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== Prep beforehand ==
 
== Prep beforehand ==
  
Roles and agenda generally decided at the Organizing Assembly preceding the GA:
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Roles and agenda generally decided at the organizing meeting immediately preceding the GA:
  
* Roles: Decide on who will have these roles:
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Roles: Decide on who will have these roles:
** Greeters: 2 people who will connect with newcomers. 1 will greet people as they arrive, 1 will stay after to answer questions
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* Greeters: 2 people who will connect with newcomers. 1 will greet people as they arrive, 1 will stay after to do the post-meeting thingie
** Facilitators: 2 people who will help the group through its process and move through the meeting agenda
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* Facilitators: 2 people who will help the group through its process and move through the meeting agenda
* Agenda: Develop agenda, including what breakouts will happen. Breakouts can be regular working groups or ad hoc/specific projects/discussions.
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* Stack taker: 1 person who will make a list of people in order to speak
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Agenda: Develop agenda, including what breakouts will happen. Breakouts can be regular working groups or ad hoc/specific projects/discussions.
  
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MIOP also preps the booklet, literature table and newsreel:
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Booklet: Gather working group report backs for printed booklet; integrate into booklet; print booklet
  
MIOP also preps the booklet, literature table and newsreel:
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Newsreel: An 8 minute silent new reel showcasing anarchist struggle during the past month from around the world to educate and inspire participants at the GA
  
* Booklet: Gather working group report backs for printed booklet; integrate into booklet; print booklet
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MACC Money- Passes the bag to raise money for MACC
* Literature table: Get books to give away; print zines; bring stickers and postcards
 
* Newsreel: An ~8 minute silent new reel showcasing anarchist struggle during the past month from around the world to educate and inspire participants at the GA
 
  
 
== What to Bring ==
 
== What to Bring ==
  
These materials should be brought to the GA; MIOP generally bottomlines this:
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These materials should be brought to the GA; MIOP (?) generally bottomlines this:
 
* Printed booklets
 
* Printed booklets
 
* Banners
 
* Banners
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== Set up ==
 
== Set up ==
  
Some people should arrive around 6 pm to set up for the GA:
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Some people should arrive around 6 to set up for the GA:
 
* Write and put up signs with 10th floor and/or arrows directing people to GA on front door of building and in hallways on 10th floor
 
* Write and put up signs with 10th floor and/or arrows directing people to GA on front door of building and in hallways on 10th floor
 
* Hang banners along walls
 
* Hang banners along walls
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* What is MACC? How does MACC work?
 
* What is MACC? How does MACC work?
 
* Working groups
 
* Working groups
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* How to get on Discord
  
== GA Agenda (7-8:35) ==
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== GA Agenda (7-8:30) ==
  
The GA should start at 7. Two facilitators should take turns talking through various agenda points.
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The GA should start at or about 7. Two facilitators should take turns talking through various agenda points.
# Welcome (7-7:05)
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# Welcome
 
## MACC - The Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council is an organization based on the guiding principles of horizontalism, anti-oppression, mutual aid, direct democracy, and direct action. We seek to strengthen and support New York City’s anarchist movement through coordination of existing and emerging projects.
 
## MACC - The Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council is an organization based on the guiding principles of horizontalism, anti-oppression, mutual aid, direct democracy, and direct action. We seek to strengthen and support New York City’s anarchist movement through coordination of existing and emerging projects.
 
## General Assembly
 
## General Assembly
 
### Role: the MACC GA is a monthly meeting open to all anarchists to generate and coordinate citywide statements or actions for the anarchist movement. Welcome!
 
### Role: the MACC GA is a monthly meeting open to all anarchists to generate and coordinate citywide statements or actions for the anarchist movement. Welcome!
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### Safer space policy: MACC has this policy as a positive, pro-active, preventative step towards making our community space safer. The policy encourages people to monitor themselves. In brief, MACC will not tolerate sexual violence, other violence, sleazy/predatory behavior, or any of the isms/oppressive behavior here at the GA or in any parts of MACC.
 
### Accessibility: we use the mics to ensure everyone can hear. We know they can be a bit formal and uncomfortable to use, but we believe it is most important that everyone can fully participate.
 
