4/24/17 Minutes: Tabling, May Day, Meeting Cancellation, Summer Calendar

In Attendance: Jackson (moderator), Ty (secretary)
Start time: 7:06 PM

1. Event Reviews – Trekkies For Justice was a bust. We fell short on promoting it, and that could’ve been the cause. We’re probably taking the summer off as far as Trekkies goes. We also tabled at Lincoln Earth Day. We don’t go with the objective to make money, but we did break even on the table. Introduced ourselves to a lot of people, a lot of people remembered us – it went pretty well!

2. Upcoming Event – We’re hosting DSA’s study group on Wednesday. We just need to straighten up the room.

3. Tabling Opportunity – We have been invited to table at a neighborhood resource fair, on May 6th from 10 am to 2 pm at the F Street Rec Center. Jackson will be available to table, and Ty thinks he will be available, so we’ll go for it.

4. May Day – The May Day committee met yesterday. There’s a pretty good chance that it might rain, so we’ll need to make sure that the room is set up nicely on Sunday for if the May Day picnic gets moved to the House. The official call will be at 8 pm on Saturday night. We’ve also committed to bringing lemonade, and maybe some other things as the need pops up.

5. Next Week – May Day is next week! Since there is a strong possibility we are going to Omaha to participate in the May Day rally there, we will cancel our weekly meeting.

6. Summer Calendar –

June:
Possibly an article discussion, though it could be swapped for the discussion in August. Jackson mentioned “10 things every white teacher should know when talking about race” but he feels the points made were general enough that they could apply to anyone. (https://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/truth-for-teachers-podcast/10-things-every-white-teacher-know-talking-race/)
Late June – Something for queer pride to commemorate anniversary of Stonewall riots. “Before Stonewall” is an option.

July:
Ty mentioned “They Live” as a possible movie night. Jackson brought up that someone at DSA was also interested in showing similar films, and we will ask if they would like to potentially collaborate on an event.
Saturday, July 1st, 1-3 PM?: Discussion (maybe a panel) on capitalism’s and white supremacy’s influence on the founding of the United States.

August:
Early August – Remembrance of the atomic bombings of Japan. Suggestions to tie to Fukushima nuclear disaster. “Fukushima Uncensored” was available in full online. Jackson also brought up “White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.” Still considering “In This Corner of the World” and “Yunagi City, Sakura Country.”
What is Anarchism?
Monday, August 21st, 7 PM – Sama’s concert

Possible Conflicts:

Friday, June 7th (Ty’s having surgery, and will be on the mend for 2 weeks); Sunday, June 11th (Pride March); Star City Pride (a Friday/Saturday in July? Maybe 8th/9th?); June 3rd and 24th are days Jackson will be likely at work.

Discussion is tabled to next week.

Meeting adjourned: 8:21 PM

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

4/17/17 Minutes: Earth Day, May Day, Summer Calendar

In Attendance: Jackson (moderator), James, Ty (secretary), Wyatt
Start time: 7:01 PM

1. Upcoming Events – There’s a Star Trek showing of Friday! That’ll be easy to set up. Then we are tabling at the Lincoln Earth Day event with Joe, and he’ll most likely give us a ride to the event. We’ll have some buttons and zines available for distribution, as well as three folding chairs.

2. May Day – There has been efforts to make an event happen for May Day. It’s still a work-in-progress, but there’s going to be another event at the Commons this Tuesday at 7 pm to talk about it further. Jackson is planning to attend, and James is going to try to attend as well.

3. Summer Calendar – Jackson proposes one open discussion and one film screening per month, plus one reading discussion to make a total of 8 events for the calendar, including the concert.

June:
Late June – Something for queer pride to commemorate anniversary of Stonewall riots. “Before Stonewall” is an option.

July:
Saturday, July 1st, 1-3 PM?: Discussion (maybe a panel) on white supremacy’s influence on the founding of the United States.

August:
Early August – Remembrance of the atomic bombings of Japan. Suggestions to tie to Fukushima nuclear disaster. “Fukushima Uncensored” was available in full online. Jackson also brought up “White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.” Still considering “In This Corner of the World” and “Yunagi City, Sakura Country.”
Monday, August 21st, 7 PM – Sama’s concert

Unscheduled:
What is Anarchism? Open discussion

Possible Conflicts:

Friday, June 7th (Ty’s having surgery, and will be on the mend for 2 weeks); Sunday, June 11th (Pride March); Star City Pride (a Friday/Saturday in July? Maybe 8th/9th?) — Jackson will also likely have work on one or two Saturdays in June… he’ll get back with dates next week (for real this time!).

