Agenda for Monthly Progressive Business Meeting
Live, via Facebook (Hosted by Daniel)
Subject to Change
- Introduction (5 Mins. 7:00-7:05)
- Labor Education/Working Families First (10 Mins. 7:05-7:15)
- Local Activism (5 Mins. 7:15-7:20)
- Open Discussion (If Desired) (100 Mins. 7:20-9:00)
- Adjourn (9:00)
Minutes for Progressive Meeting
- Meeting was broadcast via a LIVE Facebook video.
- We discussed the ongoing plans for a Labor Paper/Pamphlet/Newsletter. It was noted that our fellow progressive and founder of Working Families First Initiative is supportive of the idea of a labor paper and of using the Initiative as a conduit for such. It was also pointed out that he and Daniel are working on a political podcast (Entitled “Issues and Answers”) via the Working Families First website.
- It was pointed out that as part of educating local working class citizens, we can look into labor-friendly lawyers, help educate and protect workers struggling for their rights. Help non-union workers, possibly with help of organizations like AFL-CIO, and we can tie this effort into the paper/podcast to call for help.
- We highlighted the recent incident in Newark City Council (on April 15th) when Mayor Hall was cornered by citizens concerned about the homeless. We discussed how the Newark Homeless Outreach is now consistently serving over one hundred people (not all homeless, but hungry and desperately in need).
- We brought up the former “Basket” on the far east end of Newark, how this challenge of homelessness is an opportunity for the community to help, and how we need to get local religious institutions more involved in the effort.
- Above all, we vocalized our frustration with “just talking about” homelessness, without action. It was pointed out how the 99%’s initiative effort was borne out of frustration with inaction, and a similar spirit was emerging now.
- We discussed the importance of the temporary solution of tent cities, how we need to see a change in ordinances which restrict such, how we might explore using abandoned schools to help, and how the homeless can benefit simply from having an address.
- We topped off our discussion by emphasizing that we must distinguish between temporary and permanent solutions, if we truly care.
- Also brought up was the fact that our location for future meetings will be up in the air, as we may not always have the ability to use the church. Moreover, we will be shifting to meeting only on even-numbered months except for December.