Community Rights PDX
Community Rights PDX had its founding meeting on January 24, 2012. We plan to spend the next few months pulling as diverse a group of Portlanders into our group as we possibly can before we decide on the topic of our community rights ordinance. We meet every week. To join the working group, we suggest that you take a 2.5 hour Community Rights workshop or the 2 day intensive Community Rights workshop. To locate a workshop or to sign up for the group, please send an email to Lisa Millet at <email@example.com>.
Paul Cienfuegos is leading 2.5 hour introductory workshops every week in Portland, in support of our local group. You can check out his schedule HERE.
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- Why Do Corporations Have More Rights Than You Do
Why do we fail at:
- Universal Health Care
- Renewable Energy Development
- Bold Climate Change Response
- End to Foreign Invasions
- Labor Rights in the Workplace
- Stopping Home Foreclosures and many, many more symptoms
The Occupy Movement has generated amazing energy. Yet the history of popular uprisings has shown us that we have to do something completely new.
- Join the 140+ communities in six NE states that are building the Community Rights Movement.
- They have passed local laws that end corporate "rights" & enshrine COMMUNITY RIGHTS!
- Join with others to learn more about this exciting movement! Paul Cienfeugos is leading a 2.5 hour workshop each week in Portland starting February 22, 2012 Through April, 2012 - see schedule below. To get involved take a workshop and check out Paul's website, blog, and other work.
- Sign up for blog posts at http://PaulCienfuegos.com
- Call or email 503.233.1166 mailto:Paul@100Fires.com
- Friend at http://Facebook.com/PaulCienfuegos
- Public workspace online: http://bit.ly/CorporateRightsTemp
- There may only be a brief window to convert street level momentum into organized rights-legislating movements in each of our local communities.
 Orientation Workshop Schedule
These 2.5 hour Orientation workshops teach us the long history of corporate constitutional "rights", the problems of conventional single issue activism and why it isn't working, and the unique strategy of Community Rights.
- Dates for upcoming Orientation workshops (free, donations gladly accepted)
- March 8, 2-4:30 at Portland State Office Building, room 1C @ 800 NE Oregon St. Portland
- March 14, 2-4:30 PM
- March 22, 7-9:30 PM
- March 29, 7-9:30 PM
- April 10, 2-4:30 PM
- April 19, 7-9:30 PM @ St. Francis, SE 12th and Oak
- April 25, 2-4:30 PM @ St. Francis, SE 12th and Oak
- May 2, 7-9:30 PM @ St. Francis, SE 12th and Oak
- Paul Cienfuegos offers 2 day workshops (register at www.PaulCienfuegos.com)
- June 9th and 10th, register and details at www.PaulCienfuegos.com
Members of our local PDX group are invited to start building this page out, and adding sub-pages. Go team!
 Community Rights PDX Group Meeting Schedule
- If you have already attended a Community Rights Orientation workshop and are familiar with this unique strategy and paradigm shift, please join us as we develop our campaign here in Portland.
- Upcoming Community Rights Portland Meetings, 2012
- Wednesday PM meetings located at Legacy Emanual Hospital, Entrance at N Vancouver and N Stanton St.
- Thursday midday meetings located at the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St. See below for rooms.
- Date Time Location - locations will be updated
- 2/15/2012 6:30 pm Legacy room 1035
- 2/23/2012 12:00 pm Rm 1D Portland State Office Building
- 2/29/2012 6:30 pm Legacy
- 3/8/2012 12:00 pm Rm 1D PSOB
- 3/14/2012 6:30 pm Legacy
- 3/22/2012 12:00 pm Rm 1C PSOB
- 3/28/2012 6:30 pm Legacy
- 4/5/2012 12:00 pm Rm 715 PSOB
- 4/11/2012 6:30 pm Legacy
- 4/19/2012 12:00 pm Rm 1D PSOB
- 4/25/2012 6:30 pm Legacy Rm 1075
- 5/3/2012 12:00 pm Room 1C PSOB
- 5/9/2012 6:30 pm Legacy Rm 1075
- 5/17/2012 12:00 pm Rm 715 PSOB
- 5/23/2012 6:30 pm Legacy MOB2 West
- 5/31/2012 12:00 pm Rm 221 PSOB
- 6/6/2012 6:30 pm Legacy MOB2 West
- 6/14/2012 12:00 pm Rm 1B PSOB
- 6/20/2012 6:30 pm Legacy 1075
- 6/28/2012 12:00 pm Rm 1B PSOB
February 15, 2012 LMillet From Yahoo group CRPDX calendar
 February 1, 2012, 6:30-9:00 PM
Community Rights Portland Meeting
- Emanuel Hospital, Room 1027
- Present: Susan, Brian, Daniel, Steve (facilitator), Kenny, Jocelyn, Mark, Debra, Evelyn, Mary, Michael,
Review proposals for group structure – goal of proposal, steps to accomplish, measurement and whether group should be under the Occupy umbrella
Proposal A submitted by Susan
- Name of group: CRO-PDX with crow carrying a rose as emblem
- Group would operate within Solutions in Occupy but wouldn’t be under the GA.
