Category Archives: Pamphlets

Introduction to the General Assembly

From Getting to the Roots Issue Two

What is a General Assembly?

The General Assembly (GA) model has been adopted by most of the occupations as a way to discuss and make decisions. The GA is a horizontal, leader-less, open meeting. The GA is where decisions are made that affect the whole group and general discussions are held. There are no leaders nor a governing body of the GA – everyone’s voice is equal.

Working groups help things run more smoothly by figuring out specifics and taking care of day-to-day tasks. Examples of working groups are: food, media, events, direct action, etc. They have open membership, and all who have concerns or ideas related to a working group are encouraged to join it. Working groups would give a report-back at every GA so everyone knows what they’re up to and how to get involved.

Only decisions that affect the entire group need to be brought to the GA. Many projects can happen independent of the GA model. For example, if people wanted to issue a public media statement on behalf of the group, it would require GA approval. If someone wanted to write a pamphlet to distribute that was not on behalf of the group, it would not require GA approval.

The Agenda

An agenda is a list of topics to cover at a meeting. It is either compiled by a facilitator before a meeting or at the beginning of the GA. Here is an example of an agenda:

  1. Welcome, agenda overview, and explanation of GA process
  2. Working group report-backs
  3. Proposals (see below)
  4. Announcements

Roles

Facilitator (or MC)  moves the conversation along to stay on topic. They don’t get more space to express opinions. They remind people to respect each other. They assert the decided process into the discussions. In large assemblies, there may be several facilitators.

Stack keeper keeps a list of people who would like to speak, to make sure everyone has a chance to talk and people aren’t interrupting each other.

Note taker takes notes of announcements and decisions made during assembly.

Decision Making Process

Here are steps in a decision making process at a GA. They can be modified by the group at any time and continuously changed as need be.

  1. A proposal is presented by one person or a group. Sometimes a GA will require multiple people to present a proposal, to ensure that it’s already been discussed.
  2. Clarifying questions are raised by anyone to the presenters.
  3. “Straw poll.” The facilitator takes a show of people who approve  and disapprove of the proposal to determine whether further discussion is necessary. This is not an official vote. If the proposal has a lot of support, the group would skip steps 4 and 5.
  4. Concerns and Amendments. Here, if there are a lot people at the general assembly, the group could break up into smaller groups for 10-15 minutes to consolidate their concerns and questions and everyone has a chance to discuss the proposal. Someone from each small group would express the concerns and amendments to the GA.
  5. The proposal is presented again, with any changes discussed.
  6. Every participant votes to approve, disapprove, or stand-aside. 90% approval passes the proposal. If there is less than 90% approval, it doesn’t pass and can be brought up again at a later GA.
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Getting to the Roots, Issue Two

Halloween has come, along with issue two of

Getting to the Roots Issue TwoGetting to the Roots: An Anarchist Paper from within the Southern Ontario #Occupy Movement.

Inside we got a report from #occupy oaklands raid & retaking, A call for students to join in on the fun, An Introduction to General Assemblies, & this issue we define Mutual Aid and Autonomy.

Be the star of your local occupation and print out a couple hundred copies to share.

Check out this issue for onscreen reading:

Getting To The Roots Issue Two_Screen

If you are into it, you can print it double sided at your own occupation on 11 X 17″ paper Here:

Getting To The Roots_Issue Two Print

If you have content for the next issue, send an e-mail to: gettotheroots (a) riseup (dot) net

Getting to the Roots, Issue One

Today We released the first issue of

Getting to the Roots Issue OneGetting to the Roots: An Anarchist Paper from the Southern Ontario #Occupy Movement.

Be the star of your local occupation and print out a couple hundred copies to share.

Check out this issue for onscreen reading:

Getting To The Roots Issue One_Screen

If you are into it, you can print it double sided at your own occupation on 11 X 17″ paper Here:

Getting To The Roots_Issue One Print

If you have content for the next issue, send an e-mail to: gettotheroots (a) riseup (dot) net

Anarchist Discussion on Cooperation with the State

No Compromise: Taking Space Without Permission

This flyer has writings about not compromising ourselves further through cooperation with the State.

Here are some quotes:

“We gain momentum in struggle when people see our unwillingness to compromise – we become dignified, empowered, and attractive to the discontented. We become an uncontrollable collective force that instills fear in the system – the police realize when they fuck with us, it’s on.”

“If we do not wish to find ourselves in a world where no one really lives, where no one really knows anyone else, where everyone has become a mere cog in a machine meshing with other cogs but remaining truly alone, then we must have the strength to attack alienation in every way we can. Otherwise, we may just find there is no place left where we can meet face to face.”

It is relevant everywhere, not only Southern Ontario.

Print and distribute freely! click the link below.

No Compromise Flyer

Capitalism & Class Struggle Pamphlet

C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)

-WuTang Clan

Print Version of pamphlet available Here

Web Reading Version of the pamphlet available Here

Capitalism cap•i•tal•ism n.

The economic system which dominates the world at present is called capitalism, a system based on the self-expansion of capital – commodities and money making more commodities and more money.
This doesn’t happen by magic, but by human labour. For the work we do, we’re paid for only a fraction of what we produce. The difference between the value we produce and the amount we’re paid in wages is the “surplus value” we’ve produced. Our work is stored up in the things our bosses own and sell—capital.
In order for this to take place, a class of people must be created who don’t own anything they can use to make money i.e. offices, factories, farmland or other means of production. This class must then sell their ability to work in order to purchase essential goods and services in order to survive. This class is the working class.

Class StruggleClass Struggle class strug•gle n.

When we are at work, our time and activity is not our own. Work takes up the majority of our lives and there is a constant struggle between bosses and workers at work, and in the rest of the society based on work. The more we pay in rent or bus fare, the more we have to work to pay our rent or bus fare.
Work being forced on us like this compels us to resist.
The conflict between those of us who have to work for a wage and our bosses and governments is sometimes known as class struggle.
Most of us spend our time working and are just getting by, while the owners, who are mostly rich, profit off our work. All the communities and institutions of society are built up around this basic division.
The fact that this society is divided into classes with opposing interests means there is always a risk of conflict. The government is there to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Whether the government is a dictatorship or a democracy, it holds all the power and will use it against its own population to make sure that we keep going to work.
By resisting the imposition of work, we say that our lives are more important than our boss’s profits. This attacks the very nature of capitalism, where profit is the most important reason for doing anything, and points to the possibility of a world without classes.
We are the working class resisting our own existence, struggling against work and class.

New #OccupyToronto Pamphlets

presented here is the text from our previous post: A Few points for Occupy Toronto Participants in the form of a 1/4 8.5 X 11″ hand bill. Feel free to read the text online or print off your own copies to distribute.

Printer ready PDF:

OccupyTO_4UP

Love and Rage,

Some Southern Ontario Anarchists

Web Pamphlets

We have to talk about: NationalismPresented here is some handbills created from the text from our previous post: A few points to Occupy Toronto participants

You can find Web versions here for reading on a computer screen and sharing with friends:

OccupyTO_Law

OccupyTO_Nationalism

OccupyTO_Police

OccupyTO_Tactics

Love and Rage,

Some Southern Ontario Anarchists

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