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RE: [atlarge-discuss] Bylaws Discussion
At 09:31 p.m. 31/05/2003, Joanna Lane wrote:
Joanna does not want a backup organization to guarantee our survival once
the "official" one is captured.
Article 1. Name of the Organization
1.1 The name of the organization shall be determined by the Board of
Directors in consultation with the membership and once selected, shall be
registered as a trademark with the relevant authorities.
3.3 Suspension of the Bylaws -- No provision of the Bylaws may be
suspended by the Board without an affirmative vote of the membership. A
motion for suspension brought by the Board to the membership for
consideration must include a list of all of the provisions to be
suspended, the reason for the suspension and the period of time during
which the suspension will be in force. The motion will be considered
passed if a majority of the membership that cast a vote, vote in the
No way. What is this, an early attack on our political stability?
"Suspensions" are to be treated as Charter changes, which under any
reasonable constitution requite a qualified majority, not a simple majority.
4.1 No organizational member shall receive salary or other compensation
for services provided. Organizational members may be reimbursed for
Meaning that paid support staff that will be denied membership
rights. Interesting concept.
More thoughtful, I hope.
More to follow.
Frankly, I find the bulk of Danny's draft constitution not applicable to
on-line political (self) organizing and trying to refine it may be a waste
We may be better off starting with the rules that we have an immediate need
for, (rules to Poll the membership and elect officers) let the members
ratify those and then build the other modules from that members' sanctioned
We need to think outside the traditional box of the average charitable
In spite of having sacrificed a great deal for ICANN legitimization effort,
I don't feel charitable at all. We are fighting for rights and we are
constantly threatened with capture.
We don't know our candidates.
We need a Charter that gives the members solid defence against a hijack by
any of their elected officers.
What we really should do is follow a christallization process of our Rules,
Bylaws or Charter, meaning that we should start with a minute core of
election rules and defining the rules for each office that the members want
to create, fully utilizing the empowerment that the use of the internet
From that tiny core, the rest of the rules is developed by those elected
to do that job.
Every member can make contributions.