MINUTES – MEMBERSHIP MEETING 9/16/2017
About 60 in attendance.
- Eric Robertson on Fort campaign -- need all-out effort;
- Shannan Reaze on Atl Jobs With Justice -- support flood relief, Fight for 15, Atlanta elections (Oct. 21 forum 10am-5 at central Atlanta library, emphasis on Council races).
Reports from working groups:
- Social Media -- expanding to swag production, other communications projects; to join, sign up through FB;
- Education -- two reading groups; see calendar for coming dialogues;
- LGBTQ -- at Pride march will combine with Fort contingent, tabling planned for events outside Atlanta;
- Douglass-Debs dinner Nov. 18 – mailing going out Monday for tickets, will sell out very fast.
Officer elections (46 votes cast):
- Chair – Adam Cardo
- Membership secretary – Michael Lavender
- Recording secretary – Jeb Boone
- Treasurer – Seth Ellingson
- At-large: Anat Fintzi
- At-large: Erin Parks
- At-large: Eric Robertson
MINUTES - General Membership Meeting Aug. 12, 2017
1) A nominating committee was appointed to identify members wishing to run for a position as a MADSA officer at the election to be held on Sept. 16: Milt Tambor, Ray Miklethun, and Steve Gill. Anyone interested in running or nominating someone may contact one of them; nominations can also be made at the meeting.
2) Nine of the delegates presented highlights of the DSA national convention (Aug. 3-6) and projected photos of the historic event. (See website blog for a report.)
2) The membership in attendance voted by a large majority to send the following statement to the DSA National Political Committee, in response to a controversy concerning the election of one of the NPC members, resulting from facts which came to light shortly after the national convention adjourned:
To the DSA National Political Committee:
We, the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the DSA join other chapters, caucuses and working groups around the country calling upon Danny Fetonte to voluntarily resign from his seat on National Political Committee.
We don’t take such a demand lightly and we understand what a trying time this has been for our Austin and Texas comrades. We’d like to reiterate our solidarity with them and we sincerely hope this statement is not taken as a personal affront to those good comrades doing good work to build socialism across the Texas and the US.
We also acknowledge Fetonte’s strength and his positive contributions to building socialism - too many to name in this brief statement. That is not what is at issue in this situation. What is at issue is his failure to disclose his past work with the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas (CLEAT) and what we feel was a mischaracterization of that work as “organiz[ing]...state workers”.
Would Danny have apologized for any perceived misrepresentation, that issue may have been able to be put to rest. He has refused to apologize and instead accused other members of the DSA expressing good-faith concerns of lacking moral courage.
An issue of greater concern which cannot be resolved with an earnest apology is Fetonte’s presence on the NPC and its negative impact on our ability to organize with immigrant rights groups, #BlackLivesMatter and others. The presence of Fetonte on the NPC has already negatively affected our local organizing relationships and made us a laughing stock among activists of color that are doing incredibly important work - work of which we’d like to remain a part.
The DSA is already an organization largely made up of white people - an issue that we’re sure 100% of our members would like to remedy. We made a great step in creating a more welcoming environment for people of color and marginalized groups in overwhelmingly passing a resolution creating an Afro-socialist caucus within the DSA. We also elected five incredible organizers and activists of color to the NPC during the convention.
However, the presence of Fetonte on the NPC is a step in the wrong direction and, at least among activists of color in Atlanta, has made the DSA a less welcoming place for people of color, immigrants and other marginalized groups.
In the interest in preserving our ties with #BlackLivesMatter, immigrants rights groups, LGBTQIA+ groups and many other individuals and organizations of marginalized peoples that are absolutely vital to building socialism and overcoming the ruling forces of white supremacy, patriarchy, imperialism and capitalism, we would urge that Fetonte step down from the NPC and continue his otherwise impressive work as a rank and file member of the organization where we will welcome him as a comrade.
Metro Atlanta Chapter, DSA
MINUTES – OFFICERS MEETING/Dinner Committee July 5, 2017
Present: Ray, Jeb, Adam, Milt, Barbaras J and S, Daniel, Jackie Rodriguez, Michael L , Travis, Cecily
Education Working Group: Ray reported that the July 16 Socialist Dialogue will use a more interactive format – small group discussions facilitated by Ian Fletcher and others. This will correct the criticism of previous Dialogues that there was not enough time for audience discussion.
New study groups: Two sets of five sessions on Ideas for Action by Cynthia Kaufman. One meets weekly Thurs. eves starting July 20 at Cecily’s, led by Cecily and Stan Williams; the other will be biweekly starting July 29, location TBA. To be announced at the July 16th meeting and soon in calendar. Other opportunities for plugging in to current activities will be presented at the end of the July 16 meeting.
Next meeting Tues. July 18 at Cecily’s will plan next Dialogues.
Social Media – Jeb reported on their move against a white supremacist group online; receiving a greeting tweet from Chelsea Manning; working on getting a MADSA email address. Revised the member database. Asked to write a letter to the editors of New York mag, submitted two.
DSA convention - Barbara J reported on the July 15 national virtual conference on proposed national priority resolutions scheduled at Joystick (Jeb handling tech) and other conference calls planned for the delegates on other resolutions, schedule TBA. (Forgot to mention: there will be a workshop at the convention on the process for getting chapters 501 C 4 status.) – Barbara
Jacobin Reading Group - Adam is resigning from organizing this. Milt and others praised Adam’s leadership of the program, which has been well attended both by DSA and non-DSA folk. Discussion of how the group can be continued by others. The coordinator finds a facilitator for each meeting who decides on the readings.
Future membership meetings – Next is Aug. 12. Agenda: Reports back about the convention; kicking off MADSA officer election process: A3-member nominating committee to recruit nominees (to be voted on in September) will be elected. Volunteers are Ray, Bob Caine and Milt.
We discussed outreach to new members. Michael will work on identifying them from the list we received tonight from the national office and send it to Cecily, who will call and invite them to the education event July 16.
Cecily asked that the officer meetings be more regularly scheduled. Agreed.
Douglass-Debs Dinner - Sarah Jaffe has confirmed as keynote speaker. Eric will introduce her. Travis will pay for her airfare and hotel. (Rose Ann DeMoro and Bill Fletcher were not available.) Awardees: Khalid Kamau (ask Erin to present) and Muwali Davis (to be confirmed). Venue: Travis will send a deposit. We anticipate more than 100 people. Same menu, $35 per person cost; tix $50. Scott Payton will perform. Milt invited Ed Loring to give the benediction if he can attend. MC – should be one of the new officers. Discussion of ticket order cards and envelopes. Travis will handle ticket sales. B Segal will help update the invitation and RSVP card and work with Travis on the printing. Letter to potential patrons asking $100 seed money attendees will go out in August and invitation after Labor Day. Barbara J will work with Milt on the letter to patrons and send it to B Segal. We can fold and stuff the mailing just before the August 12 meeting. B Segal will update the stationary. Need program booklet ads!
Fort campaign - Jim Skillman will be organizing a fundraiser. Our members have been canvassing. Sen. Fort called to thank us.
Internal chapter matter – Confidential issue raised to Adam, asking support from our leadership: Cecily suggested an approach to the individuals involved and will follow up. We will also try to enlist help from the two MADSA members who work with Atlanta Women for Equality.
Cecily asked for support for her candidacy for co-coordinator of YDS. She will be going to the YDS convention in Chicago.
