After my heated article about the proposal to dissolve and replace the Occupy Minnesota media committee
and many headed comments I finally got in contact with the author, Chris Grey. I sent him a series of questions and he answered them. Instead of editing the questions and answers I will post them unedited here.
To quickly answer some other questions from others.
– Screen shots of censorship by OHMN are being gathered up. I have received a few but want to put that stuff in a separate article.
– A link to 2008 St. Paul Principles of Solidarity Neither group has held to these in this dispute.
– A link to OWS NYC Principles of Solidarity Neither group has held to these in this dispute.
– Another document that pertains in multiple ways to this situation is the Statement of Autonomy. Read it and apply it to these groups and their actions.
– The Declaration of the Occupation of New York City Is the document that got me involved in the movement and underlays my involvement.
– Below the Q.A. I will repost the document that the Q.A. is pertaining too.
Questions I asked of Chris grey and his answers.
In the proposal it says, “…a meeting representative of all Occupy related movements in Minnesota,” Was anyone from occupy Rochester, Occupy Dulth, Occupy St. Cloud, Red Lake Blockade, Idle No More MN, or anyone from any Occupy related movements other than OHMN or OMPLS contacted before this date and time was chosen? Was the date OK’ed by any of these groups? Was/is there any attempt to get these groups to the meeting on?
Whereas, members of the media committee have voted to censor all Occupy Homes content from the statewide social media resources in another closed process without holding a public committee meeting, claiming to speak for the entire statewide movement.
Whereas, for over two months, after publicly agreeing to a meeting, members of the Occupy Minneapolis media committee have ignored requests or refused to meet with a mutually acceptable mediator to begin to work out their concerns.
Whereas, members of the media committee violated their own consensed upon process for removing administrators: two weeks notice given for an open committee meeting.
Whereas, the unilateral decision of members of the “Media Committee” unnecessarily endangers active residents fighting for their homes, and people risking arrest during an ongoing home occupation under threat of imminent eviction.
Whereas, the unilateral decision of members of the “Media Committee” has caused unnecessary divisions across the movement including publicly denouncing other sections of the movement to the media in violation of the St. Paul principles of solidarity.
Whereas, the statewide “OccupyMN” Facebook and Twitter accounts belong collectively to the 99%: the community, groups and organizations that identify with Occupy Wall Street as part of a network that is not represented by any single group.
Whereas, no group or committee should unilaterally and undemocratically deny access to our collective tools to individuals, groups or organizations that identify with Occupy Wall Street.
Whereas, allowing shared access to these media resources does no harm to the ability of any group to use it, but censoring or limiting another group’s access has real life consequences.
Current members of the Occupy Minneapolis media committee include: [Names shortened since they did not write this] TB, DF, LD, D, AS, and SR.
Be it resolved that the current Occupy Minneapolis media committee be dissolved and replaced by a democratic election of new representatives of the Occupy Wall Street movement that are accountable to those that identify with the movement at a meeting representative of all Occupy related movements in Minnesota, to be held Wednesday, May 29th at 5:30pm at 4200 Cedar Ave.
• Becky Dernbach be given immediate access to post on behalf oOHMN until a democratic process is completed
• The media committee hold an open meeting Sunday May 26th at 12pm at 3325 2nd Ave S.
• The current administrators with the power to revoke access (TB and DF) should be replaced by a neutral party who will respect the democratic processes of all groups involved. i.e. Ricardo Levins Morales. This will not limit anyone’s ability to continue posting content, but will ensure that we do not end up in the same situation yet again.
• The administrators and content of the “OccupyMN” Facebook and Twitter accounts should reflect the various tendencies and organizations under Occupy Movement.
• The “Media Committee” should not make unilateral decisions about which groups, posts, and practices do and do not align with Occupy Wall Street. Organizations and groups should self-identify with OWS, and be empowered to make their own decisions.
• Groups that identify as Occupy and want access to the “Social Media Committee” should use their own decision-making structures to elect or consent on who comprises the “Social Media Committee” of the broader Occupy movement.
• The committee should be empowered to work-out processes regarding parameters (if any) for deleting posts. This process should be presented in a clear and transparent way to the respective groups and organizations which make up Occupy.