8/14/17 Meeting Minutes: Solidarity for CVille, Fall Calendars!, Last-Minute Events?!

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

1. Event Review – We ran Fukushima Uncensored (maybe) on Friday night. Jackson may have accidentally loaded the wrong documentary, which had also been posted to YouTube under the same title. We had a great turnout though, and a pretty lively discussion afterward.

2. Vigil – We co-hosted an emergency vigil along with DSA Lincoln on behalf of the anti-fascists attacked by Neo-Nazis in CVIlle, Virginia this weekend. On less than 36 hours notice, we helped to rally about 500 people to Downtown Lincoln and raised almost $1000 for the survivors’ medical bills.

3. Solidarity Donation for CVille – We’ll also make a $50 donation to the comrades in Virginia from our treasury.

4. Reimbursement – Ty got our fall calendars printed, and he needs to be reimbursed. We agree that he’ll get his $12.07 back.

5. Calendar distro – Ty and Jackson made plans to get our fall calendars up tomorrow.

6. September Reading Group – Jackson took a few minutes of our relatively light meeting to get our first fall event up to Facebook, and Ty copied it to our website.

7. Last-minute Summer Events – DSA has contacted Jackson today about running another Young Socialists educational discussion on Tuesday the 29th. Jackson is free that day, so he’ll open up the House and host them.

We’ve also received an email about a travelling speaker who wants to host a workshop called “Dismantling the Patriarchy: Via Communication” here on Saturday the 26th from 6-8 PM. We’re interested in this event, and Jackson can open the House and host. Jackson will call the provided number and work out the logistics.

Meeting adjourned: 7:50 PM

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

8/7/17 Minutes: Sama and Bloth Show Cancellation, Fall Calendar

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

1. Event Review – Last Saturday was “What is Anarchism?” and it was a good turnout and a good discussion! It was very animated and just about everyone had the chance to chime in, either with questions or responses. We need to remember to bring the topic up more often than we have. Asking folks in the beginning what anarchism meant to them was a good idea as far as framing what we should talk about, but Ty recommends that we might have framed the question as “what do you want to know/learn about anarchism?” in order to further guide the discussion to make sure what topics we really should touch on. We also set up a literature table, which was a good decision as people did check some books out (we should really prioritize buying more anarchist literature). Chris recommends having a little more programming involved: examples of anarchism in practice, summaries of anarchist viewpoints, etc.

2. Upcoming Event – Our movie night is Fukushima Uncensored, and we’ll be streaming it online. We’re ready to go!

3. Sama – Sama is not going to be able to make it, so we’ll have to make some announcements that her show’s unfortunately cancelled. No FB event, but it was on the calendar, so we need to spread the word the best we can. We’ll make a few posts on Facebook and on the website.

4. Fall Calendar –

September:
Saturday, September 9, 1-3 PM: Reading Group:“Everyday Anti-Fascism in the Era of Trump” (https://roarmag.org/magazine/everyday-anti-fascism-trump/)
Friday, September 22nd, 7-10 PM: Popcorn Politics (Co-Hosted by DSA Lincoln): Blade Runner

October:
Friday, October 13, 7-10 PM: Popcorn Politics (Co-Hosted by DSA Lincoln): They Live
Saturday, October 21, 1-3 PM: Factory Farming Awareness Coalition Presentation: Impacts of our Food Choices

November:
Friday, November 3rd, 6-10 PM: Popcorn Politics (Co-Hosted by DSA Lincoln): Reds (1981)
Saturday, November 11th, 1-3 PM: The Russian Revolution: 100 Years Later (a community discussion)
Friday, November 17th, 7-10 PM: Movie Night: Sir! No Sir!

September 30 or October 28, 5-7 PM: Family Movie Night: The Brave Little Toaster (Co-Hosted by Lincoln Repair Cafe)
Lincoln Repair Cafe is interested in co-sponsoring this event, it’s just a matter of deciding the date at this point. In order to accommodate parents who might not want their children out late at night, we’ll also be having this showing be a matinee.

We need to get confirmation from Lincoln Democratic Socialists of America as far as how they actually want to shorten their name – our shorthand for it has not been confirmed as their official shortened title.

Future ideas:
Discussion Group: “10 things every white teacher should know when talking about race” (https://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/truth-for-teachers-podcast/10-things-every-white-teacher-know-talking-race)

January/February: Trans Clothing Exchange

Chris is interested in doing a presentation on Thomas Sankara.

