1/30/01 meeting notes for the SF Border action Sub-Commitee
- minutes for last meeting
Date: 1/31/01 3:19:51 PM Pacific Standard Time
From: carolynclara@... (Carolyn Norr)
Hi everybody, here are the minutes for the last meeting.I put one version in
the text and one version attatched, so you can read whichever is easier...See
you all next tues!
Minutes for 1/30/01 meeting of the Anti-FTaa Border action Sub-Commitee....
Note: NEXT MEETING: TUES, FEB 6, 5:30 pm Muddy Waters on 16th and Valencia
Anti- FTAA Coalition meeting to follow, feb., 6,
*San Diego Meeting: the californian globofobicos, the American Friends
Service Committee, and the San diego anti-ftaa action group officially
endorsed some sort of peaceful, non-violent border action and approved the
term "protest". Logistics are still being worked out and sites, such as the
Border State Park, need to be scouted. More discussion is needed with the
south of the border group. Any plan must be sensitive to the longer term
effects on the border region, and must arise from ideas on both sides of the
Next Meeting: is this Saturday, with meetings being held every two weeks
*LA Teach-In: on February 24th, there will be an all-day teach in at Cal
State LA, and anyone interested is invited to attend, or be a speaker. The
SanFrancisco group has decided to try to send some folks down.... INS-Watch
meeting that same weekend.
*SF Anti-Ftaa Coalition Meeting : took place last tues, 1/23, and was
attended by about 50 people. The meeting included a teach in on FTAA issues,
and reports from various working committees.
Two more teach-ins are scheduled for the end of February and mid march, so
Next Meeting: will be Tuesday, feb. 6th, at 6:30 pm, at a still undisclosed
location that will be anounced over email.
*Coalition to D.F. Will be arriving in Mexico City some time around March 8,
after traveling from Chiapas.
2.STRUCTURE AND PURPOSE
Questions we raised:
1. how do we make decisions? What decisions do we need to make?
2. What is our relation to other anti-ftaa groups?
3. How do we communicate with those groups?
4. What is our level of commitment? What is our time frame?
5.Who are we accountable to?
6. What role does this group take in a)shaping this action and b) supporting
6 1/2. What actions do we as a group want to take?
7. Do we want to send people to the border for planning, coordiation etc?
8. How can we best communicate with south of the border or southern CA groups
9. How do we avoid the carpet-bagger syndrome?
10. How can we incorporate unions?
11. How can we develop commonalities with Tuscon, El Paso, Seattle, and
>**It was decided by concensus:
**We are a subcommittee of the anti-ftaa coalition working to build
attention and support for a border action on 4/21. We will re-evaluate this
position in 2 weeks.
Pros: resources of a larger group v. Cons: possible limits on autonomy
>organizing energy with longer term border policy work. We will focus for now
>**Decision making: we be by concensus.
>**Commitment/Time Frame: Our goal is to unite shorter-term anti-FTAA
on the date of 4/21, but with an eye to building long term, sustainable links
for cross-border organizing!
** We are accountable to both the U.S. anti-Ftaa coalition and to South of
the border groups. Therefore, we must build communication with south of the
border groups, to find out their plans and goals.
** To maintain communication we will each bring to the next meeting
suggestions for contacts. The contact list compiled by Siu Hin will be held
for now. We will appoint people to be contacts with other groups.
** We as a Committee will try to send representatives to the Teach in at Cal
state LA taking place on Feb. 24th. An INS-Watch meeting will take place the
same weekend in the central valley, so maybe people can go there, too.
Xiamra Castro from Global Exchange will be leading a “Reality Tour” to the
border in Mid February, and speaking with order groups at that time. Juliette
will bring us information about that.