Peoples’ Assembly Organizing Committee

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Organizing Agenda

Moving beyond the “Wall Street model of human liberty.”

The ever expanding burdens thrown onto the backs of working people are not only unreasonable, oppressive and unfair, these burdens have grown too big for working people to shoulder. In response, Occupy Portland's Labor Outreach Committee has launched a Peoples’ Assembly Organizing Committee tasked with organizing, planning and facilitating the democratic development of a peoples’ budget centered on democratically addressing the primary economic interests of ordinary working people.

Upcoming Events

Community Assembly to Create a People's Budget
Who: Occupy Portland’s Labor Solidarity Committee
What: Your opportunity to help create a People's Budget.
When: Saturday, April 7, 2012
Time: 1:00pm until 5:00pm
Where: First Unitarian Church of Portland Oregon
Address: 1211 SW Main Street, Portland, OR 97205
More Info: Community Assembly to Create a People's Budget (Facebook invite page.)

Links to Documents

(Short version.)
(Long version -- draft.)
(Shorter, updated list.)
(Fuller list.)

Contact Us

Group Homepage:
Group Email: peoples-assembly -AT- googlegroups -DOT- com

Attend Our Meetups!

Join our discussion list --

We generally schedule meetings on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 - 7:00. Please connect with us through our mailing list to receive all time/date/location updates.

Past Events / Meetings

A Budget for the Rest of Us
Who: Occupy Portland’s Labor Solidarity Committee
What: Strategy Session
When: Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Oregon Fair Trade Campaign Office
Address: 310 SW 4th Ave., Suite 436, Downtown Portland

Grammatical Confusion?

“Peoples’” or “People’s”?

Either way works for this group!

In addition to our group discussion list, a number of our wiki pages use the possessive of peoples, as in indigenous peoples. It's likely, however, that the possessive of people, as in We the People, will appear more often in the discussions we have and in the documents we craft.

See Also

Further Reading & Research

Scroll down to the "The Poor People’s Campaign — 1968 The “Occupy” Movement — 2011" (compared) section.
See the sections "What are the problems?" and "What are the solutions?" for useful ideas.
Forty-five years ago, the A. Philip Randolph Institute issued “The Freedom Budget,” in which a program for economic transformation was proposed that included a job guarantee for everyone ready and willing to work, a guaranteed income for those unable to work or those who should not be working, and a living wage to lift the working poor out of poverty. Such policies were supported by a host of scholars, civic leaders, and institutions, including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; indeed, they provided the cornerstones for King’s “Poor Peoples’ Campaign” and “economic bill of rights.”
This paper proposes a “New Freedom Budget” for full employment based on the principles of functional finance. To counter a major obstacle to such a policy program, the paper includes a “primer” on three paradigms for understanding government budget deficits and the national debt: the deficit hawk, deficit dove, and functional finance perspectives. Finally, some of the benefits of the job guarantee are outlined, including the ways in which the program may serve as a vehicle for a variety of social policies.
  • Unions and the movement - Howard Zinn on class in America Pt4: A reinvigorated labor movement needed for a great social upheaval
"90 percent of the workforce is unorganized. They're organizable. This 90 percent of the workforce are not people who are rich. They're people who need unions. They need to raise their wages. They need to be able to face their employers with some strength rather than the weakness of an individual facing a corporation. So there's a reservoir of possibility there for organizing."

External Links

Includes Peoples Assemblies News and Peoples Assemblies Groups.
The Federated General Assembly (FGA) project is building a new web platform that combines community organizing techniques and ideas, lessons and patterns from social networks, web standards and best practices, all together with the very real ecosystem of Occupy itself: occupations & their working groups, the values and principles, and all the coordination & communication challenges.