MINUTES - OFFICERS' MEETING/Dinner Committee – APRIL 19, 2017
Present: Barbaras J and S, Adam, Eric, Milt, Jeb Boone, Michael Lavender, Maxwell Ruppersburg, Ray, Daniel
Education Working Group – Ray reviewed the committee’s report. Proposed a study group on Ideas for Action by Cynthia Kaufman and the Black Lives Matter platform, to start in May. Socialist Dialogue scheduled for May 7 (film etc., see calendar). Next one may be in popular education style (small breakout groups with trained facilitators). Cecily will present a short talk on Bayard Rustin at the beginning of our June membership meeting, first in a series of educational segments.
National Free Them All Moma’s Day Bailout Action – Erin and Cecily not present so no report at this time. We signed up to support. (UPDATE -- Erin will fill out their required Memo of Understanding for sponsors and send for review. BJ)
May Day/Int’l Workers’ Day events:
Sunday, April 30 – From 2 to 5 pm organizations participating in the May 1 action (see below and calendar) will speak about their issues. Ian Fletcher will speak briefly on the origins of May Day; BJ is organizing a reprise of last year’s presentations on U.S. labor history with volunteers depicting various labor heroes and heroines; and the AFL-CIO will host a program for Workers’ Memorial Day remembering workers killed or injured on the job. (Note: A family emergency has required the Wolhueters to drop out as they may leave town at the last minute. Michael Lavender will play Big Bill Haywood; looking for Mother Jones.) The Segals will staff our lit table (furniture provided) but others are encouraged to volunteer! Location: Pavilion at Rev. James Orange Park, 1305 Oakland Dr. Flier coming soon.
Monday May 1 – Big rally in front of Washington St. entrance to City Hall led by GLAHR and Atl JwJ, orgs w specific campaigns and demands will speak (not us), then we go to the City Council meeting and everyone signs up for the public comment period, on any issue you want.
Soc Media working group – Michael reported 1000+ followers on Twitter (up from 200) and Daniel said 3000 FB followers. Maxwell will work w B Segal on a better way to send emails and newsletters and manage database that also tracks contributions etc. We pay for Nationbuilder. Travis proposed sending action emails that let people send emails to an elected official. May cost a bit more. Michael submitted a draft of basic MADSA contact and committee info to send to new members. Next meeting: Sunday April 23. Nationbuilder could send an email alerting people about new blog posts and events.
Tent City/Housing Justice League w ATL is Ready/SURJ/Our Revolution etc – Adam proposed we accept their invitation to meet there. BJ said not for the business meeting about electing delegates etc as AtlJwJ found this didn’t work well, too many distractions. They need donations too. Social Media may meet there (?)
National DSA Convention – Next MADSA general meeting at Toco Hills library Sat. June 3 will elect delegates. Milt said delegates need to make a commitment to use the experience to help build the chapter. Candidates will be asked to either write or speak at the meeting about why they want to be a delegate. We can provide $500 each depending on the number of people who need it. This will be a much bigger convention, reflecting the tripling of our membership. We will know soon how many voting delegates we can have. Maybe 14. Any member may attend the convention, and we highly encourage this. Great experience, say BJ and Milt, and as Milt pointed out, the org is much larger and different than in the past, should be very interesting.
Childcare – We need to offer this at meetings. Adam offered to help. (UPDATE- I added this to the May 7 calendar listing.)
Khalid’s win – Eric helped push the phone banks for the runoff, which was difficult till the end. But Khalid won 2-to-1. Wahoo!
Eat, Drink and Be Marxist – Jeb is Comrade Commissar this time. Adam will be security liaison if any problems. See awesome poster by Bixby on MADSA FB page, will be displayed at the entrance to our seating area to help people find us. See photos from last month on website (scroll down).
Douglass-Debs Dinner – We will send Detroit $350 for their dinner (they send us the same amount for ours). Milt reviewed the outline of tasks and past awards/speakers etc. Need people to update the mailing list, receive checks, solicit adds, phone members, volunteer at the event. Followup: Booklets mailed to patrons who couldn’t attend. Michael L and Maxwell R will work on the mailing list. Venue (same), date (Nov. 18), priority keynote speakers Eric (?) will invite (1. Roseann Demoro, 2. Bill Fletcher), ticket price ($50) agreed on.
Next DD committee meeting: Wed. May 3, 7:30, again at BJ’s house.
MINUTES - OFFICERS' MEETING – MARCH 2, 2017
Present: Milt, Ray, Larry, Daniel, Barbaras J and S
Membership – Milt reported that we now have 300 paid members just in the Atl metro area!
Treasurer's report – Travis is in Prague.
YDS report – Khalid spoke at the convention. BJ: Adam is writing a report for the national blog. Four Atlanta members attended and Dave from Athens.
Organizing the South in Miss. March 4-5 – info on anyone going (Adam?)
Education report – 1st “ABCs” session drew about 60, 2nd fewer: 26th, good discussion well facilitated by Henry Kahn. Next sessions will be led by group members.
68-70 have RSVPed. Instead of signup sheets, Ray had people enter their contact info on a tablet. B Segal recommended we do this for all signups.
Ray said his planning group has not been working well. However, Soc Dialogue March 19th “Resisting the Trump/Republican Agenda” is in the works; still need a few speakers. Sen. Fort and Adelina Nicholls confirmed, Minister Mohammad invited. B. Segal will send Ray contact info for Elise of Jewish Voice for Peace and CAIR if needed. Special need: Speaker on “projecting a socialist vision of the future.”
May 7 still open, as author not responding. June 15 is anniversary of passage of the espionage act; possibly a theme.
We can have volunteers at the next events sign up for Fort’s and possibly Khalid’s campaigns.
Venue for future meetings – Application in for Wheat St. Baptist Church basement for Apr 1, June 3, Aug 12 and Oct. 7. Seems likely.
March 25 bus and study tour – Larry reported no more Ga. State participation, as Chuck Steffens not teaching the course. Anna Kim at Tech is bringing her class. 13 others have paid. B Segal will send the flier again with the Dialogue flier. Beltline planner has dropped out. Everything elses on target. Need another 20 to sign up. Bus $550 this year. Will promote at education events.
Social media working group – Minutes circulated. BJ will see who from the group can report to the April membership meeting.
Next membership meeting – Milt suggested asking Renitta to speak about what happened with the state legislature. Need more interesting speakers like last time. B. Segal will ask Mary Hooks etc. from SONG. B Segal emphasized that follow up right after the meeting with lunch or action is important.
2017 Douglass Debs Dinner – Bombshell: Milt can’t be in charge any more. (After 10 years of very hard and very effective work he deserves a rest! - BJ) A committee needs to take it on. Agreed to ask at the April meeting who wants to work on this (not necessarily the same kind of fund raising event). We will bring sample programs to show the new people, and explain why it’s been important to the community.
DSA national Convention Aug 4-6 in Chicago – David Duhalde said we would probably be able to have 10 delegates. This will mean more $ needed for subsidies!
Action report – Daniel mentioned the DNC participation, and reported on his IBM campaign, which is in a stressful period due to an internal disrupter, but they are planning to deliver their petition soon to NYC and Atlanta headquarters. We should support the Atlanta event.
Coalition reports- GA J 20 coalition still meeting; BJ and BS will attend March 9. Seth did not attend the Atl JwJ organizing committee meeting.
