Notes from our December 14 meeting
At our meeting last night we discussed:
1). WCI's Mission Statement (attached)--we changed some areas and at the bottom, you will see some thoughts people had. Please take a look at this and make any suggestions. We will revisit the statement and decide to accept next meeting.
2). At the last meeting and on an email, we asked about people's thoughts on where we go from here. Attached is a chart that shows the areas and concerns you had. Looking at the chart, the Steering Committee felt that education is still an important component to WCI and something we will continue, bringing in speakers to help us understand the issues.
3). Also from the chart we found that many want us hold our elected officials accountable for their votes, actions and to represent us, their constituents. 4 members from the SC have come forward to lead this process, but need help from YOU, hopefully bringing 4-5 people to each group.
Here is a brief run down of each area:
Wright County Commissioners: Lead: Lori Cocking email@example.com
This group does not have a written job description, yet are in charge of money coming into our county. The commissioner's meetings are on Zoom, for anyone to attend. So this group will attend these meetings to find out what does happen. If there is something that needs to be addressed, they will share it at our monthly meeting and provide an action to address it.
State Officials: Lead: Lani Worley firstname.lastname@example.org
Focusing on: Joe McDonald, Marion O'Neil, Mary Kiffmeyer, Eric Lucero...this group will try to reach out to create a personal relationship with each and so communication can happen. This group will also be tracking the bills endorsed and voting record of each. Again, WCI members will be kept informed and asked for action when needed.
Federal Officials: Lead: Glennda Dahlman email@example.com
Needed: 3-4 people to monitor and research Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith and Tom EmmerPurpose: to help WCI be more proactive in reacting to policies and laws, and to let our voices be heard prior to legislation being enacted. Job Duties: Research and monitor - campaign financing, voting records, bills sponsored, committee agendas. newspaper/magazine articles and editorials, attend town halls, etc. Meet monthly to share information and compile a report to submit to the larger Indivisible group for action. Needs of Wright County Residents: Lead: Renee Cardarelle firstname.lastname@example.org
This is an outreach group to contact residents and find out their needs from government. Because of Covid, this group will not be active until health and safety concerns are better.
PLEASE DO AND CONSIDER:
Read the Mission Statement and Chart of Concerns AND then email the Leads above to volunteer in the area you would like to help. There will also be opportunites for action (calls, emails, etc) for you to be come a part of.
Wow! This was a lot!!!
Our next meeting will be January 11th.
Wright County Indivisible: Mission Statement 11/2020
1. To support the restitution of wrongs caused by the Trump Administration
And work toward healing the nation
2. To hold local officials (county and state) accountable to all their constituents.
3. To lay the foundation for a nation that requires the values of inclusion,
respect, equity, sustainability and honesty.
4. To build a community of like-minded people to share ideas and information,
and to provide a climate of support.
Troubling things about Trump
*Locking Children in cages
*Presidential “power” to undo climate changes, environment, world organizations, Paris Agreement, World Health Organization, isolated US from world, Public Education, tried to dismantle systems by appointing like-minded people,
*The daily lies, break down of trust and integrity--created mistrust in government to gain power and media
*Embracing White Supremacy Groups
Reasons why joined WCI--
*Creating a local community, Huddle, DFl, Churches-need to expand to include other people in Wright County...Need local outreach--we value other people’s voices
*Include our values in the mission statement to include republicans and others