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TradeJustice NY Metro / OWS Trade Justice Working Group

1/10/12 Minutes

AGENDA

 

1. Introductory Items

- Choose Facilitator.

- Choose Notetaker.

- Choose timekeeper.

- Welcome and Intros

- Agenda – Review and Set Times

 

2. Proposal for 2012 Strategy Meeting

 

3. 2011 Annual Report

 

4. Actions – Legislative, Political & Street

- Protest Obama Apollo fundraiser, Jan. 19

- TPP Teach-in & Action

- Congressional WTO Consumer Rights Pledge

5. Outreach Opportunities

- Afro-Colombian Events Jan 16 & 17

- Pop-up Town Square – Sun, Jan 29

- Left Forum (submission deadline Jan 31) Conference is March 16-18) (guidelines at http://www.leftforum.org/panels/criteria )

- Brooklyn Food Conference (submission deadline Feb 15, Conference is May 12)

- Brooklyn Peace Fair (April 28)

6. Role in OWS

- OWS Email account – what should go to the list?

- Collaboration with Global Justice Group

- how Occupy Wall Street Trade Justice WG and TradeJustice NY Metro can work together.
- participating in Spokescouncil and General Assembly.
- permanent liaisons with other working groups
- outreach to Neighborhood/Borough Occupations.
-OWS new rules for working groups

7. For Future Meetings

- Self-education: reading group?
- Teaching OWS about Trade Justice issues: Film screenings at 56 Walker?

MINUTES

 

1. Introductory Items

Facilitator: None

Notetakers: Guy, Adam, Ruth

Timekeeper: N one

 

- Welcome and Intros

 

Adam Weissman- Global Justice for Animals and the Environment

Ruth Santana – Global Justice for Animals and the Environment

Guy Williams

Gabriel Engel

Arkii MunJong Kim

Phil Josselyn – NY Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador

Robert

 

- Agenda – Review and Set Times

 

2. Proposal for 2012 Strategy Meeting

 

Meeting for several hours on a weekend day to develop our strategy between now and the 2012 election.

 

Some points to discuss:

 

How to disseminate information with OWS?

1-General Assembly web site

2- 350,000 members they can reach

 

Guy: How to get the information out – there needs to be more than a general discussion

 

Agenda:

1. Political Opportunities 2012

2. Messaging to OWS

3. Web Strategy

 

Discuss when to schedule on email list.

 

3. 2011 Annual Report

 

Annual Report:

 

-Adam is collecting photographs, videos, writing, notes of lobby meeting and media coverage from the 20111. Much of this overlaps with the work he’s doing on the Global Justice for Animals and the Environment annual report.

-Summary with links – articles for each event

-2 legislators we lobbied voted against all three agreements: Towns and Clarke

-Article on DC postcard delivery.

-Reports on Actions

 

People should email any videos, photos, or reports on TradeJustice activities in 2011 to adam@tradejustice.net.

 

 

4. Actions – Legislative, Political & Street

- Protest Obama Apollo fundraiser, Jan. 19

On January 8th, Nellie Bailey of Occupy Harlem sent us this email:

Proposed demo and rally against Obama who will appear at the Apollo Theater for Jan 19th Fundraiser. Obama is scheduled to appear at the Apollo Theater soon for a major fundraiser. See details below.

Proposal: major demonstration and rally against Obama in Harlem on Jan. 19th.

Nellie Bailey, Occupy Harlem (occupyharlemgeneralassembly@gmail.com).LET’S HIT OBMA ON THE TRADE ISSUES. Nellie Bailey, Occupy Harlem occupyharlemgeneralassembly@gmail.com; The event, benefiting the DNC-Obama reelect “Victory Fund,” will feature performances from Al Green and India.Arie, according to the invitation.

The ticket ask is $100 to $5,000.”

Adam will ask Nellie if Occupy Harlem can draft a call to action that we can circulate and to coordinate our role in the protest. There are several Occupy groups in Harlem and Nellie intends to be in touch with all of them.”

Guy suggests talking to Jhon Sanchez, NY human rights lawyer from Colombia about the protest.

Next meeting: Monday, 8:30PM after the Afro-Colombian event.

Who can attend: Adam, Ruth, Gabriel, Phil, Julian will be there

Sign making: Over the weekend at the Global Justice for Animals and the Environment office in Astoria. Adam and Ruth are available throughout the weekend. Arkii can come Saturday or Sunday. Guy will call Adam or Ruth if he is available.

Afro-Colombian event January 16th and 17th ………wow….fortuitous with Obama fundraiser event on the 19th …….we should talk to organizers of the event Wonder if it’s possible at all to have people inside the Apollo Theatre to do a disruption, particularly Afro-Colombian community who could challenge Obama’s support for an FTA that will have disastrous implications for Afro-Colombians.