MINUTES – OFFICERS MEETING 1/25/2017
Present: Milt, Barbaras S and J, new member Evan O’Reilly, Eric, Travis, Adam, Reid, Ray, Daniel
Membership – We will call the newer (post-election) members to invite them to the Feb.11 meeting and the new study group. We also want to gather informally after the meeting, 1:30-3, preferably at Manuel’s if we can get a space. Eric suggested providing some food – B Segal will inquire about price and space. Working groups can meet then.
Election support – Khalid and Fort. We can endorse as a 501 C4. Milt will consult with Sen. Fort’s expert Jeff Disantis on this.
Feb. 11 Meeting agenda (Ray will bring nametags):
Poem by Hank Stewart
Brief reports on activism and education (5-10 mins):
Tim Franzen (Fort campaign, Turner Field coalition)
Khalid campaign (Khalid)
DC march report (Richard Oliver)
GA J20 Coalition (BSegal and BJoye)
Atl JwJ (Shannon Reaze)
Refugee work (Justin Howell)
Leonard Peltier denied clemency, what can still be done (Reid Jenkins)
Education Working Group, forums and “ABCs of Socialism” study group (Ray)
Jacobin reading group (Adam)
Audience Q and A, announcements
Disband to Manuel’s for working groups and informal socializing; Milt will engage with those not in a working group.
- Labor – Adam and Eric will contact and set up a meeting.
We need to form an elections working group. Eric says the Fort campaign is our most important program.
- Education working group report – Ray
Socialist Dialogues: March 19th: Our Task: Resisting and Envisioning (Fort, resisting Trump/Republican agenda, defending and protecting victims, socialist vision for the future)
May 7th: Carol Anderson (Emory prof, White Rage author)
June: 100 Years of Political Repression (anniversary of Espionage Act)
New study group on “ABCs of Socialism” five consecutive Saturdays starting Feb. 18 at Decatur Rec Center; 17 signed up (see attachment; Ray broke down book by topic).
- LGBTQ, Action, Social Media yet to convene.
Jacobin reading group – end of Feb. will resume. Last meeting was good, on future of the left.
Young Democratic Socialists winter conference – Adam’s friend has obtained a $200 travel scholarship for our group of four members. We can contribute $1,000 in addition. (Two others are attending, one with a national scholarship.) They are from UGa, Tech, GSU, Emory (?)
Gentrification and Equity bus tour – March 25
We will pay for a bus with admission of $20, $10 for students, as before.
Tour will go to Peoplestown, Summerhill, Old 4th Ward, beltline, and include an action.
Flier will be ready for Feb. 11. (For details see Larry Keating)
GA J20 Coalition – See report at dsa-atlanta.org and attached press release, with links to the coalition membership list and 19 demands presented to Mayor Reed’s office by 500 demonstrators Jan. 20. Written response promised w/in 7-10 days. B Segal complimented the excellent organization and meeting facilitation of this coalition, and its leadership by women, mostly of color. B Joye said the next actions and ongoing coalition structure are still in planning stage. Meetings every Tues. eve at 7 pm. Organizations wishing to join must send a rep to the meetings.
Atlanta Jobs with Justice – One of our oldest and most important coalitions. B Joye urged that the Labor Working Group recruit someone to replace her at most meetings, which are the first Tues. of the month. Current plans include electoral work, supporting Fight for $15 for city workers, 2nd May Day festival (April 30).
Education conference – Eric suggested a day conference to give our membership a better sense of the organization. We need to turn the members into leaders; organizer training. Eric will submit a proposal.
Leonard Peltier – Reid reported on Pres. Obama’s denial of clemency to Peltier. Daniel is sending info about a Standing Rock demo this Sunday; Reid will communicate with the organizers about mentioning Peltier. (See national DSA blog posts by Reid: http://www.dsausa.org/native_struggles_continue_while_leonard_peltier_languishes_in_prison and (2013) http://www.dsausa.org/leonard_peltier
Light projections -- Daniel reported on his Peach Drop caper (see newsletter at dsa-atlanta.org).
MINUTES - OFFICERS MEETING, DEC. 7
Present: Milt, Barbaras S and J, Daniel, Cecily, Adam
- Jacobin reading group – Adam: Going well. Probably won’t meet at Manuel’s but have a private home space. Having some difficulty finding facilitators and finding diverse participants. Next meeting not set yet; was last Sat. but probably first Sat of Jan.
- SURJ – Daniel: He and Megan helped conduct a direct action training session. 100 people attended. BJ: Overflow crowd for earlier general meeting at Decatur Library.
- Social media – Daniel: High-attraction items lately. Light projections popular. Viewers invited to follow our FB page.
- IBM petition – Daniel: He works for IBM. The CEO congratulated Trump and pledged to collaborate on security, praised tax cuts etc. So Daniel reached out to other dissenting employees and wrote a petition with a variety of demands. He is collecting signatures, at risk to his job. Eric consulted. Milt offered advice.
- Johnnie Martinez - He sent Daniel FB messages about the Atlanta City Council privatizing streets and undermining the union effort at the airport, and urged that a DSA member run for city council. He wants to fund a campaign. We (Who?) will consult Eric, and Renita and maybe bring it up at the party.
- Ga-J20 coalition. –Barbaras and Cecily: See BJ’s emailed report on first meeting. Cecily commented that people were trying not to step on each others’ toes. Need for facilitation and structure and a plan, which is in the works. Next meeting at Coalition on Hunger office, 7pm Wed. Dec. 14.
Beer Garden – BJ forwarded his email saying we could hold meetings there, probably starting later (1 pm). We would like to accommodate his schedule and look again at the space. BJ will follow up with him.
Dec. 13 Ed and Murphy tribute – Milt: Heather Grey organizing this. Over 100 are coming. Milt will speak. Travis is getting them a tablecloth as a gift. Sen. Fort may get a proclamation. Need brochures; B Segal will arrange for reprint. Milt wrote review of Terry Easton’s book for Hospitality newsletter.
DEC. 16 “HOLIDAY PARTY AND POST-ELECTION CONNECTION”
1) Who invite? More than just DSA members. Social media (Daniel). Invite organizations: WAND (BJ), Fight for 15 (Jaira, BJ), JWJ (BJ), Rise Up (Adam), Atl is Ready (Adam), Tim Franzen (B Segal), People’s Agenda (Milt). BJ will post on calendar.
2) Program: Socialist speed dating (Who organize?); Milt will talk about DSA, recognize committee chairs; call attention to a flier listing committee chair contact info and upcoming events: GA-J20 action, MLK march, Dec. 19 demo, Fort campaign, Jan. education program. BJ and BS will produce the info flier. We (BS?) will have signup sheets for the committees – renamed working groups.
3) Music – Daniel will bring his music tape and boombox. (NOTE: A piano is available in the room; anyone we know play? – BJ)
4) Food – provide main dish, ask for contributions. BS will ask Ray if his relatives can supply – we can pay. $200+ – or get Kroger platters - and will ask Ray to advise on paper plates, napkins, cups, forks & spoons.
Also beverages (WHO? - BJ) though flier says BYOB.
5) Takeaways – All: Set up 1 hr in advance. Set up tables with tablecloths, flier, brochures, buttons (Daniel), new issue of DL magazine (BJ, Milt). B Segal will bring red carnations for the tables.
BJ will get the rental fee to the church office and pick up the key.
