About Us http://thefec.org/taxonomy/term/3 The taxonomy view with a depth of 0. en What is the FEC? http://thefec.org/node/253 <p>The Federation of Egalitarian Communities is a network of communal<br /> groups spread across North America. We range in size and emphasis from<br /> small agricultural homesteads to village-like communities to urban<br /> group houses. </p> <h2> Principles of the FEC </h2> <p><b>Each of the FEC communities:</b></p> <ol> <li>Holds its land, labor, income<br /> and other resources in common. </li> <li>Assumes responsibility for the needs of its members, receiving<br /> the products of their labor and distributing these and all other<br /> goods equally, or according to need. </li> <li>Practices non-violence. </li> <li>Uses a form of decision making in which members have an equal<br /> opportunity to participate, either through consensus, direct vote,<br /> or right of appeal or overrule. </li> <li>Actively works to establish the equality of all people and<br /> does not permit discrimination on the basis of race, class, creed,<br /> ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. </li> <li>Acts to conserve natural resources for present and future<br /> generations while striving to continually improve ecological<br /> awareness and practice. </li> <li>Creates processes for group communication and participation<br /> and provides an environment which supports people's development. </li> </ol> <p><img src='http://thefec.org/system/files/images/downattwinoaks.preview.preview.jpg'></p> <h2> Why We Exist </h2> <p>Because we share so much, and because we are committed to a vision of community which transcends our individual groups, we have joined together to cooperate on publications, conferences, recruitment efforts, community support systems including health care, and a variety of other mutually supportive activities. Our aim is not only to help each other; we want to help more people discover the advantages of a communal alternative, and to promote the evolution of a more egalitarian world.</p> <h2> Connect With Us </h2> <p>We cannot promise utopia, but if you are seriously interested in<br /> our joyous struggle, we invite you to come and see for yourself. To<br /> arrange a visit, <a href='http://thefec.org/node/55'>read here</a> and then <a href="http://thefec.org/taxonomy/term/4">contact the individual community</a><br /> you want to go to. Other opportunities to connect with us include <a href="http://thefec.org/taxonomy/term/4">internships</a> and <a href="http://communitiesconference.org">conferences on community living</a>. </p> <p> If you are part of an existing community that is interested in potentially joining the FEC, see info on <a href="http://thefec.org/community/join">becoming an FEC community</a>. </p> <p> For other queries, please <a href="mailto:secretary@thefec.org">Email secretary@thefec.org</a>. </p> <p><img src='http://thefec.org/system/files/images/1184579241_9b7b07ea94.jpg'><br /> <!--break--></p> http://thefec.org/node/253#comments About Us Tue, 11 Dec 2007 20:36:19 -0600 AngieTupelo 253 at http://thefec.org Becoming an FEC Community http://thefec.org/community/join <p>Becoming an FEC Community has many benefits for your community and its members! </p> <p>All FEC Communities are given instant access to <a href='http://thefec.org/PEACH'>PEACH<a>, our catastrophic health care fund. Members may also engage in our Labor Exchange program, called <a href='http://thefec.org/LEX'>LEX</a>. The FEC also provides support for recruitment and outreach for your community, among many other projects and programs. And by becoming a member of the FEC, your community joins a group of like minded yett diverse communities that work together to try to make a better world.</p> <p>The fist step in becoming an FEC Community is to contact the FEC Secretary. <a href='mailto:secretary@thefec.org'>secretary@thefec.org</a></p> <p>The FEC Secretary will help guide you through the process.</p> <p>The Secretary will send you information and a questionnaire to fill out. </p> <p>You will then be invited to come to our next FEC Assembly and meet members of our communities.</p> <p><!--break--><br /> The applying community:</p> <ol> <li> Expresses interest in FEC membership.</li> <li> Receives a package of written material from the FEC explaining what<br /> the FEC is about, the membership requirements, and the application procedure.