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Proposal Narrative

Organization mission and vision (0 of 1000 max characters)

May First/People Link's mission is to defend and expand the Internet as a movement for free and open communication in order to strengthen the global movement for justice. We envision a world in which technology is freely shared, accessible to everyone, and used for everyone's benefit. We see a critically important role for progressive and social justice activists to play in uniting this vision of the Internet with the broader left's vision of a more just world.

Brief description of your organization or project. (0 of 1000 max characters)

May First/People Link is a politically progressive member-run and controlled organization that redefines the concept of "Internet Service Provider" in a collective and collaborative way. May First/People Link's members are organizers and activists. Like any democratic membership organization, we gather together each year to evaluate the past year's experiences, plan the coming year's work and elect a Leadership Committee to apply what we've decided. Like a coop, we pay dues, buy equipment and then we all use that equipment as we need to for websites, email, email lists, and just about everything else we do on the Internet.

Description of your organization or project for use on our website. (0 of 500 max characters)

May First/People Link is a politically progressive member-run and controlled organization that redefines the concept of "Internet Service Provider" in a collective and collaborative way. May First/People Link's members are organizers and activists. Like any democratic membership organization, we gather together each year to evaluate the past year's experiences, plan the coming year's work and elect a Leadership Committee to apply what we've decided.

History of organization and key accomplishments (0 of 5000 max characters)

May First/People Link formed in May 2005 when May First joined forces with People Link.

People Link started in 1995 as a project of the Institute for Mass Communication. Back when pictures on the web was a new thing, People Link was hosting web sites, setting up email accounts, and providing email discussion lists for activists all over the country.

May First Technology Collective began in 1999 (then it was called Media Jumpstart). A worker run collective from the beginning, MFTC provided technology support to New York City nonprofits, ranging from designing web sites to fixing networks.

In May 2005, faced with funding cuts and increased overhead, MFTC decided it was not able to effectively meet it's mission. However, several of its staff and board members expressed a desire to continue with its social mission of providing technology support to the social justice movement but to now concentrate specifically on the Internet.

With the outgoing Board's blessing May First formed a new board to pursue this goal by combining the skills, experience and the already developed technology, equipment and infra-structure of both organizations to build a new, larger and more ambitious one. In June 2005, May First/People Link was launched.

In 2006, we held our first meeting of active members of the organization. Fifteen individuals came to together to write our Statement of Unity and to organize ourselves as a membership organization.

In 2008, May First/People Link formed our first Leadership Committee picked from our most active members and empowered the Leadership Committee to set the political direction of the organization. In 2011, we organized our first annual membership meeting in which the Leadership Committee was democratically elected by the membership, and each year since then we have elected a new Leadership Committee.

In 2011, we received a request from LaNeta, a similar organization in Mexico, that was no longer able to continue hosting over 100 activist organizations in Mexico. With the cooperation of the LaNeta leadership, all organizations were invited to join May First/People Link and we setup an office in Mexico City. Since then, our leadership and organizing efforts have combined the resources of both the Brooklyn and Mexico City offices.

Programmatic overview. (0 of 3000 max characters)

May First/People Link's programs are organized by work team:

  • Support Team: Our primary activity is managing and providing support to our 800 members who used our shared Internet infrastructure, including email, web sites, email lists, and a number of other services (see: https://support.mayfirst.org/wiki/services). Our mostly volunteer support team meets monthly, in person, in both Brooklyn and Mexico for day-long work sesions and via Internet chat during the intervening days.
  • Outreach Team: In addition to our technology work, we are actively involved in presenting, training and movement building.
    • Social Forum: We are in the leadership of both the US Social Forum and the US Social Forum and are working hard toward building the 2015 US Social Forum.
    • Conferences and presentations: We regularly attend and present at the Allied Media Conference and the Left Forum, as well as special events and meetings.
    • Leadership Committee and Membership Meeting: we organize an annual membership meeting and an anual Leadership Committee meeting, help in person in both New York and Mexico and online.
  • Internationalization Team: Our internationalization team supports our meetings by providing simultaneous interpretation and translation of documents
  • Administrative Team: our admin teams processes membership payments and reaches out to members behind in their dues.

Programmatic timeline for the coming year. (0 of 2000 max characters)

In the coming year we have the following major events planned:

  • Jaunary: Leadership Committee face-to-face meeting
  • February: Meeting of activist providers world-wide to work on Distributed Denial of Service attacks and legal threats to activist sites
  • May: US Social Forum People's Movement Assembly on Privacy, in collaboration with the MAGNet coalition.
  • October: Annual Membership meeting
  • Overarching goals of your work. (0 of 3000 max characters)
  • Methods and strategies for achieving your goals. (0 of 3000 max characters)
  • Collaborations and key partners, if applicable. (0 of 500 max characters)
  • Any other plans you'd like to share with us for the upcoming year? (0 of 3000 max characters)

If you have looked three-years out for your organization, what does that organizational forecast look like? Share any long-term goals or plans you might be dreaming up. (0 of 3000 max characters)

  • Programmatic timelines for the coming three years. (0 of 2000 max characters)
  • We believe that success is dynamic, comes in many forms, and is unique to each project and organization. We believe that you do your best work when you define what success looks like in a meaningful way and hold yourself accountable to the standards that you set for yourself. Please share with us what success will look like for you and your project in the coming year. (0 of 1000 max characters)
  • Overview of your development and fundraising plans. If you have a sustainability plan, please share it with us. (0 of 5000 max characters)

Alignment with Kindle Project

In an effort to work collaboratively to build effective strategies, we are interested in how our vision intersects with yours and how we are working simultaneously towards shared goals.

  • What systems change are you addressing in your work? (0 of 1000 max characters)
  • What emerging alternative or solution are you working towards? (0 of 1000 max characters)
  • How can funders be more effective? (0 of 1000 max characters)

We recognize that the field of philanthropy can be more creative, transparent, responsive, and effective. Being on the receiving side of funding, your feedback and critical eye to the field of philanthropy is invaluable. Please share your thoughts on how you think philanthropy can be more effective, more creative, and where it can change for the better.

  • Please share one group or project that you think is doing radical systems change work. (Include any websites or links that may be relevant). (0 of 500 max characters)
  • If you had 967 billion dollars, what would you do? (0 of 500 max characters)