Astronomer-photographer Mark Seibold had suggested a statement on the holiday season for the video of last Thursday’s Cascadia Chapter meeting, and that will be available to readers at the conclusion of these Minutes, but the surprise of the month, at least, descended when, some time later, Scott Alan Green and Jason Berge, the two mainstays of the Washington County Chapter, Scott’s girlfriend and Party member Katie, and Seth Woolley, the guiding spirit behind the Portland Greens, entered the cafe as a group.
Once everyone was settled, tucking into the on-site baked goods, sitting State Co-ordinating Committeemember Scott explained that Starlene Rankin, not only a newly-elected SCC member but also board member of the Green Party of the United States (affectionately known as Gee-puss), wanted to arrange a co-ordinating meeting of the three various chapters in the metropolitan Portland area; unfortunately the time, place, and date of such a meeting was yet to be determined; and, worse yet, no one knew Starlene’s new address or contact info.
When longtime political activists get together like this, you can bet there was a lively discussion; we had only got started when it was nearly closing time, and it took the manager to remind us that we were still talking an hour later.
One of the topics discussed was the so far tentatively scheduled Guest Lecturer No. 3 for the Cascadia Chapter: past President of the Eastside Democratic Club Jim Robison will participate in an oral history interview, discussing the development of progressive politics in our city during his Presidency, as well as commenting on the use the present Junior Senator from Oregon, Jeff Merkeley, made of the Eastside Democratic Club in the beginning of his subsequently successful political career.
Mr Robison has agreed to the interview; and Mark Seibold will record it, perhaps with more effective sound recording; Scott Green will both publicize the event on the social media he employs daily and create a poster for it.
I congratulated Seth Woolley for his part in helping craft the second Water Bureau initiative, now in the course of qualifying for the ballot; the terms are to be presented Tuesday at noon, 7 January 2014, at the regular meeting of the Eastside Democratic Club at the Grace Presbyterian Church at the intersection of N.E. Prescott and Cully Boulevard, not by Seth but by Concordia University government professor Nicholas Caleb. I will, in my position as secretary of the Eastside Democratic Club, be taking minutes.
And now for the video presentation, immediately below. It is as its creator, Mark Seibold, chose to make it: he found the music being played as the two of us settled down to present and to record very much worth preserving. So, to be frank, the beginning of the video is pretty slow, where you gaze at a piece of pie and mug of coffee.
I hope my little speech is of some help to you.