[occupyaustin-it] Report from GA last night (Nov 17)
nolan at thewordnerd.info
Fri Nov 18 13:33:25 CST 2011
Agreed. Thank you both for representing.
Are there GAs on the weekends? I don't recall if I heard "every
weeknight" or "every night" when I asked on Wednesday. If anyone is
signed up for Sunday, I might be willing to go with and represent. I
want to be on the ground more, especially after last night.
On 11/18/2011 01:16 PM, Gregory Foster wrote:
> Thanks to Jim & Alan for representing IT so well last night. That's a
> great first step towards richer and sustained engagement with the
> occupation. I'll get that conversation started about sharing the load
> amongst the IT magnets.
> re: web team. I spoke with Anton last night, and he agreed to come to
> our Saturday meetup. I expressed how the IT group is now receiving
> blowback for the website, and our continued interest in bringing the
> web team within IT as a working group to leverage our organization and
> strength. Regarding an earlier conversation w/ Boyd, Anton stated he
> will not rescind ownership of the OA.org domain until a board of
> directors has been formed for OA. I would like to strongly encourage
> the group to welcome Anton on Saturday and naturally illustrate the
> constructive and healthy culture we have been developing in IT.
> re: the performance art group. Is there a technical component to
> their work? If so, perhaps we should direct them to Bishop's Creative
> Technologies working group?
> re: Ken's offer of potential military surplus equipment. Please relay
> his contact info if you have it, not sure I've met this person.
> re: set format for IT presentation at GA's. Excellent idea.
> Thank you both for representing, and for following through by keeping
> us all up to date. This is an example and practice I would like to
> strongly encourage the magnets follow.
> On 11/18/11 12:33 PM, James Casey wrote:
>> Hello to all:
>> Here is a summary of last night's OA events that were directly
>> tangential to the IT working group.
>> * Report to the GA:
>> - The IT working group supports open conversation about the
>> relationship of anti-oppression and global justice issues to its own
>> agenda and practices.
>> - We want to talk with any anyone who has concerns about the IT
>> group, regardless of whether they have IT-related interests or abilities.
>> [Jim: Alan pointed out that this message would have been more
>> effective if I had specifically mentioned women and people from
>> marginalized communities. Mea culpa.]
>> - To facilitate these discussions the IT working group will meet
>> with anyone who cares to have a conversation about the agenda or
>> practices of the group, after each GA (at AJ, for now).
>> - The IT working group recognizes and acknowledges that many
>> people have concerns about OA's web site.
>> - Our group is currently working on this issue. Come talk to us
>> about it if you have concerns.
>> The announcements seemed well received.
>> * Also during the GA
>> We talked to a gentleman who had questions about setting up FB and
>> Twitter sites for a performance art group that wants to work with OA.
>> We disabused him of the notion that either service was in any way
>> private/secure. Suggested an email list for a little more privacy
>> (perhaps usingriseup.net <http://riseup.net/>). (Anyone on this list
>> that has suggestions about alternatives for a group that wants a
>> secure method to have discussions, please let us know.)
>> * Post-GA meeting:
>> Besides Jim and Alan, three people showed up at AJ (Ellen, Kunti,
>> and Ken) We discussed concerns about the web site. Kunti said it was
>> news to her that the web site was not currently under the aegis of
>> the IT working group. This is a widespread misconception :( We said
>> our group was working on the issue and hoped to have some resolution
>> very shortly. There was agreement that people needed to be able to go
>> the web site and quickly find out what's happening at OA, who to
>> contact for volunteering in various efforts, issues currently being
>> discussed by the GA, etc. Alan explained our efforts to come up with
>> an off-the-grid power solution, and this was well received. We were
>> encouraged to do a better job of getting the word out about our goals
>> and working agenda. Kunti and Ellen said they would seek out people
>> who currently feel disaffected (about the IT working group) and
>> encourage them to come speak to us.
>> * Post-post GA
>> In some conversations later that night, we learned that a few people
>> who planned to come speak to us did not show up because of the
>> excitement going on in the plaza. (IT is always going to play second
>> fiddle to direct action :-) Megan (who is a network tech at Cisco)
>> said she had not been told anything about what the IT working group
>> is doing for quite awhile. (It sounded like she had made contact
>> previously, but has not been included in any communication for some
>> time). Jim said he would send her a summary of our current agenda,
>> meeting time and place, and list address. Also, that similar
>> information would be placed on the wiki if not already there. Ken
>> offered to use his contacts to obtain military surplus items (from
>> military sources) if we will get him a list of stuff we're looking for.
>> * Tower safety concerns
>> With the heavy-handed police intervention and arrests last night
>> there was some initial concern that the tower might have to be
>> pulled. Some gentleman named "Ryder" had unplugged the cords and
>> power strips from the tower before Jim and Alan showed up on the
>> scene and stashed them with other items from the Info booth. As the
>> night unfolded it became apparent that the cops were not going to
>> bother the tower so it was left in place (the base covered with a
>> tarp for protection against the power washing).
>> Alan suggested we come up with a template for our GA report, that we
>> follow more or less as circumstances dictate. Here is the suggested
>> 1. Generally address any concerns that have been brought to the IT
>> group (e.g. website issues).
>> 2. Briefly explain a couple of current projects of IT group (could
>> change depending on who is speaking at the GA).
>> 3. Invite people with concerns/question to have conversation w/ IT
>> group after GA, and invitation for new members of IT team
>> (specifically invite women and people from marginalized communities).
>> We're always open to suggestions/comments about how to make this
>> on-site connection-communication process better.
>> Kind regards to all,
>> Jim and Alan
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