May 2017 Meeting Minutes

Action Ridge; Monday 5/8/2017
We promote principles of democracy: inclusion, respect, equity and the health of our planet. Truth Matters!

1) Communication –
a. EMAIL – Jan  reported that we have about 70 individuals on the email list and the more streamlined nature of sending emails seems to be working well. A summary list of the focus group point people will be crafted so those emails are easily identified and information can be shared directly between group members and the focus groups.
b. FACEBOOK – Nora  reported that there are about 130 members on the group Facebook page. There was some discussion about the postings & photos being ‘too political’ with concern about that jeopardizing the use of the church space for our meetings. This could be a concern going forward with the church space so we will stay true to the Action Ridge mission of promoting principles of democracy and if that conflicts with the churches position, then we look for another space.
c. WEBSITE – Kate and Linda will be setting up a Word Press website with the name in order to share our history and mission. The cost is about $36 per year so me might want to ask for donations to cover this cost.

2) NEXT MEETING – Monday 6/12. The business aspects of clear communication and calling to action when needed is getting accomplished so it was agreed to invite a speaker to our next meeting with a focus on ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. Tim Milburn from the Sierra Club will attend and anyone or any groups interested are invited to this. Mixing and Mingling from 7:00 to 7:30 with Tim speaking until about 8:15 or 8:30, with the last 30 minutes used for any business we need to discuss. If we like this arrangement, future meetings could also be used to focus on a particular topic.

3) Action 10 – Pledge of Liberation; Please be sure to sign the Pledge (information attached) and stay connected to the information

4) Review areas of interest and functionality since last meeting: Reports were given and names added to the groups as follows:
a. Women’s Issues – Beth, Nan  Kate and Jeannie
b. Immigration – Tom , Cathy , Denise and Jim
c. Education – Chris and Bill
d. Environment – Chris , Jane , Cathy and Rob
e. Identify our administrators/organizers – Liz , Jan & Nora B
f. Health Care – Luan , Trudy, Lori and Marilyn
g. Housing – Nan  & Kristin
h. Civil Rights – Lori and Tina
i. Voter Registration – Debbie and Lois

The final action in Women’s March’s 10 Actions / 100 Days Campaign, Pledge of Liberation, harnesses the power of cross-movement collaboration. Over the course of the next week, we are mobilizing our communities to sign a Pledge of Liberation—a declaration of allegiance to each other.
Together, activists around the country from every movement sector will unite on May 8 and hold demonstrations and actions at in-district congressional offices and the offices of other elected officials. Women’s March, in partnership with ACLU People Power, United We Dream, Hollaback!, The Gathering for Justice, and other national and local partners, will take our resistance directly to our members of Congress.

We will send a clear message that we will rise up, together, against attacks on our health care, our identities, and our religious freedoms. We no longer accept hollow reforms or compromises that help some of our communities but harm others. On May 8, we will hold demonstrations and deliver the message that we are in solidarity with communities around the country as part of a collective fight for dignity, justice and freedom. We are all part of one movement, and we are not only stronger and more powerful together—our unity is how we survive as people, organizations, and movements.
We cannot pledge allegiance to an administration that oppresses and harms us. Instead, we pledge allegiance to the liberation of all people. We pledge allegiance to each other.
Just as we pledge our allegiance to each other, we will remind our members of Congress of their allegiance to us—the voters. We ask that this allegiance come in the form of real resistance to this administration’s efforts to divide and harm us. This means: 1) Protecting our health care; 2) Defending the most marginalized among us; 3) Voting for a federal budget that reflects the values five million people marched for on January 21, 2017.
In case you missed any of the previous actions in our 100 Days campaign, head here.

THANK YOU for continuing this new path of women-led activism with us. Send us your feedback for this and future actions at!

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