Green Left Weekly and the Socialist Alliance
In order to clarify some of the remarks that pitches GLW with the Socialist Alliance this is the motion that was overwhelmingly carried at the last meeting of the Socialist Alliance National Executive
"That National Executive provisionally accept the DSP offer for Socialist Alliance to undertake an editorial role on Green Left Weekly. This role to encompass:
1. The formation of an SA editorial board committee to work in conjunction with the existing GLW board and report to National Conveners/National Executive as required.
2. That the role of the SA editorial board include securing access for SA members and affiliates, soliciting material and over sighting the public presentation of SA within GLW.
3. That this transitional arrangement with GLW be assessed at the next SA national conference [in May 2004] with a view to negotiating the integration of GLW and SA editorial committees and the transformation of GLW into the national weekly newspaper of SA.
That this provisional NE acceptance of the DSP offer and accompanying NE proposal be canvassed with SA branches for immediate feedback by December 5, 2003, pending formal ratification at the NE meeting of December 12, 2003."
_________________The motion does not accept the existing GLW as the paper of the SA. It initiates a concrete process of consultation. Taking into account feedback from the branches, it foreshadows a trial access period for SA material being included in GLW after formal approval at the DEC.12 NE meeting. This trial period will last until the May conference. At this point, based upon the SA's practical experiences, negotiations with the DSP, etc., it will be for conference to decide whether, and how, to transform GLW into the SA paper.All the documentation relevant to this process can be accessed on the SA web pages as published in Alliance Voices - the SA discussion bulletin.--http://www.socialist-alliance.org/idbpage.shtml--especially the September issues of Alliance Voiceshttp://www.socialist-alliance.org/resources/idb/Vol_3_10.docin which you will find a detailed prsentation of the DSP offer and the response of the ISO as well as the original SA letter.Athttp://www.socialist-alliance.org/resources/idb/vol3_num9.docyou will find the background paper entitled National Publications Report which reviews all the journal options of the SA.Dave Riley