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Freegan Meeting, Freeganism 101 and Trash Tour

Join us for an organizational meeting to report on working group activities and discuss and decide on policies and activities. Meetings are for freegan.info volunteers and people interested in volunteering. At 9pm, we will end our business meeting, and have a brief introductory discussion about freeganism. Newcomers are always welcome and encouraged to attend our full meeting, but if you just want an introduction to freeganism, you can come just for the Freeganism 101 discussion. At about 9:30pm, we will explore the area’s wasted food and other goods. We give advice on how to salvage these goods and comment on the reasons for such waste. Meet us outside the store if you are interested only in the trash tour (but if you're new to this activity, please come to the Freeganism 101 discussion to find out a bit more of what this is about!) The meeting is not open to media but the tour is open to media by prior arrangement.

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  • QueenBoadicea

    I had a great time. I did a head count and realized about 30 people showed up (and that didn't include the camera crew). There was plenty of food and lots of advice about what to do with it. I needed eggs so I split off from the main group and took a walk to Trader Joe's on E. 14th St. Eureka! There were eggs, as well as a variety of other things, including non-edible items like office equipment.

    July 20, 2010

  • Janice S.

    Mostly positive with the exception of one individual whose demeanor was quite negative.

    July 20, 2010

  • Madeline

    Weather never cancels the organizational meeting, we always have an indoor location for rain.
    If you mean just the trash tour-- well, the diehards have dumpster dived in pouring rain, howling wind, bitter cold, and snow. I don't think we've ever out-and-out canceled due to weather, even if attendance is reduced a bit.

    July 19, 2010

  • Marian

    Can't make it tonight but I am very interested in your group and plan to go to the August meeting. Best of luck...

    July 19, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just checked the weather on two different sites and it definitely says rain. Please advise.

    July 19, 2010

  • Marianna

    Hi everyone.
    In case of a rain how does the tour work? Everything will be wet...or it can be moved to another day?

    July 19, 2010

  • Hestis D.

    ::laugh:: Garry...can we talk about the picnic on its thread on the discussion board? People may get confused since this is the event page for the July 19 meeting.

    Also, if you like, you can add the proposal about pinning down the first Monday meetings to Sakia to the agenda. Just send an email to the [masked] and make sure that Cindy, who is facilitating the July 19 meeting, knows that the item is meant for the agenda. Thanks for everything!

    July 8, 2010

  • Garry

    Hello Annie: yes, you are right; the weather warning would only concern this Saturday's picnic. If I understand correctly, the Friday evening dumpster diving will furnish the picnic. Therefore it seems more logical to do the picnic the day after the dive. In other words, the freegan food will be fresher if we do a Saturday picnic over a Sunday picnic.

    July 8, 2010

  • Hestis D.

    Garry, the weather warning would concern the picnic on July 10, not this meeting on July 19. ::laugh:: It's good to know though. Maybe we'll have to reschedule...Sunday, possibly?
    Seeing Thru, the address Garry posted for Sakia is 42 nd street & 160 park Avenue. It is across the street from Grand Central. And again, the problem for choosing Sakia for this meeting is that we usually move to a different neighborhood for the next meeting. We were just in Murray Hill. Mm..or we can tour Midtown?

    July 8, 2010

  • Seeing T.

    lets go to sakia! where is sakia???

    July 8, 2010

  • Garry

    Hello Freegans: A friend just sent me an email reminding me that Saturdays will be rainy. I just checked on weather.com to verify that it is true. Could we meet at Sakia or somewhere else inside? Thank you!

    July 8, 2010

  • Garry

    Good point Annie: Let's meet at Union Square as planned, and then if I may be so bold to suggest that we meet at Sakia for the August 2nd meeting? People like myself with hearing problems will be thankful to meet at Sakia. Let me propose one meeting per month can be at Sakia. Perhaps the first Monday of the month.

    July 8, 2010

  • Hestis D.

    Yes, Sakia is very nice. We had meetings there before and it remains the rain location for Murray Hilll meetings.
    The problem is that according to the Department of City Planning (http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/pops/pops_inventory.shtml) there are no public spaces like it near Union Square.
    The space we use as the Union Square rain location is a deli called Valentino's. We use it if we can't find a better option near Greenwich Village. Unless you want to tour Murray Hill again?

    July 8, 2010

  • QueenBoadicea

    Good idea, Garry. I've passed by the Sakia Atrium often on my way to "work". I think it would be ideal! It doesn't look to be heavily attended even during the best of times and there are plenty of seats. (I've suggested it for bookcrossing meetups but no one else seemed to consider it feasible.) Perhaps it would be more suitable for the needs of this group.

    July 8, 2010

  • Hestis D.

    Would everyone prefer to be indoor? We've been outdoors for about three meetings now. It is a bit hot in the beginning and at times a bit loud. But being outside has its special charms. If people would rather be in an air conditioned space, I'm sure we can find something suitable in space and location.
    We may want to find something near Union Square so we can still tour there after the meeting. Or...is anyone interested in moving the meeting to a different neighborhood all together?

    July 8, 2010

  • Garry

    I agree that we find a better area, but perhaps we should look at an indoor free space like Sakia Atrium (42 nd street & 160 park Avenue).
    Am thankful if we can move one of our two monthly meetings to Sakia as I am so hearing impaired that I can't hear our normal meetings because the street traffic is too noisy for me to focus.
    Anything near Union Square similar to Sakia? If not, should I ask Judson Memorial Church where we have our Really Really Free Market if they have any space?

    July 8, 2010

  • Hestis D.

    This meeting was originally set for Union Square Park. However, our experience from June 21 revealed that the park may not be such an ideal location. It was difficult to find and there were only a few widely spaced seats. It was difficult for everyone to stay close and even harder to hear. So we are trying to figure out if there is a better area of Union Square Park we can use. There was a suggestion that we all sit in a circle on the lawn. Any seconds for that motion?

    July 7, 2010

  • Marianna

    Us I understand we are meeting at same location-Bryant Park. Picnic tables at the intersection of 6th Avenue and 41st St.
    Or it will be another one? Also very usefull to know where the tour begins .I was coming late on 5th and it was very helpful to know about starting time and place- 3rd Ave and 38th St. at 9:30 p.m.

    July 7, 2010

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