!!!!! archive...Re: [IMC-Seattle] Notes from IMC meeting
freij at speakeasy.net
Tue Aug 10 09:25:59 PDT 2004
actually, the WTo archive at the UW is not just
for paper archives- the door would be well-cared
for there (although not on public display, at
least not yet). There are giant puppets, garbage
can lids, banners, etc in that archive.
after the 19th i will check with rick about
getting the key to storage, and anyone who is
equally interested in poring over the archives,
should join me. I am not going to make any
decisions about stuff that doesn't belong in the
WTO archive- I think that needs to be a bigger
IMC decision-- in other words, are the IMC's
archival materials, paper-trail of its history,
valuable enough for us to find a safe place for
long-term storage, or should we just chuck 'em. I
wont do any chucking when i go through stuff- i
will jsut weed out wto-related stuff and take it
At 9:21 AM -0700 8/10/04, rickh at riseup.net wrote:
>I'm all for Jill going through this stuff. Myself, I was not a member in
>the earliest days (I joined in August '01). Anyway, if Jill wants to sort
>through the stuff, great!
>And yes, I like the idea of the UW. I believe we had meant the same
>program Jill had mentioned.
>There were many questions left unanswered - it was only a 3 hour meeting.
>Another question that needs discussion - what do we do with the door from
>the WTO squat? Was that door ever really ours, or did it just end up in
>our space. IMHO, that door is such a cool historical archive, we have a
>karmic obligation to find it a good home where it can be displayed.
>What do others think?
>Anyway, those are my thoughts.
>> Hello all,
>> sorry I couldn't make the meeting. One thing in
>> the notes was a real big red flag for me, and
>> that was the suggestion or decision (couldn't
>> tell) to send all old notes, posters, other
>> archival materials to Musuem of HIstory and
>> Industry. That stuff will rot in the basement
>> there, I can assure you.
>> Instead, anything in the IMC archive that is
>> WTO-related should go directly to the WTO History
>> Project, an archived, cared-for collection in the
>> special collections part of the UW library. And
>> the stuff in the IMC archive that does not relate
>> to the WTO, maybe shouldn't be so quick to leave
>> the IMC fold. I know, I wasn't at the meeting,
>> and now I am criticizing the decisions made, and
>> that's no good, but in this case, I think it is
>> really important that the question of what to do
>> with archival materials from the IMC's 5 year
>> history be more thoroughly discussed....
>> if others share my concern about the destiny of
>> IMC archival materials, let's talk about possible
>> options. And after August 19th (but not before) I
>> am available to go through all that stuff and at
>> least weed out all the stuff that could go to the
>> WTO History project. (whether that be at the
>> actual storage space, or somewhere else).
>> my $.02
>> At 10:18 PM -0700 8/9/04, rickh at riseup.net wrote:
>>>Below are the notes from last nights meeting. Thanks to Deanna for
>>>facilitating, and writing these notes.
>>>We hope to see YOU at the next meeting.
>>>Seattle Independent Media Center
>>>Meeting Minutes 8/8/04
>>>Present: Laury, Rick, Joseph, Kevin, and Heddi
>>>Facilitator & Note Taker: DeAnna Martin
>>>Space & Storage
>>>NW Social Forum
>>>Training New Volunteers
>>>Issues for Next Meeting
>>>Structure & Governance
>>>Volunteer Database Working Group
>>>Why are there so few of us?
>>>Finances - Debt
>>>· Rick shared a financial report ($1406 in savings and checking), what
> >>hed learned from the Nonprofit Assistance Center about the pros/cons of
>>>bankruptcy and budgeting to deal with debt, and some sample budgets that
> >>take into account a debt payment plan. (Refer to handouts Rick emailed to
>>>everyone prior to the meeting.)
>>>· Bankruptcy was ruled out because of concerns about it being a
>>>complicated and public process that might open the IMC up to more
>>>than its worth.
>>>· Because Cascadia Action Network has said they are willing to let the
>>>copier debt slide, the IMC should get something in writing saying this
>>>debt is forgiven.