Proposal B submitted by Lisa
- Name of group: Portland Community Rights Network
- Fully independent from Occupy, however, people engaged in Occupy would belong to network.
- People asked me to clarify what I meant by network. Here's a very brief piece on networks to chew on.
- Background on networks, networking, and network centric practices
- Networks and networking techniques are a very promising avenue for civic engagement. Three conceptual ideas about networks:
- A way of organizing that is transparent, open and decentralized, that has the power and agility
to connect thousands of people.
- Networking as a practice implies tools and strategies for strengthening, creating, and leveraging
- Networks are the relationships we are embedded in.
- Networks can be used to spread ideas and grow groups of people.
- Networks can bring large groups of people into alignment and mobilize action around a shared
Teams can operate within networks to carry out tasks. Decision making can take almost any form but decision making should be as transparent as possible with the idea that the purpose of the network is to use networking techniques to coalesce folks consent around an idea or goal. 2 Networks meet challenges in very different ways from traditional organizing.
Challenge Network-centric practices Traditional organizing
- How decisions are informed Listen to and consult crowds Input comes from trusted advisors
- How to connect people with shared interests
- Design for and take advantage of serendipity
- Hold structured meetings and conference
- Build social capital Bridge differences among people and groups
- Connect with people that are like you and that you like
- Match community needs with assets
- Catalyze mutual support Provide support to people in need
- Organize community collective action
- Provide “handrails” that support collective action
- Organize a consensus driven process
A network is easy to enter, a network builds as individuals carry the message, power and authority to act reside at the individual level. Task or function specific teams in the network can catalyze and focus collective efforts.
- Goal: Establish a network to launch a community rights ordinance campaign in Portland Oregon in 2012.
- Objective 1. Community members in Portland will gather and consent to establish a Community Rights
- Network that can work to connect, educate, and recruit a broad base of support needed to form a Community Rights Ordinance Campaign
- 1.1. By February 15, 2012, Portlanders interested in forming a community rights network will announce their intent to form a network specifying a future time and place, and inviting interested persons to come together to found a community rights network.
- Evaluation Measure: Meeting is scheduled, agenda prepared, announcements go out
- 1.2. Identify and invite thought leaders from various demographics (i.e. geographic neighborhoods, African American, Native American, Latino, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, faith communities, women, youth, elderly, students, environmentalists, LGBT, unions, academics, small business owners, farmers, etc.) to join in forming the network by February 28, 2012
- Evaluation measure: Documented list of thought leaders completed and invitations made
- 1.3. Hold an inaugural meeting to found the network and nominate persons to serve in lead roles of facilitator, time keeper, stack counter, peace keeper, recorder, and evaluator to serve the network for six months by March 15, 2012.
- Evaluation measure: Documentation of lead roles filled by membership nomination, rationale
processing, and consent.
- Proposal C. Michael
- Break with Occupy for purpose of long term viability. Cast a broad net. Avoid marginalizing ourselves by being under Occupy umbrella.
- Similar to network deal
- Connect to Move to Amend
- Own a domain name
- We should be the hub of it
- Public relations are important – need for talking points and materials
- This is an independence proposal – Community rights
- Be as inclusive politically as we can
- Proposal D. Mark
- Need to have meetings for two months. Gather people to join in the forming of this group. Do dyad work at meetings. Do dyad work between meetings and report back how those conversations went. Explore and deepen relationships among this group and ones that join.
Discussion of Proposals in Rounds Mark – Community rights PDX is positive – positive is good. Reservations about use of Occupy in name. Caution – avoid stressing “corporate rights” as the focus as it is an expression of the purpose in the negative. Occupy is negatively charged.
