Mar 22 mtg notes

Kai mtg notes 03 22 14

Update from Fri (3/21) potluck
we networked with other groups
Community rights seen as both a fundamental shift in society as well as an additional “tool for their toolbox”

Kai was responsive to the need for a study / discussion guide for Democracy School Online
-learning objectives
-teaching modules
-CELDF shifting focus from providing Democracy Schools directly to empowering communities

We need to be prepared to “take off” when we gain momentum
be prepared switch between from the “proactive Community Bill of Rights” strategy to the reactive activity- banning strategy if a single issue begins to mobilize and organize the community.  Also possible to fold the issue into and address via the Convention process if/when it appears.
regardless, it (our work) “takes off” when it becomes tangible, e.g., people start signing the Declaration and we start organizing DS Online education modules and we identify Delegates for the Convention and draft a Community Bill of Rights and then work to vote it into law

Main strategy question:  How are we engaging and prepping Delegates for the Convention?
Agenda item: Suggestion from Friday to continue the potlucks once a month
Having group members complete their relationship catalog (due for the Apr 5 meeting!) is important
Other communities have used / will use DS Online to help engage and train allies
We need to shift the focus of the conversation from “what we can get” to “what do we want?”

There is a myth in the system that people are stupid and need to be ruled because they can’t self-govern
community rights disputes that myth, but will run up against it structurally and inside people’s heads
power is inherent in the people — keep hammering away at this message, we need to change our minds about the relationship of power between law, governments and people.  governments do not rule — people rule, governments serve.  governments are not people, therefore they can’t rule.

Help people articulate the structural limitations they have faced in the course of doing their important work, whatever it is
whether it’s immigration reform, environmental protection, protections for minorities, etc
we need to change the expected role of the people from powerless “advisor” (e.g, advisory committee on sustainability) to empowered “decision makers”

Community rights works in parallel with regulatory work; chapter needs project/group ties in the community to complete its work
Again, that “existing relationships” brainstorm is important — what other activist or community groups or projects are you connected to??

as we build, we’ll move from solidifying the core group to conducting outreach and training as well to adding in the convention for drafting the Bill of Rights

Kai will be requesting specific information from us (e.g., our agenda template, group structure, strategies, etc) for an organizer’s handbook he’s working on, soon.  He’ll give us a checklist of things.