REPORT BACK: CODEPINK GATHERING!
CODEPINK Gathering January 10, 2015; 1-3 pm
Attendees: Eleanor Levine (facilitator), Jane Miller (timekeeper), Janet Weil (notetaker), Jackie Barshak (SF), Toby Blome, Diana DeFrenza and Laura Zweig (CP South Bay), Cynthia Papermaster, Holly Harwood, Barbara Selfridge, GG Winter, Andrew Klein, Carol Pinson, Paul and Michael Karsh, Tim Reese (CP Golden Gate webmanager), Cecile Pineda, Dolores Hellman, Jane Miller
The following actions, events and meetings were discussed and agreed to:
January 14: Janet will rep CP East Bay/Golden Gate/SF to the New Priorities Campaign meeting, in prep for the Global Day of Action against Military Spending on April 15 (Tax Day). Several people indicated their willingness to flyer early in the morning (7:30- 8:30 approx.) on April 15, using the flyer that will be produced by the New Priorities group. We can also hand out our own flyer and/or stickers. CPers in SF have also committed to flyer at Montgomery BART station as part of their regular Weds vigil at 5:30 – 6:30pm.
January 23 -25: Shut Down Diablo Nuke Plant Gathering! Cynthia gave an very interesting report on the history of opposition to this nuke plant, which sits on 13 active seismic faults and is over 30 years old. Hundreds of people will be gathering in the San Luis Obispo area for this gathering. The emphasis will also be on pro-solar, pro-sustainable energy. For more info or to arrange transport: contact Cynthia Papermaster of Golden Gate Codepink firstname.lastname@example.org; 510-365-1500. Also see https://codepinkgoldengate.org/
February 28 – March 8: Shut Down Creech! This is a national call to action which will draw hundreds of protesters of weaponized drones to the airbase north of Las Vegas. Toby presented about this exciting week of action, which will also include actions by Boycott RE/MAX at the global realtor’s gathering at The Mandalay Hotel in Las Vegas, March 3-5. Some free lodging spaces still available at the beautiful Goddess Temple Guest House, 2 miles from Creech AFB; priority given to those staying for 5 or more days. There will also be an encampment on the BLM land directly across from Creech AFB, and possibly a chartered bus from the Bay Area. Fundraising idea: online and in-person fundraising in honor/memory of a person killed by a US drone strike. For more info, or to donate or join the group going to Creech, contact Toby at email@example.com.
ONGOING: Susan Harman reported on the Bay Area UASI meeting she attended, with 3 other activists from Oakland, and on Urban Shield. The weapons expo and conference will be held in Pleasanton in Sept of this year, as it was kicked out of the Marriott Conference Center due to Susan’s and others’ activism. There are 39 UASIs (pronounced ‘Wazzy’) around the US, lavishly financed by the Dept of Homeland Security with our tax $. The Bay Area needs NON-militarized emergency preparedness and drills, but these exercises have to be connected to “terrorism” to receive DHS funding. Susan advocated for shutting down the DHS, a longer-term goal. Susan is committed to continuing to bring citizens’ voices to the monthly meetings of Bay Area UASI, held in the Alameda County Sheriff’s office in Dublin the second Thursday of every month. (Tim commented that he had recently seen 2 huge armored police vehicles in Antioch.) Susan has also been involved in the struggle to block the City of San Leandro from getting an armored ambulance, and will be attending a City Council meeting about that (non-SL citizens are welcome!). For more info, contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan also strongly urged that we check out the events happening at new activist center Omni Oakland.
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- 1 to 1:20 PM (20 minutes) Newcomers Welcome and Orientation.
- 1:20 to 2 PM (40 minutes) Short Program: “From Ferguson to Guantanamo: State Violence/Terrorism and Our Response”. Special Guest: Cat Brooks, who has been a spokeswoman for the growing movement against police brutality and killings of black men and women. We’ve also extended invitations to the mothers of Alan Blueford and Oscar Grant but do not have confirmations yet.
- 2-2:40 pm (40 minutes), CodePink reports, upcoming actions, ideas and planning, feedback on gathering, announcements
- 2:45 pm, Light Refreshments, social time
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