Ty’s unavailability (greyout days): September 22, 29, 30; October 27
Football game days (blackout): September 2, 16, 23; October 7, 14; November 4, 24
DIO Fest September 14-17th
UNL Fall Break October 14th-15th
Thanksgiving November 24th-26th

Meeting adjourned: 7:50 PM

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

Robert’s Good Life Halfsy Donation Drive!


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Hello everyone! We’re going to talk a little bit about a member of the Lincoln community, Robert Rieck. Robert is an animal rights, environmental, and disability rights advocate, and a volunteer for many organizations such as Factory Farming Awareness Coalition (FFAC) and Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach. He’s also received some media attention for playing wheelchair rugby, as well as competing in the Good Life Halfsy half-marathon as the first C-5 quadriplegic to complete it.

Robert will be participating in the Good Life Halfsy again on October 29. It’s more than simply participating for him: he has also pushed for and succeeded in getting the categories for wheelchair-using participants expanded! Before it was a general “wheelchair division,” and now it has been broadened to different categories based on individual mobility to create more inclusive divisions. Robert hopes that in creating these divisions, more people with his degree of disability will join him in the Halfsy to give each other the drive to compete.

In doing so Robert will be asking for support in the form of donations to five organizations he endorses: Vegan Outreach, FFAC, Matt Talbot, Eastern Nebraska Wheelchair Athletic Association… and The Black Cat House! He will also be presenting at The Black Cat House on October 21, 1 to 3 PM, on behalf of FFAC. He’ll be speaking on how society’s food choices affect a wide range of social justice topics; the exploitation of workers and animals, environmental racism, the strains factory farming puts on ecosystems, and more.

We’re honored that Robert is endorsing The Black Cat House. If you too support what we do, feel free to send in a donation via PayPal! You can also show your support by coming to our events, spreading the word, and checking out other ways to contribute on our Support page! We’ll also be posting periodic updates on how his marathon training is going. If you’re interested in hearing more about Robert and his story, please email us with questions for him, and he’ll be happy to answer them!

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7/31/17 Minutes: Website Renewal, PayPal button, Fall Calendar

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

1. Upcoming Event – “What is Anarchism?” is this Saturday! We should read up a bit, and share it on Facebook. We should be ready by Saturday.

2. Web Renewal – Our website hosting is due for its annual renewal expenses. It will cost Jackson $193.39, and we agree he will be reimbursed from the treasury.

3. Fundraiser – Ty took a few minutes of meeting time to make some changes to our website to better accomodate Robert’s fundraiser. We now have a PayPal button!

4. Fall Calendar –

September:
Saturday, September 9, 1-3 PM: Reading Group:“Everyday Anti-Fascism in the Era of Trump” (https://roarmag.org/magazine/everyday-anti-fascism-trump/)
Friday, September 22nd, 7-10 PM: Popcorn Politics (Co-Hosted by Lincoln DSA): Blade Runner
TBD: Another movie night?

October:
Friday, October 13, 7-10 PM: Popcorn Politics (Co-Hosted by Lincoln DSA): They Live
Saturday, October 21, 1-3 PM: Factory Farming Awareness Coalition Presentation: Impacts of our Food Choices
TBD: Another movie night?

November:
Friday, November 3rd, 6-10 PM: Popcorn Politics (Co-Hosted by Lincoln DSA): Reds (1981)
Saturday, November 11th, 1-3 PM: The Russian Revolution: 100 Years Later (a community discussion)
Friday, November 17th, 7-10 PM: Movie Night: Sir! No Sir!

TBD: Family Movie Night: The Brave Little Toaster (potentially collaborating with the Repair Cafe? The themes of the film and why we’d show it in the first place also meshes nicely with their mission. Jackson will message folks he knows from that group on whether they would want to co-sponsor the event somehow)

Future ideas:
Discussion Group: “10 things every white teacher should know when talking about race” (https://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/truth-for-teachers-podcast/10-things-every-white-teacher-know-talking-race)

Ty’s unavailability (greyout days): September 22, 29, 30; October 27
Football game days (blackout): September 2, 16, 23; October 7, 14; November 4, 24
DIO Fest September 14-17th
UNL Fall Break October 14th-15th
Thanksgiving November 24th-26th

5. Sama – Jackson tried to contact Sama today for follow-up on her touring plans, but she did not respond to him in time for a report at this meeting. Tabled.

Meeting adjourned: 8:18 PM

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