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Meeting One

Action Item: Before the next meeting we will be creating a website where all of the progressive groups in Baton Rouge can provide information for forums, rallies, educational presentations, and calls to action for our community.

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Baton Rouge Organizing Meeting #1

We came up with a loose list of guidelines about how to proceed in meetings.

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions
  2. Be respectful of others beliefs, opinions, convictions
  3. Explain acronyms
  4. Be aware of assumptions
  5. Be aware of the privileges you hold
  6. All social justice is intersectional, be mindful of that
  7. While we may focus on certain elements of social justice at a time we are committed to all justice.

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Organization Contacts

  1. Louisiana Progress Action, Dylan W.
    A. Legislative session
    B. We need to show up for the hearings about racial profiling

Dylan spoke about the different efforts Louisiana Progress Action is involved in as it relates to the legislative session and community education.

Human Rights

We went around the room and made a list of the different social justice movements about which we are passionate. The list is alphabetical to ensure they are not mistaken to be listed by importance or priority. This list is nowhere near comprehensive.

  1. Awareness about HIV/AIDS
  2. Domestic Violence
  3. Early Childhood Education
  4. Economic Inequality
  5. Education in Louisiana
  6. Environment
  7. Homelessness
  8. Hunger
  9. Immigration Reform
  10. LGBTQ Rights
  11. Neo-colonialism
  12. Net Neutrality
  13. Nonviolent Civil Disobedience
  14. Palestine
  15. Police Brutality (Racial profiling)
  16. Political Accountability
  17. Prison Industrial Complex
  18. Prison Reform
  19. Racial Equality
  20. Trans* Inclusion
  21. Women’s Rights

The primary take away from the meeting this week was that: Baton Rouge Organizing will be a vehicle by which community members and students can become more involved and aware of events that are occurring in the community.

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