Occupy the State
A Review of the Oregon Model for State-Wide, Local, Occupy Groups.
Responding to needs to develop effective lines of communications to serve Occupy groups in Oregon and to develop better contact with mainstream and alternative news media, in true progressive tradition, Oregon is developing models for consensus and team work through a network of state-wide working groups. Together, they form Occupy Oregon.
Mindful of decisions not to evolve hierarchical structures, Occupy Oregon was established following our first State general assembly in Jan 2012 as a local-Occupy group. Volunteers work together throughout the state to coordinate information and promote common goals. Occupy Oregon serves rather than directs or controls our local-Occupy groups. Thus, it is just another local group.
Occupy Oregon coordinates information and resources to serve needs as requested by local groups or proposes common practices in Oregon. The local GAs remain entirely independent, except they may join together in consensus to redefine what Occupy Oregon is. So, for these reasons, Occupy Oregon is a service organization for the Occupy movement in Oregon.
We currently have two active working groups and four proposed groups.
Active working groups are:
Occupy Oregon Media Group, OOMG.
Occupy Oregon General Assembly Group, OOGAG
The Occupy Oregon Media Group has developed close working relationships with the OWS IT team, the International Councils of London and Madrid, and other Occupy groups throughout the United States. It also works directly with the Media Consortium, Free Speech TV, one prominent, national, television commentator, the Associated Press, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and various local news outlets. OOMG helps provide a clear view of the Occupy story to these alternative and mainstream news providers.
The Occupy Oregon General Assembly Group, founded in October 2012, continues to work with the developing National General Assembly and various state assemblies on common projects such as openassembly.org and an Article V convention to force amendments to the United States Constitution.
Proposed working groups are:
Occupy Oregon Finance Group, OOFG.
Occupy Oregon Health and Safety Group.
Occupy Oregon Solutions and Political Action Group.
Occupy Oregon Supply and Transportation Group.
The working teams of Occupy Oregon’s working groups do the real work. These teams focused on team work and the type of work, while groups allow broader means for coordinating information about what should be or is being done.
Current working groups and working teams for Media and for GA include the following. When necessary, teams may also focus on specific functions through standing or special committees. Standing committees work on long-term issues and needs, while special committees exist only for a limited amount of time or until specific goals are achieved.
Occupy Oregon Media Group
Editorial Team–coordinates OOMG efforts. It brings together each team leader, the GA liaison, and regional editors in the correspondents network.
Arts and Craft Team–coordinates communication among artists, artisans, and craftspeople in the state in support of various actions and projects.
Audio-Visual Team–produces audio
Communications and Media Training Team.
Internet Technology Team.
–Standing Committee: IT Support.
–Standing Committee: Web Site Design.
InterOccupy Communications Team.
Media Outreach Team.
—-Standing Committee: Correspondents Network.;, consisting of a network of regional editors, special and local correspondents.
General Assembly Group
Archives and Records Team
Meeting Planning Team.
National GA Team.
Spokes Council Team.
The teams listed above are still in the process of forming. Other working groups and their constituent teams will follow as soon as the Media and General Assembly groups have developed more.