General Assembly has started.
David has reviewed hand signals for new members.
Julie has reviewed how general assembly procedures work for new members.
Introduction of committees: Logistics, actions and demands, finance, arts and education, medical and peacekeeping, media, outreach. There is no legal team as of yet.
David has asked how the new members heard of Occupy Long Beach. Newcomers cited Twitter and Facebook.
Trudy has suggested an events committee. She has suggested they cooperate with the actions and demands committee.
Julie: Demands and Actions committee IS the events committee.
Trudy suggests we rename the "Demands and Actions" committee. She feels the events committee needs to be in charge of organizing marches.
Julie feels that IS the job for actions and demands.
CC has announced of last night's decision of marching on Saturday.
PROPOSAL: ACTIONS AND DEMANDS SPLIT IN TWO.
CONSENSUS: ACTIONS AND DEMANDS ARE NOW SPLIT IN TWO.
Review of last night's consensus decisions.
Trudy has expressed concern over a vote that occurred during actions and demands.
PROPOSAL: WHEN A CONSENSUS IS MADE, PEOPLE REPEAT THE DECISION.
CONSENSUS: WE MUST REPEAT THE CONSENSUS WE'VE MADE.
CC asks we vote for logistics for the march on Saturday ASAP due to a radio talk at 7 PM
Several people have expressed concern: Is the march on Saturday a march? Or picketing?
Trudy is concerned we cannot reach a consensus for this march on Saturday.
CC suggests we NOT use a specific bank to target. We do not want to pigeonhole our movement. She suggests a corner for meet-up on Saturday.
Discussing/Figuring out where certain banks are located. Ocean and Magnolia was suggested, as well as Ocean and Pacific.
A concern has been expressed: Saturday is Yom Kippur. They ask to be aware of this, and not to criticize those who do not participate.
CONSENSUS: LONG BEACH BLVD/OCEAN TO MAGNOLIA/ELM. 11 AM. UP AND DOWN OCEAN.
Agreeing on length of march.
Leonard thinks it's better we reach City Hall/March around City Hall
Trudy feels we should march to those who have abused us - the banks.
CC agrees. She does not want to mix up our message. This is a movement against corporate greed. We should not end with the city.
CONSENSUS: Confirming rally at Lincoln Park with open mic.
Trudy suggests we finish marching at dusk.
CC is discussing the pros and cons.
Jonathan suggests we vote the day of, if we wish to continue.
How will the public know? A suggestion: Decide after two hours.
CONSENSUS: RALLY BEGINS AT 1. MARCHING IS FROM 11 AM TO 1 PM ON SATURDAY.
CC thanks us for allowing her to finish this.
Julie has announced that we are having a sign-making party.
David has no problem with making signs, and we are all here for the same basic reason, but his sign doesn't have anything to do with what we're marching for. As long as there is no derogatory terms on the signs, we are free to express our opinions.
Sonny is expressing concern over this. A man earlier had a sign he did not agree with.
Jason agrees that we should agree with our signs, but feels no one against us will join our movement.
Trudy wants to notify the police for this man. Off-topic was suggested.
Derrick suggests we ignore the agitators.
Sonny does not want to gag anyone. We are Occupy Long Beach. He is concerned about the gray areas and they should not be seen as representing us.
Leader of peace-keeping committee says to come to him if we feel a sign is offensive and against our movement.
PROPOSAL: DO NOT CREATE SIGNS THAT DEMEAN ANY OTHER GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE/PARTIES.
CONSENSUS AGREED. DO NOT ATTACK INDIVIDUALS/PARTIES.
CC scouted for camping occupations today. Before she reports, she feels there is some dissent within our group and Facebook group.
TRUST CIRCLE PROPOSED
TRUST CIRCLE: We stand in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.
CC gives her report of scouting good locations for occupation. They looked at several parks and took space into consideration, as well as the location, facilities, visibility, and neighboring communities. We do not want to displace people or occupy loud parks, as this occupation will not end quickly.
CC said that the best park to occupy is the Marina Green off of Shoreline Drive. It is not a level park, but the fence provides great exposure for tents. Facilities are available, and the park has a lot of space. Many of the other parks had cons, but the Marina Green (now abbreviated MG ), had everything in the pro column.
