The People’s Gong

People’s Gong

1. hup 2. circle up (form concentric circles and hold hands) 3. face out 4. mic check text 5. face in 6. countdown from 10 7. DING x 3

9:30am & 4pm

People’s Gong

The closing bell is the symbol / of the colonization of the 99% by the 1% The closing bell is the symbol / of the destruction of the wilderness The closing bell is the symbol / of indifference to the suffering of the People. The closing bell is the validation / of greed over mutual aid / and fear over trust

The people’s gong / is a call to fight against this injustice The people’s gong / is a statement of our resolve The people’s gong / is a show of solidarity with the people of the world The people’s gong / is an invitation to join the struggle

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7.25.12 Wednesday 5:30-7:30p meeting minutes

>> Intros

>> Reportbacks

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The Disability Caucus is planning an action to take place at Bloomberg’s Gracie Mansion. The action is designed to confront Bloomberg’s lack of action on disability issues. The action will be on Aug 8 at 5pm. The Caucus says that Bloomberg can’t buy the community of disabled folks with hamburgers. This action will take place on the anniversary of the ADA law being passed.

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The People’s Library has lost its space at Carmine. They have space now at Governor’s Island, Paul R Freedom School, as well as mobile library at Occupy Trinity (outside Trinity Wall Street). Yesterday, the nypd took all the books at the People’s Library at Occupy Trinity (over 100 books) and are now storing them at the 1st precinct. The nypd cited 161 22 section B, a sanitation code (a code that refers to abandoned vehicles) to justify seizing the books.

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The first Cafe de Cleyre took place yesterday (Tuesday) and was a success. There will be one next week, location TBA, at 6pm, where folks will meet to talk about radical literature related to direct action as well as watch radical videos.

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Trinity is still being occupied (outside). The nypd white shirts come out in the middle of the night when nobody is around to see them suppress protesters. There is a People’s Library. The Occupy Trinity folks need blankets, food and live streamers/tweeters at all times, especially over night when the police come in to harass protesters. Alternate occupation locations are being scouted. If you have flyers for actions or events, drop them off and they will be passed out. Great outreach.

>> Agenda

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The Disability Caucus wants to have a people’s party inside Bloomberg’s mansion on their day of action. They will need food, water, music, signs. There is CONSENSUS on blasting this action on the DAWG text loop, blog and other DAWG media tools. Action will be on the east end avenue and 88th street at 5pm. If you would like to help out, go to the Disability Caucus meetings on Thursdays at 5:30p at Union Square (rain location is 841 Broadway 3rd floor)

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The Emma Goldman memorial Popular Assembly will be safe, green space on Black Monday (September 17) at 6pm at 55 Water Street. This will be an assembly where everybody will be able to talk to each other about next steps. This assembly will not be a reoccupation effort, but rather a space for the community to talk to each other.

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The Black Monday (September 17) planning meetings are continuing each monday at 6p at 220 e 23rd street. Some of the actions talked about are the People’s Pickets around Wall St, various blockades around the city, street discussions. Need help with support groups like kitchen, housing. There is talk to possible convergences at spaces around Bryant Park.

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There is talk of starting a smear campaign against Rector Cooper of Trinity Wall Street. The church is nothing more than a real estate corporation. Half the vestry has already resigned over him. There is a lot of mismanagement of funds. Soon folks will be handing out flyers with info on all of Trinity’s and the Rector’s greed. Getting rid of the Rector will be a win for OWS. There will be a planning meeting announced soon on ComHub.

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Planning on starting a month long sleepful protest around Liberty Square is taking place. Idea is to sleep on the sidewalks around Liberty Square in a form of protest.

 

>> Announcements

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Summer Disobedience School is now cancelled

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The Liberty Square component of SDS will continue in a different form and bottom lined outside of the scope of SDS.

>

Monitor ComHub since there will be last minute announcements on organizing flash mob actions on random days.

>

Friday is movie night at 11:50pm on the steps of Federal Hall on Wall St.

>> Facilitation Feedback

Facilitator was distracted but did a good job overall

 

 

 

. . . FIN . . .

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DAWG Meeting Minutes – 07/25/12

>> Intros

>> Reportbacks

>

The Disability Caucus is planning an action to take place at Bloomberg’s Gracie Mansion. The action is designed to confront Bloomberg’s lack of action on disability issues. The action will be on Aug 8 at 5pm. The Caucus says that Bloomberg can’t buy the community of disabled folks with hamburgers. This action will take place on the anniversary of the ADA law being passed.

>

The People’s Library has lost its space at Carmine. They have space now at Governor’s Island, Paul R Freedom School, as well as mobile library at Occupy Trinity (outside Trinity Wall Street). Yesterday, the nypd took all the books at the People’s Library at Occupy Trinity (over 100 books) and are now storing them at the 1st precinct. The nypd cited 161 22 section B, a sanitation code (a code that refers to abandoned vehicles) to justify seizing the books.

>

The first Cafe de Cleyre took place yesterday (Tuesday) and was a success. There will be one next week, location TBA, at 6pm, where folks will meet to talk about radical literature related to direct action as well as watch radical videos.

>

Trinity is still being occupied (outside). The nypd white shirts come out in the middle of the night when nobody is around to see them suppress protesters. There is a People’s Library. The Occupy Trinity folks need blankets, food and live streamers/tweeters at all times, especially over night when the police come in to harass protesters. Alternate occupation locations are being scouted. If you have flyers for actions or events, drop them off and they will be passed out. Great outreach.

>> Agenda

>

The Disability Caucus wants to have a people’s party inside Bloomberg’s mansion on their day of action. They will need food, water, music, signs. There is CONSENSUS on blasting this action on the DAWG text loop, blog and other DAWG media tools. Action will be on the east end avenue and 88th street at 5pm. If you would like to help out, go to the Disability Caucus meetings on Thursdays at 5:30p at Union Square (rain location is 841 Broadway 3rd floor)

>

The Emma Goldman memorial Popular Assembly will be safe, green space on Black Monday (September 17) at 6pm at 55 Water Street. This will be an assembly where everybody will be able to talk to each other about next steps. This assembly will not be a reoccupation effort, but rather a space for the community to talk to each other.

