Occupy DE General Assembly Notes from November 14th, 2012
Due to low attendance, we agreed to suspend the regular rules, and no one is facilitating.
Bernie has nothing to say. One for the records books.
Ten minute discussion was informal. One subject raised – should we make a proposal to use some of ODE funds to apply to Occupy the Debt? All present agreed. We need an update on the current balance of ODE general funds account. One fiduciary agent was present, but another, not present just reimbursed some operating expenses, so we are not sure what exact balance is, until we review the receipts. Consensus was we should make the proposal for 50% of account balance to be used.
A proposal is made to authorize dispersal of funds from ODE general funds, to be use to purchase debt as part of the Occupy the Debt. Occupy the Debt buys debt for pennies on the dollar, for the sole purpose of forgiving, or retiring it. 50% of current balance to be used. Due to lack of quorum at this G.A., this proposal will be posted to the ODE website, and will be voted on at the next G.A.
A proposal was made to suspend regular Occupy De Wed. night G.A.s, until further notice. Occupy Actions and Actions Committee(s) meetings would be called and organized on an ad hoc basis, with communication via the ODE website, facebook page and groups, and e-mail and telephone.
No other proposals.
Fiduciary committee: as noted in the proposal above, we need to compare receipts for recent reimbursements from the general fund. These were for the past months of internet wireless service and hub. Also, $50 was dispersed to buy soil for the Occupy the Garden action. This money is to be reimbursed from City funds previously secured for the project by Councilman Prado, which is currently being held by the Delaware Center for Horticulture.
Several Occupy DE members attended a joint meeting with Sierra Club DE and the DE Solar Energy Coalition, at Silverside Church in Wilmington, on Sat., Nov. 10th. It was held to discuss concerns over changes to the DE Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards, and Solar Renewable Energy Credit pricing. DE Rep. Dennis Williams will likely be bringing new legislation to the floor, early this session, to increase the percentage of required renewable energy in our portfolio, and shorten the time line for compliance. A point was brought regarding current solar power system owners (especially early purchasers, who did not reap significant tax breaks, etc.) not getting the dollar value of renewable energy credits that was originally promised, and now have difficulty paying the financing on their systems. Mr. Williams said he would work to address this in up-coming legislation. Other major lobbying points were: current regulations count the output of Bloom Energy, which generates hydrogen, by burning natural gas, as a component of the renewable portfolio – the largest part, in fact – 30%! Also, reporting energy production for the purpose of calculating what percentage is renewable, is OPTIONAL. There is currently no requirement to divulge this information publicly, so there are several medium to large scale producers who’s energy is not calculated in the total, and there is no way to verify who they are! (I smell an FOIA). There is PLENTY of room for improvement in Delawares progress toward renewable energy production. Our Senators and Reps. need to hear from us.
Occupy the Garden: (at 5th and N. Harrison St.) – Three of us met on Sunday, Nov. 11th, purchased bagged soil and manure, and dug-in and improved the soil in 4 beds, before we ran out daylight. Do to lack of available (and affordable) heavy soil – which is what we were using to amend the current straight compost in the raised beds – we will likely make further amendments, in the early spring.
Report of general concern, regarding the cooling systems of the Salem Nuclear Power Plant – early reports indicated that 5 or 6 were off-line due to extreme conditions brought on by Hurricane Sandy. Bernie has continued to attempt to get updated information on this critical safety issue, to no avail. He will work his channels in the Anti-Nuclear, and Nuclear Watch groups, in the area, and he’ll keep us posted when he gets information on this.
(We knew Bernie actually DID have something to say. So much for the record books).
No more reports back.
Occupy DE is holding it’s 2nd Annual Green Friday People’s Re-Gifting Giveaway, at Rodney Square (across from the Hotel Dupont) on Nov. 23rd, from Noon, until 2pm or when we run out of stuff, or when everyone is tired of being there (if after 2pm). Please contact an ODE member about donations, if you’d like to contribute. We are looking for new, or gently used items that people might wish to gift to others. We could also use bags – paper handle bags, and larger heavy shopping bags. Items can be dropped off directly at the event, but please try to bring them early, so we have time to give them away! All left over items will be donated to Salvation Army and/or Good Will.
Wilmington In Transition is hosting a talk and information session about Time Banks. We are looking to establish a Time Bank in Wilmington and Newark areas. The session is free and open to the public. It is from 3-5 pm, this Sunday, Nov. 18th at St. Stephens Lutheran Church at 1301 Broom St., Wilmington, DE, 19806. Time Banks use human capital instead of money, for members to exchange services. This supports community building, and helps people meet their needs in tough economic times. Plus, the 1% won’t like it a bit – because every hour of service has the same value – one hour! It is egalitarian (and tax-free). Come learn about it, as we explore the options. Everyone has something to offer – and you can brainstorm with others to figure out what it might be!
Finally, the members present at tonight’s G.A. Decided we will not hold a G.A. On Wednesday, Nov. 21st, since it is the night before Thanksgiving Holiday. Above mentioned proposals will be voted on the following Wed. at G.A.
Meeting adjourned (around 8:15pm