Susan – Likes Community Rights PDX. Likes networking concept but feels like a reach, not sure what is meant by inviting or networking. Likes idea of reaching out to other communities from the start. Not super attached to what we do. Aware of PR issues if attached to Occupy in name or form.4
Brian – Feel like I can’t speak to Lisa’s proposal. Occupy is controversial. Need to focus on what people want/what they are interested in. Organizing should follow people’s wants. Education and outreach in a fashion so that people can participate in ways that they want to.
Lisa – Should not use Occupy in name, should not attach ourselves to Occupy however, Occupy members would be invited to participate in Community Rights movement as would members of many demographics. This is about Human Rights, We the People. If we focus on the needs and desires of people it will resonate. Top needs: food security – local sustainable, housing for all, water is an issue here, healthcare, internet access, decision power over what happens in neighborhoods, end to corporate personhood. All of these things play in polls. Recalling Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition to group – needs to be a big umbrella where all are welcome. Emphasize importance as pointed out by
Paul at last meeting of gathering voices from variety of communities to engage meaningfully in identifying priorities for the ordinance. This will fail if it just comes from us.
Daniel- Community Rights PDX is good – avoid controversy with Occupy – think long term. This is not a partisan issue. Would like to look into Lisa’s proposal. I personally need to know why we are here – what will be in our community rights proposal. Can’t talk to people about it if I don’t know what “it” is. Will be more motivated with clarity about it.
Evelyn – Saddened by occupy being too controversial. Intrigued by Susan’s proposal – but didn’t hear or understand how it works. We would be either under the GA or not under the GA. Connection by name alone is mistake. Am in congruence with portions of Lisa’s proposal about using dynamic governance and use of consent for decision making. Broadening right off the bat – intriguing worried about going round and round.
Mary – Likes Community rights name. Need to expand group. Likes networking. Big task to organize a network.
Michael – Likes Community Rights PDX. Likes dynamic governance. Need to sell the idea – whether we network or do it ourselves. Focus on positives – Human rights. Likes consent more than consensus for decision making. Look to Pittsburg. Banking system is wrong.
Steve – Likes Community Rights PDX. Read “We the People”. Networking – think it is going to work and can work for us. Impatience of youth on one side and older generation impatient to see less wheel spinning and more interested in seeing the gears catch and move forward. Can learn from other communities. Main thing is to capture what is in this room and move forward.
Jocelyn- Noticing unity that has emerged – not a question of two groups. Best to do this outside of Occupy with a liaison with Solutions. Network idea would work for doing that – broad based. Pittsburg got done so fast because of circumstances – city council emergency – fracking. Spokane is incredibly different. Seattle and Portland may be the first cities to do this. Need to intentionally in many camps. Am rethinking timing, 2013 or even 2014. Beware of anti corporate language – many small business owners feel targeted. 5
Mary - Important to do something fast. Using PDX is local. Network – I don’t understand what it is. Seems loose – to buy in, people need to take ownership.
Mark – Consensus is brutal. Consent model works. Worried about sociocracy/dynamic governance as too far ahead of ourselves – over engineering at this point is a concern. Reference to Daniel’s need to know what we are about – Need to spend 2 months just coming to meetings and sharing how talking about this idea is going – learning from each other and our contacts in community. Bringing more people in. Explore the language that you use to talk about it to see what works, and what doesn’t. Need to move past labels – We in community rights are about all of the issues.
Kenny – This is about an ordinance. Name: PBRO – Portland Bill of Rights Ordinance.
Daniel – Polls say Americans are against corporate influence.
Mary – Want to be We the People – reclaiming rights.
Michael – need community democracy schools
Steve – loss of rights story
Jocelyn – Summit idea – getting a large group together in a public forum to talk about issues we care about most, framed in democracy school. Need an elevator speech – talking points – how to sell, get buy in.
Mark – Something (summit) several months out to be a target to organize for. Talk to people, talk about community rights. This group needs to be larger and work needs to be done to galvanize this group.
Susan – Draft ordinance – need one before we reach out. Having talking points to invite people in. How do we invite people in? Template to invite what would be in it. Part of process – summit to invite people in to be part of the process.
Brian – likes summit idea. If people come to a summit do they need some basic education on community rights? Will we teach it at the summit? Before. When organizing important to talk to people who have expertise, NAACP, NAYA.
