Community Alignment Plan, Winter 2011/12
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New phase in OP Public Presence
Approved unanimously at GA 12/10/11
(PETALUMA, 12/11/11) Crafted over many days, Occupy Petaluma has adopted a Community Alignment Plan for winter, 2011/12. After considering recommendations, a line item proposal of options was presented to General Assembly on Saturday, Dec. 10, for final a vote. The unanimously approved Community Alignment Plan defining OP activity and direction the next few months has five (5) parts.
(1) OCCUPY PETALUMA has determined that its commitment to occupy public space for important public debate no longer requires an overnight presence at Penry Park; 24/7 occupation of this site will thus be terminated at the expiration date of the current City permit, Dec. 12.
(2) Daytime occupation will continue at Penry Park with meetings, informal conversations about political and economic issues and consistent staffing of an information table. An alternate indoor meeting location has been secured at Clear Heart Gallery, 368-B Petaluma Blvd North, as an option in case of inclement weather and to permit one indoor General Assembly per week to increase accessibility for those with disabilities or health concerns.
(3) Penry Park will remain the central operational base camp for all important OP public meetings and events. It is thus our wish that one unit of the white canopy that has served as the OP Longhouse for overnight occupation remain erected in semi-permanent position to mark the renewed commitment of Occupy Petaluma to work for change in our community and country.
(4) OP General Assemblies will continue to meet at Penry Park at 6PM on weekdays and 4PM on weekends (or announced alternate location), as will the Strategy & Values Committee (2PM every Saturday) and the OP Discussion Group (2PM every Sunday). Sign protests will continue at the corners of Washington and Petaluma Blvd North (Noon to 1PM every Saturday) and OP Committees and Campaign work groups will meet in various Petaluma locations as determined by their organizers.
(5) Occupy Petaluma will renovate its online presence to provide a more dynamic website to focus and facilitate OP approved actions, organizational functions and public outreach. OP also has a Google Group for work group discussions, and two Facebook pages: a Community page that functions primarily as a bulletin board for sharing announcements and ideas, and a Group page that serves primarily as a forum for discussion.
Occupy Petaluma wishes to thank the community, City Council and staff, police force and all who have supported our occupation to date. OP is not going away, just refining its public presence to maximize its effectiveness.
Occupy Petaluma Community Alignment Plan, Winter 2011/12
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