Salt Lake Marching and Chowder Club

Salt Lake Marching and Chowder Club                                                            Minutes 4/13/2016

Minutes recorded and prepared by Lauren Smith

John Shannon, SLCMCC President: 

Charlotte Mates, SLCMCC Vice President: 

Carl Spitzmacher, SLCMCC Chief Researcher: 

Bernie Hart, SLCMCC member: 

Gloria Red Bear, Community Voice editor: 

Action Items:

Get ready for pride parade in June (float, etc.)

Help Rio Grande community residents to register to vote / vote in September

Continue to improve Community Voice

Bernie is impressed with SLCPD meetings. Since their ability to respond and react to homeless issues is limited, they are eager for suggestions and are ready to implement change. They need a long-term plan that points them in the right direction even if it takes 2-3 years. He maintains that nothing we have done so far has worked and that the same efforts will have the same results time and time again.

John points to the fact that change is on a continuum. At one end there are the people who don’t want anything to change. At the other end of the spectrum are the people who are so desperate for change that they work hard until they achieve it. We need to address the apathetic mindset of those in the middle. “The Voice” (SLCMCC’s newsletter) will encourage these people to care enough to organize, so change can evolve. We are already getting a large backlog of stories. Many are willing to put in their 2 cents (for 5 bucks).

Gloria Red Bear has been homeless for more than 20 years due to a child support obligation that she is now free from. She says that there are reasons why many of the people remain anonymously hidden out of want or need. She has found Veterans who want to be “Guardians” to protect the weak and knows there are many others who want to volunteer their time and effort to making things better.

There needs to be an “internal police department” who take care of petty crimes so that the SLCPD can take care of the real criminals. We have to find established people in the Rio Grande community who are willing to share their ideas with law enforcement agencies and service providers so that change can happen from within. They’ve got to keep each other in line.

Gloria mentioned that there are many people who are mentally disturbed who are unable to cope without self-medicating with alcohol and drugs.

John says that everyone has a story and thinks that most of the mentally ill are well enough to understand three words: “Don’t do it”. He just wants the people in the community to act better.

Gloria Red Bear says they need another building. She has experience writing grants and is willing to work on a business plan to have a separate space for people who are established in the identification process from those who are not. She is willing to run the new facility. She thinks that when supervised, many will work with her on a volunteer basis.