First city-wide meeting of the newly formed NYC Oaxaca Solidarity Network

IN THESE MINUTES- TRUNCATED IN THE INTEREST OF PUBLICATION:
1) Next General Meeting
2) Recap — Key Decisions
3) Mtg Agenda
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1) SAVE THE DATE!
Next NYC Oaxaca Solidarity Network General Meeting
Sunday, January 7th, 6pm – 8:pm
St. Marks Church, 10th St and 2nd Ave

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2) DEC 14 MTG — KEY DECISIONS RECAP

___We will organize NYC actions on December 22, in response to the
Zapatista call for global solidarity in support of Oaxaca that day.

December 22
4:30pm — Mexican Consulate, Rally then March to Rockefeller Plaza
27 E. 39th St btw Park and Avenue of the Americas

6:00pm — Rockefeller Plaza, Rally and Public Outreach/Education
W. 50th btw 5th and 6th Aves

___We’ll have a Dec 22nd Action Planning Meeting and Art/Props Making on
Saturday, December 16th (tomorrow)

2:00-3:00pm Action Planning Meeting
3:00-7:00pm Arts/Prop Making

Both at The Change You Want To See Gallery
84 Havemeyer St at Metropolitan Ave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

___We’ll have another working meeting to make final plans and make more
visuals – signs, props, etc. on Thursday, December 21st at Hunter College

7:30-9:30pm — Dec 22 Planning and Art-making
Hunter College, 69th St btw Lexington and Park Avenues

___Next General Mtg is Sunday, January 7, 6pm at St. Marks Church on 2nd
Ave at 10th St

___We will establish a listserv for the NYC Oaxaca Solidarity Network, and
hold regular meetings.

___Folks interested in helping to do coalition-building with other
NYC-area groups are invited to contact rj@riseup.net

___Folks who can help distribute videos from Oaxaca collections that have
just been translated with subtitles (post to websites, etc) are invited to
contact mingamedia@gmail.com

___Education, Media, Actions, and Coalition-building Working Groups met
and will meet again at the general mtg on Jan 7. Other working groups,
including Fundraising and Grassroots Pressure will meet then too.

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3) DECEMBER 14th MEETING AGENDA

I. Intros/Goals of Meeting and Network (5 min)

Meeting Goals: assemble those concerned about the situation in Oaxaca to
1) learn/share info, 2) coordinate efforts.

Desired Outcomes: listserv created, working groups established, next
meeting set, Dec 22nd plan?

Network Goals:
— Network should be as wide as possible and we should organize our work
and activities to incorporate people with many interests.
— We should try to balance most immediate/urgent needs and activities
with long term actions and organizing.
— Participants should be organized around concrete tasks/actions.

II. Oaxaca situation: background/context, current situation (15 min)

Oaxaca social-political context, background on the last 7 months, current
situation

III. Existing efforts in NYC: recap/overview (30 min)

–Grassroots pressure (emails, phone calls, sign-on letters)
–Actions (vigils, demos, etc)
–Education (screenings, panels, speaking tours, etc)
–Fundraising for Oaxaca (materials, support, events, etc)
–Coalition work (connect with other groups, statements, etc)
–Media (outreach, accountability, letters to the editor, editorial board
mtgs)
–Online Communication (listservs, website)

IV. Dec 22nd Call to Action (20 min)

Goals:
— Decide if we want to coordinate something together
— If yes, determine flavor
— Set follow-up meeting time/place

V. Working Group Break-Outs (25 min)

Divide into working groups to make concrete plans, get sign-up sheet for
working group, set time/place for working group meeting (public space,
central to subway).

VI. Report-backs and Announcements (10 min)

–Announce time/place for working group meetings, hear key highlights from
break-outs.
–Set next general network meeting time/place.

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