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.