[Payment-discuss] Payment-discuss Digest, Vol 2, Issue 27
gehrigspamtrap at gmail.com
Thu Feb 15 14:59:11 PST 2007
Hello. I'm David, a member of the UC-IMC collective for several years.
I've been following this discussion from the beginning, but am finally
disturbed enough at some of the remarks here that I'd like to make some
remarks of my own, speaking only for myself.
My frustration at the last few days of email is the tone of "look at
what *might* happen at UC-IMC."
Someone is worried that UC-IMC is vulnerable to being taken over in a
clique coup. But *every* collective in the IMC is vulnerable to being taken
over by a clique coup. Not a few already have, and have been WIPED OUT
because of it. Have you looked at the Cities list lately? HALF the
Canadian IMCs have gone dark. Why? Certainly not because of anything
UC-IMC has done.
UC-IMC isn't even being attacked for what it's done, but for what
someone is *speculating* *might* happen. In the meantime, we know what
*did* happen -- a lot of IMCs have gone dark over the last year. That's
a far more important threat to the long-term sustainability of the IMC
network than whether or not UC-IMC is or isn't a 501(c)3.
One other point -- what is the difference in the way UC-IMC treats
dues-paying members and non-dues-paying members? As far as I can tell,
exactly none. How can I say that? Because I don't know who's paid and who
hasn't. Why? Because there's no difference in the way that people are
treated. Nobody goes around pointing, saying, "Person x isn't a REAL
member, just a lesser being." We don't make anyone wear a special
colored hat or anything like that. I'm offended by the characterization
that UC-IMC is anything but the egalitarian organization it prides itself
Come visit! See for yourself!
We, as a collective, took a look at how to structure ourselves, and
arrived at a consensus to be a 501(c)3. Some other collectives in the
IMC network have done the same; some have not. We don't demand that
other IMC collectives do it our way -- why are some of them demanding
that we do it theirs?
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