Assemblées générales

Nos assemblées générales sont là où les divers comités et la population se rencontrent et collaborent à l’organisation de l’occupation. Si vous lisez ceci, vous y êtes invités!
À vous de décider votre niveau d’engagement!

Diffusion en direct des assemblées générales et autres événements sur notre livestream

Voyons la yourte de facilitation!

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Our general assemblies are where our various commitees and the population meet and collaborate to the organisation of the occupation. If you are reading this, you’re invited!
It’s up to you to determine how much you get involved!

Follow live broadcasts of the General Assembly and other events on our livestream channel

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The Assemblée Générale is the main decision-making body and symbolic heart of Occupons Montreal. It is structured on principles of direct-democracy and anyone can participate and vote either in person, or online through the livestream. It derives its legitimacy through participation, symbolic significance, and public perception.

The Spokescouncil is an assembly of internal and external workgroups, movement groups, allies, neighbourhood workgroups, affinity groups, and movement groups. The purpose of the Spokescouncil is to improve coordination between groups and to assist and inform the Assemblee Generale. The Spokescouncil has no formal powers. Its decisions are non-binding on the participating groups and it only has to bring decisions before the Assemblee Generale if it believes it to be necessary. Although the Assemblee Generale has no power over the Spokescouncil, it will frequently suggest discussion topics or present it with problems, questions, or projects that require coordination between groups.

Informal Discussion Groups are difficult to define, but they are an integral part of our democratic process. Their purpose is to serve as centres of discussion, debate, information-sharing, and consensus-building. Prior to going to the Assemblee Generale, propositions are usually debated and developed within these groups.

External Workgroups are those groups which were created as part of Occupons Montreal, and generally serve the purposes of the movement and the Assemblee Generale, but the Assemblee does not exert any formal control over them. External Workgroups can work on side projects unrelated to Occupons Montreal.

Internal Workgroups are those groups that are internal to the Assemblee Generale and must follow its propositions. Although the Assemblee cannot exert any physical or legal force against them, they would simply be replaced if they did not agree with Assemblee decisions. Finances is considered an internal workgroup because financial donors expect that their donations will be subject to Assemblee decisions. OM Logistiques handles material donations, and is considered internal for the same reasons. Facilitation is considered internal because its only purpose is to manage the Assemblee Generale. Juridique is considered internal because it is only supposed to carry out legal proceedings in the name of Occupons Montreal.

Movement Groups are those groups whose formations were inspired by the Occupy movement and who work closely with Occupons Montreal, but whose functions are not necessarily directly related to the operations of Occupons Montreal.

Affinity Groups represent groups of individuals who identify themselves as belonging to a particular sector of society that experiences oppression and prejudice.

Allies are any groups that consider themselves allied with Occupons Montreal and who work with Occupons Montreal.

Neighbourhood Workgroups are those groups that represent geographical areas of the Montreal region. Although most Neighbourhood Workgroups currently represent boroughs, they do not have to conform to formal jurisdictions or to such sizes.

Long Term Actions are political actions which last long enough that the participants involved consider themselves to be permanent or semi-permanent groups.

FAQ

How do I get involved?

Go here (link), or come to the Assemblee Generale. Remember, if for whatever reason you have trouble coming to meetings and events, there are plenty of ways to help out from home.

How can I make a contribution?

Check out our current needs list (link), bring a food contribution to the Assemblee Generale, or make a financial contribution here (link).

How can I learn about Occupons Montreal’s current activities?

Have a look at our weekly newspaper, Le Journal 99% (link) or check out the events calendar (link).

Do I have to go to the Assemblee Generale?

No. Without a physical occupation, the Assemblee Generale’s role is primarily symbolic. It helps with coordination between groups and it’s a great opportunity to socialize, but it isn’t very important from a practical standpoint. Most of the important work of Occupons Montreal happens in the workgroups.

Does the Assemblee Generale have authority over the workgroups?

Only over the internal workgroups (Finance, Juridique, Facilitation, OM Logistiques). Propositions passed by the Assemblee Generale usually take the form of suggestions or requests rather than ‘orders’. Workgroups and individuals choose for themselves whether or not to follow propositions. As such, the ‘power’ of the Assemblee Generale to coordinate and make decisions for the movement is directly proportional to the respect accorded to it, rather than to some sort of legal authority.

Does the Assemblee Generale have a quorum?

Yes, 75 people. However, propositions still get passed without quorum, particularly now that we’re not in a physical occupation. Propositions passed without quorum are considered technically illegitimate, and are recorded as such, but they’re still considered to represent the will of the people in attendance. In practice, the quorum currently serves to add symbolic weight (or not) to propositions.

[TO DO: Add links to AG structure & rules, hand signals, how propositions are passed, Reddit, etc… ]

[TO DO: Add a link to an archive of passed propositions ]