Below are my notes on Friday’s meeting of the Anti-Oppression Forum. Our usual meeting space at the Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie was unavailable because it was closed for the holiday weekend. We settled for My Place Pizza on Main Street. Although Food Not Bombs beforehand had a larger turnout, I think only 5 of us stuck around for this meeting. -Schuyler
-We need banner material—we can talk to Joe to see whether he has any sheets that can be used to make banners
-Ryan will make a 30-second PSA to publicize Food Not Bombs on the WHVW radio station
-One of us will write something for the About section of this blog, and as a group we’ll approve or improve it.
-I’ll add Darrett as an admin to this blog
-We will organize a concert to raise money for Earth First!’s efforts to protect the Loyalsock State Forest in Pennsylvania from fracking. The show will take place at My Place Pizza on the third Friday of January, which is Jan. 17th.
-In the next week, at least two of us should visit Christ and Beulah churches in Poughkeepsie to ask for space to organize Food Not Bombs indoors.
Monday, December 2: Jack’s birthday! Also, the Poughkeepsie City Council meeting will take place at City Hall. Advocates of public busing will protest the city’s plan to privatize the bus service.
Tuesday, December 3: The annual Dutchess County Budget hearing will take place at the Bardavon on Market Street in Poughkeepsie. This will give us an opportunity to raise hell on any number of issues, from jail expansion to raising the minimum wage. This is also an opportunity to make our presence known among the local political elites.
Thursday, December 5: Community activists will be holding a meeting to rally support around stopping the privatization of the Poughkeepsie bus service. The meeting will take place at the African Roots Library in the Family Partnership Center on N. Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie.
-Radical Film Night!
-Free clothes bin/Really Really Free Market