Lisa – Try to avoid using the term “sociocracy” – this word has negative connotations in the US. Think that dynamic governance is too weighty a structure for this group that would probably reduce creativity and transparency rather than flush it out. Dynamic governance developed in business world to break down hierarchical structures and encourage creativity and transparency and some self organizing. At this point all we have to do is avoid making mistakes about adopting governance that doesn’t serve us, work together and learn as Mark encourages.
Mark – hijacking meeting – new job in Michigan and feels strong need to share some things.
1. Organize your agendas online. Use Ether Pad instead of Google.6 2. Track how many conversations you have with people about community rights each week and report in on them, the results, how they flamed out or what might have worked. 3. Do role plays to prepare yourself for the conversations. Pair off and do it this week and report to the group next week. 4. Meet for the next two months to practice this, learn from each other, track the conversations and their outcome, bring new folks into the group, and deepen your understanding of the issues and deepen your relationships. 5. Don’t vote on proposals at this time, explore and avoid burdening yourselves with structure. 6. Practice taking turns facilitating, time keeping, stack counting, recording. Have small group discussions about how to carry those roles out.
Kenny – Here’s a lead in: “Our democracy – how’s it working for you?”
Lisa and Kenny did a role play in front of group.
Meeting ended at 9:00.
 February 9, 2012, noon-2:30 PM
Community Rights Portland Meeting Minutes
- Present:Lisa, Cyd, Tom, Paul, Pat, Mary, SaraHope, Kenny, Evelyn, Deborah, Diana(recorder)
- 1. Review minutes of last mtg. 2. How to Grow CR group 3. Dyads: Practice talking points 4. Develop Materials: Orientation, talking points, presentation 5. Group Communication: develop a plan and instruct members in implementation
Agenda was developed in the meeting. Discussed priorities for the agenda and decided we needed to look at the two weeks coming up to determine our priorities for today's agenda.
- 2. Grow CR group: We focused on how to bring in new members to the group. “Urgent candidates” Over the next 2 weeks, people who have taken Paul's Weekend Workshop who are ready to get involved will be invited to do that. Also, those who have taken the 2 hr. workshop will be invited to do further training, as a means of having everyone in the group at roughly the same level of knowledge/understanding.
“Semi-Urgent candidates” Over the course of the next month, inviting 'interested' people to attend a 2 hr. workshop/ Lisa will create roster for people to 'train'.
- 3. Dyads: practiced “talking points” in pairs, noted tactics and whether they were more---or less---effective in a given situation. Noted as follows:
- Know your audience!..If you don't know your audience, ask questions to learn who he/she is and what matters.
- Tell a story..........Give examples of situations that have occurred and what CR action has been taken(ie, Pittsburgh, Penn.) Talk about how it's different from the usual activism which seeks to limit, one harm at a time vs. declaring our rights to determine how we want our world to be.
- Ask a thought-provoking question...eg. Did you know corporations began to get Consitutional rights in 1886?? Then tell the story of Southern Pacific vs.SantaClara County.
- Talk about a 'current event' such as Bellingham's Citizens' Bill of Rights movement....what they're doing and why. Listen for response. Or use Spokane as a local example. Be sure you know enough about each campaign to give good info. Then ask questions..........
- It was suggested and agreed upon that we practice talking points in dyads at every meeting. (Paul said Bellingham did this at every meeting, giving people a chance to know each other and build trust while 'practicing' communication.)
Point of Clarification
- It was stated and emphasized that there is ONE GROUP only. It meets EVERY WEEK. Thus, there are not 2 groups. (Even if it's the case that you can only attend every other week, you are not “part of the Wed Evening(or Thursday Afternoon)group”). It follows that what gets decided at any meeting is valid for the whole group. If you were not able to attend a meeting at which a decision was taken, you must expect that the decision was taken for the whole group and there will be no “revisiting” of the decision based on someone's not having been present at the time of the decision.
Role of Facilitator
- It was suggested that we all train to facilitate meetings. Some notes for facilitators: When you are facilitating, you “step back” from participating in the meeting in the usual way. The task is to: reflect back to the group what you hear, note the direction of the discussion by synthesizing what people are saying intervene to keep the discussion focused on the topic lead by following the course of the discussion and asking clarifying questions to lead participants to clarity. Make use of a time-keeper and a Volunteer to keep a 'stack' of people who want to speak.
