Chock-full of links it’s a wonderful notes.
Better notes a millionaire’s money can’t buy!
Meeting start: 1920 hr
Pacem in Terris authorized fiscal agency for the Delaware Hour Exchange, which will be launching soon, and I hope all ODE people will get involved. Time banking is an international movement in which each person’s time is worth the same as any other’s. [delawarehourexchange.org] DHE is a project of Wilmington in Transition, and has members now from all around the northern Delaware area. It’s about helping each other meet needs, valuing community, not devaluing non-scarce talents and skills, such as nurturing, helping, in community. Unlike the cash economy. DHE will have a roll-out very soon. We’ll post the announcement on the ODE events page, and send out emails. The night before last 7 of the 8 worker bees of the DHE went to Phoenixville, PA for their time bank’s [http://www.pa-timebank.com/] annual meeting and the launch of a new Mid-Atlantic Time Bank Alliance. Act locally, share globally, like InterOccupy cf. Occupy. The IRS says it’s not taxable. The founder, Edgar Cahn [http://www.law.udc.edu/?ECahn], was one of the panelists. The local community-building aspect is a primary reason it’s sponsored by Wilmington In Transition [https://sites.google.com/site/wilmingtondeintransition/]. The book, No More Throw-Away People. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_banking and http://nomorethrowawaypeople.org/] Social services have been shown, the recipients, when asked to reciprocate, their usage of the service decreases and their self-esteem goes up. I’ve got some feelers out with HARP, Homeless Are People Too [https://www.facebook.com/harp2011], all hours are valued equally. WiT has reached the milestone of establishing Working Committees! DHE is the Economy working group.
Kris Lynn got a message from Havre de Grace, who are interested in starting an Occupation! Asked if we’d come down to hold a GA. So people who are interested contact Kris. Mark will contact Kris. We’ll have to take Steve and Jen, our institutional knowledge base.
Jen has moved forward on her media project. Delaware Matters (stolen from Bernie, who’s thrilled). So next step is to start a non-profit online newspaper for Delaware. So we’ll have a meeting of people who are interested. Contact Jen. [Delawarematters.org]
Jen registered OccupyDelaware.org domain name. So now we have Occupyde.org and that one.
Save The Valley [http://savethevalley.org/] rally was last night. Beaver Valley is Woodlawn Trustee-owned land just across the Delaware line, they were looking to get a zoning change to develop it. At the zoning hearing last night there were 1000 people to protest the zoning change. The developers withdrew their zoning applications. But are planning to re-submit separately in the future. Vigilance!
We did Delaware Ave. bridge sign hold-up. “Reinstate Glass-Steagall Now!” and a policeman stopped to ask if that’s the financial thing…! So the message is getting out there!
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There are a group of state senators in Delaware co-sponsoring a resolution to encourage the federal government to re-instate Glass-Steagall: Venables, ???. Please contact Cathy Cloutier [http://www.cathycloutier.com/] and encourage her to sign on to this. Ted Kaufman on his Website consistently promotes re-instatement. [http://tedkaufman.com/ted_kaufman_on/whos-for-too-big-to-fail-now] The News Journal has endorsed Glass-Steagall, as has the president of M&T Bank, and many other honest banks. [http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/02/dodd-frank-a-total-failure-bipartisan-panel-agrees/] Part 2 of Dodd-Frank enables banks to convert depositors’ money into stocks and then to declare those stocks worthless, just like what happened in Cyprus and Greece! We’re moving forward with outreach and education. To get people to pressure elected officials, relate it to the personal level. The collapse can happen again! The collapse is happening again, right now. The EU is imposing conditions on nations to pay debt, banks are telling nations what to do. This is fascism, really. Synarchism [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synarchism], which is how Nazi Germany was funded. It put Franco, Mussolini, Hitler into power. Paul Hoffman’s [Ben Protess?? http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/05/15/compromise-seen-on-derivatives-rule/] editorial, yesterday, was very clear.
OWS has a subgroup, Occupy The Economy. Their group calls are next to useless, now. OWS is losing track of what it started out to do. Where are they now? Occupy Sandy? But there are fundamental issues that need attention. [http://alternativebanking.nycga.net/ and https://docs.google.com/document/d/12xYu0yUaHE2RCKgCHfWV7CLK-_Ekljhp_A8kDVM86Y4/edit]
The March Against Monsanto on May 25th – Philly, West Chester, D.C. – it’s an international day of action. [http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/] Many other things going on the same day, not deemed to have a critical mass among known likely local participants, to organize something locally – probably some will attend D.C. or Philly rallies.
Same day is a protest at noon, at Horsham (PA) Air Guard base. [http://dronefreehorsham.com/] It is the newest installation of military UAV (‘done’ aircraft) operations. Pacem in Terris (and others) will be there protesting the use of military drone aircraft assassinating people abroad. Pacem will take it’s scale model ‘predator drone’.
Also… put the word out to promote the continuation and expansion of the Delaware Ave. vigil/protest. Street theater – how do we make these actions [even] more fun?
Jen is continuing editing on the film shot back last Autumn about predatory lending – it’s slow work, but moving along.
Meeting adjourned: 2045 hr