Our Constitution
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Platform/Points of Unity
We are revolutionary anarchists who believe in the elimination of all forms of oppression.

We are against capitalism because of its inherently exploitative and alienating character and its need to put profits above anything else.  We want to replace it with mutual aid and a cooperative, bottom-up, and democratic form of communism where those who work control the means of production. We go by the maxim: “to each according to their need, from each according to their ability.”

We are against the nation-state because it is the main tool of the ruling class to keep power in the hands of a small elite, centralizing power away from our communities.  We want to replace it with directly democratic decision making structures that allow for all effected to have a meaningful say in the direction of their community and world.
We are against the oppression of women and for women’s liberation.  We believe in full equality in all aspects of life, unapologetically support reproductive freedom and women’s control of their own bodies. We encourage leadership and participation of women, and feel no one can be free when half the world is not.

We are against white supremacy and all forms of imperialism, racism, chauvinism, and reactionary nationalism. We uphold the right of oppressed people to self-determination and cultural diversity.  We encourage leadership of and participation by people of color.
We are against heterosexism, homophobia, and the simplicity of the dual gender system.  We are for the liberation of lesbian, Trans, gay, bi and all queer people.

We uphold the right of all people to self-defense by any means necessary.

We believe in the creation of dual power and actively work towards building a new world in the shell of the old politically, culturally and economically by challenging and confronting oppressive institutions as well as creating our own.

We are skeptical of, but do not outright reject reformist politics.  We believe that reforms are a necessary, but by no means a complete, part of the revolutionary project and will continue to push for revolutionary solution even after reformative ones win victories.

We are dedicated to the principles of criticism/self-criticism.  No one is above being criticized and we view it as a healthy, productive aspect of strategizing and organizing.  We do not mold the world to our politics but mold our politics to the ever changing world.

We believe in solidarity and consider all those fighting for a more just, equal and fair world our allies in a general sense.  We will defend all comrades against attack.  We will support, to one degree or another, all movements working to build revolution in the world and break the chains of oppression.

CONSTITUTION AND STRUCTURE
Membership Guidelines

No drugs or alcohol while doing political work while representing Burning River.

Members that sexually assault, and/or physically abuse anyone shall be dealt with according to the organizations policy on sexual assault.

All members must maintain communication with the organization and be able to respond, unless reason is given ahead of time, to any inquiries on 2 days notice via text, call or email.

All members should agree with the basic points of unity and platform (tactical unity) and not argue against these basic principles in public.  All other disagreement, discussion and debate should be encouraged.

MEMBERS MUST:
Participate in study group page.
Attend regular bi-weekly meetings
Attend at least one 1 meeting per 2 month
Help the organization as much as possible during programs, tabling, events, publicizing, campaigns, etc.
Complete all tasks volunteered for.
Continue to educate self on subject of points of unity and platform.
Commit to a monthly due amount and pay it to the treasurer on time, monthly; those not able to pay should simply explain to the group why and, if able and desirable, commit something other than financial support to the group.
Ensure through participation, that all programs, tabling, events, publicizing, campaigns, etc. are as successful as possible.
Complete all tasks volunteered for
Encourage participation and involvement of support members, including encouraging them to become core members.
Listen to and engage in criticism/self-criticism.
Understand the basic points of unity and platform and be capable of defending organizational positions.  Continue to educate ourselves on the points of unity and platform.

TO BECOME A MEMBER.
Apply for membership.
Agree to membership guidelines and responsibilities of a member.
Voted in by a consensus vote of all members.

DISSMISSAL OF MEMBERS.
Members shall be expelled after a 2/3 majority vote of all members of the organization.
A written statement shall be given to the expelled member detailing all reasons for the expulsion.  A copy of this statement shall be retained as well.
The expelled member shall have 14 days to respond and appeal the expulsion at which point a final vote will again be taken and determined by a 2/3 vote if the decision stands.

VOTING:
Process
When consensus cannot be reached and a decision must be made it is necessary to vote.
Voting shall be done in a meeting, but allow those not present to cast their vote when a decision is found to be of a major character.
All minor proposals need a simple majority to pass of those present at a meeting.
All major proposals need 2/3 majority of all voting members.
A proposal becomes a major one when ¼ (25%) of the group expresses the need for it at a meeting.
Major proposals are those that are of high importance to the group, including structural and constitutional changes, campaigns alteration of points of unity, strategy, etc.
Major proposals will be voted on exactly one week after their introduction.
All emergency proposals need a 2/3 vote of those present at a meeting to pass.
A vote is declared an “emergency” vote when 2/3 of those present agree that the decision must be made at that particular meeting.
Making something an emergency vote overrides all other votes.
 
 
STRUCTURE:
Positions of the organization

Facilitator: (Group and Meetings)
-organize meetings
-organize agenda for meeting
-maintain consistent and regular communication with all members.
-obtain votes from those not present at meetings.
-ensure that all tasks taken up at meetings are followed through by deadline, and find someone else to fulfill tasks left undone. (It is not up to the facilitator to complete undone tasks.)

