General Assembly

The General Assembly is an open body that makes decisions on behalf of Occupy Bellingham. Anyone is welcome to vote. Currently our General Assemblies happen on Fridays at 2:30 pm at the Alternative Library on Railroad Ave. Please check our Calendar for last minute changes.

Our full consensus process can be found here.

Principles of Process

1. All decisions are made by the General Assembly. No decisions that affect or represent the whole are made by working groups. WGs focus proposals to bring to the assembly and they coordinate the work.
2. Yelling really loud does not put you on stack. Raise your hand and get on stack if you have a proposal or an announcement. Stack will be taken in revolving intervals of 5. Never repeat what someone else already said.
3. Assembly time is precious. Think 3 times before you speak. “Does this really help the assembly make a better decision?”
4. Nothing is more precious than the thoughts of the quiet. Nothing is more precious than the words of the silenced. Speak Up. Please. Especially when it’s really hard.
5. Facilitators make space and move the process . Facilitators never present content or represent someone else’s thoughts. The assembly is responsible for keeping the facilitators in line.
6. The assembly is responsible for signing to the facilitator. If the assembly doesn’t sign the facilitators do not have anything to facilitate.
7. No one else can speak for you. That’s why we need you here.

Basic Hand Signals

1. Twinkling: I like this! I support what this person is saying! I agree!
2. De-Twinkling: I don’t like this! I disagree!
3. Clarifying Question (one hand, c-shape): I have a short clarifying question.
4. Point of Information (pinky): I have a point of information.
5. Ears (hand to ear): I can’t hear what’s being said!
6. Wrap it up (Wagon Wheel): This is taking too much time. I get your point, please finish.
7. Point of Process (triangle): Process is not being followed/Off topic.
8. Compel a Vote (form a v with hands): I am ready to make a decision on this proposal.
9. Block: I believe the vote we have just taken is against the foundational principles of why we’re here.



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Safer Spaces Agreement

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