G.A. Minutes 11-27-12
This is our first meeting at the skywalk location. It feels weird. We haven’t met here in at least a year. The lights are very bright and the people who walk by aren’t at all interested in what we are doing. Shoppers and workers, all on a mission. At least the temperature is warm. We have no food or coffee. The space is too small to have a table without blocking the walkway. We must be sure to not block the walkway. Partly, because it would be discourteous to other people but also because it’s a city ordinance that actually exists.
A security guard comes by, gives us a skeptical look and says, “What are you doing here?” We tell her we are sitting and having a meeting. She laughs and walks away.
Without the neighborhood distractions that have become a usual part of our meeting, we get down to business. We have only five Occupiers tonight, so things go quickly. We still have no progress on our movie showing. The guy we need to hook up with at the Zinema is out of town for a week. A second email has been sent to the film producers but no response yet.
An Occupier has a court date for 9:00am Thursday, November 30th. This is related to the trespassing ticket he received during our illegal eviction from our camp. He intends to challenge the charge. Other Occupiers promise to be there to lend moral support.
Another Occupier has a paper to write for his college midterm. He’s been asked to compare and contrast the civil rights movement of the 60s and 70s and the feminist movement of the same time period. The young man hadn’t even been born when these things were happening so he must get all his information from books. He thinks that black civil rights activists were probably not very empathetic when it came to women’s rights. A female Occupier was involved with these movements in the 60s and 70s and gives him her take on what was going on. She says the religious, educated, middle class black leaders were not particularly supportive of women’s equality. Among working class African Americans, women were more likely to have leadership roles. There were also secular civil rights organizations. Black feminist women were able to express their ideas with more freedom in these groups. She states she believes black American feminist women were not always well treated by their white sisters. The white feminists didn’t always understand the special needs of women affected by both sexism and racism.
This topic evolves into a general discussion about racism and classism. The young man believes all oppression is based upon class these days. Others say racism still plays a part. The young man says, “I’m ready to go home and write my paper now. I’ll see you all at the court on Thursday.” The meeting breaks up. We’ll meet here as long as we have to but will be on the lookout for a better place. Hopefully it will be some place that enables interaction with people from the hood.