MINUTES - OFFICERS MEETING NOV. 17, 2016
Present: Milt, Travis, Ray, Daniel, Eric, Adam, Barbaras S and J
Ed and Murphy sendoff -- changed to Nov. 13 at Wheat St. Baptist Church. Admission $10. Need to announce and ask for RSVPs. BS will send flier Fri. Farewell lunch and celebration of the work of the ODC. Milt suggested giving them a DSA tablecloth. BS will order a $6 one with a logo on it and Travis will order it and pay. B Segal will design announcement Friday aft with BJoye’s help.
Dougie – Requested contribution for his radio program. Agreed to give $200.
DD Dinner – Huge success, raised $6519, attracted new members. Implications for next year: Need someone to handle the mailing list and labels, as Norm is gone. This event very important for our “brand.” Will need more people helping out. Will probably be bigger.
Socialism 101 at Decatur Rec – Not too many people filled out the forms indicating specific interests. Brian Snead will work with us on social media.
“Fuck Trump” incident – Daniel reviewed how it started, amid the emotions of the post-election. He posted the photo as DSA, as he had done with the Bernie signal, to add content to social media. Eric reported on the positive response from the bystanders as people marching chanted the slogan. Daniel and his volunteer made a video, with the DSA name and shared it on various FB pages. Ch. 11 TV did a story, contacted Daniel and Milt, followed by AJC and local Fox affiliate. Consensus that this was generally a good thing, despite frustrations of dealing with media.
New members – Need to improve assimilation. How to reach out? One on one is best. Phoning them may not be effective. (See holiday party planning) Need to strengthen our committees. Considered an action committee, plus social media: Daniel, Pride: Travis and BSegal; education: Ray; labor: Eric. (Am I missing any?) Need list-serve for volunteers, active members. Daniel said Slack not easily accessible. Barbara S says mailing list needs to be made more agile, move to Nationbuilder.
“Debrief” holiday party – Don’t call it “debrief.” Holiday connection? Need larger space. Ex-cong is available Dec. 16; BJoye will confirm and handle paperwork, Travis will mail check.
- Start 7 pm.
- Food – potluck. (Needs more discussion)
- Invitations to supplement email: Send postcards? Text w flier to new members. We will divide up the list. Email flier to whole paid lists.
- Agenda ideas for meeting at party: Discuss action proposals. Hook up with committees. Offer post-it notes for expressing thoughts. Action ask? Appear at Trump tour event? Ask to attend inauguration actions, anti-T coalition meetings – these can be specified later. Announce education meeting (see below).
Organizational development - How combine street action, education and building structure? Announce education meeting(s) using ABC of Socialism. One day? January. Ray will organize this.
Socialist Dialogue – Jan. 15, Movement for Black Lives panel (Adam organizing).
Jacobin reading group – Probably Dec. 3 (Adam organizing)
Anti-Trump coalition - Ray said needs more direct, concrete messages than in NPC statement. Milt proposed getting with Shannon and Jaira. Adam will reach out to Muslim community contacts and BJoye will reach out to GLAHR, offering help.
Vincent Fort’s campaign – Take a position? Group canvassing as individuals, as we did for Fort in past and Jim Nichols recently.
Membership meeting venue – Bjoye will contact Johnnie Martinez about Beer Garden. Next meeting will be in Feb.
MINUTES - OFFICERS' MEETING OCT. 5
Present: Ray, Travis, Bill N, Cecily, Milt, Barbaras S and J, Adam, Daniel (Eric was in negotiations for his union)
1) Pride: Need to finish staffing the booths, though B Segal will be there except during the march. Cecily, Greg, maybe Minnie signed up. Discussion of banners, shifts, setup etc. Daniel will bring the button maker, which was a big draw at the Rivers festival table. Travis said we will have survey forms so we can learn more about those who sign up. The Pride@work people will join us at our booth and probably march with us. B Segal distributed a flier for Oct. 16. There will be an art party to make buttons etc., at B Segal’s house on Friday.
2) Oct. 16 Open House: Milt distributed a packet of materials for the participants, which Ray will bring because Milt will be coming from the airport. We reviewed the program outline and Ray previewed his fabulous slide show. We divided up the list of new members to call and encourage them to attend.
3) Douglass-Debs DinnerNorm and Dale won’t be able to attend, so need to acknowledge them in program booklet. Milt reviewed the introducers. Milt urged Daniel to recap his Bernie impression, as it was so memorable last year and Larry Cohen and Killer Mike haven’t seen it. We have about $7000 so far. The program booklet is in progress, with about half of the expected ads paid for. We will give a few free ads to Maria Svart and some others, as space permits. Reduced price tickets are available for students and low-income people. Volunteer assignments: Cecily will sell books and T-shirts (Cecily’s book, Open Door book, and Jacobin’s Socialism 101). Buttons: Daniel. Sign-in and nametags: B Joye, Travis, Bill N. Greeters and escorters and herding people from bar to tables: everyone else. All volunteers should arrive by 5:30. Judy W. will lead singing.
4) Adam reported that he and Eric are discussing starting an Atlanta DSA labor branch.
5) Milt reported that at noon, Tues. Dec. 6 we will join the People’s Agenda to hold a farewell for Ed and Murphy at Wheat St. Baptist Church, mostly organized by Agenda and Heather Grey.
6) Education committee/Socialist Dialogue will meet at B. Joye’s house on Oct. 12 at 7 pm to plan the next few sessions. One possibility is the Emory prof. who wrote “White Rage” and the Emory prof. and poet Kevin Young. Cecily will contact them (knows Young).
7) Jacobin group – May have the next meeting at the house of a couple of regulars. Adam will send us the info. Probably needs to meet on a Sunday.
MINUTES – OFFICERS’ MEETING SEPT. 14
Present: Barbaras S and J, Milt, Ray, Adam, Daniel, Bill K, Bob C
Membership – Milt reported that we have a total of 164 members in GA! But most who sign up through the national website don’t show up, even though he reaches out to them and BSegal sends them our latest lit. (One new member is incarcerated in the federal prison in Jackson!) Milt recruited a few new members at the book party and encouraged us to do the same, one-on-one, but make sure they send the dues.
Open House Oct. 16 – Need to get to know new people and incorporate more of them in active roles. See attached agenda proposed by Milt, with revisions based on discussion. Daniel and Adam and BS will work on an evite, and we will phone the couple dozen new members to encourage them to attend. An active member will be identified to lead a committee and sign people up for each of the interest areas listed. Environmental issues was added to the list. BSegal will check out Twain’s for the all-important informal after-meeting gathering, as it is walking distance from the Center.
Fight for 15 allies meeting Wed. Sept. 21 – Bill, Barbara S and Ray will attend this meeting at the GA Raise Up office in East Point. (Important to support the organizations in which new members like Jaira are leaders, especially doing anti-racist work, a DSA national priority - BJ)
Douglass-Debs dinner – We can give away about 20 tickets to low-income people. They should contact Milt, who keeps track of the tickets. We have raised about $4000 so far for expenses, a good start, mostly “patron” donations. Peoplestown org and Tim Franzen’s org are buying tables. We will give special recognition to Norm if he shows up. Program booklet is underway; anyone knowing an ad prospect is encouraged to follow up. Business card size is $50, quarter page $125-200 (flexible), half page $350, full page $600.
Radical Book Fair Oct. 15 – at Auburn Ave. Research Library. Adam is pursuing a DSA table. Barbara, Adam, Ray will table with our lit, ABCs of Socialism etc. Speakers should be quite interesting (see online).
