Notes recorded by Susan Rice
Previously we agreed to post Report Backs and Announcements on the O-A listserv in order to create more time at the weekly General Assembly. Sometimes it is necessary to give some time to on-going Working Group tasks and actions, but if we can receive the updates on-line, then it expedites our meeting. Perhaps comments about such things could be included in the check-in. (this is an editorial comment from the note taker)
Justice for Charles: The Saturday event was successful. It was well publicized. There continues to be a weekly event every Friday night supporting Justice for Charles.
Amherst Schools Justice: The meeting last Sunday was well attended. Jean sent a comprehensive list of issues that need to be addressed to the O-A listserv. The nest meeting with the middle school staff/administrators is this coming Monday. Contact Jean (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are planning to attend.
Pride and Parade Event: Saturday, May12th. The parade starts at noon. We are to gather between 11:30 and 12:00 in the parking lot on Hampton Avenue across from the Northampton Brewery. This is a good event to leaflet. There will be places to display literature.
May 26th “Another World is Possible” Event on Amherst Common: O-A is committed to go forward on this. This Expandable Brass Band will participate. Jean Sherlock will do a “Community Building Workshop”. Tasks were divided as follows:
Publicity…Amy: Press release, posters/cards, listservs, personalized outreach, photo/video at the event
Site Coordination…Susan and Jean : Check with town to make sure we can use the space in the common right behind the Farmer’s market, arrange for table, chairs, soapbox, banner, etc., Poster board of day’s activities, food/water, clean-up
Program 11-12 Coordination…Paul and Nancy:Confirm speakers, Intro speakers, time keeping, facilitate “people’s mic”, Megaphone?
Program 12-1 Coordination..Deborah, with Jean as Consult: Plan the action, choreograph movement of group, coordinate Expandable Brass Band, Chants, signs and props?
Program 1-2 Coordination…Jean and Deborah: Community building workshop, 99% Games, conversation with speakers?
“Paper City” Documentary: Holyoke Student, Akil Gibbons has created the film about Holyoke. Amy felt it would be a good film for O-A to see. We agreed to view it at the next meeting and have a discussion with the film maker after. The meeting next week, May 16th will begin at 4:30. The film will be shown from 5:30 to 6:30.
Proposal for Meeting Schedule Change: Tabled for next week.
Facilitator of next meeting: Attila