Motions for conference

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Deadline for amendments to these motions will be Friday the 21st at 9pm. Please e-mail to Slaneystreet@gmail.com

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Resolution for the Slaney Street founding conference – Jolyon Jones

As a newspaper Slaney Street’s focus will be on the production of quality news and analysis ‘from below’.

Its value will be as a source of trust worthy alternative information that can inform readers.

As such :

It’s aim as a newspaper should be to ‘inform and educate’ and to ‘move people to action’.

It should promote oppositional reporting of local issues and of national issues of local import and significance.

The voices of those in struggle should be heard in the content as well as through direct access to the pages of the paper.

There will be a commitment to developing well researched and well sourced news content and critical analysis. The voices and perspectives of those affected by policies and decisions will be reported as will their agency and resistance.

It will develop a news agenda of concerns, issues, and campaigns.

It should aim to be well written and well designed and attractive to its readership

Motion 2 – Achieving regularity – Slaney Streets strategy for expansion Edd Bauer

The key task and strategy for sustainability for the paper of the newly elected editorial board should be to achieve a regularity in the paper rhythm of production.

Firstly it will make the paper more useful and accessible. The trial run has had irregular papers and irregular editorial meetings – fixed monthly meetings and deadlines will more easily get in building into peoples and groups routine and make the paper a more accessible and useful tool for activists.

Secondly it will make the paper more financially viable. Other free paper initiatives like the occupy times or the Manchester mule – although successful have relied fundamentally on donations only irregularly printing off an edition whenever the account reaches the necessary amount.

However if we can achieve monthly, or even quarterly publication then we have access to income streams other than donation/member dues.

In the trail run we were offered deals of monthly adverts for 6 months – however we were fundamentally unable to take up the offer properly as we could not guarantee being able to fund the rest the print run over this 6 month period. If we could offer to potential advertisers regular publications with the print run guaranteed and underwritten in large by reliable member dues then we could access a far wide degree of funding.

Despite the paper being free it could still be sold. Many people would pay a subscription of a £1 a month to have the paper delivered to their house. Once we have the base income with which we can guarantee one edition every one, two or three months – then we can advertise £1 every one, two or three months in a standing order to buy a copy of the paper and have it delivered. Potentially a considerably larger number of people would be willing to do this rather than become members and it could become a significant income stream for the paper.

Once the editorial board has assessed just how much is coming in monthly it should decide how regularly we can afford to publish – one this has been set it should be advertise for the year to advertisers and potential subscribers. The extra money produced by the advertisers and subscribers over the year in the course of the run can provide the basis of an more regular paper or expanded print run or paper size in the following year.

Motion 3 Resolution for Slaney Street founding conference – Kelly Rogers

Slaney Street is committed to providing a platform to those most often silenced in mainstream society and in the corporate media, including women.

Depending on the income of Slaney Street, it shall aim to produce quarterly ‘women’s issues’: by which we mean editions written, designed and edited by women. In the case of monthly issues not being feasible, Slaney Street shall produce these special editions at a ratio of 1:4.

The content will give priority to gendered analyses of news stories and events, but the content overall will be determined by those producing it.

Interim editorial boards (EB) comprising self-identifying women only will be established to oversee the production of these issues. The election of this interim EB shall be the first item on the agenda at the EB meeting convened for the final edits to the edition prior to the women’s issue.

Motion 4a Membership – Edd Bauer

If motions 4a 4b & 4c pass they will be put into place immediately and the editorial board elections will be organised on the STV for the number of places that the motions sets out. The only part of the motions that will be put into place will be membership all present at the time of this motion passes will be considered for the duration of the conference full members and able to vote. This should be done in good face if an attendee has not intention of joining it is encouraged that they do not vote.

Slaney Street will require regular standing orders from its core membership in order to sustain it. If we are serious about our politics then we must be willing to commit to supporting the paper financially.

Members should get benefits for their investment and commitment.

Member rights.

In return for membership members have the right to post things on the website pending the approval of one member of the editorial committee.

Additionally members will have the right to vote at conferences and cast votes electing the committee and editorial board. Non members cannot vote.

Members have the right to run for the Editorial committee. A person can not be on the editorial committee unless they are a paid up member.

Members have the right to be attend and speak at editorial board meetings, in a non voting capacity and members have the right to opt into the editorial board e-mail decision making list.

A petition of 5% of the membership can call an emergency conference of Slaney Street which can elect a new editorial board. (see operations section for details).

Membership commitments.

Membership should require a commitment to tackling racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia & abelism and all forms of discrimination.

Motion 4b Membership Cost

The rates of membership should be

£1.50 a week employed over 20k

£1.00 a week employed or student

£0.75 unemployed

These rates should not be considered fixed it should be advertised that people can apply for membership free if they have special circumstances which should be taken into consideration such as being sanction or having lost benefits or being in position of being unable to claim any benefits due to immigration or asylum status.

All members should be given a grace period of three months if payments stop before membership is canceled due to lack of payments. Unless of course the member explicitly resigns.

Motion 4c Democratic operation of the paper & elections process

The Editorial Committee is elected by Slaney Street conference which must take place every six months.

The Conference is organised by the editorial committee and requires one months notice.

A emergency conference to elect a new editorial board or pass new motions can be called by a petition of 5% of the membership to the editorial board. If a petition created the petition including its full reasoning must be put directly on Slaney Streets website, twitter & facebook.

Editorial Committee election will be run by a single transferable vote (STV) election

The Editorial Committee will have on it 12 spaces on it half of which are reserved women’s places.

Powers & decision making

For an article to go up on the website it requires the approval of one member of the editorial committee.

An article can be vetoed by a vote of 2/3rd of the editorial committee.

For editing the physical copy of the newspaper the editorial board must meet up in person and make decisions by votes. If the losing party in any vote wishes they have the right to publish the minority viewpoints and reasons for objection in 200 words in the hard copy of paper and in full online.

The Editorial Committee has the right to remove openly racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic and ableist members by a simple 2/3rd majority vote of the board. The motion to remove must be submitted to the board at least two weeks in advance of the meeting and the member in question notified.