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12/11/17 Minutes: Book donations, Upcoming Event

In attendance: Jackson (secretary), Ty (moderator)

Start time: 7:00 PM

1. Secretary – Ty asked Jackson to be secretary again this week. Jackson is ok with it.

2. Event Review – We were ready for An American Tail on Saturday, but no one showed up! We agree to shelve the Family Movie Night, since neither of them did particularly well.

3. Upcoming Event – RoboCop is this Friday. We’re ready for it.

4. Book donations – Jackson offered a few more books, and we also had one offered by Richard. We looked through them, and took what we wanted.

5. Library – We spent the rest of our meeting sorting through newspapers and magazines in our lending library.

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

Meeting adjourned: 8:30 PM

12/4/17 Minutes: Book Reimbursement, More Library Work

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

NOTE: Our November 27th meeting was pre-empted in favor of a library committee meeting.

1. Upcoming Event – We’re running An American Tail on Saturday. Jackson’s still working on getting the movie, but we should have it figured out by showtime.

2. Book Reimbursement – Jackson bought three books for the library, and would like to be reimbursed. We agree to reimburse him $19.19 for the books.

3. Library Donation – Jackson is also cleaning out his library and offered the library some things he’s cleaning out. They were all accepted.

We spent the rest of our meeting on specifically library related shelving and organizing.

(Formal) Meeting adjourned: 7:20 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

11/20/17 Minutes: Books, Reimbursements

In attendance: Jackson (moderator), Ty (secretary)
Start time: 7:10 PM

1. Event Review – We showed the documentary Sir! No Sir last Friday, which went very well! We ended up streaming it off Amazon, which cost us $3.21. Ty will be reimbursed for that.

2. Winter Calendar – Calendars are printed and ready for distribution! Ty spent $12.07 to get them printed and he’ll be reimbursed.

3. Books – We ordered a ton of books, and Jackson is also donating a few. We’ll accept the four books that he’s donating, as well as reimbursing him for $118.81 for 28 books.

4. Library Treasury – The current balance is $42.03, so we officially transferred some funds from the general treasury into the library treasury. At this time we transferred $76.78, so after the above book reimbursement, the library treasury will be at $0.00.

5. December Events – We spent the rest of the meeting putting up the December events.

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

Meeting adjourned: 8:00 PM

11/13/17 Minutes: Russian Revolution Discussions?, Library Committee on Nov 27

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

1. Event Review – We hosted our discussion, “The Russian Revolution: 100 Years Later” on Saturday. We had a decent turnout, and a good talk. Ty notes that while he enjoyed our discussion, it still wasn’t quite what we had intended and advertised. With many people in the room knowing so little of Russian history, Jackson and others spent nearly the first 90 minutes just setting up the people and events of 1917 itself, which left very little time to explore the modern relevance of the Russian Revolution. Two hours just wasn’t enough time! Jackson has started investigating the possibility of a multi-week series of classes, possibly as a successor to DSA’s successful (but soon to be completed) Socialist Feminism series (and possibly with DSA as co-sponsors/organizers).

2. Upcoming Event – We’re showing _Sir, No Sir_ on Friday night. We just need to set up the room, and it’s free to stream online.

3. Book Donation – Ty’s mom offered us some queer books! We added one of them, and Ty will take the one we already had and the one that doesn’t really fit our library to the LGBTQA+ Resource Center.

4. Winter Calendars – Ty will have the calendars designed and printed on Thursday.

5. Library Committee – We have decided that our November 27th meeting will be dedicated to cleaning up and re-organizing our lending library.

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

Meeting adjourned: 7:35 PM

11/6/17 Minutes: Finished Winter Calendar, Spring Calendar Ideas

In attendance: Jackson (moderator), Ty (secretary)
Start time: 7:02 PM

1. Event Review – We showed Reds last Friday, and it went very well. The Popcorn Politics nights are continuously doing well, better than our usual movie nights.

2. Upcoming Event – Our discussion on the Russian Revolution is coming this Saturday! It’s gotten a good response, both on Facebook and in-person, and we hope it’ll be a good one. Jackson may prepare some specific talking points, but besides that we just need to set up the room for it.

3. Winter Calendar

December:
Saturday, December 9, 5-7 PM – Family Movie Night: An American Tail
Friday, December 15, 7 PM – Popcorn Politics (Co-Hosted by DSA Lincoln): RoboCop (1987)

January:
Friday, January 12, 7 PM – Popcorn Politics (Co-Hosted by DSA Lincoln): American History X
Saturday, January 20, 1-3 PM – 10 Things Every White Person Should Know When Talking About Race (a reading discussion)
Friday, January 26, 7 PM – Movie Night: Trapped (2016 documentary about abortion access)
Saturday, January 27, 10 AM – 1 PM – Counter-Protest to the Walk for Life

February:
Saturday, February 3, 1-3 PM – The African Fight Against Imperialism
Friday, February 9, 7 PM – Popcorn Politics (Co-Hosted by DSA Lincoln): Get Out
Friday, February 23, 7 PM – Movie Night: Whose Streets?

