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IOPS Salem Chapter Meeting #38

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In attendance on December 8: (R to L) Bill Smaldone, Cheri Tebeau, Michael Tom, Michael Livingston, Sarah Owens, Sara Cromwell Absent: Jaqui Eicher, Elliott Lapinel Discussed: Bill's decision to leave the Chapter.  The meeting began with the usual greetings and catching up.  For once, everyone was on time.  After drinks had arrived, Bill said he had to interrupt.  He wanted to talk about the elephant in the room, namely the decision to fire Michael, Sara C. and Sarah O. from…

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IOPS Salem Chapter Meeting #35

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In attendance on April 21: Bill Smaldone, Sara Cromwell, Cheri Tebeau, Michael Tom, Michael Livingston, Sarah Owens Absent: Jaqui Eicher, Elliott Lapinel Discussed:   Progress in formation of Salem chapter of DSA.  Motion to pledge $100 to KMUZ's spring pledge drive passed unanimously. Dues were collected.   Next meeting is July, date TBD, 2018 at Minto Island Growers Farm Stand, rain/extreme heat location Taproot.

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IOPS Salem Chapter Meeting #36

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In attendance at Taproot on July 28: Bill Smaldone, Sara Cromwell, Cheri Tebeau, Michael Tom, Michael Livingston, Sarah Owens Absent: Jaqui Eicher, Elliott Lapinel Discussed:   Progress in formation of Salem chapter of DSA and Bill's worst day ever teaching, so far.  Dues were collected.   Next meeting is October 6, 2018 at Minto Island Growers Farm Stand, rain location Taproot.

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What Happened

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This blog was co-authored by the IOPS chapters of Dublin, Melbourne, Missoula, New York City, Salem and Vienna. It is not enough to make a plan; we must evaluate the results of that plan. Marta Harnecker   A few months ago, we wrote of the need for all of us to engage in a reevaluation process.  We have, since then, taken our own advice.  The question we asked ourselves was, as our title indicates, “What happened?”  Yes, we failed to meet the organizing goals we set…

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Thoughts on the "Poll on IOPS Future" & The "Interim" Phase

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When we joined IOPS, we didn't join an established organization like Greenpeace or the IWW; we joined a work group engaged in building an organization.  And the organization that we said we would build  -- from the ground up, beginning with chapters -- is unique because:  (a) at all levels, it would "prefigure" the participatory society we seek to establish, and (b) the initial (or "interim") phase of construction would continue until we achieved the degree of diversity and participation…

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"Community Rights" as an Organizing Strategy

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The following was co-authored with Sara Cromwell and Sarah Owens, members of the IOPS Oregon Chapter, and posted primarily for other IOPS U.S. chapters who might be considering strategic alliances with so-called “community rights” organizations.  It is written from the perspective of participatory societal values with full knowledge that some visitors to IOPS who read it may disagree with our assessment, based on their own perspective and values.  However, it is offered to…

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Promoting IOPS Values in Everyday Activities

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From http://www.marionpolkfoodshare.org/DesktopModules/EngagePublish/printerfriendly.aspx?itemId=3441&PortalId=0&TabId=956 "Since the end of August, Sarah Owens and Michael Livingston have volunteered over 100 hours combined planting and weeding in community gardens. They first responded to our need for “Super-Weeders,” and recently have decided to step up and help coordinate Julie’s Four Corners Community Garden in SE Salem. When asked why they volunteer with the MPFS…

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Gardening in the Asphalt

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Your chapter recently completed a project that took a lot of work and didn’t accomplish much. Why talk about this experience? Michael:  Good question.  We worked hard, but we certainly didn't accomplish what we set out to do, largely because of the lack of commitment and follow-through on the part of members of the group we were working with.  That made the project a frustrating experience and not one I particularly want to revisit, but, maybe there are some lessons to be learned…

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