Minutes of OWS Queer Caucus Meeting – November 20 2011
This was our first meeting after the raid.
Value of continuing the group
– OWS is a large movement that has gained a lot of power
– QOWS purpose at first was to interact with the park. Some cohesion was beginning to happen toward the end.
– OWS effects queer issues vs queer issues effect OWS.
– Important to keep showing up
– Be involved in other parts of OWS. Help movement get back on its feet by participating.
– The spokes council is still around
– Let everyone know we are here and it is safe. Park will never be the same but it cannot be abandoned.
– Bring relevant books for library, especially GLBTQ, gender studies, etc.
– Need to improve diversity of future meetings.
Focus on outreach
– QOWS members are encouraged to participate in other working groups
– Facilitation, direct action, political and electoral reform
Justice in el Barrio
– Proposal for QOWS to endorse the event “NYC Encuentro for Humanity & Against Neoliberalism” hosted by “Movement for Justice in El Barrio, The Other Campaign for New York”
– Sunday, December 4 at 3pm, East Harlem. Exact location TBA
– Represents all oppressed and marginalized people.
+ Endorsed by consensus
– On Tuesday OWS wide endorsement proposal will be presented at the GA
– QOWS checks in and maintains a presence near the corner of Broadway and Liberty, by the People’s Library
– Meetings are at 60 Wall St, 2pm on Sundays, 8:30 pm on Tuesdays.
– We can gather before the meeting at Liberty/Zuccotti park and then head over to 60 Wall for the meeting time.
– Letter to Christine Quinn about how the eviction and raid of OWS made several GLBTQ persons houseless again.
– Political and electoral reform is OWS’s political pressure group
– We need fliers to hand out at the park to let people know of our presence