From:   Justin Wedes <jwedes@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Friday, November 11, 2011 5:47:14 PM
To:   globalrevolutionmedia@googlegroups.com
Subject:   Re: [GlobalRevolutionMedia] Re: [OWS PR] [INFO] the Egyptian proposal went through the GA
 

Fix - 

You mean Sunday at 10am, right? I am planning to be there,

Justin

On Nov 11, 2011, at 7:45 PM, Fix wrote:

I will be posting relevant documents to googledocs shortly but meanwhile I wanted to put out the question of - when does the Media WG need to have selected the three candidates by? Do we need to choose at Saturday's 10am  meeting?

If yes, then we should allow those media WG members not able to attend to be considered - perhaps by submitting a brief statement relating why they should be chosen?

Thoughts?

Michael Fix

Sent from my Star Trek like, mobile communication device, which is destroying language.

On Nov 11, 2011 7:26 PM, "Alexander Penley" <Alexander@penleygloballaw.com> wrote:
Here's a start:

hey guys all of your experiences are extremely relevant and i would love it if you wanted to try and type up some things or come to the info session on sunday at 10 in the atrium. peter i dont think youll be back yet but i woud love to voice some of your questions/experiences. we're currently doing our best to ensure that this is a safe, non-violent, informed/receptive trip- this will definitely involve alot of preparation in a very small window of time. there will be trainings/skillshares between the people selected in the weeks before the trip as well as 2 days of training when they get to egypt regarding the election monitoring process. we are looking for people with relevent skills/assets/experiences to take on the trip but of course have to remain completely open to the consensus process- there are a number of ways we are trying to vet the people nominated to go and ultimately the egyptians will review and make selections for the final decisions. again since you all seem to have first hand experiences in some of these areas i would love for you to voice them-this will be especially helpful in providing context for people who really want to go but might not fit the criteria. you can of course email me, but you can also cc maria who i helped pass this proposal with her email is mariadayton@gmail.com.

we're hoping that this is just the beginning of fruitful dialogues- if all goes well, we'll be in good standing to send more people down the road for the presidential election!

love you all,
victoria
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On 11 November 2011 19:12, Victoria Sobel <victoria@showpaper.org> wrote:
hey guys all of your experiences are extremely relevant and i would love it if you wanted to try and type up some things or come to the info session on sunday at 10 in the atrium. peter i dont think youll be back yet but i woud love to voice some of your questions/experiences. we're currently doing our best to ensure that this is a safe, non-violent, informed/receptive trip- this will definitely involve alot of preparation in a very small window of time. there will be trainings/skillshares between the people selected in the weeks before the trip as well as 2 days of training when they get to egypt regarding the election monitoring process. we are looking for people with relevent skills/assets/experiences to take on the trip but of course have to remain completely open to the consensus process- there are a number of ways we are trying to vet the people nominated to go and ultimately the egyptians will review and make selections for the final decisions. again since you all seem to have first hand experiences in some of these areas i would love for you to voice them-this will be especially helpful in providing context for people who really want to go but might not fit the criteria. you can of course email me, but you can also cc maria who i helped pass this proposal with her email is mariadayton@gmail.com.

we're hoping that this is just the beginning of fruitful dialogues- if all goes well, we'll be in good standing to send more people down the road for the presidential election!

love you all,
victoria


On Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 6:49 PM, katiedavison@rogueproduction.com <katiedavison@rogueproduction.com> wrote:
Thank you for this Peter. I want to echo his sentiments as well.

I've shot in conflict zones in Africa and can speak to some of the risks, particularly pertaining to women traveling alone with gear or in small groups in potentially volatile areas. Happy to share should anyone be interested.



Connected by a corporate tax dodger - aka Verizon Wireless. We pay-shouldn't they?


-----Original message-----
From: Michael Premo <m.premo@gmail.com>
To:
PR working group <pr-working-group@googlegroups.com>
Sent:
Fri, Nov 11, 2011 21:11:08 GMT+00:00
Subject:
Re: [OWS PR] [INFO] the Egyptian proposal went through the GA

Thanks peter I just want to echo everything on your list!

