1. The General Assembly decision-making process will be separated into two distinct categories "Public Statements" and "Actions & Process"
A. Public Statements
1. Public Statements will consist of declarations, demands, outlines of principles, legal status or any other statement meant to represent the views of Occupy LA as a whole.
B. Actions and Process and the decision-making process will be handled differently for each of these two categories.
1. Actions will consist of proposals for Occupy LA to initiate or participate in actions and/or events.
2. Process will consist of proposals that intend to affect the procedures of the GA and/or the general occupation.
2. Committees, still operating under the consensus model, are free to adopt this principle of process or not, depending upon the consensus decision of its members.
1. The “Public Statements” category,” the integrity of unanimous consent of those present will be fully preserved. We understand and declare this to be a principle that can only be changed by the unanimous consent of those present.
2. The “Actions and Process” category, the proposal will first seek to gain consensus through the current process. If a proposal fails to gain unanimous consent by the end of its third separate GA presentation, the proposer can then choose to seek an overwhelming democratic majority (a 10x majority aka the 90.9%).
3. This process will be accomplished in the following manner:
A. If a proposal does not gain unanimous consent upon its first presentation and is tabled, unanimous consent can once again be sought at the next GA at which it is proposed.
C. If unanimous consent is not gained upon the third presentation of the proposal, the proposer can call for an immediate vote or choose to table.
4. The voting process will be accomplished in the following manner:
A. All present have the right to participate in the vote or not, regardless of any previous stance.
B. Those who want to vote “no” on the proposal will stand on one side of the floor.
C, They will proceed, one at a time, to the (people’s) mic, and number off in a consecutive fashion, and then will proceed to the other side of the floor.
D. After the number of “no’s” has been determined, those voting “yes” will then follow the same process.
E. If the “yes’s” reach 10x the number of “no’s,” the proposal is considered passed and no further counting will take place.
F. If the “yes’s” fail to reach 10x the number of “no’s,” the proposal is not passed.
- The way we decide about “Actions and Process” should be flexible as we work together to evolve our democratic process.
- The people need to be able to experiment with that process as our cooperative will manifests itself in immediate action to address the ongoing injustices against and suffering of the people.
- At the same time, we are involved in a deeper and more radically inclusive way of connecting that which the current system seeks to divide.
- The unanimous consent model calls us to the deep work of finding the places where we agree on principle.
- Even those coming from places normally considered to be opposed, can find principles upon which they agree when the necessary effort of time and understanding is made.
- The places where we all agree upon ethics, rights and freedoms are crucial to explore, define and articulate.
From Wikipedia: Consensus decision-making is a group decision making process that seeks the consent, not necessarily the agreement, of participants and the resolution of objections. Consensus is defined by Merriam-Webster as, first, general agreement, and second, group solidarity of belief or sentiment. It has its origin in a Latin word meaning literally feel together. It is used to describe both the decision and the process of reaching a decision. Consensus decision-making is thus concerned with the process of reaching a consensus decision, and the social and political effects of using this process.