August 2019 Meeting Minutes and Tentative Agenda for February 2020 Meeting

Agenda for Monthly Progressive Business Meeting



Location to be determined

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



  • We discussed changes to the meeting location and the presentation thereof, since we only met at the church to make attendance more convenient for a fellow member whom has now decided to virtually “attend” via the livestream.
  • We talked about the emphasis on local development and infrastructure was becoming a key focus of the local races for office.
  • We highlighted the then-upcoming Freedom School Picnic.
  • Councilman Blake’s fundraiser with Senator Sherrod Brown was noted.
  • We discussed plans for the Third Annual Democracy Day at the Library – which was held in Meeting Room B on Constitution Day -; mentioned the possibility of inviting “electronic testimonials”, noted how people get involved in politics when they feel threatened, brainstormed about a 2020 Democracy Day promotional effort, emphasized the importance of education on the issue and the link with the Koch Brothers, mentioned that Democracy is under attack from all end.
  • We highlighted the ongoing “Issues and Answers” Podcast with episodes available at and stated that labor ideas and contributions to the movement are welcome.
  • We talked about a recent City Council meeting in Newark where a noise ordinance change was discussed and how every government’s focus should be to balance the people’s collective interests with the interests of the economy. We, again, noted the lack of attention the homeless issue receives, and that transitional housing and the root causes of homelessness must be at the center.
  • In our open discussion, we talked about Universal Basic Income and discussed how the “UBI” is insufficient, we highlighted the real long-term dangers of automation, we touched base with the real world limitations of resources available and how that limits economic prospects, and (again) discussed how 2020’s election is the most important to date.


There was no October meeting on the 28th, despite us planning for such initially. A few members were unable to attend and there was nothing major to update via a livestream brief.

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