The #OccupyPortland Interfaith Guild of Chaplains
Dec. 15, 2011 Weekly Planning MeetingLocation: Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OregonAttendance: Tim Graves, Catherine Alder, Amanda Schueler, Sarah Morrigan
1. The City Hall 24/7 Occupy Vigil
Earlier this week online votes were taken to officially endorse the vigil. It has beencontinuing for over two weeks, but the organizers are increasingly exhausted physicallyand requested wider participation. Sarah had set up an online scheduler on Wikispaces -http://cityhalloccupyvigil.wikispaces.com - where anyone can put their names. Thisafternoon, the police had raided the vigil site (city hall plaza) and removed the pop-upcanopy. The table and other items remain for the time being. The vigil will continueindefinitely until the city council either suspends or repeals the anti-camping ordinance.
2. Spokes Council
The IGC participates in the Spokes Council through the Faith & Spirit Caucus (FSC).It has been discussed and decided last week that the IGC would send one rotatingdelegate to the Spokes Council to vote with the FSC. Spokes Council under currentschedule meets on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays; this will change when the newlyadopted meeting format takes effect and will make the Spokes Council twice a week. IGCmembers able to attend a Spokes Council meeting should announce their availability andintent in the Facebook Group at least a day in advance; the point of this is to have adifferent person representing the IGC to the FSC and Spokes at each meeting, and it doesnot have to be the same person rotation every week.
3. The Winter Solstice Peace-In
As discussed and voted on earlier this week online, this event will now take placetwice to allow for a wider participation.Wednesday, Dec. 21, 9-9:30 p.m. in front of the City HallThursday, Dec. 22, 5-5:30 p.m. at the Director ParkAlethea Deva has taken charge of programming and coordination; however any input andhelp would be appreciated (may still need a musician, etc.).
Ten days to the event date, the challenge is to secure a location or locations.Possibilities are also explored to make this a “progressive occupation,” in which the eventoccupies different places throughout the day, and also a possibility of using a tent or tentson a private land (such as parking lot or farm) with owners’ consent, as it is highly unlikelythat the Portland Bureau of Development Services would engage in any enforcementaction on Christmas and we would be dismantling all structures before the morning ofDec. 26 in any case. Sarah will get the words out with committees (particularly Action),affinity groups (particularly the Tribes), etc. as they may have more contacts as well aspeople to help out with this event.Aside from this challenge, most everything would be very similar to the#OccupyThanksgivingPDX -- except that we prefer the Christmas event to be somewhereshielded from the possible bad weather. Food donations could be also diverted from FoodCommittee, if they are still getting donations on a daily basis (which is questionable at thistime).
5. Other action items