Minutes from sundays meeting

Minutes from sundays meeting

Postby Ross » Mon Nov 28, 2011 4:37 pm

Sunday, November 27
Whiteaker Foreclosed Building Occupation
realitykitchen@gmail.com

The four talking points below, Goals, barriers, resources, and alternative actions, will be an agenda item for Wednesdays Meeting. 5:30pm at the Reality Kitchen, 245 Van Buren, Be there and join in this action packed exchange. lots of good ideas will soon become powerful community actions.

Jim Evangelista – runs Reality Kitchen. Food, theater, community. 5413371323. Wants to know how this place can be used for community, Occupy….
In attendance: John, Alley, Ross, Sweet, Sabra, Mike Elliott, Majeska, Haint, Littia, David H, Ambrose, Tim, David W.
Sweet – Michael Carrigan and him went through the Whiteaker a couple of weeks ago to talk to neighbors about the Occupy and what the neighborhood thinks of the occupation as a whole and how we could be implementing a good neighbor policy. Sweet thinks that this committee and others should be going out into the community, information gathering, etc. Sweet envisions us going out in teams for a few hours at a time, going door to door, tabling at Red Barn, etc. We should be taking down people’s comments, asking consistent questions to people. Have something to base the vibe on and gather coherent data.
Majeska – clarifying question: Is this a committee about only Whiteaker activism or specifically foreclosure-related activism in the Whiteaker, or foreclosures elsewhere in town?
Ross: this was formed as a foreclosure actions committee, but he did not want to speak for the Whiteaker neighborhood. This is a foreclosure committee, but we can integrate other ideas into it as well. Maybe our next meeting can be a canvassing meeting and then meet back afterwards?
Jum: likes the name “neighborhood action committee”… covers a lot of topics. Making a consistent point about foreclosures is a good way to keep people’s interest. The more conversations we have and the more we meet, the more we will keep hearing questions that we all have concerns and issues about. The neighborhood would appreciate having such a dialogue with the occupation so close by. Foreclosures should be our main focus but others will come up.
Majeska: suggests that it be “neighborhood foreclosure action committee” because it focuses on foreclosures and because there hasn’t been the kind of dialogue with the neighborhood association that would be needed to call it a neighborhood action committee.
Sweet: it would be a neighborhood action committee under the umbrella of the occupation.
David: neighborhood security association, housing security association, thinks that the term “Security” grabs people’s attention and interest. People are interested in long-term security…
Sabra: leave it open so that if other neighborhoods want to participate, they can do so under the umbrella of Occupy.
Alley: are we both focusing on those who are about to be foreclosed upon and acting upon that, and/or occupying homes that have already been foreclosed upon? Both.
David: proposal: bring a process that one can use to define the problem, get a big-picture view, as opposed to leaping into a strategy to solve a problem before we define what the problem is. Theory: if you can adequately enumerate the parts of the problem, the solution will appear as obvious, and intuition and subconscious will lead to the answers.
Goals, barriers, resources, alternative actions.
Goals: ecovillages, open dialoguing, ongoing direct action, legal and communal research, home security, housing people, social/neighborhood cohesion, resource identification, statement regarding development, ownership of the commons, food security, guerilla farming
Barriers: police, regulations, stereotypes (us vs them), beliefs about us and them, administrative fines that the city can impose for violating regulation, time and availability to meet, organize, act, lack of legal knowledge, fear, lack of clarity, distillation of process, confusion around process, education, concern for privacy, shame and embarrassment
Resources: the people of eugene as a whole, small companies, automotive repair shops. Neighborhood groups, the internet, libraries, nonviolence training, gathering locations, the university, imagination, government offices, lawyers, real-estate agents, food, gatekeepers, mavens, land, nourishment
Alternative actions: squatting rights, researching the actualities of the current situation, use of public spaces, asking questions to the public… whats your beef, media outreach, creating alternative funding mechanisms to stop the process of foreclosures, peer-to-peer financing.
Drafting a vision/mission statement… big vision, everyone having a home…

Homework: a few lines regarding a mission statement, etc. Meet next Wednesday at 9 at reality kitchen, and Sundays at 11.

County commissioners redistricting: stopordinance911@gmail.com
Whiteaker is being redistricted… Sorenson instead of Handy.
Ross
 
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Re: Minutes from sundays meeting

Postby Ross » Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:21 pm

We had a productive meting last Sunday. Todays meeting will again be at the Reality Kitchen at 245 Van Buren at 5:30. Please remember to bring a couple of lines of what you believe our mission statement might be. And give some thought to the four talking points that we worked on. goals, resources, barriers, and alternative actions:
Goals: ecovillages, open dialoguing, ongoing direct action, legal and communal research, home security, housing people, social/neighborhood cohesion, resource identification, statement regarding development, ownership of the commons, food security, guerilla farming
Barriers: police, regulations, stereotypes (us vs them), beliefs about us and them, administrative fines that the city can impose for violating regulation, time and availability to meet, organize, act, lack of legal knowledge, fear, lack of clarity, distillation of process, confusion around process, education, concern for privacy, shame and embarrassment
Resources: the people of eugene as a whole, small companies, automotive repair shops. Neighborhood groups, the internet, libraries, nonviolence training, gathering locations, the university, imagination, government offices, lawyers, real-estate agents, food, gatekeepers, mavens, land, nourishment
Alternative actions: squatting rights, researching the actualities of the current situation, use of public spaces, asking questions to the public… whats your beef, media outreach, creating alternative funding mechanisms to stop the process of foreclosures, peer-to-peer financing.
Drafting a vision/mission statement… big vision, everyone having a home…
Ross
 
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