Saturday, 1 August 2015

Andy Meinke Speaks up for Freedom Collective

RICHARD (Parry) was appointed as a director of Friends of Freedom Press (FFP) for the simple reason that the Freedom Collective recommended him to the then directors.  New directors were needed after Harold (Sculthorpe) and Colin (Ward) died.  The  Freedom Collective had a meeting in 2011 and suggested some people and Richard responded.  The clue is in the first word, “friends”. The “Friends” are not the people responsible for how Freedom is run.  The “Friends” are people who want to financially support the work that Freedom does in all it's aspects (shop, building, publishing and news) but are no longer active in what the Collective does and who as a limited company own the building in trust for the good of the Anarchist Movement as a whole.  This is a really important safeguard.  The building is a great asset (£1.1 m at last valuation) and needs to be protected against any attempted takeover.  On the other hand the members of FFP are excluded from decision making in the Collective to ensure the day to day activity of Freedom is controlled by those active in the anarchist movement today and free from influence by those providing financial backing.
However Freedom Collective meetings (which are held on the first Monday of the month at the shop) are open to everyone in the movement- especially members of FFP.  That's been so for at least the seven years I've been involved.  If anyone had any problems with the decisions the Collective has taken over the years they can come and discuss them. 
Andy Meinke:  Freedom Collective (July 2015)


Jennifer Welsh said...

THE post by Andy Meinke raises many more issues than it attempts – unconvincingly – to answer, and I should like to examine them... See post that follows entitled 'A Response to Andy Meinke from Jennifer Welsh'.

Brian Bamford said...

ANDY Meinke merely adds to the mystery behind the 'election' of Richard Parry as a director to the Friends of Freedom Press Board (FFP).