>>>· The group agreed that the best option is to let the rent debt slide if
>>>the debtor isnt pursuing payment at this time.
>>>· If it gets to the point when LIHI is wanting payment, the group should
>>>respond by explaining that weve talked about filing bankruptcy and would
>>>like to negotiate the debt down and/or schedule a payment plan payment
>>>plan might include trade in services.
>>>· It was suggested the group consider hiring an accountant to maintain
>>>financial records and check writing for fixed expenses perhaps on a
>>>quarterly basis to demonstrate stability and re-establish the IMC as a
>>>credible organization working to improve how it handles money; IMC
>>>volunteers would only handle making deposits.
>>>1. Rick will email Cascadia Action Network and ask them to provide a
>>>email or written response saying they are forgiving the copier debt.
>>>2. Rick will email Laury the contact name for the rental agreement with
>>>the Low-Income Housing Institute
>>>3. Laury will research the partnership with whom the IMC signed its
>>>lease to determine if its possible for them to forgive or grant the
>>>~$5000 debt for rent past due
>>>Storage & New Space Update & Key Decisions
>>>· Update: Rick has talked with SCAN about free office space in their
>>>basement; the International District Community Center where 3 PCs have
>>>been donated; and Georgetown space for free meeting space; some other
>>>storage options that cost money have also been researched.
>>>· The group made a list of everything Rick could remember was in storage
>>>and made decisions about what to do with it; the goal is to be out of the
>>>mid-way storage unit by the end of August!
>>>See list below, the name in parentheses refers to the person who will
>>>store it until free storage space can be arranged:
>>>- 5-6 boxes of multi-media related to IMC work, documents, and the door
>>>- 2-3 cases of PAL video tapes (Kevin,
>>>until European IMC takes or they go
>>>to the dump)
>>>- Box of meeting notes and flyers (Donate
>>>to Museum of History & Industry)
>>>- Bags of CAT5 cable (Kevin, until donated or sold)
>>>- 1-2 boxes of books for tabling (Rick)
>>>- Library of books (DeAnna @ her office, until Kevin can get them
>>>auctioned on eBay or amazon.com)
>>>- 2 working cameras, cassette recorders, cabling, microphones (Laury)
>>>- Equipment rack (Laury, until space is arranged at SCAN?)
>>>- Desk, folding chairs, office chairs
>>>(Kevin for rummage sale, if not sold
>>>then to dump!)
>>>1. Kevin will investigate free storage options.
>>>2. Rick and Laury will set up a meeting with Ann Suter at SCAN for the
>>>week of August 16th to discuss the space opportunity there.
>>>3. Rick will email European IMCs this week to see if any of them would
>>>like the PAL videotapes; if he doesnt hear back within two weeks, they
>>>are going to the dump.
>>>4. Rick will talk with Justin at the Georgetown space to see if they
>>>like the CAT5 cable and the editing bay in exchange for meeting space.
>>>5. Kevin is asking his fiancé about doing a garage sale the last weekend
>>>6. Rick and Kevin will arrange a time to go to the storage unit together
>>>in the next two weeks to begin the process of disseminating items.
>>>Fundraising NW Social Forum, Rummage Sale, Etc.
>>>· Kevin is checking with his fiancé about hosting a rummage sale for the
>>>IMC in conjunction with a yard sale she is already planning; furniture
>>>from storage and any other items that havent found a home can be sold at
> >>this sale; Laury will coordinate with IMC members who might have other
>>>things to contribute.
>>>· There was a general feeling that fundraising, including grants, is an
>>>important topic to explore at the next meeting lots of energy for this!
>>>Thoughts that were shared include:
>>>- The IMC has the same name, but is not the
>>>same organization lets tell
>>>this story to funders
>>>- We need to determine our new focus
>>>- Being able to get grants is an important part of how the organization
>>>chooses to structure itself
>>>· Rick will sell books at Hempfest
>>>· Laury will follow up with Sheri on:
>>>- the NW Social Forum fundraising idea
>>>- Sheris friend who is doing a lecture series with the possibility of
>>>lecture proceeds benefiting the IMC
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