>

The Black Monday (September 17) planning meetings are continuing each monday at 6p at 220 e 23rd street. Some of the actions talked about are the People’s Pickets around Wall St, various blockades around the city, street discussions. Need help with support groups like kitchen, housing. There is talk to possible convergences at spaces around Bryant Park.

>

There is talk of starting a smear campaign against Rector Cooper of Trinity Wall Street. The church is nothing more than a real estate corporation. Half the vestry has already resigned over him. There is a lot of mismanagement of funds. Soon folks will be handing out flyers with info on all of Trinity’s and the Rector’s greed. Getting rid of the Rector will be a win for OWS. There will be a planning meeting announced soon on ComHub.

>

Planning on starting a month long sleepful protest around Liberty Square is taking place. Idea is to sleep on the sidewalks around Liberty Square in a form of protest.

 

>> Announcements

>

Summer Disobedience School is now cancelled

>

The Liberty Square component of SDS will continue in a different form and bottom lined outside of the scope of SDS.

>

Monitor ComHub since there will be last minute announcements on organizing flash mob actions on random days.

>

Friday is movie night at 11:50pm on the steps of Federal Hall on Wall St.

>> Facilitation Feedback

Facilitator was distracted but did a good job overall

 

 

 

. . . FIN . . .

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6.6.12 Wednesday 5:30-7:30p meeting minutes

AGENDA: -SDS Communication Issues -Debt Strike as Action -Trinity Church-Duarte Square Arrestees -Stop and Frisk -Cuomo Action

-Cuomo is not supporting the minimum wage bill. An action was discussed involving taking 2 million dollars in fake money and going to his office to ‘bribe’ him like the casinos did to bring light to the fact that he is yet another politician who only responds to money. -Stop and Frisk will be having a silent march friday at 3pm to bloombergs house, many immigrant groups endorse it. It would be good for occupy to work with these groups. In working with other groups it would be great if Occupy respected the autonomy of those groups while working with them. -There is a project underway that involves story telling by those who have been victims of stop and frisk, this can reduce the shame involved. Also these stop and frisks are being mapped. -There will be block parties involving illuminators as outreach/ solidarity building among those who are victims as well as those fighting stop and frisk. -SDS Communication Issues-concerns were raised about the structure of SDS planning and communication and the need for more clarity around the step up, step back, and shadowing ideas. -Debt as a campaign. Last sunday was a great conversation with occupy theory, student debt, and everyone about bringing direct action against the problem of debt which ties together the vast majority of issues that occupy is standing against. It would be great if direct action became a part of this conversation as it has much to contribute. Debt strike as a means to bring down the top down power structures of capitalism while also building solidarity and mutual aid among the debt strikers. This has much potential. -D17Arrests-Trinity. Monday June 11 is the court date for many of those arrested on D17. June 7 there will be a ‘Not Press Conference’ with Dan Barigan, Chris Hedges, etc. Sunday June 10th will be a picket at Trinity Church in the morning and for vespers in the evening. We should show up and pack the courts on June 11 in solidarity with our sisters and brothers. We need to phone, email, etc Trinity to put pressure on them.

Announcements: Thursday at 6pm in Washington Square an action will meet to go to an Obama fundraiser. Mapping Capitalism Project meets friday @ 6pm, 61 Broadway, 16th Floor. Protest in response to the police murder of Ramarly Graham on friday at noon on the east side of the park at City Hall Sunday at noon is the Debt-buildinga political movement meeting in washington square park.

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DAWG Meeting Minutes – 06/06/12

AGENDA: -SDS Communication Issues -Debt Strike as Action -Trinity Church-Duarte Square Arrestees -Stop and Frisk -Cuomo Action

-Cuomo is not supporting the minimum wage bill. An action was discussed involving taking 2 million dollars in fake money and going to his office to ‘bribe’ him like the casinos did to bring light to the fact that he is yet another politician who only responds to money. -Stop and Frisk will be having a silent march friday at 3pm to bloombergs house, many immigrant groups endorse it. It would be good for occupy to work with these groups. In working with other groups it would be great if Occupy respected the autonomy of those groups while working with them. -There is a project underway that involves story telling by those who have been victims of stop and frisk, this can reduce the shame involved. Also these stop and frisks are being mapped. -There will be block parties involving illuminators as outreach/ solidarity building among those who are victims as well as those fighting stop and frisk. -SDS Communication Issues-concerns were raised about the structure of SDS planning and communication and the need for more clarity around the step up, step back, and shadowing ideas. -Debt as a campaign. Last sunday was a great conversation with occupy theory, student debt, and everyone about bringing direct action against the problem of debt which ties together the vast majority of issues that occupy is standing against. It would be great if direct action became a part of this conversation as it has much to contribute. Debt strike as a means to bring down the top down power structures of capitalism while also building solidarity and mutual aid among the debt strikers. This has much potential.

-D17Arrests-Trinity. Monday June 11 is the court date for many of those arrested on D17. June 7 there will be a ‘Not Press Conference’ with Dan Barigan, Chris Hedges, etc. Sunday June 10th will be a picket at Trinity Church in the morning and for vespers in the evening. We should show up and pack the courts on June 11 in solidarity with our sisters and brothers. We need to phone, email, etc Trinity to put pressure on them.

Announcements: Thursday at 6pm in Washington Square an action will meet to go to an Obama fundraiser. Mapping Capitalism Project meets friday @ 6pm, 61 Broadway, 16th Floor. Protest in response to the police murder of Ramarly Graham on friday at noon on the east side of the park at City Hall Sunday at noon is the Debt-buildinga political movement meeting in washington square park.

