Occupy Atlanta's March on the Banks report back
Here's the unofficial report back from last night's march on the banks/federal reserve.
Let me start by saying that these bi-weekly marches/demonstrations are first and foremost intended to be a tool for outreach to the local community. They are not direct actions aimed at causing any real or substantial disruption of business. They are meant to remind locals that we ARE still here, and we ARE still pissed.
Second, I want to give some background on how these demonstrations have been planned:
Several weeks ago, OA essentially hit the 'reset' button on the process of the GA. Many people (myself included) were of the opinion that OA and the General Assembly has deteriorated into a beaurocratic nightmare and was completely ineffectual and tedious. We came to the conclusion (and brought to GA) the proposal to reset the process with the intention of morphing the General Assembly into a planning session focused on demonstrating, marching, and possibly direct actions. So here's how the new process works:
One week we have General Assembly. The first half is mostly introductions, announcements, and report backs. The second half plans the next weeks demonstrations. Each week alternates between the General Assembly and the next weeks action/demonstration. During the planning session we try to decide on a cause, a destination, a 'demand', and acceptable tactics. We recognize that during a march we can't control what other people do, but we can give ourselves the opportunity to distance ourselves from tactics NOT agreed upon by the General Assembly, therefore not getting the support of the General Assembly if someone acts grossly outside of the agreed upon tactics. All of the decisions of the next weeks march are done in a democratic process where everyone gets to vote on as many causes as they want, and the tactics are discussed and agreed upon by a 90% majority of the assembly. We also try to make some 'wiggle room' for the demonstration as we recognize that the population of the assembly may change between the planning session and the actual demonstration. (ie: routes, destinations, return trips, and unforeseen circumstances such as arrests, weather, etc.)
So about last night's march (copied and pasted from another page)