Responses to First Networking Roundtable (10-30-12)

These questions were asked of groups at our first Networking Roundtable meeting:

 

Questions:
1.      What are your organization’s goals (short, medium, long-range)?
2.      What are you currently working on?
3.      What can others do to help?
4.      How do you help others?
5.      Who are your constituents?
6.      Who are your group’s adversaries?
7.      How many members in your group?
8.      Is your group affiliated with another?
9.   What resources do you have to offer?
10. What resources do you need?
      What has/has not worked to help you
11.       Achieve/pursue your goals?
12.      Recruit members & volunteers?

Responses were as follows:

 

Question #
OPW (Oregon PeaceWorks) MTA (Move to Amend) FOR (Fellowship of Reconciliation) Beyond Coal Salem Area Homeowner Resources Group Education for Schooling Eden Again Ecosanctuary Salem Community Chorus
1 Mission: educate and activate people for peace, justice and sustainability. Shift dominant paradigm from domination to cooperation and from growth to sustainability. Earth Charter is guiding doc. Teach us how money got into politics and overturn corporate personhood and get money out of politics. Need 38 states to call for a constitutional amendment. In OR trying to get Leg. To demand a Const. amendment. Essential unity of humanity, exploring the use of love Raise awareness, activism against transport of coal thru PNW. Other parts of NW are shorter term than Salem. Build regional support. Raise awareness of global warming. Mutual education, keep people in their homes & stop illegal evictions and foreclosures. Empower communities to help keep people in their homes. Help people with devel. Disabilities finish H.S. education Protect habitat Community singing. Non-auditioned choir. (Dues: $45/term; $80/couple/term.)
2 PeaceWorker online magazine, education about militarization of America, training in nonviolence and nonviolent communication, establishing an Earth Champs program in Salem, establishing a group working to make Salem a Transition Town. Petitions to bring to the Legislature. Also working on elections. Bank depredations. Peace vigil downtown every Wed. @ noon. 4th Sunday at 4 meetings for business and education. Petitioning the Gov.  Forming the group Protect habitat Dec. 9 concert @ Salem Library, Loucks Aud. 2 pm
3 Plug in to our projects, donate money, bring special expertise, facilitate connections in the community & in Oregon. Need 38 states to call for a constitutional amendment. Come to events, join the local group, write LTEs, follow Beyond Coal and Power Past Coal websites. Funding, teachers  Attend their concerts; join the group. Call 503-679-9328
4 Help other groups network more effectively. Have sponsored several statewide Peace Summits. Provide peace-related info via The PeaceWorker and via our regular action alerts emailed weekly. Table sharing with Occupy and have donated to Occupy. Keep people in their homes Possibly do benefits
5 Peace-oriented progressives, other organizations, network of donors. Anyone who wants to pursue the goals. Whole community. People w/housing insecurity People w/disabilities
6 Almost everything we try to do negatively affects large corporate interests, so they oppose us. Big corporations Coal companies, railroads, fossil fuel companies, workers who might get the jobs,  Bankers who illegal evict people under color of law People who think this is unrealistic
7 1200 donors statewide and a mailing list of some 8-9,000 names. 500 in MarPo, but 25 active. 3-4,000 in OR. 4-500 locally. 20 or so active. 12-20 locally 6 6
8 OPW is the Oregon affiliate of national Peace Action, the largest grassroots peace organization in the U.S. National org. US and international groups as well as OR and Salem Sierra Club, Beyond Coal,  No affliates, but some good friends.
9 Large office space, mailing list with contacts in almost every OR state rep & senate district, some decent office equipment, various things in storage. Merchandise. Education programs. National backing, Mayor Bloomberg of NY,  Legal info. Science background, organic gardening background, family has property in addition to this one. Sing all kinds of music: classical, pop, rock, jazz…
10 People to work with us, a few qualified board members, money, new members. Better computer equipment. Bodies, money People to raise awareness,  Bodies, money, outreach, leafletting. Legal help. Finances Funding
11 Worked: step-by-step organizing; taking on managable projects.Not worked: trying to involve the business community. A lot of committed people, but the group changes a lot. Need a tabling coordinator. Longevity, illustrious past. A lot of members are too old to attend or donate any more. Tradition of voluntary simplicity. Have yet to get key officials on board Being late to an eviction. Enthusiasm/anxiety  Not clear enough, still fledgling. Have a botanist who is planning to help. A lot of work. Not sure how to do it right.
12 Worked: asking people one by one for help. Social networking – a bit. Not worked: purchasing lists and calling them. City Council approach did not work. Study groups have done several sessions and are very good and in depth. Narrow goals help recruit Gotten good TV coverage,  Info at www.scchorus.com
Spkr: Peter Bergel Bobbie Cade Gary Pullman Laurie Dougherty Stacey Phillips & Katharine Moore Gordi James Cox Gary Pullman

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