Sonny asks about visibility.
CC responds that MG is frequently visited. Festivals are constantly held there and people visit the park often. It is highly visible. It also has a perfect marching route to the World Trade Center, which is about a mile and a half from MG.
Jonathan suggests camping outside the World Trade Center (WTC), not a park.
CC says we need to be on PUBLIC, not private property.
How many cars drive on Ocean, as compared to Shoreline Drive?
Leonard supports the decision of MG, as MG attracts LB citizens as well as tourists.
CC reiterated her points on why MG is a good place to occupy.
It is suggested that MG should be Plan B. If we want to get our point across, we should occupy city hall.
John says we should not decide tonight.
Julie says the point for the scouting was to come up with options to present to the City Council.
Josh says it HAS to start in front of a bank.
Jonathan begins to address the problem of picketing and its routes - others ask what other parks were taken into consideration.
CC says they looked at Victory Park, Lincoln Park, Bluff... the second best choice was Bixby Park, but its major con was that the community was so involved in it, and we would be disrupting community activities.
PROPOSE TO CONTINUE?
CC hardblocks the proposal. The sooner we decide this, the sooner our movement can get started.
Trudy says waiting until Friday to vote will not be harmful towards the movement.
CC argues that the place in which we're occupying does not necessarily have to be where we're marching.
CONSENSUS REACHED: THE DECISION POSTPONED UNTIL SATURDAY.
Outreach update has begun. Kelsey went to LBCC to explain our movement to two classes. They discusses Occupy Long Beach through a powerpoint presentation, explained our general assembly meetings, the media outlets, the correlation of big banks and bailouts, and the movement of a non-partisan group with solidarity.
Sharon spoke to the Center for Peace and Social Justice, an organization at Cal State Long Beach. They want to have some of our members to speak with their members, to better understand our movement.
562citylife posted a blog earlier, as well as a youtube video to our Facebook page. The Belmont Shore patch also posted an article about our movement.
Jason refers back to the Center for Peace and Social Justice, claiming they are currently having informal discussions about our movement.
Julie announces that Tim Mauer has access to an information booth/table at CSULB on Monday, and would like volunteers (preferably students) to help man the booth and educate the Cal State students on our movement. Sharon, Ingrid, Daisy, Sophia, and Jason volunteer.
Leonard has the Student Life Organization as a contact, and he's also started a blog where we can discuss Occupy Long Beach.
Sharon offers the suggestion of collecting a list of open mic coffee nights where we can spread the word of our movement.
Organization info sheet is being passed around.
Julie is discussing the relevancy of this info sheet. We must invite ALL organizations for outreach purposes.
Leonard asks/PROPOSES for a list of organizations that have endorsed Occupy Long Beach.
Julie hardblocks. If we make a list of people WITH us, it implies that everyone else is AGAINST us.
Derek says he has contacts within the UCFU that are willing to endorse Occupy Long Beach (OLB).
Someone says we must be careful of words like "endorsement" and "umbrella."
John agrees with Julie's statements.
Leonard proposes we seek endorsements
Huffington Post writer Carrell reaffirms the definition of solidarity, and says we do not need to SEEK groups. They will seek US.
Committee updates begin. Art and education openly invites all to start making signs for Saturday.
Media committee asks that we limit what we put on our Facebook page.
CC says she is very careful with what she put on the Facebook page.
Julie says this is somewhat irrelevant and the internet team should take care of this when we split up into our own committees.
Leonard asks if Facebook is the only option to keep in touch with the movement's events and updates.
OccupyLBC.org is now up!!
The reiteration of signs,
Sharon confirms our meeting for tomorrow.
CC and Sonny discuss the logistics of our Facebook page.
Sonny leaves and wishes us luck for the rest of the meeting.
At this point, several conversations branch off. Sharon brings up a rumor about Occupy LA, and their agreement for a rolling permit is discussed, meanwhile the announcement of splitting into communities at this time is said. At one point, the topic of getting ourselves educated is addressed. Finally, Jai says he wants to bring culture as an outreach strategy into our movement, and CC agrees.
By 8:00 PM, the committees split and talk amongst themselves.