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A Path?

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  I have been absent from IOPS for awhile due to work and health issues. On the other hand, I am not sure what beyond an article or two I would have been doing, even if I had had more time to give.   IOPS began. It inaugurated an excellent web site. It grew. Members continued recruiting. Growth was supposed to in time warrant holding a founding convention that would adopt a self managing structure, program, etc.   Waiting on a convention, IOPS enlisted a group of supportive and broadly…

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IOPS London Meeting Minutes

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IOPS London Meeting Tuesday, 2nd September 2014 9 members attended:  Rob, Sophie, Laura, Matt, JP, Daniel, David, Preeti and Paul Apologies: Mark, Tom, James, Anthony and Sofa. Paul R is away until the end of the month. Minutes by Sophie Facilitation by Rob Agenda: a) THEORY: Tim Gee ' Counterpower' Please read this text prior to the meeting:http://newint.org/books/politics/counterpower/, for discussion b) UPDATES Report back on Actions and activities that we participated in;  Social…

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P2P Provisioning as an Organizing Strategy.

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Preamble (‘Whereas’): People’s daily lives are onerous. I tried to found 2 chapters, one of which reached 14 members and 7 or so meetings, the other just flat on it’s face… In both chapters it wasn’t enough to ask people to be a chapter for the sake of being a chapter, or for helping advance a decision making process, when there was nothing on the horizon for what to decide about. People today are defeatist and cynical, it’s an overarching condition in…

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A Personal Response to Non-members

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This is my personal response to some of the comments in the non-member survey report, just the thoughts that came to mind as I read them and how I might initially approach a non-member about a given issue.  Please let me know what you think about any part of it.  As I got no response in my region, I decided to post it here.  I do not speak for anyone else, and any misperceptions and mistakes are my own.    —“I am unsure about my ability to contribute, even though…

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Capitalism : The Most Dreaded Economic System in History

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Let me tell you a few things before I get to the main content of this post.I am not into defending my own ideals by making rubbish acclaims towards others,something that we always have to face from the other inhuman,mean group of exploiters,who forget the basic human traits while speaking to someone who does not have faith in their ideals (if they have any,after all.)"Communists are perverts." "Communists are stupid.Communists are this and Communists are that." "Socialists are criminals." "Liberals…

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Activism and Community

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i brainstormed this project a bit with local group member Syd Fredrickson, who suggested photographer Alex Garland.   my idea was to create a wall calendar to show a mix of what many of us are fighting against, with various local solutions that can replace or help. both a celebration of what has been accomplished and inspiration for what is yet to be done.   ya know, we can scream at Monsanto, but also transform a little patch of grass into a community garden and buy from the local farmer’s…

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Improving the Joining Process

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  The recently published IOPS Non-Member Survey Report ended with four conclusions, two of which were: ● We need to be more explicit how prospective members will be able to contribute concretely towards the IOPS mission. (This should be much more specific than the “Getting Involved” texts.) ● We need to have something more specific to offer to activists who are already very engaged in activism and cannot be expected to free time for organizing for IOPS. (Cf. the ”Why join…

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Activists plan to Resist NATO summit

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On the 4th and 5th of September, NATO will come to Wales for what is said to be “the largest gathering of international leaders ever to take place in Britain”. Attendees will include President Obama, Chancellor Merkel, and President Hollande, who “are expected to attend along with leaders and senior ministers from around 60 other countries.” They will not be the only ones with an interest in the events in Newport and Cardiff.  Thousands of anti-NATO activists will also…

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