Our General Assembly (GA) models that of the original Occupy Wall Street GA. An open, participatory process, this is the governing body of Occupy Baltimore, where the main decision making is conducted. Finances, actions, and other important issues that impact Occupy Baltimore as a whole, are all brought to the GA. Yet that is not all, announcements are made, and report backs from workgroups are shared.
A proposal becomes a resolution only when it is approved through the mechanics of Occupy Oakland’s collective decision-making process. If the community passes a proposal, then it becomes an official Occupy Oakland resolution.
We operate on a consensus model. Proposals are brought to the GA and only become a resolution when approved by consensus. Proposals that are passed then become official Occupy Baltimore resolutions. In this way we engage in a horizontal, rather than hierarchical, democratic model. Everyone has a voice in discussions and a vote. Everyone is treated equally, and everyone's vote carries the same weight. In this manner we are learning to work as an autonomous collective and forge a new way for democracy to flourish.
We use hand signals to communicate as GAs so that everyone can be heard and no-one's voice is drowned out. These are explained at the beginning of each GA.
Our GAs are currently held on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm at 2011 North Charles St. This location can change so please check the calendar before leaving home. They are open to everyone and a great way to check out Occupy Baltimore. We would love to see you there.