 

 

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People’s Gong

People’s Gong

1. hup 2. circle up (form concentric circles and hold hands) 3. face out 4. mic check text 5. face in 6. countdown from 10 7. DING x 3

9:30am & 4pm

People’s Gong

The closing bell is the symbol / of the colonization of the 99% by the 1% The closing bell is the symbol / of the destruction of the wilderness The closing bell is the symbol / of indifference to the suffering of the People. The closing bell is the validation / of greed over mutual aid / and fear over trust

The people’s gong / is a call to fight against this injustice The people’s gong / is a statement of our resolve The people’s gong / is a show of solidarity with the people of the world The people’s gong / is an invitation to join the struggle

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5.30.12 Wednesday 5:30-7:30p meeting

Brainstorming session for Black Monday

We should talk about Autonomous Actions.

Sept. 17th’s day of action is being called with Black Monday. Do we want to use that term?

I think its genius. Black Friday is the shopping day, this is the opposite, sentiment: shut this do

wn.

Black Monday is synonymous with three of the largest stock market crashes in history.

Black Monday, I don’t particularly like that name.

Until September, we have the opportunity to mobilize people.

Black Monday – can it work for mass mobilizations? I’d like to see us overshadow May Day in turnout and with a big broad mobilization. Sept. 17th has less baggage than May Day and we should build upon our relationships and ability to bring others into the fold if we want to have a massive impact.

There can be this connotation that’s broader. The day has a mystique that doesn’t have to be only negative.

I’m not a fan of the name. I feel like it’s isolating. It has a scary foreboding feeling. I would like something approachable.

We’ll have days leading up to it that may be festive and it is a serious day, not a celebration. This is not a day for self-celebration. If the name doesn’t start with Sept. 17 th , or anniversary, or if its just Black Monday in isolation.

I don’t care too much about the name or what we want to call this day. What’s more important is what we do, rather than what we call it. I’m brainstorming here but what about breakout assemblies that are themselves disruptive? Held in the middle of the street and what if we used things like the Black Bloc as a buffer between police and the GA. The Black Bloc has been about protecting protestors. We could build on that.

What if we used it as a day where we ushered in a New Year? Something ceremonial? Like a ball drop? Year 1.

An action suggestion: People on the street, showering the police with flowers as they baton or come out surrounding us.

I really like the idea of a tactical assembly. There are instances where protestors use assemblies in Argentina that way. They use it as a tactic against the police. Maybe we should go to midtown instead of locking down the financial district? We can and should avoid being so self-referential. Let’s go straight to the heart of capitalism, midtown.

As I see it, recently, all of the work we’ve been doing in actions has been falling into 2 categories, actions and fun. I want to get married to OWS. I was thinking we could have a mass ceremony where people come to Occupy, Rev. Billy would officiate and individuals could get married to Occupy on White Sunday.

What should the day like? Should it big or small? Small AG’s of 10-20 numbering 25-50 in total or are we talking May Day? November 17 th ? Mass mobilizations?

What is the purpose of the day beyond the anniversary? What is the point and that should inform what we do. What are we celebrating? If Occupy only remains only a few hundred people, we stay marginal. How do we make this part of a broader mass movement that’s capable of accomplishing something?

I like the phrase Black Monday. Its ominous, its open. It potentially leaves a space for large groups. If and when Occupy makes this call, the issue of mass mobilization may make it out. A dramatic call for Black Monday might open a space.

I want to see a mass mobilization. I go back and forth between Cali and here and you all are an inspiration.

What should it look like? Are we talking 100 or 500 people? It should be bigger. It should be a national day of action. People will want to come. It should be a reaffirmation. We’re reaffirming what we came here to do. “We’re calling for a Black Monday so THEY (motioning to high rises on Wall Street) won’t create another Black Monday.”

We should have statistics and make a more clear and present case about Wall Street instead of the self-celebration.

Black Monday came out of a bunch of people involved in May Day and some who are not involved. One large body shouldn’t se the tone of the day. Call it whatever you want. We should feel free to take the action everywhere. We should be everywhere and feel free to be everywhere.

A day of decentralized action? That only works if we have a coherent tactical framework and structures to coordinate that. There needs to be a much more effective tactical spokesmodel than existed for May Day. No one was willing to offer up info because of paranoia re: security culture and everyone assumed that everyone else was working on something.

Here are some ideas floating around: Have a large move your money day, Shutdown the Stock Exchange, Re-occupation? I’ll put together a survey and send it around.

The desire to have a tactical framework is really powerful. I’d also like to see if we’re going to be doing random things around the city that there’s cohesion so everyone’s story gets told and everyone’s noticed. One action people can do without going to NYC, or into the street is a debt strike. We should be doing outreach, talk about all the gains that OWS has been a part of.

I want it to be a day of resistance. It’s a global movement, we don’t have to rely on existing institutions, and this is our day. I want to make that clear. We don’t have to rely on existing institutions.

I like the idea of midtown, tighten up the centralization, even if we have a 10-block radius that we just took the streets, occupy the streets all day, different streets and activities in them. Every street is filled with people. You can’t past it or through it. We want to shut things down but they get shut down for us. Institutional left, they can come as they are, come as people who are upset but leave everything behind.

Hard logistical suggestions: White Sunday? I think there should be a weekend of concerts and trainings, get people into NY from all over the country. Prospect Park is a possibility. Central Park is not likely. Town Square concerts, no speeches, all music, all trainings. I worry that we will find ourselves struggling in our autonomous actions vs. large marches and we need to not be reactive. We should not be adversarial but own our own space. The web platform on this is really important. I’d like to build a financial crimes map of NYC; it will take a lot of tech help and photography. If we’re smart, we’re ready to do the research but we need to convey that to get people on board. Also, we should travel to other occupations before hand to build contacts and networks. I called Prospect Park, and asked Michael Kink on how to expedite the process of potentially putting on a concert.

We have a personal contact with the parks department. Let’s talk after.

Talking about the suggestion for a reoccupation. What about occupying an abandoned building? It’s far away from the ordinary design of the institutional left. It would bring a lot of attention to the day.

We’re talking about this big day. We’re in NYC, America, and the belly of the beast. I ‘m concerned about the people on the front lines in other cities around the world.

My thought would be a worldwide call for action, not just a nationwide convergence. We need to make a call that’s worldwide.

Having a convergence center. If we’re going to have a huge action, a lot of people will come into NYC for this.

If the idea is to draw attention to Occupy, would it not be more effective to be who we are, one large direct action as opposed to several small ones?

I’ve been hearing a lot of people who say they feel distant despite being around OWS, if the AF’s take initiative to do their own actions. We need an on-ramp that allows people to get on board. We need to do a more effective action to link up with people.

Messaging, the power and the messaging will bring people in, may alienate people. Let’s be mindful not to fall into tired rhetoric or dead language, no CPUSA jargon from 1950 about the capitalists and the masses and etc., etc., That stuff alienates people and its tired.

Maybe a slogan like “end corporate control?”

Make sure that there’s enough pamphlets and etc., for everyone to get involved with info, we do mic checks on the Quebec marches. We hand out fliers not only about Canada but the connections to USA in the Montréal action.

A very strong part of when we had a physical occupation was the actual mutual aid and it’s now mis-used as “someone provides services for me please”. We need to rethink the way the term is used so that its not compartmentalized and if we’re working in small groups, we are self-sufficient. We should rotate through those nodes of support services, not that its one separate group.

Efforts are not best to focus on the day right now. With May Day, the planning was 2x a week for 4 months but that seemed inaccessible to a lot of people and took away some of our decentralized philosophies. Days of action aren’t dual power. They’re shots in the dark. Making things happen are important. Dual power brings people out in the long run and actually grows your movement. This day should try to build towards dual power.

I think a lot of people are leery of it being dark terminology. That being said, I liked the structure of May Day, with autonomous groups, we could create scheduling, color phases or various times, each group can slide in and out to do CD.

The action should be used to amplify the messaging. An action that I heard people talk about, jailhouse solidarity. Assembly creates work, direct democracy.

We need to take on issues, like racism – that will destroy “their power” to divide “us”. You’re not going to find an issue more important than racism. They rely on our division. We need to take on these issues. If we really want to get rid of this capitalist system, we need to build fights against racism, against what’s happening in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

I don’t think we should have one centralized center as in F29, Bryant Park; we should have different parks, convergence centers with the same info, downtown area. There needs to be a tiered place of comfort.

Autonomous actions and affinity groups should plan openly. Get 200 people arrested not 5, lets be open about it. We don’t need to organize in secret. We should use that day as an opportunity to articulate what we failed to articulate what we want. We want the end of very specific things; we should come back to that.

Shutting down Wall Street is a good idea but we need to think big picture.

Why are we so afraid to say end corporate control?

One of our strongest suits was having the broadest common denominator, maybe some people want specific changes, and I’m not trying to restrict that too much. This call needs to be a floating signifier like how “Occupy Wall Street” was so people could take their own slice of it and make it their own. It’s meaningful and broad and vague but also specific enough for people to attach to.

What kind of actions? What is the one thing we’d change if we could do? Repeal Citizens United?

Announcement: tomorrow night – at the Alshultz Unitarian church, on Lexington there will be a campaign finance meeting.

How do we make the day a big fucking deal? If we don’t come out in large, bold numbers, we’ll be missing an opportunity to make a very big impact.

About shutting down Wall Street – the radical leftists that started organizing in the Arab Spring, they didn’t expect that they’d be able to bring down Mubarak. We can expect mobilizations of 100’s of thousands. We need to allow spontaneity, look at Montreal. This could potentially happen here. We need to be able to act right now, from one moment to the next.

Wall Street is everywhere! We don’t need there to be a specific location. If we put out a radical call, we can help set the tone. They will come along. If you call it, they will come. Keep the broad messaging populist but radical. Debt strike/Student Debt/BofA stuff/Populist issue we can be radical on. We have the summer school, leading up to black Monday, what’s a good escalation narrative to bring people to the city that day.

There needs to be an urgency, that’s why people come out into the street. What is the most urgent and connected action? How do we make something like debt that is connecting people? How do we make it visual and accessible? The 99 Spring/ Non Profit Types who are broad based are strong on that sometimes. We should do the loud and visual work and maybe the connecting issue is debt. What debt means to them?

The actions need to be tangible, accessible, and transparent. We need to bring these issues to the streets. This occupy maps thing as a starting point. Education has to be a super continuous part of what they’re doing. Mapping capitalism. Creating a map so that people can orient themselves, that it’s not just a centralized location but “Wall street is everywhere…”

Two things that center around messaging –personally I think symbols are important and I think this area is a very symbolic area and I’d like to see us in this area. There’s this idea that we shouldn’t say shut down Wall Street because we can’t but I say the opposite, I say we should overshoot intentionally. “Come out and shut down Wall Street”, “Come out and we’re going to do it all!” The messaging should push us beyond the moon and will not only show the inability of the state to do anything about it but also to keep in the work over the long haul after the day comes and goes.

Its great to aim high and all that but with May Day the General Strike, I don’t think it was helpful to call for things that can’t happen. I don’t think we should state a specific goal for the day.

As a long-term campaign I think it’s really important. I think the value of these big days of action, being down here but being at the symbolic place. Sept. 17 th , 4 years to the day of when Lehman shut down, zero indictments, it’s so clearly a farce, if in terms of messaging, we can bring them that and call attention to that before the election, there’s potential for that.

Mass citizens arrest?

What about boycotts?

For the most part, it was generalized anger at Wall Street that brought us to the park. It hasn’t gone away. It won’t go away before 9/17. Keep it generally vague, keep it broad but it doesn’t take away from what we’re doing. In terms of messaging, fuck citizens united but that’s not the root of the problem. We need to stay focused on the anger against Wall Street.

The map with the financial crimes is a great idea because it fives people choice and agency.

Every other Wednesday, decisions aren’t being made right now but we have a 2 week window, come back and make proposals, people who want to work on messaging, what can that day mean? We can begin to craft something to work it with people for two weeks and work our way through it. It’s just a day. We can figure out what works for that day.

