Minutes for MPJC meeting for August 1
Present: Peter, Glenda Rae, Rey, Lee, Caroline, Matt, Kamaria
- Approval of Minutes for July 11: The minutes were approved as written.
- Progress Reports
- . Town Hall Meeting to showcase alternatives to Bush ideas (Ellyn):
Ellyn had to work and we decided to wait until September to plan for this
- MPJC statement on Immigration Reform (Caroline): Caroline had send
a draft of the statement to the list and we approved the draft with only
typo corrections. Peter will resend the statement to the list and put
it on the website after a week for comments or objections. We decided
to link the FLOC and Mexico Solidarity
Network statements to our statement.
- CLAP project (Carol): Carol had another meeting and could not attend.
She asked Kamaria, a ND student member of CLAP to come. Kamaria asked
if we had any questions about the group and if we had ideas for actions
off campus to let the ND administration know that it is not only students
who are concerned about the staff at ND. CLAP is asking for a starting
salary of $12.10 per hour with an annual COLA increase. They have published
a report, the CLAP Living Wage Report, which can be found on their website
. Kamaria also gave us some names and email addresses of students
who will be active in CLAP this coming year. (Nick at nkrafft.nd.edu,
Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Katie at email@example.com. They plan to push
for the creation of a task force of students, faculty, administrators,
and staff to investigate all sides of fair treatment of workers, and then
pressure the task force to complete its task.
- Questions for Candidates: We approved the list of questions prepared
by a subcommittee (Peter, Ellyn, Rey, Caroline) with several additions.
Peter will distribute the questions to the list serve, and then put them
up on the website if no one objects. The yes/no questions will be used
to bird-dog Chocola, and the open-ended questions will be asked at a meeting
with Donnelly which Caroline will attempt to arrange as soon as possible.
Lee will contact Dustin to ask for his assistance in arranging this meeting.
- Literature Table at the Artist Festival: The West Side Art Faire will
be held on Saturday afternoon, August 12. Lois will be in charge. Anyone
who can help between noon and 6pm should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We will have counter recruitment literature. Rey suggested some good provocative
literature designed to grab young people and we decided to copy it for
the table. Peter will look into copyright issues. (Actually the literature
has a note at the bottom that copying and widespread distribution is encouraged).
Peter will copy it for Lois to bring to the table. We agreed to give a
$25 donation to the Faire in exchange for table space.
We also suggested having updated voting information at the table,
especially the necessity for bringing official ID when coming to vote
and the process, including cost, for obtaining the ID. We should put
a link to this info on our website.
- Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day Vigils: Lois was unable to attend, but she has
things well underway. Rey and Glenda Rae will get a roll of paper to Lois.
Ron is making the stand. Peter will prepare a master for a half-sheet
form for folks to write comments to Bush and Chocola. Peggy's husband
will make new signs. The main thing is to get lots of folks out for both
the noon actions on August 7-9 and also the expanded Monday afternoon
vigil from 5-6.
- Treasurer's Report: We have $169.30 in the bank and $16.52 cash on hand.
- Planning for Fall Activities: We will be very busy with the Fall elections
through November 7. We can plan future activities once these are over. ND
students may organize a rally shortly before the elections at which we could
speak. We need to keep in touch with our CLAP contacts to know when the rally
will be organized.
- Topic of the Month: We decided to discuss a ceasefire in Lebanon and Gaza
along with Israeli withdrawal from those two areas. Lee will construct a draft
statement and send it to the list for comment.
- Other topics and issues: Caroline will call Becky to request that we be
informed earlier for any future actions by the Arab-American community, like
the one on Sunday. The notice came too late for most of us to attend. If we
hear about another event at the last moment we should call MPJC members we
are in touch with.
- Next meeting: We will meet on September 5th at 1036 N. Niles Ave.