Tactical Fund Disbursement for Hurricane Sandy Relief

I understand that there's some concern about FAWG's release of $900 from the tactical fund for hurricane Sandy relief. In the interest of transparency, I'd like to provide a transcript of the discussion that took place ("transcript", below). I've done this so that everyone can see what was said, and how the decision was reached.

Anyone who'd like to comment on this process is welcome to do so. In particular, if you think we made the right decision, then go ahead and say so. On the other hand, if you think this situation was handled poorly, please let us know how we could have done better.

Report from Mayfirst Members Meeting

On Sunday Oct 28th, I and several members of OBIT attended Mayfirst's annual member meeting at the Brecht forum in New York City. For those that aren't familiar with the organization, Mayfirst is Occupy Boston's hosting provider. Mayfirst is not a Verizon, Google, or Godaddy; they're activists who work on providing technology tools to the broader left. And they're really awesome people. I spent Saturday night with one of the tech team members, who was generous enough to let me crash on his couch.

Report Back from "The Other Elections - Democratic Triumph in Venezuela"

On October 18th, I went to E5 to hear a talk called "The Other Elections - Democratic Triumph in Venezuela". Omar Sierra, the Consul General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Boston, and one other fellow talked about the recent presidential election in Venezuela.

I was really impressed by the Venezuelan government's efforts towards fair, democratic elections, as well as their commitment to doing well by the Venezuelan people.

Occupy Boston (OB) Financial Accountability Working Group (FAWG) Financial Stability Proposal


FAWG recommends that OB approve that United for a Fair Economy (UFE) become our fiscal sponsor, using the comprehensive model of fiscal sponsorship.

The following are options FAWG considered, after consultation with staff of United for a Fair Economy and 2 organizations which provide different models of fiscal sponsorship.

  1. Fiscal Agent Comprehensive Model
  2. Fiscal Agent Re- Granting Model
  3. Making No Change
  4. Get 501(c)(3) Status
  5. Hire An Accountant
  6. Give All the Money Away

The full post explains each of these options in detail.

Inviting OB to storytelling event this Thursday 10/18

Hi friends,

I wanted to invite you to a storytelling event I'm producing this Thursday called The Mantle Project. Its purpose is to bring together diverse perspectives and spark deeper dialogue through storytelling.

This Thursday October 18 we feature two supporters of Occupy Boston (Alex Ingram and Linda Jenkins), as well as one supporter from the Tea Party and one from the GOP.

If you're interested in storytelling and would enjoy a different take on our political discourse, we would love for you to come out and support the storytellers.

Cryptoparty! It's like a tupperware party but for combating the surveillance state.


What is CryptoParty? Interested parties with computers, devices, and the desire to learn to use the most basic crypto programs and the fundamental concepts of their operation! CryptoParties are free to attend, public, and are commercially and politically non-aligned.


Are smoking residents of Boston Public Housing being discriminated?  Smokers were never given the option to move into smoke friendly housing.  Ammendments to leases have been made without consensual agrement from smoking residents. Don't Smokers have any civil rights? What next?  A ban on cross-dressing transvestites because it effects the ambience of a select few people's mental health?


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