The story is bigger than what’s happening in NYC, automatically, there will be a beautiful story told. The vague story will be told but I think a lot of the crimes, we can push those ideas out there. How do we tell something so poignant and so clear that its like “they’re still doing the same thing….”

A lot of the messaging sounds pretty negative; there should be something positive that we did.

Debt is linked to everything and participatory democracy links to everything.

I think we’ve done the story about what we’ve done in the year.

Universal debt strike or whatever, starting that day a new wave instead of a day of action. Leading up to 9/17, there should be debtor’s assembly. This day needs to be a global call.

Pluralism instead of vague, OWS is about a plurality of causes.

We need to find a middle ground with specific action or call. How do you feel about Citizens United or Corporate Personhood?

(downtwinkles)

Vague, is over the moon messaging. Make a list of things we cant do. It can be poetic.

I like the idea of a debt strike.

We need to focus on outside of OWS, not just this culture. I didn’t come to Zuccotti Park for Occupy Wall Street, and I think the majority of the people who came to this park came to Occupy Wall Street as an action against Wall Street, not for the community of activists that is left in OWS. We need to focus on the villains, focus on Wall Street, tap into that. When we’re not talking about them or pointing the finger at them, they’re winning and we’re losing.

There are plenty of people that are still gathering, and we need to do it in a way that gets into their hair. So that they realize that they did not conquer, we need visibility,

What about a yearbook, outline, to give to the press? I love the idea of shutting things down with something more inventive than just “fucking shit up.”

In January, they tried to shutdown Wall Street West, and it was overshadowed by the move-in day. An attempt at trying to open a space became a major event. That’s just something to keep in mind going forward.

We changed the conversation. Let’s not forget that.

Two weeks from today, we’ll return to this brainstorming session and in the mean time, let’s all be thinking about this and brainstorming with each other.

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DAWG Meeting Minutes – 05/30/12

Brainstorming session for Black Monday

We should talk about Autonomous Actions.

Sept. 17th’s day of action is being called with Black Monday. Do we want to use that term?

I think its genius. Black Friday is the shopping day, this is the opposite, sentiment: shut this down.

Black Monday is synonymous with three of the largest stock market crashes in history.

Black Monday, I don’t particularly like that name.

Until September, we have the opportunity to mobilize people.

Black Monday – can it work for mass mobilizations? I’d like to see us overshadow May Day in turnout and with a big broad mobilization. Sept. 17th has less baggage than May Day and we should build upon our relationships and ability to bring others into the fold if we want to have a massive impact.

There can be this connotation that’s broader. The day has a mystique that doesn’t have to be only negative.

I’m not a fan of the name. I feel like it’s isolating. It has a scary foreboding feeling. I would like something approachable.

We’ll have days leading up to it that may be festive and it is a serious day, not a celebration. This is not a day for self-celebration. If the name doesn’t start with Sept. 17 th , or anniversary, or if its just Black Monday in isolation.

I don’t care too much about the name or what we want to call this day. What’s more important is what we do, rather than what we call it. I’m brainstorming here but what about breakout assemblies that are themselves disruptive? Held in the middle of the street and what if we used things like the Black Bloc as a buffer between police and the GA. The Black Bloc has been about protecting protestors. We could build on that.

What if we used it as a day where we ushered in a New Year? Something ceremonial? Like a ball drop? Year 1.

An action suggestion: People on the street, showering the police with flowers as they baton or come out surrounding us.

I really like the idea of a tactical assembly. There are instances where protestors use assemblies in Argentina that way. They use it as a tactic against the police. Maybe we should go to midtown instead of locking down the financial district? We can and should avoid being so self-referential. Let’s go straight to the heart of capitalism, midtown.

As I see it, recently, all of the work we’ve been doing in actions has been falling into 2 categories, actions and fun. I want to get married to OWS. I was thinking we could have a mass ceremony where people come to Occupy, Rev. Billy would officiate and individuals could get married to Occupy on White Sunday.

What should the day like? Should it big or small? Small AG’s of 10-20 numbering 25-50 in total or are we talking May Day? November 17 th ? Mass mobilizations?

What is the purpose of the day beyond the anniversary? What is the point and that should inform what we do. What are we celebrating? If Occupy only remains only a few hundred people, we stay marginal. How do we make this part of a broader mass movement that’s capable of accomplishing something?

I like the phrase Black Monday. Its ominous, its open. It potentially leaves a space for large groups. If and when Occupy makes this call, the issue of mass mobilization may make it out. A dramatic call for Black Monday might open a space.

I want to see a mass mobilization. I go back and forth between Cali and here and you all are an inspiration.

What should it look like? Are we talking 100 or 500 people? It should be bigger. It should be a national day of action. People will want to come. It should be a reaffirmation. We’re reaffirming what we came here to do. “We’re calling for a Black Monday so THEY (motioning to high rises on Wall Street) won’t create another Black Monday.”

We should have statistics and make a more clear and present case about Wall Street instead of the self-celebration.

Black Monday came out of a bunch of people involved in May Day and some who are not involved. One large body shouldn’t se the tone of the day. Call it whatever you want. We should feel free to take the action everywhere. We should be everywhere and feel free to be everywhere.

A day of decentralized action? That only works if we have a coherent tactical framework and structures to coordinate that. There needs to be a much more effective tactical spokesmodel than existed for May Day. No one was willing to offer up info because of paranoia re: security culture and everyone assumed that everyone else was working on something.

Here are some ideas floating around: Have a large move your money day, Shutdown the Stock Exchange, Re-occupation? I’ll put together a survey and send it around.

The desire to have a tactical framework is really powerful. I’d also like to see if we’re going to be doing random things around the city that there’s cohesion so everyone’s story gets told and everyone’s noticed. One action people can do without going to NYC, or into the street is a debt strike. We should be doing outreach, talk about all the gains that OWS has been a part of.

