GLNAWI meeting minutes, 5/2/05, U.U. Church
Chair: Judith Notetaker: Kathie
Item: Do we want to change the 5/16 meeting at the request of
Billionares for Bush & PEC?
Decision: No, we’ll meet and those who want to go to the Las
Vegas Social Security Gamble night should proceed.
Item: Mothers (Anti-war) Day visit to
Stabenow’s office, Maya Angelou, petitions.
Decision: Yes, Friday a.m. a delegation of us will go to her
office with: a bouquet of flowers, handwritten letters from mothers
(about war, etc), copies of both the immediate withdrawal and the
anti-torture petitions, and a copy of the original Mothers Day
Proclamation (which we will read in her office). Waiting to hear back
from Maya to find out if she will be joining us. Details on the time to
meet will be sent out via email.
Item: G.WW3 Bush will be speaking at Calvin
College commencements May 21st in the afternoon.
Decision: Karen will try to get more info on demonstrations.
Agenda item for 5/16.
Item: Sponsorship Peace By Peace with Naba
Saleem Hamid 6/24-6/26. $1,000 needed to cover costs. Then all the
$ raised can go to New Horizons for Women/Iraqi Women Network. Planning
mtngs: Th. 5/12 & Th. 5/26 @ 6:00 pm at the UNA Center.
Decision: Yes, GLNAWI will sponsor $100 toward the event & help
organize, promote etc.
Item: Endorsement of United for Peace and
Justice Statement of Purpose
Decision: Yes! GLANWI sign and will join the network.
Item: Approval of GLNAWI Israel-Palestine
efforts focusing on working with and promoting Coalition of Women for
Peace & ICAHD both groups work to end the violence in Palestine &
Israel. Both orgs have MI contacts.
Decision Yes! We will collaborate with them. Meeting Mon @ 6:30
at Ken’s house to view films and discuss further actions
Item: Outreach: festivals, etc.
Decision: We will investigate and try to set up tables or walk
with petitions at different events. Agenda item for 5/16.
Item: Web page. There is now a
Community Activities of interest calendar- topics not necessarily
sponsored by GLNAWI. Is it okay to post?
Decision: Agreement that this is a good idea.
Item: Does GLNAWI want to work on GLBTQ
Rights – discrimination is a huge social justice issue.
Decision: Subcommittee formed to work on a position to be brought
foward to general meeting.: Gary Regina Margaret Kathie Ann
Item: Free Speech Rally. Will bought a
Decision: We will work on finding a specific focus to organize
Item: Childcare. Yes, it is scheduled for
the 5/16 mtng.
GLNAWI Regular Meeting, 4-18-05 Chair &
Note-taker; Jack Smith
Item: Upcoming speaker, Jimmy Massey,
4-19-05 Decision: Send 4 representatives to collect signatures, urge all
Item: Upcoming event, The Case Against
Torture, 4-20-05 Decision: Send 4 representatives to collect signatures,
urge all to attend
Item: Upcoming event, Sudan Colloquium,
5-13-05 Decisions: Urge all to attend, reimburse Ken for $40 (half of
his expenses), GLNAWI will co-sponsor, but no sponsorship funds were
Item: 500 signatures to Immediate Withdrawal
petition are ready to send; Consider the draft cover letter Decision:
Accept the cover letter attached to 500 signatures; send to President
Bush, Senators Levin and Stabenow, and Representatives Rogers and
Schwartz. We will organize small delegations to hand deliver signature
copies and letter. Next batch of signed petitions will be mailed in an
“odd lot,” not an even number like 500 or 1000. The cover letter will
cited both the past signatures delivered and the new count.
Item: Upcoming event, Women for Peace
speaker from Iraq, latter part of June Decision: We agreed to help with
Item: Do we want to join the United for
Peace and Justice national networ. Decision: All members are urged
to read the UPJ Unity statement on the web, send any comments to the
list-serve, and come to the 5-2-05 regular meeting ready to discuss
joining UPJ or not.
Item: Update on childcare Decision: People
at the meeting agreed to help out if childcare provider could not be
Item: Outreach Decision: Send
representatives to collect signatures at community events next week
Item: Israel-Palestine group will be meeting
and bringing back recommendations for the 5-2-05 meeting.
Next regular GLNAWI meeting, 5-2-05 UU
GLNAWI meeting 3/7/05, U.U. church, approx. 30
Immediate Withdrawal petition.
Send full petitions to Bob Wasserman: 2796 Buglers Way, E.Lansing,
48823. We already have 300’s of signatures! Keep ‘em coming.
GLNAWI has a DBA .
