12/12/16 Minutes: Anti-Trump Recap, DAPL Update, End of Year

In attendance: Jackson (secretary), Ty (moderator)
Late: Wyatt, Ju Ping, James

Start time: 7:00 PM

1. Event Reviews – We showed the Chomsky documentary _Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?_ on Friday night. We had a nice turnout and discussion, with several new people attracted to the movie. We might run it again, but Ty noted concern that the movie maybe wasn’t as political as we generally prefer. (The interviews in the film were mostly dealing with his philosophical and scientific opinions.)

We also hosted the discussion “Now What: Organizing Resistance in the Age of Trump” on Saturday afternoon. We had a really good turnout, and Ju Ping took some really good minutes that are now posted to our website. We have some ideas for follow-up events that we need to organize toward in the next year.

2. No DAPL Camp – Wyatt gave us another report on his time up in North Dakota. He’s been gathering money and supplies; he reports he’s not currently needing any material support, but with many ambitious projects in the works there may be major needs soon.

3. Upcoming Event – We’re showing Star Trek V on Friday night. We’re ready for it.

4. Nebraskans For Peace – NFP tagged our group to participate in an online poll to determine NFP’s policy/issue priorities for the next year. Those of us here with Facebook accounts participated, and Ty has scheduled a post for our Facebook page to share the poll.

5. Next Two Weeks – We decided to cancel our last two Monday meetings of the year, since many of our core people won’t be around because of the holidays.

6. Buying Stuff – Ju Ping has tipped Jackson off to a good whiteboard for our purposes on Craigslist. Ju Ping also thinks the hard drive in our public laptop is starting to die, and recommends replacing it (and preferably with an SSD of at least 128 GB of storage). We do commit to investing approximately $40 toward a replacement hard drive.

Meeting adjourned: 8:30 PM

Tabled items: Stuff to Buy (canopy, stuff to secure bike rack, paper cutter, whiteboard, labels, 7×7 no-slip outdoor mat for porch, new SSD hard drive for public laptop)

Now What?: Organizing Resistance in the Age of Trump Minutes

Now What? Organizing Resistance in the Age of Trump
Time: 1:00 – 3:00
Attendees, pronouns:
    Jackson, He/Him
    Ty, He/Him/HIs
    Ju Ping, He/Him/Them
    Adam, He/Him/They
    Alejandro, He/Him/They/Them
    Chris, He/Him/Them
    Maddie, All but It
    Cambria, They/Them
    James, He/Him
    Justin, He
    Richard, Citizen of the World
    Joe, Whatever you want to call me
Suggestions on how to resist   
    1. Promote and educate about socialism.
    2. Organize boycotts
    3. Resist normalization.
        Stand up when possible, 
        Call Neo-Nazis, Neo-Nazis,
        Stick to progressive principles no matter who is in office.
    4. Educate yourself and others about history.
    5. Rebuild labour movement, encourage and start more unions, and increase union membership.
    6. Be there for victims, listen, bring them to safe spaces, teach them how to resist, be a safe space.
    7. Prioritization of effort
        Against capitalism,
        Strategic petitioning of the government.
    8. Set up a Lincoln ANTIFA group.
    9. Keep track of how much resistance will the current administration allows.
Following those suggestions, we came to the following conclusions on how to resist:
    1. Resist the normalization of fascism, racism, sexism, and all other right-wing rhetoric that will be empowered by the Trump victory. See example of political organization by Movimiento Cosecha (http://www.lahuelga.com/)
    2. Organize boycotts against organizations that support Trump. Suggest a list, or join a group that is actively tracking them.
    3. Actively attend activist groups in your local community. For example: attend activities organized by the Black Cat House.
    4. Participate in activities to learn how to create safe spaces and to be better allies. Further activity will be organised by Ty and Cambria.
    5. Read and educate yourself so you can educate others:
        1. Communist Manifesto
        2. People’s History of the United States
        3. Lie My Teacher Told Me
        4. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
        5. America’s 60 Families
        6. Malcolm X Speeches

12/5/16 Minutes: Organizing Resistance Discussion, Purchase Wishlist

In attendance: Jackson (moderator), Ju Ping, Ty (secretary)
Start time: 7:05 PM

1. Upcoming Events – Two of them! The first is the Chomsky documentary on Friday, which we have and will be easy to set up for. Our “Organizing Resistance in the Age of Trump” is the Saturday after.

We wanted to have a talk on moderation efforts, since this discussion could be a large one. We reiterated our points from last week – we don’t want to focus on the actual election results, because it seems very unlikely that anything will stop Trump from being inaugurated in January. We want to focus on the fight going forward. While the emotional impact is hard on a lot of people, we also would like this to be a tactical discussion and not only spend our time venting.

We now have #NoDAPL as an example of direct action non-violent tactics that has been a recent success as well, that goes beyond letters to politicians.

Discussion moderation: Ty and Ju Ping are going to be co-facilitators of the discussion, to keep those ground rules down and to help people who are finding ways to speak. As part of a democratic agenda forming, we will go around the room and introduce ourselves, our pronouns, and what we would like to get out of the discussion in order to hit up as many of what topics people want to cover as possible.

2. Calendar distro – Ju Ping only has Bluestem left to go to before all our usual places have calendars!

3. Stuff to Buy – We are adding a no-slip outdoor mat for our porch to our list of stuff we need. It is pretty crucial that we buy it as soon as possible before winter starts making the porch slick.

Meeting adjourned: 8:24 PM

Tabled items: Stuff to Buy (canopy, stuff to secure bike rack, paper cutter, whiteboard, labels, 7×7 no-slip outdoor mat for porch)