I want it to be a day of resistance. It’s a global movement, we don’t have to rely on existing institutions, and this is our day. I want to make that clear. We don’t have to rely on existing institutions.

I like the idea of midtown, tighten up the centralization, even if we have a 10-block radius that we just took the streets, occupy the streets all day, different streets and activities in them. Every street is filled with people. You can’t past it or through it. We want to shut things down but they get shut down for us. Institutional left, they can come as they are, come as people who are upset but leave everything behind.

Hard logistical suggestions: White Sunday? I think there should be a weekend of concerts and trainings, get people into NY from all over the country. Prospect Park is a possibility. Central Park is not likely. Town Square concerts, no speeches, all music, all trainings. I worry that we will find ourselves struggling in our autonomous actions vs. large marches and we need to not be reactive. We should not be adversarial but own our own space. The web platform on this is really important. I’d like to build a financial crimes map of NYC; it will take a lot of tech help and photography. If we’re smart, we’re ready to do the research but we need to convey that to get people on board. Also, we should travel to other occupations before hand to build contacts and networks. I called Prospect Park, and asked Michael Kink on how to expedite the process of potentially putting on a concert.

We have a personal contact with the parks department. Let’s talk after.

Talking about the suggestion for a reoccupation. What about occupying an abandoned building? It’s far away from the ordinary design of the institutional left. It would bring a lot of attention to the day.

We’re talking about this big day. We’re in NYC, America, and the belly of the beast. I ‘m concerned about the people on the front lines in other cities around the world.

My thought would be a worldwide call for action, not just a nationwide convergence. We need to make a call that’s worldwide.

Having a convergence center. If we’re going to have a huge action, a lot of people will come into NYC for this.

If the idea is to draw attention to Occupy, would it not be more effective to be who we are, one large direct action as opposed to several small ones?

I’ve been hearing a lot of people who say they feel distant despite being around OWS, if the AF’s take initiative to do their own actions. We need an on-ramp that allows people to get on board. We need to do a more effective action to link up with people.

Messaging, the power and the messaging will bring people in, may alienate people. Let’s be mindful not to fall into tired rhetoric or dead language, no CPUSA jargon from 1950 about the capitalists and the masses and etc., etc., That stuff alienates people and its tired.

Maybe a slogan like “end corporate control?”

Make sure that there’s enough pamphlets and etc., for everyone to get involved with info, we do mic checks on the Quebec marches. We hand out fliers not only about Canada but the connections to USA in the Montréal action.

A very strong part of when we had a physical occupation was the actual mutual aid and it’s now mis-used as “someone provides services for me please”. We need to rethink the way the term is used so that its not compartmentalized and if we’re working in small groups, we are self-sufficient. We should rotate through those nodes of support services, not that its one separate group.

Efforts are not best to focus on the day right now. With May Day, the planning was 2x a week for 4 months but that seemed inaccessible to a lot of people and took away some of our decentralized philosophies. Days of action aren’t dual power. They’re shots in the dark. Making things happen are important. Dual power brings people out in the long run and actually grows your movement. This day should try to build towards dual power.

I think a lot of people are leery of it being dark terminology. That being said, I liked the structure of May Day, with autonomous groups, we could create scheduling, color phases or various times, each group can slide in and out to do CD.

The action should be used to amplify the messaging. An action that I heard people talk about, jailhouse solidarity. Assembly creates work, direct democracy.

We need to take on issues, like racism – that will destroy “their power” to divide “us”. You’re not going to find an issue more important than racism. They rely on our division. We need to take on these issues. If we really want to get rid of this capitalist system, we need to build fights against racism, against what’s happening in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

I don’t think we should have one centralized center as in F29, Bryant Park; we should have different parks, convergence centers with the same info, downtown area. There needs to be a tiered place of comfort.

Autonomous actions and affinity groups should plan openly. Get 200 people arrested not 5, lets be open about it. We don’t need to organize in secret. We should use that day as an opportunity to articulate what we failed to articulate what we want. We want the end of very specific things; we should come back to that.

Shutting down Wall Street is a good idea but we need to think big picture.

Why are we so afraid to say end corporate control?

One of our strongest suits was having the broadest common denominator, maybe some people want specific changes, and I’m not trying to restrict that too much. This call needs to be a floating signifier like how “Occupy Wall Street” was so people could take their own slice of it and make it their own. It’s meaningful and broad and vague but also specific enough for people to attach to.

What kind of actions? What is the one thing we’d change if we could do? Repeal Citizens United?

Announcement: tomorrow night – at the Alshultz Unitarian church, on Lexington there will be a campaign finance meeting.

How do we make the day a big fucking deal? If we don’t come out in large, bold numbers, we’ll be missing an opportunity to make a very big impact.

About shutting down Wall Street – the radical leftists that started organizing in the Arab Spring, they didn’t expect that they’d be able to bring down Mubarak. We can expect mobilizations of 100’s of thousands. We need to allow spontaneity, look at Montreal. This could potentially happen here. We need to be able to act right now, from one moment to the next.

Wall Street is everywhere! We don’t need there to be a specific location. If we put out a radical call, we can help set the tone. They will come along. If you call it, they will come. Keep the broad messaging populist but radical. Debt strike/Student Debt/BofA stuff/Populist issue we can be radical on. We have the summer school, leading up to black Monday, what’s a good escalation narrative to bring people to the city that day.

There needs to be an urgency, that’s why people come out into the street. What is the most urgent and connected action? How do we make something like debt that is connecting people? How do we make it visual and accessible? The 99 Spring/ Non Profit Types who are broad based are strong on that sometimes. We should do the loud and visual work and maybe the connecting issue is debt. What debt means to them?

The actions need to be tangible, accessible, and transparent. We need to bring these issues to the streets. This occupy maps thing as a starting point. Education has to be a super continuous part of what they’re doing. Mapping capitalism. Creating a map so that people can orient themselves, that it’s not just a centralized location but “Wall street is everywhere…”

Two things that center around messaging –personally I think symbols are important and I think this area is a very symbolic area and I’d like to see us in this area. There’s this idea that we shouldn’t say shut down Wall Street because we can’t but I say the opposite, I say we should overshoot intentionally. “Come out and shut down Wall Street”, “Come out and we’re going to do it all!” The messaging should push us beyond the moon and will not only show the inability of the state to do anything about it but also to keep in the work over the long haul after the day comes and goes.

