1/15/17 Minutes: Spring Calendar Planning

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

1. Event Review – Popcorn Politics went well last week. Good turnout, decent discussion, but an intense movie. Maybe focus on more fun movies in the future, but it was too appropriate a movie for the subject matter we wanted to address to pass up.

2. Upcoming Event – We have a reading discussion this Saturday: 10 Things Every White Person Should Know When Talking About Race. Ty will take care of prepping and printing 15 copies of the reading.

3. Spring Calendar –
April:
April 21?, 1-3 PM – Reading Discussion: Fueling Dissent

May:
May 5, 12-5 PM – Open House Party for Karl Marx’s 200th Birthday
May 11, 8 AM-6 PM, and May 12, 8 AM-2 PM – The Black Cat House Yard Sale Fundraiser

Fueling Dissent – https://apps.publicintegrity.org/united-states-of-petroleum/fueling-dissent/

Ideas for other spring calendar events:

Discussions: liberation theology, national liberation movement/separatism, prison-industrial complex, transfeminism

Movies: Anarchism in America, Popcorn Politics? (Salt of the Earth? Kubrick? Imperium?)

Other: Little Red Singalong

Grey Out Days: March 30/31/April 1 (alt weekend for Red State), April 6/7/8 (Red State Conference), April 28 (Lincoln Earth Day)

Meeting Adjourned: 8:00 PM

Tabled items: Spring Calendar, 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

12/18/17 Minutes: Meeting Cancellations, Event Postings

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

Start time: 7:00 PM

1. Event Review – RoboCop went pretty good! It was a good turnout and everyone enjoyed it. Popcorn Politics seems to have a solid base of people coming to them, which is good to hear and means we can sustain the series for longer.

2. Meeting Cancellation – The next two weekly meetings are on Christmas and New Year’s Day respectively, so we’re opting to cancel them since it’s unlikely anyone will attend and our projected agendas for them would be minimal.

3. January Events – We have Popcorn Politics, a reading discussion, and a documentary coming up in January. We also have a counter-protest, but the event page is already up for it. We spent the rest of the time putting the event pages up for the rest.

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

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

11/6/17 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

10/23/17 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

10/9/17 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

Robert’s Good Life Halfsy Donation Drive Updates


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Hello all! Just giving a update on Robert’s efforts in the Good Life Halfsy! For all his activism and advocacy, he has been declared a Good Life Halfsy Hero! A video featuring him and the rest of the Halfsy Heroes is available on Facebook, as well as interviews which you can read here.

A reminder that Robert will also be presenting at The Black Cat House on October 21, 1 to 3 PM, on behalf of Factory Farming Awareness Coalition. 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. More on that will come as we get closer to the date!

Just learning about Robert and the donation drive? Read more on the original post!


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9/18/17 Minutes: Blade Runner, Book Purchases

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

1. Upcoming Event – We’re showing our first Popcorn Politics with DSA on Friday: Blade Runner! We need to set up the room for it, but there’s not too much we need to do.

2. AK Press – Ty went ahead and bought some books from AK Press, and spent $106.13. He’ll get reimbursed for that. Jackson also bought some books that were cheaper on eBay for the library, but he asked to take care of that when those orders actually come in.

3. Articles for Discussion – We reviewed the articles we had tabled for potential discussions.

 

Meeting adjourned: 8:08 PM

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

9/4/17 Minutes: Everyday Anti-Fascism, Public Debate

In Attendance: Jackson (moderator), James, Reed, Ty (secretary)
Start time: 7:03 PM

1. Event Review: We hosted a DSA Lincoln discussion last week, which went well.

2. Upcoming Event: We have a reading group on “Everyday Anti-Fascism” on Saturday. We’ll need to print off the reading for that — Jackson thinks 20 copies would be ok. He’ll try to take care of formatting that, and Ty will get them printed.

3. Email: We got an email from Joseth — an old secular ally of Jackson. He emailed because he wants some assistance in organizing a public debate with a member of the Hastings Catholic community. Jackson will give him a call to figure out more details.

Meeting adjourned: 7:52 PM

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

8/21/17 Minutes: Emergency Meeting, Dismantling Patriarchy

In attendance: Jackson (moderator), Ty (secretary)
Start time: 8:00 PM

1. Emergency Meeting to Counter Hate Group – The meeting was delayed for an hour due to our presence being requested to talk about a response to the ACT America white supremacist hate group rallying on September 9th. Jackson went on our group’s behalf, and reported that the discussion is still ongoing at the time our meeting was postponed to, as many people came out to talk over the issue. We will do our best to remain in the loop, as we also have a reading group scheduled on that day, and we want to make sure that it doesn’t conflict with any leftist actions being held.

2. Upcoming Event – The Dismantling Patriarchy workshop is this Saturday. We did not get a flier sent to us, so we’ll have to do without. We’ll donate $50 to the speaker.

3. Treasury Update – Jackson posted a treasury update, and we decided to place $100 of the general treasury into the speaker’s treasury, $50 of which will be spent for the Dismantling Patriarchy.

 

Meeting adjourned: 8:45 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