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Leadership Committee

The Leadership Committee is May First/People Link's body for deciding the organization's political direction.


All leadership committee members are members of May First/People Link. The current members are (organizations are for identification purposes only):

Next meeting

The next face-to-face Leadership Committee meeting will be held February 9th and 10th, 2013.



MF/PL has committed itself to becoming an organization built on a robust democracy among its members. How would we characterize our current democratic behavior? When do the decisions of our member organizations about the hosting of their resources and development of their infra-structure take on a political dimension? What concrete conditions would raise the level of democratic participation among our members? What kind of decision-making process do we need to develop and how do we do that?

In relationship to those questions, last year's Leadership Committee drafted a structure document that could be used as a basis for moving forward.

This sub committee is responsible for expanding the structure document drafted last year into a formal proposal for organizational decision making. The proposal should include the rules governing our decision making as well as a process for having it approved by the membership. This proposal, or minimally a comprehensive outline, should be ready in time for our face-to-face meeting in February. This committee will collaborate with the Membership and Agenda committee in planning for the next membership meeting.

This sub-committee should use the following page for its work: structure, revising as necessary.

Promotion and Communication

To meet our political objectives, MF/PL has to define a strategy that involves our members wthat they consider priority work in the bi-national situation in which we find ourselves, while building our infra-structure and the number of active members, broadening our human resources, our presence throughout the Hemisphere and our political influence.

What strategy do we need to meet both those goals?

Internally, MF/PL can serve as a vehicle for facilitating contact, collaboration and mutual support among our members as well as being a channel for information about their activities, perspectives and struggles. How do we do that? Should we have an "opt-in" members' directory with contact information and description of activities? What about an information system for news and analysis from our members reflecting their political and organizational experiences and those of their constituents and communities?

Given the serious social and political contradictions many members face, like those emanating from war, violence or repression, is it necessary and appropriate for MF/PL to participate in solidarity actions? Based on our commitment to Internet freedom and transparency as a political primary goal and area of work for us, how does the pursuit of such solidarity strengthen our work and how does it detract from it?

Externally, MF/PL needs to develop promotion and recruitment that attracts new members, develop and grow its technical support and broaden its capabilities. How do we attract and/technologists who share our political perspective and commitment to social change?

Externally, how do we identify the people who work on Internet governance and regulation, the important telecommunications corporations, the network of allied organizations and other important forces? What factors are important in our relationship to and with those people?

These responses should develop a draft plan(to be presented at our face-to-face meeting February 9 and 10. A beginning document has been prepared to help guide the committee which is located here: promotion and communications plan

Voluntary and Contracted work Subcommittee

For MF/PL, voluntary work is an expression of the commitment to our organization and the morale of its members and it has always been an essential aspect of our organizational work and life. At the same time, there are concrete needs that our volunteer workers cannot meet. Thanks for the enormous contribution of our members, MF/PL has the resources to pay work in some important areas of our operations. We consider the decisions on who is hired and for what work to be a Co-Directors' responsibility since they oversee our operations but we also need to develop a general strategic vision and policy about what work is needed and what type of person we hire and/or recruit to do that work.

What criteria do we develop to determine the balance between paid and voluntary work? What are people motivations for doing voluntary work and how do we incorporate those in our practice? How do we assure that our membership recognizes their work? What policies should govern recruitment and/or hiring of people to do this work and how do we assure their understanding of and contributions to our politics?

The Voluntary and Contracted Work committee is responsible for drafting a proposal for the face-to-face meeting in February that conveys MF/PL labor principles and provides a roadmap for how we will build both our paid and volunteer labor in a way consistent with those principles.

Membership and Agenda

This sub-committee develops a document that summarizes the discussions and proposals made by members at the last Membership Meeting in October, 2012, including the priorities set at the meeting. It should also plan and organize our face to face meeting in February, 2013 and our periodic "remote" meetings in collaboration with the Internationalization and Support staffs. In addition, this sub-committee, in collaboration with the Democracy sub-committee, will lead the organizing of the next membership meeting.

Work page: membership and agenda work page.

Call in Number

Leadership Committee phone calls use the following number:

Conference Dial-in Number: (218) 844-0850
Access Code: 526706#

Past Meetings

November 15, 2012

January 24, 2012

December 10, 2011

February 26, 2011 at the Neighborhood Preservation Center

November 21, 2009 at the Brecht Forum

December 20, 2008 at the Brecht Forum: