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End-of-year Occupy Berkshires Gathering, 12.9.12, 3-6 pm

 We will be meeting at The Friends Meeting House, Sunday, December 9th, 3-6. Refreshments will be provided.

Since we will not be having an Activist Network meetup this month, let’s take this time to close out the year with brief review of 2012 and discuss the status of Occupy Berkshires, update on our plan for Activist Network in January 2013, hear what issues/priorities you’ve gotten involved in lately, and follow with some open time to enjoy each other’s company.

See you there!

Activist Network, Sunday, Sept 30 – Featuring Multicultural Bridge

The Activist Network Series is a series of networking events hosted by Occupy Berkshires. This month’s featured organization is Multicultural BridgeThe event will be this Sunday, September 30 from 4-6 pm at the Spectrum Playhouse in Lee, MA. For  updates check our  FB page). All are welcome!

 

Through the Activist Network Series, Occupy Berkshires is creating a space to link motivated community members with existing projects, actions, and organizations seeking participants and support, while also introducing radical communication and decision-making skills. Through social meet-ups, we hope to cultivate fruitful relationships and meaningful actions.

WHO

The Activist Network comprises existing organizations as well as individuals working to create positive change in our community.

WHAT

This meeting we will be highlighting Multicultural Bridge. Gwendolyn Hampton-VanSant will be presenting on the organization’s mission and work.  There will be time for groups to make announcements and put out calls to actions/calls for help, as well as time for open conversation. In future meetings, we will be highlighting individual organizations by giving them 10 – 20 minutes to briefly present on their mission and work. Delicious, organic snacks will be provided by Occupy Berkshires.

WHERE&WHEN

The second meet-up will be on Sunday September 30, from 4 – 6 PM, at the Spectrum Playhouse on 20 Franklin St, in Lee, MA. This event is free of charge – donations for food and space are welcomed, and will be put towards future events.

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GA Agenda, 9.23.12

Occupy Berkshires General Assembly Meeting, 9.23.2012           

Friends Meetinghouse Great Barrington, 3:00 pm           

3:00 – Opening Thought

3:00 – Announcements (5 min)

3:05 – Welcome (5 min) – Introduction to GA process

-Facilitators are introduced, and consensus is asked for on facilitators; Principles of Process; Review of Hand Signals, Consensus Decision-Making Process, and Agenda

3:10- Introductions (5 min)

3:15 – Working Group Reports (20 min)

-One representative from each working group gives brief (3 min) update on recent activities, asks other members to raise hands

3:35- Agenda (1 hr and 10 min)

-Proposals are presented and adopted/modified/rejected

1. People’s Library Time (10 minutes) – look at books, trade, discuss, bring things in to recommend!

2. Distribute Grievances Document – hand out (10 minutes) – This is a living document. How would we like to use it?  Take it home and read it. Does anyone want to form a group to work on solutions or other follow up? What would you like to see happen with this document?

3. Future of OB – discussion (50 minutes) – What do we want to do with our time together? What kinds of meetings or events do we want to have in the future? What function do we want it to serve? What is your vision for Occupy?

4:50 – Reflection on Meeting Process (10 min)

-Feedback on agenda, process, vibes; suggestions for revision for facilitation WG.

5:00 – Meeting Adjourned (with consensus)

5:00 – 6:00 – Open Discussion (1 hr)

-Time to meet, talk, network, share, hug, laugh, soapbox, etc.

-working group time

GA Agenda, 8.12.12

Occupy Berkshires General Assembly Meeting, 8.12.2012           

Friends Meetinghouse Great Barrington, 3:00 pm           

3:00 – Opening Thought

3:00 – Announcements (5 min)

3:05 – Welcome (5 min) – Introduction to GA process

-Facilitators are introduced, and consensus is asked for on facilitators; Principles of Process; Review of Hand Signals, Consensus Decision-Making Process, and Agenda

3:10- Introductions (5 min)

3:15 – Working Group Reports (20 min)

-One representative from each working group gives brief (3 min) update on recent activities, asks other members to raise hands

3:35- Agenda (1 hr and 10 min)

-Proposals are presented and adopted/modified/rejected

1. Activist Network: Report on planning for the networking event, and plan for the event on 8.19.12 (15 min)

2. Statement of Principles – Seeking consensus on the Media Grievance (25 min)

3. Housatonic River Coalition – Update and Discussion (20 min)

4. Direct Action/HRI – Update on Street Theater project. Discuss future venues? (10 min)

4:50 – Reflection on Meeting Process (10 min)

-Feedback on agenda, process, vibes; suggestions for revision for facilitation WG.