### Accessibility: we use the mics to ensure everyone can hear. We know they can be a bit formal and uncomfortable to use, but we believe it is most important that everyone can fully participate.
### Press: If any members of the press are here to report on this event, please identify yourselves now. [Wait] OK, to be clear, no members of the press may report on this meeting without our consent.
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### Press: No members of the press may report on this meeting without our consent. If you are doing that, raise your hand and we will all boo you.
### Greeter: Point them out, these are the people to go to if you have questions, concerns or something/someone is making you uncomfortable.
 
##Safer space policy
 
###Read the summary of our safer spaces policy found below.  
 
 
## Facilitators - Give your names. Explain the role of facilitator, which is “to help to guide the group through its own process.”
 
## Facilitators - Give your names. Explain the role of facilitator, which is “to help to guide the group through its own process.”
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## Terms - a few of the most commonly used terms you may hear tonight:
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### Working groups - groups of humans engaged in concrete tasks around building the MACC organization and the anarchist movements in NYC. Check out your booklet for more info.
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### MEA - MACC Emergency Action. One of MACC’s working groups, which  coordinates and participates in street demos and actions.
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### Discord - tech tool we use to discuss MEA actions, share memes, and more
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### Organizing meeting - where we plan the GA and make organizational decisions for MACC. Open to anyone who has gone to a GA.
 
## Agenda is written out here. Does anyone have anything to add?
 
## Agenda is written out here. Does anyone have anything to add?
# Turn-and-talk Discussion (7:05-7:15)
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## After the meeting, join us to socialize at ___ bar.
##Brief summary of the topic + questions; turn and talk to your neighbor
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# Working group and event report backs
#Working group and event report backs (7:15-7:45)
 
 
## For full report backs, see booklet.
 
## For full report backs, see booklet.
 
## If you want to get involved with a working group, contact info is on website. Also sign up sheets in the back.
 
## If you want to get involved with a working group, contact info is on website. Also sign up sheets in the back.
 
## If you want to start your own working group, do it!
 
## If you want to start your own working group, do it!
 
## [Report backs from working groups and events]
 
## [Report backs from working groups and events]
###Organizing Assembly
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# Break-outs
###Any other working groups/events that want to report back
 
###MACC Money (+ pass bag - funds collected by MACC are used to support working group initiatives, make propaganda, support infrastructure (like our website), and support folks in emergencies. Suggest $10 per person; if you can give more, you’re helping to cover someone who can’t.)
 
# Break-outs (7:45-8:15)
 
 
## Breakouts: describe each break out, assign each break out to a different corner of the room, give a time limit. [Breakouts]
 
## Breakouts: describe each break out, assign each break out to a different corner of the room, give a time limit. [Breakouts]
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## (At the end of time, return to large circle.) Pass the bag - funds collected by MACC are used to support working group initiatives, make propaganda, support infrastructure (like our website), and support folks in emergencies. Suggest $10 per person; if you can give more, you’re helping to cover someone who can’t.
 
## [Report backs on breakouts]
 
## [Report backs on breakouts]
#Gratitude / Shout-outs (5 min)
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# Announcements
##We use this time to express express gratitude for the less-visible work being done work being done within MACC.
 
##Facilitators should prepare 1-2 thanks to give as examples, and then ask the room who else has some one to thank.
 
##Try to have 4-5 people contribute a shoutout. You can remind people before the GA to think of things they'd like to shout out at the end to they're prepared!
 
##Examples:
 
###"Thanks to <person> for booking a space for the organizing assembly this month"
 
###"I enjoyed <event> that happened, thanks to the working group that put it on"
 
###"I felt supported when <person> did <thing>, thanks for being a great comrade!"
 
###"Whoever made that meme for our twitter is rad"
 
###"Shoutout to <person> for facilitating a great discussion in <break out session>"
 
# Announcements (8:15-8:30)
 
 
## If people have announcements about upcoming events or other initiatives relevant to anarchists, share them now!
 
## If people have announcements about upcoming events or other initiatives relevant to anarchists, share them now!
 
## [Announcements]
 
## [Announcements]
# Wrap-up (8:30-8:35)
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# Wrap-up
 
## Congrats on making it through the GA. Now you’re not “new” anymore! If this was your first GA and you didn’t go to the orientation before the GA, and/or you are not currently involved in a working group, and/or you have questions about what to do next, _____ will be hanging back to give next steps and answer questions.
 
