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Loose consensus that we need to reduce the sleeping in the park which is occurring despite efforts by most of the hard core. Loose consensus that the most effective way to achieve this would be to make our offsite camp more habitable. Those who would like to camp there should work on this!
 
Loose consensus that we need to reduce the sleeping in the park which is occurring despite efforts by most of the hard core. Loose consensus that the most effective way to achieve this would be to make our offsite camp more habitable. Those who would like to camp there should work on this!
   
'''Facing winter'''
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''Transcription in progress''
 
The group at the 7pm meeting had clear consensus for continuing the vigil into winter in the park if the situation in the Gulf remains warlike. Some felt that we should, nevertheless, have other fallbacks (church basements, etc.) in case this becomes untenable. [[Beaver Chief]] was the only one who felt we would have to move on with the seasons "as my ancestors had to move on."
 
 
Joules and Kelly both emphasized that staying through the winter would be "a statement" and failure to do so would be "a letdown".
 
 
Several participants felt we'd need more people (typically 100) to take on winter in the park. Robert Betesh (I believe) pointed out that Lafayette Park vigil has only two of the originaly people after 7 years & no one else has lasted a year.
 
 
Harry emphasized the importance of scheduling shifts for a small group in cold weather. Joe pointed out that our health will probably not be as good in winter. "If someone has pneumonia, I want them home, resting." There seemed a general concurrence that we would have to move deeper into the shed structure, especially using the cookfire area.
 
 
(Joe) "I'd rather move the vigil than lose it, if it comes to that."
 
 
(Kelly) "Two or three at a time is a vigil."
 
 
(Baker Bob) "Our original statement says 'we are gathered in the center of Seattle's Gas Works Park'."
 
 
(Baker Bob) We must conserve wood carefully.
 
 
'''Beyond the Gulf Crisis to a lasting group'''
 
 
(Robert Betesh) want to be able to go away and come back
 
 
(John) Vigil focuses on the Gulf Crisis. Forum should last beyond.
 
 
(Kelly) "This is a free speech forum whether we're here or not, whether Parks says so or not." This is the "commons". "Without workshops & teach-ins the vigil would be just a bunch of people hanging out in the park," although that might be different for a more spiritually-oriented group.
 
 
(Randy) Continue vigil as such past the end of this crisis. This crisis is "just a symptom."
 
 
(Joules) Maintain the PeaceWorks Park address. We should discuss just what resolution of the Gulf crisis would lead to an end of the vigil.
 
 
(Milber) "I expect to be part of it as long as I'm in Seattle." "Peace is needed everywhere, not just in the Middle East."
 
 
(Brigithe) "I just want to ''get'' past the Gulf crisis!" "Peace in ourselves"
 
 
(Julie) "There are a lot of things we can stand for."
 
 
(Bam Bam) "If even one person wants to stay together they should stay together." "There are so many things besides what's happening in the Gulf that deserve attention."
 
 
(Jeff) A lot more to peace than the Persian Gulf. "We must become able to take care of ourselves."
 
 
(Clyde) "Lots of you are speaking in terms of personal growth." Social change: a different statement. "Become a moral thorn in the side of society." Show that there isn't uniform support for Bush's actions in the Middle East. Social change more important than personal growth. Focus ==> impact. "One more group is just kind of depressing, but a one-time action has potential for incredible power." "I don't want to get mail from it." Much of our power derives from being a spontaneous reaction to a specific crisis."
 
 
(Baker Bob) "We are an action not a group." Affinity groups might start here and continue wherever they are going. "'Free speech' means respecting the right of anyone to say anything, whether you agree with them or not." "As individuals, we're all going to have our own ideologies and beliefs." Individuals working together on projects. An office woudl be nice, for paperwork, storage, communications.
 
 
Loose consensus that "an action not a group" means vigil cannot make endorsements, although individuals and affinity groups can.
 
 
 
[[Category: Activism]]
 
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