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    1 == About May First/People Link ==
     2= About May First/People Link =
    34Here are some questions people ask about our organization. We want you to add any questions you might have and we'll try to answer them. Note that we may wipe questions that are repetitive or inappropriate.
    5 What is MF/PL
     6== What is MF/PL? ==
    78May First/People Link is a membership organization of progressive people and groups who use the Internet. We have joined together to pool our resources to assure ourselves quality equipment; mutual support; Internet tools that meet our needs as activists; and secure, reliable communications.
    910As an organization, we believe that the Internet is critically important to the future of humanity and therefore must be a priority for the progressive movement in this country. For that reason, we are involved in many activities and campaigns to improve access to the Internet, enhance its function as a tool for mass communication and organizing, develop new technologies and uses for it, and help progressive movements use it effectively to communicate with each other and with the world.
    11 Are you a fairly new organization?
     12== Are you a fairly new organization? ==
    1314No. We are a merger of two organizations: May First Technology Collective and People Link. People Link was founded in 1995, about a year after the development of the World Wide Web and that makes us one of the oldest Internet organizations in the world and probably the oldest progressive organization of our type in this country.
    15 So you're an Internet Provider?
     16== So you're an Internet Provider? ==
    1718No. The resources we share are those a commercial provider will sell to you but we're not a provider: in fact, just the opposite. We are a resource sharing organization.
    2122May First/People Link is built on the idea that, to build the society we all need, all our movement's organizations must be able to function well on the Internet. This means assuring maximum capability and we think the best way to do that is through sharing and collaboration.
    23 Isn't that just rhetoric?
     24== Isn't that just rhetoric? ==
    2526It's very practical.
    3334Even a section like this one -- About Us -- is based on members' contributions.
    35 But what about quality?
     36== But what about quality? ==
    3738Not only is there no contradiction between quality and a collaborative perspective, we believe that they go hand in hand and that the quality of what we have here rivals and even surpasses commercial providers'. For instance, our technical support is one of the things we are best known for and most respected for.
    4546And member-driven work is the centerpiece of MFPL's work in coalitions and campaigns and events of all kinds. From our work as leaders of the technology workgroup (37 strong) at the [ United States Social Forum] to our [wiki:internet_rights_workshop internet rights workshop] presented at events like the [ Grass Roots Media Conference], to our Statement of Internet Rights, to coalitions like the one we're building to develop ways to work on political technology hemisphere-wide.
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