Drew- facilitator Mary Ellen- minutes
3 new folks, hand signals explained
Drew updated that a state ID & social security income has been secured, as well as working with shelter staff toward transitional housing & arrangement of visit/reunion with downstate family members. Appointments with health agency begin next week.
Anthony discussed the foreclosure issue. 8.5 million Americans have been affected by foreclosures, & Springfield has its share. (For instance, one individual has purchased 125 homes contract for deed in Spfd & has never made payments to the bank). If we are to plan a direct action regarding Spfld foreclosures, it must be strategically planned, including an outline of steps that integrate press, public education, support from other organizations, & legalities. After outlining these steps, we need to analyze the pros & cons of each step to see if we are capable of accomplishing them. While doing direct action, we need to organize with other groups working simultaneously in the legislative arena. One example would be to occupy & restore a foreclosed home with the goal of bringing the family back home. Anthony will further research this issue.
Campaign 2012 Food-Raiser, Friday, February 10:
A food-drive will be held at the south-east side (6th St.) of the Old State Capitol Public Plaza, Friday from 4pm-6pm. This food-raiser coincides with the annual Lincoln Day, Sang. Co. Republican fundraiser (which is $100 a plate, & another $100 for picture with keynote speaker, Ted Nugent). Chris B will send a press release to the local press, as well as SEIU & AFSME. We need a good turn-out of bodies & signage for our presence & working crew, but more importantly, we need a large turn-out of the community to support this food-raiser. Proceeds will go to the (slim-pickin’s) food pantry at the Salvation Army homeless shelter, if there is ample supply, the surplus will go to the Grace Lutheran Food Pantry. Ongoing monthly food-raisers were discussed to occur on the same site, preceding the Saturday GA’s. We can also access various grocery stores that donate food. Donations will be distributed to local food pantries.
Teach-In with Bob Sipe:
Chris B affirmed that Bob Sipe will be participating with us in How to Run A Consensus Group to OSI folks sometime in February. Later, after working with our group, he will present a public teach-in on the topic.
Chris B announced the public events, Ask Occupy Springfield, with an OSI informational panel.
There will be an hour available to public questions for panel members, followed by an informal meet & greet with all OSI members. Anthony, Deanna, Cilla, Chris B & Jeff are the panel members.
The outreach events will be held Sat, Feb 25, 4:30 – 6:30, Lincoln Library, Carnegie Rm. North, & Thur, Mar 1st, 7 – 9, UIS, Public Affairs Center, Rooms C & D.
Chris B announced that the UIS, RSU will be presenting Ward Churchill, How to Foster Radical Activism on Campus, (introduction by Bob Sipe) on Wed, Mar 21st on the UIS campus.
Midwest Regional Conference:
AJ updated us with info from the conference working groups. The deadline for submitting proposals of keynote speakers, entertainers, or teach-ins will be the 3rd week of February. Jello will be performing on Sat, Ward Churchill will speak on the last day.
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):
A picket will be held at the Old State Capitol, South Side Public Plaza from 2-4 this Friday.
Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF):
Join in solidarity with the peace picketers at the downtown federal building, 6th & Monroe, from noon to one every Saturday.
Occupy the Family:
Laura is organizing a working group to meet-up, network & discuss issues that affect family life.