Minutes for MPJC Meeting of July 6, 2015

Present: Peter, Ellyn, Glenda Rae, Rey, Wanda, Galen

Old business

    1.  Approval of Minutes for January 26: The minutes were approved as corrected.

    2. Progress Reports

        a. Topic of the Month: Climate Change - Peter noted that we had not assigned this topic to anyone to prepare a draft. He had put out the indigenous rights statement to the list serv without any response so he had uploaded the statement to the issues section of the web.

        b. Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day Presence: We decided to have a presence at the First Friday celebration on August 7 infront of Morris Civic. This date is between Hiroshima and Nagasaki days and there should be a good croud near the fountain. This year is the 80th anniversary. Peter will develop a leaflet using UCS, NPP, PSR websites. Lois has the sandwich boards somewhere in her trunk as well as the shadow figures we used in past years. She will update the message, reflecting the questions: Do you know how many nukes the U.S. has? Russia has? Did you know that the U.S. is the only country that has used nuclear weapons? Do you know how much money the U.S. spends rehabilitating old nukes? Peter will try to answer these questions in the leaflet.

        c. Tar Sands Oil Train Vigil: This vigil is set for 4:30 this afternoon. Peter made 8 signs re the trains, posted the vigil on the Credo site, and wrote a press release which Ellyn distributed. Kathy will bring her model train and trifold sign that she used at earth day. She will also act as spokesperson with the press if any show up.

        d. Citizens Climate Lobby: They held their march in Washington in late June but nothing further has been communicated.

    2. Treasurer's Report: $33.72 with a g$9.11 in petty cash.

New Business

    1. What do we (can we) do next? We incorporated this topic into other discussion

    2. Topic of the Month: Rey agreed to write a draft statement for discussion at the next meeting. We discussed the fact that the Oklahoma earthquake has been linked to fracking.

    3. Other Topics and Issues: The September 12 Community Forum on the School to Prison Pipeline will be held at IUSB, time to be determined.

August 26th is Womens Equality Day. There will be a program at the IUSB Civil Rights  Heritage Center (former natatorium) 5:30-7:30

CPNV is still collecting stories of nonviolence. Send your story to SB150peace@gmail.com

Lois is concerned about barriers to voting and gun violence. There still is no background check required to buy a gun at a gun show. Ellyn wondered if anyone does gun safety training that is not connected with learning to shoot.

    4. Next meeting: Monday, August 3rd, at 2:30pm at Peter and Ellyn's.