Tonight General Assembly ratified OB Legal’s proposal to send three Occupiers to the mediation ordered by the Court’s ruling on our Injunction some days ago. This mediation will take place before the Dec. 1 preliminary hearing on Occupy Boston’s right to remain in Dewey Square.
The three Occupiers “temporarily empowered” to represent Occupy Boston will be accompanied by lawyers from the National Lawyers Guild in a mediation with the City, Boston Police, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. NLG Lawyer Ben Wish read Legal’s proposal, “We recognize that it is impossible to have any small group of our community represent the interests of our entire community but it is necessary for the immediate and long-term survival of Occupy Boston that we as a GA temporarily empower a small group to engage in that mediation… Court-ordered mediation is a necessary step.”
The GA agreed to choose three of its dedicated members, Jennie Seidewand, Kristopher Eric Martin (known as Eric), Michael Alex Ingram (known as Alex) to mediate with the City, BPD, and RKG. These Occupiers reassured the GA that they will not make any binding decisions within the mediation without going to the GA first. NLG Lawyer Ben Wish told GA that either he or Howard Cooper will also be at the mediation, and will be able to find out more about the specific people representing each side at the table. Legal Working Group’s Proposal, read in its second-round, amended form by Eric Martin, included the stipulation that the OB mediators will be bound by consensus process in all decisions at the mediation. More details to come, on this historic moment for the Occupy Movement.
Occupy the Courts!
Many thanks to @caulkthewagon for live-tweeting and @profpoole for live transcription.