Report back from IOPS-NY chapter Meetup at the OFS monthly meeting.
On Wednesday night IOPS-NY had a chapter meetup at the Organization For a Free Society (www.afreesociety.org/) monthly disscussion. There were four IOPS members in attendance and around fifteen people total at the meeting. We all got to introduce ourselves and hear a bit about our politics and perspectives as we had four presentations and a thoughtful discussion around debt and debt based movements, using this prompt:
"Debt is an integral part of our capitalist economy that keeps us increasingly dependent on oppressive power structures. The vast majority of our lives are characterized not only by our personal debts--credit card bills, student loans, medical bills, mortgages, etc.--but also by the debts incurred by our cities, states, and countries.
The Organization for a Free Society (OFS) is very supportive of IOPS, has a similar shared vision, mission and goals. A number of people are members of both groups. Currently OFS has a much more organized, active, and diverse membership. The OFS monthly meetings are a great way to increase organization, analysis and relationship building for IOPS members, while having a monthly place to meet each other in the city. There are more then 120 people signed up on the website for the NY chapter and this is an important step toward building them into an active chapter in NYC.
The next OFS open meeting is the Wednesday of the 2nd or 3rd week of January at the 7:30pm at the Brecht Forum, 451 West Street, New York, New York 10019. I will be sending an invite message to NY members when the date is confirmed or you can check the OFS facebook page, where they post the open meetings a week ahead of time: https://www.facebook.com/afreesociety
I hope that every IOPS member in the NY area can attend next month and look forward to seeing you all there!