Alright, occupiers. Let's talk a bit about the recent news on the DHS FOIA documents that were released. I've been reading too many reports that mis-characterize the info contained in the documents and offer a superficial analysis of DHS activities. I'm a pretty good speed reader and I went through every report (hundreds of pages) and found in that quick skim to have a much different opinion than the "journalists". It's a long post but it's full of good stuff so get some coffee and read the hell out of this...
We have planned a Community Gathering for Saturday, April 13 from 2:00 to 5:00. The event will be held on the Hyannis Town Green on Main St. There will be free vegetarian food, music, work of local crafters and information on causes which we feel reflect "rights and responsibilities in a healthy community". Rain date will be April 20.
Anti Nuclear Protest Every Monday 6pm Elysee Palace Paris
Manif Anti Nucléaire chaque Lundi 18h Palais de l'Élysée Paris
I plan on bringing this proposal to the March 19th GA, and have it heard using the discussion process.
A few of Occupy Boston's funding proposals have resulted in hard feelings. Generally, these hard feelings come about when a (large) funding proposal is brought to GA and passed, and people feel blind-sighted because they didn't know the proposal was coming, and were not at GA to object.
This problem is made worse by two factors:
- We often don't know in advance what proposals are being brought to GA, and
- The tactic of "packing" GAs, where the proposer brings enough friends to overcome a block; after the GA, the proposer and their friends disappear.
I'd like to propose a change to the way we handle funding proposals, to create more opportunity for participation, and to make the process fairer and more democratic. Ultimately, I'd like to see Occupy Boston become better at managing resources.
When George Caffentzis spoke at OB a few weeks ago, he talked about two kinds of debt: capitalist debt, and use-value debt. Capitalist debt is debt incurred for the purpose of making profits; use-value is debt incurred for meeting one's individual needs. The Strike Debt movement is concerned with use-value debt, particularly the systemic use of use-value debt as a means of oppression and control.
Where do small business owners fit in? Would their debts be considered capitalist (for the purpose of making profit), or use-value (running a business to provide basic needs)?
There's going to be some web site maintenance this weekend:
wiki.occupyboston.org on Saturday March 9th, and www.occupyboston.org
on Sunday March 10th.
Althought the intention is to keep disruptions to a minimum, there may
be a few minutes where you hit a maintenance page. If that happens to
you, wait a few minutes and try again.
If you have concerns about this work, you can feel free to comment on
Can we discuss that?
It would be great if we used this instead of facebook. There are seriously so many reasons why. We could start off by discussing why we shouldn't be on facebook. I'll start that with... CORPORATE SURVIELLENCE. Now you go.
voices.occupyboston.org will undergo site maintenance today (Sunday March 3rd); we're moving the site to a new server. You might experience a brief period of disruption, but we'll try to keep that to a minimum.
I've been involved in free software development projects for many years. These projects generally involve very diverse groups of people, both in terms of background and geography. It's not unusual to have projects where the participants are located in different countries, or on different continents.
For many projects, the main collaboration tools are mailing lists, and some sort of bug/issue tracking database. These are the places were development communities, discuss ideas, make plans, and hash out decisions.
One book I'm reading has a bit of advice about working with Drupal's software community: