Minutes for September 14, 2004 Meeting
Present: Lois, Zae, Roz, Paul, Caroline, Ellyn, Peter, Rey, Glenda Rae
- We approved the minutes from the August 29th meeting and confirmed the plan
to switch the listserv to Notre Dame under the condition that we send notice
by email to the list a week in advance and transfer all the members from the
old to new list. Kay and Kevin will work on the change.
- The Jobs with Justice banquet is Thursday, September 30. The cost is $25
per person for 2 or more people. Contact Lee at 287-8377 for tickets or information.
We collected almost enough money to pay for JWJ membership ($50) and to take
out a half page ad in their banquet booklet ($50). Glenda Rae made up the
difference from personal funds. We did not take any money from the bank account.
- We discussed the open letter to candidates for elective office. See below.
This is the petition we discussed changing at the last meeting. Caroline had
updated it and we made some changes at the meeting. (We added CAFTA, to point
5, and the phrase "a climate of fear" to point 3. We suggested that
this letter be used as an instrument to engage peoplein discussion. I.e.,
"If you want to know what the peace and justice community think on the
issues, take a look at this letter. We hope to pressure the candidates to
take up these issues." We hoped folks would print off this letter and
distribute it to campus groups, political campaign workers, passers-by at
the Monday vigils, and as many others as possible.
- We discussed the "Get out the Vote -- Vote out Bush" event for
late October. we decided to hold it in the green in front of the Morris Auditorium
starting at 6:30pm on Friday, October 29th. We would ask people to bring candles,
banners, and signs, so passing cars would know what we were about. We intended
it as a gathering of folks committed to regime change so we could encourage
each other to get out and vote the next Tuesday. We have no planned agenda
or speeches. Peter will frame up a leaflet and Paul will edit it. We will
publish it on the list for approval and make it available for download from
the website. Everyone is encouraged to pass the word. The Center for Peace
and Nonviolence has scheduled a weekend conference for that weekend. If anyone
has details about this and how we could dovetail it with the Oct 29th gathering,
please send email to the list.
- Rey brought up the Military draft bill which is before the Armed Services
Committee. Information on this bill was sent out on the list last week. The
wesite holding the wording is http://thomas.loc.gov/ We noted that we need
to think about gearing up for draft counseling. The Pax Christi group at Notre
Dame and particularly Fr. Mike Baxter is a good resource on Conscientious
Objection. The discussion branched out to military recruitment in the high
schools (the current de-facto draft of the poor). Zae thought her daughter
could find out more about the military in the schools as she is a freshman
at Clay. Paul urged her to hook up with the peace group at IUSB as many of
them have just graduated from the South Bend high schools. We decided to watch
the situation and investigate providing high school students with information
about alternatives to military service.
- Roz asked if she could say she is a member of MPJC when she wrote to ask
Amnesty International to investigate the case of Abraham Berloc(sp), a Kurdish
restaurant owner in southwestern Michigan, who has been held without counsel
by the Deptment of Homeland Security since late July. We saw no problem with
Roz giving her MPJC membership information to AI, but noted that the case
was quite complicated and wished that groups advocating his release would
provide complete information so each of us could decide whether to support
- Next Meeting. We will meet at 1036 N. Niles on Tuesday, October 12. It
will be announced via the List Serv and at the weekly vigil.
Open Letter to Candidates for Elective Office