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Occupy Boone NC: 1st Meeting, October 8th 2011

Occupy Boone 1st Meeting Notes (October 8th 12:00pm-5pm)

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Summery of Meeting Notes:

Meeting began at 12:10pm (got interrupted by Police Officer Roberts)
Moved from outside the front of the Library to Stanford Mall
Meeting resumed again at 12:20pm

Time Keeper: (need name)
Take Stack (need name)
Facilitators – Amiris
Note Taker – Logan, +(need name), and (need name)

Brainstorming idea discussion:
Broke out into 4 Affinity Groups

Mission Statement discussion part 1:
Broke out into 3 Affinity Groups

Consensus was reached to wait on defining points, and not finishing the Mission Statement all at once at this meeting.

Mission Statement brainstorming idea points thus far:
Unify points
Keep it simple, effective, and concise
Make it moving / appealing
Post on Facebook, and on website when it is created
Collaborate on editing both online and offline while at meetings

Create Website, and have forum for online discussion
Moderate website to keep civility by respect

Meetings needed to make posters, signs, flyers (see Adverting Committee)

Next Meeting(s)

Next meeting
Wednesday October 12th 2011 from 1-3pm either back on Stanford Mall or if it’s raining inside at the
Solarium
Possible March somewhere after 3pm (maybe downtown Boone)

Proposed 3rd Meeting Location and Date
November 5th OR 12th from 2-5pm before One Love Fest event starts, for the 3rd meeting at the Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Assignment for any volunteers to do:
Get together an information packet of Civil Rights, Student Rights, and how to stay safe, and on nonviolence

End of Summery

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~ Entire Meeting Notes ~

Meeting began at 12:10pm (got interrupted by Police Officer Roberts)
Moved from outside the front of the Library to Stanford Mall
Meeting resumed again at 12:20pm

Priorities
Meeting Volunteers
Time Keeper: (need name)
Take Stack (need name)
Facilitators – Amiris
Note Taker – Logan, +(need name), and (need name)
Principles of Solidarity (from NYC)

Decision Making Process (Summery of Consensus Process without the Jargon)

Demands
National Demands Statement
Local
Campus
Students
Teachers
Employees
Workers
City/Town Boone
North Carolina
Occupation Planning
Location
Date
Time
Add Items to Agenda

NC Level (Brainstorming Ideas)
University & Community College issues
Marketable Skills
Practical Education
Education is a Human Right. People who show up to class should have their education paid for in full.
Incarceration
End for Profit Prisons
More opportunities to stop the School to Prison Pipeline
Emphasis on Rehab for reintegration rather than incarceration
End Mandatory Sentencing
Mercy (warning first time)
Boycott BIG Business focus on LOCAL
END the Pension Plan ponzi scheme(s)
END economic barriers between poor and elite / END social and economic stratification
Workers
Teacher Salaries
Increase pay for teaching jobs
Benefits and Requirements
Legalize Unionizing

Boone
Talk to Representatives

Before groups Reported back we took a 10 minute break at 1:50pm
Resumed meeting 2:00pm

Mission Statement (Brainstorming)
People are NOT commodities
Take Corporations out of Politics
Limiting or Removing Lobbying
Encourage discussion and education about Government for and by the People and its successful completion (it’s still a work in progress)
Campaign Finance Reform
Strengthen Local Government / Local Communities
END For Profit Government
END the dichotomy between Democrat and Republican
Change in Governmental structure
Government for and by the People NOT Government for Profit
Regain our Civili Liberties, be heard!
Re-examine structures of social/economic/governmental-structures
Solidarity & Support Indigenous Struggles / Indigenous Movement
Better payed jobs
Labour Rights
Get people involved
END social stratification (class-system)
Educate people (about Occupy Boone, and the Occupy/99% Movement)
(re)Educate people on Civics
Create and/or emphasize Local Economies
Support Local Economies (example buy Food locally, eat at local food places not chains)
Free Speech Zones (civil liberties)!
Sports and Education Related Opportunities and where the money comes from and goes
“Change in the interests of the people.” / “Change for the better.”
“Love” (over Fear)

Work on Mission Statement partly online via Forum Discussions
Move beyond brainstorming
Unify the points

Took 30 minute break at 2:30pm
Resumed meeting at 3:00pm

Assignment for any volunteers to do:
Get together an information packet of Civil Rights, Student Rights, and how to stay safe, and on nonviolence

Next Meeting(s)
Location
Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Jone’s House for Home Coming / Tailgate parking lot (during a game day)
Standford Mall
Library Room
Student Unoin
Solarium
Date
Anonymous 15th (call for Occupy the Planet)
Democratic Party 20th/22nd? (Occupy in front of Virginia Foxx’s Office)
November 5th/12th One Love Festival
Keep momentum going meet sooner, Tuesday.
More people can meet-up on Wednesday October 12th 2011
Time
2-5pm (if on Nov 5th/12th)
Some time on Tueday
1-3pm meet-up on Wednesday

Added Agenda Items
March
After 3pm Bank of America march
After 3pm Downtown Boone march

Information Packet
Know Your Rights

Committees

Advertisement Committee
Advertisements, flyers, posters, stickers, tunnel tagging, etc
Slogans
use of “Occupy” vs “99%” vs a “Localized Slogan”
Post flyers online available to everyone and anyone, for all to aid in distribution
Set-up meetings
Create posters, signs, flers
Banner
T-Shirts

Outreach Committee / Networking
Student, Non-Profits, build a local Coalition
Create Awareness via Educating people and Empowering them
Contact campus and off-campus organizations
Contact the Press

Website Committee
Create website
Create online forum on website
Moderate website by having a statement of civility
Possibly Moderate Facebook, or ask for people to better respect each other
Whenever in a confrontation, end it by inviting them to join us at our meetings

Suggestions
Invite people instead of becoming confrontational, and/or arguing with them
Change based on Love
Do not single out one business and/or organization to take the heat and blame, stay focused on the root of the problem not for example an individual Bank like Bank of America
Own the space you are present in
Own your awakening
Be in anticipation but not in fear

Furthr ideas
Back-up infrastructure such as childcare for example vs No need for Childcare if Inclusive and Inviting
Keep all meetings, and Occupations / Protests safe spaces for inclusion and an inviting atmosphere

Brainstorm logo:
B99%NE (see photo)

Meeting ended at 4:45pm

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