Mayor Note 12 April 2015

It’s a beautiful day in the Mill! Ari and I pray that you all enjoyed a peaceful start of Spring, Easter and Passover. The Mayor’s Garden is looking gorgeous! You are invited to stop by to check out the new blooms.

The Council is gearing up for the 2015-16 budget determinations. We ask all citizens to take part in the Council meetings, held every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at State Hall from 7-9 p.m. We need your input to decide the budget priorities for the next fiscal year. What activist and altruist efforts are worthy of funding? Where should we focus funding for diplomatic work? Which government departments need more or less funding in the next year? You are the heart of this collective, so your input is vital so your representatives can serve your interests.

Election Day on July 13. This year, we will have four Council seats up for grabs on the budget and nomination period takes place at both May meetings. All eligible adult citizens may run, and campaign season will take place between June 13 and Election Day. The ballot will also include a citizen-drafted initiative on creating a permanent Marriage Equality Mediation Team that will travel to parts of the world struggling over dealing with  an issue they find controversial. As citizens, you will decide whether The Mill will make itself part of this necessary dialogue abroad to spread the messages of justice and equality abroad as they pertain specifically to our international LGBT brothers and sisters. So stay involved, share your input and vote! (As this is a Council election, voting is mandatory for all citizens 21 and over, and your vote on the initiative is needed sorely as well.)

MFA Curriculum Review.  As we are nearing the end of another school year, Mill Friends Academy asked me to share its request for school parents and others interested in our youth’s education to attend a workshop on May 2 from 10 am – 2 pm that will provide an opportunity to review the curricula for the preschool and lower, intermediate and high schools. Headmaster Jonathan Flaherty and his team need to hear what your priorities are and get your guidance on ensuring that we are presenting the most effective lessons to Miller kids. The workshop will be held in the high school multipurpose room, and a vegan lunch will be provided. You must RSVP if you plan to attend; send email to MFAcurriculum@gdreadradio.net. By the way, Go Doves! The MFA baseball team scored a win in an away game last week over the Toronto Red Knights. The score was 5-4, which tells you it was a very exciting contest. Well done, Coach Ressler and team!

The Greening Project needs you! It’s that time of year again… The Environmental Department is asking for volunteers to help maintain area gardens and to plant new greenery throughout the collective. If you are interested, please send email to greening@gdreadradio.net.

Spring Fling!!! Meade Hall will be the site of the annual May Day celebration of workers and peace that takes place May 1 from 8-11 pm. Folk-jam performer Keller Williams will headline and opener Tessa Towne will also provide music for the event; Ari will play emcee. It should be a grand time for all. Admission is free for all Mill workers and their families, and this will be an alcohol- and smoke-free event. Please join us!

Stay in touch! As always, if you need to contact me, please email me at mayor@gdreadradio.net.

That’s it for now, fellow peaceniks. Be well, and pax vobiscum to you and yours.

Regina Goldman, Mayor

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