SaraHope will facilitate the next meeting and create an Agenda. The mtg is set for Wed, Legacy Hosp., Rm. 1035, 6:30-9PM Lisa, Kenny & Paul met to plan workshops in coming month(s). Lisa Millet was going to work with Axcelle on both a listserve/ digital communication protocol as well as instructions for getting to the Ether Pad.
These minutes are submitted, subject to any corrections of errors or omissions, by Diana Richardson, Monday, Feb. 13.
 February 15, 2012, 6:30-9:00 PM
Portland Community Rights – Wednesday February 15, 2012 MEETING MINUTES (Please amend as you wish--Kenny Jones)
- Facilitated by: SaraHope Smith
- Timekeeper: Daniel
- Recorder: Kenny Jones
- Present: Lisa Millet, Paul C, Susan Rankin, Tom & Pat, Kenny, Daniel, Deborah, SaraHope, Miguel Robles, Karen, Bryan Lewis, Mary, Nan, Steve,
- Lisa shared poem; Pat & Tom related depressing evening of GMO foods discussion/presentation
- Paul related his encouraging OccupyShelton, WA, extended CR workshop; Deborah—“inflamed” feels like lost balance
- Miguel Robles—moved to Portland a few months ago, working in food rights/know what we eat, BiosafetyAlliance.org
- Steve—feels electricity/buzz going thru the room, glad to see the energy in this group
- Jocelyn—happy to see a full room
- Susan—attended a facilitation training, feels committed to this process of community-building
- Nan—grateful to be here and part of this movement, feels like home
- SaraHope—feeling more “grounded” finally, about to catch up
- Mary—seeing more evidence everywhere of the need for this type of work
- Daniel—feels a bit conflicted, still “on the fence”, wonders whether this movement will be ahead or behind of the radical change that’s needed, is dubious about future of cities to be locus of the solution, impatient for change
- Karen—1st meeting, worked with Paul on the Mt. Shasta campaign and with Miguel/Biosafety Alliance, wants to know what shape the ordinance will take.
- Paul also expressed how difficult the education component is for this work.
- Timekeeper Daniel noted our “intro” took 25 minutes
7:05—DYADS (to practice having a conversation about what our group is trying to accomplish)
- Theme: talking to stranger/acquaintance on the bus
- Kenny/Susan role-played 1st with whole group as “audience”
- Feedback: Susan: “build movement/challenge corporate control from the ground up” “catch-22” “local ordinances” caught my attention
- Tom: Good to point out downside of Citizen’s United Amendment efforts but perhaps not play down that campaign too much; it might be successful after all --Ask more questions about what issues your audience is involved in
- Susan: the Pennsylvania stories resonated strongly to captivate/motivate her; the specific images moved her
- Deborah: dyad role-playing should have a variety of situations/audiences/political leanings for us to get practice in all circumstances
- Miguel: Big money plays less of a role at the local level than at the state & national level; people power can have a greater effect than at the state/national level
DYAD BREAK-OUT SESSION (5 min/person—10 min total)
- FEEDBACK AFTER BREAK-OUTS
- Mary: Really hard to do, need to find out where the other person’s coming from; start with a story seems the way to go
What worked for you as you listened to your partner’s explanation?
- Pat: Give examples of people empowerment
- --Use a “hook”: e.g., Do you have health coverage?
- Tom: Why is corporate personhood a problem? Can’t assume people know this.
- Steve: Find out more about your audience.
- Miguel: Gave example of how a brief, fun street-theater skit can engage people to look at corporate power/privilege
- Karen: Ask about the imbalance of rights of corporations/citizens
DISCUSS DIGITAL COMMUNICATION
- Lisa passed out screen-shots of YahooGROUPS, which included:
- 1. Listserv:
Group Email Addresses
- List owner:
- 2. Etherpad webpage for meeting minutes: record keepers should construct the minutes at:
- Then folks can log on and make comment, revise, add.
- 3. Etherpad webpage for developing agenda prior to the meeting online.
