Present: Tim S., Jo C., Jim B., Liz A., Elaine J., Gail M., Peter M., Sally M., Al B., Mike , Lucy, Pat M., Rich M., Jack H., Lil L., Sylvia G., June G., Doug N., Grania B., Denise Y., Renee
- Conversations with the rest of the world–Sally
- Veterans perspective–Rich
- Goals and Strategies
- Take Back the Land
- Relations with groups
Announcement and request: 2 properties up for auction; Renee’s and someone else; email will be sent to B of R.
- Conversations w/ the rest of the world–Sally proposed organizing in neighborhoods by going into neighborhoods in Rochester, asking what’s on people’s minds,go in pairs; mentioned Marshall Ganz interviewed on Bill Moyers; importance of listening for organizing.
- Pat–Colin spoke about the importance of building neighborhood organizations; this is what we need to do.
- Alex–it is safe in neighborhoods; we should have handouts and go door-to-door in pairs
- Grania–need to partner with neighborhood organizations
- Pat–doesn’t matter that you are white in neighborhoods of color; folks ignored for so long, they want to give their opinion
- Alex–folks have been disenfranchised for so long they will appreciate being listened too.
- Jack–So we ask for their opinion–then what?
- Sylvia–Organizing will also enlarge our scope
- Peter–Organizing is tough; takes constant effort; concern that we don’t have the perseverance and person power
- Sally–we’re not pledging to do the work, just to listen
- Mike–say who we are and say we want to have a conversation
- Pat–encourage people to go to city council; want to avoid telling them what to do
- Gail–is Colin doing this kind of organizing with MJ? No.
- Jim B.–This is a huge switch, 360 degree turn from demonstrating once a week; doesn’t think the B of R will buy it
- Elaine–Doesn’t understand how it would work
- Doug–Henrietta sd. we should express our outrage; we could just do what we do in other neighborhoods
- Alex–Our most successful neighborhood was Portland Ave.; opportunity to do outreach at the same time as doing what we do.
- Sylvia–concerned that words don’t mean anything;
- Lucy–we should encourage neighbors to respond
- Rich–Compared this strategy to getting our neighbors to love us before they know our politics; need to do it house by house, street by street; it worked
- Doug and Pat–Proposed an interim step– have relevant signs at good location and talk with folks who come by.
- Grania–mentioned the NC Moral Mondays as a model for organizing, broad coalition, cross-race, cross-class.
- Elaine–we could have several smaller groups along the street at the same time spread out.
- Sally–knocked on doors in inner city; always accepted; in favor of organizing by knocking on doors–we were always accepted
- Elaine–we aren’t afraid to go to inner city.
- Gail–Doug proposal sounds good; we need to give people hope
Decisions: 1. Starting on Monday, September 16, at noon, at Jefferson and Bartlett (foot traffic, mainly commercial areas; we should all be together; public witness to oppose the war and focus on the connection between war and its costs and loss of funds for education (esp. Head Start); involve RAW
- Continue to support Take Back the Land, Metro Justice Social Security Committee, and other groups: oppose banks–banks are supporting war and programs are deprived; Rich–if they want a war, they’ll start it one way or another, but we should understand veterans.
- Listen to veterans while we’re demonstrating
- PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR SEPT. 16: Doug, Jim, Grania, Jo, Sylvia, Liz
Submitted by Grania