From:   beka economopoulos <>
Sent time:   Saturday, October 08, 2011 10:15:34 PM
Subject:   Re: Re: [september17discuss] Questions and proposal abt info systems

Thanks so much Ryan, this is incredibly helpful!!!  I wonder if it makes sense to have the "Working Group General Info" listed below made accessible online, either on the or site, whichever is appropriate (or both).  

If the one is the best (I suspect it is) then it'd be great to get that url out further, at least visibly in the space.  I only just learned about it.  Maybe the WG General Info could be the first item on the Working Groups tab.

It does look like some of this info is outdated, I know that some working groups meet at different times/places than what is listed below.  A plug for WGs to please review Info's list and update anything that's out of date please!

I've been taking minutes at meetings I've gone to on my laptop, so I can't drop them off in the info box.  They've gotten posted on the listserv for that working group, but I don't know that they've been circulated farther or posed on the site.  Should we email electronic minutes to

Agreed about Working Groups notifying Info about the when and where of their meetings, especially when moving them offsite.  It's been a challenge to plug in and help out, but that would make a big difference.

Also love the idea of separating out a discussion list from a "Working Group Coordination" listserv, where minutes from all groups are sent, and intra-WG business can be covered.  Not a place for theoretical/strategic discussion, but rather an online extension of the 9am working group check-in mtgs. There are many folks whose work is connected to or contingent upon other working groups, so this could facilitate coordination.

Y'all are doing an amazing job, thanks again for the info, and for all your hard work!  I've never been so inspired.   


On Sat, Oct 8, 2011 at 10:00 PM, <> wrote:
On 10/08/11, Ryan Green<> wrote:
Hey Beka,

     My name is Ryan.  I work at the info booth with some other folks.  This is a huge problem that we've been trying to deal with.  We've got to get everyone down at Liberty Plaza in the habit of telling the info booths when anything and everything is happening/ is changing / is moving.  My understanding about the 9am Working Groups general meeting was that it doesn't happen on the weekends... but if you're saying that it did happen and moved somewhere outside of the square, then I guess it is still happening.  I attempted to go last Saturday and couldn't find where it was being held, so I assumed it wasn't happening.    

Both info booths on either ends of the park have white boards....  we can try to be better about posting a daily schedule.

I was under the impression that minutes get physically dropped into a box located near the central info booth, and someone from internet types them up that evening... I'll check on this and get back to you.

To the best of my knowledge there is not a Working Group listserv but that would be a good idea.  I'm going to paste into this email the most current info we have on each working group.  Hope this helps.  And I'll get back to you on the those questions I wasn't sure about. - Ryan

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working groups general information


Arts & Culture

Contact:   Phone: 1-864-832-7875

Meetings: Arts & Culture Working Group 6pm @ Northwest Corner of Park


Art & Culture 2



Education & Empowerment

Inviting Community Activists and Academics for daily open forums @ 6pm. Everyone is encouraged to invite speakers!

Contact:  Phone: 1-410-294-7477

Meetings:  Empowerment & Education Planning Meeting - Tuesdays @ 8:30pm

Daily Open Forums @ 6pm

Occupy TV NY

Group of Videographers and Video Editors (pro). Skills req: Videographer / Own Video Camera



Nick @ Night (Tobacco Station)

We keep the people calm by rolling them tobacco and making everyone smile.


Location: South Side of Zuccotti Park, near Medical and Comfort.


Safer Space Committee

Working for respect of women, LGBTQ, & POC, Rape victim advocates, queers encouraged to come!


Meeting: Safer Space Group Meeting - 10pm or after GA, near Halal Cart on Cedar


Political and Electoral Reform Working Group

Devoted to brainstorming recommendations for political and electoral reform.


Meeting: Political & Electoral Reform Daily Meeting - 6pm in front of the People's Library


Graphic Design

Graphic design, fliers, map, signage, posters etc.  New members will be accepted starting October 16th. Please send an email if you would like to learn more or join earlier.