Overwhelming vote of no to their escort of March 19th Car Caravan, due
to critical mass request and other concerns. They will be in the
vicinity in any case. Aaron will let them know our ‘no thank you’
Decisions to provide childcare at meetings if
Next meeting: 3/19 planning mtng Monday 3/14,
7:00 at UU. 3/21 meeting cancelled. Next regular GLNAWI mtng
4/4, 7:00 at UU.
GLNAWI Meeting -
February 5, 2005 Meeting at Unitarian Universalist Church, East
Annemarie and Dee
were thanked for for their work as
treasurers of GLNAWI.
volunteers will help coordinate FCNL Lobby Day, small group visits to
members of congress when they will be in their home districts during the
week of Feb 19-27:
K. - Faith Community
N. - GLNAWI
- Veterans and military families
Petitions – We are
actively collecting signatures on two petitions:
Immediate and orderly withdrawal from Iraq
Prosecute Bush and Rumsfeld - Torture is unacceptable
We are also continuing to send postcards about torture
and Planning for March 19th Lansing Action (2nd
anniversary of invasion of Iraq). Jack led the discussion.
Before the regular
GLNAWI meeting, a small group met at 6 pm to discuss plans for March 19.
They had consensus that we should: 1) have a presence at the Capitol
(have reserved east steps for 10 am to 4 pm); 2) have a
session/activity on the local costs of the war (cuts to MI programs); 3)
have a message – Cost of the war; End the occupation now; Do something
positive; other?; 4) find a coordinator (leader) for this event.
Margaret N. would like
to include military families we met at Eyes Wide Open exhibit.
Kathie would like to
create something positive – global family for peace (circle, theater,
A march, bike and
car ride, walk, parade??
Judith (or someone)
suggested having a car caravan (decorated cars), similar to the anti
torture activity. Sayrah suggested that Critical Mass has done and could
do a bike ride; bikes and then cars on a route perhaps from the Capitol
to East Lansing or vice versa. She said we could use one lane of
Michigan Ave without needing permission from the city. Others thought we
should continue sharing our plans with the Lansing police to keep up the
good relationship we have with them. Women in Black could be part of the
march, caravan and/or bike ride. And drumming, banners, signs.
rally, speakers, music??
There was discussion
about activities at the beginning (at the Capitol) and at the
destination of a march (East Lansing). If parking and a location for
activities are problems in East Lansing, Becky suggested starting in E.
Lansing and ending at the Capitol. Do we want to have a tent and tables
for activities? Ken said he thinks the ending after a caravan should be
a protest rally (with media), not a film or indoor activity.
There was a positive
response to the suggestion that we ask Pat Madden to sing. Kathie
suggested having additional music, of a different type.
Find rallying place in
Think of ideas for
events, activities on March 19, 10 am to 4 pm
Our next regular
meeting will be Feb 21 at Central Methodist
An extra meeting for
March 19th planning will be held Tuesday, Feb 15th,
at 7 pm at UUC.
GLNAWI on January 3, 2005 at Unitarian Universalist Church - Minutes
The meeting was called to order by Margaret K.
The agenda was adopted with additions.
Stop Torture - Jack S.
Petitions with 350 signatures have been sent to Rep Rogers, Sens Levin
and Stabenow, Pres Bush, Sec of Def Rumsfeld and Rep Sensenbrenner,
Chair, Judiciary Comm. 250 additonal signatures are ready to send.
Anti-torture ads were placed in City Pulse, Community News and State
- Palestine - Jack S.
Congo - Ken H.
GLNAWI will be autonomous and will have a separate bank account. GLNAWI
will be able to be more politically active; GLNAWI does mostly
non-partisan work, but decided not to jeopardize PEC's status by any
partisan lobbying activity. The two organizations will work
cooperatively in most other areas: newsletter, calendar. GLNAWI's new
treasurer is Judith Bommer
MOTION I: Ann F. moved that the group going to Sen. Levin's office be
granted permission to speak on behalf of GLNAWI's members. PASSED.
members are urged to participate in Martin Luther King, Jr.events
Fri-Mon, Jan 14-17 MOTION II: Bob A moved that the next GLNAWI meeting
be changed from Jan 17 to Jan 24 to accomodate attending the MLK, Jr
march and play on the evening of Jan 17 (Beaumont Tower to Wharton
Center, 6 p.m.) PASSED. Please note: The GLNAWI meeting will be held in
the Assembly Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Church (handicapper
MOTION III: Margaret N. moved that we use AFSC peition calling for
Immediate Withdrawal petition. Ken H seconded. PASSED.