Queer OWS Working Group Minutes – 03-24-2012

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Queer OWS Working Group – 3/24/2012

Joe and Sean arrived to an almost empty 60 Wall St. and waited till 4:30.

We came to follow process and honor the previous consensus on meeting time and location, and will be returning to Union Square.

We reconvened at 6:30pm by Union Square with 6 attendees.

Agenda
- Where to have next meeting
- West Village action
- Occupy Town Square tomorrow in Brooklyn Fort Greene Park
- Outreach and building working group
- Establishing a queer presence at Union Square
- Act Up action April 25th

Where to have next meeting
- Proposal for Saturday 4pm meet by the round subway entrance in Union Square.
- Consider postponing meetings for actions
+ Consensus
West Village Action
- Take our mobile queer presence at Union Square on the road
- Petitions and outreach on potential issues, such as the pledge for full equality
- Pass out condoms, have conversation with people to find community needs
- Rally around the history of the area, what’s been lost, gentrification
- Maybe a gay history walking tour
- Christopher Park and Piers
- Reach out to organization already doing work with the piers
- Jenn can donate a roller cooler
- We can start by going to the West Village after meeting
- We need someone who can be responsible for storing our kit overnight
+ Action item: Setup mobile queer occupation
+ Action item: Get materials, research, etc
Occupy Town Square tomorrow in Brooklyn Fort Greene Park
- Unfortunately, no one has time in their schedule to commit to this

Outreach and building working group
- Have conversations with queer people in OWS and discuss why they have not been participating in working group.
- Especially need outreach to women and trans
- Jenn reports Direct Action is one of the few groups that is accepting. We should reach out to them.
- Action can drive participation
- Need to consider how we communicate on-line, increase use of google group
- Sean proposes we present ourselves to spokes and do active listening
Establishing a queer presence at union square
- Built around a mobile occupation kit we build
+ Jenn in donating a cooler, and will bring to silk screeners to decorate
+ Sean purchased pink and rainbow bandannas
Act Up action April 25th
+ Proposal to endorse the Act Up action April 25th. 25th anniversary of Act Up, Healthcare for All
+ Consensus
- Tif states that homophobia and trans-phobia and the harm it causes are a health issue

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