Next meeting 2/13. Its all about Process. The (not so) Secret Ballot, agenda
- Hi All,
the February NCC meeting will be on the second Sunday 2/13/06, because
the third Sunday is over a holiday weekend for President's day.
Meeting is at the Crossroads Cafe, Routes 2 and 7 , 7:00 meeting, 6:30
Its all about the Process people. Last meeting, Jan. 29, we had a
vote. I think it is critically important that we organize, coordinate
activities, and work together to accomplish something. The effort,
the Process if you will, is more important than the issue. My
premise: We'll become known by our actions, not by discussions. The
higher profile, members, candidates, and voters we seek will follow,
(with some targeted effort), but we have to be working on something first.
So we had a vote! A ranking that is. You ranked 10 issues assembled
by the group and chair along with NOTB (none of the Below). The
criteria for the issues were that it : must advance liberty, is viable
as project, shows the LPD in positive light, and have the potential
for a groundswell of public support. It worked like this: If there
are issues where you are willing to work (with other LPD'ers) for at
least 2 hours a month for at least 3 months, and for which you are
willing to put up at least $20 if necessary to cover expenses, then
rank them. You are committing to working on at least your first 2
ranked items, unless; Put NOTB on your list at the point that you
don't want anything to do with the issues below, i.e. at the top
ranking if you don't want to support work on any of the issues (even
if you like them). I am fostering participation, your vote is your
The top supported issue was Medical Marijuana. It was not one of my
top two choices, but we start with one issue, one project, and I'll
support the effort. I want us to work on these issues, and this issue
for now, on a project basis and organize the effort (mostly) outside
the course of the normal NCC LP meeting, but reporting to the meeting.
If you didn't vote, or didn't rank it in your top two, you have not
committed to participating, and need not. Everett Saylor, Bill
Morris, and I welcome your support if you do decide to participate.
Perhaps either Bill or Everett might prepare a few remarks for the
next meeting for those that didn't choose the issue on why this is a
broader issue than it might appear at first glance and something that
the Libertarian ethic compels us to work on. I understand, but there
others in our group who would benefit from your perspective.
I figure we'll vote again in a few months, probably April, to
re-authorize and/or choose another issue. But, we'll see how it goes.
For now, we have written several letters to the editor and Bill has
addresses where they will be sent for a number of newspapers. I
expect we (the MM group) need to meet and brainstorm about how to
proceed, though brainstorming is already occurring naturally, via
email and postings. We might be better coordinating via a blog or
online project software, such as tada-list (ok, free) or backpack, and
if it works well, we could use it again on another project.
The ongoing proceedings of the group is for another context, i.e. the
newsletter and said blog.
Runner up issues were FOIA/open government, Eminent Domain/Public
Use/Kelo, and Gun rights/right to defend/right to carry.
The convention is slowly shaping up. It is tentatively planned for
March 25 and we are working on several marquis speakers and a video
presentation on activism. The location is tentatively set for
Stewarts Brewing Company restaurant in Bear, Route 1 and Route 7,
Governors Square. Time 11:00 to 5:00. Of course, the convention is
officially state board fodder, but we do as we can. Notice will go
out in a newsletter.
Conk Memorial Liberty award. We'll be awarding a plaque at the
convention in honor of Delaware activism on a pro-Liberty issue.
Outreach: Alternative events to the state Fair. It looks like we
won't be doing the state fair this year. We need to identify other
events where we can set up a booth and interact with and reach out to
the public with our issues and, of course, seek members. Hopefully
one day events. We already do Newark Community Day, that is a good
example. I need people to suggest events and we'll kick them around
at the meeting. Then, I need someone to support/lead an event and get
us registered. We'll work out getting a booth there and other details
later. Brad and I are likely to support any staffing and set up
requirements, so don't fret on that.
Everett has a number of ideas on gaining active members and registered
voters in general. I'll contact Spark with info on our meetings. See
Everett, check out his list. Pick out one item off his list and
attend to it on behalf of the party. Get him to add your thought to
his list (I added contacting like-minded letter to the editor
writers). What do you SAY?
Everett is working with (?) Lisa on getting the newsletter out again
in general and to give notice of the convention and solicit dues.
Give him your support! And thanks Everett.
Everett is also forming a calling circle for spontaneous activism to
emerging events/news and as a resource for working on our project
LP phone....we need to move it. Paul offered up his second phone line
to forward calls to if necessary. Right now, nothing answers....so
Ok, this has been an effort to distill out concisely what I wanted to
share, and it has taken far too long. See you at the meeting.
Appendix: The issues
Issues: vote was on these issues:
1. Government operated public cameras-red light and for security on
public streets. Stop big brother before its too late. Save the car
2. Kelo decision, Eminent domain, public use. Save your home.
3. Medical Marijuana-13 states have now legalized. Free to address
4. Gun rights, right to carry, right to self defense (hot topic in
the New Journal)
5. SURJ, ending minimum mandatory sentences for non-violent crimes
6. FOIA, open government (in Delaware!)
7. RTBA for Delaware. Shouldn't our legislators read the bills, not
simply vote based on a committee report
8. Irresponsible government, legislating entitlements that cannot be
delivered, ramping up the public debt
9. Term limits. Kick them out before corruption is entrenched and
10. Initiative to Referendum. Delaware citizens deserve input, not
bills in committee head drawers
Reminder, discussion on this announcement should take place on the LPD
board, not this board, which is LPD ANNOUNCE