</li> <li> Sends back to the FEC:<br /> <ol type="a"> <li>written information describing itself (e.g., bylaws,<br /> behavioral norms, membership criteria, outreach material, etc.);</li> <li>some collective binding agreement, with a defined process for<br /> changing that agreement, that represents a written affirmation<br /> of the FEC's seven<br /> basic principles;</li> <li>a response to the FEC Questionnaire.</li> </ol> </li> <li> Develops and maintains an active relationship with at least one FEC<br /> community through activities such as visiting or labor exchange, written<br /> communication,<br /> attendance at conferences, or other forms of sharing.</li> <li> Attends at least one assembly prior to the one at which it formally<br /> applies for membership.</li> <li> Is visited by a designated representative of the FEC.</li> <li> Comes to the next assembly, formally applies for membership, and receives<br /> an answer at that assembly.</li> </ol> <p> Note that steps 1-5 may occur in any order and that at any point in the<br /> process prior to attaining membership, a community may apply for Community-In-Dialogue<br /> status. </p> <p> In the above process the FEC Assembly takes the responsibility for designating<br /> a representative to handle correspondence with an applying community, including<br /> sending the written materials required in step 2, and for designating a representative<br /> to visit that community, as set out in<br /> step 6. </p> <p> Consensus of the existing FEC communities is necessary to accept a new group.<br /> Once accepted the new community is granted full member rights and privileges<br /> from that point on. </p> <h3 align="center"> FEC Membership Questionnaire</h3> <h4>Ownership of Property</h4> <p> 1. Who holds legal title to the land? </p> <p> 2. What is held in common, and what is owned by individuals? If anything<br /> is owned privately, are there any restrictions on what kind or how much? </p> <p> 3. What happens to the community's assets if it decides to disband? </p> <h4>Membership</h4> <p> 4. What is the procedure for becoming a member? Are there any membership<br /> requirements? Do you accept children, and, if so, at what point do children<br /> become members? </p> <p> 5. How many members do you currently have? How long have they been members?<br /> How many members have you had in the past? What are the most you have had<br /> at one time? How many members do you intend to have? How long has the group<br /> been in existence? </p> <p> 6. Under what conditions could someone lose co's membership? What would<br /> the expulsion procedure be? </p> <h4>Work</h4> <p> 7. How do you organize your income-producing and domestic work? How do you<br /> decide who does what? </p> <p> 8. Do members take vacations, and if so, how is it decided who goes, when,<br /> and for how long? </p> <h4>Money</h4> <p> 9. How do you make money? What is the community's gross annual income? How<br /> do you foresee making money in the future? </p> <p> 10. How do you decide to spend money? </p> <p> 11. Do members get money to spend on themselves? If so, how is it decided<br /> who gets how much? If members get different amounts, what are these amounts<br /> based on? </p> <h4>Decision-making</h4> <p> 12. How are major and minor community decisions made? </p> <p> 13. How can existing decisions be changed? </p> <h4>Health, Affiliation, and Welfare</h4> <p> 14. How does your community deal with members' major and minor medical problems? </p> <p> 15. Does your community have any religious affiliation or creed? </p> <p> 16. What does the group provide for its members, and what are members expected<br /> to provide for themselves? </p> <p> 17. How does the group deal with members who do not follow group rules or<br /> norms? How does the group deal with acts of physical and verbal violence? </p> <h3 align="center"> Community-In-Dialogue Status</h3> <p> If a community is seeking FEC membership but is not yet at the point where<br /> the Assembly will approve its application, or if a group simply wishes to<br /> affiliate with the FEC though it is not planning to become a full member,<br /> that community may apply for Community-in-Dialogue (CID) status. For a community<br /> to be accepted as a CID, the Assembly need only be convinced that the community<br /> is actively working toward meeting the membership criteria, and that there<br /> exists a mutual desire for