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Proposals for 2011 Leadership Committee Meeting

The regular operations of the organization include support, membership processing, server maintenance, and the day-to-day activities required to operate the organization. Regular operations are not included in proposed projects unless they reflect a change or signficant addition to them.

The numbers refer to the program goals identified by members at the September 2011 membership meeting.


Formalize and expand the support team (Goal #1). The support team has been an ad-hoc group of mostly New York City based technologists. To take our supoprt infrastructure to the next level, the staff will organize regular once-monthly face-to-face meetings to take place simultaneously in three cities to start: NYC, where our core team currently works, Mexico City, to take advantage of the opportunities Enrique and the Laneta expansion has brought about, and Boston to bring in the technologists Ross has been organizing with around Occupy Boston.

General Operating Budget: $1500 for travel, so we can have face-to-face exchanges between cities.
Estimated Staff support: Significant


Continue supporting the United States Social forum (Goals #4 and #5). Continue our role on the National Planning Committee (NPC) as members of the NPC and United States Social Forum leaders. Engage the National Planning Committee in its discussion of the coming Social Forum activities by supporting the proposal, originally made by us at the last NPC meeting, for regional/localized Social Forums with certain activities linked via the Internet as the format for the next US Social Forum. Support the People's Movement Assembly initiative when requested and where the specific PMA fits with our strategic iniatives. Continue to provide full technology support to the US Social Forum process via leadership of the Information, Communication and Technology working group.

General Operating Budget: $500 for supplemental travel (beyond USSF provided stipends)
Estimated Staff support: Medium


Continue supporting the World Social Forum (Goals #1, #2, and #5). Continue work within the World Social Forum (WSF) process. The priority is to attend WSF International Council meetings and the next WSF in 2013. Other important projects include leading the communications work towards 2013 along side organizers in the Mashrek/Maghreb region starting in March 2012 and sending delegates from the US Social Forum Information, Communications and Technology working group to forums in 2012. Continue our support of the Palestinian movement with our priority involvement being in the November 2012 World Social Forum on Palestine in Brazil. Collaborating with other organizations to bring delegates of MF/PL members to these forums and involve our support team is key to growing participation within MF/PL as well.

General Operating Budget: $1000 for travel to at least one international meeting
Estimated Staff support: Medium


National and International policy work (Goal #5). Continue and reinforce our work in the Association of Progressive Communications. The priority is to attend the next annual APC membership meeting and the Internet Governance Forum. It may additionally include membership in other international bodies such as CSISAC (OECD sub-committee), ICANN, and UN sub-committees.

General Operating Budget: $0 (travel only with outsdide funding)
Estimated Staff support: Minimal


General Support of movements, summits, and critical moments (Goal #5). Aggressively monitor the Occupy movement and specifically work to incorporate into our membership the current 58 Occupy movement members we have. Work on developing a special set of "outreach tactics" to get them to use the various MF/PL systems including our site's blog. Continue in the world Climate Change movement through participation in its activities and support technologically when called for. Increase the capacity and commitment of our support team and members by supporting travel delegations to summits, forums, and other critical moments both internationally and nationally. Specifically, MF/PL's contribution rests on our expertise with Free Software solutions to live video streaming and other on-the-ground technical support solutions.

General Operating Budget: $0 (travel only with outside funding)
Estimated Staff support: Medium


Launch the People of Color Techie Training program (Goal #6). Via the People of Color Techie Training Institute, organize a mentor/mentee pilot project pairing MFPL technologists with people of color from the movement who are interested in developing their system adminstration skills. The pilot project will involve 2 mentors, 4 mentees and 4 face-to-face trainings. Conduct the project in partnership with the Praxis Project and the Progressive Technology Project.

General Operating Budget: $0 (all funds specifically raised for this purpose)
Estimated Staff support: Significant


Build spanish language infrastructure of the organization (Goal #5). Develop a special work team for English to Spanish interpretation which oversees the introduction of Spanish language versions of all MF/PL public documents, notices, advisories and FAQs on the "how-to" pages of our website. Integrate Spanish language options for all official wikis. Maintain at least one native Spanish speaker on staff at all times.

General Operating Budget: $1500 (for travel for language support team to meet face-to-face)
Estimated Staff support: Significant


Launch MFPL member training and feedback series (#2). Organize a total of four face-to-face and four online or phone-based trainings for May First/People Link that cover how to use various pieces of the May First/People Link infrastructure (control panel, webmail, etc.). Sponsor two "member feedback" sessions during the year at which all staff and at least three non-staff LC representatives will be present.

General Operating Budget: $300 (for food and incidentals for face-to-face meetings)
Estimated Staff support: Significant


Define MFPL structure and decision making process (Goals #2 and #3). Establish working group from the LC to finalize structure / decision-making process which will be implemented as a "test" during the first part of 2012 and then submitted, after LC evaluation, to the membership for its approval. Establish working LC group to develop and take up proposals for the organization's structure which will be submited to Members Meeting in mid-2012.

General Operating Budget: $0
Estimated Staff support: Minimal


Organize Membership Meeting (Goal #2). In addition to approving the budget and projects for the year (typically done in the first half of the term), empower the Leadership Committee to fully host the yearly MF/PL membership meeting. The LC will be responsible for setting the date and place for Members' Meeting, recruiting people to run for the next Leadership Committee, developing the agenda, running the meeting and, in collaboration with staff, mobilizing members to attend. Date and place for the membership meeting should be decided and announced no later than May 1 of each year.

General Operating Budget: $2000 (materials, space rental, food, etc)
Estimated Staff support: Significant