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As we see locally GA's are making changes in their individual communities. Addressing the problems and issues that have been swept under the rug in our warped political system. Challenging the status quo and making the effort to improve the lives of people everywhere. But that is not enough. We need to start engaging not only Nationally but Globally as the forces that challenge us rampant corporatism, Global Climate Change and dwindling resources in the face of growing populations to name a few.

This is a call for a Nationwide United General Assembly of all the individual occupy GA's around the US. We will vote on the same issues at the same moment on the 17th of each month. This will be the largest Direct Democracy in human history.
I understand we need to walk before we crawl but I am extremely excited about the potential for unity and actual change that is inspired by this vision.

So be ready March 17th time TBA for the next evolution of Occupy and connect with your local GA to ensure they too join the Nation Wide GA.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 01:54:28 PM PST

  •  That's not how Consensus works (2+ / 0-)
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    joe wobblie, AoT

    For any given issue, only those personally involved have the right to 'vote'; the result of a Consensus-based decision is only ever whether or not a consensing group will donate something or offer to work on something.

    Half the point of Consensus is that those not directly involved in or affected by a decision are supposed to be excluded.  Unfortunately Occupy has been using a corrupted version based on 'mass' democracy; these are incompatible.

    These wouldn't be 'votes' so much as polls.  Polling is fine but I fail to see why time should be wasted at GAs to do so, when they already famously take so much time.

    •  I'd like to see a spokes structure used (0+ / 0-)

      for national organizing.  

      There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

      by AoT on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 09:23:56 PM PST

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      •  How would that work? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        joe wobblie

        Congress is at 9% approval rating - within the +/- of making herpes more popular than congress! - Webranding

        by glitterscale on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 06:24:57 AM PST

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        •  Each GA would be a spoke (1+ / 0-)
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          joe wobblie

          Or there would be regional spokes.  Not sure exactly.

          There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

          by AoT on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 07:50:21 AM PST

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        •  It depends on the issue (1+ / 0-)
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          joe wobblie

          I can't think of anything that would justify a 'national' spokescouncil, being an anti-nationalist... but for sake of the argument suppose there's a callout for an Occupy Constitutional Convention to modify or create a new US Constitution (this would be absurd, since Consensus rejects Constitutions, but w/e).  

          First a proposal is made and communicated to all relevant parties (in this case, every Occupy group.  Since that would take a while and probably not be feasible due to the large number of groups, regional spokescouncils should probably be used as an intermediary).  Then each group debates the proposal internally, and sends a delegate with their questions and concerns (and possibly decision) about the proposal to a spokescouncil.  

          Within that spokescouncil, normal Consensus process occurs, with delegates only empowered to make the decision they were sent with.  If there were any questions/concerns that needed to be clarified, and/or if there were any amendments to the proposal, then the delegates report such back to their groups, and the process is repeated.  This can take a while; an estimate of two months per cycle is probably not far off for non-time sensitive issues.

          Finally, when all questions and concerns have been addressed and there are no more amendments, there is a call for consensus.  If there are no blocks, then there you go.  

          If there are blocks, it either means there are still unaddressed concerns, or there are fundamental disagreement on principles.  Unresolvable blocks can, and often should, result in splits (which should not be seen as a bad thing in Consensus).  Amusingly, in the case of a Constitutional Convention, that would basically mean the dissolution of the United States, assuming Consensus was adhered to in the new document- it would obviously be against Consensus to force anyone to be under the jurisdiction of any government without their consent.

  •  this could be a good beginning. (1+ / 0-)
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    Horace Boothroyd III

    I'll see you there.

    Being ignored is the difference between being a one percenter and an American.--sweeper

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 02:31:53 PM PST

  •  This would be definitely ambitious (1+ / 0-)
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    Horace Boothroyd III

    It would be interesting to try it and see how far we can push it.

    Congress is at 9% approval rating - within the +/- of making herpes more popular than congress! - Webranding

    by glitterscale on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 06:25:49 AM PST

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