What is a Resolution for Action?
Basic Resolution for Action content
from USSF 2010 PMA Organizing Kit:
these opportunities are possible:
We commit to
And call on
others in the US to join us.
Two kinds of resolutions
- Resolutions where time/resources are
not a barrier for agreement. This will be where we build movement
analysis, movement vision, and movement solidarity. If they're
well written, and not too politically radioactive, they should be
agreed to. Public Healthcare for All, Oppose Evictions,
Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Support Right to Unionize(EFCA),
etc. Hopefully many of these.
- Resolutions that require
time/resources. Only 1 (MAYBE 2) could possibly be
agreed to by all. All groups have limited budget and resources and
existing goals, deadlines, obligations to meet. Campaign to transfer
funds from corporate banks to State Bank, Day of action in support of
_________, etc. This is exactly the big challenge and the potential
power of the PMA.
Ideally each group would submit one of
each. Would be good to set expectations that only 1 of the resource
heavy resolutions will be agreed to by all.
Process leading up to PMA on May 8th.
Between now and April 17th.
Invite and work with groups
and help them understand this process and draft resolutions.
Deadline for group registration and
resolution submission – Sat, April 17th
April 18- May 2nd
Work with groups to review, discuss and share concerns with others'
resolutions. Ideally resolutions shared with all as well as
specifically with group who submitted resolution. Groups may modify
their proposal to respond to concerns before the PMA on May 8th.
Work to facilitate communication to make this process simple to
understand as well as transparent. Ideally we should find no
significant surprise concerns raised on May 8th, instead
they should all get to the authors' 3 weeks before the PMA.
Deadline for groups to share
concerns with others' proposals – Sunday , May 2nd
May 2nd –
Groups have less than 1 week to modify their proposal to respond to
concerns. Major modifications risk introducing new concerns. Again,
should be no major surprises on May 8th.
Decision Making Process for May 8th
PMA – 4 sessions:
Initial call for concerns or
Reading of full text of all
resolutions(modified and not) asking representatives for any
concerns. Resolutions should be read in 2 groups:
Resolutions with no substantial
resource/time commitment. If there are no concerns with proposals
from this group, they are considered to be agreed to by the PMA in
Resolutions with time/resource
commitment. Since we obviously can't take action on all of these
resolutions, concerns raised should be limited to major political,
disagreement. Ideally most concerns have been shared and attempted
to be addressed through preliminary review prior to May 8th.
All resolutions with time/resource commitment move on to the next
level along with any concerns raised(1-2 hrs.)
1st Level Discussion and
Break all representatives into clusters
of 5 or more representatives to discuss resolutions that require
time/resources and try to come to agreement on one. Requires great
facilitation. Each cluster will send a representative to the next
level. Proposals can be combined, reworked, but may risk concerns
being raised in final confirmation. (2hrs min)
2nd Level Discussion and
Process repeats with 1 rep from each
cluster of representatives trying to come to agreement on 1
resolution for action. (1-2hrs)
Ratification of resolutions:
Final step for ratification of the
resolutions a call for concerns from all representatives on the 2
kinds of resolutions.
Any resolutions with no
time/resource commitment that had concerns were raised in the
morning session that have been modified to address concerns.
The resolution build from the 2
levels of discussion will have a final call for concerns. If
processes were successful, there should be no concerns raised.
If agreement cannot be reached on
record for each resolution a straw poll of groups that do support it
even if there are outstanding concerns or otherwise everyone cannot
come to agreement with the time we have together.
This will be
made available for all to share and continue to organize around and
work to build agreement.
discretion, any group can on their own or in coordination with other
groups still submit their resolution to the National Assembly even
if everyone in at the PMA in Portland can't come to agreement on the