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(en) US, APOC, Wildfire August 2004 - Toward Continued Dialogue: A New APOC Organization Proposal by Gregory Lewis

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Date Sat, 28 Aug 2004 18:38:17 +0200 (CEST)


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I have condensed some of the original proposal text, revised and
developed some of the concepts based upon the responses I have
received so far, and expanded and reinterpreted some of the ideas
expressed in the first proposal for an APOC network, that was
prepared for the [historic] first national APOC conference held in
Detroit, MI in October of 2003. This is by no means complete
and is subject to change based upon the needs of the group. This
is still just an idea, which I believe requires an opinion poll, along
with a serious, candid discussion, and criticism/self-criticism of
APOC community organizers who are already involved in local
struggles to see if this would be a valuable, viable way to help
them help others to be free. More on this subject can be found in
the files section of the APOC yahoo group. It is strongly
encouraged that those who are interested in pursuing this idea
sign up on the email list group. Questions or comments, email
me: gregoryclewis@yahoo.com

I. Purpose
We seek to work inways that are the most strategic and effective
to overcoming our oppression. This particular organization exists
specifically to assist and support APOC organizers in their
day-to-day organizing in the communities in which they live and
work.

II. Mission
One solution: SOCIAL REVOLUTION! We bear witness that all
oppression is political. We reject dominant and subculture claims
that we are to blame for our own slavery. We understand that
white supremacy and capitalism are at the heart of the problems
we face. We support, encourage, and teach community
organizing in an effective, grassroots, anti-authoritarian way. We
educate, organize, and cultivate organizing skills in our
commmunities to meet the challenges we face. We believe in
power in the hands of the people, not power in the hands of a
few, who lord over the people; regardless of who they are, where
they come from, their charisma, rhetoric, or ideology.

III. Structure
Our organization should be composed solely of people of color
who are dues paying members in good standing, who are
respected organizers in their particular community, and uphold
certain basic points of unity (to be determined; refer to the APOC
Network proposal). Our organization should use direct
democracy and open debate as a method of making decisions, in
an elected administrative board of APOCs from all parts of the
country (and as this grows, all over the world). At bottom, the
administrative board's prime directive is to do everything possible
to help the organizers' on the ground in the communities by all
means at their/our disposal, fundraising for the entire
organization (this does not relieve individuals or collectives from
their responsibility), and providing the whole organization a
collective voice by way of a board-appointed national
spokesperson (who must be ratified by membership at the
organizer level). The board will be accountable to the
membership, and subject to immediate recall. Board members
will serve for predetermined terms.

IV. Membership and Benefits.
Membership will be tiered, where APOCs can join as individuals
or collectives. Both POC and Caucasians can join as supporters.
Supporter status does not allow voting, decision-making power
within the national organization (within collectives, that is up to
the locals), or official recognition as an organizer from APOC.
Supporter commentary will be noted in meeting minutes and
internal publications. The local organizer, supporter, and/or
collective pays into the national organization, based upon a
sliding scale. The national serves the three tiered membership
structure (supporter, organizer, and collective) in these possible
(but limited) ways:

1· Supporter
For their dues, they receive: a newsletter, a service of their choice
(prepaid legal, discounted medical or dental, priority when they
are in need of assistance, within the scope of expertise of their
local organizer or collective.

2· Organizer
For their dues, they receive: publications of their choice that they
would find helpful to their organizing, pre-paid legal, option of
discounted medical/dental/vision, pre-made PDFs for flyers,
posters, etc on a disk or CD sent at their request on a variety of
subjects (police brutality, anti-war, prison abolition, etc; I'm sure
there are more that I haven't listed). A revolving line of credit so
they can borrow money to do campaigns in their community
(based on the amount of money they have paid into the national
at the time they apply).

3· Collective
For their dues, they receive: publications of their choice that they
would find helpful to their organizing, pre-paid legal, option of
discounted medical/dental/vision for each member, pre-made
PDFs for flyers, posters, etc on a disk or CD sent at their request
on a variety of subjects (police brutality, anti-war, prison
abolition, etc.). A revolving line of credit so they can borrow
money to do campaigns in their community (based on the
amount of money they have paid into the national at the time
they apply). They also have the option of writing grant proposals
to the national organization for funding of projects. They can
only be awarded one per year; so local fundraising is also
encouraged. Or maybe a matching fund for those who raise a
certain amount in a year.

Source: http://www.illegalvoices.org/zine/2004/wildfire0408.pdf
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About the zine
Wildfire: A Chronicle of Oppressed
People's Organizing is a monthly
publication in support of and solidarity
with the anarchist/autonomous people of
color movement. Your writings, feedback,
art and participation are welcome and
appreciated. Send email to
apoc@illegalvoices.org.
APOC Website:
www.illegalvoices.org

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