Elections Proposal 1-26-02
Democracy does not guarantee a progressive outcome and no structure, however elegant or clever, substitutes for the political and ideological development of its members. Nevertheless, democratic rather than authoritarian structures and the free flow of ideas can help mobilize and educate our base to more effectively defend Pacifica and define a progressive and radical program content.
A democratic Pacifica should represent and balance the different interests in our network including those of listeners locally and nationally, producers (paid and unpaid) and staff, and- affiliates. The community land trust can be considered as a useful model in organizing a new Pacifica along with other cooperative and membership-run structures.
Sliding scale membership fee (additional donations may be contributed during fundraising drives)
II. Local Advisory Boards
LABs serve as nominating committee for candidates to national Board
Petition candidates (i.e. members not nominated by LAB) to be provided for in rules
III. Pacifica National Board
Direct elections for two year terms of 17 members as follows:
Representation of affiliates on national Board to be determined
National Board serves as nominating committee for 5 at-large candidates
Petition candidates to be provided for in rules (e.g.,petition candidates must garner support from more than one station area)
IV. Staggering LAB & PNB Elections
Fill vacancies in LABs first
Elect station area representatives to PNB before electing at-large members Allow existing members of IPNB to serve as at-large members during phase-in period
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