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Makeover Proposals open for Discussion

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Close to 90% of the members who participated in the survey on the future of IOPS of April–May 2016 indicated that they saw possibilities for the future of IOPS — for the most part under the assumption of either major changes or at least some improvements.Spurred by this outcome, a project was started to collect proposals for a makeover of IOPS, to be voted on by the membership in a later poll. Many proposals were put forward; so many in fact that it would not be good to present all at…

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IOPS Salem Chapter Meeting #25

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June 25, 2016.  In attendance: Sara Cromwell, Cheri Tebeau, Michael Tom, Michael Livingston; Absent: Jaqui Eicher, Bill Smaldone, Elliott Lapinel; Gone But Not Forgotten: Jo Bucklin Pictured: The Bettijos of the Lee, Summer 2013.   October 4, 1920 - June 10, 2016 Salem - Bettijo (Jo) Evans Bucklin died Friday, June 10, 2016 in Salem, Oregon. A native Coloradan she met and married her husband, Buck Bucklin, while attending Colorado College. A member of the Universal Unitarian faith,…

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Ideas for IOPS June 2016

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The future of IOPS is being discused a lot at the moment. I've been one of the core organisers of the London chapter (I think this is one of only two active chapters if I'm correct?). It feels like we are going strong in London, so I thought I'd give some input.  I'd like to answer this question by looking at the original idea of IOPS. My understanding is that the core original idea of IOPS was to form a website whch would help revolutionaries in different countries and towns, meet up, form…

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Some More Possible Programmatic Ideas for Going Forward (0 signatories)

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Or Just Doing It. Following on from Peter’s last couple of posts (here and here): some rebel media reports about the rage that’s erupted in France of late (and whose energy we should all be trying to tap for the benefit of those who live and work where we do). It’s important to watch and share this stuff. Never underestimate the ‘monkey see, monkey do’ heuristic! In a way, the conditions for a global uprising already exist. There’s plenty to be furious about wherever…

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Marina Sitrin: Lessons from Paris

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  Marina Sitrin: Lessons from Paris Z Communications Daily Commentary “To celebrate and imagine together”“To look at each other and smile”“No parties, no barriers, no labels”“Take Squares and rediscover hope”  Quotes taken from interviews in this film, done by the Nuit Debout TV group. Thousands gather every evening in the Place de la République, and even more during the days and nights of the weekends. Assemblies are held every evening…

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International Call for Global Day of Action by Nuit Debout May 15th

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INTERNATIONAL CALL BY #NUITDEBOUT WE CALL FOR A #GLOBALDEBOUT DAY OF ACTION ON THE 15 OF MAY, 2016 We call on peoples movements across the world to mobilise for justice and real democracy on the 15 of May, 2016 for a #GLOBALDEBOUT. We invite you to come to Paris for an International Gathering of movements at Place de la Republic on May 7 and 8. Today #46mars (April 15) is just two weeks after one million people mobilized in Paris and the movement Nuit Debout continues to grow. In numerous French…

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Reimagining IOPS

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Some of the comments at the IOPS members survey on the future of IOPS suggest that some of the members don’t have an accurate idea of the actual state of affairs at this moment. If IOPS seems like a ship on the open sea, adrift without a course, it is because there's no one on the bridge. It is empty, deserted, no hands on the wheel.  If we want it to go anywhere, the passengers will have to assume control. The formation of IOPS was the culmination of the Reimagining Society project started…

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Can IOPS be revived?

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As anyone can see, IOPS is not working now. Is IOPS truly dead, or merely in a coma? Should we pull the plug or mount an effort at resuscitation? I'd hate to see IOPS go. I met some terrific people through IOPS, and learned about ideas that I believe are important. If IOPS cannot work, we should let it go. But is this a case of a definitively failed project? Is there no way we, the members, working together, can change things for the better and make IOPS work? In any case, we should not just let…

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Never forget the 3 trapped miners at Lily mine Mpumalanga South Africa

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Its heart breaking to know that we still have 3 trapped miners at Mpumalanga mine at Lily mine i ask South Africans to give support our politics leaders to visit the side and families and give all the support they can those miners cant be forgotten we must keep praying for them and their loved ones. South Africa lets not forget the 3 trapped miners at Lily mine those miners are ordinary people like me and you who work to provide for their loved ones this is a South African tragedy not only for the…

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