Discussion is tabled to next week.

Meeting adjourned: 8:21 PM

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

4/10/17 Minutes: Earth Day, Summer Calendar, Fundraiser

In Attendance: Jackson (secretary), Ty (moderator)
Start time: 7:00 PM

1. Event Review – We had our discussion, “How the Democrats Are Fracking the Left” on Saturday. It went really well. We should do this topic again.

2. Earth Day – Ty says we’re expecting an email from the Lincoln Earth Day organizers very soon with details about this year’s event. We’ve chosen some zines to take along, but we won’t be printing any more this year. Joe of the SWP has asked us if we could share a table, and has offered to pay half of our entry fee in exchange. We are ok with this, and Jackson will talk to Joe.

3. Yard Sale/Fundraiser – We spent some time and discussed our fundraising options for the year. We have decided that having a yard sale at our house is not an option this year, and we’ve also dismissed the possibilities of having a full-scale yard sale at an alternate location. We will explore selling our high-end donations online (e.g.: craigslist, Facebook marketplace), and possibly send some mid-level stuff to our families’ yard sales if those happen later in the summer.

4. Summer Calendar – Sama has asked us if we’d like to host a concert for her on August 21st. We will!

Ju Ping has recommended either In This Corner of the World or Yunagi City, Sakura Country in remembrance of the atomic bombings of Japan.

Jackson proposes one open discussion and one screening per month, plus one reading discussion to make a total of 7 events for the calendar.

June – Something for Queer Pride (anniversary of Stonewall Riots)
Early August – A film to commemorate the atomic bombings of Japan
Monday, August 21st, 7 PM – Sama’s concert

No Dates and Possible Conflicts:

Friday, June 7th (Ty’s having surgery, and will be on the mend for 2 weeks); Sunday, June 11th (Pride March); Star City Pride (a Friday/Saturday in July? Maybe 8th/9th?) — Jackson will also likely have work on one or two Saturdays in June… he’ll get back with dates next week.

Discussion is tabled to next week.

5. DSA Education Group – Some of the young DSA members who attended our discussion on Saturday are organizing a leftist education group. Jackson would like to offer them the use of our space for this event, and Ty has no objections.

Meeting adjourned: 8:20 PM

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

4/3/17 Minutes: Yard Sale Postponed, Donations

In attendance: Jackson (moderator), James, Ty (secretary)
Start time: 7:00 PM

1. Event Review – The Coming Repression and Standing Up Against Street Harassment were events we had last week. They were great events, but we wish they had better turnouts. Still had good discussions with the ~8 people that were at each event.

2. Upcoming Event – How The Democrats are Fracking the Left is coming up on Saturday. We talked about structuring the event and moderating strategies, and points that we want to discuss. We wanted to focus on real-world examples, and what to do about that Democrat co-opting movements.

3. Meadowlark Cuba Event – Joe sent us a flier for the Meadowlark panel of people who will be going to Cuba over May Day. He asked us to post it onto our Facebook page, which we’re cool with doing.

4. Book Reimbursement – Jackson bought a book, “Is Socialist Revolution in the U.S. Possible?” He’d like to donate it to the library. It cost $5, and we approve reimbursing him for it.

5. Donation – Jackson proposes donating to the Omaha GDC for legal expenses for the protesters arrested on March 25th. We going to donate $50 to them.

6. Earth Day – Jackson used the wrong email to register for Lincoln Earth Day. Ty will get in touch with them to get that registration updated.

7. Yard Sale – Due to the major construction happening on 16th street, we will likely not have any traffic hitting up our yard sale. We have determined that the sale itself will be postponed until construction gets to a point where traffic is allowed through again. Jackson proposes moving some higher end items on Craigslist, to bolster the treasury in the meantime. Further discussion on the item will be tabled. Soliciting for clothing donations for the Trans Clothing Swap, as well as the swap itself, will go on as scheduled.

Meeting adjourned: 8:39 PM

Tabled: Yard Sale