It was decided at the GA of 2/2/2013 that anyone wishing to participate in this drafting process could show up to the meeting at QUUF 9:30 2/9/2013.
A group of folks volunteered at the last General Assembly and some decided later to join the group to make a draft of an “About Us” statement to have ready for Paul Cienfuegos’ workshop February 23rd and 24th. This morning, we took 2 hours and 10 minutes to craft the statement from all of the input that has been coming in to the Study Group for months. There have been a number of drafts and it has been discussed at GA meetings. Input was also solicited and many emails were part of the process. We will present it at the next GA on 2/16/2013 at QUUF 2333 San Juan, 9:30-12:00.
The meeting is being extended to accommodate the presence of an attorney who we hope will join us on that date who will give us some information members have decided is needed for the group. (I do not have word yet as to his acceptance of this date.) I will send out reminder notices and
Once a website is established, this will be the “About Us” statement. We expect that it may change over time.
We did not move on to the sections that will contain in detail “what we believe” about democracy, human rights and the rights of nature, nor the sections on “what we want” and “our plan.” After the Paul Cienfuegos’ workshop we may have more information that will influence the crafting of those sections.
Present were Scotty, Joan, Mike R., Emilee, Val, Julia, O’Neill and Michelle.
This is the latest draft of the “Who We Are” statement for the ABOUT US portion of the website:
As the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County, Washington, we have come together as a group that is leaderless, open, volunteer, non-violent and consensus based. We see ourselves as part of the entirety of our community of humans and of nature, both living and non-living. We assert our intrinsic inalienable rights to engage in an open, transparent and participatory democratic process whereby we can assume the powers necessary to enforce the rights of the natural world including all humans.