Attendees: 21 (Al Jaccoma, Bob Carpenter, Hugh Bruce, Bob Grossman, Bill Gilson, Pete Bronson, Al Stolzer, Nelson Levitt, Sally Davidson, Tom Siracuse, June Svetlovsky, John MacDougall, Arthur Wasserman, Kathy Hager, Frank Stearns, John Baldwin, Jay Janson, Lionelle Hamanaka, Bob Gumbs, Brandon New, Bob Keilbach).
1. Introductions - The meeting started with introductions at 7 PM, chaired by Ch 34 Pres. Al Jaccoma.
2. Treasury Report - Bob C has contacted the Community Church, to reduce our current rent, and a fund-raising letter has been drafted, addressed to members and supporters. Chapter 34 received $148 from sale of t-shirts and donations at the Peace & Justice Fair following the UFPJ NYC Regional march on Saturday October 27th. Meeting attendees contributed toward the cost of the meeting room at the Community Church.
3. Veterans Day Parade - Sunday November 11 - 11AM at 27 St. and Madison Avenue. We will be marching in the annual NYC Parade to present our anti-war message, as a counterpoint to the many pro-war groups participating. We will have chapter banners, “Bring them Home Now” banners, and music at the parade. There was some discussion regarding an apparent new rule prohibiting “political” messages at the parade. We voted to bring our banners, as we have in past years. Hugh plans to contact the NLG and request observers, to assure that our constitutional rights are upheld. Pete plans to work with others to invite a number of elected officials to march with our contingent. Aris and John M volunteered to help out as marshals for our contingent. Hugh will see if we can honor our recently passed brother members from NY & NJ from the Reviewing Stand. After the parade, there will be a memorial for Dave Cline at St Marks in the Bouwerie Church; Hugh will forward details.
4. Holiday Party – A committee, consisting of Bob Grossman, June Svetlovsky and Lionelle Hamanaka, was formed to make a recommendation for a Holiday Party, to take place in January 2008.
5. Proposed Counter-Recruitment Event on 125 St. – Bob Gumbs proposed a counter-recruitment “teach-in” event on 125 St., on a weekday, with follow-up at public high schools. He passed around a sign-up sheet for attendees who would like to participate in planning the event.
6. Israel/Palestine Discussion - The Executive Committee agreed to bring to the chapter a resolution that we would have speakers, followed by an open discussion regarding resolution of the conflict, and ending the occupation of Palestinian Territories. The resolution resulted in a tie vote of the chapter, leaving open the possibility of future discussion of this issue.
7. Distribution of Literature - A motion was made to prohibit distribution of RCP literature at chapter meetings. The motion was not approved.
8. New Business/Upcoming Events
a. Saturday November 10 @10:30AM - Moe Fishman Memorial service at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, NYC.
b. Saturday November 10 @3PM – VFP Veterans Day leafletting and speakout in Washington Square Park
c. Sunday November 11 - Veterans Day Parade, Fifth Avenue, NYC
d. Monday November 12, 2PM - Dedication of Wall in Vietnam Veterans Memorial Building in honor of David Cline, Jersey City, NJ
e. Friday November 16, and the third Friday of each month thereafter, 12-2PM - Iraq Moratorium/Raise Hell for Molly Ivins Campaign demonstration, Washington Square Park. Raindate: Saturday Nov. 17th 12-2PM
f. November 16-18 – Annual SOA/WHISC Vigil and the Nonviolent Direct Action to Close the School of the Americas, Fort Benning, GA
g. Friday November 30 – MFSO fundraiser @Quaker Meeting House, Rutherford Place, NYC
h. January 12, 2008 - Memorial service for David Cline
9. Peace Vigils - VFP members currently participate in four ongoing weekly peace vigils at locations throughout NYC:
! Grandmothers for Peace - Vigil for Peace at Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue between 49 - 50 St. every Wednesday afternoon from 4:30 - 5:30 PM.
! Women in Black - Silent Peace Vigil at 41 St and Fifth Avenue every Wednesday afternoon 5:30 - 6:30 PM
! VFP/Queens Network for Peace & Justice - 2 Peace Vigils, one at Continental Av & Austin St. in Forest Hills, and one in front of the Flushing Library, Saturday morning from 11AM - 12 Noon
These vigils have been a positive means of educating the public regarding efforts to defund the Iraq war and end the occupation, bring our troops home, and provide information to counter military recruiters, as well as attempt to attract new members.
10. Meeting Schedule – First and Third Thursday of each month, posted on the Calendar at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vfpnyc034
The next 3 general meetings of NYC Chapter 34 are scheduled for:
! Thursday November 15, 2007 - 7:00 PM at 28 E.35 Street, showing of additional 2007 VFP Convention video highlights
! Thursday December 6, 2007 - 7:00 PM at 28 E.35 Street
! Thursday December 20, 2007 - 7:00 PM at 28 E.35 Street
The next Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday December 3, at 25 W. 43 St. in the 19th floor conference room from 6:30 - 9 PM