General Assembly Facilitator and Process Training

General Assembly Facilitator and Process Training

Saturday, February 25th, 2012


NorthStar Center
106 Lathrop St.
Lansing, MI. 48912

The NorthStar Center is hosting Occupy For All from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to present General Assembly (GA) Facilitator and Process Training as it relates to the Occupy Movement. Learn what are effective means of direct democracy decision making, the role of the facilitator within the group and how a GA can be used as a tool to reach inclusive, consensus goals.

Whether you a part of a local Occupy group or involved with another social justice group, this presentation has value. It is based on the participation and observations of the Occupy For All team, who have attended numerous direct democracy consensus based Occupations throughout Michigan. Many suggestions will be offered, including minimizing divisiveness within the group. Refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to have any particular questions, comments, or situations addressed at this event, feel free to send them to us in advance at! Though we will still take questions at the event itself, it would help us be better prepared for some of those issues when we commence the training! We are very excited about this opportunity and look forward to seeing all of you on Saturday!


Occupy Lansing: Occupation Needs

Quoted from

As of Nov. 22nd 2011 (at 7:28 pm Eastern):
New #: 989-494-8818
P.O. Box #12033
Lansing, MI 48901

Please, no more perishable/to be prepared food. Our kitchen is not functional at this time.

General Needs

  • Winter office space
  • Reems of paper for printing flyers
  • Tarps
  • Propane lantern filaments
  • Silly costume items (wigs, clown items etc.) for street theatre
  • Envelopes and stamps
  • Gas for generator
  • Bus Tokens
  • Bath towels
  • Ink pens
  • Scissors
  • Red and regular duct tape
  • Milk crates and boards
  • Posterboard
  • Cardboard

Kitchen Needs

NOTE: Julie Roy has set up a schedule at Take Them A Meal (.com) for people who would like to prepare a meal and bring it down to the Occupiers. Please sign up at least a day or two ahead of time so that they know you will be bringing a meal and when (to avoid them starting to cook a dinner and then to have another meal show up; this has actually happened twice with pizzas sent down just as they were preparing to serve a large meal; the pizzas were still appreciated though).



  • URGENT: Warm socks
  • plastic baggies to waterproof our feet
  • Clothes racks
  • Gloves
  • Large plastic storage bins (with lids)
  • T-Shirts
  • Baby wipes
  • Umbrellas
  • Sleeping bags (cold weather rated if possible)
  • Pillows
  • Long johns and sweat pants
  • Air mattresses or sleeping
  • yoga mats
  • Cold weather tents



  • Splint supports
  • Tournequettes
  • Clear plastic containers (for organizing med. supplies)
  • Cortizone cream
  • Medical exam gloves
  • Breather/separator (for CPR)


VOLUNTEERS (to drive people and supplies)



Occupy Flint: Occupation Needs

Occupy Flint has expressed a need for the following:
– Tarps
– Rope
– Tent Stakes
– 2 8X25 or 2 6X25 and 1 6X75 rolls of Double Bubble w/Foil on one side
Patio Pavers
– 500- 1000 feet of 1/2 inch Pex tubing (Min 250 ft)
– 1000 ft of 1/4 inch or 3/8 inch rope ( poly or nylon cord or mt climbing rope)
– Bails of Straw ( 250 of them )

This is on top of the things they have listed on their website (
A. Warm Clothing
-Boots (Sizes:9-13)
-Wool Socks
-Long Johns
-Sleeping Bags
-Mylar Blankets
-Winter Gloves/Scarfs
-Winter Coats (Hunting Gear, Snow Suits, Ect.)

B. Food (Organic if possible)
-Water (We have jugs)
-25 Lb. Bags
a) Pinto Beans
b) Kidney Beans
c) Navy Beans
d) Brown Rice
e) Steel Cut Oats (Dales Grainery?)
-Ramen Noodles
-Organic Wheat Berries
-Mung Bean Seeds
-Canned Goods (Ravioli, Tomatoes, SPAM, Ect.)
-Raw Sauerkraut

C. Shelter & Winterization
-Duct Tape
-1000′ of 1/2” PEX Tubing (Min. 250′ Rolls)
-200′ of 1/2” Copper Tubing
-Straw Bails (Need about 200 for insulation)
-22′ Gutters or 1′x30′ Flashing
-6′x125′ Foil Double Bubble
-55′x60′ Heavy Duty Tarps
-Zip Ties
-Lava Rocks
-Patio Pavers (for Hydronic Slab)

D. Health
-Vitamin C Powder (Acai)
-Organic Oregano Oil
-Multi Vitamins
-Feminine Products
-Hand Sanitizer
-Kitchen Cleaner
-Paper Towels
-Alcohol Swabs
-Green Clay (French Bentonite, for Poultice)
– Baking Soda

E. Misc.
-Stainless Steel Mess Kits
-Tobacco & Tubes
-Cord Wood
-Propane (We have tanks)
-White Gas
-TV Tower
-Pocket Knives

We will be gathering supplies at the upcoming Action Assembly (Thursday, November 17th) to take up to the Tribal Summit on Friday in Flint. If we have anything we can contribute, I know they’ll be very appreciative for it!