Its great to aim high and all that but with May Day the General Strike, I don’t think it was helpful to call for things that can’t happen. I don’t think we should state a specific goal for the day.

As a long-term campaign I think it’s really important. I think the value of these big days of action, being down here but being at the symbolic place. Sept. 17 th , 4 years to the day of when Lehman shut down, zero indictments, it’s so clearly a farce, if in terms of messaging, we can bring them that and call attention to that before the election, there’s potential for that.

Mass citizens arrest?

What about boycotts?

For the most part, it was generalized anger at Wall Street that brought us to the park. It hasn’t gone away. It won’t go away before 9/17. Keep it generally vague, keep it broad but it doesn’t take away from what we’re doing. In terms of messaging, fuck citizens united but that’s not the root of the problem. We need to stay focused on the anger against Wall Street.

The map with the financial crimes is a great idea because it fives people choice and agency.

Every other Wednesday, decisions aren’t being made right now but we have a 2 week window, come back and make proposals, people who want to work on messaging, what can that day mean? We can begin to craft something to work it with people for two weeks and work our way through it. It’s just a day. We can figure out what works for that day.

The story is bigger than what’s happening in NYC, automatically, there will be a beautiful story told. The vague story will be told but I think a lot of the crimes, we can push those ideas out there. How do we tell something so poignant and so clear that its like “they’re still doing the same thing….”

A lot of the messaging sounds pretty negative; there should be something positive that we did.

Debt is linked to everything and participatory democracy links to everything.

I think we’ve done the story about what we’ve done in the year.

Universal debt strike or whatever, starting that day a new wave instead of a day of action. Leading up to 9/17, there should be debtor’s assembly. This day needs to be a global call.

Pluralism instead of vague, OWS is about a plurality of causes.

We need to find a middle ground with specific action or call. How do you feel about Citizens United or Corporate Personhood?

(downtwinkles)

Vague, is over the moon messaging. Make a list of things we cant do. It can be poetic.

I like the idea of a debt strike.

We need to focus on outside of OWS, not just this culture. I didn’t come to Zuccotti Park for Occupy Wall Street, and I think the majority of the people who came to this park came to Occupy Wall Street as an action against Wall Street, not for the community of activists that is left in OWS. We need to focus on the villains, focus on Wall Street, tap into that. When we’re not talking about them or pointing the finger at them, they’re winning and we’re losing.

There are plenty of people that are still gathering, and we need to do it in a way that gets into their hair. So that they realize that they did not conquer, we need visibility,

What about a yearbook, outline, to give to the press? I love the idea of shutting things down with something more inventive than just “fucking shit up.”

In January, they tried to shutdown Wall Street West, and it was overshadowed by the move-in day. An attempt at trying to open a space became a major event. That’s just something to keep in mind going forward.

We changed the conversation. Let’s not forget that.

Two weeks from today, we’ll return to this brainstorming session and in the mean time, let’s all be thinking about this and brainstorming with each other.

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5.24.12 Wednesday 5:30-7:30p meeting

Agenda Items: 1. SDS and Black Monday 2. More militancy/ radicalness in our actions 3. Sleepful Protest at the U.N. 4. Game Workshop Idea 5. NYCGA.net posting info. 6. Outreach

Report Backs: 1. Report from D.C. protest of Carlos Slim at George Washington University where he was given an honorary phd. About 700 people showed up at GWU to protest the man who became the richest man in the world thru telecom deals in Mexico that he built on the back of labor while taking full advantage of their poverty to refuse to provide a living wage or any decent working conditions. The protestors used audio disruption tactics to interrupt the process at GWU. The coalition who put this protest together voiced an interest in coming to NYC to discuss how they could work here with OWS. 2. Report back from Chicago. Our comrades (sisters and brothers) who went to Chicago reported back from their frontlines experience in Chicago. Much passion and solidarity was brought back by the occupiers who made the chicago trip. WELCOME HOME HEROES!! They reported a huge authoritarian state presence at the NATO summit with an increase in infiltration from what we have seen in NYC. There were federal, state, nyc, and chicago law enforcement personnel present to protect the NATO (the army of the one percent). They reported LRAD (long range acoustical devices), People Movers (bulldozers), and a very Militant police force who readily attacked protestors with batons to the heads. 3. There is an HPD (housing preservation and development) site on Staten Island that may be available for housing protestors who show up from around the country for Black Monday. 4. Report Back from the 100th day of student strike in Quebec solidarity march. It was a huge success for solidarity and taking the streets. We marched from Washington Square Park thru the city to Cooper Union and ended at Union Square. We took the streets immediately upon leaving Washington Square and were on the streets for much of the march. There were at least two de-arrests. The passion and solidarity at this march was awesome!

