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(en) US, Structure Proposal Draft #1, for NYC Alliance of Anarchists, November, 2005

Date Wed, 09 Nov 2005 10:42:08 +0200


Third meeting to discuss further a structure proposal for a local Anarchist
organization Tuesday, Nov 15th, 7pm. A fairly concrete rough draft has been
drawn up, and can be viewed below.
General Union Of Anarchist Collectives, NYC (GUAC)
or General Union of Autonomist Groups (GUAG)
or NYC Alliance of Anarchists
or "George Clooney Fan Club" (GCFC)
1) What? The "George Clooney Fan Club" (GCFC) is an
alliance of local anarchists, anti-authoritarians, and libertarian
socialists, with a specific purpose in mind (see "why?"). The GCFC is
a social as well as a political project.
2) Why? a) Common propaganda / agitation and "outreach" regarding "pure ideas".
b) The facilitation of local, collective and affinity group formations.
c) To foster a community of solidarity, mutual respect, and collective
accomplishment.
d) Coordinated action on the field of social struggle.

3) How? The GCFC has four types of involvement:

a) General Assembly
b) Neighborhood / borough wide LOCALS
c) Working Groups
d) Caucuses

4) Who? Members consist of individuals.

5) When? The GCFC meets once every three months.
Working groups, caucuses, and locals can meet as often as they
desire.


GCFC Organizational Principles:

1) Organizational Principles

The GCFC recognizes that to be effective, an anarchist formation
must adopt a number of simple organizational principles. The
following are those to which we give special importance.

a) Federalism and Direct Democracy

Anarchists hold that means must determine ends. The GCFC
organizes itself according to its ideal of how society as a whole should
be organized, namely in a federalist manner and according to direct
democratic principles.

Federalism implies that each local group or individual supporter keeps
their organizational and political autonomy; local groups and
individual members are the only responsible judges of the way
decisions of the GCFC should be implemented.

b) Collective Responsibility

It is evident that no member may act in the name of GCFC without
full GCFC agreement. If we have agreed on work to be done and on a
way to do it, we become responsible, to each other, for its execution.

c) Trust, Respect, and Dialogue.

2) Membership

The GCFC recognizes one type of membership - individual. It is the
individual's duty to join local unions or form new collectives, or
participate in a working group, and the individual will have all the help
of the GCFC to this end, including an initial working group to help
facilitate this process (called the "beginners collective").

a) Member Collectives and groups

A member collective is defined as any collective or group that agrees
with the positions and orientations of the GCFC organizational
principles, fulfills the expectations of membership (dues!), and has
had its candidature accepted by a GCFC general assemblies as a
whole.

b) Individual Supporters

A supporter is any individual who agrees with the positions and
orientations of the GCFC, but does not belong to an identifiable
collective. In this sense, individual supporter status is also a
preliminary stage for individuals who would like to engage in the
process of forming or joining a collective, local group, or AG.
Individual supporter status is approved by the GCFC general
assemblies as whole.

c) Collective / Group Responsibilities

Revolutionary politics, not being a hobby but a life choice, requires
that the members of the GCFC agree on the following member
responsibilities:

ï regularly pay the dues fixed by the general assemblies.

ï contribute to the collective anarchist agitation and propaganda of the
GCFC, primarily by the distribution of agitational and propagandist
material produced by a GCFC work groups

ï intervene in social struggles, either in an autonomous manner or by
an active presence in the social movements (every member of the
GCFC is assumed to be involved, at one level or another, in local
social struggles).

ï regularly participate via delegates in the general assemblies

ï regularly inform the GCFC as a whole of the development of your
activity.

d) Individual Responsibilities

ï regularly pay the dues fixed by the general assemblies;

ï contribute to the collective anarchist agitation and propaganda of the
GCFC, notably by the distribution of agitational and propagandist
material produced by a GCFC work group, and by the regular
organization of lectures and educational events.

ï intervene in social struggles, either in an autonomous manner or by
an active presence in the social movements (every member of the
GCFC is assumed to be involved, at one level or another, in local
social struggles).

ï participate as individuals, when possible and practical, in at least one
of the GCFC working groups (on top of being in the beginner's
collective); individuals should also pledge to coordinate a working
group on a regular basis.

ï regularly participate in the general assemblies

ï regularly inform the GCFC as a whole of the development of your
activity

e) Adhesion Process

In order to join GCFC, the individual must agree with the position and
orientations of the GCFC, and attend the completion of two full
meeting of the General Assembly before having the right to vote. The
membership is then agreed upon by the entire GCFC at the general
assembly.

f) Dues

Suggested donation: $20.00 per year.


4) Structure

The GCFC working principles are direct democracy and federalism.
This means that every decision is taken after debate and discussion at
a general assembly.

All proposals for collective projects are to be made at least on month
prior to the next general assembly.

a) General Assembly

The highest decision making body of the GCFC is the General
Assembly, which is composed of every member individual, and any
observers invited to the GA. A quorum of 80% of all the members is
necessary to be a decision-making general assembly.

ï The GA discusses our activities in relation to current circumstances.
The GA opens with a detailed report of the activity of each member
collective, local, and working group.

ï The GA meets at least four times a year.

ï The General Secretariat is in charge of organizing these meetings.

ï The General Secretariat can call extra-ordinary congresses to deal
with emergencies.

b) Working Groups

Working Groups can be formed at any time between or during general
assemblies but must be ratified by the next available assemblies. WGs
must consist of at least two people. The work done in working groups
MUST be reported at each general assembly, and working group
efforts are held to account at each assembly.

c) Locals

Locals can be formed anytime, anywhere, and are encouraged to form
in neighborhoods where militants are condenced. Locals, similar to
collectives, are autonomous groups.

d) Women's Caucus
e) General Coordinator Group

The General Coordinator group (3 people) is chosen by LOT from all
volunteers, and is then consensed upon by the entire assembly, and
serves one year. The GC group serves staggered. There is allowed
three months cross-over for coordination between former and current
GS. All members of the GC group are recallable upon decision by the
general assembly.

Duties:

The GS has very limited duties / responsibilities as GS, and must be
advised of these responsibilities BEFORE volunteering to be in the
running.

1) Collect Dues and report on finances

2) Take notes, carry past minutes and decisions, etc, for reference.

3) Administer / moderate the listserve

4) Organize working group meetings and General Assemblies.

5) Finds facilitation (never facilitates).

6) Handle all official correspondence with other anarchist federations and groups.

7) Communicate proposals made to the GCFC

f) Media Liason Group

The Media Liason is distiguished in that they and only they are
mandated to speak in the name of the GCFC to the media, at rallies, at
talks, etc. The MLG is chosen by lot and consensed upon by the entire
assembly, and serves one year.
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