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Buffalo Allies of Bozeman Meeting Notes April 23, 2008

Buffalo Allies of Bozeman
April 23, 2008
7 PM
Montana State University Student Union Building (2nd floor cafeteria – NW corner)

Meeting Notes
Attendees: 5
Facilitator: Mel

Introductions

Updates:

Group discussed the deal made for grazing rights with the Church Universal & Triumphant, the history of the IBMP, and the high numbers of dead buffalo, including worries for their current condition.

Group Name:

Group considered several names, including:

Bozeman Organizing Group (BOG)
Bozeman Activist Group (BOB)
Bozeman Is Seriously Organizing Now (BISON)
Bozeman Bison Support Group (BoBiSG)
Bozeman Allies for Bison (BAB)
Bison Allies in Bozeman (BAB)
Allies for the Buffalo in the Bozeman Area (ABBA)
Bozeman For Living Organisms (BFLO)
Bozeman Supporting Nature (BSN)
Gallatin Conservation Alliance (GCA)
Yellowstone Conservation Alliance (YCA)
Yellowstone Environmental Alliance (YEA)
Gallatin Allies for Buffalo / Bison (GAB)

In the first cut, the group agreed that bison (or buffalo) should be in the title of the group. That eliminated several names. Using an instant run-off voting process (with preferential voting), the winner was Bozeman Allies for Bison (BAB).

A friendly amendment was accepted to change the name to Bozeman Allies for Buffalo.

The group reached agreement on this name by consensus; however, later in the meeting, a group member proposed that we go with a slight revision of one of the other choices, Buffalo Allies of Bozeman.

The new name was accepted with unanimous consent.

From this meeting forward, our group is named Buffalo Allies of Bozeman (BAB)

Mission Statement:

A strawman mission statement was proposed to the group:

We are a consensus-based grassroots organization in the Bozeman, Montana area focused on:
stopping the slaughter and hazing of Yellowstone’s wild buffalo herds;
promoting the natural expansion of free-roaming buffalo outside of Yellowstone National Park;
protecting the natural habitat of the buffalo herds;
allying with and giving solidarity to groups working on related missions; and,
supporting a diversity of strategies and tactics to achieve the previous tenets of our mission.

The group considered the proposed mission. One member suggested adding a tenet: “acquiring buffalo range into public ownership.” However, this was not added because it was considered to be implicit in the 2nd and 3rd tenets. Also, it was urged by one member that this was a strategy for those tenets that would be possibly proposed later in the group by the final tenet.

Friendly amendments were accepted to delete the word “natural” before “expansion in the 2nd tenet as well as changing the word “protecting” in the 3rd tenet to “conserving.”

The mission that was unanimously consented to with friendly amendments:

Buffalo Allies of Bozeman is a consensus-based grassroots organization in the Bozeman, Montana area focused on:

stopping the slaughter and hazing of Yellowstone’s wild buffalo herds;
promoting the expansion of free-roaming buffalo outside of Yellowstone National Park;
conserving the natural habitat of the buffalo herds;
allying with and giving solidarity to groups working on related missions; and,
supporting a diversity of strategies and tactics to achieve the previous tenets of our mission.

Table at Gallatin Earth Celebration:

The group had previously agreed to table at the Gallatin Earth Celebration. An ad-hoc working group was created to ensure our presence and materials for the event.

Chris discussed the needs for the event, including creating a banner, the sorts of flyers needed, etc. Chris offered to pay for the $10 tabling fee.

Our table is in Bogart Park from 10 AM – 3 PM. Those interested in helping should contact Chris at lodgepole@riseup.net .

Refining target proposal:

At a previous meeting, a member had proposed that we consider a target (or campaign) for the group to consider so that the working groups and members of the group could focus their various strategies and the tactics in service of them.

That proposal had been tabled so that the member could make a concrete proposal on the issue.

This week, the member came back and proposed that we consent to the idea of a target / campaign approach to our group. By this idea it was not meant to exclude the group from working on broader issues related to the buffalo, merely that as a matter of process, that going with this approach would help focus and unify the work of the working groups.

Some possible targets and campaigns might include:

  1. Working to fight against / inform the public about the latest CUT deal
  2. Buffalo Field Campaign support
  3. Exposing the myth of brucellosis

A fourth was also suggested: a legislative focus working on changing the law to respect buffalo as wildlife in Montana and eliminating their classification as a disease-control issue. Whether this is a strategy or a target/campaign was left open.

It was consented to that this member would write to the listserve explaining the approach and offering up a detailed explanation of the various targets or campaigns we might pursue. The hope is that the next meeting might come to consensus around a campaign or target, or at least move forward on it.

The group consented to using the target approach as our process for figuring out next action steps.

Working groups:

At the previous meeting, the group consented to three standing working groups:

  1. Media / Outreach (which includes Web and technology and meeting logistics)
  2. Legislative / Legal (which includes support of the Gallatin Wildlife Association legislative initiatives)
  3. Solidarity with Allied Groups (which among groups includes at least Buffalo Field Campaign).

The group called for volunteers for point people. Point people are responsible for moving the work forward of the working groups, working to build the working groups, and organizing meetings for those groups. The working groups should be working to bring proposals back to the main group so that they can move forward with their work.

The point people are:

Media / Outreach: Jim – jsmacdonald@riseup.net

Legislative / Legal: Mel – redmellie@gmail.com

Solidarity with Allied Groups: Chris – lodgepole@riseup.net

Announcements

Next Meeting: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
7 PM
Place: MSU Student Union Building 2nd floor cafeteria (NW corner)
Facilitator: Chris

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