March 3, 2012

Board Meeting Minutes 03-03

March 3rd, 2012, Saturday, 10:00 am
East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Ave S**
EPIC web address:
Office: 2536 18th Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55404

Present:  Board Members: Mary Gonsior, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass, Jennie Bjorgo, Earl Simms            
EPIC Members: Brad Pass, Jake Tonsager                       
10:00             Introduction:
Approval of Agenda (JB, MG)
Approval of Minutes from  February board meeting (JB/SS passed)
10:10   Announcements

EPIC Membership Meeting:  Thursday, March 8th, 6:30 PM, the East Phillips Park Center,
EPIC Annual Meeting, Saturday, April 28th, 2012, 9:30 AM; East Phillips Park Center

10:20             Redistricting Focus: Mike Dean, Director of Common Cause:
 Issues involved in redistricting were explained.
We were shown how to create our own map and what outcomes would come from various arrangements. It was clear to members who want the Native people to prosper that the fact that the Native population in this area is only 7% means people will have to work hard for them to retain some political clout.
We created a map reflecting what we thought would be the best outcome…avoiding splitting neighborhoods and being careful to retain a multiethnic population.
This took almost the entire meeting but was very good as a learning tool.

MOTION: We agreed to submit our map to the commission. (LL/CP)
MOTION: EPIC will do all we can to avoid having EPIC split in two. (BP/LL) passed
MOTION: EPIC will support the interests of the Native American Group

12:20 Adjournment