GA Minutes February 2013

FEBRUARY 2013 – Minutes to the General Assembly of Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County, WA

COMMUNITY RIGHTS COALITION

Minutes, February 2, 2013

Members present: O’Neill, Facilitator – Rick D. time – Mike P stack – Mike R, notes –Bob M. – Kevin– .Val, – Mike M. – Niles,- Brian– Julia–Lynn –Diane –Scotty

After introductions, the Meeting began, with a song led by Scotty.

Agenda was taken, and the following items were discussed:

Agenda item 1: Val introduced a proposal for a smaller study group to be formed to deal with the “about us” statement, so that the Study Group can concentrate on their main tas, to study.

Objections were heard, so the issue went into discussion.

After amendments were adopted, the proposal was read and accepted by all present.

The adopted proposal is that:

A committee of at least 4 members be formed to continue developing the ABOUT US statement, and that contributions be directed to that committee, and that the committee present a further draft to the General Assembly on Feb 16th, 2013, and continue changes even after its placement on the website.

It was then decided that the new committee would meet on next Saturday, Feb 10th, at QUUF. Julia will check for availability of the den for this use.

The following persons volunteered to serve on the new ABOUT US committee:

Julia, Scotty, Kevin, O”Neil, Mike R, Niles

Agenda item 2:

Mike P introduced a proposal, based on a previously adopted proposal that we call on a lawyer, to establish who will call on said lawyer, and what questions were to be asked.

After Mike R stated some objections, it was explained that the purpose of a lawyer would be:

to help with a bank account and tort issues, and perhaps to advise us and help us undrstand some strategies we could pursue in the case of civil disobedience. This will be one more way of obtaining information, which is useful to the study group.

Julia proposed, and it was accepted, that we have the lawyer Richard Davies volunteer to meet with us for an hour, either before or after our regular meeting, for which an hour of extended time would be added.

Julia will contact Jack who will speak with the lawyer.

Each of us will formulate questions to be asking him.

Agenda item 3: Paul Cienfuegos

There will be snacks provided by the Boiler room.

The Grange hall should be opened up 1/2 hr before the meeting, to start the heat system.

There is room left on the list for one, maybe two more persons.

Paul will need an additional $150 for expenses. Should this be taken out of petty cash, or added to the price for the participants?

A proposal was adopted that:

Up to $150 out of the petty cash be made available to make up any difference needed to pay Paul Cienfuegos for his additional expenses.

Time was running out, but it was agreed that the top of the agenda for the next meeting would be to discuss the desirability of and our approaches to bringing in affiliate groups.

Announcements:

Interfaith Lobby Day in Olympia: Feb 20th

Study Group: 1st Presbyterian Church, 1111 Franklin, meeting from 6 to 7:30 PM Tuesdays

Tuesday evening: Songlines Choir – Held on Tuesday Evenings at Eco-Village

Thursday: 7th sea shanty sing along (Sorry, no dates, places)

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General Assembly Minutes – Process workgroup 2/9/2013

Present were Scotty, Joan, Mike R., Emilee, Val, Julia, O’Neill and Michelle.

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 updates.

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.

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.

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COMMUNITY RIGHTS COALITION

Minutes, February 16, 2013

21 members present: Matt R and Scotty – co-facilitators, O’Neill – stack, Frank – time.

The Meeting began, with a song by Laurence.

Announcements:

1. Web site is up: www.communityrightsjeffersoncountywa.org
2. The “About Us” group drafted a general statement, will be proposal today
3. Cienfuegos Workshop Feb. 23/24 will start and end earlier than previously announced: gather at 8:30, start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, end at 5:30; Sunday gather at 9 a.m., start at 9:30, end at 6. Bring a brown bag lunch.
4. February 20th is Lobby Day in Olympia

Proposals:

“About us” “Who we are” statement for the web site
Statement read, clarifying questions asked, supportive statements made, statements of concern addressed, friendly amendments made. The proposal, as amended (see below) was approved, as follows:

“WHO WE ARE:
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.”

The website administrator shall add a footnote explaining that this statement is a draft and there is more to come…in the spirit of the friendly amendment proposed by Rick: Come join us, we are continuing to work on who we are, what we believe, what we want and specific plans. Approved by the group.

The rest of the meeting was spent discussing four topics:

1. A genetically modified organisms ordinance proposed by the study group. Send Rick your name if you want to work on the Genetic Engineering project.
2. Having a local attorney attend the next GM to discuss legal issues relative to activism. This topic turned into a proposal. The group approved inviting Paul Richmond to attend a G.A. meeting for a Q/A session.
3. Affordable health care in Jefferson County
4. Van De Wege

General Assembly meeting schedule agreed upon:
March 2, 9:30
March 16th 9:30
March 30th 9:30
April 6
April 20 and keep going every two weeks. If the QUUF isn’t available, a different location will be found.

The next meeting of the About Us group is March 2nd after the G.A. meeting.

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