Member Benefits

May First Movement Technology members, along with all movement activists, benefit from the political organizing and technology leadership of the organization. As active supporters of global movements, such as the social forum and free and open media and technlogy coalitions, May First Movement Technology contributes our political thinking and technology skills to these important areas. We also contribute to the development of new technologies that are consistent with our political vision of a free and open Internet, including support for free and open source software and open network and data standards.

An important additional benefit of May First Movement Technology membership is the option (if you choose to make a benefits contribution along with your membership) to fully use of our shared, state-of-the-art hosting infrastructure. Built entirely on free and open source software and maintained with the security concerns and features needed by activists groups, our network allows members to host web sites, email accounts, mailing lists, databases, and just about any Internet-related service used by the movement. With 700 members ranging from beginners to technology experts, our shared network encompasses a huge range of options and a friendly environment to share experiences and knowledge.

When you choose to pay the optional benefits donation, you receive full access to all the benefits described above.

If you choose to only pay the membership dues, you are entitled you to a single email address, Nextcloud account and XMPP/Jabber chat account and you can always add the full benefits at a later date.

For a more complete description of our services, please see our services wiki page.

Payment Details

See below for the new dues structure which will be implemented in 2021.

Paying in US dollars:

  • Organization
    • Membership dues: $50
    • Optional benefits donation: $150 ($200 total)
  • Individual
    • Membership dues: $25
    • Optional benefits donation: $75 ($100 total)

Paying in Mexican pesos:

  • Organization
    • Membership dues: $410
    • Optional benefits donation: $1230 ($1640 total)
  • Individual
    • Membership dues: $205
    • Optional benefits donation: $615 ($820 total)

New Dues Structure

Starting in 2021, we will be moving to a new, sliding scale dues structure based on your self-reported income.

The rates are the same regardless of whether you are paying in Mexican pesos or in US dollars. If you are paying in Mexican pesos, the exchange rate for 2021 is based on the exchange rate on January 1, 2021: 19.9 Mexican pesos per dollar.

A $50 US dollar annual basic membership applies to all members. This basic membership fee is the minimum contribution necessary to join our cooperative and include basic service benefits of 1 e-mail and 1 Nextcloud account with 10GB of storage between them.

Members who would like benefits will pay additional amounts depending on the benefits you want and your annual income.

The following table indicates your tier based on your annual income (in USD). Individuals will use their personal income and organizations will use their annual budget to determine their tier.

Base Tier levelAnnual Income Range (US dollars)
Tier 0less than $25,000
Tier 1between $25,000 and $150,000
Tier 2 between $150,000 and $500,000
Tier 3 over $500,000

Member’s begin at their base tier based on annual income, but those who need extra resources can elect a higher tier to automatically contributemore dues and receive more disk resources. Members should not scale down to a Tier whose expected income range is less than their own base tier.

LevelTotal annual duesStorage limit
Tier 0$62.5024G
Tier 1$125.0060G
Tier 2$250.00150G
Tier 3$500.00375G

Members with hosting benefits may elect to contribute extra dues to incrementally in-crease their storage limits between tiers in increments of 10G at a time. The annual fees for increments varies by tier level. Within each tier members may choose to increment up to a maximum limit beyond which point they would automatically transition to the nexttier.

LevelAnnual fees per 10GLimit
Tier 0$20.0054G
Tier 1$16.00150G
Tier 2$13.00370G

Monthly dues for virtual private servers are independent of your Tier. Please choose a VPS level based on your need for cpus, ram, and ssd disks. In addition to the SSD allocation, you can also choose to allocate spinning disk that will be taken from your total membership allotment of disk space.

LevelMonthly dues for VPSSSDCPUsRAM
Level 0$37.50-12G
Level 1$75.0010G24G
Level 2$150.0025G38G
Level 3$300.0064g416G

Technical Details

For the technically curious - our shared hosting infrastructure supports all common programming languages (PHP, perl, python, ruby, etc), the most common databases (MySQL, Postgres, SQLite), un-restricted ssh and Secure FTP access, webmail via the Roundcube web mail server as well as full, encrypted access via IMAP or POP, the Mailman email list software, access to our bulk mail relay system (which sends hundreds of thousands of email messages daily), logins for our shared ownCloud server, accounts on our shared XMPP (Jabber) service, and many more services. Our members run Drupal, WordPress, Joomla, Wikimedia, CiviCRM and many other content management systems and databases. All servers run the Debian stable operating system.