Monday event conflicts with Occupied Congress on January 17th . Arkii (and Robert?) will be going to Occupy Congress and thus can’t make the Monday event.

 

- TPP Teach-in & Action

 

Last meeting we agreed to break up the five pages of the NYCGA.net working groups list and have a volunteers pick the best groups for us to outreach to. We ran into a problem, because the list is not static. Every time someone posts to one of the groups, that group gets bumped to the top of the list. To solve this, Adam will write to OWS Internet and Comhub to see if they can provide a static list of groups. Adam will make Google doc of working groups to outreach to.

 

Originally we thought TPP meeting is San Diego was in March but it is taking place in February…….maybe first week?

 

What to tackle: Pharmaceuticals….with intellectual property groups. Public Citizen has a sub-group related to access to medicine (http://citizen.org/access).

 

Where to have the action against the TPP:

 

Guy: lets start brainstorming on locations…What about the United Nations.

 

Adam: I don’t know that’s the best location. However, Pfizer is very close to the UN.

 

Guy: Is there an international intellectual property organization? I will do some research on that.

 

Adam: I think a UN court is one of the dispute resolution bodies for investor-state cases.

 

Phil: The International Chamber of Commerce who has done mediation with Venezuela.

 

Ruth: Fix date, time and place for demo.

 

Adam: Solidarity action with occupied San Diego and Occupied LA

 

Arckii: I can get info for Occupy LA.

 

Adam will find out dates and will contact Occupy LA

 

Robert: Media? How to get press?

 

Adam: foreign media? We had excellent coverage of our Korean Consulate protest by Korea press thanks to Arkii’s Korean press release and press list.

Day and time, place?

Adam will find out California protest so we can have ours on the same day from California Fair Trade Coalition.

Suggest to Occupy San Diego that they should craft a call to action to circulate to Occupations.

Particularly if we are focusing on Pfizer, we should invite Health GAP to participate.

- Congressional WTO Consumer Rights Pledge – TABLED

5. Outreach Opportunities

- Afro-Colombian Events Jan 16 & 17

We received announcements by email on the following two events:

Monday, January 16, 6:30 pm


The /AfroColombia NY/ and /Colombian Studies Group /event featuring a documentary and conversation with AfroColombiana leaders Francia Marquez and Clemencia Terraza 7 Cafe, 40-19 Gleane Street, Queens, New York Take Train 7, Near 82nd and Roosevelt
http://www.terrazacafe.com/Please join us for this night of *solidarity *AND *music!* conversation followed by music from acclaimed Colombian artists *Gregorio Uribe* http://www.myspace.com/diegoobregon ;<http://www.myspace.com/diegoobregon>
& *Diego Obregon from Grupo Chonta* http://www.gregoriouribe.com/We hope you can join us at Terraza! for more information, contact /yesenia@afrocolombiany.org <mailto:yesenia@afrocolombiany.org>/

Tuesday, January 17, 6:30 pm

 

Dear Colleagues,

We hope that you can join us on January 17 at 6:30 p.m. (more details below) for a screening and discussion of “The War We Are Living,” which is part of the acclaimed PBS series Women, War & Peace. The film highlights the efforts of two extraordinary Afro-Colombian women who are defying powerful mining interests and paramilitary death threats to protect their community and the land that sustains them.

The screening of the film will be followed by a panel discussion with Clemencia Carabali and Francia Marquez, Afro-Colombian Leaders featured in the film; Pamela Hogan, co-writer of the film and co-creator of the PBS series; Gimena Sanchez, Senior Associate, Washington Office of Latin America; and Oriana Zill, producer of the film.

Please RSVP here and feel free to share the attached invitation with your colleagues. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Best, Anthony Dest, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) 202-797-2171

The War We Are Living”: A Screening and Panel Discussion Tuesday, January 17, 2012 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (Doors open at 6 pm) Barnard College, 202 Altschul Hall (Lehman Auditorium) 3009 Broadway, NYC

Part of the acclaimed PBS series Women, War & Peace, “The War We Are Living”reveals the struggles in Cauca, a mountainous region in Colombia’s Pacific southwest, where two extraordinary Afro-Colombian women are braving a violent struggle over their gold-rich lands. They are standing up for a generation of Colombians who have been terrorized and forcibly displaced as a deliberate strategy of war. A panel discussion will follow with Clemencia Carabali and Francia Marquez, Afro-Colombian Leaders featured in the film; Pamela Hogan, co-writer of the film and co-creator of the PBS series; Gimena Sanchez, Senior Associate, Washington Office of Latin America; and Oriana Zill, producer of the film.

Hosted by Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard, Black Communities Process,Fork Films, and the Washington Office of Latin America As space is limited please RSVP by clicking the Register button above.”

These are a vital outreach opportunity for Obama protest.

