2012 – 07/21

Minutes of Occupy Brunswick General Assembly, July 21, 2011

Present:
Jerry Provencher
Cathy Lynch
Glenda Derbyshire
Karen Wainberg
Joe Ciarrocca
Patsy Messier
Susan Chandel
Stephanie Boucher
Nick Dentico
Selma Sternlieb
Christine DeTroy
Anita Clearfield

Facilitator: Jerry
Recorder: Selma

Upcoming Events:
See Occupy website for details
Monday, July 23, 6-7 p.m. No Tar Sands in Sebago Lake Rally at Raymond Boat Launch, Rte 302, Raymond.
Tuesday, July 24, 6-7 p.m. No Tar Sands in Casco Bay Rally at Bug Light Park in So. Portland.
Wednesday, July 25, 8-9 a.m., Augusta 9 Retrial, Augusta Superior Court, State St., Augusta
Wednesday, July 25, 6-7 pm, No Tar Sands Along the Androscoggin, Davis Park picnic area, Rte 26, Bethel
Wednesday, July 25, 6-7 pm, No Tar Sands along the Crooked River, Bridge on Bolsters Mills Rd., Bolsters Mills
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, July 29, 30, 31, 8 a.m., Demonstration at Governor’s Conference, Burlington, VT
Wednesday, August 1, 6 pm, Congress Square Plaza Re-Design Initiative Task Force, City Hall, Portland
Wednesday, August 1, Tree Planting (this is not on the website & I don’t have the details)
Thursday, August 2, 7 pm, The Welcome, The Frontier, Brunswick
Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., The Peace Fair, Brunswick Mall

Demonstration at Bank of America:
It was suggested that we face the road with our signs. Three people should be handing out literature.

Heritage Days:
Next year, we should have a tent. The event brings out a large, diverse audience. It’s a good opportunity to share our message. We can pass stuff out along the sides if we are not part of the parade.

Moxie Parade:
This takes place in Lisbon Falls the weekend after July 4th. There are no rules about passing out material.

Occupy Newspaper Column:
Stephanie will find out what the Times Record requires in terms of length of op-ed, advance notice, etc. Nick will write the August op-ed about The East West Corridor. Stephanie will write the September op-ed about the tar sands pipeline. Jerry will write the October op-ed. Topic tba.

Peace Fair:
Mike White will build an easel for the Connect the Dots canvas. Cathy volunteered to facilitate the 12 o’clock conversation cafe discussion. Nick will read our mission statement to start the conversation. The mission statement will be available on the table. Also available will be our trifold, the cards, the t-shirts and the resolution petitions. If we want to be paid for something, we have to say “suggested donation.” Stephanie will ask volunteers what times they want to be at the table. She mentioned other tasks that need to be done at the fair besides the Occupy table. Those who are helping need to be there at 8:30 a.m. to set up. We should display the Occupy banner and Barbara’s banner. Selma mentioned that she could ask Martha Spiess for her huge timeline, but there probably is no place to display it.

Movie Night:
Stephanie said there are three options on the table, but the East-West Corridor seems to be the most interesting to people at the moment. We will ask Chris Buchanan to speak. We will aim for the last Sunday in August.

Petition:
Karen reported that there is a lot of interest in the petition about Move to Amend. She has been gathering signatures at the farmers market in Bath.

Occupy Hand Gestures:
Stephanie urged us to adopt the GA hand gestures. The idea is to make things go faster and to give everyone a chance to speak without being interrupted. We decided not to use them at the Conversation Cafe. A separate role in the GA is the stack taker, the person who keeps track of who is next in line to speak. Stephanie has a history of the GA, which we will have available at the fair.

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