“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)

Spring calendar ideas:

Discussions: liberation theology, national liberation movements/separatism (maybe focusing on Kurdistan or Spain/Catalan?), prison-industrial complex (“Modern-Day Slavery”?)

Movie nights: Anarchism in America

Other events: Karl Marx’s 200th Birthday Party – May 5, Little Red Singalong

Tabled items: Winter Calendar, 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

Meeting adjourned: 8:03 PM

10/30/17 Minutes: Winter Calendar, Prep for Nov Events

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

1. Upcoming Event – We’re running Reds on Friday night. Jackson still needs to figure out the final details on the pizza we’ve promised to serve, but we’re otherwise ready for it!

2. November Events – We put our last two fall events up on Facebook and our website.

3. Winter Calendar

December:
Saturday, December 2nd, 1-3 PM – Discussion?
Saturday, December 9th, 5-7 PM – Family Movie Night: An American Tail
Friday, December 15th, 7 PM – Popcorn Politics (Co-Hosted by DSA Lincoln): RoboCop (1987)

January:
January 12 *tentative*, 7 PM – Popcorn Politics (Co-Hosted by DSA Lincoln): American History X
Date TBD – Movie Night: Trapped (2016 documentary about abortion access)
Date TBD, 1-3 PM – Discussion
Date TBD – Counter-Protest to the Walk for Life

February:
Saturday, February 3rd, 1-3 PM – Sankara and the African Fight Against Imperialism
February 9, 7 PM – Popcorn Politics (Co-Hosted by DSA Lincoln): TBD
February 23, 7 PM – Movie Night: Whose Streets? *tentative*

Discussion ideas: liberation theology, national liberation movements/separatism (maybe focusing on Kurdistan or Spain/Catalan?), prison-industrial complex (“Modern-Day Slavery”?), reading discussion? — “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)

Tabled items: Winter Calendar, 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

Meeting adjourned: 8:30 PM

10/23/17 Minutes: Winter Calendar Planning

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

1. Event Review – The FFAC presentation was this Saturday. It was a very light attendance, but the presentation itself was alright. Robert said he’d be happy to do it again if we wanted. We worried it was an issue of late advertisement, but also a potential that animal rights just isn’t as big of an issue to our regular attendees as we would hope.

2. Winter Calendar –

We and DSA are interested in continuing Popcorn Politics into the winter with three more movies. Major suggestions raised on Friday after They Live were RoboCop, Full Metal Jacket, Dr. Strangelove, American History X, and The Terminator.

Jackson suggests that we perhaps do another race-centric February lineup in honor of Black History Month. We are also currently considering adding Whose Streets as a February movie, depending on its availability. (It’s still being shown in theaters.) Ty suggests that the February discussion could be on the racist dimensions of the prison-industrial complex, possibly with a provocative title calling it something like “Modern-Day Slavery.” Jackson is intrigued, but concerned about the specifics of marketing that event so that we’re clearing saying “blackness is treated as criminal” and not awkwardly implying that “black people are criminals”.

Ty also thinks we should maybe have one of our discussions on immigration.

Family-Friendly Movie Night: An American Tail
Or: The Iron Giant, The Secret of NIMH, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa

Reed brought up a Frank Little independent film and book that recently came out. And we could potentially discuss him or screen the film.

We had a discussion about national liberation movements and international solidarity, but as far as turning it into a discussion, we’d have to work on making sure it’s not overly theoretical and able to be accessible for folks who don’t know much about the topics.

Jackson last week put in a request to potentially screen Whose Streets? here at the House. Chris says that the standard DVD is up on Amazon pre-order for November if that doesn’t pan out.

Chris brings up Birthright: A War Story as a potential film to show during January. He also suggests the film Nineteen Eighty-Four and Starship Troopers for Popcorn Politics, but Starship Troopers will probably wait until a Spring showing, since we’re pretty sure we’re going to show RoboCop so we don’t want to necessarily do something by the same director.

We were thinking we’re very focused on 80s films, so we started talking other options: Snowpiercer, Arrival, The Matrix, District 9.

Jackson also suggests a movie specifically for Black History Month: he particularly likes Spike Lee’s Malcolm X film and CSA: Confederate States of America, but Chris also proposes 12 Years A Slave. Anthony also suggests Get Out again, though we’re not entirely sure whether horror would be a genre that’s appropriate. We are putting it into a vote in the DSA group. Do the Right Thing and Chi-Raq are other Spike Lee films brought up.

