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    22= Leadership Committee Democracy Proposal =
    4 This is a living document.  for collaborative/synchronous work, please work on it using [ a pad].
     4= MF/PL's Organizational Structure =
    6 == Structure ==
     6May First/People Link is a democratic, membership-based organization.  MF/PL has a federated structure consisting of multiple organizations that share technology and are united politically by a single leadership committee.
    8 === Leadership Committee ===
     8= MF/PL's scope and vision =
    10 ==== Co-Chairs ====
     10May First/People Link is an Internet organization and a movement organization.
    12 ==== Subcommittees ====
     12The Internet defines the scope of our political analysis and vision: through direct experience providing Internet services to our membership, our task it so define the political contours of the Internet and advance political positions consistent with our statement of unity.
    14 === Membership Meeting ===
     14MF/PL's direction is based on the priorities of the broader left struggles in the communities and countries in which we work and on the organized international struggles that are aligned with our statement of unity.
    16 === Elections ===
     16== Membership ==
     18The membership has the ultimate power in the organization. All decisions should be made and implemented based on the direction of the membership.
     20The membership meets once a year. At least one in-person meeting is hosted by each organization at the same time. All locations are linked via the Internet and participation is made available remotely to people not able to attend in
     23At the membership meeting:
     25 * The membership is introduced to the leadership committee members, the work teams and the staff and is recruited to participate in one of the work teams;
     26 * The out-going leadership committee is responsible for organizing the meeting;
     27 * The outgoing leadership committee and each active work team is responsible for reporting on their work, and having their work evaluated by the membership;
     28 * The membership identifies the broad goals for the coming year;
     29 * The membership elects the new Leadership Committee to direct the implementation of these goals.
     31=== Decision making process ===
     33The membership meeting votes for leadership committee members from a selection of nominated candidates with the top 15 vote getters filling the leadership committee. A quorum equal to 10% of total active membership is required for the vote to be valid. Broad goals are collaboratively chosen by participating members in a fashion decided on by the outgoing Leadership Committee. 
     35== Leadership Committee ==
     37The Leadership committee meets face-to-face once a year no more than 4 months after the membership meeting. The LC schedules phone calls as needed, and communicates by [ private email list].
     39The Leadership Committee's responsibilities are to:
     41 * discuss and approve work plans submitted by work teams at the face-to-face meeting;
     43 * evaluate member disputes with the activities of any work team and ensure each work team is operating in a way consistent with the MF/PL statement of unity;
     45 * choose one director per organization. The directors job is to support and provide direction to the active work teams in the director's organization, resolve disputes, represent the organization in the media, and make emergency decisions on behalf of the organization that cannot wait for LC approval;
     47 * choose one or more chairs that are responsible for organizing the work and shaping the direction of the leadership committee
     49 * evaluate the work teams and the director(s)
     51 * stop any work team activities that is deemed to be inconsistent with the mandate of the LC
     53 * approve budgets submitted by the work teams
     55 * approve financial transfers between participating organizations to ensure all work team budgets are met
     57 * ensure each LC member participates in at least one work team
     59=== Decision making process ===
     61==== Voting ====
     63 * Quorum: The Leadership Committee requires a quorum of 50% for decisions to be valid.
     65 * A good-faith attempt will always be made to reach unanimity. If the LC is not unanimous, then proposals must be approved by more than 2/3 of the leadership committee members who vote. Abstentions are allowed and count toward quorum.
     67==== Participation ====
     69All members are encourage to attend and participate in all Leadership Committee meetings, however, only Leadership Committee members may vote. Any LC member may request a private session restricted to just LC members to discuss sensitive topics (such as personnel). 
     71== Work Teams ==
     73Work teams are groups of members organized to carry out work needed by MF/PL, such as the technical support team, internationalization team or outreach team.  Work teams are empowered to make any decision necessary to carry out their work provided it is consistent with their work plan. 
     75In addition to tasks particular to the work team, all work teams must:
     77 * prepare an annual plan to be discussed and approved at the LC face-to-face meeting
     79 * prepare a written report and evaluation of the work team activities for the anual membership meeting
     81 * publicly publish meeting times and information on how members can join
     83=== Decision making ===
     85Work teams may choose their own form of self-organizing and decision making.
     87=== Participation ===
     89Work teams are primarily volunteer. All MF/PL member are strongly encouraged to participate on a work team. Any MF/PL members can propose and form a new work team.
     91== Staff ==
     93MFPL staff is a special work team composed of people from all the federated organizatoins.
     95Staff make themselves available on regular, weekly basis to perform labor for the organization and participate in weekly staff meetings. Staff may be volunteers or be paid.
     97The staff meets weekly (in-person and by phone) and via an email list.
     99The staff's responsibilities are to:
     101 * perform the day-to-day operations of the organization
     102 * provide support to the other work teams and help initiate new work teams
     103 * ensure that the day-to-day operations of all federated organizations are consistent and in sync.
    18105== Concerns ==
     107[to be filled out...]
    20109=== diversity ===