General Assembly Legitimacy, Time, and Location Rule
Type: Action/Rule Change/Process
Why: There is a strong possibility that our occupation may suffer dismantlement in the coming days. There is concern that we will be scattered, and that we must regroup to make decisions as to our next steps as a movement. We also want to make sure enough voices are heard and give their consent to our ideas and decisions as a movement—through the Los Angeles General Assembly. Additionally, as an assembly, we assert the right to recognize ourselves as a body, and come to agreement about how, where, and when we assemble and come to consensus.
What: The General Assembly authorizes at least eight Facilitation Committee Members (two moderators, two stackers, time-keeper, note-taker, and two shadow/logistical helpers) to facilitate a General Assembly every day—raid or no raid—at 7:30pm in Solidarity Park (North, West, and South). The Facilitation Committee meets two hours before every General Assembly on the North Entrance of Solidarity Park. In addition, the General Assembly will now recognize a quorum of 80 assembled persons to hear proposals—with consensus being meaningful only if 80% (64) of that quorum is present at the time of making a final decision. Change in time or location of the General Assembly is to be determined by the Assembly itself.
How: During discussion break-out groups at the beginning of the General Assembly, Stackers and Shadows/Logistical Helpers will count each assembled person in each break-out group, those groups will also be asked to count themselves and double-check the facilitation team's count. The results will be tabulated and read after the discussion is finished. If the quorum is reached and the number of assembled persons counted is above 80 Assembled Persons, quorum will be considered reached, and proposals can be heard, discussed, and meaningfully consented upon. If under 99 persons are assembled then right before proposals are heard, the Assembly will be asked to circle up and be counted in the same way as the break-out discussion. If under 64 or more persons (80% of the starting quorum) are Assembled, the proposal will be heard and discussed, but consensus will be considered not valid until a quorum is achieved. After this second count, before each proposal that is heard that day, assembled persons can call for another count, to make sure a legitimate number of persons are present to reach consensus. The only exceptions to this rule are changes in time or location of the General Assembly, which must be posted online (at losangelesga.net and occupylosangeles.org) and in paper on all three sides of Solidarity Park at least 24 hours in advance of that change.