The first weekly OWS Newsletter was sent out on March 7th, but the use of the OWS email list was in the making long before September 17th.
The 'Your Inbox: Occupied' team has managed the list since its inception, within a 'do-ocracy' framework. Our team is governed by a principled consensus process, whereas we respect and privilege those who do the work above all, in order to ensure that the large amount of complex and time-dependent content is completed week in and week out.
The weekly OWS newsletter was first developed by an adhoc group of movement participants from a wide variety of working groups, including Outreach, InfoHub, OWS Works, Facilitation, DA, TechOps and many more. The newsletter consists predominantly of action and event listings, in addition to a pointed intro relaying what we think is most important to consider for that week.
Campaign emails are also managed by the Occupy Inboxes editors. These can be created entirely by the team, or from approaching other groups about specific issues that would be appropriate for a campaign email to write the text and have them be accredited for the email.
A campaign email has a specific goal and makes an explicit ask, and is designed to elicit participation for an important and time dependent action. The team can reformat or edit text submitted by groups to ensure that it complies with best practices based on our experience. We can present the finished product to the group for approval or re-editing, but we reserve the final say before pressing send.
The intended audience for the OWS email list was originally everyone who registered on NYCGA.net, contacts from a variety of working group email lists, people who follow OWS related social networking profiles, people who visit occupywallstreet.net, nycga.net and other web properties aligned with the Occupy Wall Street movement and folks from all over the occupied world.
Based on high levels of success for our first 30 weeks, we have since taken new initiative to improve what we do that much more, as we continually strive to reach the 99% at large.
-We are committed to getting an OWS newsletter out every week on time.
-We are committed to achieving the high caliber we have displayed over the first 30 editions (as of October 10, 2012), and to continually progressing.
-We are committed to not speaking for the movement -- but to speaking with it -- and amplifying those voices in our intros and event entries in a focused, relevant, compassionate and hope-inducing manner.
 Procedure for sending out a weekly edition
OWS Newsletter Process
When the newsletter is ready for review, it is typically sent out to various newsletter lists for comment.
The intentions for the owsnewsletter and preview lists are to make suggestions and help review. The purpose of the lists are not to stymie the time-dependent nature of our work.
In this vein, the communication atmosphere on our lists should be constructive, drama-free, work-focused, and positive. Anyone who doesn’t abide will be removed, as we just do not have time for non-constructive communication.
 Submission and Editorial Policies
 General Events Listings (“Occupy these Upcoming Events“) Section
The OWS Newsletter promotes actions and events that are explicitly endorsed by NYC based Occupy groups.
It is not our mission to support general assemblies and recurring meetings of working and affinity groups across New York. We will occasionally make short term exceptions though for major community wide actions, with a focus on action planning and execution.
For publication of an action or event in the upcoming OWS Newsletter submissions should:
- Accurately state at least one OWS group that created or endorsed the event.
- Provide specific and accurate description of the event in no more than three succinct sentences.
- Provide specific and accurate dates and times for the event.
- Provide at least one URL providing further information on the event in question.
Events more than 30 days in the future (“Save the date” listings) should include contact or other information enabling readers to also get involved in the creation, planning, or coordination of upcoming events.
Under no circumstances will the OWS Newsletter accept submission for events advocating violence or denigrating persons based on race, gender, age, or sexual orientation or that otherwise violate the OWS Principles of Solidarity (http://www.nycga.net/resources/principles-of-solidarity).
Any occupy activist can join the OWS Newsletter Project by participating in our meetings and carrying out production tasks. To join the editorial team that published the final draft of the letter, one must go through a brief orientation into the process of creating the newsletter and be vouched for by an existing team member.
Featured Occu-Projects are occasionally chosen through a consensus of the OWS Newsletter team, composed of activists from multiple working groups.