Spokes Council Minutes 6/12/12
IKE BOX 7 PM
Facilitator: Sean Stacker: None Scribe: Bobbie In Attendance: Mary Murphy, Laurie, Bobbie, Linda, Peter, Gary, Nancy, Katharine, Stacey, Kenneth, Sean
A moment of silence: Peter Non violence agreement: Sean Hand Signals: Not given Mission Statement: Sean
- Katharine: Rainbow has a gathering in Cascadia from the 14th – 20th.
- Katharine: Earth First is meeting on 6/20-21.
- Katharine: The Occupy the Banks for this coming Friday is at Wells Fargo, 580 State St from Noon to One. She hopes to have someone available who will go in during that time to close an account and Katharine will be subtle in creating a record of it.
- Katharine: Portland has a solidarity luncheon with great speakers on 6/24.
- Katharine: The group formerly named Good Grief America wants to have an event to educate the public about how to fight foreclosure creatively and how to help someone going through foreclosure.
- Katharine: The Occupy Nestle event is on 6/26 is going forward at Fish and Wildlife on Cherry and the Parkway. She will use the large highway sign with the Occupy name.
- Peter: A discussion about the roster that was requested and approved a couple weeks ago resulted in agreement that keeping a record of members be recommended. See Agenda for discussion details.
- Peter: The Education Committee is considering offering training on facilitating and consensus and he wonders if people are interested still. Spokes Persons will ask their groups.
- Peter: Marion Polk Move To Amend would like to have OSO provide a history and future on Occupy on 8/22 and he’d like to know who would present it. He’ll make a proposal.
- Sean: He’ll have a proposal ready soon for a checklist which helps AG/Committee’s provide details about events etc.
- Sean: James provided a flow chart; Sean is not prepared to discuss it.
- Sean: There is a request for a roster. Peter suggested it may need lots of discussion time and suggested it be the last item looked at tonight.
- Laurie: The Bike Group will support the Nestle Event, wearing signs as they bike from a location to be determined.
- Laurie: Tomorrow evening, Wed, at 6:30 the Marion Polk Move To Amend and Occupy will make a presentation on the Mondragon Co-op. See Calendar.
- Laurie: She will make a proposal soon about an all day presence in the park.
Affinity Groups provided brief summaries and project ideas:
- Laurie: The Bike Group does not have a name yet, and they are developing their mission statement. Their purpose is visibility, and they plan to contact other bike groups and organizations, and to ride around the city and to other Occupy Groups with signs on their bikes advertising Occupy. They support he Occupy the Banks and will participate but details are not known yet.
- Linda: Praxis, meaning to practice grounded in knowledge, has the goal to expand Occupy in the community using our guiding principles. Three projects are to support Occupy the Banks, Katharine’s Group, and Bobbie hopes to have additional information to add to a flyer; to create a learning ‘scavenger hunt’ type event in the community to be visible, ending in a park to discuss the ‘locations and interesting fact found’; and to create an app for a Face Book page which would be a question and answer game, intended to be a learning experience that will go viral.
- Mary Murphy: TAG, the Training Affinity Group is working on training to become stronger, and getting training on computers is the first goal of the group – though she has a list of her own goals she works on too.
- Peter: The Education Committee still exists and will continue to put on education events – tomorrow’s joint presentation with MPMTA, the 6/27 environmental policy presentation and most likely the Cindy Sheehan presentation are examples of what the group puts together. They see their role as supporting other AGs and hope to have a Big Banks/State Bank/Buy Local presentation on 8/8. Their next meeting is Monday the 18th at 5:30 pm at the OPW office.
- Katharine: The Occupy the Banks group will be coordinating with other Occupy groups around the state, such as in Eugene and Corvallis, and the goal is to get other community members to host the Occupy the Banks events. She will provide more details soon.
- Katherine: The Foreclosure group hopes to bring the Occupy Nation documentary to Salem and she will have a proposal on showing it later, perhaps in late July or early August, about fighting foreclosure. She will have a proposal soon about B Media Collective.org and their Project Reconomy.
- Sean: PAT hopes to effect legislation to make change so that we the people take back our country. Concerns include NDAA and Citizen’s United; there is a book by Robert Draper about the conservatives’ plan to cripple our government and the economy. A new name may be created.
Sean stated that there needs to be a communications group. Katherine will communicate with Ian who has already given her some access to the website. Laurie reminded us that she has an article she can post; Katharine has something to post, and Bobbie reminded us that Stan wants to have an ‘ad’ on the home page inviting people to Occupy meetings, giving the location etc.
Bobbie said that a few members had formed a loosely knit group to help with communications: She, Laurie, Katharine, Stan, Peter and Sarah have all either contributed to communications or are willing to do so. Laurie wondered if the existing groups in the forum can be renamed and used by the new groups, some of which are the same, even if the name of the group has changed. Linda suggested groups could use a google group to communicate.
Stacey said that members need to know about other projects such as the GMO action that is coming.
- June 15th Noon-1pm at 580 State St at Wells Fargo, people will be encouraged to move their money from big banks to local banks and credit unions.
- June 13th 6:30pm – 8:30pm at IKE Box, Occupy and Move To Amend will present a study on cooperatives, using the Mondragon model of Spain.
- June 14th 6:30pm – 8:30pm at IKE Box, Move To Amend will start its Study Group 101.
- June 14th – 20th at Cascadia: Rainbow Gathering will happen.
- June 15th 7pm – 9pm Friends informal GA meeting
- June 16th 7:30pm – 10pm at Grand Theatre on High St NE: Dr Atomic and Roy Zimmerman.
- June 20th – 21st Earth First will meet. Go to www. cascadia2012.com.
- June 24th Portland Solidarity Luncheon ($35) will have great speakers.
- June 25th 7pm – 9pm at UCC, Cindy Sheehan’s book signing for ‘Revolution: A Love Story’.
- June 26th (tentative time) of noon-2pm at Fish and Wildlife on Cherry and the Parkway people will gather to protest Nestle’s plan to have a water bottling plant in Cascade Locks.
- June 27th 7pm – 9pm at OPW, Environmental Policy presentation.
- June 29th – July 2nd is the FOR Peace Conference in Seabeck WA.
- Aug 8th 7-9pm at OPW, Big Banks/State Banks/Buy Local presentation.
ACTIONS: Friday, the 15th, Katharine will be at 580 State St at Wells Fargo to encourage local businesses to move their money from big banks to local banks and credit unions. Join her and other Occupy members! Look for upcoming Friday Noon actions.
Tuesday, June 26th, Occupy will be at the corner of Cherry NE and the Parkway at Noon to protest the Nestle Company’s plan to build a water bottling plant in Cascade Locks.
PROPOSALS: Results (Passed, Rejected, Tabled)
- Peter proposed that there be a roster combining the two known lists, one is his and the other is Ian’s. Only a name and contact information should be necessary. It is recommended, not mandated, that members allow themselves be added, making the group stronger and for ease of communication. Katharine seconded. It passed. A second proposal discussing security and use of a roster will follow.
- Peter proposed that Occupy and MTA work together on MTA’s request for Occupy to give a history and future of Occupy. Mary Murphy seconded it. A discussion resulted in many unanswered questions, such as if there was a panel, who would be on it, and who would have access. And, it was decided that the presentation should focus on the history with attendees being encouraged to join Occupy and be part of the future. It was tabled until more information is available.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: None given. ADJOURNED