for Peace #109 Rachel Corrie Chapter
Hamilton covered the actions and events during the RNC in New York.
Many peace groups (including Veterans for Peace and the newly formed Iraq
Veterans Against the War) rallied peacefully, but were kept at a distance by
possible ‘forum’ to debrief past actions and strategize future protests was
described as a work-in-progress. President
Dennis Mills will pursue this taking the Leuren Moret visit into account.
The two events will not ‘compete’ for an October slot.
Action. With Don Broadwell, Team
Lead Wes Hamilton recommends the chapter hold its consensus model ahead of
(pronounced) legal aims. Our ESD
counter-recruiting team folds until/unless the project is re-defined following
consensus. (Bill Compher asks
members to contact him if they wish to support his efforts. 360.569.2991)
NW. The team is still negotiating
with the city for space on Capitol Hill. Much
progress to date, thanks in part to Seattle #92’s help.
Object: to show the cost of war. Some
discussion about inviting groups to join us.
MFSO in particular. Inconclusive. To be decided as our Arlington NW team moves ahead.
Vets for Peace (Portland) This new veterans org. invites us to take part in
their I-5 corridor trek on October 9th. No chapter action beyond suggesting individual members
respond. Portland contact #_____?
Committee. To protect privacy, the
chapter consensus was to keep EC minutes unpublished. Meetings remain open to all members.
for inviting speakers was discussed. Chapter
approved a four-part plan; vet the speaker, announce the format, follow the
format, and moderate (member’s own) response to the speaker.
Uranium Action Group. August
meeting pledged to fund medical exams for (selected) troops returning from Iraq.
Chapter officers together with Taymere & David will kick-start the
CORRECTION to the September 19th minutes. Submitted by David Jenkins, Oct.11, 2004.
Taymere Perkins and David Jenkins volunteered to be part of the VFP Depleted Uranium group of Chapter 109. I (David) did not volunteer to "Kick Start" a program to fund medical exams for selected troops returning from Iraq.
I (David) also agreed to coordinate an initial meeting to explore the interest in forming a separate NOrth Olympic Chaprter of VFP. Steve Hamm volunteered to publish an announcement of that meeting which I agreed to write and get to Steve.
Thanks for an interesting meeting in P. Town.
bureau will develop over time. Be
on lookout for specific requests; match speaker with needs.
Convention. Pac NW to follow Dallas
as host for VFP Assembly.
The Corrie Chapter thanks Doug & Nancy Milholland for their cooking, food handling, inviting half-a-dozen guests and general, all around good vibes while preparing for our meeting. We enjoyed your RoseWind Meeting Room.
Attendance is constant
at just under half the chapter.
** Following the meeting, Larry Kerschner offered to sell his poetry to help raise money. He will, short term, help organize poetry sales & other funding efforts. (See National’s Website for samples of Larry’s poems)