After a week of little attendance we were back half way to full strength.
Mary Wentworth visited to talk about Bonnie McCracken’s campaign for Registrar of Deeds. She is feeling particularly good about getting an amendment into the latest state budget that protects people in the service from having their house foreclosed while they are out of the country and unable to protect it or negotiate with the banks. However distant we are from supporting separate candidates in general, Bonnie’s been coming to OA about her advocacy for people going up against the banks on home mortgages and now seems to be facing a party favorite who has no particular familiarity with the office, while Bonnie is a professional.
They are asking us to come to a Bonnie for Registrar of Deeds rally at the Coolidge Bridge at 330-5:00 PM Friday.
People in the meeting suggested to Mary that there should be notifications sent to the papers about the Grace Ross workshop on foreclosures that we are sponsoring with Bonnie: June 17, 3 PM, First Congregational Church, Amherst.
Around 17th of September, the One Year Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street there is going to be some sort of big activity going on for us to take part in if we choose.
Don Carew brought information on Signing up to receive Occupy Wall Street News Letter published periodically. He’ll send out a link to sign up tomorrow.
Roger is just back from a politics and music weekend and we all lamented the lack of a Ben or a Beth with whom to serenade ourselves with.
[insertion into these minutes by Roger: At the Peoples Music Network gathering I heard this new verse by Lori Gross, for the well-known song "Union Maid:"
In the 21st century, we're working toward our dream
Let's have some fun, and get things done,
While we Occupy the streets.
With fairness as our creed,
We'll wipe out corporate greed,
When the 99 can work as one
Then change is gonna come.
There was a discussion on going to local supermarkets or malls to get more signatures on the petition to get the campaign against Citizens United on the ballot in Massachusetts. Three are going down to Trader Joe’s on Thursday at 4 PM on the 7th and on the 14th. Everyone is welcome!
There was a long discussion of what Occupy Amherst might do to support the interests of local veterans, who are being failed by the Veteran’s Administration and the government generally.
Justice for Charles, which has learned that the DA in Springfield will not appeal the Judge’s decision to grant a new trial. That means he has only two choices, drop the charges and let Charles out, or reindict. is meeting at 12 Longmeadow Drive, #21, Friday ata 6-8. They are currently planning a politicized Juneteenth for Springfield.