[Hpn] Fwd: Twelve Ways to Democratize the US Political System

Coalition on Homelessness, SF coh@sfo.com
Tue, 01 Aug 2000 16:10:51 -0700

>Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 20:09:36 -0700 (PDT)
>From: Andrew Rose <affirmingandy@yahoo.com>
>Subject: spokescouncil agenda, and thanks!
>To: talk@quiet.org
>X-Original-Envelope-From: affirmingandy@yahoo.com
>Thank you thank you thank you for hanging in there with me and
>my shaggy bandwidth the last several days - we've got a few more
>to go - big actions tuesday and wednesday and probably jail
>action later on.
>Consensus for 300 (!?)
>Action Spokescouncil meetings is where the organizing energy is
>these days - the trainings are shut down - the big marches
>Sunday and Monday took lots of energy and people.  Decentralized
>actions next two days.
>The way it works is the 'empowered spokesperson' from each
>affinity group joins a circle and the rest of the people are in
>a bigger circle around them.  Agenda looks like:
>announcements (only 10, 30 seconds each)
>affinity group check in (name, how many people, have a cell
>phone Y/N, what 'section' active in - no report if no changes
>from yesterday)
>proposals for the whole group
>new proposals
>Phila. looks like several 'sections' to us right now, each 3 or
>4 blocks on a side.
>'breakout' is 30 minutes for 'clusters' - all the affinity
>groups that are operating in each 'section' get together and get
>more tactical.  Affinity groups also come to consensus on the
>proposals.  There are usually 3 proposals that need to be
>then we come back together and the concerns are heard about the
>proposals and consensus is reached.  New proposals are heard and
>either addresses or tabled till next meeting.
>not such a bad process... takes about 2.5 hours and the
>breakouts are a nice shift of energy so they feel like things
>are running smooth.
>that's it for now, take care.
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