Downtown Library, Klickitat Room, 4th floor
Whenever you want to say something to the group, click reply all to any group email sent by Don Steinke or post on http://www.OccupyVancouverUSA.org. Keep our mission statement in mind. I notice that the people in Community Rights Pdx have a lot of electronic dialog.
Tentative Mission Statement
“Get busy figuring out what corporate assaults on your community are most upsetting, and then figure out how to work together to pass a legally binding ordinance, not a resolution, that ends this corporate assault on your community and that puts in place a new set of locally enforceable rights for all residents.” Paul Cienfuegos.
That mission statement is what attracted me to the Community Rights Movement. It had these elements: Local control More democracy Dismantling Corporate power Environmental protection
A Bill of Rights
The Portland Group is considering a list of 18 issues. Two of their issues, police accountability and school funding, have nothing to do with dismantling corporate power. While those issues are important and deal with community rights, they fall under the category of traditional activism.
So maybe the mission statement should be:
“Get busy figuring out what issues in your community are most upsetting, and then figure out how to work together to pass a legally binding ordinance, not a resolution, that deals with the issue and that puts in place a new set of locally enforceable rights for all residents.”