Archive for September, 2014

Please note: red, bold italics are proposals that will become accepted unless somebody objects as specified below.
Rochambeau Library
Attending:  Cathy, Barbara, Diane, Terry, Peter, Randall, Judith, Patricia

Anniversary of MLK’s Nobel Peace Prize:
Patricia noted that Bill Bateman would like our organization to endorse an action on October 14, 50 years after Martin Luther King, Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize.  This event would call attention to the fact that the nation and world that King envisioned has still not been achieved.  The action would demand freedom and equality (not racism, racial profiling, and a prison-industrial complex), peace (not war, occupation, overthrow and destabilization), respect for human needs (not unemployment, low wages, cuts in human needs budgets), and respect for Planet Earth (not global warming, etc.)
Those present unanimously voted to propose that we endorse this action, subject to receiving more details as to exactly what will be planned for the event,
Report on RIPTA and Kennedy Plaza Renovation:
Patricia reported that representatives of RIPTA Riders Alliance met with a RIPTA official this past week. There will be a public meeting within the next couple of weeks so RIPTA can present a draft showing the allocation of the berths (stops) for specific bus lines in Kennedy Plaza and get feedback from bus passengers as to whether or not these arrangements seem to work for most riders who need to transfer from one bus line to another in the Plaza.  The meeting will be widely publicized in advance.
Discussion regarding group process and decision-making:
We decided that the following would be the best way to make decisions within our group, to ensure that those who are unable to attend meetings are able to participate in decision-making.
(1)  At monthly meetings we would discuss whether or not to support a given action or endorsement and then report on our proposed decision within our report on the meeting.  (We would be careful to highlight, underline or otherwise emphasize our proposal so everyone reading the meeting’s notes could easily see the proposal(s).  We did this above with our proposal to support the MLK Anniversary action.)
(2) People could discuss their reactions to our report on the group’s list serv.
(3) If a proposal is disputed within the next week (or within a shorter span of time if a decision needs to be made sooner to meet some deadline), we could decide upon a way to resolve the dispute.  the following are resolution methods we can use, depending on which seems best-suited for the given situation.
a. Anyone who opposes a proposal can call for a conference call.  The proposal can be discussed and voted upon during the call.
b. If there is no hurry in making a decision, we can discuss the proposal at our next monthly meeting and anyone who can’t attend the meeting can participate by conference call or Skype.
c. We can call a special meeting prior to our next monthly meeting.  Again, if anyone can’t attend, they can participate electronically.

We all agreed that people discussing issues on the list serv need to stick to the issues and use a consistently respectful tone.

Support for letter:
There is a letter being circulated in response to the Senate’s bill (USA Freedom Act) that places some restrictions on federal surveillance.  We proposed to endorse the letter, which rejects the senate’s bill as not going nearly far enough to restrict government surveillance.  Randall will be circulating information on this letter separately from our meeting report, as we need to make a decision on this by late tomorrow (Sunday).
Report on Henry George:
Cathy gave a brief, very informative talk on Henry George’s single-tax proposal.
Next meeting:  
The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 18, at 1 p.m. unless people would prefer a different date.  Let us know within the next week or so if you want to suggest a different Saturday in October.

September 13th — Monthly Meeting

Posted: September 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our next meeting of the RI Coalition to Defend Human & Civil Rights is Saturday at 1pm in the basement conference room of the Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope St.

A few possible topics for the agenda:

  • USA Freedom Act — should we sign on to aletter for or against this?
  • Discussion of group process
  • State bills for next year?
  • Cathy Orloff will do a presentation on Henry George.
  • Dawson Hodgson, Republican candidate for Attorney General, was asked if he could come but so far his people haven’t responded to emails.

What: Vigil

Time: September 5, 2014, 4pm

Place: Exchange Street opposite the Post Office, Providence

Gather on the sidewalk by Burnside Park on Exchange St in Providence at 4pm. We will hold the struggles of all oppressed people, especially those who are subject to police and military violence in the circle. AFSC-SENE will provide signs, but you are welcome to bring your own.