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Structure and program

Broad Action Agenda or Program

The organization’s broad action agenda or program, while of course regularly updated and adapted, nonetheless always:

  • seeks to incorporate seeds of the future in its present projects at least regarding class, race, gender, sexual, age, and power relations, both in the ways members act as well as by actively building institutions that represent the values of the movement and which the organization can present as liberating alternatives to the status quo it combats.
  • seeks to constantly grow its membership among the class, nationality, and gender constituencies it claims to aid.
  • seeks to learn from and seek unity with audiences far wider than its own membership, including emphasizing attracting and affirmatively empowering younger members and participating in, supporting, building, and aiding diverse social movements and struggles.
  • seeks changes in society both for citizens to enjoy immediately, and also to establish by the terms of its victories and by the means used in its organizing, a likelihood that citizens will pursue and win more change in the future.
  • seeks to connect efforts, resources, and lessons across continents and from country to country, even as it also recognizes that strategies suitable to different places, and times will differ.
  • seeks short term changes by its own actions and programs and by support of larger movements and projects as its affected members decide, both internationally, by country and also locally, including addressing global warming, arms control, war and peace, the level and composition of economic output, agricultural relations, education, health care, income distribution, duration of work, gender roles, racial relations, media, law, legislation, etc., as its members choose.
  • seeks to develop mechanisms that provide financial, legal, employment, and emotional support to its members so that its members can be in a better position to participate as fully as they wish and negotiate the various challenges and sometimes negative effects of taking part in radical actions.
  • works to substantially improve the life situations of its members, including aiding their feelings of self worth, their knowledge, skills, and confidence, their mental, physical, sexual, and spiritual health, and even their social ties and engagements and leisure enjoyments.
  • seeks means to develop, debate, disseminate, and advocate truthful news, analysis, vision, and strategy among its members and especially in the wider society, including developing and sustaining needed media and means of face to face communication.
  • uses diverse methods of agitation and struggle from educational efforts to rallies and marches, to demonstrations, boycotts, strikes, and direct actions, to win gains and build movements.
  • places a very high burden of proof on utilizing violence, including cultivating a decidedly non violent attitude.
  • assesses engaging in electoral politics case by case, including cultivating a very cautious electoral attitude.

Structure and Policy

The organization’s structure and policy while of course regularly updated and adapted, nonetheless always:

  • seeks to be internally classless and self-managing including structuring itself so that a minority who are initially disproportionately equipped with needed skills, information, and confidence do not form a formal or informal decision-making hierarchy, leaving less prepared members to follow orders or perform only rote tasks.
  • strives to implement the self management norm that "each member has decision making say proportional to the degree they are effected."
  • guarantees members rights to organize “currents” and guarantees “currents” full rights of democratic debate.
  • celebrates internal debate and dissent, making room, as possible, for contrary views to exist and be tested alongside preferred views.
  • respects diversity, so that national, regional, city, and local chapters can respond to their own circumstances and implement their own programs as they choose so long as their choices do not interfere with the shared goals and principles of the organization or with other groups addressing their own situations.
  • provides extensive opportunities for members to participate in organizational decision making, including engaging in deliberation with others so as to arrive at the most well-considered decisions and also implementing mechanisms for carrying out collective decisions and to assure the decisions have been carried out correctly.
  • strives to provide transparency regarding all actions by elected or delegated leaders with a high burden of proof for secreting any agenda to avoid repression or for any other reason.
  • provides a mechanism to recall leaders or representatives who members believe are not adequately representing them.
  • provides means for fairly, peacefully, and constructively resolving internal disputes.
  • apportions empowering and disempowering tasks to ensure that no individuals control the organization by having a relative monopoly on information or position.
  • expects members to actively participate in the life of the organization including taking collective responsibility for it and presenting a unified voice in action.
  • incorporates its members in developing, debating, and deciding on proposals, and treats lack of participation as a serious problem to be addressed whenever it surfaces.
  • Sets up internal structures that facilitate everyone’s participation including, when possible, offering childcare at meetings and events, finding ways to reach out to those who might be immersed in kinship duties, and aiding those with busy work schedules due to multiple jobs.
  • Monitors and responds to sexism, racism, classism, and homophobia as they may be manifested internally, including having diverse roles in projects suitable to people with different situations.