We have lost eight volunteers over the past month because of this circus masquerading as the Portland Alliance Board of Directors. If you have organized in the past with Board Chair MARKO LAMSON, or Board members SYLCIA EVANS and JIM LOCKHART, and if you do not support the takeover of this publication, please urge them to sit down at the table with us, WE, who actually do the work and dedicate countless hours to get this paper out to our supporters and sustainers.
Please note that Board member MIKE DEE is a dissenting member who stands in solidarity with the Editorial Collective.
~Karma Lita, the Portland Alliance Editorial Collective
To those concerned about the Alliance,
Last week on Tuesday, Portland Alliance Board member SYLVIA EVANS instructed Portland Alliance Board Chair MARKO LAMSON and Board member JIM LOCKHART that from that day forward The Portland Alliance would be run by "top down management," The next day, Wednesday, the locks were changed and only Syliva,
Marko, and Mike Dee currently have keys. It was announced at the Editorial Collective Committee meeting
that Sylvia, Markos, and Jim had decided for the rest of the board that the paper would not publish next month.
This decision violates our written contracts with advertisers and betrays the trust of our supporters, donors, and subscribers. The Editorial Committee recommended that the full board honor our commitments and reconsider this precipitous move. All editorial collective and distribution collective members are prohibited from having keys and their access is limited to the convenience of any board member who may
or may not choose to make themselves available. This "top down management" directly contradicts the
bylaws of this nonprofit.
The office has been locked now for seven days. Much production time has been lost. There will be a meeting at the Alliance this evening at 6:30. (Writers' Workshop) Please attend. The effective denial of access to the production staff, the bookkeeper, and the editorial and distribution collectives does not seen appropriate. This may reverse the progress we have made in the past two months. If this situation persists, it may be prudent to bring in union
organizers and local community activists.
Since the doors were locked:
* During the past week, at least five writers have been unable to use our computer resources to write
for the Alliance. Just this morning, two writers were unable to get in to work on current submissions.
* The bookkeeper has been unable to invoice advertisers or subscribers. This is not helpful.
* The editorial committee staff has been unable to work on the layout of the August Issue of the Alliance.
* It has been very difficult to access our mail and communicate with vendors, subscribers, donors,
and process submissions to the Alliance. Nobody on staff can answer the phone.
I regret that this situation has presented itself and I will do all I can to expedite and facilitate the next issue.
It would seem prudent that the distribution committee (which currently provides the bulk of our funding) be provided access to the office. It would seem prudent that the various volunteer editors, copy editors, and layout personnel (those who do the work) be provided access to the office. Hopefully the top-down directive will be nullified by the full board and a model more appropriate to our status as a collective can prevail.
In solidarity and with best regards,
Post Script: I am sitting in MOJO's across the street from the locked office.
I let Mike Dee know last night we needed access between 7am and 9am...
to do invoicing and layout. It is now noon, and the office remains locked.
Hopefully at 3pm the office will be open for the Financial committee meeting.
(unfortunately only two of three members of that committee have office access)
As a dedicated volunteer, I would like to get inside and get to work.
-- on behalf of the NAAME Editorial Collective Committee of The Portland Alliance
2708 SE Stark Street
Portland, Oregon 97214
Editorial Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org
Internal Communications: email@example.com
We would ALL like to get back to work!! We are losing supporters, volunteers and subscribers. I invite you to attend all Portland Alliance public meetings. Tonight's meeting begins at 6:30. The next Board meeting is next Tuesday at the Alliance office at 28th & SE Stark.