By: Paula Monroy
What has been proposed so far
The complete list of proposals that have been adopted by the movement through the GA from October 15 to October 24, which was originally posted in the official website of the occupation (available in French only), reads as follows:
General Assembly October 15, 2011
1. Adopt a non-violent discipline, no matter the situation. Zero tolerance for any violence, including verbal abuse.
2. The message must be unified through the organizations and individuals. There must be consistency in the message and claims that are issued, and participants should know and share.
3. There must be a coherent and long-term, not just tactics and actions without links between them (regardless of their ingenuity).
4. The security forces / police are seen as potential allies in the movement, not as adversaries. Ultimately, they are accountable to the people.
5. Keep in mind the national and international audience when message is defined. The goal is to include people to the cause, not alienate them.
6. Do not respond to verbal attacks or hostile propaganda using the same language as the opponent. Instead, refocus debate on relevant issues.
7. Victories should be emphasized at every opportunity. This is important for our morals and enthusiasm. We must dispel anger by using humor and integration.
8. Occupy Montreal works through direct democracy.
General Assembly October 15, 2011
1. Look for proposals that address individual and collective principles.
2. Rename Victoria Square to the “People’s Square.”
3. Remain united.
4. A walk (event) after GA.
General Assembly October 16, 2011
1. Any consumption of alcohol or other substances in the People’s Place should be done with discretion, restraint and respect.
2. Have areas designed for children.
3. Honor the earth that we occupy at each GA
4. All are free to refuse to be filmed
5. Always alternate male / female facilitators in GAs
6. Have a process for GA
7. Have at least one GA per day
8. Have a fixed time for GAs: Monday to Friday 18h and 13h Saturday and Sunday
9. Always have a structured agenda in the GA
10. We do not exclude any group, but do not support violence or disrespectful behavior
General Assembly October 17, 2011
1. Energy interventions throughout every GA
2. Éyptien put a flag on the People’s Square.
3. Have a committee to raise funds to pay a second generator.
4. Make a video of the GA to be shared with Occupy Wall Street.
5. We want this movement to be inclusive, so we want to accept the diversity of tactics. But we want to ensure that children, people without documents and other persons vulnerable to severe consequences of an arrest (job loss), may participate in this movement. If the various tactics made near the square, or on behalf of the movement threatens the participation of different people, we should do consensus.
General Assembly October 18, 2011
1. Two of the Forum on the social economy call for three Forum sessions to be held on the site Let’s take care / Occupy Mtl, and occupant(s) is/are responsible for organizing a place to mobilize people. A person proposes.
2. Do not smoke during the general meetings.
3. Occupy other spaces when People’s Square is full.
4. Everyone picks up his cigarette butts.
5. That OccupyMontreal demands that the government increases the tax on mineral royalties to a minimum of 50%.
6. That the minutes of the GA be posted on the bulletin board and information on the Square. They are already online and will be posted on the board.
General Meeting October 20, 2011
(Note: it was assembled improvise, these are the notes speak of accepted proposals. If you have any other information on proposals that have passed the AG has, please contact us.)
1. A man and a woman together offer a framework of general strategy for the movement Occupy Montreal in four points. They distribute the printed proposal, detailing the four points. 1) Define (description?) 2) Think (exact term and description?) 3) Act (description?) 4) Change (description?)
More positive reactions, a negative reaction on the word “revolution”, as detailed in point 4) of the proposal.
Ammende: The word “revolution” will be removed from the fourth point of the proposal.
The proposal was accepted by consensus (loss of quorum?)
General Assembly October 21, 2011
1. Facilitation Committee:
Proposal on the process of consensus (attached).
2. Mediation Committee:
– Creation of mixed teams of psychological intervention and monitoring – zero tolerance policy and if physical aggression or sexual – possibility of a second chance – expulsion of the person concerned – one has excluded the possibility of return to the scene – The committee reserves the right to make case by case for the reinstatement of an excluded, including the GA in this decision process – Security is for everyone so everyone is responsible to take care of everyone – Diplomatic expulsions. The committee member will be accompanied by a”big”if the expulsion occurs unexpectedly (refusal of violence).
3. Committee on Aboriginal representation:
We ask:-recognition of indigenous peoples living in the territory of Quebec – the adoption by the National Assembly of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by requiring the federal government to do the same – the updating of the story since the colonization of America in academic institutions in Canada and Quebec to transmit the facts more transparent and fair to future generations in regard to First Nations – a moratorium on the map north – that Aboriginal languages be protected and valued – optional courses on indigenous languages.
General Meeting – Saturday, October 22
1. Committee action:
Given the lack of “space more and more obvious on the place of people, and the end of security and safety, we propose to” occupy new land. Excluding land of the “UN. It proposes to “fill the square Riopel with a minimum of 30 tents (instant action). There is a list for those with no “place to camp or who are ready to move to occupy the square Riopel. When the lists are full, we budge.
2. Aboriginal Solidarity Committee:
Since the movement Larouche, password racist, homophobic, and promotes negative energy, the committee and the Mohawk traditional council proposes to remove their tables, their documentation, their symbols, propaganda of the movement of Lyndon Larouche. This group advocates direct violence to the mother earth and to all inhabitants of planet earth. The mediation committee would deal in a non-violent way.
General Meeting – Sunday, October 23
1. Committee action: A walk next Saturday (October 29th) to 15:00 (after the GA).
2. Cans and bottles on the site are used to finance the cost of flushing the toilet and washroom services.
3. That there is a quorum of 75 people for a GA.
4. Upload a petition in support of the occupation, available in the official website of Occupy Montreal. The text must outline: a non-violent movement; respects the diversity of tactics; a movement that is inclusive and environmentally conscious. It opposes the excesses of financial capitalism and asks for a better democracy.
General Meeting – Monday, October 24
1. The AG will close at 19h to leave in large numbers to council.