Meeting Place The group agreed to continue meeting at Seattle’s Best coffee shop in the Alex Johnson Hotel on the first and third Mondays at 5:30 pm.
Miss Representation The documentary Miss Representation will be shown at the Elks Theatre on June 25 at 6:30 pm. The film explores how media misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. It is sponsored by Heartland Film Society. Proceeds will benefit ProjectRespect.org.
South Dakota Peace and Justice will host a meeting on the topic What Is Occupy? with ORC members serving on a panel. The meeting will be at 7:00 pm at the St. Isaac Jogues church coffee shop at 221 Knollwood Avenue in Rapid City. The church is located across from the Carmike 10 Theater and next to the Mother Butler Center.
City Depository Task Force Last winter 15 ORCers attended a city council meeting to ask the council to deposit city money in locally owned banks and credit unions instead of US Bank, Wells Fargo, and other banks based elsewhere. The council voted to create a task force to advise the city on how to manage deposited funds. Two Occupiers, Tom Katus and Shirley Frederick, were appointed to the Depository Task Force, which has now completed its work. All banks and credit unions with offices in the city have been asked if they wish to serve as city depositories. The results of that survey may be seen here:
http://www.rcgov.org/pdfs/Finance/DepositTask/BankSurvey052412.pdf A five-page investment policy has been approved by the task force.
The task force has created a city investment policy, which will go into effect once it has been approved by the city council. You can read the proposed policy here:
Citizens United Update Retired US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has gone on record describing the crack in the foundation of the Citizens United decision that allows corporations to donate unlimited amounts of money to Super PACS to influence elections. The decision, he says, allows foreign-owned corporations to donate and the court will have to address this question sooner or later. Stevens also criticized the court for prohibiting Montana from banning corporate money, despite the fact that the law had been on the books since 1912.
The Casserole Protests The National Assembly of Quebec, Canada, recently passed
Bill 78, an emergency measure that restricts freedom of assembly, protest, or picketing on or near university grounds, and anywhere in Quebec without prior police approval. The bill is a response to Montreal students protesting against tuition hikes. People throughout Quebec province are protesting Bill 78 in the streets—banging pots and pans, giving the latest round of protests its name. The casserole protests are now spreading to Toronto, Vancouver, and other Canadian cities. Occupy Wall Street has also had a solidarity march.
Theme for the Month ORC will select a different theme for each month and members will make appropriate signs and fliers to display/hand out at Main Street Square on Saturdays. Equal rights and equal treatment of women will be the theme for June. Attention will be given to the proposed fair pay act being pushed by Obama, and the Miss Representation film will be promoted. Relevant info will go on the ORC website.