Wednesday, June 6, 2012, General Assembly
- 2012-06-06 19:30 America/New_York
- 2012-06-06 20:00 America/New_York
- NC State Capitol
- GA Minutes for June 6, 2012
- Facilitators: Josh B.
- Stack taker: Charles
- Minutes taker: Rachel
- Transcribed by: Rachel
Working Group Report-Backs
Rachel: Friday at Outreach we made a list of everyone to contact for the convention and have been personally inviting people via email.
Occupy the Airwaves
Josh: Jeremy, Tayloe, and I met. I’ll be working on the Wake Tech film, turning it in to a file we can use. We’ll add 3 minutes of dialogue. We can have it in the can by June 15.
Charles: The Native American Rights Movement finished their declaration. I’ll read that during announcements.
None. Josh announced he will eventually propose an endorsement of protesting the Republican National Convention.
Rachel: 1. The Occupy Raleigh convention is Sunday. The room is up in the air. We put Park Shops 200 on the calendar and emails, but based on feedback I got on the forums today, I think I’m going to move it to the building next door (Daniels). So I can stand at Park Shops and send people to Daniels so we don’t have to change everything that went out. 2. After the convention, we will do a pots and spoons march in the neighborhood where NCSU students live. Bring a pot and spoon and wear red. 3. Bryan from Occupy NCSU asked if Occupy Raleigh would like to get in on the permit lottery in Charlotte from the DNC. I’ll post his emails on the forum.
(some discussion ensues on the permit thing)
Derek: We went to city council last night to stand against Citizens United. Stacie did well; they tried to shut her up and she wouldn’t because she’s awesome. They will reconvene in two weeks on this issue.
Charles: I want to read the Declaration of the Native American Rights Movement.
“The Native American Rights Movement (N.A.R.M.) is an activist organization comprised of both indigenous and non-native people. Our purpose is to protect Native communities and provide a future to the seventh generation.
It is N.A.R.M.'s position that all native communities; be they federally recognized, state recognized, or otherwise are important. All tribes are our brothers and sisters. We recognize that the government of The United States of America has directly and indirectly attacked indigenous populations since its inception. For this reason we recognize all tribes within the United States. It is our stance that all tribes should unite with a common cause.
Our organization operates via consensus process and through direct democracy. Each individual has an equal voice. No one person is more important than another. N.A.R.M. will support and aid other organizations/movements upon consensus of its members.
N.A.R.M. will stand together and use civil disobedience in attempt to bring attention to the many issues that plague our people. Our struggle is impossible. Our goals are grand. Our hearts are indestructible. N.A.R.M. is united by our common struggle.
There are many problems we face. The list to follow is far from exhaustive. Regardless, N.A.R.M. will work to make these demands a reality.
Our Mother Earth is dying. We must change our policies around energy and pollution or die.
Over fishing and hunting is causing an extinction of fauna. Consumption must be decreased and conservation increased.
Water is necessary for life and thus a human right. All communities must have rights to water.
Housing is a human right. All people must have adequate shelter.
Inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on race, age, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation will come to an end.
In 1871, the United States Congress ended the practice of making treaties with indigenous peoples. This practice will be restored.
Native lands will be restored to those that originally inhabited them.
Commerce regulation and taxes on native tribes will cease.
Violations of treaties with indigenous peoples will be remedied.
Via modified decolonization, previously displaced indigenous people's right to re-occupy their homelands will be recognized. These communities will no longer be subject to Federal jurisdiction.
End racism through action and information.
Mascot reform and removal.
Cultural integrity and identity will be protected.
Native religious freedoms will be protected.
Recognition comes from within, not from government organizations. Native American history is a living history. We are alive. We are still here. Our numbers and resources have been our tools in our fight for survival and will continue to be. We shall win these rights by any means we deem necessary.”
So that’s our Declaration. If you have any questions about wording or if you’re in joining, let me know.
Josh: I’m just going to do the cheesy thing and say how much I love everyone here. Any blocks or stand asides? Looking forward to this convention and to GA Saturday. Everyone practice up on kumbaya.