Meeting Agenda: January 17th, 2020

Location: Knight Library 123; meeting length: 50 minutes.
1. Introductions, check-in, and agenda approval (10 minutes)
2. Proposal – approve caucus charter (5 minutes, Ricardo)
3. Proposal – vote in chair (5 minutes, Ricardo)
4. Discussion – meeting with DEI Dean (5 minutes, Mushira)

Context: Mushira and others met informally with Padma, DEI dean at the UO graduate school, and would like to share their experiences with the caucus.

5. Proposal – protesting UO’s Coffee with a Cop (20 minutes, Ricardo)

Context: UO has a recurring event called “Coffee with a Cop” that’s designed to normalize police on campus. Details here, and a Daily Emerald article here. Recently, the Daily Emerald also reported that a UOPD officer was recently fired for “violating use of force policy; providing false information in report, testimony.” I would like to propose that we resolve to counter-table “Coffee with a Cop” events. The next one is on the Friday of this meeting, from 9am to 2pm, so we would be planning to protest future “Coffee with a Cop” events. The goal would be to push back against normalizing the arm of state violence, and agitate for the disarming of UOPD.

5. Announcements; check-out (5 minutes)
  • GTFF is having a GMM from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at South Eugene High School cafeteria on Friday, January 17th.
  • Creating Connections is having their third annual “Diversity Dinner” from 5:30pm to 8:30pm in Lillis atrium on Friday, January 17th.
  • CGE is having a bargaining session on Friday from 11:30am to 2:30pm on Friday, January 17th.
  • CGE is celebrating their 20th anniversary on Friday, January 24th, from 5pm to 7pm. Boots Riley will be speaking at the event.

Imagine a Strike [against racism]

Here’s an excerpt from from Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism by Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, published this month by Verso Books:

“In contrast to liberal and social democratic arguments, Alex Gourevitch proposes a radical view of the right to strike. The right to strike, he claims, is derived from the right to resist oppression. In the case of strikes, he argues, oppression “is partly a product of the legal protection of basic economic liberties, which explains why the right to strike has priority over these liberties.” However, conceiving of a strike as the last but not the least right of the oppressed against their oppressors doesn’t exhaust the potential of the right to strike. Alongside this radical conception of strike, and by no means as its replacement, I propose to consider the strike not in terms of the right to protest against oppression, but rather as an opportunity to care for the shared world, including through questioning one’s privileges, withdrawing from them, and using them. For that purpose, one’s professional work in each and every domain—even in domains as varied as art, architecture, or medicine—cannot be conceived for itself and unfolded as a progressive history, nor as a distinct productive activity to be assessed by its outcomes, but rather as a worldly activity, a mode of engaging with the world that seeks to impact it while being ready to be impacted in return.

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Notes on Equity Committee meeting, 2019-11-19

On Tuesday, November 19th, five members of the caucus (Pearl, Mushira, Lola, Hyunsoo, and I) attended a GTFF Equity Committee meeting. The Equity Committee (EC) is a standing committee in the GTFF that is chaired by the VP for Equity and Inclusion, as per our bylaws.

The meeting was the largest EC in our memory, with fourteen people attending. We ultimately felt good about the meeting; we have strong opinions about the kinds of changes we believe the union needs to support POCs, and the space felt open to our concerns.

The committee is open to all members. I encourage members to attend the meetings and think about how we can use the space to push for the changes we believe will improve our lives. Watch the calendar for days the committee will meet again, and feel free to submit written comments (to Michelle at equity@gtff.net or to me at gtffpoc@gmail.com) if you can’t attend. I’ve posted the meeting minutes in our Drive folder if you want to peruse what we talked about.

-Ric

Reflections on attending November 12th’s board meeting

On Wednesday, November 12th, Cassie Galentine, Tamara Niella, and I went to our union’s executive board meeting. Our executive board consists of ten officers: President, Organizing, Grievances, Political Education, External Relations, Operations, Member Communications, Membership, Equity and Inclusion, and Treasurer. Our board meetings are public, or at least open to members of our union.

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Attending Executive Board meetings

In the caucus, we’ve decided it would be a great idea to begin attending executive board (eboard) meetings. Eboard meetings are open to all members so anyone may attend. This term, they’re held on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm each week. We’ve sent Ellen (our president) an email to let her know we’ll be coming by.

While non-board members do not have a vote at board meetings, we realized it is still important to attend board meetings for the following reasons:

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Recap of 2019-11-10 brunch (Ric)

In attendance: Ricardo, Mushira, Nino, Tamara, Pearl

We had a lovely brunch meeting on Saturday morning in Straub Hall. The original room that Tamara booked wasn’t unlocked for us (thanks UO), so we met in a big classroom where we used all four flat screen TVs and a giant projector to post pics of my cat Peter.

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Hi!

Welcome to our shiny new website. My hope is that we have a robust and clear set of pages that include whatever we can come up with. Soon, I hope that we have our yearly mission statement, set of meeting practices, agendas, bibliographies of books that we like, lists of movies we wanna recommend, music we like, joint statements of support with other groups, pictures, and creative writing.

This is a WordPress site, and that partly means that it’s geared towards blog-type posts. I think this “post” feature would be useful for us to post commentaries on whatever we want that we’re okay with slowly being pushed down the page. One way to use these is to post about meetings that some of us have so that we keep a record of where our ideas, initiatives, and creations come from. People of color have long had to deal with the violent destruction of their history, be it their art, books, language, land, and bodies. Every thing we save and inscribe somewhere is a push back against the amnesia we are subjected to endlessly.

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