- 4. Once minutes are finalized the recorder should upload them to:
Must have a yahoo email address. At this point, many voiced dismay/fear/alarm about this online set-up. Some were unhappy because Yahoo was used. Some felt that electronic means of communication are inaccessible for a variety of reasons--the cost to keep systems up, the need for training, incompatibility across different types of software, processing speeds, dial-up vs. cable, T1. There was also concern that Axelle did not create the communications in RiseUp. Jocelyn and SaraHope look forward to the yahoo communications being transitioned to Riseup. Lisa expressed some dismay about the group having expressed a desire about need for communications tools and then dismissing or desire for different set of tools than were developed.
- [Recorder Kenny’s minute-taking sort of couldn’t keep up with the general confusion that ensued for the next few minutes, but to sum-up: after we assured Lisa that our less-than-enthusiastic response had more to do with various levels of technophobia…we resumed]
- Mary: We can use Lisa’s system
- Paul expressed that the objections had to do with fear rather than rational and that he felt we only needed a listserv.
- Kenny: Feels similarly as Paul re. irrationality and that digital communication needs to be a component of our work/movement
- --financial constraints present a challenge for some
- Lisa then gave a brief demonstration of how to use the EtherPad
- Lisa & Jocelyn have offered to conduct hands-on computer tutorial session
- SaraHope proposes separate EtherPads: one for agenda, one for talking points
- Lisa clarified that there really isn't a need for more than one collaborative workspace. Because etherpad is NOT a place to keep or store or archive minutes or other documents--it is ONLY a collaborative workspace.
After collaborative work is finished or time-frame lapsed, the information on the etherpad must be cut and pasted into a program that will keep it as a permanent record. You can work on as many things at the same time as you want on the etherpad, but in the end they will all disappear as the finalized information is moved to a permanant document. A wiki is not a permanant document--if you move it to a wiki only, then you do not have a permanant record because a wiki can be changed over time and what you put into a wiki should have reference documents.
Conversation about communications included discussions about the needs of many members who only want an email or really just want a phone call or paper print-outs at meetings. The need for buddies for phone calls and a phone tree as well as printed materials was discussed. The folks who want Axelle to develop communications tools will contact him and ask him to do that for the group. In the mean time people can use the yahoo communications tool or not.
- Just starting to outreach citywide. Some of us have expressed interest in getting trained to give workshops to explain Community Rights to groups
- Which groups? We need to identify who to approach.
- What is the role of our own "unconscious privilege"? How does that affect the effectiveness (or lack) of our outreach to diverse groups?
- Brian has experience in working through some of this.
- Pat: What is our specific purpose of doing outreach?—because that will dictate the way we do outreach. To gain support? To gather input about what specifically needs to be in the ordinance?
- Miguel: Good way to do outreach is to approach established Portland organizations for time during one of their events/meetings, to demonstrate how a Community Rights PDX ordinance strategy might offer one possible solution to their issue/problem.
- SaraHope: 1st level is education/awareness-raising; 2nd level is make partnerships
- Daniel: “Build it and they will come” approach; have a specific goal/tangible objective with which to approach various groups
- Pat: Basically concurs with Daniel
- Kenny concurs
- Brian rejoined group to discuss outreach “chicken or egg”: What’s our own dynamic as a group? What language do we use?
- Daniel: Feel like we’re having 2 different conversations: still not sure what work it is that we’re doing; what are we going for?
- Tom: Perhaps the “exercise” of drafting an ordinance might be worth it to educate ourselves, and the exercise might inform what direction for our group to take and how to go forward with outreach
- Miguel: Has been working in the Bay area to expand the meaning of “community rights” to be very broadly inclusive
- Brian: Very energizing for me is not the corporate constitutional rights aspect but the possibility of envisioning across a very diverse community. This work should come before drafting an ordinance.
- SaraHope concurs. Her organizing background tells her that we need more folks “at the table” before drafting an ordinance
- Susan: The outreach is very important, but the ordinance might work as a catalyst to inform the outreach
- Lisa: Reflect back to what Mark Dilley suggested: keep talking amongst ourselves and building trust among ourselves while we’re giving time for Paul to conduct more workshops that hopefully will include established Portland organizations, minority communities, and promoting the education of people from many different demographics.
- SaraHope: Proposal to continue this conversation next week, with a big chunk of time on the agenda
- Lisa/Paul: We all need to get bodies to Paul’s workshops and approach Portland organizations that would be willing to host and/or invite their memberships to workshops
- See workshop schedule at our wiki:
- (Paul met briefly after this meeting to discuss training/mirroring for workshops)
- SaraHope: Asked for 10-minute extension of meeting for last agenda item and proper closure
- Jocelyn: Feb 29 rally/march to oppose corporate power/ALEC: good outreach opportunity, possible flyering: print 1000 tri-folds
- We had general consensus to place this item on next meeting’s agenda: What’s our name? Also, general consensus that the question of our name will take more than one meeting.
