Meeting Notes – Jan. 31, 2012
Present: Alice, Barbara, Lenni, Alicia, David, Deborah, Patrice, Ruth, Jonathan, Lionelle
1. NY-Moscow Declaration on Nuclear Disarmament
Alice reported that it was presented at the General Assembly last week, with about 50-60 people in attendance. Reactions were mixed. The link to the minutes is http://www.nycga.net/2012/01/28/nycga-minutes-01282012/. There was 1 block, and it could have gone to a vote and pass with 90%, but there were too many stand asides to try that.
What to do next and lessons learned:
There’s a lot of education that needs to be done on these issues to OWS generally. More basics about nuclear weapons, corporate connections, why this fits with OWS. There was a sense that many people don’t understand the issues. Should we present this again or do the education first?
On Feb. 11, Madrid and Moscow would like to be able to say that OWS in the U.S. has passed the declaration. David will work on Occupy Queens or other locations. Would DC pass?
***If we are going to bring this to the GA again we should ask other Working Groups to support the declaration, ask more people in our WG and in our networks to come to the GA and help give it support. If Alice, Jonathan and others pick another date to bring it back to the GA, they were let all of us know and encourage all to come to the GA that day.
2. Feb. 4, No War on Iran demonstration
Deborah reported that 60 organizations have endorsed the day of action and there are actions planned in 50 cities. Other Occupys are involved in many of the smaller locations. This is another opportunity to address the underlying drive to war and the need to bring this issue to OWS. More education is needed.
Lenni would like to see OWSantiwar set up a website devoted to Iran. He has lots of info. Jonathan explained that there are OWS sites for posting documents and such, and he will work with Lenni to find a place for some of this discussion with the existing structure. Hunt around http://www.nycga.net, to get some idea of what’s available to us.
Jonathan started to draft a press release that will be sent to OWS media for broadcast. He will circulate that on the listserve for comment.
***Peace Action is meeting with War Resisters league and others at 50th and Broadway at 1 pm on Saturday and we’ll march down to the rally together. All welcome.
***Jonathan is coordinating signmaking for Saturday. Meet him 2 pm, Thursday, World Can’t Wait offices, 112 W. 27th Street
3. Feb. 15, Counter-recruitment action
This is an expansion of a weekly vigil from 12-1 on Wednesdays at Boro of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). See the events calendar at http://www.worldcantwait.net/ for locations.
Elaine Brower is working a press release for the 15th, but she was not at the meeting. Expect we’ll see that on the listserve or at the next meeting.
Vets are being lined up to speak, just missing vets from Afghanistan. If anyone has contacts let Deborah Sweet know.
4. Feb. 25 Mass Action Against Suppression of Occupy Movement
Deborah presented the document on this, which has a list of signers. You can see it at
http://www.dontsuppressows.org/. Some demands like drop all the charges for arrested occupiers may be presented as part of this.
***We agreed to endorse the action and if our endorsement is presented at the General Assembly we want to add a statement that OWSantiwar endorses specifically because of our special concerns about the growing militarization of community policing, the working together of police and military around the country. [we did not agree on specific wording, but the statement is to that effect]
5. National Defense Authorization Action
A request was made by Cynthia at the OWS info table at Liberty Plaza to have a fact sheet about the NDAA and what it means for activists.
***Everyone agreed we should do this. Rich from the info table stopped by and said “yes yes yes” and any other antiwar info is welcome on the table. Jonathan and Ruth will draft the fact sheet or look for samples online and adjust as needed. Deborah will email info for background.
6. Announcements – hopefully some of you will fill in the details where missing….:
Occupy AIPAC may be discussed at a future meeting – http://www.occupyaipac.org/2012/01/general-assembly-resolution-occupy-aipac/
Lionelle reported that MFSO is working on the Danny Chen case, pressing the question about whether what happened is hazing or worse if it leads to suicide or manslaughter. They hope to bring up the issue at Charlie Rangel’s Town Hall on Sat. Feb. 4 (on his website it says this is Saturday, February 4, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Doors will open at 9:30 AM. The event will be held at the State Office Building, 163 W. 125th Street – 8th Floor, New York, NY 10037)
MFSO is has a benefit on Feburary 19 and Lionelle encourages all groups to buy tickets.
Lenni is on some upcoming Left Forum panels, one on the antiwar mvoemetn and electoral campaigns and another on a one-state solution for Paelstine. Also watch for the Left Forum, http://www.leftforum.org/. Should we produce a flyer to hand out there, March 16-18? 300+ people attend. Consider at future meeting.
OWS Making Worlds: Commons Forum, Greenpoint Church, 127 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, Feb 16-18. We could have a workshop at this.
Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR), http://www.cair.com, is holding a follow up action on Friday calling for the firing of Ray Kelly. Hopefully someone will find the details on this and send to the list.
Jonathan has a court date, March 5, 9:30 a.m., at 346 Broadway for arrest on Nov. 30 at the corporate-Pentagon conference held at Credit Suisse.
OWSantiwar Weekly Meetings: Tuesdays, 6 pm, 60 Wall Street
We need to promote our group more and get more people to join. And we should all join online (if you can figure out how – http://www.nycga.net/groups/antiwar/)