Occupy Rapid City Agenda December 19, 2011
Rapid City Public Library Room B 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Introductions New people asked to say a bit about themselves and why they are here in one sentence
Approval of Agenda Make additions and deletions at this time
Meeting Ground Rules Raise hand and be recognized by moderator before speaking and include everyone in the discussion
Announcements, concerns, updates
Plans for Teach-ins December 21, January 5, January 31
December 21 (Wednesday) 6:00 to 8:00 pm @ Library Room B – Jaime Jensen on green alternatives, second presentation by Richard (?) on Effects of Economic Inequality (feat. Richard Wilkinson), third presentation open/Occupy Videos
January 31 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 7:30 in Room B – Lilias Jarding of Clean Water Alliance will speak on corporate energy: coal, oil, nuclear energy and uranium mining in SD
January (Date Undetermined) – Karen Hall of Democracy in Action will speak about effective lobbying of SD Legislature
Plan for December 26 and January 2 General Assemblies when RC Library is closed. No meetings? Alternate location? Meet online?
Occupy the Courts and Congress In keeping with last week’s decision to coordinate our actions with those of the larger movement, here are some possibilities:
- Occupy Congress January 17 This is the date that Congress reconvenes and all Occupy groups are invited to be in Washington D.C. to demand redress of grievances with emphasis on concentration of wealth, money controlling government, and a government unable/unwilling to govern. http://www.occupyyourcongress.info/
- Saturday, January 21, is the first anniversary of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision allowing unlimited undisclosed amounts of corporate money in political campaigns. Promoted by the organization Move to Amend http://movetoamend.org/ there will be occupations of courts around the country on Friday, January 20.
- ORC has decided to protest at the federal building in RC. Are we protesting on the 17th? 20th? The 21st?
- Are we going beyond a protest and organizing to promote the Move to Amend effort to amend the US Constitution to deny personhood to corporations and deny them the right to contribute to political campaigns?
- We’ve talked about a SD constitutional amendment initiative banning corporate money in elections. It takes a lot of signatures. 10% of the number who voted in the last gubernatorial election plus extra signatures because some will be thrown out. We’d need to partner with other highly committed groups, lots of boots on the ground. Good legal advice. Need money for advertising. Excellent opportunity to educate and energize the public. Should we proceed? Who besides Charlotte will work on this?
Plans for occupying Main Street Square the next three Saturdays
Creation of List of Alternative News Sources
Ideas for expanding membership and participation
By General Consensus: