Minutes + To-Do List from Monday’s Meeting (03-19-12)

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Environmental Solidarity WG at OWS / 03-19-12 / Monday Meeting Minutes + To-Do List

Facilitator: Pete

Note-taker: Russell

  1. Report-back from Saturday (the attempted 24-hour re-occupation of Liberty Square)
    1. Patrick:  Police tore down tents.  More law enforcement ultraviolence.
    2. Ken:  When we were on the march, it was obvious that the cops were scared.
    3. Pete:  Maybe we want to think about meeting at Union Square.
  2. Report-back from Left Forum
    1. Pete:  I was on a panel with some academics.  There’ll be a transcription plus audio plus, later, video.  I will provide those things as I get ahold of them.
      1.                                       i.     Pete:  The other panelists were Brian Toker, Nicholas Meerzoff, and Alex Garrovich
    2. Ken:  In recent years, the Left Fourm was yuppie and out-of-touch.
    1. March 20:  Eco-Logic on WBAI at 8pm (Pete will be on there.).  Spring Equinox.
    2. March 22:  Vandana Shiva teach-in at Liberty Sqaure at 12pm
    3. March 22:  The Boiler Dilemma at 6:15pm at the Community Church of NY (part of the Renew New York events series)
    4. March 23 and 24:  Democracy School (CELDF) at the offices of The Nation, all-day
    5. March 24:  Disrupt Dirty Power kickoff event (mass demonstration + civil disobedience) at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at 5pm (till 8:30 pm, including the wind-down)
    6. March 25:  Patrick gives a teach-in on climate science at Occupy Town Square (in Fort Greene, Brooklyn) at probably 12pm for probably 2 hours
      1.                                       i.     called Climate Apocalypse with Cookies
    7. March 25:  Our own WG’s teach-in on pipelines and natural gas at Occupy Town Square (in Fort Greene, Brooklyn) at probably 1pm
      1.                                       i.     called Eliminate Bad Gas: Pipelines Are Silent but Deadly
    8. March 29:  If a Tree Falls film screening at Bluestockings at 7pm (Pete will be on there.)
    9. March 31:  Making the Connection between Nuclear Power and Nuclear Weapons teach-in at 12pm (till 2) at Liberty Square
    10. April 1:  Gibson action at 2pm in front of the Guitar Center (25 W. 14th St.)
    11. sometime in April, probably in the 2nd or 3rdweek:  Subway Party against the MTA’s use of tropical hardwoods for Subway track ties
      1.                                       i.     called an ECO TRAIN-ING
    12. April 22:  Occupy Earth Day big demonstration
  4. Feedback
    1. Daniel:  This was my first meeting here and I liked it!
  5. Announcements
    1. Patrick:  Community Bd. 2 is having a community meeting on Wednesday on the Speactra pipeline.  I hope to be there.  Presumably people from Sane Energy Project will be there too.
    2. Donna:  If you want to meet some of the people who were originally behind Transition Towns, let me know and I can have you meet them; they’re in town.


To-do list (where possible, with a reference number to where this came up in the minutes)


  • Pete will take the calendar items listed in this minutes document and expand on them
  • Pete will share media from his Left Fourm event when that material becomes available
  • Patrick (and Daniel) will add this list of events to the new Earth Day flyer, and have it done hopefully by the teach-in on Thursday, collaborating with Pete and Johanna
  • Patrick will help Pete get on the Occupy Farms and Food Justice email lists
  • Patrick will clarify with Claire of Sane Energy Project just what it is that’s under the High Line (a storage facility?)
  • Ken will talk to the Transit Workers’ Union about bringing them in on our Subway action/Subway party/ECO TRAIN-ING.  He will ask them if there is a day they think might be good, hopefully within weeks 2 and 3 of April.

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