Minutes 26/1/12


  • Minutes taken by Ethan
  • Start by making an agenda, what we want to do, announcements
  • Report Backs
  • Archives?
  • Organizing going to the city as a group
  • Event this Saturday,
  • Managing SLC occupy stuff online, splitting into working groups
  • Publication
  • Becoming an official club
  • Food co-op
  • Going through agenda items one by one as schedule
  • Recap of last semester

Recap of last semester

  • organized a teach in, held in heimbold. First big event, 100 people. Faculty participation
  • Sarah Lawrence occupy social networks, WordPress, twitter, blog, etc. spread awareness
  • Follow up event–facilitation workshop, then chatted about things to do next semester

Last meeting

  • Weekly meeting time
  • Official/unofficial club
  • What do we want more of?
  • Some questions were answered, but some are still open
  • Suggestion about working occupy wall street into conference work
    • Hard to coordinate–spread work about occupy through projects and etc


  • Rob–started working with general committee through vanguard (publication platform)–pedagogue form for college. Help project voice on institution. Vanguard weekly meetings Monday 900 in McCracken meeting room. Sets of meetings, working with class president to coordinate with campus events. Trying to get faculty to participate in event. 
  • Shay–this Saturday there will be an event, occupy river town. How occupation relates to life of people. Organized by concerned families of westfhester, school groups. They would like to be more involved. Could open up dialogue with them. Could figure out getting a van.
    • Occupy town square this Saturday in Washington square park
    • We could take a van for that
    • Non Facebook–make a google group through our school emails. May not work, wil be looked into
  • Publication
  • Sunday at 630, meeting about starting a food co-op, in the McCracken meeting room


  • Proposal for making a publication. Group working toward making this publication
  • People who are interested can meet up
  • Trying to get money for our OWN publication or occupy issue in ONE other publication?
  • Talk about what is going on that people are pissed about — for people who aren’t Internet friendly
  • Discuss what’s on our minds, could go on agenda.
  • Would love to open up that conversation ^
  • Do we want to make a pub? We have a lot of resources, but there are a LOT of publications, we could use those to our own advantage. Special occupy section
  • Working groups, form them. Organizational structure
  • Needs to be a working group, save time in meetings


  • Problems with keeping it a horizontally organized movement and turning it into an official club. So keep it a club or keep it an informal group?
  • Pros and cons
    • Informal group, doesn’t make much of a difference
    • Formal group, gets funding, but needs a chair and co-chair etc.
  • Clubs, do resources become more available–probably. More access to vans and etc. — someone should look into this
  • Do we want funding and access to club space–this is the question
  • Although, it’s pretty easy to go to senate and request money
  • Could go either way. It comes down to access to club space. Do we need it? I mean, we are here
  • Finance group

Working groups

  • Rough draft list of groups we need, how will we split off?
  • Throw out ideas and post them online
  • What is our mission? Foster a mission to occupy city, spread awareness, etc.
  • “SLC students and faculty that are involved with the occupy movement” — mission statement
  • Working groups let us decide how we can be more involved
  • Find a place to discuss occupy and come up with ideas. Find an arena.
  • A place where we can discuss what is happening at SLC
  • Collaborate w/people Ipin the city
  • Occupy movement is too democratic for a mission statement
  • Support system for whatever we want to do.
  • Benefit of it is that people are working n smaller issues.
  • Working groups meet separately, weekly or whatever and break out into clusters
  • The more we split up the more we can lose people
  • Inability to be working with other groups at the same time
  • Working groups meet and have shorter break outs
  • Put out needs, others put out resources
  • Biweekly thing, push for attendence, big group; individual work group meetings; weekly groups as a large groups — vote. Biweekly meetings wins.
  • Brainstorm about ideas for working groups
  • Working group that is about plugging into occupy in the city
  • Financial work group
  • Separate direct action group
  • Publication work group
  • Twitter account, “what’s happening now” account. Workgroup
  • Round table discussion group about occupy workgroup
  • Make a doodle for next meeting
  • Time suggestions? Next week same time unless something changes, as a backup


-Archives: Should we be doing anything other than taking minutes to document our meetings? Pictures, journals, etc.

-Easton will look into forming a non-facebook group that will work for people (google groups may be an issue for some slc emails)

-Easton is forming a childcare collective. Email him for more info/to be involved.

-It is our general understanding that we do not need to form an official club. We will not benefit financially any more so from senate if were official vs. unofficial.

-March 1st!! Lets talk about action etc. in our working groups.


1 Finance, 2 Events/Direct Action on Campus, 3 Involvement in NYC, 4 Campus Labor Group, 5 Internet/ Communication, 6 Publications, 7 Direct Action, 8 Conference Projects/ Incorporation w/studies, 9 Occupy Art, 10 Student Connection w/other Schools, 11 Outreach on Camps, 12 Roundtable Discussions

*brainstorm and downsize for next week so we’re nt all split in a million directions.


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