by Al Brundage
Chris Hedges article in Adbusters “Big Ideas of 2047”
focus on real culprits-banks
Make contacts with other organizations
organizations in other cities
Rochester Red & Black
Articles about us on internet
We Are Many
National People’s Action
Need to alter toward a more just economic structure
Editorial in “City” newspaper
should we think about crisis in Rochester
poverty, segregation, inequality
1. expand knowledge of poverty and concentration of poverty
2. understanding that poverty is a problem for all
3. involve and engage diverse community
How can we raise knowledge and awareness?
not just by helping poor people
banks are root of problem
Regular planning meetings during year
Why are we 5th poorest city in nation?
how come most of us don’t see it?
can we involve Labor Council, Metro Justice?
poverty is a social construct
it is in place because of policy
Continuing to provide support for other groups
participating in protests
How we communicate when not on street?
is there a better way than email?
phone or meetings?
need to compile list of phone numbers
all neighborhoods not just impoverished ones
Labor needs to step in
What will mayor Warren bring?
do we need to put pressure on her administration?
people in “wait and see” position
will it be less business oriented?
LBJ War on Poverty
Legal Services, Head Start still in service
Mental health centers
programs worked until cut by Nixon, Reagan etc
Necessity to build institutions
Rochester is poster city for problems in country
more jobs, living wages
problems easier to solve when people have more money
John Greenbaum now with ABC
Nelson Mandela poster “there doesn’t have to be poverty”
Code Pink “money for military but not anything else”
What can we do to focus on investment banks?
Mandela quotes that did not get into mainstream media
Alliance for Global Justice
tear down the walls
Wall Street oligarchy
walls of inequality
desire to build national movement
What are we going to do weekly?
need for planning
what can we do that’s feasible?
What specific targets can we identify and accomplish something?
need to see local results
juxtaposition of Mandela quotes and other quotes
work with groups that already have something going
Take Back the Land
What are this group’s specific goals for 2014?
Protests in front of banks
Effective based on honks
Can we carry message into other communities
Can we put a stop to this before banks own it all
Collect information on banks actions
Take Back the Land
many victories last year
Need for well organized strategic planning process
Can we engage younger colleagues for their expertise?
Flying Squirrel or library?
Tentative date January 24
Need to solicit short concise ideas
Make posters and information flyers