Libertarian Party of San Francisco Agenda: March 12, 2011
Meeting Location: 4th Floor Conference Room, San Francisco Main Library
Meeting Starts 3:00 pm
Welcome and Introduction/New Agenda Items :05 3:05 pm
Officer Reports :10 3:15 pm
Treasurer: Marcy Berry . Les Mangus on leave.
Secretary: Jawj Greenwald
Vice Chair: Ron Getty
Chair: Marcy Berry
Committee Reports :05 3:20 pm
Internet /Social Networking: Rob Power
Initiatives/Ballot Measures: R. Getty/A. Freedman
Membership: Marcy Berry
Political Candidates/Activists’ Report :10 3:40 pm
Announcements :10 3:50 pm
Update: Pride Festival sign up sheet : M. Berry :05 3:55 pm
Literature from Groups we support: M. Edelstein :10 4:05 pm
LPSF Website/Webmaster: All :05 4:10 pm
Revision of LPSF By Laws: Rob Power :15 4:25 pm
LPSF participation on Tax Day tablings: All :10 4:35 pm
Distribution of literature to local high schools: R. Power / A. Freedman :15 4:50 pm
In-meeting Activism: If literature available, mailings to high schools :10 5:00 pm
Minutes of the LPSF Meeting of March 12, 2011
Members Present: Phil Berg, Marcy Berry (Chair), Michael Edelstein, Aubrey Freedman, Jawj Greenwald (Secretary), Rob Power, Starchild.
Guests: Jim Elwood, Terry Floyd.
Chair: Marcy Berry reported that due to her mother’s poor health, she will have to play a less active role in LP matters for a while.
Vice Chair: No report
Treasurer: Marcy Berry reported for the Treasurer that the LPSF has $5029.20.
Secretary: Minutes of the February meeting were posted to the online “activists’ list” for review.
Internet Communications/Social Networking: We discussed the continuing need for someone to take over internet functions.
Initiatives/Ballot Measures: Aubrey Freedman reported that unless the Governor submits his tax extension measures for a June referendum, there will be no election and no local measures for us to weigh in on.
Membership: No report.
Outreach: No report.
Political Candidates’/Activism Reports: Those who felt so moved reported on what they had done to strike a blow for freedom this month.
Announcements: Michael Edelstein circulated a copy of “I, Pencil” and other literature suitable for our use at the Pride booth and in other outreach efforts.
Starchild will speak at an April 13 animal rights debate sponsored by ”Students for Liberty” on the Berkeley campus at 7:30 pm in Room 209 Dwinell Hall.
Participation in Pride Festival, June 25/26 2011: Marcy circulated a schedule and sign-up sheet for volunteers to staff the booth. More helpers are needed. We discussed literature for our booth (see below).
Literature from Groups we Support. Michael Edelstein reported on his contacts with five organizations we support to see if they had any free literature we could use in our outreach efforts. The Mises Institute had a brochure on Austrian economics and the Institute for Justice had a publication “Doomsday – No Way.” Jim Elwood reported that we could use old ISIL topical texts that now exist online to make our own pamphlets. There was a general feeling that we should avoid heavy topics, such as Austrian economics, in favor of lighter and more issues-oriented tracts.
Webmaster: The search for a new webmaster continues.
By-Laws Revision: Rob continued walking us through a draft of revised By-Laws that are intended to bring us into conformity with the State party’s. All are invited to review it in the light of state bylaws and our previous LPSF by-laws before we vote. Online comment is invited. New By-laws will be needed before our January 2012 meeting.
Participation in Tax Day Event: There was enough interest in participation of some sort with other groups to put the matter put on the next meeting’s agenda.
Distribution of Literature to Local High Schools. Rob, Aubrey and Starchild have started a project to distribute libertarian literature to all San Francisco high school civics teachers. Marcy prepared a mailing list, and Starchild volunteered to research and add the names of civics teachers to the addresses. A reading list and some texts (such as “I, Pencil”) will be sent out as soon as it is finalized. Suggestions are welcome.
Discussion of Membership. Terry Floyd promoted the upcoming California State LP convention. He discussed the need to raise California membership from its current 91,000 to 100,000 to maintain the LP’s ballot status under the new “top two” voting system. A voter registration drive is needed. We also discussed a decline in local SF membership. While there seemed no identifiable cause, we felt that getting more involved with local issues and events would generate more interest.