From:   Justine <>
Sent time:   Tuesday, October 11, 2011 10:06:45 AM
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] OWS online presence is an unofficial website run by an autonomous affinity group that predates the NYCGA by several weeks.  We have supported the NYCGA its inception, helped it and related group raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, and plan to continue doing so.  We consider ourselves members of the NYCGA; however, our support is entirely voluntary and motivated by deference and solidarity.  We do not recognize the NYCGA as having the power to exert authority over how we run the website, or authority over anyone else for that matter.

Many people forget that one of the most important founding principles of the NYCGA is non-binding consensus and freedom of association.  The NYCGA is not an organization, it's an organizing tool.  That's just what a people's assembly is.  To quote one of guiding documents we used in the beginning:

The Assembly is based on free association – if you are not in agreement with what has been decided, you are not obliged to carry it out. Every person is free to do what they wish [...]

On Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 11:10 PM, Winter Siroco <> wrote:
Actually you are bringing a very interesting question. I just heard that is just a group of 4 individuals who do not necessarily respond to OWS. If that is true it is an untenable situation, and perhaps the reason of the unresponsiveness that I have also heard in many corners of the plaza. OWS should have direct online presence, with a LOT of working unemployed people, not a somehow "friendly" entity of a few people willing or not willing to post content.

On Sun, Oct 9, 2011 at 9:43 AM, Snafu <> wrote:

I agree with Beka, the site of the GA should be more visible from As of now, there is the tab NYCGA, but it is rather cryptic and I don't think it draws much attention/traffic.

Why don't we add a link on the right-hand column, right below the Where, Help&Directions, etc that says something like

"New York City General Assembly: Working Groups, Minutes, and Official Declarations."

It would also make a lot of sense to set up Working Groups lists (e.g. sept17-outreach@...) that can be easily accessed from the NYCGA web site.

On 10/8/11 12:27 PM, beka economopoulos wrote:

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.