Agenda Items: 1. SDS/ Black Monday-the following proposal reached consensus: Proposal: Going forward two Wednesday DA meetings a month (alternating) will be focused on planning for Black Monday. The first two will be brainstorming sessions and a call will go out to other working groups to come and help in the planning. This will continue for one month and then we will revisit the proposal at that time. 2. More militancy/ radicalness in our actions-The occupiers from chicago brought back much passion and solidarity with them. They made suggestions that we focus on more radical tactics and training for our actions. Thru the successes they experienced in Chicago they feel we can be more effective at training and tactics. Some of the ideas put forth were: -a peace bloc contingent that would consist of protestors in all white at the front of marches willing to be arrested to illuminate the violence of the state. -Protective gear for protestors to wear. -a ‘train the trainer’ model as will be used at SDS where tactics are not only taught but those who learn them are empowered to teach others. We all discussed incorporating some of these ideas into the training at SDS. It was the general feeling of that we could ‘step up our game’ and ‘take it to the streets’. 3. Sleepful Protest at the U.N.-an action idea was put forth to sleep on the lawn adjacent to the U.N. This is federal land but is accessible to the public. This could take place on memorial day or the sunday night before memorial day. 4. 4. Game Workshop-A game workshop idea was put forth to build solidarity and to have some fun. Games such as capture the flag, occu-olympics, field day etc were suggested. We could possibly do this during the month between the end of SDS and black monday. It could help with solidarity building, tactical training, and enjoying ourselves. 5. 5. NYCGA.net posting info- A concern was raised about the info posted on NYCGA.net as it relates to DA and the accuracy of it. Some thought the info was not up to date although others found the information to be accurate and up to date. 6. Outreach-outreach was discussed. An occupier from union square mentioned that outreach is important and should include flyering, interacting with the public, and reaching out to those who may want to know more. Also, there will be a van with occupiers leaving nyc to travel the country and doing amazing outreach on many levels not the least of which is outreach for solidarity leading up to black monday.

Announcements: 1. Round Table Report Backs will take place at 730 after the DA meeting in LibertyThis is the second week and the format seems to be working well. Working Groups and Affinity Groups select a spokes to report back and give updates on whats going on with them. There is little discussion as this time is mainly for informing us all on what is happening within each group. followed by great conversation and camaraderie in the park. 2. There will be a Chicago debriefing/decompression meeting. this may take place sunday at 16 Beaver. TBD. 3. Some occupiers will be taking a criss-cross country tour as a way of outreach to educate, do tactical training, and generally reach out to others and other occupy sites. One focus of this trip will be for building solidarity for Black Monday.

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DAWG Meeting Minutes – 05/24/12

Agenda Items:

1. SDS and Black Monday

2. More militancy/ radicalness in our actions

3. Sleepful Protest at the U.N.

4. Game Workshop Idea

5. NYCGA.net posting info.

6. Outreach

Report Backs: 1. Report from D.C. protest of Carlos Slim at George Washington University where he was given an honorary phd. About 700 people showed up at GWU to protest the man who became the richest man in the world thru telecom deals in Mexico that he built on the back of labor while taking full advantage of their poverty to refuse to provide a living wage or any decent working conditions. The protestors used audio disruption tactics to interrupt the process at GWU. The coalition who put this protest together voiced an interest in coming to NYC to discuss how they could work here with OWS. 2. Report back from Chicago. Our comrades (sisters and brothers) who went to Chicago reported back from their frontlines experience in Chicago. Much passion and solidarity was brought back by the occupiers who made the chicago trip. WELCOME HOME HEROES!! They reported a huge authoritarian state presence at the NATO summit with an increase in infiltration from what we have seen in NYC. There were federal, state, nyc, and chicago law enforcement personnel present to protect the NATO (the army of the one percent). They reported LRAD (long range acoustical devices), People Movers (bulldozers), and a very Militant police force who readily attacked protestors with batons to the heads. 3. There is an HPD (housing preservation and development) site on Staten Island that may be available for housing protestors who show up from around the country for Black Monday. 4. Report Back from the 100th day of student strike in Quebec solidarity march. It was a huge success for solidarity and taking the streets. We marched from Washington Square Park thru the city to Cooper Union and ended at Union Square. We took the streets immediately upon leaving Washington Square and were on the streets for much of the march. There were at least two de-arrests. The passion and solidarity at this march was awesome!

Agenda Items:

1. SDS/ Black Monday-the following proposal reached consensus: Proposal: Going forward two Wednesday DA meetings a month (alternating) will be focused on planning for Black Monday. The first two will be brainstorming sessions and a call will go out to other working groups to come and help in the planning. This will continue for one month and then we will revisit the proposal at that time.

2. More militancy/ radicalness in our actions-The occupiers from chicago brought back much passion and solidarity with them. They made suggestions that we focus on more radical tactics and training for our actions. Thru the successes they experienced in Chicago they feel we can be more effective at training and tactics. Some of the ideas put forth were: -a peace bloc contingent that would consist of protestors in all white at the front of marches willing to be arrested to illuminate the violence of the state. -Protective gear for protestors to wear. -a ‘train the trainer’ model as will be used at SDS where tactics are not only taught but those who learn them are empowered to teach others. We all discussed incorporating some of these ideas into the training at SDS. It was the general feeling of that we could ‘step up our game’ and ‘take it to the streets’.

3. Sleepful Protest at the U.N.-an action idea was put forth to sleep on the lawn adjacent to the U.N. This is federal land but is accessible to the public. This could take place on memorial day or the sunday night before memorial day.

4. Game Workshop-A game workshop idea was put forth to build solidarity and to have some fun. Games such as capture the flag, occu-olympics, field day etc were suggested. We could possibly do this during the month between the end of SDS and black monday. It could help with solidarity building, tactical training, and enjoying ourselves.

5. NYCGA.net posting info- A concern was raised about the info posted on NYCGA.net as it relates to DA and the accuracy of it. Some thought the info was not up to date although others found the information to be accurate and up to date.

6. Outreach-outreach was discussed. An occupier from union square mentioned that outreach is important and should include flyering, interacting with the public, and reaching out to those who may want to know more. Also, there will be a van with occupiers leaving nyc to travel the country and doing amazing outreach on many levels not the least of which is outreach for solidarity leading up to black monday.

Announcements:

1. Round Table Report Backs will take place at 730 after the DA meeting in LibertyThis is the second week and the format seems to be working well. Working Groups and Affinity Groups select a spokes to report back and give updates on whats going on with them. There is little discussion as this time is mainly for informing us all on what is happening within each group. followed by great conversation and camaraderie in the park.

2. There will be a Chicago debriefing/decompression meeting. this may take place sunday at 16 Beaver. TBD.

3. Some occupiers will be taking a criss-cross country tour as a way of outreach to educate, do tactical training, and generally reach out to others and other occupy sites. One focus of this trip will be for building solidarity for Black Monday.

 

 

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