Many Rivers to Cross concert Oct. 1-2 – Social justice music, sponsor Belafonte. Daniel will get more info. Raise Up will be tabling, maybe us if we can.
September 24 membership meeting – BS will send another notice. Ed and Murphy will be there. Email should ask people to call if they need childcare. Bob Caine: No new nominations. Eric will run, Daniel not. Cecily will run, Greg not. Bob mentioned starting a development committee to develop new people for next year. The committees formed Oct.14 should help develop leaders if they meet regularly.
Education Committee – Ray will announce an Oct. 12, 7:30 meeting at Java Monkey.
Tribute to Ed and Murphy – Milt is talking to Helen Butler about organizing a tribute event for before they leave town.
Pride – The committee is trying to reach out to the new labor committee pride@work but have not yet succeeded. We will give away buttons, updated brochure and fliers, and will ask people to sign up saying what they want to do. BS and Daniel will work on the signup sheet. The committee will sign people up for the booth at the Sept. meeting and with phone calls. Very important, as some key people who worked the booth last year (Steve, BS) will be out of town.
Anti-OSD House Parties – Tim was scheduled to pitch this Atlanta for All project to us but did not attend the meeting.
Social Media team – Daniel proposed a workshop for website, FB etc. posting. Adam will help. BJ enthusiastic.
Jacobin reading group Sept. 25 – Adam has recruited another facilitator who founded YDS in Iowa; he suggested a reading about Puerto Rico. Others are possibilities. TBA.
NEXT OFFICERS’ MEETING – Wed. Oct. 5, 7:30 pm, BJ’s house.
MINUTES – OFFICERS’ MEETING AUGUST 9, 2016
Present: Ray, Barbaras S and J, Jennie, Bob C, Greg, Steve W, Wendell, Travis, Milt, Cecily, Adam
1) SOCIALIST DIALOGUE
a. Aug. 14: We reviewed the program for the Socialist Dialogue film showing and discussion Arrive early to help set up and also stuff Douglass-Debs Dinner mailing.
b. October Socialist Dialogue will be Oct. 16, to avoid conflict with Pride. This will be a special open house for bonding with new people. Eric Robertson’s idea; suggested title: “Continuing the Revolution, an Introduction to DSA”, followed by informal gathering at a bar. Thinking Man’s Tavern suggested. (Less noisy than Twains.) Suggested program: Pairing off to exchange “how I became a socialist”, followed by panel of three people from different generations (including Eric) talking about their political journey, how DSA different from other groups, and where we go from here. Intro to national organization (Barbara J). Food and lit. Bob C and BJ will help Milt on an outreach committee, whose first task is to plan this program (see 3 below). Need to update brochure and do lit packet. Barbara S and Travis will work on that. BJ suggested giving away the Jacobin publication “The ABCs of Socialism” to new members in some way.
c. 2017 dates so far: Jan. 15 (King weekend), March 12, May 15.
We brainstormed about topics: Queer activism going forward (not history); panel of BLM spokespeople (Adam can do outreach); Chuck Steffens’ powerpoint on 1996 Olympics; economic growth issues (based on book); universal guaranteed income; Bob Zellner (“The Wrong Side of Murder Creek” autobio of civil rights work etc); post-election peace issues.
2)Jacobin reading group – next meeting will probably be end of August. Adam coordinating. Previous meeting had good discussion though location fell through at last minute, had to be moved.
3) Sept. 23 membership meeting.
Officer elections: Bob C is nominations chair. Another email will go out asking for nominations/volunteers. Two positions are open, as Greg and Daniel want off.
Need an outreach committee to better incorporate new people. B J suggested the committee organizing the October gathering should be it (see above). Agreed. Cecily suggested continuing her volunteer meetings for outreach. Agreed. Adam suggested a labor committee, which YDS has.
Terry Easton will talk and bring copies of his book. Murphy Davis may be there too.
4) Pride festival. Committee reached out to Shannon from JWJ but she has not responded yet. Want to work a labor angle, job discrimination etc. Committee needs more members.
5) Douglass-Debs Dinner: Please come early to film on Sunday to help Milt stuff invitations into envelopes. Barbara S will get tickets printed.
6) National College Media Assoc. Oct. 26-30 at Hyatt Regency: Cecily will be a keynote speaker about new trends in memoir writing. We could invite interested people to a DSA get-together. She will also be at the Decatur Book Festival. She will send us specific info about times and places for these events.
7) Adam will write something for our web page on the YDS conference he attended. Many college students for Bernie groups want to become YDS chapters.
8)Adam is on national DSA’s Anti-Racism Working Group. Let him know if you are interested in participating.
9) Labor Council Labor Day picnic in Hapeville – we can announce our events. Contact Milt.
10) Aug. 20, 10 am-noon rally vs. Opportunity School District at 1st Iconium. Sen. Fort wants us to attend. Important issue.
11) Aug. 13 book launch party – We have called our member list. Flier was sent with Douglass-Debs mailing. Cecily spoke to People’s Agenda and was invited to the Labor Council meeting. Maricela will sell tacos at the Beer Garden site so she can tell people to go to the Music Room. Ray will bring fliers for the film Sunday. T-shirts have been made for sale, with various slogans. Discussion of how the funds are channeled (Greg is the bag man). A guest list of donors will be at the door. Cecily is working with the DJs and artists. Cecily is getting fliers printed. We will need to pay $100 for the sound technician (down from the usual $150); Milt offered to contribute the fee. Reid will take photos, needs to call Manuel Llaneras to do the same. Cecily asked if Maricela could sell tamales at the film, as she invested in supplies before knowing about the new venue. Ray suggested MADSA buy the tamales she doesn’t sell in front of the Beer Garden and making them available at the film for refreshments; agreed.
Cecily reported that a spin-off music group will be holding other events for the Civil Disobedience Fund in future.
Volunteers: Needed for tabling upstairs, helping w T-shirts, two people on hand to do odd jobs; take admission from people not on guest list. Jennie, Bob C, Barbara, Walter, Adam, Travis, Milt and Ray will help (Adrian had to cancel - BJ). Other tables will be Daniel Blackmon’s anti-mass incarceration organization and #Atlisready. We will ask Daniel to intro Cecily. Nyrobi Moss will Emcee the music. Need clipboard and lit, including film fliers. Checks will need to be made out to Housing Justice League, which handles the money. Or, better, pay online (Cecily will set up computers).
All volunteers are urged to be at the venue 4-6 to set up tabling etc., and figure out volunteer assignments over dinner.
MINUTES – OFFICERS MEETING July 23
PRESENT: Ray, Milt, Barbaras S and J, Nancy Daniels, Greg, Travis, Cecily, Daniel
DOUGLASS-DEBS DINNER – Letter for seed money is going out next week. Killer Mike’s scheduler has listed our event. Milt will ask Sen. Fort to present. Larry Keating will give award to Columbus Ward. CWA rep will present an award to keynote speaker Larry Cohen. Award to Norm if he can be there.
SOCIALIST DIALOGUE – Ray has fliers, DVD for film Aug. 14. WAND will help promote. Last in series for 2016: October – Special program for new people, at Dec. Rec. center. Eric Robertson is helping plan. After presentations, may break into small groups or pair off, convene at Twain’s afterwards. Dialogue planning meeting TBA. Ray will cancel reservation for Oct. 9 due to conflict with Pride and reschedule.
