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Started 7:15pm
Attendees: Miguel, John (facilitator), Dug, Kathy (Notetaker) and Grant
Review:
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MLK Parade: Marched in solidarity with others. Had a booth with literature and also a generic sign that reads “Occupy 805 Marches in Solidarity” that Victor made to be used at other events also. Foreclosure signups. 15 to 20 Occupiers in all showed up for the event. There is a book called New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander that Grant highly recommends.
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Park Outreach: At Ventura City Hall last week was the proposal for the a new park on the west side. Miguel with CHANGE is trying to get the park. Miguel brought up issues about childhood obesity and diseases along with other issues previously brought to the city council. The city has not yet approved the area at Kellog and Ventura Avenue for the park. Grant suggested a community garden. Miguel said that they are working on another area for the garden. ANNOUNCEMENT: Next Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at Bell Arts is Alternative Four – plan response what can and cannot be built increase in density up to 2000 people. New buildings – displace for artists lofts *not work for farm workers. Good for Subway, not mom and pop small businesses. Parks and rec will be there and a coalition of 30 groups total.
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Communication and maintaining the movement: John discussed how to bring people to the event and keep them engaged. He suggested being concise with our message. Do not give more info unless they ask questions. Many grievances are a result of the money corrupting our democracy. If we spend time explaining some of them, the people may not think that the movement is for them. More social events and less internet communication is also key if we want to make an impact. Build relationships as people in person to person. Calendar needs more head of time planning.
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Move to Amend and Occupy the Courts:
Friday, January 20th at Santa Barbara Federal Courthouse between noon and 7pm. The address for the SB Courthouse is 1415 State Street. Contact Dug, Grant or John if you need a ride there.
More information: https://occupyventura805.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/january-20-2012-occupy-the-courts-nationwide/
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Saturday, January 21st at downtown Ojai at 1pm is Abolish Corporate Personhood.
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“Label GMOs” State Ballot Initiative / Amend Campaign (dual effort?) Sunday, January 22, from 4pm to 7:30pm at the EP Foster Library (Topping Room), in downtown Ventura.
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David Cobb – Co-Founder of “Move To Amend” is speaking on February 5, at 3pm at the EP Foster Library (Topping Room), in downtown Ventura.
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Mission Park Event Workgroup
Dug is organizing a workgroup to coordinate an event at Mission Park during Presidents Day weekend. He suggested outreach to local businesses and outreach to others involved with other actions. He will have a proposal for the Occupy 805 GA on February 7th at Cafe on A in Oxnard.
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Halliburton Protest proposal is shelved until we have more outreach.
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