Our Organization’s Purpose Statement, Goals and Strategies and Guiding Principles
Purpose Statement: The purpose of the San Francisco 99% Coalition is to achieve our Goals through our accepted Strategies, consistent with our Guiding Principles.
Goals: (1) End War; (2) Tax Wealth; (3) Care for the People, (4) Protect the Environment.
Strategies: To educate, advocate, and coordinate social and political actions by working in coalition with, and offering support to, groups that promote nonviolent advocacy for equitable social, economic and environmental public policies.
Guiding Principles: We agree to recognize and value the humanity within each of us; we disavow all forms of stereotyping, racism and prejudice; we acknowledge political pluralism in the group; we demonstrate a commitment to nonviolence in our words and actions; we show respect for each other’s opinions during discourse of all types; we hold ourselves individually and collectively accountable for these values and we welcome anyone who will abide by our mutually agreed upon principles, strategies, and goals.
Meetings: Meetings are held at times mutually agreed upon, noticed by at least one week, organized with a facilitator, timekeeper and note-taker, and based upon a prescribed format normally lasting 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
Membership: All are welcome to attend our meetings and participate in discussions, offer ideas and suggestions. People considering membership in the San Francisco 99% Coalition will need to attend two meetings before becoming voting members, be in agreement with the group guidelines, and pay dues of $2.00 per month. These dues will be mitigated in the face of any economic hardship. For those people who have been either attending on a continuous basis during the past year, or who have contributed to the group’s functioning when they could not attend physically at all times, will be exempt from the requirement of two meetings because that requirement has already been met.
Voting Process: For any vote a quorum of 9 members or more must be present. A 2/3 vote of thospresent is required for passage.
Committees: Members may wish to join existing subcommittees or may wish to form a new committee via the proposal process below. Committees may meet separately to offer new proposals for activities focusing on attaining our goals, upon which the entire coalition will vote upon, promote and support. Generally the existing committees are either operational (pertaining to the internal functioning of the coalition), or activist, (promoting education, outreach, and political action).
Proposal Process: The proposal process for an action relating to our goals to be presented to the membership is: Contact your committee members and discuss the idea to be formulated and presented to members at a pre-meeting gathering or through emails only between the committee members, before presenting the brief written description to a general coalition meeting. It will then be discussed by all members and voted upon at a regular meeting. The proposal format shall include:
- Name of proposal
- Brief description of action (within our purpose/goals)
- Who will participate
- Need, practicality and resources
- Result anticipated
Website: Our website is: http://sf99percent.org/ which contains the latest news and background of our organization. If you are technically oriented and could assist with communications, please let us know.
Email Listserv: Our listserv is located on the yahoogroups online and you may sign-up to receive alerts, notices and basic information about our organization.