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(en) US, New York Metro Alliance of Anarchists (NYMAA) Structure proposal version 3.1, Dec 3, 2005

Date Sun, 04 Dec 2005 11:07:08 +0200

I. Introduction
The New York Metro Alliance of Anarchists (NYMAA) is a broad
organization of anarchists and anti-authoritarians who live in the
New York metropolitan area. NYMAA is a social revolutionary
organization. Thus, our ultimate aim is to eradicate all forms of
authoritarianism, hierarchy, and domination and help build a
genuinely liberatory, self-managed, directly democratic society. To
that end our immediate aim is to bring anarchists together on a
common plane of struggle for the purpose of growing and expanding
the movement and spreading our ideas.

II. Purpose of existence

A. General Propaganda: To increase the visibility and spread of basic
anarchist ideas and information among the general populace through
a variety of means, including popular education initiatives, reading
groups, postering, pamphlet and leaflet distribution, tabling, etc.

B. Social Struggles: To insert an anarchist presence into existing
social struggles involving workers, women, tenants, the homeless,
the poor, prisoners, indigenous peoples, etc. This requires the
tailoring of propaganda to specific contexts as well as engagement in
hands-on mutual aid and direct action, like legal aid, solidarity
initiatives, and quick-strike reactions to events requiring an explicitly
anarchist response.

C. Building Blocks/Dual Power: To create the basis of an anarchist
society by building federated socioeconomic institutions that reject
the illogic of capitalism and the state. This approach is traditionally
called "dual power," and consists of production and distribution
cooperatives, workers' and neighborhood councils and assemblies,
communal housing and shelter, free schools, community/social
centers etc.

D. Coordination & Communication: To increase the level of joint
activity, coordination, and face-to-face communication among
already established anarchist and social justice organizations, both
on the field of struggle and in more informal social contexts.
Towards this end, we aim to establish a physical space (or spaces)
that would serve a variety of functions: office, meeting space,
workshop, social venue, etc.\

E. Social Community: To facilitate comradely interaction among
anarchists through such means including social events and parties,
printed material, classes, forums, discussions, workshops, and
reading groups.

III. Basic Structure

1. Local Union: a unit that focuses on a specific geographical area
(block, neighborhood, borough) and fluidly responds to the varying
revolutionary needs of that area. New local unions are proposed at
NYMAA general assemblies and must be approved by vote. Local
unions determine their own mode of operation. 3 or more people
comprise a local.

2. Working Group: a unit that focuses on a single specific internal or
external project, regardless of locale. New working groups are
proposed at NYMAA general assemblies and must be approved by
vote. Working groups determine their own mode of operation. 2 or
more people constitute a work group.

3. Caucus: a unit formed by Alliance members who face similar
forms of oppression (i.e. women, people of color,
queer/transgendered/intersexed, disabled, students/youth, the
elderly) and who wish to collectively influence the internal workings
of the Alliance from their unique perspective. Caucuses can be
formed at any time, do not require approval by vote, and determine
their own mode of operation.

IV. Membership

A. The basic membership unit of NYMAA is the individual who
works within a working group, caucus, and/or local union.

B. Those who agree with the NYMAA purposes can join by
attending a general assembly or local meeting, and otherwise get
active in a local, working group, or caucus. The individual then
attains NYMAA voting rights at the next general assembly.

V. Functioning

A. General Assembly

1. The general assembly is a gathering of all the existing members of
NYMAA, and non-voting observers. It meets ________ and
operates according to an agenda finalized two weeks prior.

2. The main functions of the general assembly are:

a. Propose, form, recognize and dissolve working groups and local unions.
b. Initiate actions and projects involving the entire Alliance.
c. Report on local, working group, and caucus activities.
d. Decisions about changes to structure / constitution.

3. A quorum of _______ of all active NYMAA members is
necessary for a general assembly to be decisional. Decisions are
made by __________ majority vote.

B. Proposals

1. All proposals are to be made and thoroughly communicated at
least one month prior to the next general assembly, UNLESS the
general assembly decides to hear a proposal from scratch.

2. Proposals are decided by __________ vote, with ________

C. Communication Group (Comms Group)

1. The comms group consists of three people. It is responsible for all
aspects of NYMAA communication, as well as preparatory duties for
the delegate and general assemblies.

2. The CG is chosen by lot from a pool of volunteers, Òblind
ratifiedÓ by the general assembly (75% vote) and its members are
recallable by vote.

3. In the event of catastrophic failure, the largest local takes the
functions of the comms group.

4. More specifically, the comms group responsibilities are:

a. Maintain the listserve.
b. Organize general assemblies (find facilitation, but never facilitate).
c. Prepare and distribute the agenda for general assemblies.
d. Distribute general assembly notes.
e. Prepare the delegate assembly bulletin.
f. Call emergency assemblies.
g. Collect and report on finances.
h. Communicates with other groups in the name of NYMAA.

i. Seeks out arbitration / mediation for disputes (but never mediates).

D. Media Liaison Group

The Media Liaison Group is distinguished in that they and only they
are mandated to speak in the name of the NYMAA to the media, at
rallies, on panels, etc. The MLG is chosen by nomination from the
floor of a general assembly, and voted by ___________ by the entire
assembly. The MLG can be recalled by a ________ majority., or
immediately recalled by the Comms Group (an-extra-ordinary
decision that is ratified by the next available General Assembly. The
MLG is required to report on media related events and acts of the
MLG at the General Assemblies.

E. Dues: ???

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