LAN: London (Ontario, Canada) Activist Network e-mailing list. On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/LondonActivistNetwork
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Members can post to the LAN e-mailing list by mailing to: firstname.lastname@example.org
PROTOCOL. As the number of subscribers to the mailing list increases, we collectively strive toward a protocol of 'appropriate' usage. Such a protocol helps keep the message volume manageable and promotes a local focus.
Appropriate e-mail content includes: activities, events, issues, and organizing of a primarily LOCAL nature; updates and reports on such local organizing activities; one-time information about specific groups in the area; one-time information (and limited reminders, as appropriate) about specific campaigns and suggested actions. Self-authored commentaries and newspaper/magazine articles/links (independent media is preferred) may be distributed but only occasionally, and at the discretion of moderators, when they appear to be of significant local interest. Authors and commentators are encouraged to develop personal blogs, Facebook pages, etc., where interested individuals can find their writings.
Inappropriate e-mail content includes: 'spam' (e.g., forwarded cross-postings); administrative requests (e.g., subscribe, remove/unsubscribe); continuous updates about specific activities/campaigns; specific, interpersonal discussions (e.g., individual replies to the entire mailing list); personal rambling and/or rants (e.g., 'flaming').
At all times, we should bear in mind that the mailing list has many diverse subscribers involved in many different causes and with varied interests. In general, postings should be readable, informative, and directly related to local efforts (i.e., campuses and city/area). Always be respectful, and in general try to be as concise as possible. An activist mailing list is a valuable community resource, but only if we use it well.
WHAT/HOW. The mailing list is a single e-mail address that broadcasts messages to all subscribers. In other words, it is an open (though moderated) forum of information distribution (and some discussion). Message volume varies but typically does not exceed a few messages daily, on average. (To effectively manage your e-mail flow, you can set up filters in your e-mail software/system or subscribe with a secondary e-mail account using a web-based provider like Gmail or Hotmail).
WHY/WHEN. Early in the fall of 2000, various students, workers, and others in the London community met to learn about each other's work for progressive social change. At that meeting, it was decided that greater communication between us was necessary in order to unite around issues of common concern. Thus, we launched this electronic mailing list in order to facilitate communication and to coordinate our efforts. At present, there more than 600 people on the list and more can add themselves at any time.
WHO/WHERE. Many subscribers to the mailing list are (or were) students at Western University. Other subscribers include local high school students, Fanshawe College students, workers (union members or not), and other residents of London. While not all subscribers are affiliated with any particular organization, many are (or have been) involved with groups such as: Amnesty International, Council of Canadians, Food Not Bombs, Forest Action Network, Latin American Canadian Solidarity Association, Guatemala Solidarity Committee, International Socialists, London and District Labour Council, London Friends of Mumia, Ontario Public Interest Research Group, Oxfam, Students Against Sweatshops, People for Peace London, Canadian Boat to Gaza, No-one is Illegal, Women's Issues Network, Occupy London, and others.
Several other student clubs and community groups are represented on the mailing list. List topics include, but are certainly not limited to: environmental issues, human rights, international trade agreements, peace, poverty, student/education issues, women's issues, international solidarity, and workers' rights.
PRIVACY. The mailing list system is privately administered. As a subscriber to the list, your e-mail address will not be provided to others by list moderators/administrators/maintainers.
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