5:00 – Meeting Adjourned (with consensus)

5:00 – 6:00 – Open Discussion (1 hr)

-Time to meet, talk, network, share, hug, laugh, soapbox, etc.

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Introducing: The Activist Network Series

Introducing: The Activist Network Series, a series of monthly networking events hosted by Occupy Berkshires.

The first meet up will be Sunday, August 19 from 4-6 pm at the Friends Meeting House in GB.

Through the Activist Network Series, Occupy Berkshires is creating a space to link motivated community members with existing projects, actions, and organizations seeking participants and support, while also introducing radical communication and decision-making skills. Through social meet-ups, we hope to cultivate fruitful relationships and meaningful actions.

WHO

The Activist Network comprises existing organizations as well as individuals working to create positive change in our community.

WHAT

Groups are invited to give a brief introduction to who they are, their mission, and any projects they’re currently working on. There will be time for groups to make announcements and put out calls to actions/calls for help, as well as time for open conversation. In future meetings, we will be highlighting individual organizations by giving them 10 – 20 minutes to briefly present on their mission and work. Delicious, organic snacks will be provided by Occupy Berkshires.

WHERE&WHEN

The first meet-up will be on Sunday August 19th, from 4 – 6 PM, at the Friends Meeting House on Rte 23, in Great Barrington, MA. This event is free of charge – donations for food and space are welcomed, and will be put towards future events.
Please join the Activist Network – your community needs you!}

Working Group Meeting Agenda, 7.22.12

This week, we’ll be meeting at 3 pm at the Friends Meeting House in Great Barrington for working group time. Here are some of the projects we’ll be working on:

-Hattie Nestel Event: planning, outreach, etc

-Housatonic River Initiative: Planning next performance, getting cards signed

-Facilitation: Meeting Structure and Function, making meetings more fun

-Outreach: Monthly Networking Potlucks to build greater community

-Outreach: Direct outreach to OB members, survey, etc.

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G.A. Agenda, 7.15.12

Occupy Berkshires General Assembly Meeting, 7.15.2012       

Friends Meetinghouse Great Barrington, 3:00 pm         

 3:00 – Opening Thought

3:00 – Announcements (5 min)

3:05 – Welcome (5 min) – Introduction to GA process

-Facilitators are introduced, and consensus is asked for on facilitators; Principles of Process; Review of Hand Signals, Consensus Decision-Making Process, and Agenda

3:10- Introductions (5 min)

3:15 – Working Group Reports (20 min)

-One representative from each working group gives brief (3 min) update on recent activities, asks other members to raise hands

3:35- Agenda (1 hr and 10 min)

-Proposals are presented and adopted/modified/rejected

 1. Education: preparing for Hattie Nestel event on Antinuclear Activism, July 26 – logistics, getting word out (15 minutes)

2. Facilitation – group learning activity on basic elements of facilitation/“process arts”; structured activity and discussion (55 minutes)

4:50 – Reflection on Meeting Process (10 min)

-Feedback on agenda, process, vibes; suggestions for revision for facilitation WG.

5:00 – Meeting Adjourned (with consensus)

 

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Special Event July 26th, and summer meeting schedule

Hello all, here is our summer meeting schedule below  (please note that we will NOT be meeting on July 29th or August 26th).

ALSO, please help us spread the word about  our upcoming “special event”!

True Stories of Hope and Courage:

an  evening with Hattie Nestel, anti-nuclear activist and member of “Shut it Down” affinity group.

Thursday  July 26, 2012, 7 pm

In Great Barrington – Friends’ Meeting House on 280 State Road (Route 23)

Hattie will be sharing with us her inspiring stories and experience as an activist. Her affinity group, Shut it Down,  has engaged in civil resistance on twelve occasions since 2005 in continuing efforts to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon. Members are all women, between the ages of 42 and 94, who repeatedly risk arrest in their efforts to protect the public from the dangers of nuclear power.

Hattie is also very knowledgeable about the safety issues involved in nuclear energy production, as well as the possibilities of safe energy alternatives.

Please join us for an inspiring evening!

 

 Occupy Bershires Summer Meeting Schedule

July 15  General Assembly  3-5 pm Friends Meeting House

July 22 Working Groups     3-5 pm Friends Meeting House

July 29  OFF

August 5th General Assembly 3-5 pm Friends Meeting House

August 12 Working Groups     3-5 pm Friends Meeting House

August 19th General Assembly 3-5 pm Friends Meeting House

August 26th OFF

Also, please SAVE THE DATE for a SPECIAL EVENT:  July 26th, 7-9 pm, we will be hosting a community event with Hattie Nestel, long-time anti-nuclear activist, also at Friends Meeting House.