February 2017 Minutes
Call to Order:
Pass the Hat
Pledge of Allegiance
Everyone says something positive that happened in the last week
Review Meeting Adgenda:
Changes and Additions
Constant Contact needs to be dealt with
Review Jan Minutes
Vote to Accept/Reject Minutes
Motion: Cecile Thornton
2nd: Chris Beam
Treasurer's Report (by Bill Coffin):
Vote to Accept/Reject Report
Motion: Dick Grandmaison
2nd: Doug Lane
Updates from any present
Professional: My cohort from Lewiston is awesome. Lots of professionalism at the state house.
Personal: Ever day is like a graduate course, learning a lot.
Referendum 2: Should stay in place, but there is a hearing to overturn it. Democrats have majority in house, so it probably will not pass.
We must hold the line. It is an insult to Mainers to think that they did not know what they were voting for.
We can and will support the legistators who support us.
Any chance that they can do away with referendums?
Not really, it is in the Constitution.
Can repeal initiative if it is a burden on the tax payers
Must keep the pressure on the legislature and government.
Don't just send out just one message, have people write their own messages.
Owen has expressed an interest in becoming the official secretary of the Lewiston Town Democrats.
To be discussed and voted on next week.
PR & Marketing/Recruiting Committee, Fundraising/Event Committee, Finance Committee:
PR: Bruce Noddin, Cecile Thornton, Hal Larsson, Doug Lane, Wendy
Fundraising: Marcus Talarico, Nick Burpee, Bill Coffin
Advisory: Dick & Diane Grandmaison
PR & Recruiting Wednesday, Feb 15
Friday Testimony on Referendum
Talk about findings of LA Charter (proposed)
Postcards to our elected officials
A new Approach?
Have Community Events so that people know we are a member of the community.
Armory: Community Yard/Barn Sale
Facility is free if no one else is using it
Could rent tables to non-profits rather than craft people
When is this going to occur?
Spring on a Friday
Liberty Festival Concession Stand
Art Walk Concession Stand
Ethnic Foods Potluck
Very end of semester or short term.
Bates Dems want to run it, but are willing to coordinate with outside groups.
Most Lucrative Possible Spelling Bee Game Show
Dystopian Movie Festival
Set up recurring donations
Switch to ActBlue?
Brand new group
Develop and implement rapid response strategy
Our de-facto conduit for all groups to effect change at the state level
Not only a democratic party group
Open Forum Suggestions:
Opening in School Board
Person counter to our interests ran unopposed for school board
Luke Jensen now has his foot in the door
Defending minimum wage referendum
See "Other Discussions" above
Defending school funding referendum
City council, mayoral, and school board candidates
Republicans are fielding some interesting candidates
Bruce is meeting with someone to identify candidates for all Lewiston positions
Housing summit, Community Unity April 8th
Looking at the Franco Center, but that is still being worked on
Lewiston HS as possible location? Maybe Middle School?
Hope to create a LA housing coalition
Monday evenings at 5:30pm at Maine People's Alliance offices to plan event
Student Voting Bill
People would be unable to use dorm addresses to register to vote
Hearing on Wednesday, Feb 15th
Welcome New Members
Motion: Cecile Thornton
2nd: Hal Larsson
**Next Meeting March 8th**
Attendance: John Sinclair, Douglas Lane, Richard Grandmaison, Diane Grandmaison, Bill Coffin, Chris Beam, Kiernan Majerus-Collins, Owen Cardwell-Copenhefer, Maya Seshan, Hal Larsson, Elizabeth Eames, Anne Moreau Burg, Cecile Thornton, Edho MeeKendi, Roger Fuller, Mike & Rita Lajoie, Maitri Chittidi