## Congrats on making it through the GA. Now you’re not “new” anymore! If this was your first GA and you didn’t go to the orientation before the GA, and/or you are not currently involved in a working group, and/or you have questions about what to do next, _____ will be hanging back to give next steps and answer questions.
 
## To reiterate, join a working group!
 
## To reiterate, join a working group!
## Also everyone is invited to the next organizing assembly. The info of when and where it will be is available on the website event calendar.
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## Also everyone is invited to the next organizing meeting. The info of when and where it will be is available ----?
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## Also join Discord somehow ---?
 
## Also come socialize and drink at ___ bar
 
## Also come socialize and drink at ___ bar
  
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* Ask for feedback on the GA as an entry point
 
* Ask for feedback on the GA as an entry point
 
* Encourage everyone to mingle, both at Verso and the bar
 
* Encourage everyone to mingle, both at Verso and the bar
 
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[[Category:Resources]]
== Safer Spaces summary ==
 
This is a paired-down version of our [https://macc.nyc/safer-spaces full safer space policy] intended for reading aloud at the start of the GA or other meetings.<blockquote>MACC aims to create and perpetuate spaces that are safer than the outside world. We are an organization that is radical and accessible.
 
To achieve this we agree that in our spaces there will be:
 
 
 
No Violence, threats of violence, use of force or threat of force. This means no physically restraining someone, blocking their way, refusing to stop following them or refusing to move away from them when asked.
 
 
 
No sexual harassment. This means no acting in a sexual way towards somebody, invading their personal space or making sexually suggestive moves or gestures to them without their explicit consent.
 
 
 
No verbal abuse. This means no use of insulting terms or aggressive expression with the intention of causing hurt, intimidation or humiliation. No racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic or ableist language.
 
 
 
No harassment. This means no repeated, persistent or unwelcome behaviour targeted at a person.
 
 
 
No emotional and psychological abuse: Do not be patronising or dismissive, put someone down or ridicule, ignore, isolate, ostracise, scapegoat or use any other bullying behaviours.
 
 
 
MACC will not tolerate any behavior or language that may perpetuate oppression.</blockquote>
 
 
 
== New Projects Break Out ==
 
Sometimes we run a breakout to help people start new projects, or help them get connected to an existing project if they aren't sure where they fit-in. The goal is to help them think through what they're interested in, and how they can start working on that.
 
 
 
Before the GA, print out a few copies of the [[:File:Start a Project.pdf|New Project Sign-up sheet]]. You'll give one of these to each person that wants to start a project.
 
 
 
Some good questions to ask folks are:
 
* Is there a project you're looking to start?
 
** What kind of help do you need for that project?
 
** What does the project look like?
 
** Is it on going or one time?
 
* What do you enjoy working on?
 
* What kind of work are you interested in doing/helping with?
 
** This could be a topic like "immigration" or a kind of task like "writing"
 
Things to keep in mind:
 
* Encourage people start small, it's unlikely that they'll start a big group with weekly or monthly meetings right off the bat.
 
* Get the names and phone numbers of people starting projects and try to follow up with them to see how it went.
 
** And/or get their emails and add them to the organizing list.
 
* Have each person with a sign up sheet report back after breakouts.
 
* Emphasize it's low pressure and there's no failing! If a group only meets once to have a nice discussion and nothing else comes of it, they're still building relationships and organizing skills.
 
* Give anyone that starts a project [[:File:Start a Project.pdf|a sign-up sheet]]. ''They should take this home and set up the meeting/project/whatever.''
 
* Be careful not to over commit yourself or promise to help with a project when you don't actually have time to. The facilitator of this breakout is not bottom lining these new projects, the person who brought up the idea should take the sign-up sheet and organize it themselves.
 
 
 
[[Category:Best Practices]]
 
[[Category:Guide]]
 

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