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May First’s Lucas Lopez hosts this weekly conversation with people leading work in all kinds of movements.
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Biden is President. The Congress is over-run by right-wing thugs. We are in a new era. Now what? What do we demand of this new administration? What should we expect from this new situation? What do we think this new administration is going to do…what should we be doing?
Presentations by Jerome Scott, Maritza Arrastia and Ken Montenegro, followed by small group discussions (not recorded) followed by report backs.
[Unfortunately the beginning of the session is missing. It picks up just after Jerome begins his presentation.]
This presentation covers the proposal for re-structuring how we price the dues for membership.
The Coop and Engagement membership meeting discussion covered how best we can engage our members in our organizing and operations work.
This session provides an overview of the organization, specifically intended for anyone interested in joining the Board.
At this meeting we discussed our Movement organizing priorities for the coming year.
Our 2020 Membership meeting discussion on Technology Infrastructure and Services took place on October 27th. You can click above to hear the recording and participate in the discussion.
The crises in our society have made clear not only how important the Internet is but how we must change it. Our culture of large meetings and conferences, our dependence on corporate communications and our lack of vision for the future now show themselves as serious political problems. We simply can’t go on doing things the way we are used to doing them and people in all our movements are identifying the challenges and discussing ways to deal with them.
How we organize and how we communicate is going to have to change in fundamental ways and those changes will not only allow us to continue our work more effectively but give us an opportunity to build visioning bridges into the future.
In this July Need to Know, activists involved in answering these challenges discuss with the attendees: the changes in collaboration today, including meeting and converging; developing an alternative to the Internet; and sketching a future based on this technology.
It’s an exercise in visioning based on the very real challenges we are all facing.
All members were invited to this quarterly convergence of members to confer with the Board on decisions it must make in its upcoming meeting.
The membership consultation took the form of small group discussions focused on two rounds of questions:
1) Think about what you, your organization, and the people and or movements you work closest with need most right now? What does this world need? What changes are necessary for this to happen?
2) What role can you see May First Movement Technology playing in helping bring about those changes? Should this alter our plans and priorities? If so, how so?
The recording captured the summary session - where all small groups reported back on their discussions.
In addition, members participated via our online discussion system. Notes from the live meeting are posted to the online discussion.
A conversation about the movement’s software needs during this period of social distanting.
The virus and the fact that so many activities must be cancelled as a result has underscored the importance of free software (or what is frequently called Free and Open Source Software). If you’re going on-line with what were your face to face activities, you really have to listen to what our panelists have to say.
Micky Metts of Agaric, Jaime Villareal and Jamie McClelland of May First staff, and activist, writer and teacher Melanie Bush
They’ll answer the questions many have been asking about free software, what is “open source” and, most immediately, how do we cope with this crisis while continuing our organizing work?
To kick off 2020, a panel and audience discussion of the current status of the Internet, its freedom, the issues challenging our use of it, its security and the alternatives to corporate control.