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(en) US, NYMAA founding meeting invitation for 03/04/06, REminder, and report notes

Date Sun, 12 Mar 2006 20:23:57 +0200


The New York Metro Alliance of Anarchists / Alianza de
Anarquistas del área metropolitana de Nueva York (NYMAA) is
holding its very first General Assembly, and you're invited!
Time: Saturday, March 4, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Place: Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center (107 Suffolk Street,
corner of Rivington Street), in the Milagro Theater, on the ground floor.
NYMAA is a new anarchist organization that has been formed in
response to the isolation, stagnation, and frustration felt by many
anarchists and anti-authoritarians who live in the New York
metropolitan area. We feel that in order for anarchism to truly spread
and take root, anarchists need to band together for the purpose of
initiating and nurturing a wide range of revolutionary projects. Our
aim is to build a genuine culture of liberation and resistance that will
ultimately be capable of rejecting the brutality of authoritarianism
and domination.

As our organization is still in its infancy, the main function of this
first General Assembly will be to bring people together in the same
room in order to propose and begin concrete, coordinated anarchist
activity through the formation of project-based working groups and
geographically-based local unions. There will be ample time allotted
for both casual socializing and facilitated discussion. Food and drink,
as well as childcare, will be provided.

You can read more about NYMAA and familiarize yourself with its
basic organizational structure here:
http://www.anarco-nyc.net/nymaa/structure.html

Proposals and other agenda items for the General Assembly are
welcomed. Please e-mail them along with any RSVPs to:
nycfed-owner@lists.riseup.net

See you there!

Reminder: NYMAA meeting this Saturday. Don't miss it!

The New York Metro Alliance of Anarchists / Alianza de
Anarquistas del área metropolitana de Nueva York (NYMAA) is
holding its very first General Assembly, and you're invited!

Time: Saturday, March 4, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Place: Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center (107 Suffolk Street,
corner of Rivington Street), in the Milagro Theater, on the ground
floor.

NYMAA is a new anarchist organization that has been formed in
response to the isolation, stagnation, and frustration felt by many
anarchists and anti-authoritarians who live in the New York
metropolitan area. We feel that in order for anarchism to truly spread
and take root, anarchists need to band together for the purpose of
initiating and nurturing a wide range of revolutionary projects. Our
aim is to build a genuine culture of liberation and resistance that will
ultimately be capable of rejecting the brutality of authoritarianism
and domination.

As our organization is still in its infancy, the main function of this
first General Assembly will be to bring people together in the same
room in order to propose and begin concrete, coordinated anarchist
activity through the formation of project-based working groups and
geographically-based local unions. There will be ample time allotted
for both casual socializing and facilitated discussion. Food and drink,
as well as childcare, will be provided.

You can read more about NYMAA and familiarize yourself with its
basic organizational structure here:
http://www.anarco-nyc.net/nymaa/structure.html

Proposals and other agenda items for the General Assembly are
welcomed. Please e-mail them along with any RSVPs to:
nycfed-owner@lists.riseup.net

See you there!

-------------------------
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 purposes of growing and
expanding the movement and spreading our ideas.

------------------------------------

NYMAA founding meeting notes 03/04/06

Hi everyone -

The following is a basic outline of the first NYMAA General Assembly on
March 4th. Many thanks to A and M, who helped me out with
notes, as I wasn’t aware I’d be doing Comms until the end of the meeting
and mine were far less than sufficient.

After opening with Rev. Billy’s anti-Wal-Mart sermon (which I missed but
heard great things about), business kicked off with a go-around of
approximately 65 attendees introducing themselves. It seemed that almost
everyone attending had at least perused the current structural document,
so questions and suggestions were taken and discussed after a quick
overview.

The current document is available at
www.anarcho-nyc.net/nymaa/proposal_4.html.

The locals reported back in brief:

Manhattan – Three people met over “overpriced organic food” and decided to
endorse M19 action and aim to aid in existing social struggles on the
island.

Brooklyn – Six people met once, decided to start a “survey of social
unrest” in the borough and also plan to host some sort of social night in
the near future.

Other tentative locals formed at the meeting: Bronx/Westchester,
Queens/Nassau, Staten Island, New Jersey

The meeting then moved on to Working Groups of which the definition and
tasks were discussed. The main subject of debate was the direct
relationship between NYMAA and a NYMAA working group, autonomy after the
existence of a NYMAA Working Group is approved at General Assembly. This
specific was left to the Nuts and Bolts working group to discuss and
report back at the next General Assembly.

Some working groups had already been proposed via the Internet, and more
proposals were taken. The final list (not written in stone):
• Labor
• Education
• Nuts and Bolts
• Propaganda
• Radical Community Health
• Art
• Anti-War
• Civil Liberties
• Legal/Prisoner Support
• Galvanizing Name (met with Nuts and Bolts)
• V for Vendetta (met with Propaganda)

(I may have missed a few, if I did I apologize)

The working groups broke out in designated areas of the room, had some
time (not ever enough) to meet and discuss goals, etc, to be able to
report back once the whole group got back together.

After quickly going back over hand signals to cut down on interruptions
and keep everyone on the same page, the subject of Caucuses was brought to
the table. Discussion went on for a bit about the distinction between a
caucus and a working group (as some had identified earlier working group
proposals as more caucus material) how they should originate (General
Assembly approval, yes or no), etc. The issue was tabled until next GA so
the Nuts and Bolts group can come up with some ideas, but the subject is
still rather controversial.

At this point time was starting to run short, so we moved on to possible
uncoming actions/proposals:
• Anarchist book fair
• Listserv protocol
• Childcare
• PGA Info point
• A forum section on the website for discussion and skill-sharing
• Whether or not to send a NYMAA representative to the Mumia conference
(decided on B as a “fact-gatherer”)
• M19 Action

Most of these were tabled (except for M19 obviously, as it’s
time-sensitive) to the next GA. A and I both volunteered to join M
and act as an Interim Comms Group until the next GA when the 3 official
Comms people can be nominated and elected.

Last there were announcements and the meeting was adjourned to take
pictures (first ever NYMAA General Assembly!) outside. Some headed to
Clandestino and I’m sure it was cool. Overall, despite a few rough spots,
everyone worked hard and contributed to discussion and it was a great
first meeting!

Thanks again M and A!

-K
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