NOTE: A planning meeting will take place at B Joye’s house on Tues. Aug. 9. This can also be an officers’ meeting, as the book party will take place that weekend and we need to divide up our members’ list to call people about it.
SEPTEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING – Terry Easton, author of new book on Open Door historic episode will speak. BS will invite Ed and Murphy etc. Other agenda item: Officer election. Bob Caine will serve as nominating chair again. Officers wanting to step down should notify him and help find a replacement.
LGBT COMMITTEE/PRIDE - All set up for booth Oct. 8-9 and parade Oct. 9, but need volunteers and lots of people for the parade, including any allied groups.
BOOK PARTY – Milt suggested making calls to our members to remind them. Cecily will pitch at today’s membership meeting. Arrangements: She has a music events planner (Ronnie O’Neal) and set-up and sound system volunteers. Josh Loner, a performer, is talking to others in progressive music scene about getting sound equipment donated; some has been already. She will meet with Josh and beer garden owners to plan setup. Several artists donating their performances. (NOTE: Spelling not checked: Josh Loner, Hero the Band, Shalom Little, Yan Mo, The Queendom, Alex Lushington, Zip Kennedy, Cedek, maybe others.) MC: Daniel urged to serve. Ticket sales: goal of 66 per week, artists helping. Cecily will split her time on stage with BLM leaders. Grow Where You Are, a community gardening organization for youth, former ex-convicts etc. resident chef will cater and sell the food to guests. Inviting King of Pops cart. Alcohol: With private party permit we can sell the beer or ask for donations. Negotiations are ongoing about where to get the beer. BJ will contact Johnnie re wholesale? Donate? Etc. Volunteer help: Ronnie and Cecily will have a meeting with the artists. Need volunteers to flier at events. Second flier being produced by events planner featuring names of performers, for youth audiences. Cecily will hold a meeting for volunteers, next Sat. 4-6; agreed MADSA will contribute $50 for refreshments. Cecily will talk to B Segal about the new flier. B Joye will be communications liaison between officers and Cecily. 100 T-shirts will be sold for $20 each. (See above re calling from our members’ list.)
-- B Joye
OFFICERS’ MEETING 6/21/16 -- MINUTES
Present: Milt, Ray, Daniel, Adam, B Segal, B Joye, Travis, Cecily
Sunday’s meeting on Summit feedback - Janine and Justin Holsomback will first make brief statements. Milt will introduce. Barbara will give Blinn a list of the presenters and their topics. About 3- 5 mins for each of the 5 on different aspects of the weekend, then a minute or two at the end on takeaway. (Update: No ending statements, as more presenters have been added to the list.-BJ) Daniel will be organizing a van to the DNC after the meeting.
Next membership meeting July 23 – B Segal will confirm meeting space at Open Door and invite the author of the book on the Open Door to speak.
Sendoff for Norm and Dale – B Segal will check to reserve space at Mary Mac’s for goodbye luncheon after membership meeting.
SOA Watch in Nogales AZ/Sonora (Oct. 7-10) – Agreed to endorse, as requested. B Joye will send in form.
Housing Justice League – Agreed to endorse press conference as requested.
Tour of Neighborhoods in Resistance – Larry Keating working with GA Tech social work prof. to set up tour for Jan or Feb 2017 that students in her class will be required to take, and to follow up with volunteering. Tech will contribute $250 to cost.
Labor Day Democratic Left magazine – Agreed to take 1/8 pg ad for $150; B Segal will design.
Pride – Focus on labor issues (discrimination etc.) this year. Need more committee members. Adam is in DSA labor group, will help.
MADSA personnel transition - Need to give new members roles, meet one-on-one. Eric Robertson joined, wants to do outreach to labor and Bernie activists. Officer elections coming in Sept. Daniel expressed wish to step back to increase representation of people of color. Adam appointed as member at large to fill out Hope’s and Brandon’s term till Sept. Cecily expressed interest in running. Adam observed that our transition to more diverse leadership should take place beyond Sept., over next year.
Atlanta for All – Cecily took Brandon’s place at last meeting. She reported that a group of millenials is organizing, to focus on Sen. Fort’s campaign for mayor and do other “public-facing” work vs. “Opportunity School District” (OSD). There will be a series of events; July 16 date of Bernie Sanders delegate sendoff may need to change due to conflict with a major WRFG event. OSD work and electoral work to begin Aug. 1, with launch of OSD campaign at 1st Iconium Aug. 20 (goal: 250 people). Cecily will coordinate with Daniel and Adam on an article about Sen. Fort at the DNC.
Cecily book publication/prison justice campaign party - At Johnnie Martinez’s new Georgia Beer Garden across from Joystick, Aug. 13. Much discussion of how to focus campaign, Cecily’s role, MADSA’s role. Cecily pointed out that 1 in 13 Georgia adults are under state supervision! And GA prisons even worse than Rikers. Gov Deal has attracted national attention to prison reform issue here, so we can build on that. Meetings with prison justice organizations to take place w/in next week or two for guidance on campaign focus and buy-in. Need committee; Daniel (though time is limited), Adam volunteered. Signup sheet will be circulated June 26 and at the WRFG party for Harlon July 16. Discussion of campaign focus, fund raising and MADSA’s sponsorship will continue. (Officers meet again after June 16 meeting?)
OFFICERS’ MEETING 5/18 -- MINUTES
Present: Travis, Barbaras B and S, Milt, Brandon, Daniel, Ray, Cecily
Treasurer’s report – Travis reported we have $4,503 in cash on hand, but anticipated expenses may be $4,680 if we send as many people to the YDS summer conference as last year and spend $1,200 more on Pride. We need to set aside about $2150 for the dinner in case we need more up front and don’t get as much revenue as last year. The expense estimates were modified by general discussion: We don’t know how many YDS members will be going to the summer conference and will need support. Pride expenses will be somewhat lower because no Bernie campaign goods needed. The Pride booth is paid for; other expenses need to be determined; could be kept to a couple of hundred. Study circle is already paid for through Sept. Other possible expenses: People’s Summit, though the national office has an application form for subsidies and people should try that first. If DSA members who are delegates ask for support to get to the DNC we will consider that. But we need to keep enough for the dinner expenses. Milt will send an appeal for host committee contributions as usual.
NPC meeting – Brandon explained that he and Hope are moving to Chicago to be near their families and her new job, by June 5. They will remain on the NPC.
The NPC is doing a lot (see documents Jared sent to Activist list): People’s Summit; DNC/Socialist Convergence presence; outreach to Solidarity; fundraising to resolve budget shortfall and expand staff; honorary chair issues; post-Bernie work (Brandon is helping David Duhalde talk to new YDS contacts); encouraging local electoral work for a few dem soc candidates.
Re local electoral work – Milt reported that Brandon has been our liaison to Sen. Fort’s campaign committee. Someone needs to take his place. Cecily volunteered. Tim Franzen is a leader.
Milt observed that the 2017 convention may be in the South (or Midwest) in the summer. DSA plans to get closer to SURJ and Labor Notes. Joe Schwartz working on an “Introduction to Democratic Socialism.” Milt is working on the national fund raising campaign.
