Minutes from Monday’s Meeting (3-26-12)

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(This was the meeting outside, at Union Square.)

Environmental Solidarity WG at OWS / 03-26-12 / Monday Meeting Minutes

Facilitator: Pete

Note-taker: Russell

  1. Report-backs
    1. Saturday (Disrupt Dirty Power)
      1.                                       i.     5 got arrested, as planned
      2.                                     ii.     www.wagingnonviolence.org has a really good article on the action (http://wagingnonviolence.org/2012/03/finally-ows-gets-police-to-arrest-the-people-in-suits/)
      3.                                    iii.     The theater components were great and fun.  Frackasaurus, a bit from the play Same River, was there (which is itself based on a real gas-industry -authored character, Frackasaur)
      4.                                    iv.     A good collection of media/news organizations was there
      5.                                     v.     Pete:  The web organizing was good but the people organizing needs to be better and for an action like this—something so important—we need to get more bodies.  We should think about how to do this.  Get the environmental organizations in NY to bring their memberships out, which is something we kind of tried but we should try harder.
        1. Linnea:  Another thought is to piggy-back on other (non-environmental) actions, and to try to get the masses of people in the non-environmental crowd out.
    2. UNAC Conference (United National Antiwar Coalition)
      1.                                       i.     Alice S.:  I was there for a panel on nuke weapons and nuke power.
        1. Alice S.:  Joe Friendly filmed our panel.
        2. Alice S.:  A take-home -kind of thing that really stuck with me is that Manhattan Criminal Court holds terrorism suspects (even citizens) without charge.
        3. Pete:  We should bring the antiwar message into our environmental work (more directly, loudly).
    3. Sunday (Occupy Town Square)
      1.                                       i.     Ken:  My solar panel was, to many people, not recognizable as such.
      2.                                     ii.     Ken:  When Pete was still there, we called for a teach-in and nobody went.  So, then, when there was a crowd—and Pete had left by that time—I still did gather folks around me to talk.  I used the solar panel, and talked about fracking.  There were lots of teach-ins at that point, and lots of music.  Maybe 100 people.  Johanna did teach about geese.
      3.                                    iii.     Ken:  The number of people in attendance at these Town Squares seems to be growing with each one.
    4. Today (hearing on Spectra pipeline an hour or so ago in West Village)
      1.                                       i.     Donna:  Spectra is a 30-in (in diameter) pipeline that’s going to bring natural gas from Pennsylvania to here, under the Hudson.  Stopping the easement is a goal, and we realized that CB2 (Community Board 2) has control of the easement where part of the pipeline will be.  Of course, community boards don’t really “control” anything; they just have a strong voice to send up to City Council and so on.  At the hearing a little bit ago, we read a statement, and demanded an answer to it.  They did not answer, so we left the building (in protest).
      2.                                     ii.     Ken:  Public opposition can stop this stuff, including where eminent domain is invoked.
        1. But they don’t listen to public comments.  (50,000 public comments were submitted and only 50 were neutral or positive on the pipeline.)
      3.                                    iii.     Alice S.:  An important thing to talk up is the fact that Japan has now halted 50 nuclear reactors, and they haven’t had a blackout.
      4.                                    iv.     Tim:  People in NYC should go over to NJ in support/genuine interest (although it’s kind of too late now for this issue).
    5. CB5 (That’s the community board we’re in right now)
      1.                                       i.     Donna:  CB5 is the CB I live in, and the one Union Square falls under (it goes from here all the way to 42nd St).  We should be writing statements/comments demanding a stop to the brutal and arbitrary arrests of Occupiers here.  It is a design to eliminate free speech.  Email comments to CB5, if you’re in CB5.
    6. The OWS Anti-nuke-war – Anti-nuke-power statement
      1.                                       i.     Alice S.:  Here’s the statement once again.  I sent it out via email too.  One change was made to it.  As you know, it was authored by the Antiwar WG, and I believe has the official sponsorship of this WG [Answer: Yes.].
        1. Alice S.:  We want to get it to other WGs for their sign-ons.
    7. The Occupy Earth Day/Month flyer
      1.                                       i.     Russell:  Here is a good version of the Earth Month flyer.  I’m sorry to hear that there were none at OTS yesterday (that was my bad, possibly).  I will scan this so that we can share it / distribute it digitally/easily.


  1. Planning for what’s ahead
    1. Gibson (this Sunday, April 1)
      1.                                       i.     We still need to do:
        1. press outreach
        2. working on getting bodies there
        3. the song (finalizing it, learning it)
          1. Tim will combine the lyrics (i.e., make one song that he likes) and we will see this in email and practice it early at Friday’s meeting (5pm in the atrium).  We will work on this stuff (Pete will do a press release) by email till we meet at 5 on Friday.
      2.                                     ii.     We should remember to make the action not just about Gibson but broadly about deforestation in the tropics
      3.                                    iii.     Maybe Priya could film.  Russell will also bring his video camera, as a backup
    2. March 31:  Making the Connection between Nuke Weapons and Nuke Power
      1.                                       i.     Chris is now a backup, not a for-sure speaker.
      2.                                     ii.     Doug will change the quarter-sheet flyer to reflect the move to Union Square
      3.                                    iii.     We will do the teach-in on the south side, and it will work much like the Vandana Shiva teach-in
    3. April 21:  At the major Earth Day eco festival at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central
      1.                                       i.     a new idea is to stage a die-in/melt-in to protest how corporate/greenwashing it is and to promote our WG and our Earth Day demonstration the next day
        1. maybe drop a banner from the steps
        2. this new idea should come together and we should add it to the flyer

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