National Assembly in Cleveland
I plan on attending Cleveland but many of us have concerns. I do like the intention of this assembly giving one person one vote... So, therefore, in the spirit of cooperation, here are some of the concerns I and others have:
1) That PDA's control and direction of the agenda and process be limited. Again, buttressing the sentiment above -- I think no group should have any more power than any other group. It should be more about grassroots activists who have been doing the heavy lifting day in, day out. Not PDA, not UFPJ and not ANSWER. Many of us believe this movement's great energy and spirit is from the true grassroots.
2) That nonviolent civil resistance be encouraged and fostered, while it is realized not everyone will engage in it. We need as many tools in the toolshed as possible to dismantle the military-industrial-political empire. Frankly more and more people believe nonviolent direct action should be given more time and energy by the movement than electoral strategies (look at the growth of it across the country during the last two years). No significant social change in America has been complete without it (abolitionism, suffragism, anti-war movements).
3) That any plan the assembly puts forward should strive for consensus (as much as possible), and it should take as much input from a diverse set of folks, especially giving weight to those often humiliated and subjugated by the powers that be, as possible. This includes people of color, the queer and trans community, and students (college and younger).
4) Also there should be basically no back door dealings, that the assembly strive for complete transparency. This includes listing all workshops organized, and all proposing and voting procedures explained.