General Assemblies are now only held by request to the Occupy Chapel Hill listserv.
From approximately Dec. 2011-March 2012, they were held Sundays at 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 pm at Peace & Justice Plaza (CH Post Office – 179 Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC). From Oct.-Dec. 2011, they were held daily.
The General Assembly is a gathering of people committed to making decisions based upon a collective agreement or “consensus.”
There is no single leader or governing body of the General Assembly – everyone’s voice is equal. Anyone is free to propose an idea or express an opinion as part of the General Assembly. Each proposal follows the same basic format – an individual shares what is being proposed, why it is being proposed, and, if there is enough agreement, how it can be carried out.
The Assembly will express its opinion for each proposal through a series of hand gestures. If there is positive consensus for a proposal – meaning no outright opposition – then it is accepted and direct action begins.
If there is not consensus, the responsible group or individual is asked to revise the proposal and submit again at the following General Assembly until a majority consensus is achieved.
Within the General Assembly, there are smaller gatherings known as “Working/ Thematic Groups” that focus on supporting specific initiatives or topics relevant to the movement.
These range from Food, Medical, and Legal Committees to Arts & Culture, Direct Action, Principles of Solidarity and many more. All groups are open to anyone interested in supporting them.