- Facilitator for next meeting: Susan. SaraHope will co-facilitate in supportive role. Susan will set agenda and receive agenda suggestions at EtherPad:
- Closure: go team, yeah! head-banging, frustrating, embarrassing moments. Miguel says “go to work and just do it—you can use up a lot of time on outreach & you’ll never get as many and as diverse as you want”; "we’re starting to get to know each other"; many positive feelings expressed, despite the moments of friction.
 Portland Community Rights MINUTES February 23, 2012
- In Attendance-Cyd, Kenny, Tom, Susan, Daniel, Deborah, SaraHope, Mary, Pat, Jeff, (later) Paul
- 12:15 Susan-Group Centering Meditation
- 12:19 Intro/Check-In
- Deborah-very intense 5 days w/old friend, bring back to “child-self”, blessed, this work feels like a birth--not easy but acknowledge grappling is important
- Dan-feel same place as last week, still feels “on the fence,” hard to keep an open mind, wants to be involved in community outreach but has strong feelings about what society needs
- Mary-news makes me happy-NY State Supreme Court ruling upholding municipal fracking ban, also Chicago news of teacher action
- Jeff-went to AFSME about new TransPacific Trade Agreement, very depressing
- Cyd-noticing people sharing about themselves, others giving announcements, thinks trust-building best served by sharing about themselves--Cyd attended “Heart of Now” …”container of acceptance” still emotionally raw. Announcement: important to look at how we frame ourselves, our “vision”
- SaraHope-how these check-ins are for building community, getting to know each other, not valued in our culture as much as it needs to be. On personal level, completely reorganizing how I relate to the world, from the inside out, not throwing away the value I feel for this work
- Pat-also attended MTA meeting over weekend; very concerned about making sure we know what our goals are, feels similar to Tom: strongly needs to know the direction we’re heading
- Temp-check: include “goals” discussion in today’s agenda: 7 hands up, 1 down
- Tom-CELDF goal is to have Constitution rewrite via a convention or major amendment(s): are we supportive of this?
- Susan-not sure where to begin; very difficult; grateful to be facilitator; grateful for SaraHope’s guidance. Story: was in beautiful place in Estacada, stepped in bear scat, friend pointed out claw markings in trees…this connection meant a lot to me [Kenny editorializing: my abbreviated recording of this wonderfully humorous story leaves much to be desired…] This story was by way of bringing the subject of nature (rights of nature) into our discussion circle.
- 12:37 Agenda items: Practicing/dyad/outreach
- Temp-check: Do we want to move up “vision” discussion in today’s agenda
- SaraHope & Susan feel it’s important that Paul be a part of “name”/vision discussion
Brief exchange re. EtherPad/GoogleDocs merits or not
- Tom-our goal informs every other aspect of our meeting/work, dyads, “elevator speech” practice,
- Mary-Cyd’s work around “vision” very helpful
- Cyd-take about 35 minutes to work through a vision statement?
- SaraHope-have concerns about developing a vision statement now--wants to bring in more diverse representation before we work on our vision statement; folks feel ownership if they’re at the table at the inception; inclusivity
- Mary-Meaning of “vision” “goals” semantics; reminded us of Miguel’s advice to not feel “guilty” about moving forward, even if we’re all white at this time
- Cyd-feels very important that we’re inclusive, but important to discuss vision now and leave it open for revision when we are more diverse. If we present a vision when we engage in outreach, we let people know clearly what we’re about, and it lets them know that we are organized
- SaraHope gave brief reminder/demo of hand signals
- SaraHope-having a living document as vision statement gives a comfort level going forward
- Cyd-Vision is about values. Process: we’ll spend approx. 7 minutes giving stream-of-consciousness list of values; generate proposal(s) for a vision statement that includes the values brainstormed; then discuss changes to proposals; adopt process to check back to see whether our work supports our vision
- Pat-does vision include “community rights”?
- Cyd-Community rights is more about mission; vision is the umbrella under which we do our work
- Susan-Who would like to go thru Cyd’s drill/process to create vision?
