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(en) US, Los Angeles, SCAF-LA Structure - updated 8.20.05

Date Mon, 22 Aug 2005 11:52:45 +0300

The LA Chapter is made up of both individuals and collectives. Every individual
and collective must be involved in or actively looking to get involved in some
long-term organizing work. This work must promote the values in our Mission.
This work can be in their school, their community, their workplace, among
friends and family, or among a particular constituency, etc.
Decision-making --- In general our decision-making is guided by principles of
self-management. Decisions that affect the whole chapter are only made at official
Chapter meetings, by consensus, by members in good standing. Decisions affecting
only particular collectives, subgroups, etc. are made by those particular groups.
Decisions affecting only individuals are strictly the purview of those individuals.

We rotate critical leadership roles such as agenda-writer, facilitator, and
note-taker, so that special authority does not accumulate over time with
anyone, and so that everyone takes responsibility for the functioning of the
group. Every member will serve roughly equally often in these roles. We will
keep track of this.


Members pay $5 monthly dues to the chapter. Exceptions will be made for
members with special circumstances.

Additionally, all members are expected to in their turn serve as
organizers for some monthly Chapter-wide event—such as a demo, a
workshop, a gathering, etc. Each month there will be a different
organizer, and that organizer will receive encouragement and support
from the rest of the Chapter. The event is chosen by the organizer,
with approval from the Chapter.

Members are expected to participate actively in the work of the
chapter and/or collectives. This includes attending chapter-wide
events and meetings.

Members are also expected to communicate clearly if they can't
follow through on their responsibilities.

An interested person becomes a member only if they have shown
commitment to the values in our mission and only if selected by
consensus decision at a regular chapter meeting. Any chapter
member may request that a particular membership decision get

If one member thinks another member should be expelled from the
chapter, they can raise the issue to put it on the agenda. If
there is a consensus decision by the chapter (minus the member
who's status is at question) to expel them, then that person
is no longer a member of the chapter. Later, of course, they
may be reinstated should the chapter decide.

Monthly Schedule for Chapter
1.one chapter-wide political event
a.if on a weekend, then one when there isn't a regular meeting
b.always followed by brief wrap-up/next steps meeting for chapter

2.one study group session
a.on a Saturday that isn't a regular meeting
b.rotating leaders
c.at end designate leaders for next month

3.two or three chapter meetings
a.every other Saturday, from 1-4 p.m. or 12-4 p.m.
b.regular agenda items to include:
i.reports from collectives
ii.reports from coalitions
iii.monthly event planning
iv.other chapter business (members, outreach, communications &
propaganda, finance, etc.)
v.miscellaneous announcements

4.varied social/entertainment/celebration opportunities

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