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    11== About May First/People Link ==
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     3Here 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.
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     5What is MF/PL
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    37May 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.
     
    59As 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.
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    7 Because of the kind of work we do -- which appears to closely resemble that of a commercial provider -- people often initially see us that way. Nothing could be further from the truth. A commercial provider is most interested in one thing: your money. And that provider will do what's necessary to get it but, in order to survive, must limit it to that -- only that which is necessary. Maximum profit for minimum service.
     11You're an Internet Provider
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    9 As long as you pay your dues, we don't care about your money but we know that, in order to build the society we all need, you have to be able to function well on the Internet. This means assuring maximum capability. We are committed to providing each other with everything we need to work on the INternet effectly. Period.
     13No. 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.
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     15A commercial provider is most interested in one thing: your money. And that provider will do what's necessary to get it but, in order to survive, must limit it to that -- only that which is necessary. Maximum profit for minimum service. The relationship is, even in the most respectful and productive forms, money-driven.
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     17May 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.
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     19Isn't that just rhetoric?
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     21It's very practical.
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     23Nothing is sold in our organization. Members pay dues and they take from the pooled resources anything they need and want: as many websites, email and mail lists they need. Never a charge for any of that.
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     25Technical support is provided by members through on-line system designed to
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    1127Two principles drive our work: the principle of equality and the principle of collaboration.