It appears that Occupy Asheville is suffering from the same egocentric policies that crippled the Tea Party movement. I notice that no details about specific statements were given that would have resulted in her ouster by “consensus”. At least Occupy Asheville operates in the same manner as the mainstream media: people are not given an opportunity to defend themselves against public charges.
As the picture above shows: Occupy Asheville will no longer remain silent but they will make sure that individual thought is silenced. Welcome comrade to the new Amerika.
ASHEVILLE — Occupy Asheville participants are distancing themselves from a local attorney once affiliated with the group who’s waging a legal battle over a contempt of court charge.
Occupy members say Jennifer Foster, once a legal adviser to the group, no longer speaks for them.
“We want it clearly represented that although Jen Foster has been involved in Occupy Asheville, she in no way represents the opinions, decisions or consensus of the general assembly of Occupy Asheville,” Occupy participant Matthew Burd said Wednesday.
Foster was one of the early organizers of the local movement, but several weeks ago the group’s general assembly voted “to remove her privilege to speak on our behalf,” Burd said.
He said the action was taken because Foster was injecting her own opinions in Occupy Asheville positions in public forums.
“We as a movement are doing everything consensus-based,” Burd said. “When someone is speaking on our behalf, it has to be a relayed message on behalf of the general assembly. She stated her own opinions as the opinions of Occupy Asheville.”
The general assembly meetings are held three times a week to allow participants to discuss ideas and reach consensus on upcoming plans. All participants have a vote.