What is a General Assembly?

From The New York City General Assembly:
> The General Assembly is a gathering of people committed to making decisions based upon a collective agreement or “consensus.”

> There is no single leader or governing body of the General Assembly — everyone’s voice is equal. Anyone is free to propose an idea or express an opinion as part of the General Assembly.

> Each proposal follows the same basic format — an individual shares what is being proposed, why it is being proposed, and, if there is enough agreement, how it can be carried out.

> The Assembly will express its opinion for each proposal through a series of hand gestures. If there is positive consensus for a proposal — meaning no outright opposition — then it is accepted and direct action begins.

> If there is not consensus, the responsible group or individual is asked to revise the proposal and submit again at the following General Assembly until a consensus is achieved.