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(en) Ireland, new position paper of Workers Solidarity Movements* July 2004 conference - Our publications

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 20 Aug 2004 07:29:20 +0200 (CEST)

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1. Since our foundation the WSM has placed a very high priority on our
publications. These are our public voice, they are means by which many
people will make their first contact with the organisation. Quality and
content are both, therefore, extremely important.
2. We will produce a range of publications each of which is tailored to
best suit a particular need. In addition the text of all WSM publications
will be available on the WSM web page and posted to the Ainriail mailing list.
3. All national publications will have an editorial group that is elected by
national conference. National conference will set general guidelines for
this group to follow which will include key areas to cover, the general
balance of articles required in the publication and an annual budget for
the publication. In between national conferences the editorial groups are
answerable to National committee.

4. Each editorial group will have the following responsibilities, these in
general include all aspects of publication from the commissioning of
articles to the arrival of the material back from the printer and further
distribution of it.

a) ensure that the publication is produced according to deadline, this
includes the writing of additional material by the editorial group itself if
this is required to make the deadline.

b) ensure that the publication is in agreement with the requirements
set by national conference and listed at the foot of this position paper.

c) ensure that articles are within the agreed WSM policy or they are
clearly marked as the work of a guest writer or part of a debate.

d) ensure that articles are proof read and free of typographical mistakes

e) arrange the layout, delivery of print ready material and collection of
finished material from the printers. In general this should all be carried
out by a member of the editorial group or where this is not possible by the
co-option as a 'non-voting' member of the group by someone with the
required skills.

f) distribute the publication to those responsible for its public

Editorial boards that fail to fulfil all the criteria above should be recalled
and replaced at the first opportunity.

5. Last minute changes to articles can only be made at a formal editorial
level and must be recorded in the minutes. Where possible the author
should be contacted but where this is not possible and the changes reflect
a real change in what the article says then a editorial pseudonym should
be used to sign the article. Such changes should only be made where it is
believed the original article is accidentally outside the agreed positions of
the organisation (where it is deliberately outside it should be treated as an
article submitted to reflect internal debate).

6. Specific publications

6.1 Red and Black Revolution is a magazine aimed at people with some
knowledge of anarchism.

6.2 Workers Solidarity is a free/donation news sheet aimed at people that
have little or no knowledge of anarchism. Its primary purpose is to give
an anarchist perspective on current issues and to increase peoples
knowledge of what anarchism is..

6.3 Workers Solidarity Supporters

a) Anyone who distributes at least 50 copies of each issue of Workers
Solidarity and donates an agreed regular amount towards the cost of
producing the paper can become a Workers Solidarity supporter.

b) Workers Solidarity supporters with email can ask to be added to the
WS production email list where they can comment on articles submitted
for publication and suggest topics for articles.

6.4 Anarchist News is a free leaflet published around a single
news-related theme
7. Short term perspectives

Initially Workers Solidarity production will continue at 6,000 copies of
each issue produced every two months. However by the time the number
of WS supporters (including WSM members) has risen to 30 production
will be 8000 copies of each issue with 8 issues a year. At the next
conference after this is achieved new targets will be drawn up. Where the
editorial group believe extra possibilities for distribution will exist for an
issue they may increase the circulation to 8,000 for that issue.

With the large number of new libertarian activists Red & Black
Revolution has a very central role to play in introducing them to detailed
discussion of anarchism and anarchist analysis of struggles. We will
therefore produce two editions a year of at least 16 pages each which will
be sold for 1 Euro. This should include one substantial article of 5-8,000
words and two or more of 3-4,000 words.

Amended July 2004

The new position papers coming from the anarchist federation
Workers Solidarity Movements July 2004 conference are online
at http://struggle.ws/wsm

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