Wednesday, May 19, 2004

WILPF Schedules No Confidence Presentation, VFP To Vote on Endorsement

WILPF (Women's International League For Peace And Freedom)
Monday, May 24th
Meeting begins at 6:30pm, No Confidence presentation should be around 7:30
101 H St., Arcata (Marsh Commons)

Today's other significant development: Veterans For Peace Chapter 56 will vote whether to endorse the No Confidence resolution on June 3rd in the same room as above.

I know there are people reading this now because I've met some of you. I saw some of you at Arcata City Hall tonight amid the strong showing for the Corporate Personhood resolution (which passed 4-1, authorizing a series of town hall meetings designed to produce a ballot measure for November).

We have entered a new phase of the campaign. New people are learning about it but not directly from me. This word of mouth will be a powerful catalyst. From now on, each new person to be introduced to the campaign should be asked to discuss it with one other person. Each person is essentially asked to do "the least you can do."

Still, now is a good time for volunteers to start doing more aggressive and focused outreach, such as tabling and signature collecting, writing articles and letters to the editor, and oh, say, talking to neighbors. Email me if you have questions or suggestions, or else have at it. The goal is to build a consensus that will make it clear to the city council that they should pass this statement as a reflection of the sentiment of this community.

Today I also spoke with Arcata City Councilman Michael Machi. He gave me generally favorable marks for yesterday's meeting though he suggested going even further out of the way to focus on voting without evoking defensiveness from people about Mr. Bush or Iraq. Mr. Machi is attempting to arrange audiences for me at the Rotary and Kiwanis. If possible, it would be great to get video of those presentations.

It's starting to look like June 16th might be a target date for the City Council to consider the resolution. I think that means it has to be submitted for the agenda by the 7th or 8th. It's time I wrote a new refined summary introduction to the campaign. I'll post that by the end of the weekend and add a link in the right column.



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