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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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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