G.A. Minutes 8-24-13

G.A. Minutes 8-24-13
There are city roadblocks up at both ends of the 100 block of 1st Ave. E. tonight when we arrive. The people on the ledge at the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial tell us the evangelicals down the block had their annual free music and food event a little earlier. It doesn’t appear that any of the folks hanging out have been converted.
It’s still in the 80s tonight so we’re taking it easy. We are only 3 Occupiers as we begin setting up. There is a 12 hour music jam going on at Sacred Heart; we suspect some of the Occupiers are attending. No one is in a hurry; we’ll sit around and see who turns up. The group of street folks is larger than average for this early in the evening; some of them we don’t recognize. Everyone is relaxed and friendly so we make small talk.
Another Occupier arrives and we begin our meeting. One person from our group went to the Idle No More assembly yesterday and she gives a report. Howling for Wolves is an organization dedicated to defending the status of wolves and operates throughout the state. The Northwoods Wolf Alliance also advocates for wolves but most of its members are based in the Twin Ports. The majority of members in both groups are of Anishenabeq descent. Many in NWA are also affiliated with INM. A wealthy Caucasian woman with aspirations of running for political office is also a member of Howling for Wolves. This woman has assumed the leadership of HFW and has decided to ask for funding from some of the big but rather conformist environmental clubs. She believes it will be easier to get the money if HFW ceases its demand for the repeal of the state wolf hunt. Although some agree, many have left the group. Repeal of the wolf hunt is central to protection of the wolves. Apparently, this same woman recently made an attempt to take over the Northwoods Wolf Alliance. It didn’t work but many “feathers were ruffled”. Forging NWA documents, the woman went to the tribal councils of several tribes in the area in an attempt to solicit funds. The Northwoods people were forced to take up much of their valuable time repairing the damage. Wolf supporters will be working separately now. This is sad as stopping the wolf hunt and retaining the wolves’ status as a protected species is of utmost importance.
Initially, the Occupier giving the report was charged by INM to write an article about the Enbridge Alberta Clipper pipeline for a local alternative newspaper. The article has finally been published. It can be found in this week’s Reader on page 24. Many readers outside of progressive circles have expressed surprise at the article’s information. They were unaware.
It was announced at the INM meeting that a press conference about the proposed Alberta Clipper project will be held on September 9th, 4:30pm in Canal Park. Many environmental organizations are scheduled to be there. Among those scheduled are 350.org and Sierra Club. These big organizations should draw much media attention. We all hope to attend this event.
Other issues discussed at the meeting were the ongoing dispute with the Gimaajii Center and status of the Cultural Staff and the Indigenous Commission.
Someone mentions Water Legacy needs people to get petition signatures next Saturday at the Bayfront Pride Festival. We all agree to go down and assist. This means we won’t have our meeting at the Memorial.
We researched the city ordinances we received from the DPD officer on Tuesday and weren’t surprised to find they had nothing to do with the issue of having a small safe fire at CJM. One ordinance gives the definition of a gas station and the other is the same one they gave us last fall about fires in city parks. We were halfway looking forward to showing our research to that particular officer tonight but think he’s probably off duty. The weather is also too warm for a fire.
Throughout our discussions people have been coming up for snacks. Some sit politely for a few minutes but aren’t interested or don’t understand the conversation. They wander off. When we take a break from talking, we notice the Memorial is completely packed with people. Many of the regulars; also a lot we haven’t met. They seem to notice we’ve “come up for air” so come over for smudging and visiting.
A woman we don’t know sits down and tells a story of almost everyone in her family either dying of cancer or committing suicide. Her husband has been severely injured in a hit and run accident. He is still alive. She goes to church a lot but likes to hang out at CJM occasionally. She looks for people who may be accepting of any help she can give. We suspect before her religious conversion, she hung on the street more frequently.
A man we haven’t met also talks about religion. He is African American and a believer in Christianity, Islam and Native Spirituality. He talks a mile a minute however, his conversation is interesting. He tells a story about not being accepted by any of the religions because he is a believer of many. His family consisted of believers of many faiths so he learned to understand them all. He is a single parent, raising a daughter of mixed ethnicities. His daughter experiences problems with schoolmates because of her enigmatic character. We all talk about the stupidity of prejudice. Somehow, this leads to a discussion about the role of African American music in the development of today’s music.
An Occupier reminds us it has been dark for a long time and if we’re going to get anything done tomorrow we’d better pack up now. Tonight the general vibe of the street is real good. If we were young and crazy we’d stay longer. We are crazy but we’re not young so we bid goodbye to the religious man and invite him to return. The police have cruised by a few times but appear uninterested. The place is still packed. As we leave, we hope the cops will be kept busy elsewhere. G.A. Minutes 8-24-13
There are city roadblocks up at both ends of the 100 block of 1st Ave. E. tonight when we arrive. The people on the ledge at the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial tell us the evangelicals down the block had their annual free music and food event a little earlier. It doesn’t appear that any of the folks hanging out have been converted.
