[mgj-discuss] MGJ General meeting notes 10/19
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Mon Oct 24 03:48:51 GMT 2005
MGJ General Meeting Notes 10/19/05
Thank you Cards
We’ll have a thank you card making party Monday 10/24, 6:30pm at 4033
New Hampshire Ave. NW. Catherine is getting construction paper and
envelopes, Hope is bringing glue. We already have the other supplies.
Basav already has about half the addresses. We split the other half up
Solidarity Statement for Helsinki demo
Hope circulated a draft and a couple of items were changed. We consensed
to send it to the folks in Helsinki and to put it out on our listserve.
This has to go to Z Mag on Tuesday 10/25. Edits must be to Basav by
Thursday 10/20. Basav will contact DAMN and Justice & Solidarity about
including their names in it. Catherine will rewrite the housing
paragraph to reflect people’s concerns.
Planning for Next General Meeting
We decided to postpone the big strategy and visioning meeting until Nov.
2 to allow us to have enough time to get lots of people to it. We will
be contacting people who have been involved with MGJ in the past year to
come to it and have split up the calls. Discussion about pulling permits
early (see Proposals, below). We will talk about the big strategy
meeting agenda at next week’s meeting.
Business for Social Responsibility conference Nov 2
BSR is having a conference on Nov. 2 in Woodley Park with Paul Wolfowitz
as the keynote speaker. We will do a small street theater action there.
We need more details about the conference before deciding on a time and
planning the action. Catherine will do research to bring to the next
meeting and will also start working on a flier to hand out at it. Ideas
centered around Halloween and Day of the Dead: “unmasking” the
corporations – a smiley face of social responsibility is hiding a
monster mask that represents what they are actually doing (sweatshop
wages, environmental degradation, etc.). We can also have skeletons
representing all the people who have died. We will firm up plans at our
Peter can train us to post information on the static site while the
actual website is still under construction. The training will happen
Tues. 10/25 at a time and location TBA. Contact Catherine at
catherinebenedict at earthlink.net if you’re interested in participating.
Jeff has looked into this and has found out that MGJ is already an
unincorporated non-profit under DC law. Incorporating would cost about
$70 and we would have to come up with articles of incorporation, a list
of officers and a board of directors, etc., with no real benefits to
doing so. It seems to make sense to just remain an unincorporated
non-profit but we should decide that at some point. There are things we
can do as an unincorporated non-profit to clarify our status. Jeff has
made a list. We will discuss them next week when there will hopefully be
more people at the meeting.
Break-Out: Education Working Group
Morrigan sent out suggestions for 4 workshops and we added two more. We
have decided to submit all of them to NCOR but hope that all of them
won’t be accepted. If they are all accepted we’ll have to recruit folks
from other groups to help us. We divided up who is writing descriptions
of each. Here they are:
Local/global connections – Catherine was supposed to write this but
Basav thought he was supposed to so he wrote it.
Round table on what is to be done with the US global justice movement –
Creative media organizing skillshare – Basav
Militarization and Globalization – Edward will talk to SOA Watch about
partnering with us and will write this one up.
Immigration and globalization – we would show “Uprooted: Refugees of the
Global Economy” and have a discussion – Basav
Non-hierarchical consensus-based organizing skillshare - Catherine
We should send these descriptions to outreach by Friday and to discuss
by Sunday. The proposal has to be in to NCOR by Tuesday.
1. MGJ bullhorn
Proposed: Let the Guerilla Poets borrow one of our bullhorns until they
get their sound system fixed. (We have three bullhorns – one is at
Catherine, Basav and Morrigan’s house, one is with Nadine and one is
already with the Guerilla Poets.)
2. Business for Social Responsibility action
Proposed: MGJ will do a low-key theatrical media stunt outside the BSR
Result: Consensed. Details to be determined at next week’s meeting.
3. Permits for April
Proposed: To pull permits now for whole city (or alternatively for a few
Result: Tabled until Nov. 2
4. DAWN action
Proposal: That MGJ support a particular DAWN action.
Result: Tabled until we have more information about the action.
Basav will facilitate next week’s meeting and will recruit a co-facilitator.
There is a childcare collective forming to do childcare for various
groups in DC. Talk to Catherine if you’re interested in being part of it.
Nov. 7 the Campaign to End AIDS is doing an action in DC. They would
like our participation. Details will be sent out over email.
Two other events were announced that had already occurred by the time
the notes went out.
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