I have been hoping that the GA could serve as a unifying force that could bring all of the fractured opposition in the face of a machine that has only one agenda and few divisions. (If the GA agrees with this idea) we need to think about how this would work. It may be that the "only individuals" rule is the best way, but it is possible that there would be more effective ways of linking with like minded organizations. This is a big decision that should be well discussed. At least those that are so adamant that this rule should be followed should explain their reasoning. (If I missed the explanation at previous meetings i apologize.)
You and me share similar sentiment,however , I was practically disinvited from my second assembly meeting by Marissa the facilitator for introducing myself as an individual and admin of US Day of Rage...
GA needs its facilitators to practice less subjective patronage based on their own agendas.
Part of the reason the ga has lost quite a bit of credibility with people is it's lack of equanimity and self centered navel gazing IMO.
In my personal capacity (and I make that very clear distinction because usdayofrage is non partisan and ultimately wants only citizens to make campaign contributions etc) I have many family and friends that are union leadership or rank and file.
I will make some calls if you wish.
On Sep 20, 2011, at 7:59 PM, Lauren <firstname.lastname@example.org
> Just as a quick question - who are we kidding? We're talking of
> working with teamster locals, with other unions, with other groups and
> collectives. Are we not making a false dichotomy where somehow
> individuals and collectives can't exist at the same time?
> On Sep 20, 7:52 pm, "Alexa D. O'Brien" <alexaobr...@gmail.com
>> It should be made clear that if the SEIU "join" the movement, they join then
>> as individuals and not as a group, since the GA has essentially ostracized
>> every other group and avoided forming coalitions.
>> On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 6:56 PM, Lucas Vazquez <lucasboster...@gmail.com
>>> Do we have a press release? Union representatives from SEIU have contacted
>>> me showing interest in joining our movement. They asked for some general
>>> information including a press release.