Minutes for MPJC meeting for August 23.
Present: Lee, Paul, Dustin, Ed C.
- Approval of Minutes: The minutes for the July 19th meeting were approved.
- Progress Reports
- There was a brief discussion on the No Child Left Behind Pizza Party
on August 18 at Prince of Peace. No one was present to talk about this
- Dustin did not have the statement on voting completed , but reiterated
that it would concern the new photo ID requirements to vote. Dustin will
bring a completed statement to the next meeting. Paul pointed out that
conservatives have always oposed lifting restrictions on voting.
- A discussion ensued concerning the disputes among supporters of Governor
Dean. Lee proposed both sides submit their differences to a conflict resolution
specialist. Ed said he would no longer contribute to the email discussion
as he had said all he wanted to say about the matter. The concern of all
was that the local peace movement remain united. Paul thought that both
sides needed to step back and consider the whole issue, i.e., what our
electoral approach to the war should be. Concern was expressed over two
separate vigils for Cindy Sheehan on the 17th. If asked, we should say
that we feel there needed to be two demonstrations and that this was a
reflection of the growth of the peace movement locally.
- Paul spoke on the planning for the September 24 Demonstrations . Anybody
who wants to go to Washington, DC for the demonstration should contact
Lee, who is trying to get the ANSWER coalition, who is organizing transportation
from Chicago, to stop in South Bend and pick up people. Lee can be reached
at 574-287-8377, or at email@example.com. We will try to have a rally
locally for people who do not go to DC, in solidarity with the national
demonstration.. Members need to post to the list-serv if they are in favor
of this local rally. Alternately it was suggested that we could have a
send off rally for the people who go. People who are interested in working
on either of these ideas should contact Lee. ( FYI. On Friday , August
19, both ANSWER and the UFPJ Coalitions agreed to a joint DC demonstration
although at the time of writing these notes , they will still be organizinng
their own constituencies for the rally separately.)
- Treasurers Report: The treasurer was absent.
(Other items on the agenda were deferred due to the small attendance at the meeting.
The next meeting will be September 6th , location to be announced)
Peter and Ellyn volunteered to host the next meeting at 1036 N. Niles Ave.