At the GA on Dec 3rd, a Political Action Committee was formed based on a proposed mandate. I will post the entire document presented at the GA below.
More information will be coming soon regarding contact information for the committee, and its meeting times.
Occupy Ottawa Political Action Committee
Occupying politics does not mean that the Occupy movement becomes something different. The movement is not a political party. It does not force anyone to submit to a particular ideology as condition of membership in the movement.
The movement is open to all; each person's voice can be part of it.
Being active in Canadian politics does not mean that the consensus decision-making model must be abandoned – it means that the model can be applied to the decision-making apparatus of the current political system.
The Political Action Committee would merely add political action to the variety of tactics currently used by the Occupy movement.
Every lever of this systemic machine must be put under pressure to produce change; we need to occupy everything. The Political Action Committee can occupy politics.
The Political Action Committee's mandate can be summed up as: Occupy politics.
Specifically, the committee's mandate will be to:
- Engage the people and hear what their concerns are.
- Make our voices heard to all levels of government and NGOs.
- Speak up at public consultations.
- Participate in political processes.
In short: This committee will engage in political action to achieve the movement's goals.
- Be present at GAs, conduct unofficial polls, participate at CCom with the intention of promoting political awareness.
- Accept and suggest initiatives to petition, lobby, and solicit public servants and elected representatives.
- Inform GAs about public consultations, and coordinate participation in those consultations.
- Coordinate strategies to influence political processes in order to advance the concerns of the movement; and, take direction from the GA to engage in processes that are not explicitly on the mandate.