-ELECTION: members shall rotate the position of Facilitator on a monthly basis.  Members not wishing to Facilitate in a particular month may pass the responsibility off to the next member.

-REMOVAL: A facilitator can be made to step down from their month’s role by a 2/3 vote of all members.

Secretary:
Take notes at meetings
Email minutes of meetings within 1 week.
Update all official organizational documents when changed.

Election: members shall rotate the position of secretary every other even month.  Members not wishing to hold the position for a period may pass the responsibility to the next member.
               
Removal:  A secretary can be made to step down by 2/3 vote of all members.

Treasurer:
Handle all money and financial transactions of the group
Maintain the Distro by updating the master list and ordering titles as needed.
Report to organization at meetings.
Be available for distribution of finances to members.

ELECTION:  Members shall rotate the position of treasurer every other odd month.  Members not wishing to hold the position for a period may pass the responsibility to the next member.

REMOVAL: A treasurer can be made to step down by 2/3 vote of all members.

BIMONTHLY Recap Sessions.
One meeting every two months shall focus on recapping the past’s month activities.  All successes, failures, criticisms, self-criticisms, misunderstandings, etc.  should dealt with here.  The basis of the meeting should be on strengthening the group and not brining anyone down therefore the strategy “unity-criticism-unity” should be used.
Study group:
Study of political materials relevant to strengthening our ideological understanding of our struggle should occur regularly.
Study groups are not limited to organizational members and therefore official business should not be discussed at them.

Meetings.
Meetings shall be held at the same time and day as much as possible.  The purpose of these meetings is to ensure the smooth and effective running of the organizations through: 
Report backs. (May be done on line between meetings.)
Proposals
Planning
Strategy

CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW MEETING.

One meeting yearly shall be dedicated to reviewing and critiquing our constitution and structure.  This will be done to ensure that any non-working aspects, failures, or inconsistencies are dealt with and corrected striving to evolve them to fit current reality.

STRATEGY:
Unity in strategy is key for any revolutionary organization to succeed. The essence of any strategy should be the attempted answering of three main questions: 1) what kind of world do we live in?  2) What kind of world do we want to live in? and 3) How do we get from the way the world is to the way we want to be?  The general answers to the first two questions are found in our Platform/Points of Unity.  There we describe, purposefully brief and open to expansion, the way the world is and a vision of a world worth fighting for.  This section is our general answer to begin getting to that point.

Radicalizing Local Movements.
If we are to be successful in our endeavor to spread the theory and practice of revolutionary anarchism we must have a coherent strategy that can tap into popular movements, community organizing, mass demonstrations, coordinated amongst the anarchist cadre and takes on a consistent, principled, and dedicated character.
By consistent we mean that we will have certain members who take part in certain organizations’ work on a long term basis, that member will do regular political work rather than the occasional or sporadic approach, and that the organization as a whole will constantly attend speakers, forums, protests, rallies, etc. to show support, build our popular movements, and promote revolutionary anarchism as a viable alternative to the current order.
 
Working with and amongst oppressed People.
It is essential that we build primarily with people who are objectively oppressed in this society and who have very little reason to see capitalism and the state exist.  This includes various sections of the population and is most represented in the ghettoes and barrios of northeast Ohio.  We must build our support base in these areas as much as possible by following the Idea of the late Kwame Nkrumah who suggested that revolutionaries live amongst the oppressed, learn from them, and build with them rather than for (charity) them.
This does not mean that we should avoid or ignore work amongst all those who are willing to work with us as revolutionary anarchists.  But, as a strategy, it means that we prioritize building resistance with the most objectively oppressed groups in this society.
Spreading Revolutionary Anarchism
 
There power of knowledge should never be underestimated.  While there are literally millions of people within the U.S. who have nothing but disdain for capitalism and the state, that is not enough.  It is fundamental that we spread the idea and possibility of a world without oppression in concrete terms and well thought out ways.  There are two primary ways this can be done. 1. Educational Materials.  This includes fliers, newspapers, and all literature.  Building a revolutionary anarchist distro, and the continuance study group. 2. Personal Discussion.   This includes informal discussions with groups and/or individuals, formal discussions at open forums and events, speaking engagements, rallies, etc.
 
Internationalism
Revolutions, especially those in imperialist nations that truly wish to fundamentally take on exploitation and injustice must be internationalist in character.  Internationalism requires us to work in solidarity with international struggles for liberation, seek out and work with international revolutionary anarchist and liberatory forces, and constantly interject the importance of a global understanding in all areas of society and struggle.
Building Counter-Institutions
The final facet to our strategy is attempting counter-institutions to meet the material needs and revolutionary desires of people in ways that emulate revolutionary anarchism.  This may include food and clothing centers, housing, bookstores, community centers and more.
  

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