Spokes Council Minutes 7/24/12
IKE BOX 7 PM (Outside)
Facilitator: Stacey Stacker: Stacey Scribe: Linda In Attendance: Laurie, Nancy, Rich, Stacey, Evan, Peter, Mary, Bobbie, Linda, Sarah Vick
A Moment of Silence: Stacey Non-violence Agreement: Stacey Hand Signals: Not given Mission Statement: Stacey ANNOUNCEMENTS:
- Peter: The Syria vigil at Peace Plaza is sponsored by Paul LaRue, Nancy Baker-Krofft and Lee Coyne. There was confusion about the date; details to come.
- Rich: MPMTA has both their Study Group meetings this week. You can find more about it either on their website or on their calendar.
- Rich: MPMTA will have a booth at the State Fair 8/24 – 9/3, and volunteers are needed. Free passes will be given to volunteers. Jennifer Peery is taking names of volunteers: email@example.com.
- Nancy/Rich: Bills have to be in to the legislature by Sept 15; a sponsor is needed for the State Bank Bill.
- Peter: He thanked everyone who worked at the Burrito Booth at the Salem Art Fair & Festival.
- Stacey: The web site was down but is up now. Katharine is working with Ian on it.
- Sarah Vick: Sep is the best month to set the tone for political action.
- Wednesday and Thursday, Jul 25&26 at 6:30pm at Ike Box, MPMTA Study Groups 101 & 201 will meet.
- Friday, Jul 27 at noon the Occupy the Banks will meet at B of A at Center and High.
- Wed Aug 1 or Thurs, Aug 2, at 7pm at Peace Plaza will be a gathering to show support for Syrians. Date detail to come.
- Sat Aug 18, 10am at Unity Property, 1777 Fabry Rd SE, is the Salem Peace Festival.
- Sat Aug 25 – Sep 3 at the Fairgrounds, MTA will table at the State Fair.
- Peter: He has an idea for a proposal in which the action would be for people to pledge to not pay their taxes, if at least one million take the pledge, to send the message to Congress that scandals such as those involved with the LIBOR fraud and the newest revelation of the 21 TRILLION dollars in assets the 1% have stashed off shore to avoid taxes will not be tolerated. There was a lengthy discussion, with many suggestions and requests. He will work on how to write this proposal.
- Rich: He urged members to become Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs) in their political party to help make changes from within.
Education Committee: Laurie said the “Banks” joint event presentation with the Tea Party is being worked on, though the date will not be in early Aug as first planned. The Group Process Workshop is being worked on – the plan is for a 4 hour workshop; details to come. There is a Green Jobs, Green Economy presentation from the Labor Network for Sustainability group to come later, too.
Blue Scarf AG: Nancy said she sold 3 scarves representing peace so far, so she has $15 toward the $20 she borrowed from Occupy to buy the material. Bobbie said she owes $2 for her blue bracelet. Nancy brought scarves to hem; Mary helped.
Political Action Team AG: Stacey said he attended PDX Occupy regarding mortgage foreclosures and spoke with Tina Kotek, a co-speaker of the house, about SB 1552. He worked with Corvallis Occupy and MoveOn’s Sign-on website petition to prosecute banksters.
Sprockets AG: Evan said they will bike to Silverton a week from Friday to spread the Occupy the Bank effort.
Praxis AG: Peter said Praxis is designing an on-line game with a scavenger hunt format, with lots of help from Laurie’s daughter, Robin. It will be designed to help people become more aware of what is happening regarding banks, ALEC, etc. Robin will contact others who may be able to help with the ‘tech’ piece.
MTA AG: Rich said that the 201 Study Group for tomorrow (Wed Jul 25) is Polling Analysis.
Communication Committee: Peter said that Katharine is working with Ian, and the web site is slowly coming along. He can’t log on yet but hopes to soon.
Friday, Jul 27 at Noon, meet at Bank of America to Occupy the Bank.
Thursday, Aug 2 at Noon a petition will be delivered to Senator Merkley’s office to ask him to take a stand against coal.
PROPOSALS: Results (Passed, Rejected, Tabled)
- Peter: He proposed a friendly amendment to the Non-violence agreement, suggesting that the phrase ‘We will not run’ have an addition for clarification: We will not run ‘from (law enforcement) authorities’. Bobbie seconded it. It was further suggested it should include the words ‘law enforcement’ which was agreed on. Peter put his amendment in writing; it passed.