Meeting: Sunday Afternoons (Contact for more details)


Occupy Wall Street People's Library

We organize the library! New librarians, ideas, books & resources welcome!



Location: Visit us in the North East corner of Liberty Plaza


The Occupy Wall Street Archives

Documenting the historic activities and events of Occupy Wall Street & Liberty Plaza through archiving video, audio, fliers and signs.


  Meeting: Archive coordination Meeting - Wednesdays at 8pm @ The People's Library



We Feed the Occupiers!


Meeting: Kitchen Lunch - 11am @ Kitchen

Kitchen Dinner / Night Shift - 4pm @ Kitchen



Facilitation of the democratic process in the General Assembly & Direct Democracy Training Contact:, , Phone: Daniel Depaola: 504-846-7058

Meetings: Facilitation Meeting - 4pm @ Meet at South side of Plaza, then offsite *** Direct Democracy Training - 5:30pm Daily



Skill workshops & videos. Topics include: Sewing, Polyamory, Horticulture, Anti-Opression, Breaking

Gender Binary Consensus. Starts Friday, Meetings TBA



Public Relations

Press relations, training people to speak to media


Meeting: PR Working Group: 3:30pm @ Press Table under Welcome Table East


Sanitation Working Group

We clean up the park and keep spaces free from clutter. Look for people with green arm bands

Contact: Dilinga -



Security and De-escalation.

Contact:   Meeting: Security Meeting - 12pm (almost Daily) @ Media Center


Accountability & Transparency

We ensure transparency within & among working groups, GA, and Occupation.

Contact:  Phone: Daniel Depaola: 504-846-7058

Meeting: A&T Meeting - 6pm Daily @ Sitting Man Statue, then head off site


Direct Action

Primarily plans marches / march guidelines and create other direct actions.


Meeting: DA Daily Meeting - 2pm M-Fri @ Triangular cement park at Trinity & Edgar



Reaching out to local people, communities, groups & organizations to help grow the OWS movement. We raise awareness and support. Outreach is looking for neighborhood coordinators in communities across Manhattan & Boroughs


Meeting: Outreach Working Group - 5pm Daily @ Outreach Table


Occupy Wall Street Journal



Information / Front Desk

We are the Info hub, with four tables providing guidance and orientation in Liberty Plaza.



Alternative Banking

Purpose: to explore and, if possible, establish alternative banking systems, that might replace the current system  this will be a very practical, outcome-oriented group. I am particularly interested in hearing from those with skills and experience in banking and finance                   discussion will be online in the first instance, in person meetings also possible

Contact: Carne Ross;


Community Relations

Working with local businesses, residents and workers - we are their neighbors.

Contact: Justin -


Labor Support / Outreach



Outreach - NYC Universities

Outreach to local Universities and Student Gov.



People of Color Working Group



On Sat, Oct 8, 2011 at 12:27 PM, beka economopoulos <> wrote:
Hi there,

I'm guessing there are probably already systems in place to address these questions but after a week onsite I'm having trouble figuring out what they are.

I and a couple of other folks tried to make the working group check-in this morning but it had been moved off-site and no one at the info table or around our mic check were able to tell us where it was moved to.

Made me think it'd be great if Working Groups could have someone notify the Info Table when there's a spontaneous decision to move meetings off site.  For spontaneous/unscheduled moves, the Red Cube across the street or Charlotte seem to be the best spots: ideally, if we don't know where to find folks, checking in those two places will work.

Is it possible for Working Groups and the Info desk to have white boards where they write in the where/when of upcoming meetings?   

Also, a couple of questions: I've been asking around and folks don't seem to know, and I can't find any info online about the following:

Where do we post minutes?  I know they go on this site:, I think most people don't know about this website, I don't see it linked to from, and don't see instructions on the site on where to email or post notes.  

Is there a listserv for working group checkins and coordination, and mtg minutes?  Is this the one?  Seems like list this is more for discussion rather than working business.  Does it makes sense to have separate Sept17-discuss and Sept17-WG lists?

Thanks, and apologies if this is the wrong forum.




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