Cecily McMillan’s book signing party – WRFG is celebrating her grandfather Harlon Joye’s 2000th WRFG radio show at the CWA hall July 16. Her book will be out Aug. 9, following a media tour in NYC, so she can publicize both events at the same time. Maybe we can schedule a book release party for Friday the 12th. She would like the party to be a platform for MADSA (DSA is featured in the book as a prime influence on her). The party can be free, so easier to attract young people. She will be lead organizer for the signing event. She is contacting Killer Mike and Pussy Riot (they did an intro to the book). Could be a fundraiser for MADSA if we have a project coming up. She suggested we could launch a winnable campaign related to jail conditions in GA. BJ suggested consulting with the Southern Center for Human Rights as they work on that. Daniel observed that a MADSA-sponsored campaign would get us past the “doughnut hole” problem. He suggested also connecting with Open Door. Cecily offered to lead on a situation campaign. Consensus to sponsor.
Socialist Dialogue – Aug. 14 is film showing of “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry.” BJ emailed Nan Orrock to lead discussion at Ray’s request, hasn’t heard back but will follow up. October session – election topic? Ideas welcome. Last session was not as well attended but a good discussion.
Jacobin discussion group – Next meeting June 26. Last one had about 14 attendees, including two who volunteered to lead discussions and one young woman who had attended some MADSA meetings. Next topic will be a report back from the People’s Summit. Milt mentioned that Eric Robertson said he would help with a Summit report. He will reach out to Eric to ask about a venue and whether Eric is going to the Summit. Daniel said at the Summit we can ask about contacting other attendees from GA.
MADSA membership meeting June 11 – Shannon Reaze of AtlJwJ confirmed to speak, also Cobb County candidate for state rep. Justin Holsomback. Daniel will invite someone from the Ga Undocumented Youth Alliance. Opportunity School District referendum also coming up; Milt will ask Helen Butler or Minnie about addressing that.
Douglass-Debs Dinner – Milt made a timeline of tasks. Barbara S will invite Columbus Ward to accept the award. Milt will follow up with Killer Mike. Norm has prepared the mailing labels. Envelopes, RSVP cards, invitations, need to be printed.
Website – BJ said we need more people to post in addition to her and Daniel. BS will ask Lorraine to do it. Daniel and BS will explore more Nationbuilder functions. Travis suggested using it for letter writing campaigns.
Open Door book - A new book has been written (and designed by BS) about a historic episode in the history of the Open Door, the struggle to maintain the Imperial Hotel as a residence for homeless people. We should ask the author to speak at a membership meeting, perhaps in late July. BS will ask if July 23 is available at the Open Door.
-- Barbara Joye
OFFICERS MEETING MARCH 10 – MINUTES
Present: Milt, Barbaras J and S, Ray, Jake, Toby (U.GA), Adam, Daniel, Greg
Milt’s report: He will be working on a fund raising letter in support of the national office. He distributed an updated Atlanta membership list, showing continuing growth.
He recommended Joe Schwartz’s article from the Jan. 2016 In These Times. (NOTE: He also has a Bernie article, post-Super Tuesday, on the national DSA blog.-BJ)
We received a thank-you letter from Becky Rafter of WAND for our contribution and for letting her speak at our meeting.
The national organization is forming a labor working group. Milt will be sending a list of members. Let him know soon if you know anyone else with a labor background who should be added. Adam mentioned that he is applying to some labor jobs, and that an organizer of Labor for Bernie told him he hopes to bring people from that into DSA.
Milt will be out of the country during April and the first half of May. He asked Barbara J to fill in with coordination as needed during that time.
Socialist Dialogue: We reviewed the success of Bhaskar’s talk. About 48 people attended. Ray remarked that our forums on socialism have not included US imperialism and militarism. Daniel recognized a few Bernie volunteers in the audience, including one who has joined DSA – but we talked about recruiting Bernie volunteers as if they were not in the room! We need to keep showing our commitment to the Bernie campaign, that we are not just there to recruit. Milt remarked on the importance of Daniel’s work publicizing our activities on social media.
Future events: 1) Apr. 24 “The Precariat: Work w/o Predictability or Security,” moderated by Steve Wise. Panel: Teamster Local 728 Organizing Director Ben Speight; a labor lawyer; and Fight for 15/child care worker activist Dawn O’Neil. 2) Aug. 15: Film “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” on origins of the second-wave feminist movement. 3) Oct. 9, TBA. Ray suggested including some quotation from the socialist tradition in future sessions. Adam suggested asking the organizer of the Walter Rodney lecture series to speak.
Bernie campaign: Daniel said a core group of Atlanta people is continuing to be active. They are planning a trip to Jacksonville Florida leaving 5:30 pm March 11. Some seats are available and another driver is desired.
Treasurer's Report: Travis could not attend, but will work on a budget.
UGA YDS: Jake reported they are having an ice cream social in a couple of weeks and trying to build from the core group of five members.
Emory YDS: Adam said they were denied a charter by the university on grounds of being too similar to other groups (Democratic party! and a feminist group) and being mostly upper classmen (not true). They are challenging this. They are thinking of screening the Mead strike film. Faculty adviser is MADSA’s Oded Borowski. Adam is developing leadership to take over after he graduates this spring, and the group is working with others to organize a broad coalition of progressive groups at Emory.
April 23 vs. the Klan: Jake and friend Toby reported on the #AlloutATL proposal to confront the KKK at Stone Mt. They are trying to get as many groups a possible to do something, maybe a march. There will be a public meeting to discuss this. The next planning meeting will be two weeks from now. After discussing the pros and cons, we agreed we would like more information as this develops before deciding whether or not to endorse as an organization.
Bus and Study tour: Greg has helped Larry coordinate. Two buses will be going. At least 32 seats are filled out of 45 on the second bus (and some other reservations have come in very recently). One bus will be mostly students from Tech and GSU, maybe Atl U. Very good response.
Jacobin Reading Group: Adam discussed the choice of articles for the first session, which will take place this Sunday at 2 pm at Norm’s condo (see calendar listing on website).
Atlanta Jobs with Justice May Day festival: BJ is volunteering on the planning committee. See “call to action” on AtlantaJwJ.org website. We agreed to pay the $50 fee for tabling. Location TBA very soon, and the application form for participating should be ready next week. Plans are underway for a related MADSA-sponsored show of photos of Atlanta activism in the 1st Existentialist Congregation sanctuary (no charge for the space) during May, coordinated by Reid Jenkins, with a reception May 5. BS will do graphics; Lorraine is one of the five participating photographers and planners. BJ is working on a labor history project for the festival, recruiting people to impersonate historic labor heroes and heroines.
Newsletter: Barbara J and S. Barbara S is planning to ask people to report personal milestones for one article. Barbara J is hoping to produce the next issue in mid-April, shorter than the last one and emphasizing May Day history and May activities as well as mentioning other events past and future as usual.
LGBTQ committee: B Segal said the meeting was small because it conflicted with the Bernie march. Talked about a secular agenda vs. religion-based discrimination and a possible MADSA statement.
Douglass Debs Dinner: Milt is working on identifying the keynote speaker. No response yet from Larry Cohen. Agreed that Milt will reach out to Francis Fox Piven. Other possibilities: John Nichols, Karen Nussbaum, Sen. Fort.Awardees: Columbus Ward, Killer Mike.
Orientation/new members: Milt suggested waiting till June. Agreed.
Next membership meeting: No membership meeting in April, other activities will be sufficient.
Contribution: Adam - $100 to help the NC organizing committee. Agreed.
Fight for 15 – Big nationwide action April 14. Details TBA. Adam is our representative.
