General Assembly daily @ 5:30PM

@ #OccupyDurango in Fassbinder Park!

Phase two of #OccupyDurango includes continued presence in Fassbinder Park, 17th Street and Main Avenue in Durango, CO with General Assemblies held at 5:30 PM daily.

Throughout the week, we are calling on all occupiers and supporters to spread the word, recruit friends, and send the message that after being pushed out by the police last weekend, we’re calling for support from the community with the intent of having enough numbers to hold our ground and stay Friday and/or Saturday nights. (Of course, if you want to try to stay any other night, no one but the police is going to try to stop you.) Bring tents, sleeping bags, warm clothes, food and water, musical instruments, noise makers, boom boxes, flags, signs & banners (and/or supplies to make them), and whatever else you’ll want and need. | |

About the General Assembly:

The General Assembly is a gathering of people committed to making decisions based upon a collective agreement or “consensus.”

There is no single leader or governing body of the General Assembly – everyone’s voice is equal. Anyone is free to propose an idea or express an opinion as part of the General Assembly.

Each proposal follows the same basic format – an individual shares what is being proposed, why it is being proposed, and, if there is enough agreement, how it can be carried out.

The Assembly will express its opinion for each proposal through a series of hand gestures. If there is positive consensus for a proposal – meaning no outright opposition – then it is accepted and direct action begins.

If there is not consensus, the responsible group or individual is asked to revise the proposal and submit again at the following General Assembly until a majority consensus is achieved.

Within the General Assembly, there are smaller gatherings known as “Working/ Thematic Groups” that focus on supporting specific initiatives or topics relevant to the movement. These range from Food, Medical, and Legal Committees to Arts & Culture, Direct Action, Principles of Solidarity and many more. All groups are open to anyone interested in supporting.

(Also see the Quick guide on group dynamics in people’s assemblies from Take The Square)