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Community Village Council Selection

MindFreedom participates in the Community Village of the Oregon Country Fair. Here is information from John Flannery of the Community Village about how the Community Village selects their leadership, which is called the Council.

The stuff in CAPS are the agreements; the stuff in
lowercase is explanatory.  (Note: there's a lot of confusion about the
last agreement; the expressed concern has to have gone through the
grievance process, but the person stating the concern doesn't have to be
the person who brought it through the grievance process.  Clear as mud,
right?  What that means is that one person could go through the
grievance process, bring their concern up at the meeting, and then be
joined by other people who share the concern but didn't go through the
grievance process.)


PEOPLE WILL STAND FOR COUNCIL AT THE JANUARY VILLAGE MEETING. IF SOMEONE
WOULD LIKE TO BE ON COUNCIL BUT ABSOLUTELY CANNOT MAKE IT TO THIS
MEETING, THEY MUST SEND SOMEONE TO STAND FOR THEM. THE COUNCIL
CANDIDATES WILL MAKE A STATEMENT OR ANSWER QUESTIONS REGARDING WHO THEY
ARE, THEIR VILLAGE/FAIR EXPERIENCE, ETC. CANDIDATES FOR COUNCIL MUST
PROVIDE CONTACT INFO, AND BE ACCESSIBLE DURING THE NEXT WEEK.


INITIAL CALL FOR COUNCIL CONFIRMATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE FEBRUARY
VILLAGE MEETING.


We recognize that one month is not always enough time to work out
conflicts, so we suggest A PERSON WHO STATES THEIR INTENT IN JANUARY MAY
CHOOSE TO BE CONFIRMED IN MARCH.


THOSE PEOPLE STANDING FOR COUNCIL ABOUT WHOM NO RESERVATIONS ARE
EXPRESSED GET CONFIRMED WITHOUT DELAY. This is to ensure that the
Village will not be left without a council.


(At the February Village meeting, the facilitator will say something
like: "Those council candidates who prefer to stand for confirmation
tonight instead of next month, please stand". If no one at the meeting
brings up concerns about the people standing, then those people are
confirmed to council.)


No candidate should be blindsided publicly with a concern they have not
already had a chance to respond to privately.


SOMEONE MAY BRING UP A CONCERN ABOUT A CANDIDATE PUBLICLY AT THE
FEBRUARY OR MARCH VILLAGE MEETING IF AND ONLY IF THEY HAVE PARTICIPATED
FULLY IN THE VILLAGE'S GRIEVANCE PROCESS, AND WARNED THE CANDIDATE THEY
MAY BRING UP THAT CONCERN. A CANDIDATE WHO KNOWS THERE IS A CONCERN
ABOUT THEIR JOINING COUNCIL MAY STAND FOR COUNCIL IF AND ONLY IF THEY
HAVE PARTICIPATED FULLY IN THE VILLAGE'S GRIEVANCE PROCESS.


A person may not feel safe, or able to tactfully discuss their issues
with a candidate, so A PERSON WITH A CONCERN MAY USE AN ADVOCATE.


(Grievance process: If someone has a concern about a council candidate
they need to contact the candidate or have an "advocate" do so. They
should contact the candidate within the week following the January
Village meeting. Hopefully, those people can come to an understanding
(perhaps using mediation); if not, the candidate and the person with the
concern must attend the January council meeting, NO EXCEPTIONS.)


(We are not mandating mediation because the Agents of Reality among us
say that mandatory mediation is a contradiction in terms.)


To allow some time to work out a solution, THE JANUARY COUNCIL MEETING
WILL BE HELD THE SECOND WEEK FOLLOWING THE GENERAL MEETING.


A VILLAGE MEMBER MAY STAND ASIDE OR BLOCK A COUNCIL CANDIDATE PROVIDED
THAT THEIR EXPRESSED CONCERN HAS GONE THROUGH THE GRIEVANCE PROCESS.

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Ted received electroshock at the age of six, and spent 10 years of his youth locked up inside a state psychiatric institution. He became a psychiatric survivor movement leader in 1971, and later became an attorney. He has served on the board of MindFreedom International for several years. (Photo by Tom Olin)
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