2016-06-23 LC Meeting

  • Brief reports/updates:
    • Recalendarization and reorganization of Campaingns meeting.
    • Report on Mexican APC controversy. Review of the Structure in the framework of the bi national framework of MF.
  • Decision: Admin Group proposal on dues policy change.
  • Decision: Formation of a strategic group to meet as regularly as needed to prepare LC decisions on MF/PL priorities, policies and important events.
  • Discussion: How to develop a single cross-border, international strategy for the organization?


Present: Juan Gerardo, Alfredo, Jamie, Mallory, Sandra, Pablo, Jerome, Manisha, Louis


Scheduling Proposal

Have campaign and LC meetings on different days on a different schedule.

No opposition.

Report on Mexican/APC controversy

APC asked MF/PL if they could have their regional meeting for North America in Mexico. Some individuals in Mexico responded to the APC that we would not help host it. This decision was not made with full consultation of all involved. The decision was reversed. Then APC was not able to fund the meeting in the end.


  • need to better share information and decisions
  • some doubts on decision making - which can be made in Mexico and which by LC?
  • Who has responsibilities to make calls for Mexico meetings? Decided LC chair
  • Should work on strategic planning
  • Some confusion as to whether MF/PL is a federation of centers or an international (bi-national) organization

Additional comments: The APC meeting was rejected without discussing with Alfredo (who originally forwarded the request) and signed with Juan Gerardo and Sandra's name even though they did not approve it.

There was a long self-criticism process in Mexico that discussed these issues

Propopsal: membership dues change

Split dues payments. Smaller dues payment for membership + service fee. Full proposal:

We leave open the possibility of changing the exact amounts of the amounts.

Suggestion to change "service fee" to "operations/support" fee to get away from idea that MF/PL sells services.

Passed unanimously

Proposal: form a strategic committee

Pick 5 people who are required to attend, but open to all LC members.

Discuss and make decisions on matters that do not require LC approval.

Meets every 2 weeks.

Would help clear the LC meeting agenda so it can focus on political strategy.

Passed unanimously.

US/Mexico strategy

We haven't developed one. We don't have an agreed upon reason and meaning of having a bi-national organization.

Proposal: we organize an LC meeting + some additional members to fully discuss this idea.

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