How to Start an Affinity Group

The Libertarian Socialist Caucus of the Libertarian Party now has a set of bylaws. The foundation of the caucus is the affinity group, organized on either geographical or ideological lines. Each of these affinity groups will elect a representative to the Caucus General Assembly. Affinity groups are self-organizing and have no set number, so any group of people can become an affinity group. Here’s a handy guide to how to go about that.

  1. Decide on an organizing seed– The principle of organization for an affinity group would be geographicalLibertarian Socialists of Nebraska, for example- or ideologicalLibertarians for Prison Abolition.
  2. Get members– An affinity group for the Caucus must have at least two members that are part of the Caucus. This means agreeing to Libertarian Party’s Non-Aggression Pledge, and the Libertarian Socialist Caucus’ Non-Exploitation Pledge. Please note that while you do not need to be a member of the Caucus to be a member of the affinity group, you do need to be a member to vote in the Caucus. C’mon, it’s free.
  3. Elect a Representative– This will be the person who represents the affinity group at the Caucus’ general assembly. This person must be a member of the Caucus. No affinity group may have more than one representative.
  4. Join the Assembly– The first meeting of the General Assembly of the Libertarian Socialist Caucus is January 3rd, 2018. We need affinity groups for the Assembly, which will be responsible for setting the agenda and the tone for the Caucus.

Well, there you have it. If you are interested in join the Libertarian Socialist Caucus, please join us, and start an affinity group!

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