16th in Jackson Heights – Gabriel, Adam, Guy will go

17th at Barnard – Adam, Ruth

- Pop-up Town Square – Sun, Jan 29

We can do the TPP teach-in at the following event, which we were emailed about:


“Pop-Up Town Square

Hi OWS Trade working group,

I am part of a group that formed out of the OWS Outreach working group that is planning Pop-up Town Squares around the city. You can see the email below with a general description. These town halls we hope will happen once a month to start, and then become more frequent in the future. This is very much in the beginning stages, but we do have a tentative date of the first pop-up Sunday, January 29th. We are inviting the entire OWS community to participate, and I am writing to you to see if your group would be interested in holding a teach-in (s), or other events at the Pop-up Town Hall. Feel free to make this your Town Hall too, so all ideas are welcome! Peace and Solidarity, Phoebe

On Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 8:29 PM, Kray La Soul <kraylasoul@gmail.com> wrote: “Hey everyone., So we’ve had a few good meetings about this idea so far and a lot of people seem excited by it. So far we have settled on a tentative date of Sunday, January 29th for the first one with the plan of doing one a month on the last Sunday of every month – (with the possible goal of eventually doing it every week come spring?) Andy has also proposed that we plan an event like this in an indoor space, because, as he rightly points out, it might be hard for people to really engage with teach-ins & big group discussions in the freezing cold, but a lot of people feel very strongly about continuing an out-door public presence even during the cold – and the exciting potential of this model is that if we can work out the details is that we can pop them up anywhere! And by starting now we can have a good handle on them by the spring. So we should do both! – He’s been looking into getting an indoor space.

Where? – We have to pick a location of the first out-door town square on the 29th. The two locations that have been thrown around are Duarte square (6th and canal) and Washington Square. Duarte square is cool because it’s really not used for anything, it’s largely empty, like zuccotti was, so we can really make it our own. Washington Square of course is famous, and everyone knows where it is, it has been used for GA’s before and would get more tourists and passer-bys. Either way we have to settle on a location for this first one (we can look into other spaces for future pop-ups of course – we’re mobile!) What do people think? We need to contact other working groups to see what they would be willing to contribute. If any of you are members of other groups please talk to your groups about this idea, and if anyone has important contacts, or other ideas please share them. And Let’s have a meeting – Let’s try and decide on a good time for the next meeting about this project…. -Justin”

We can use TPP demo as an opportunity for reaching out.

 

Tentative date January 29th

 

Robert: free trade sounds like a benevolent concept

 

Adam: Health Gap and Public Citizen should be contacted about supplying speakers.

 

Outreach to Peruvian activists to talk about how Peru FTA has already harmed their country.

Speakers – Leandra Requena (Peruvians in Action NY), Ana Maria Quispe (The Tiksi Group), Carlos Quiroz (Peruvian Americans for Fair Trade)

 

Do we do an organizing meeting?

 

Option 1- meeting for intergroup action on Feb 1st . Maybe a 3 hour event where we explain TPP and one hour organizing for the action to plan Popup TPP teach-in and action.

 

Option 2- Alternatively we can skip speakers at the planning meeting, just use the time for organizing and encourage people to come to the Popup teach-in for issue education.

 

Robert: 16 Beaver Street would be a good location for the meeting.

 

Pop up town square sounds like empowering and educational

 

Adam will follow up on pop-ups

 

Guy: If it is an actual event,who can we fit for TPP, we have too little time.

 

Adam: OWS environmental groups, health care for the 99%, food justice groups.

 

Ruth: outside of OWS, What groups should we try to involve? Peruvian, Chileans, Vietnamese…

 

Adam: Pelosi and Peru FTA??? ….Tobacco settlements

 

Guy: Malaysia – one party dominated situation – complex situation

 

Adam: Precendent for FTAs with undemocratic countries that disrespect human rights exists. US has FTAs with Oman, an absolute monarchy where labor unions are illegal and Colombia, a country where unions are legal but unionists get killed.

Adam: Outreach to Vietnam Solidarity activists – Agent Orange activists, including Merle Ratner

Phil: Merle works with US-Vietnam Friendship Association. Her husband is Vietnamese. We should invite allied groups to work on this with us:

- Left Forum

(submission deadline Jan 31) Conference is March 16-18) (guidelines at http://www.leftforum.org/panels/criteria)

Adam: Topic “Organizing Against Obama’s embrace of the neo-liberal Agenda.” 2 workshops? One workshop on Panama/Colombia/S. Korea and one on TPP? Have to pay $100 per workshop plus register each speaker as an attendee.

 

Phil: One workshop is all we have resources for.

 

Adam: Working group funds to register speakers.

 

General agreement to focus one one workshop instead of two.

 

have 2 speakers for FTA’s passed…..Colombia, Panama and South Korea and 2 speakers for TPP.