Even though we will be protected incredibly by our hosts and everything will be fine I can't emphasize enough that anyone interested in going highly assess their own street smarts/survival instincts, map reading, ability to be on your own if worse comes to worse.

I've been in some conflict zones and slums that have felt like conflict zones and I'd be happy to share with anyone interested.


From: "Peter Harris" <peter@fotojournalism.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2011 15:38:42 -0500
Subject: RE: [OWS PR] [INFO] the Egyptian proposal went through the GA

I think this is a beautiful beautiful idea and I’m ALL “twinkly fingers” however the statement of “willingness to accept risk” is an understatement! This is something that should NOT be taken lightly.

For those that are accepted for this task there should be, in my opinion, some prior experience or knowledge of conflict/post-conflict environments.

Having been around the world and back I’ve seen firsthand how volatile these environments can be. Locals can be extremely hospitable or provoked quite easily.

 

“We” are sending “ambassadors” into a situation where if the elections do not go well could be the spark of another onset of violent reaction, not just from the police.

Will they know what to do?

How to get out as a group or even individually?

Have they ever even been out of the States before? (currently hold a passport)

Do they realize just how unhelpful US Embassies can be?

Do they speak multiple languages?

Do they know how not to dress like a tourist?

Do they have vaccinations up to date? (shouldn’t be an issue just details that should be considered)

Are prepared (physically & mentally) to be sent home on arrival or put in an Egyptian prison? (worst case scenario of course)

 

I have a million other questions that could be asked just to address their safety.

 

I’m not trying to rain on this parade at all! Just some food for thought, I know we have a lot of very intelligent people working on this and personally see this as an amazing act of solidarity.

If I can share my knowledge/experiences please let me know.

 

All the best

Peter

 

 

 

Draft Proposal for Thursday 11/10 General Assembly: Movement Building

November 9, 2011 in AssembliesFuture Proposals
Proposal to the Occupy Wall Street General Assembly November 10th, 7pm
Request:
Respond to a request sent by Egyptian civil society groups to send a delegation of OWS Ambassadors to serve as International Observers in the November 28th Parliamentary elections. The group would need to leave on November 25th and return on the 30th. This action would be coupled with a general request to be sent out to the greater OWS networks calling for self-funded observers thereby increasing the number of overall observers.
Importance:
-        These actions will serve as a powerful symbol of solidarity in support of the civil society groups who contributed to the January 25th Revolution.
-        It will also mark the beginning of a global movement and work to build trust and reconciliation in a post-September 11th environment.

-        OWS’s participation will also work to protect and support the civilian monitoring efforts of Egyptian activists on the ground and constitutes a concrete stand against the use of American weapons against peaceful demonstrators.

OWS Action to Date:

-        Through consultation with our Egyptian counterparts it was determined that the OWS delegation should be comprised of 2-4 ambassadors from six relevant committees under the sponsorship of the Movement Building Committee.  These committees were selected due to their relevance and general skill sets. These committees include:

§  Movement Building

§  Mediation / Non-violent Communication

§  Direct Action

§  Media

§  Medical

§  PR/Press

§  Structure

§  Area specialists

Desired candidates would ideally have the following attributes:

§  Knowledge of the Middle East or Arabic skills

§  Cultural sensitivity and commitment to the task at hand minus individual political agendas

§  Experience dealing with global media

§  Willingness to accept risk

§  Skill-sharing potential across relevant committees

§  Gender and racial diversity

Plan of Action:

-        Each committee mentioned will nominate two to three representatives and a backup to represent their committee in Egypt.  This totals 16-24 representatives depending on the funding allocated by the general assembly and the price fluctuations on airfare.

-        OWS will send out a general request to its networks asking people to participate in observing the elections at their own personal expense (around $1500)

Requested Budget:

20 airplane tickets at $1,200 = $22,000

Accommodation per day ($20) for 5 nights for 20 people= $2000

Food and Transportation $50 per day for 20 people = $5000

Total Requested: $29,000

 





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