2012 – 01/21

Thanks to Stephanie Boucher, below are the meeting notes for January 21.

To those who attended the meeting, does anyone have my pen?  We passed around a sign-in sheet with my pen and I forgot to retrieve it.  It’s blue-gray (ground-up Maine mussel shells) with gold bands.Also, I have an extra Barbara Ehrenreich ticket for this Friday at 12:30 at Pickard Theater.  If anyone’s interested, please respond to this message.  First come first served.KevinGA meeting notes – 1/21/12

11 Pleasant Street

 

1. Public meeting to be held February 12th from 4pm to 7pm in the Morrell Meeting Room.

a)   The final version of the flyer has been emailed out and everyone is encouraged to print out copies to post/distribute.

b)   The room fee is $25. A collection was taken up to help cover the costs.

c)   Eric Herter will pick up the key from the library. Someone also needs to arrive early to tell the previous meeting that they cannot run long, as well as to help get tables and chairs set up. It was decided to place chairs around several small tables, as well as have a table for information and food. Jim brought copies of a Citizen’s United infosheet, and Jerry brought an article about climate change.

d)   FOOD: Stephanie, Karen, Christine, and Nick will collaborate on providing food.

2.   Karen announced that there will be a meeting on Monday the 23rd at 4:00 at the Little Dog to meet with a Bowdoin student named Hoo-Yi (spelling?)  who’s interested in getting involved. All are welcome.

3.   Regis Tremblay has started a television program in Portland and wants representatives from Brunswick to be on the show. He will be at the public meeting on the 12th. If anyone would like to get in touch with him prior to then, please contact Karen.

4.   Carpool for Changing Maine conference on January 28th:

a) meet at 8 am at Renys parking lot in Topsham

b)   Some Bath residents organized a carpool closer to their homes.

c)   Chris will do a Brunswick pickup in the municipal parking lot behind Little Dog for those unable to get to Topsham.

5.   Nick has created a wordpress.com website for the group located atoccupybrunswick.wordpress.com. To register the domain name asocccupybrunswick.com will cost only $17 per year. Patsy offered to cover the costs, or at least contribute to a collection. Nick will move forward on this.

6.   No database yet from the Bowdoin forum. Jerry is still waiting on the information.

7.   NATIONAL ACTIONS:

a)        Occupy the Courts happened on January 20th

b)   Next national action will be Occupy the Corporations on February 29th. More information to come.

8.   We discussed having something to hand out every week, and to organize commitments to do so.

a)   Nick will be make a resource page on the website as a place to upload and download documents.

b)   Everyone was encouraged to print out copies of the Public Meeting flyer next week to hand out.

c)   It was reiterated that we should no longer post items on the green telephone poles per the police officer’s request.

9.   Leon Bard shared his personal story of being foreclosed upon and his subsequent health problems. He informed us of a bill called LD 145 that would require lenders to produce the original paperwork in order to foreclose on a home. The bankers are fighting it because often they do not have such paperwork and are therefore fraudulently making money through foreclosures. Leon will get in touch with Kevin to send out more information about this bill and any actions being planned around it.

a)   Jerry brought up the possibility of using Change.org to collect signatures on issues such as this.

10.                 Email Database

a) Jerry talked about using a database to customize the kinds of emails people received when they signed up for the listserv. He will continue working on this database.

11. Jim brought up Governor LePage’s recent threat to close schools in May if his DHHS budget cuts were not approved. We discussed using this as a rallying point to get people involved. Those attending the Changing Maine conference this coming Saturday will bring this up.

12.Kevin mentioned that Barbara Ehrenreich will be speaking at Bowdoin College on Friday the 27thfrom 12:30 to 1:30 as part of the Community Reads program. There are free tickers available at Curtis Memorial Library for the talk. There will also be several book discussions in the weeks following around her book Nickel and Dimed.

a)   Those attending this talk will bring flyers for the public meeting to distribute.Meeting closed at 1:00pm a)   Jerry talked about using a database to customize the kinds of emails people received when they signed up for the listserv. He will continue working on this database.

11. Jim brought up Governor LePage’s recent threat to close schools in May if his DHHS budget cuts were not approved. We discussed using this as a rallying point to get people involved. Those attending the Changing Maine conference this coming Saturday will bring this up.

12.Kevin mentioned that Barbara Ehrenreich will be speaking at Bowdoin College on Friday the 27thfrom 12:30 to 1:30 as part of the Community Reads program. There are free tickers available at Curtis Memorial Library for the talk. There will also be several book discussions in the weeks following around her book Nickel and Dimed.

a)   Those attending this talk will bring flyers for the public meeting to distribute.

Meeting closed at 1:00pm

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