American Spring Has Sprung

It was great to meet at Rosebuds, quieter and easier to hear one another. We set aside the hand out project to discuss the things we are interested in focusing our attention on. Topics included:

Agenda 21 – Kerry Williams, point person. Connecting with Foot Hill Conservancy and groups that exist who are already working on issues regarding Agenda 21. This has become a sited issue for Occupy in part due to the TP is currently preparing their campaign to try to convince us all of their conspiracy theory and who would rather sell out to the 1% to abate any and all federal oversight of our forest and water resources. Kerry will provide further information and potentially bringing in a speaker.

Women’s Walk and Roll – Meghan and Terry, point people/walkers. Maggi Godman full time support. We will be camping near Sloughhouse, 6 miles from the hiway so will be driven in. A 2 bed/2 bath hotel suite with sofabed and kitchenette with view of the Capitol Mall has been reserved which will accommodate 5 – 12 people. Meghan and Terry are creating logo and website, David Roddy will write press release and contact Valley media outlets. Michael Israel being an experienced activist walker will advise. Others have expressed interest for support crew and walking and rolling short distances. We would like to stage a parade/media opportunity at Rancho Marietta. Women involved in organizing the Capitol March are set to spread the word once we launch everything. We are also considering having a time we anticipate arriving in Sacramento where people can greet us. The more people who get involved to more things like this we can do. Estimated cost for full time walkers, rollers and support is $150 each for camping, food, hotel, transport, supplies, t-shirts and hats, so we will solicit for sponsors and seek donated t-shirts/hats. Securing more participants and getting donations are key and a roll people who cannot make the walk or the March can play!

Puppet Parade – Have design for body worked out, paper mache head in process of being made. Will meet again Sunday, April 1st in San Andreas to complete (hopefully). Dress rehearsal is April 22nd at Earth Day in Angels Camp. We need to find elephant and jackass masks and a dark suit for everyone to complete the Wall Street Circus.

Providing clothing or a needed service in Amador County – Derek Walker, point person. Provide a service currently not being met for families in need. Possibly do a free Back to School store for kids cloths, or do clothing yard sales to provide cheap good condition clothes and raise money for Occupy.

Spring Training – A non-violence training is scheduled in Murphys on April 15th, and if enough are interested there could be one brought to Amador. This is part of the OWS American Spring, of which preparing our handout will also play a roll.

Cities Move Our Money – Contact and petition our local cities find out who they bank with and request/petition them to move their money from Wells Fargo and Bank of America. Ground work for Ione – Terry, Jackson – Meghan, need people to cover Amador City, Plymouth and Sutter Creek. Regarding Ione, we are required to write a letter to the City Council with our proposal and it will be listed on the agenda and read. Comments can be made during public comments, and a decision will be made by the Council regarding the next step in the process.

Ione Community Garden – Valarie Roddy, point person. First step is to contact city planner, Chris Jordan regarding any issues with the city.

We covered a lot of territory, if I forgot anything please let me know.

Terry Goffinet
March Admin


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