Minutes for 09/09/03
Present: Lee, Lisa, Ron, Pam, Caroline, Ros, Ellyn, Peter, Lois. Paul arrived
from another meeting towards the close of this one.
The meeting started 7:10 and officially ended at 8:30pm.
Items discussed included the following:
- Lois had arranged for an open mike segment at the Fiddler's Hearth. For
Sept. l0, the day before the anniversary of Sept 11, 2001. She linked this
with the "circle of hope" national events sponsored by "Families for Peaceful
tomorrows" (www.familiesforpeacefultomorrows.org). Members were urged to support
this event. Lois also reported that the Fiddler's Hearth will soon begin Tuesday
evening "town/pub hall type meetings" there to discuss important issue of
the day in the tradition of the old Irish/British pubs. The St. Mary's prayer/reflection
vigils on the anniversary were noted.
- Lois reported that groups like ours can have booths at the Martin Luther
King celebration, Jan l9, 2004 for the fee of $35, due by early Oct. The hat
was passed and money for this and a subsequent item was collected.
- The group discussed the ANSWER sponsored march on Washington Oct. 25. It
was felt that the focus as noted on the ANSWER web site (Link to it from www.unitedforpeace.org)
seemed vague. The local YWCA will be sponsoring its annual "Week Without Violence"
from Oct l9-25 and Ellyn will get info about that week to see if there are
events we should support within it. (Note: the calendar is available with
daily events that week.) Later, Paul noted that the IUSB Peace and Justice
Group planned to sponsor a local event in conjunction with the national event
on October 25th.
- The tentative forum with members of the "support the troops" demonstrators
has stalled due to lack of response from them after several e-mail and telephone
messages to the contact person that we had. The group decided not to pursue
this further at this time unless fresh contacts arise. Instead, we would get
involved with the public town hall meetings sponsored by Fiddler's Hearth
on Tuesday evenings.
- Lee discussed the Jobs with Justice group and upcoming annual dinner. He
requested and received approval to place an ad in the dinner program. Caroline
agreed to ask Kay for assistance with ad layout. The cost was $25 and collected
in the pass-the-hat activity mentioned in item 2. As a result, the money for
the MLK booth will have to be raised at the next meeting.
- Lee has been our unofficial rep/laison to the Jobs with Justice (JWJ) local
group. At his request, the group authorized him to continue that in an authorized
- Lee informed the group that there will be a Teach-In and rally opposing
the Free Trade agreement on the campus of the University of Notre Dame on
Oct. 20. The rally will begin near the Athletic Convention Center (ACC) and
conclude with a walk to a campus hall. (We will put info on the http://community.michiana.org/justice
- Some of the members who vigil on Monday evenings have been uncomfortable
with perceived threats to post pictures of us on websites by those who oppose
us. Lee will check for the pictures and let us know.
- Andre reported in a telephone conversation with Ellyn earlier that there
was car room if anyone wished to attend the CPT conference in Cleveland, Ohio
Sept. 25-8. He can be reached at Kern Rd. Menonite Church at 291-0924 days.
- Monday vigils at Main and Jefferson continue from 5-6 p.m. Numbers range
from 12-20 persons.
- Peter reported that the National War Tax Resistence Coordinating Committee
will have its National Conference Nov. 7-9 in Chicago this year. Sat will
be the main day of workshops and panels. MPJC members are invited to attend.
- Caroline reported that she was collecting orders for yard signs being sold
by Majorie and Doug. These are $5 and read "War is Not the Answer". Contact
Caroline at 574 287-6263 if you want to order some.
- Pam and Ron are willing to have our MPJC material at their booth in the
- The group discussed the "No Child Left Behind" provision that mandates
that the telephone numbers and addresses of upper level high school students
be forwarded to the Armed Services Recruiting Divisions. Rosalind was meeting
with a student group the following day and will bring up the topic there.
Ellyn and Lois will e-mail her with more info. The group would like a subgroup
to pick up the project of outlining strategies for families facing this, at
times unwanted, intrusion in their teen's life.
- We reviewed the issue of conflict between members of the list serve. We
agreed to not exclude people, but will ask people to take personal conflicts
off the list serve. Also if they find a way to resolve their differences we
will appreciate knowing that process. We suggest that people take into account
the limitations of list serve communication and that they forego name-calling
or agree to let such things roll off. ES