June 2014 Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes for June SEA Meeting:

In attendence: Mary M, Susan, Mark, David, Rich, Mike and Dan.
Faciltated by David, with Mary as timekeeper and Dan taking notes, the meeting was held at Basilia’s home on June 22, 2014.

Susan and Mike held a pre-meeting discussion roundtable.

Meeting began shortly after 6:30
No new folks to introduce

First item of discussion:

Action Item Focus:

Solidarity rally in memory of the Lac-Megantic, Quebec explosion of an Oil Train: NO Exploding Oil Trains in Seattle in conjuction with 350.org, Forest Ethics, Oil Change International and the Sierra Club.
Location: Olympic Sculpture Park 2901 Western Ave. Seattle
Date : July 12th, Saturday
Time : 11 am to 1 pm

Second item of action:

Showing of Episodes 8-9 of “Years of Living Dangerously”
Location: Rich & Connie Voget’s home
1615 N 41st Street
Seattle, WA 98103
Time : Sunday, July 13, 2014 – 6pm

Meeting Discussions

A discussion was held regarding the Green Justice meeting in Columbia City held with the Sierra Club. A conclusion was that the effort along the line of this group needed more coherent focus, especially regarding actions; though it was good to hear of the need of the minority community regarding “green” efforts. Perhaps majority folks need a little bit more awareness of how to communicate in minority groups. Perhaps we might sponsor Riki Ott as a speaker regarding climate actions for our fund raiser upcoming.

Another area of discussion was about how to tally the actions taken by group members over the previous month. Mike suggested a couple of categories to limit how many areas are placed on the tally.
Categories: Fossil Fuels Pacific NW Corridor; Other PNW Actions: National and Global Other. We need a good elevator speech regarding the categories that we take action on.

A lesson was presented by Mary on tools available to facilitate actions by members.
A final discussion centered on the idea presented by Mike of creating a “High Tide” sticker to be placed around the Puget Sound at future high tide marks that are of concern. Where to place stickers, what should they look like, how much information should be on them were topics discussed. A stronger possible prototype is to be presented at a later meeting.

Meeting Action:

The group received a hand out regarding sending a letter to Olivia Romano of the US Army Corp of Engineers, Seattle District Regulatory Branch, P.O.Box 3755, Seattle, WA 98124-3755; Comments should include permit application # NWS-1992-435, your name address and phone #. This letter would be regarding a draft EIS about the BP Cherry Point dock North Wing expansion. Public meeting dates: Bellingham July 16, 7-9pm Shuksan Middle School 2717 Alderwood Ave. Bellingham ; Seattle July 24th 7-9pm Federal Center South 4735 East Marginal Way South, Galaxy Room Seattle.

Next Meeting:

  • Date:  July 20th 
  • Host: To be determined – Please respond to online poll (via PollDaddy) in Mary’s email of July 6th. If willing to host, let Mary or Mike know.
  • Faciltator: Mike D
  • Note Taker: Leonard (?)
  • Time Keeper: Mark
  • Action Lead: Rich

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