Dear Gaineville CodePINKers:
Below is a summary of the May 27 meeting at the CMC.
Pierce and others: NOTE ONE CORRECTION: We decided that the next meeting would be Saturday, June 24, not June 27. Please send out a correction on this Pierce. June 27 is a Tuesday.
> From: "Pierce R. Butler" <pbutler@...>
> Date: 2006/05/27 Sat PM 11:13:48 EDT
> Subject: 1st G'ville peace group "summit"
> We came, we saw, we conspired.
> 18 people answered the call for a meeting of members from
> Gainesville-area pro-peace groups, with at least a dozen
> organizations represented at the Civic Media Center on Saturday
> afternoon. (The first 16 CC:'d names [down to me] above are those
> who signed up for further email activity on this project (at least to
> the degree that I can decipher everybody's handwriting - pls forward
> this and notify me if you see any errors). The other names - starting
> with Bob Tancig - are those from the earlier email lists used for
> inviting people to participate on the 27th; pls let me know if any of
> y'all would prefer not to receive more messages on this topic.
> If I'd gotten it together to take notes, I could provide a stirring
> report on how many peace projects and campaigns are active or under
> development around here. We have street protests, mediation training,
> study groups, electoral activism, counter-recruitment projects, and
> more happening: I'm sure that not one of the participants at the CMC
> already knew of _all_ the multiple efforts we discussed. (Not to
> mention aid to the homeless, school outreach, and other activities
> not directly related to peace work...)
> Having shared some of that, we went 'round and 'round as to how to do
> it better and with better coordination. While there was interest in
> collaborating on specific projects, the strongest area of agreement
> seemed to be building a framework for sharing information so that
> scheduling conflicts, etc, could be avoided, and so that members of
> different groups could take part in each others' activities.
> To this end, we nominated (brazenly, in the absence of anyone from
> this project) the Sun State Activist (http://sunstateactivist.org/)
> web site as the preferred calendar of events to facilitate such
> communication. Jerry Rose, instigator of SSA, has repeatedly called
> for area organizers to use his system to reach out to each other and
> the public, so I'm crossing my fingers that he will reply positively
> to the message I've sent him about our plans to exploit his work. In
> the meantime, take a look at the site and bookmark it for future
> reference if you think it might be useful.
> In the meantime, yours truly has foolishly volunteered to collect
> info on upcoming events so as to (a) pass it along to participants on
> this list, (b) include it in the calendar of events in the
> Gainesville Iguana, and (c) relay it to sunstateactivist for the
> calendar (http://sunstateactivist.org/events.php) there. So, if
> you've got activities we ought to know about, well, in the words of
> the Decider, "Bring 'em on!"
> As for follow-up meetings, we decided to follow separate but parallel
> tracks. A "business" meeting, to get ourselves structured and
> organized, will be held at the Civic Media Center on Saturday, June
> 27, at 1 pm: again, that's open to everyone on this list and anyone
> else who wants to join in.
> We're also contemplating a social/bonding get-together, for the
> purpose of getting to know each other and share information on what
> we're doing, at a time & place to be announced once those who work
> with different churches and other venues with suitable spaces for a
> big potluck can sort out which places might be available when.
> Thanks again to Jim Wright, even though he couldn't make it to the
> inaugural gathering, for planting a seed that looks like it's going
> to bloom vigorously!
> Comments, suggestions, and suchlike feedback welcome.
> Pierce Butler