Notes from Occupy Rapid City Meeting March 19, 2012
The Heartland Film Society in cooperation with Dakota Rural Action will present the film “Farmageddon” at the Elks Theater in Rapid City March 26 at 6:30 pm. A panel discussion will follow the film.
Tom Katus, just back from lobbying at the last legislative day in Pierre, reported that the governor’s veto of the billboard bill was not overturned. This leaves the new city ordinance banning future electronic billboards intact. Jim Petersen pointed out that billboard companies pay no taxes and are yet another example of corporate freeloaders.
Marv Kammerer attended the recent meeting of the Meade County Commissioners to protest county approval of the use of county roads by TransCanada to build its XL oil pipeline extending from Alberta to Texas.
Marv will ask the County Commission to approve a resolution opposing the National Defense Authorization Act, which allows indefinite detention of anyone thought to be a danger to the US. Marv recommends that all SD counties pass such a resolution.
The group decided to continue our protests Saturday at noon at Main Street Square. The March 24 protest will be “bring your own issue.”
Clay Uptain is now an editor on the ORC website.
Professor author poet scholar Elizabeth Cook Lynn will discuss her life as a writer at the Dahl Art Center in Rapid City March 22 at 7 pm.
ORC will continue to meet at Seattle’s Best in the Alex Johnson Hotel on the first and third Mondays at 5:30 pm.
Kathy Jarvis reported on the abuse of the Patriot Act’s secret laws and the accusation that Saudi Arabia was involved in the 9/11 attack.
Lucas Haan reported on the work of the SDSM&T student group Engineers and Scientists Abroad.
Shirley Frederick reported on the latest Rapid City Depository Task Force meeting.
Thank you Shirley for these meeting notes.