Progressive Action Alliance Monthly Meeting Thursday, May 14, 2009

Submitted by C. Lee Taylor on May 14, 2009 - 11:22pm. ::

PAA General Meeting
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Havens Center, 1827 Alabama

Convened: 7 p.m. ish

Attending: Bill Crosier, Tracie Hartigan, Jon Axford, Bart Boyce, Don Cook; Tony B;
Bob Carter; Robert Graham, CLT; Colleen O’Brien; Ted Weisgal

• Gilad Atzmon (www.Gilad.co.uk) 8-10 p.m.Wednesday June 3, at The Station, music & talk with Q&A; $20 minimum donation
• Treasurer’s report: $544.99 starting balance; less $89 in expenses $454.99 ending balance
• Minutes from April posted online; send corrections to CLT
• Houston Peace & Justice Center Peace Potluck; 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 17, Houston Mennonite Church, 1231 Wirt Road, bring stories & food to share More skinny here: www.HPJC.org
• Geo. Galloway, former British MP on “Break the Siege of Gaza” 7 p.m. Sunday, May 17, Westin Galleria, 5060 West Alabama; admission $10; $5 students; sponsored by Palestinian American Cultural Center, Palestinian American Youth; info 713.774.2500
• Houston City Council elections: progressive coalition ticket (aka Green Party candidates): Don Cook; Deb Shafto; Alfred Molson. Don to announce candidacy 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at KPFT LSB Meeting
• Review of May 1 Palestinian screening. 75 attended; $546 grossed; net $312; split net between Mandell Group and PAA; discussion about how to use PAA’s take: $156 to Children of Gaza; Code Pink to take to Gaza; one of the Houston Palestinian group; or to use to help get the word out on Gilad event; consensus to donate money for publicity as needed
• Gene Green press conference fiasco Monday, May 11. Bill sent letter to Gene and received response stating staff hadn’t been apprised of press conference, blah, blah, blah. Bill posted story about incident at Houston.IndyMedia.org (http://houston.indymedia.org/news/2009/05/67303.php) Press conference rescheduled noon, Friday, May 15, Hartman Park, 9311 East Ave. P. Discussion about running someone more responsive to public’s interests against Green in next election.
• KPFT Fund drive thru May 24. PAA group helping answering phones 9:30ish to noon Monday, May 18 at station, Ted & Lee volunteered to help Friday, May 22. Discussion about upcoming openings on LSB and entreating progressives to run. Tracie expressed interest
• Win-Win Healthcare for All meeting: 2 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at Leisure Learning, 2990 Richmond, 6th floor, to develop strategy for securing city council and mayoral candidates endorsement of single payer universal health care. Rally May 30th in Austin for single, payer universal health care. Resources: www.HealthcareForAllTexas.org; www.1Payer.net and Russell Mokhiber’s www.SinglePayerAction.org Tracie, Colleen, CLT, Bill C, Art B, Don C. pledged to write letter to the editor this week advocating universal single payer healthcare. NOTE: Please create a public record of letters and cc: progressive groups in the letter, post letters to newswire on www.Houston.IndyMedia.org site, Facebook
• House Party for progressive coalition ticket: 1 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 1844 Kipling, chez Lee & Hardy Loe (City Council is ostensibly nonpartisan hence the “progressive coalition ticket”)
• Zine Fest 2-10 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 4820 Caroline Street, Houston, TX 77004. Dedicated to promoting zines and other forms of small press, independent, alternative, underground, and diy media, art, and literature. More skinny here: http://tinyurl.com/o5x5lp

Adjourned 8:45 p.m.