It’s still in the 80s tonight so we’re taking it easy. We are only 3 Occupiers as we begin setting up. There is a 12 hour music jam going on at Sacred Heart; we suspect some of the Occupiers are attending. No one is in a hurry; we’ll sit around and see who turns up. The group of street folks is larger than average for this early in the evening; some of them we don’t recognize. Everyone is relaxed and friendly so we make small talk.
Another Occupier arrives and we begin our meeting. One person from our group went to the Idle No More assembly yesterday and she gives a report. Howling for Wolves is an organization dedicated to defending the status of wolves and operates throughout the state. The Northwoods Wolf Alliance also advocates for wolves but most of its members are based in the Twin Ports. The majority of members in both groups are of Anishenabeq descent. Many in NWA are also affiliated with INM. A wealthy Caucasian woman with aspirations of running for political office is also a member of Howling for Wolves. This woman has assumed the leadership of HFW and has decided to ask for funding from some of the big but rather conformist environmental clubs. She believes it will be easier to get the money if HFW ceases its demand for the repeal of the state wolf hunt. Although some agree, many have left the group. Repeal of the wolf hunt is central to protection of the wolves. Apparently, this same woman recently made an attempt to take over the Northwoods Wolf Alliance. It didn’t work but many “feathers were ruffled”. Forging NWA documents, the woman went to the tribal councils of several tribes in the area in an attempt to solicit funds. The Northwoods people were forced to take up much of their valuable time repairing the damage. Wolf supporters will be working separately now. This is sad as stopping the wolf hunt and retaining the wolves’ status as a protected species is of utmost importance.
Initially, the Occupier giving the report was charged by INM to write an article about the Enbridge Alberta Clipper pipeline for a local alternative newspaper. The article has finally been published. It can be found in this week’s Reader on page 24. Many readers outside of progressive circles have expressed surprise at the article’s information. They were unaware.
It was announced at the INM meeting that a press conference about the proposed Alberta Clipper project will be held on September 9th, 4:30pm in Canal Park. Many environmental organizations are scheduled to be there. Among those scheduled are 350.org and Sierra Club. These big organizations should draw much media attention. We all hope to attend this event.
Other issues discussed at the meeting were the ongoing dispute with the Gimaajii Center and status of the Cultural Staff and the Indigenous Commission.
Someone mentions Water Legacy needs people to get petition signatures next Saturday at the Bayfront Pride Festival. We all agree to go down and assist. This means we won’t have our meeting at the Memorial.
We researched the city ordinances we received from the DPD officer on Tuesday and weren’t surprised to find they had nothing to do with the issue of having a small safe fire at CJM. One ordinance gives the definition of a gas station and the other is the same one they gave us last fall about fires in city parks. We were halfway looking forward to showing our research to that particular officer tonight but think he’s probably off duty. The weather is also too warm for a fire.
Throughout our discussions people have been coming up for snacks. Some sit politely for a few minutes but aren’t interested or don’t understand the conversation. They wander off. When we take a break from talking, we notice the Memorial is completely packed with people. Many of the regulars; also a lot we haven’t met. They seem to notice we’ve “come up for air” so come over for smudging and visiting.
A woman we don’t know sits down and tells a story of almost everyone in her family either dying of cancer or committing suicide. Her husband has been severely injured in a hit and run accident. He is still alive. She goes to church a lot but likes to hang out at CJM occasionally. She looks for people who may be accepting of any help she can give. We suspect before her religious conversion, she hung on the street more frequently.
A man we haven’t met also talks about religion. He is African American and a believer in Christianity, Islam and Native Spirituality. He talks a mile a minute however, his conversation is interesting. He tells a story about not being accepted by any of the religions because he is a believer of many. His family consisted of believers of many faiths so he learned to understand them all. He is a single parent, raising a daughter of mixed ethnicities. His daughter experiences problems with schoolmates because of her enigmatic character. We all talk about the stupidity of prejudice. Somehow, this leads to a discussion about the role of African American music in the development of today’s music.
An Occupier reminds us it has been dark for a long time and if we’re going to get anything done tomorrow we’d better pack up now. Tonight the general vibe of the street is real good. If we were young and crazy we’d stay longer. We are crazy but we’re not young so we bid goodbye to the religious man and invite him to return. The police have cruised by a few times but appear uninterested. The place is still packed. As we leave, we hope the cops will be kept busy elsewhere.