Minutes of 12/11/2011 Meeting

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About 10 attendees

Concensus and action items indicated with a +




– Direct action update

– Proposal – change time on Sundays, conflicts with direct action

– Overview of Christopher park meeting Saturday

– Equality pledge

– Solutions cluster presentation

– Spokes council

– High school group looking to talk to people about methods of protest

– Cable access show

– Outreach, growing the group

– Fund raising

– Group name, adding letters, communicating clearly




Saturday update

– We reviewed the minutes of Saturday’s meeting

– Updates and ideas

– Gift of love, little sisters of the poor,  Washington between 10th and Christopher.  House behind saint veronicas.   Residence for men with HIV.

– Two women were in the front of st. Vincents with save St. Vincents signs.   we should participate.   Health care working group is working with them.  They are keeping a presence there.  informing people who are going to buy condos in former St. Vincents about the history there.

– Poll for things to do

+ Start a Facebook thread to discuss jan 15th action

– Series of events in different neighborhoods to culminate toward something

– Hug in, minority stress

– Discussion on use of word occupy.  Can be controversial.  Has become part of vernacular.

– Discussion on use gentrification and the term “gay ghetto”.  Can be controversial.  what does it mean in terms of messaging?

– Don’t want to get back to the idea of ghetto.

– Don’t use word ghetto, but say that queers have been put out of their own spaces.  we need to sound sharp but inclusive. include allies.  consider gays displaced other people.

– Ghetto gives shock value.  We can’t be too politically correct or we give it to others

– Irony is gay people lead gentrification of many neighborhoods

– Each group needs a safe haven.   Gentrification has removed spaces where people can go to just meet and be, without having to spend money

– Gay owned businesses effected

– Constant survival.  We have gay marriage but still not respect we are deserving as humans

– Occupy is about people have been displaced and homeless because of corporate greed.  We need to carve out safe space

– Anti-violence project has a list of safe spaces for time of crisis

– See about foreclosures in traditionally gay neighborhoods




Proposal for new time, because of conflict with direct action strategy meeting.

– Propose new time of 1pm-3pm on Sunday

+ Facebook poll on new time, to close on Wednesday for final decision



Solutions working group

– Bring together vision and goals, demands, open source, caucuses, etc

– First meeting today at 4.

– Looking to become official before new years

– Coordinates communication, discussion, sharing

– We have issues like redundant or split groups

+ Tif attended this meeting after our meeting



Spokes council representatives

– Spokes are Monday, Wednesday, Friday

– Need to share actions at GA and spokes

+ Sign up sheet at Facebook

– Groups we should go to: spokes, direct action, solutions cluster, housing



Outreach and fund raising

– Canvassing

– Have an indoor fund raising event

– How do we do accounting, hold funds, legal issues.

– Raising money would help with ga proposals

– Introductory event to invite queer organizations to

– List of friendly spaces we can use for events

– Canvassing, just being present in public places with visibility and materials

+ Sean talked to finance after the meeting and got some answers.



Direct action update

– Monday morning 7:30pm action, in solidarity with west coast port shutdown




– Proposal to add Ts for two-spirit and Z for zee

– The name will be Queer, then a slash, then whatever collection of letters let us be most inclusive.  Look at what other groups are using.

– Ask people if they want any more letters


+ Consensus



Equality pledge

– Omnibus equality bill

– Pledge was read at meeting

– Asking for endorsement.  Reading during actions.   Get people to sign petitions.

+ Consensus

– Submit to demands groups



Cable Access Show

– John-Frderick has a show on Manhattan Neighborhood Network, public access tv, “Rosa Melitas Footage”

– http://www.mnn.org/show-info/18927/rosa-melitas-footage

– He would like to take videos of actions, interviews, and discussions for the show.

– Also proposing setting up a live discussion format show with possible guests and call in.

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