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April 16 meeting notes

Thanks to everyone who could make it tonight.

Here is a quick summary of the major decisions made this week:

– We will be tabling the Gallatin Earth Celebration on April 26th from 10am to 3pm in Bogert Park
– We will break out into three standing working groups:
    * media/outreach
    * legislative
    * cooperation/support strategies for allied groups
– An ad hoc working group for the tabling event was created, and Chris is the point of contact (POC)
– We will meet again next Wednesday night, April 23rd at 7 PM at the same location (MSU Student Union Building, 2nd floor cafeteria in the NW corner) – Mel will facilitate for the first hour, and Jim M. the second hour.

The following decisions will be made in the next meeting, so please be prepared to weigh in on the following:
– our group name (see suggestions below, and please propose additional names)
– our focus within the broader scope of the buffalo issue

In detail, here are the meeting notes.

Facilitator – Alex R.
Present – 7

7pm – 7:05 meeting opening, introductions, review of agenda

7:05 – 7:25 updates
– There is a meeting between YNP Supernintendo Suzanne Lewis and Governor Brian Schweitzer tomorrow at the Gallatin Field Airport at 1:30, where they will be speaking on the Interagency Bison Management Plan.
– The Prayer Ceremony at the Stephens Creek facility yesterday was well attended (110+ people), discussed possible strategies in Bozeman with other organizers such as targeting the Clinton and Obama offices in town
– Slaughter count is nearly 1600 now, as almost 100 more have been shipped from Stephens Creek this week.

7:25 – 8:20 agenda items
– Table at Gallatin Earth Celebration
    * Interest in using Glenn’s map, create flyers, etc
    * create ad hoc working group to work on table
    * consensus was reached in tabling this event
    * unresolved issues – $10 fee, group name required, statement of our connection to “sustainability”
– “Targets”, or structuring campaigns around particular issues within the scope of broader buffalo issue
    * idea that these would increase focus on particular groups or strategies, such as:
        > CUT deal
        > brucellosis myth
        > bison classification
        > legislators with undesireable voting records
        > agencies (DoL, NPS, FWP, FS, APHIS)
    * concern that this “targeting” focus would create limitations on future diversity of actions
    * response to concern that care would be taken to allow for multiple targets, non-restriction and flexibility
    * interest in creating a mission statement, next week proposal
    * interest in refining target proposal, list generation and discussion next week
– Working groups
    * proposed that we create three groups
        > media and outreach, also involved in public education
        > legislative, involved in legal aspects, possible lobbying efforts, petitioning
        > cooperative strategies and support for allied groups, including BFC,
GWA, and Bear Creek Council
    * interest in flexibility dynamic to allow for issue-oriented work, rotations
    * volunteer points of contact (POCs) to be determined for groups
    * consensus on the establishment of proposed three working groups

8:20 – 8:50 group name decision making
– proposal to determine names from list using instant runoff voting
– consensus on using this decision-making process for determining group name
– suggested list for next week IRV (please add to list by next week!):
    * Bozeman Activist Group (BOG – the Cranberry People!)
    * Bozeman Organizing for Bison (BOB)
    * Bozeman Is Seriously Organizing Now (BISON)
    * Bozeman Bison Support Group (BoBiSG)
    * Bozeman Allies for Bison or Bison Allies in Bozeman (BAB)
    * consensus on IRV decision next Wednesday, contributions from other group members pending.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, April 23, 2008
7 PM
Place: MSU Student Union Building 2nd floor cafeteria (NW corner)
Facilitator: Mel S. (1st hour) and Jim M. (2nd hour).


Meeting this Wednesday, April 9th at 7 PM

Wednesday, April 9th at 7 PM in the Strand Union Building on the MSU Campus

Look for us in the cafeteria near the northwest side of the 2nd floor!

As many of you may be aware, the count of buffalo slaughtered by the DoL and NPS is now over 1400. This is more than 300 animals from when we last met two weeks ago! While the relentless slaughter continues, there are forces of opposition converging. Our initial meeting allowed us to get to know each other, and we know we aren’t alone in our shock and disbelief. Let’s channel that energy into some concrete ideas about how we can raise awareness and make our voices heard.

While the buffalo bring us together, we also have much to learn from each other, and each one of us has something unique to contribute to the group. To prevent a power imbalance and to allow for everyone to contribute their ideas equally, we will initially work in a consensus-based decision making process that allows us all to give input into the actions we decide to take. In addition to strategies to create awareness or contribute to efforts in stopping the bison slaughter, please take the time to think of the changes you would like to see in our community. There are many folks in the valley volunteering for a lot of great causes. We don’t want to reinvent the wheel, but what will make our group unique is the way in which we make decisions democratically. No presidents or officers will be elected, and we will not be governed by a board. It is up to each one of us to make this work!

If you haven’t done so already, sign up on the listserv by sending an email to .

Please come prepared to speak to the following issues:
– what effective actions we can take to stop the slaughter
– what kinds of environmental or social justice issues need to be addressed by our group
– what kinds of creative events can we participate in to get our message across
– events taking place that would be of interest to the group
– ideas for the name of our group

We hope to see you all Wednesday!