Fun, good-natured, united - and we got a lot done! Five 'committees' reported: food donations have been sourced, medical teams are established, media and IT committees are active, the legal committee has found lots of lawyers for bail and such, and a parade marshals committee is in training to keep us all safe - including tactics to passively prevent violence by trouble-makers!
|Screenshot of OccupyToronto's 2nd General Assembly at O.I.S.I.E. - 13/10/11|
LIVESTREAM embed of OccupyToronto's 2nd General Assembly (13/10/11)
We specifically had a vote on the peaceful, non-violent nature of this coming occupation - a resounding energetic both hands up jazz from everyone. On this we are absolutely as One. In this coming civil disobedience at the heart of the Canadian Financial sub-sulture, it is our lives we are putting on the line in two days time - and absolute non-violence is our only defense. On almost every other political tangent we remain respectively mute in a wonderful display of unity towards a real democracy from with-in this plutocracy we suddenly find ourselves aware of in this global economic crisis.
Made a shiver run up my spine.
Mass media out numbered Toronto Police Services - about 10 uniformed police there at 5:00PM - 3 bicycle police officers remained when I had to leave at 8:15 - making sure the sidewalk remained clear - traffic stuff.
About 300 organizers attended the last General Assembly meeting before @OccupyToronto starts - 10:00AM Saturday, October 15th - rallying at King and York. The logistics committee reported the location of occupation will be kept secret to avoid a possible disruption by the 1%.
The human amplifier - the practice of everyone repeating what a speaker is saying, one short sentence fragment at a time (invented at #OccupyWallStreet in New York because ordinances prohibit voice amplification with out a permit - which they weren't handing out), leads to a communal-ism that is catchy, joyous and Powerful. I had a great time - and even though I'm extremely shy, I found myself amplifying speakers when necessary - (you'll know when it's your sections' turn).
The Out Reach Committee reported that CUPW and CAW were messaging members to attend - and were sending demo stuff like a bus with sound gear and such. Everyone was ecstatic at the news. Good to see the Unions taking this gamble - the 1% media will be all over them if we can't keep this Gandhi-esque. But by the looks of it - from this old protesters point of view - this group is extremely dedicated to non-violent resistance to injustice.
After the GA, committees met around the O.I.S.I.E. parkette - also inside O.I.S.I.E., the legal committee and the Medic committee held classes. Later in the evening a Media education meeting was scheduled - but I couldn't stay. That's my baby - media :( Catch the next one though.