cooperation between the community and the FEC. </p> <p> The Assembly shall not be obliged to accept a community as a CID, even if<br /> it is working toward meeting the membership criteria, if it is felt that<br /> the community in question is actively contradicting those criteria (e.g.,<br /> using violence, being governed by a leader or minority, discriminating on<br /> any of the grounds outlined in the Federation’s basic principles). </p> <h4>A Community-in-Dialogue shall:</h4> <ol> <li>Maintain an active relationship with at least one FEC community through<br /> activities such as visiting or labor exchange, written communication,<br /> attendance at conferences, etc.;</li> <li> Attend FEC assemblies if they so desire, and participate in discussions<br /> on a limited basis;</li> <li> Pay an annual base tax of $100, plus $5 per working member. This fee<br /> covers short listings in the FEC brochure, general administrative overhead,<br /> and other benefits that may be offered by the Assembly;</li> <li> Be eligible to participate in FEC projects specifically designated<br /> by the Assembly (e.g., conferences, training programs, etc.) on the same<br /> basis<br /> as members, but with the understanding that FEC members receive space<br /> priority. For some projects, if a CID wishes to participate, payment of<br /> a proportional<br /> tax equivalent to the share paid by a member community may be required;<br /> and</li> <li> Have their status reviewed annually by the Assembly.</li> </ol> <h4>A Community-in-Dialogue shall not:</h4> <ol> <li>Vote upon or ratify decisions of the Assembly; or</li> <li>Be eligible for transportation subsidies or loans. </li> </ol> <p> &nbsp; </p> http://thefec.org/community/join#comments About Us Fri, 13 Jun 2008 08:20:33 -0500 Bucket 779 at http://thefec.org History of the FEC http://thefec.org/node/241 <p> The Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC) was founded in December 1976<br /> when the first assembly was held at East Wind Community in Missouri. The<br /> organization was originally inspired by the networks of mutual support observed<br /> among Israeli kibbutzim by Kat Kinkade of Twin Oaks. Early ideas for cooperation ranged from<br /> loans and labor exchange to sharing community-building skills with low-income<br /> people, and eventually settled upon outreach as the core activity. </p> <p> &nbsp; </p> <p><img src="http://thefec.org/img/slides/20_G.thumb.jpg" align="right" /></p> <p>There are 16 groups who have been full members of the FEC since from 1976<br /> through 2002. In most cases the groups that left disbanded, rather than losing<br /> interest in the organization.<br /> <! no dev></p> <p> <br /> <! no dev></p> <p><! no dev></p> <p>A &quot;Communities-in-Dialogue&quot; category was<br /> added in 1980 for groups wishing to maintain a link with us who weren\'t ready<br /> for full membership, and an additional 10 groups have used that status since<br /> then.<br /> <! no dev></p> <p> <br /> <! no dev></p> <p><! no dev></p> <p>The FEC is presently comprised of 6 full member groups and 7<br /> communities-in-dialogue, for a total of 14 communities.<br /> <! no dev><br /> <! no dev></p> http://thefec.org/node/241#comments About Us Tue, 11 Dec 2007 19:58:55 -0600 AngieTupelo 241 at http://thefec.org FEC Businesses on the Web http://thefec.org/node/247 <p>Every FEC community business is a worker co-op, because all FEC<br /> communities are cooperatively and democratically organized. If you'd<br /> like to support the FEC but you can't see yourself moving to an<br /> egalitarian community, please consider supporting our businesses!</p> <p><a href="http://www.eastwindnutbutters.com/">East Wind Nutbutters</a></p> <p><a href="http://sandhillfarm.org/products.html">Sandhill Farm</a> - sorghum, honey, mustard, salsas and condiments.</p> <p><a href="http://skyhouseconsulting.com/"><img src="http://memphisdemocrat.com/images/skyconsult-banner.gif" border="1" /><br /> Skyhouse Consulting</a> - web hosting, web design, and general programming</p> <p><a href="http://southernexposure.com/">Southern Exposure Seed Exchange</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.twinoakstore.com/"><img src="http://www.twinoakstore.com/xcart/skin1/images/xlogo.gif" border="1" /><br />Twin Oaks Hammocks</a></p> http://thefec.org/node/247#comments About Us Thu, 11 Jan 2007 20:09:25 -0600 AngieTupelo 247 at http://thefec.org