September 2016 – Minutes

CLJP Minutes September 13, 2016
Monticello Room, Westminster Canterbury

Present: Chip Sanders, Hal Horan, Bob McAdams, Dave Warren, Peter Weatherly, John Peale, Ed Murray, Diane Murray, Betty Kerner, Bill Kerner, Judy Sayed, Gene Locke

Horan opened the meeting with prayer with Chip Sanders presiding.

Horan gave grateful remembrance of founding member Owen Norment who died on June 26 ( Click here for obituary).

Since there was no preferred charity mentioned in the obituary, Horan moved that 100.00 be donated to an organization determined by Horan after consultation with Owen’s wife, Rachel Gobbel Norment.  Motion passed.

The Minutes of May 10, prepared by Horan, were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Since Taylor Beard is at home recovering from a severe leg injury, Weatherly gave the report, prepared by Beard, listing all the activity since the beginning of the year.  There being no income or expenses since the May 10 meeting, the balance stands at 4, 971.52.

Old and New Business: Murray referred to a full report previously sent out to all members titled, “The Committee on ‘Building a Just Economy’ Program prepared by Murray and Peale and announced that negotiations with folks involved in next year’s Virginia Festival of the Book had succeeded in securing a major speaker, well known for his work of Income Inequality, and that his name would soon be revealed, which was the following day as Joseph Stiglitz, Professor of Economics, Columbia University, recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001), and author of  one of the books on Income Inequality that we had discussed last year–The Price of Inequality (2012), as well as The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them (2015).

Murray insisted that NOW is the time to prepare not only for the Festival but to go beyond the Festival and develop ideas that can follow into practical policies addressing issues that result from Income Inequality such as firms that proliferate taking advantage of the most economic vulnerable such as Car Title Loans. How about developing lending agencies based in faith communities?  The point is for all of us to THINK and then to DO!

Announcements of Community Events:

Murray: AuthorsTeresa Kubasak, Gabe Huck and Photogragher Daniel Demeter will present
Exploring the Life, Culture, and Heritage of Syria on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 4:00 pm.
              at the Friends Meeting House, 1104 Forest St. Kubasak and Huck are the authors of
            Never Can I Write of Damascus: When Syria Became Our Home and Demeter of Lens of
            Syria: A Photographic Tour of Its Ancient and Modern Culture.

McAdams: Three events, one location: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, 717 Rugby Road
            On Sunday, Sept. 18, at 3:00 pm. Robert Brent Toplin will discuss Herbert Hoover and Food Relief During World War I. Dr. Toplin, a retired professor of History, the University of North Carolina, will explore possible ways that Mr. Hoover’s very successful effort may effectively address our serious global crisis. 717 Rugby Road.

On Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 to 8:00, which is known as INTERNATIONAL  DAY OF PEACE, established in 1981 by the United Nations, a globally synchronized   Peace Day Meditation (music provided by Brandon Collins). 717 Rugby Road

On Sunday October 23, at 5:00 p.m. the International Refugee Relief Dinner will be held, provided by Foods of All Nations, followed by a special presentation from the United Nations Associations national office. Tickets–$25.       717 Rugby Road

Program: The Current State of Income Inequality.  Sanders gave an effective review of articles and literature concentrating on the ethical, economic, and political factors impeding equality.

Since Sanders is preparing to share the body of his review online at our web site, http://clujp.org, don’t miss it! A few items are included here;

The book and the movie, Fifty Shades of Gray not only reflected the gender inequality in  sex, but also in economic circumstance as well.
Pope Francis has described the unrestrained pursuit of profit as “the dung of the devil,” noting that, money must serve, not rule.

During the discussion, the new book by LSU Professor Nancy Isenberg, White Trash: the     400-Year Old History of Class in America, should also be explored this year. The book  makes obvious that African Americans were not the only underclass in America.   Even General George Washington thought that whites lacking in property and education should  make up the bulk of the military since they were of little use of anything else.

Employee ownership can make for better income equality.

Unions, having learned from the corruptions of the past, could prove effective in     securing better             working conditions and salaries for the average worker.

The meeting adjourned at 1:57.

When next we meet: October 11, 2016:Raj Chetty and the Equality of Opportunity Project – explore the factors correlated with upward mobility. High mobility areas have (1) less residential segregation, (2) less income inequality, (3) better primary schools, (4) greater social capital, and (5) greater family stability.  Presenter: Pete Weatherly

Respectfully Submitted

Hal Horan