#OccupyVermont Burlington General Assembly Notes and Information

Click here for Burlington working groups and calendar.

Click here for the Burlington general assembly minutes.

Click here to watch videos of the first Burlington GA on YouTube.


*Subject to change by general assembly consensus.

  • Sunday Weekly March, Rally & GA

    Every Sunday we gather in City Hall Park at 12:30pm, and take a direct action such as a march. Then when we get back to the park we gather our energy and focus and begin to communicate as an assembly, for instance by having a speak-out, until it’s time for the meeting. At 2:00pm the formal General Assembly begins, and if everything goes according to plan it lasts for about an hour.


11/27 General Assembly Proposals for Agenda:

  • Finance WG: 1) Move travel fund to general fund; 2) Open credit union account and ratify the charter posted on the Finance WG page (please read and discuss before the GA if possible)



Typical Agenda*

*Subject to modification by facilitation team

  • Welcome
  • Review of Process
  • Introduce Facilitators
  • Propose Agenda
  • Working Group Report-backs
  • Working Group Proposals
  • Proposals for formation of new working groups
  • Non-working group proposals
  • Announcements
  • Close
  • Soapbox




    • What is a general assembly?

      A general assembly is a horizontal, consensus-based open meeting for group decision-making and organization. In addition to protesting what we don’t like about our current system, this public forum provides a space for working groups to form, make announcements, and make proposals for concrete actions that the group can take.

    • I have a proposal for the GA. What should I do?

      First, join or form a working group. Keep in mind that only decisions that affect the entire group need to be brought to the GA. Refine your proposal until you have consensus in your group. Post it on the wiki and/or make several hard copies for people to review and discuss. During the appropriate time in the General Assembly, have someone from your group get on stack to read the proposal. The facilitator will then allow time for questions, concerns, and friendly amendments. You should be prepared to answer questions, address concerns, and accept or reject the friendly amendments. If there are several cycles, the facilitator may ask that the GA break out into discussion groups. If there are too many concerns, your proposal may be tabled (remembered) for the next GA, and you will have to refine it more in the meantime with your working group. Ultimately, the facilitator will call for consensus.

    • How does the consensus process work?

      Consensus means that the group has come to a decision in which everyone feels their position on the matter was considered carefully and addressed as much as possible. It does not mean that every single person agrees. After a proposal is read, facilitators will begin cycles of stacks to facilitate discussion. First there will be a stack for questions. Then there will be a stack for concerns. Then there will be a stack for friendly amendments. Then there will be a temp check on whether or not people would like to table the proposal, move for consensus, or begin another cycle of questions, concerns, and amendments. This is your opportunity to use the hand signals to share your opinion. After 2-3 cycles (up to facilitator) the facilitator may suggest that the GA break out into working groups, or that the proposal be tabled for further refining in its working group. After discussion & amendments, a speaker will ask for consensus. If no one blocks the proposal, it will pass. If there are blocks, the blockers will have a chance to voice their concerns. Proposals may need to go back to the working group they came from for more refining. If the issue can be resolved quickly the speaker can ask for consensus on the revised proposal.

    • What are working groups?

      Anyone can propose a new working group at the appropriate time during the general assembly. Working groups can be focused on logistical concerns, themes, or issues. In addition to drafting proposals, working groups are empowered to brainstorm, organize, put on events, and make decisions related to their issue or function. Most decisions do not need to come before the entire general assembly. Likewise, keep in mind that many of your questions are probably best directed to the relevant working groups rather than facilitators or the general assembly as a whole.

    • How can I get involved with a working group?
      Listen at the general assembly for ways that you can connect with a working group, check the calendar, check the blog, or click here for meeting times and contact people.



2 thoughts on “#OccupyVermont Burlington General Assembly Notes and Information”

  1. [googleapps domain="www" dir="calendar/embed" query="title=Occupy%20Burlington%20Working%20Groups&mode=AGENDA&height=600&wkst=1&hl=en&bgcolor=%2333ff33&src=5heov7on97mqinmtqgpf6um8so%40group.calendar.google.com&color=%232F6309&ctz=America%2FNew_York" width="800" height="600" /]

    Not sure if this HTML will work, but if not, will you please add it to the Burlington page? It is a Burlington Working Group Google calendar. Thanks!

  2. the link to contact people is not working…

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