Following up on what they learned in the recent George Lakey workshop, ‘How We Win,’ Gainesville Quakers have begun taking steps to wage nonviolent direct action campaigns.
First, they held a worship sharing/forum to determine group and individual leadings for waging. Four issues were identified:
- Rodman Dam area restoration of 20 springs
- Denying Nestle’s permit for water extraction from the water source for Ginnie Springs
- Halting the proposed phosphate mining in Bradford County
- Climate change
Campaign charts were begun for each issue, and the group committed to continue the process as an ad hoc committee.
The next steps include:
On January 31st, a group of 6 will take a 4-hour tour of the Ocklawaha River springs/Rodman Dam area with Florida Defenders of the Environment.
• On February 2, Kody Hersh will lead a workshop, Finding Your Role in the Movement for Peace and Justice. All Friends are welcome to attend. Read more & register>
• On February 16th, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Tracy Marinello, the executive Secretary of Florida Defenders of the Environment, will give a presentation to the Meeting about the Ocklawaha River- it’s ﬂooded springs, Florida’s drawdown policy, and the movement to breach the “Rodman” Dam. Open to the Public. Seating limited to 40 attendees. Contact Gail Stallings See the flyer>
—-Gail Stallings, Gainesville Quaker Meeting