OFFICERS MEETING, FEB. 20 – MINUTES
Present: Milt, Barbaras S and J, Travis, Greg, Daniel, Ray, Hope, Brandon, Dougie, Nancy Daniel
Treasurer’s report: About $7,450 on hand. Expenses already paid for: convention; contribution to Alif Institute; Adam’s travel to YDS convention. Someone contributed $100 through the website.
Requests: 1) Bobby Paul Legacy Fund (WAND): agreed to contribute $200. 2) expand Dougie’s radio show to 2 hrs: agreed to contribute $300. Plays PSAs, event announcements. 3) Bus tour March 19 will probably have two buses, with students from three colleges; needs $300, agreed. 4) OOHA (BTW, Tim now communications director for Turner Field Coalition): agreed to contribute $500. 5) Ticket for Bhaskar: $250. 6) Rec Center will cost $90 x 3 for next three dialogues. 7) Megan has suggested setting aside funds for membership dues if someone can’t afford it. ”Solidarity Fund.” Generally approved setting aside $200. 8) Expenses for matting and framing materials for May photography exhibit: $200 approved. 9) End of year – approved Travis’s request for a set-aside of $200 for Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation. Will calculate Pride expenses later.
Douglass-Debs dinner: Killer Mike agreed to accept our award, and Sen. Fort wants to present it (thanks to Milt!).
- We will present Johnny Martinez with a T-shirt in recognition of his generous contribution of space for our activities at the Joystick Game Bar.
- Daniel will pitch for Bernie phone banking, Bernie march etc.
- Ray will report on Socialist Dialogue plans. He suggested a raffle for a subscription to Jacobin magazine.
- Ray proposed we show the film “She's Beautiful When She's Angry” for the Aug. 14 dialogue, if committee approves.
- Speakers: Candidates for office; Larry Pellegrini; attorney Chaka Washington on pending execution; Becky Rafter; Nellini Stamp; Dale on Citizens’ Climate Lobby; Larry K on bus tour; Adam on YDS conference; Steve Gill on LGBT activities (UPDATE: Committee to meet 1 pm Sat. Feb. 27 at Twain’s); BJ on newsletter and blog; Hope and Brandon on NPC; Megan on new GSU Lawyers Guild. (UPDATE: Last two reports did not happen.)
New Members: Milt proposed orientation meeting for new members and others on our list, with invitations to participate in various roles and become core members and encouragement to join if not already a member.
Sen. Fort for Mayor: Brandon is our liaison. “Friends of Vincent Fort” meets week 7 fpm Wed. March 2 at 505 Wells SW (Rise Up HQ). May organize independent coalition to run slate of candidates. Discuss next meeting.
Next officers’ meeting: To plan outreach and other activities, March 10 at 7:30 pm, BJ’s house.
MADSA OFFICERS’ MEETING JAN. 5
PRESENT: Milt Tambor, Barbaras Landay, Segal and Joye, Brandon Payton-Carrillo, Larry Keating, Jonathan Jimenez, Ray Miklethun, Keith Beaver, Reid Jenkins, Greg Ames
Treasurer's report – tabled, as Travis is out of town.
Douglass-Debs Dinner report – We did well, netted $5,592, while giving lots of free tickets to students and others. Packed the house despite bad weather. Ads revenue $500 lower than last yr, but lots of labor support. Daniel/Bernie well received. Some new members recruited. Milt suggested Larry Cohen (former CWA pres and Bernie supporter) to be next yr’s speaker. General OK for him to reach out.
Maurice Isserman meetup Jan. 7 - 29 RSVPed (but the Miklethuns have to cancel).
Socialist Dialogue - Jan. 17 program: “The Struggle for a Just America, Where Race, Class and Gender Meet.” (Unfortunately panelist Dawn has cancelled; Ray will look for a replacement.) . Six new people have RSVPed already to the March Bhaskar announcement on our website calendar.
Ray and Norm are talking about reviving a Jacobin reading group, as our dialogues have become so large and not centered on readings. General approval.
MLK breakfast Jan. 15 at Hyatt - Milt will go; there will be a big labor presence.
MLK march contingent Jan. 18 - BSegal expressed her concern that campaigning during the march would be inappropriate. We agreed to march behind our own banner, next to the Ga for Bernie group, but not pass out Bernie lit. Any fliers should link MLK with democratic socialist values.
Recent members and orientation - Milt said we are growing but not orienting new members enough. He proposed one-on-one meetings. Brandon and the Barbaras signed up to do this. BJ already in contact with Jason.
YDS Feb. conference - Leah and Adam are interested in attending if they can get transportation. Milt asked Adam if anyone else from Emory wants to go. Milt will let us know who might want financial support. We agreed to subsidize as much as we can.
NPC – Brandon reported that the first meeting will be this Jan. They issued a statement about Harold Meyerson losing his contract with the Wash. Post (on blog, website).
Occupy Our Homes Atlanta – Greg reported OOHA visited City Hall, sang “somewhat insulting” carols and gave the Mayor lumps of coal (Greg was Santa Claus), protesting the Peoplestown evictions. Police were friendly, but the Mayor has been stubborn. The Turner Stadium area development seems to be proceeding without community input.
Website – Barbara J and Daniel have done some posting. If you would like to learn to post content and edit, contact Brandon to schedule a training.
Member Keith Beaver's electoral campaign to be commissioner of DeKalb County’s 4th district - Keith asked for our support in his fight to counter a corrupt and inept county government. He is running as a socialist. He read us his agenda for better government in DeKalb and his plan for the campaign; we advised avoiding the appearance of attacking the workforce or black leadership. He needs to collect over 4000 signatures by June, starting Jan. 16. We suggested he consult with our progressive friends who have experience running for office here: Jim Nichols, Jeff Bragg, Sens. Fort and Orrock. He needs help getting the qualifying signatures. We invited him to address our Feb. meeting and will encourage members to help as individuals.
National DSA “Political Revolution Tour” - include Atlanta? Milt and Barbara J will explore this further with Bill Barclay shortly.
Citizens Climate Lobby request for endorsement – tabled till next membership meeting.
Financial support for WAND – Milt said he and Travis will review.
February membership meeting – B Segal will explore availability of Open Door in mid-Feb. Milt invited Larry Pellegrini to talk about the legislative session; he is willing. Agreed this is a good idea.
Larry Keating’s annual neighborhood destruction/resistance tour – Larry proposed for this year that we consult with the local activists about what issues they think are priorities. Milt suggested focusing on tenant organizations. Greg thought it’s a good idea. We agreed that Larry, Greg, Barbara S and Milt should pursue this, with Tim Franzen. Larry suggested March 19 or April 9. Jonathan will talk it up with the progressive student groups at Ga. State.
Sen. Fort’s campaign - Jim, Tim F and Milt organized a successful fundraiser for him. He will probably want more help.
Proposals for May:
1)Reid offered to curate a political photography exhibit at the Existentialist Congregation, which is available in May. Ray noted that May 1 is the date for one of the Socialist Dialogue sessions, which could take place at the opening. Reid will pursue this idea with select photographers, seeking high quality photos. Details to come.
2) Cecily McMillan will be starting a national tour May 24 to promote her memoir (publisher: Nations Books). Barbara J talked with her about MADSA doing an Atlanta launch event before she leaves on the tour. She wants to organize a big event May 14 emphasizing attracting millennial youth and promoting DSA/YDS, with MADSA as host. She says she will do most of the arrangements and PR. Wants BJ and at least one young DSA member to be on the host committee. BJ will keep us posted as this develops.
NOTE: Milt will be away April 6 - May 6.