Ask Public Citizen, Nodutol, HealthGAP, WhyHunger, and other allies if they’d like to collaborate.

- Brooklyn Food Conference (submission deadline Feb 15, Conference is May 12) -TABLED

- Brooklyn Peace Fair (April 28) -TABLED

6. Role in OWS – Tabled

- OWS Email account – what should go to the list?

- Collaboration with Global Justice Group

- how Occupy Wall Street Trade Justice WG and TradeJustice NY Metro can work together.
- participating in Spokescouncil and General Assembly.
- permanent liaisons with other working groups
- outreach to Neighborhood/Borough Occupations.
-OWS new rules for working groups

7. For Future Meetings

- Self-education: reading group?
- Teaching OWS about Trade Justice issues: Film screenings at 56 Walker?

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL ON TABLED ITEMS

Congressional WTO Consumer Rights Pledge

In a set of decisions this fall, the WTO ruled against our country-of-origin labels on meat, dolphin-safe labels on tuna, and our ban on candy and clove flavored cigarettes.

These are the policies we rely on to allow us to protect children’s health and make informed decisions as consumers. Under current rules, the U.S. will have to water down or eliminate these policies, or face trade sanctions.

Tell your members of Congress to sign the consumer rights pledge and commit to not water down our policies, or extend anti-consumer rules in future trade deals! If your members of Congress sign the consumer pledge, let us know at blopez@citizen.org.

Outreach

 

 

Brooklyn Food Conference

 

The Brooklyn Food Coalition is planning the second Brooklyn Food Conference for May 12th 2012 and we want you to participate! This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a movement that is connecting, educating and empowering people who care about food justice. The first Brooklyn Food Conference in 2009 galvanized over 3,000 adults and 500 youth from all five boroughs and New York State. The potential for the second Brooklyn Food Conference 2012 is enormous (minimum of 5,000 expected attendees) and we welcome your ideas for workshop proposals.

 

Workshop proposal deadline: Rolling basis until February 15th

 

Format: The Brooklyn Food Conference 2012 is seeking proposals for workshops that are educational, inspirational, and interactive with the attendees. Please make sure to invite guest speakers that will provide diverse perspectives on your topic. We ask that workshop sessions have an action component, e.g., leading to a specific outcome or action, linking to the activities of the Brooklyn Food Coalition: “How to” and skill building workshops that provide ideas and tools are strongly suggested.

 

Length: Each workshop is 1 hour and 10 minutes; please leave ample time for group discussion.

 

Size: 20–70 attendees per workshop

 

Attendees: Expect attendees to reflect New York City’s diverse communities who are engaged in building a more just and sustainable food system. For introductory sessions, please try to use plain language to make your session accessible for all participants. Language interpreters are available to assist both guest speakers and attendees on the-day-of-Conference.

Brooklyn Peace Fair

 

The next BFP Peace Fair Committee will be next Tuesday, Jan 17th, when we will enter proposals for program for the April 28th day-long activities at Brooklyn College. BFP has a continuing presence at the College. We expect a good turn out of young people this year. It is an excellent opportunity for popular education.

 

The Latin Am Com has been active with School of the America’s Watch and the Fair Trade movements. Those are the campaigns we will present at the Fair.

 

On the Fair Trade theme, we discussed the resource extraction resistance to corporate domination in El Salvador linking CISPES with the Fair Trade movement. Can you please help to form a panel to put that struggle into the Latin Am and then the world-wide context?

I think the segments will be one hour. We can dedicate two segments to this topic so there is adequate time for discussion. I can let you know next week about the arrangements.

Collaboration with Global Justice

 

From: Becky Hurwitz becky.hurwitz@gmail.com

 

I just wanted to ping to say that I’m sorry I missed the Trade Justice call last week — I had some unexpected guests in for the holidays and wasn’t able to manage both. I am really interested in the Trade Justice group — in part because I know so little about our trade agreements, want to learn more, and want to know how to participate in more fair trade agreements.

I’m also a bit concerned that I’m over committed — I really want to see this Global Justice group get off the ground. I’m setting up a website for the Global Justice group and am going to propose that we feature content that is educational as well as current-calls to action; I was thinking a way that I could learn about the Trade Justice issues, contribute to your group’s work, and also not over commit would be to set up a section on the site for Trade Justice issues. I think the broad missions of our groups are so obviously the same that sharing web space will be a near universal up-wiggle if put to a temp-check.

What do you think? Are you already sharing your campaign and group materials somewhere?

My next steps:

  • make some wireframes for the site to bring to the group on Sat
    • this will include some basic organization of content consistent with the group statement about interest and projects

Does this seem interesting? Should I ping the Trade Justice list? Sorry to just ping you — don’t mean to overwhelm you, but just not sure exactly how to propose this!

 


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