First item on the agenda; It was called to attention that there are certain unpaid expenses from the two day visit by occupy wall street bus tour from February 2-3rd. Individuals have paid for expenses with the understanding that they need to be reimbursed by money collected by passing the hat and at the door of the film showing and by sponsers. A printed account of money laid out, collected and spent was distributed. A motion was made and approved that the 141 dollars collected before the visit of the bus tour not be used to pay the two day bus trip expenses.
It was moved and approved that we change the listing of the general Assembly time from 4-8pm to 4-6pm on Saturdays because the longer time is not accurate and scares people off.
It was discussed that occupy Northampton send a representative to the w. mass general assembly responsible for reporting back what has transpired for those who could not come to the additional meeting. Some said that a fixed spokesperson might not be a good idea or at least premature. It was good to reach out and net work and have a flexible variable spokesperson assigned to avoid burnout. People also did not want to undervalue spontinaity. Several people volunteered to be representatives for Occupy Northampton at the western mass general assembly on Thursday, February 16, 2012.
Someone proposed as an idea the western mass general assembly meet quarterly with representatives meeting in between.
Martin proposed the start of a prison reform and crime working group. Some specific issues we talked about were the three strikes law being considered in Massachussetts
It was noted that occupy Amherst is forming a similar group and maybe they could work together.
It was discussed and approved to form a working group to work on North Hampton City Council after it was reported that the council had on February 2, 2012 agreed to have a frank and open discussion with occupy (interoccupy?) about the issues.
It was suggested that the General assembly should oversea the running of the web site and that it not be a working group. To clarify, the G.A. of Occupy N.H. has authorized
a web site working group which is separate from the tech group and has authority over the website. It was discussed that too many people had the password and that the senior
web designer does not have the time and needs not to be delayed when working on the web site. The G.A. unanimously approved that the Web site group has authority over the web site.
George has been the coordinator for the Media education foundation group which is in charge of logistics over occupy Northamptons’ use of the room once a week. Two other people volunteered to take over the responsibility.