Strategies for Change: How to Make the American Political Dream Work

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Independent Precinct Organization Charter

I. PURPOSE
We believe that those who are affected by the decisions of government must be consulted by those who govern. It is the right of citizens to have access to the instruments of power; it is their duty to learn to use them effectively and wisely. We seek to elect to public office men and women who will serve with wisdom and imagination, while remaining responsive to those who gave them office. We seek to build a citizenry confident in its capacity to select its leaders and to take part in the making of public policy. The Independent Precinct Organization seeks to achieve this program for the community at large by means of a broadly based, precinct level political structure. We will serve to make visible a political community which is at once energetic and humane. All who have a stake in our decisions will participate in making them; all who participate will share the responsibility for implementation. By fostering responsible citizen participation in public affairs, by promoting fresh, responsive, and progressive political leadership, by demonstrating in our ways of work the wisdom of popular democracy, we seek to bring about a new political order in our community.
II. MEMBERSHIP
A. Membership in the Independent Precinct Organization is open to any individual and is attained by fulfilling the the responsibilities of membership for two consecutive months. These responsibilities are:
1. A regular sustained expenditure of time on activities

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