- Cyd-temp checks are not voting; we need explanation from folks who feels strongly about agenda proposals
- Pat-Vision statements are too nebulous and vague to help me know where our group is going. Are we going to pursue CELDF’s goals or not? I have urgent need to know so I can decide whether to commit to this group.
- Daniel-We’re here for community rights, as understood by the various CELDF municipality actions--which is pretty radical stuff. I also need, like Pat, to know what work/goals we’re about
- Cyd-I did bring this up at the 4th meeting, which I thought was crucial, but caution putting cart before the horse--deciding on goals without establishing our values first. Also don’t be too concerned about state/federal repercussions--let’s get democracy at the local level
- Mary-how many minutes will vision process take?
- Kenny-agree strongly with Mary & Cyd; feel that Portland enacting a CELDF-type amendment is a worthy goal in itself; don’t try to extrapolate too far down the road, as far as what will happen at the state/federal level (US Constitution rewrite, Amendments, etc)
- Jeff-often people end up fighting over tactics; better to focus on needs and feelings
- Cyd-conducting vision drill:
- Values brainstorming:
- fairness, needs precede wants, equality, citizen sovereignty, power equivalence, sustainability, needs of many > needs of few, human/local scale, rights of nature to thrive, we the people, nonviolence, compassion, cooperation, respect, distributed power, honesty, inclusivity, critical thinking, acceptance, limiting dominance, transparency, no one gets squashed, accountability, bold risk-taking, willingness to change, agency, community, holding one’s opinions lightly, flexibility, self-actualizing, kindness, shared ownership, consensus, horizontal, justice, interdependence
- Cyd-Mission is “how”; Vision is “what” Which of these in our brainstormed list are “how” (mission)? and which words/phrases are “what” (vision)?
- Forming the Picture
- 1 or 2 people act as “tuners” and consolidate these values into one vision statement. Take a few minutes to write. Preferably one sentence.
- 1:45 Reconvene. Presentation of vision statement proposals
- -Power to the people and nature.
- -In my ideal community, all individuals receive equal opportunities and protection. Citizens shall form and reform government to meet their needs; no corporate elite will trump the needs of citizens.
- -We the people of the greater Portland community are seeking to reestablish citizen sovereignty and economic justice through local self-governance.
- Mary-human race has arrogant opinion of itself, and I would like our vision statement to include something to the effect that people are a part of rather than apart from nature.
- -To create a community of citizen sovereigns focused on local sustainability and limiting elite domination.
- -The community rights movement envisions communities of people exercising their right to self-governance by the values of power equivalence, transparency, flexibility, inclusivity, and social justice.
- -Participating in an inclusive, transparent system that promotes [insert values] and supports the rights of nature.
- -We the people are exercising our inherent right to govern ourselves locally.
- 2:01 Cyd-take the rest of our meeting to consolidate now into 1 statement or table that task for later?
- Table it: unanimous.
- Susan-other agenda items
- SaraHope-our bank account. We have one. With some funds deposited. We need more signatores. Proposal to use some money to print flyers for Feb 29 rally.
- Proposal to have Paul, Brian, and a few others to design/spend up to our bank account balance to purchase flyers for rally. Passed unanimously.
- SaraHope-rally starts at 11am, propose we meet at waterfront under Burnside bridge (closest to river) to get flyers for distribution. SaraHope will email this announcement
- 2:20pm Susan wants to choose facilitator for next week’s meeting. SaraHope proposes Susan facilitate, because we completely got off agenda. Unanimous agreement.
- Also agreement to have Cyd facilitate the following Thursday meeting. Paul reminded us that we want to take turns facilitating.
- Agenda ideas: continue with visioning process that we started today, and then move on with developing mission statement
- Cyd-possibility of generating several mission proposals to then follow up with at future meeting(s)
- Deborah concerned that Pat & Tom’s very strong concerns did not really get addressed today
- Clarification from Cyd: Desired order for group process: 1)Vision, then 2)Mission, then 3)Aims/Goals
- SaraHope feels that Goals should be first, that once we have Mission Statement, it potentially excludes a more diverse membership
- Goals and Missions. We have different ideas about what these words mean; semantics; agreement to bring in various definitions of these words to next meeting
- 2:33pm Meeting adjourned
- Next Wed night’s meeting: Rm 1075 Emanuel Hosp
- Collaborate on and make agenda proposals online at the EtherPad