Queering OWS Working Group Meeting – 2/3/2012
9 in attendance
This was the first meeting of a new LGBT+ working group, and focused mainly on defining the group and its relationship to the caucus and other groups.
Action and consensus items marked with a +
– Justin gives Queer Caucus report backs
– Justin and Chyno have been going to spokes
– Working with Tif and Jenn to set up Queering OWS as a working group
– Caucus and Working Groups are different things. Caucus is representation at spokes council. A working group gets benefits from OWS (metro cards, etc)
– Need to set up Queering OWS working group at DA
– Three distinct communities, Caucus, Queering, and Direct Action
– How do we keep people coming back?
– Some people may want to be more active with other aspects of their identity or interests.
– LGBTIQA2Z Caucus 2pm Saturdays at Liberty
+ Queering OWS 4pm 60 Wall St – Consensus on time
– Other groups, Queer & Trans DA
– Need to outreach to Queer & Trans DA
– Make meetings lighter so we can participate in more.
– Need ideas to gain participation of women.
– How we do work in bigger projects between groups? For example, bring together a list of issues to the solutions cluster.
– We need spokes councils representation, Mondays and Wednesdays
– Each person can only spoke once a week
– Need a sign up calendar for spokes.
– Need point people for metrocards and ows services
– Mission statement for the group
– March 17th Occupy Hunger, asking for a speaker from the gay community. Theme is economic injustice and hunger.
– May 1st, May Day committee wants our participation. There will be a glow march at night. Emphasis the celebratory side of May Day. At Liberty Square there will be cultural events and celebrations.
– Planing for Bayard Rustin’s birthday
– Post office action on March 17th
Queering OWS Mission Statement
– Work on draft mission statement, on-line and get started here, for future consensus
+ Keep it short. Consensus
– We’re queer here, we’re queer, you’re still not used to it, so we act
– Eradicate oppression, marginalization, economic injustice based on sexual orientation and gender identity through, outreach, education, and direct action in community.
– Bringing our message and our tools of engagement to the 99%.
– To bring people into the movement, make them into occupiers
+ Consensus on these points, and to spend the week working these into a draft
Creating a resource document for people who may need help with shelter and survival.
+ Create an online document to contribute to.
– http://queerows.wordpress.com/occupying/ can serve as a starting point. This document is in bad need of updating.
A list of group concerns and issues:
– Housing for homeless queer and trans
– We need to reflect a comprehensive image of our community, we have diverse backgrounds and issues.
– International issues
– Pushing for gay rights
– Community support, individual and collective, removing obstacles to people achieving their full potential
At this point the meeting was ended when a disruptor came to where we were meeting and began yelling at the group.