GA Minutes – 7pm, Saturday 26th November 2011

 

MINUTES GENERAL ASSEMBLY         26 NOVEMBER 2011

Facilitator: Saskia
Minute taker: Julie

WELCOME

The facilitator welcomed everybody and explained we will be talking
about strike action tonight.

John volunteered to explain the hand signals to the meeting.

The facilitator read out our initial 9 demands:

1 The current system is unsustainable. It is undemocratic and unjust.
We need alternatives; this is where we work towards them.

2. We are of all ethnicities, backgrounds, genders, generations,
sexualities dis/abilities and faiths. We stand together with
Occupations all over the world.

3. We refuse to pay for the banks’ crisis.

4. We do not accept the cuts as either necessary or inevitable. We

demand an end to global tax injustice and our democracy representing

corporations instead of the people.

5. We want regulators to be genuinely independent of the industries

they regulate.

6. We support the strike on the 30th November and the student action

on the 9th November, and actions to defend our health services,

welfare, education and employment, and to stop wars and arms dealing.

7. We want structural change towards authentic global equality. The

world’s resources must go towards caring for people and the planet,

not the military, corporate profits or the rich.

8.We stand in solidarity with the global oppressed and we call for an
end to the actions of our government and others in causing this
oppression.

9. This is what democracy looks like. Come and join us!

WORKING GROUP UPDATES

Update:   Another demand was agreed by the General Assembly following a
recent proposal by the Environment, Energy and Equity. We now have ten
demands. This is the new one added:

The present unjust and exploitative economic system pollutes our land,
sea and air, is causing massive loss of natural species and
environments, and is accelerating humanity towards irreversible global
change. We call upon individuals, organisations and governments to co-
create a positive, sustainable economic system that benefits present
and future generations.

Update: Yesterday we had an important statement endorsed by the
Corporation working group.

Update: A delegate informed the assembly that today we marched to
Egyptian embassy to show solidarity with the movement there, and with
Tahair Square.

Update: There were three demonstrations in total; at the Egyptian,
Syrian and Bahrain embassies.

DISCUSSION: STRIKES

How do we show solidarity with the recent student march, and the coming
public sector strike this Wednesday 30 November, that some of us will
be participating in? What can strikes achieve, what is the impact of
strikes, what are our experiences?

Group 1 feedback:

The group spoke about the media perception of the strike; that it is
just about pensions. We want it to be about something bigger and link
it to the larger concerns of Occupy.

People on 30 November march may well be driven by anger – we would like
the camp to be an oasis of peace.

Propose a strike on consumerism; everybody can do this on the 30
November.

Individual comment: The main thrust of this action is the Pension cuts,
however if this succeeds it will show a chink in the governments armour
and it will then be easier to fight against the ConDem cuts.

Individual comment:  A tax strike against war has been proposed.  There
is a proposal that we withhold our tax, by putting the money into
holding accounts. This would be a lawful tax rebellion. This is because
our taxes are funding illegal wars, and so is a legitimate reason to
withhold payment.  Please see Campaign to Make Wars History –
information in the Library.

Group 2 feedback:

There are individual professional struggles; for example actions from
Firemen and Nurses,  about their pay and conditions, and wider concerns
about pensions.  There are also socially conscious reasons for
striking.

Politics and red tape within the Union movement need to be addressed.
If the Union appears vulnerable to political persuasion this :

a) Dissuades members to stay & new ones to join

b) Makes the government think they can get away with unjust and
inhumane action

Society must stay united and should send a strong message when they
face cuts

The strike is important. Public sector workers are powerless within
systems of bureaucracy – important to take a stand against
privatisation, cuts and worker conditions.

Also there is a huge psychological and media operation to persuade
people that demands for fair pensions are unreasonable.

They want to privatise the whole bloody thing – and good public sector
pensions make it unprofitable for corporations!

This strike is only the beginning and we must follow up  as soon as
possible.

SHOUT OUTS

Proposition:  Do we want to start a working party to protect the occupy
name from exploitation. In the US there has been legal action in
connection with use of Occupation. Comment: The action of lawyers and
other people exploiting the Occupy name is an attempt to distract us
from our cause.

Proposition: We have a song which is a satirising the Banksters and
Band Aid. We would like to perform and film this at St Paul’s. Would
you support that? This was greeted warmly.

Call out: Tranquillity team really need volunteers, particularly
women.  This is a thankless and exhausting task!  Please volunteer at
the Tech Tent at 9pm. The facilitator encouraged everybody to join and
said that the camp very much appreciates Tranquilities work. The camp
cheered and thanked Tranquillity.

Call out:  Our legal team need people to give statements to support our
legal case. Legal team are set up in library tent. Need statements
about tranquillity & health and safety in particular, for the court
case. Statements are locked up and kept confidential. This is very
important, we have none or very few so far. Please go to the library
and give your testimony to the team, or contact via email. They need
your stories and reasons for being here.

Information:  Tonight in Tent City University at 8:30 we are going to
talk about threat of action against Iran. Which side are we on: the
warmongers or a tyrannical regime?

Information: There is a meeting about alternatives to the present
system, such as horizontal democracy. Come and join us in Tent City
University on  Monday at 4pm

Call Out: Dan from the Livestream Tent will be representing himself in
site eviction, as an individual. This is separate form the collective
legal action being conducted by LSX Occupy‘s legal team. He  would like
assistance, please help if you can.

 
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