Ty brought up having a discussion on liberation theology.

Some ideas that were left over from the Fall Calendar planning:

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

December:
December 15, 7 PM – Popcorn Politics (Co-Hosted by DSA Lincoln): RoboCop
Date TBD, 5-7 PM – Family Movie Night: An American Tail
Date TBD, 1-3 PM – Discussion

January:
January 12, 7 PM – Popcorn Politics (Co-Hosted by DSA Lincoln): American History X
Date TBD – Movie Night: Birthright: A War Story *tentative*
Date TBD, 1-3 PM – Discussion
Date TBD – Counter-Protest to the Walk for Life

February:
February 3, 1-3 PM – Sankara and the African Fight Against Imperialism
February 9, 7 PM – Popcorn Politics (Co-Hosted by DSA Lincoln): TBD
February 23, 7 PM – Movie Night: Whose Streets? *tentative*

Tabled items: Winter Calendar, 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

Meeting adjourned: 8:30 PM

10/16/17 Minutes: Winter Calendar discussion

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

1. Event Review – We ran They Live for our second Popcorn Politics movie on Friday night. It was a fun, with a great turnout and a great discussion afterward.

2. Upcoming Event – Robert’s presentation on Factory Farming is this Saturday. Ty reports that we may need a laptop with Windows on it to open his PowerPoint. He’ll look into it.

3. Winter Calendar –

We and DSA are interested in continuing Popcorn Politics into the winter with three more movies. Major suggestions raised on Friday after THey Live were RoboCop, Full Metal Jacket, Dr. Strangelove, American History X, and The Terminator.

Jackson suggests that we perhaps do another race-centric February lineup in honor of Black History Month. We are also currently considering adding Whose Streets as a February movie, depending on its availability. (It’s still being shown in theaters.) Ty suggests that the February discussion could be on the racists dimensions of the prison-industrial complex, possibly with a provocative title calling it something like “Modern-Day Slavery.” Jackson is intrigued, but concerned about the specifics of marketing that event so that we’re clearing saying “blackness is treated as criminal” and not awkwardly implying that “black people are criminals”.

Ty also thinks we should maybe have one of our discussions on immigration.

Family-Friendly Movie Night: An American Tail
Or: The Iron Giant, The Secret of NIMH, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa

Reed brought up a Frank Little independent film and book that recently came out. And we could potentially discuss him or screen the film.

We had a discussion about national liberation movements and international solidarity, but as far as turning it into a discussion, we’d have to work on making sure it’s not overly theoretical and able to be accessible for folks who don’t know much about the topics.

Some ideas that were left over from the Fall Calendar planning:

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.

Tabled items: Winter Calendar, 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

Meeting adjourned: 8:15 PM

 

10/9/17 Minutes: They Live, Winter Calendar Planning

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

1. Upcoming Event – They Live is on Friday! Jackson says he will continue to hype it on Facebook.

2. Winter Calendar –

Family-Friendly Movie Night: An American Tail
Or: The Iron Giant, The Secret of NIMH, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa

Reed brought up a Frank Little independent film and book that recently came out. And we could potentially discuss him or screen the film.

We had a discussion about national liberation movements and international solidarity, but as far as turning it into a discussion, we’d have to work on making sure it’s not overly theoretical and able to be accessible for folks who don’t know much about the topics.

Some ideas that were left over from the Fall Calendar planning:

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.

Tabled items: Winter Calendar, 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

Meeting adjourned: 8:48 PM

10/2/17 Minutes: Winter Calendar Brainstorming

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

1. Event Reviews – We ran two movies since our last meeting. Blade Runner went really well, with a really good turnout and discussion. Jackson just thinks he needs to be better about announcing the snack table before starting the movie. We also ran The Brave Little Toaster, which wasn’t well attended. We probably could’ve promoted it harder. We’ll try to run another family-friendly animated movie in the winter calendar.

2. Next Week – Jackson reports that Indigo Bridge is hosting a panel discussion “Activists, Academics, and Altruists: Environmental Activism” to inform people about getting involved in environmentalist work. While that sounds interesting, we probably won’t be going and will leave our meeting on as scheduled.

3. October Events – We spent some meeting time to work on getting our October events onto Facebook and our website.

4. Winter Calendar –

Family-Friendly Movie Night: An American Tail
Or: The Iron Giant, The Secret of Nimh, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa

Some ideas that were left over from the Fall Calendar planning:

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.

Tabled items: Winter Calendar, 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

Meeting adjourned: 8:15 PM