G.A. Minutes 8-14-12
We got started a little late tonight as some of our people were off taking care of other things. The discussion was a continuation of the discussion held at last Saturday’s G.A. ( this writer was unable to attend that mtg). When we had our mtg with the property owner we noted that most people in the neighborhood had never been in our camp and had no idea what we were about. We brainstormed about ways to respond to this problem and thought establishing a type of neighborhood watch program might be a solution. During the G.A. last Saturday a speaker from a nearby neighborhood watch program explained how they did things. It seems that most watch programs are required to call the DPD whenever they see anything unusual. We decided we didn’t want to do things that way as our neighbors already have more interaction with the police than they care to. While the police can be and have been very helpful in emergency situations, some officers harass and insult people living in our neighborhood simply because they are poor and/or people of color. We decide we will just walk around the block and pick up garbage and talk to people who want to talk to us. Tentatively, we will call it the Community Outreach Walk. Having a wagon would be good. We will put out a call to let people know we could really use a little wagon if anyone has one lying around.
We are also hosting the movie “Home” at the Zinema on Thursday, August 16th at 7pm. Admission is free with donations being greatly appreciated. Hope you can make it.