E.2. Structure of the Community-Liberation

Inclusion

The RC Community will make a deliberate, aware effort to include Co-Counselors from the following groups into all RC organizational and leadership bodies:

  1. Groups whose members are not yet involved in RC in numbers proportionate to their numbers in the general population,
  2. Groups that are targeted by oppression, and
  3. Groups whose first language is not one of the dominant languages in the geographic region of the local RC Community.

Role of the International Liberation Reference Persons and International Commonality Reference Persons

Whenever there is a substantial number of Co-Counselors with a common liberation struggle, occupation, or interest, the International Reference Person (IRP) may appoint an International Liberation Reference Person (ILRP) or International Commonality Reference Person (ICRP) for that group.

ILRPs represent their constituencies’ interests in RC. ICRPs represent individuals who have chosen a particular issue to pursue together. Both are the IRP’s deputy leaders of their constituencies and groups. They hold their positions at the discretion of the IRP, who chooses them in consultation with local and Regional leadership. They propose and develop liberation, occupation, and interest-group policies, publications, workshops, and conferences for their constituencies, both within and outside the RC Community, with the IRP’s approval.

Development of Liberation Leadership

ILRPs and ICRPs, in consultation with the IRP and the RRPs, develop an international and diverse group of leaders to assist them and further their work within the constituency. These leaders help build a network of local or Regional Coordinators, support groups, and/or leaders’ groups in places where a substantial number of their constituents reside. RC liberation and interest-group leaders consult with and cooperate with geographical leaders (Area Reference Persons [ARPs] and Regional Reference Persons [RRPs]). Local and Regional Coordinators are appointed with the agreement of both the RRP and the ILRP or ICRP.

Coordinators

Coordinators are not Reference Persons. They coordinate activities (such as support groups, Wygelian leaders’ groups, and workshops) that encourage the growth and re-emergence of their constituency. They are expected to be in good communication with and make recommendations to the geographical leaders (ARPs and RRPs) of the Community and their ILRP or ICRP. Geographical leaders may consult with coordinators when

  1. certifying new teachers from these constituencies;
  2. spending Outreach Funds[43] for these constituencies; or
  3. organizing special workshops, conferences, and publications for and about these constituencies.

Leaders’ Groups

Leaders’ groups [see Note I, Leader’s Groups, on page __] can be organized from each section of the population that shares a commonality (oppression, occupation, interest). The leaders in these groups can give leadership to their section of the population, both within and outside of RC.

Support Groups

Support groups are formed for Co-Counselors from each section of the population that shares a commonality (oppression, occupation, or interest). They can be formed by any RCer, in consultation with an ARP (or RRP if there is no ARP). The support group leader must either be a certified RC teacher or have a certified teacher be their consultant in leading the group. Support groups should be small enough (three to eight people) to allow an adequate amount of attention for each person at most meetings. Participants can use the attention of the group to discharge distresses that are difficult to access in more diverse groups. As with all RC meetings, these support group meetings should try to include some (1) review of existing theory, (2) new theory, and (3) discharge and re-emergence.

Support groups can be a way to bring new people into Co-Counseling, provided the people meet all the criteria for participating in a local class or Community.

If fees are charged for support groups, one quarter goes to the Outreach Funds account. (See Guideline H.3., Regional and Area Classes, Support Groups and Playdays, and Area Gather-ins.)

REASON

Oppressive societies have divided people from each other in every possible way. They have manipulated each group into colluding with the oppression of the others. We can learn how groups have been isolated and alienated from each other and how to restore unity among them. One thing we have learned is that each group must first meet together on the basis of its shared commonality. It must develop its own leadership and work out the beginnings of its own liberation program. It needs to do this separately before steps toward unity can be taken.

Constituency work goes best when there is a designated International leader for each constituency that has sufficient numbers in the Community. People from the constituency often participate in larger numbers and are inspired to become leaders when they see someone from their own constituency in visible leadership. It improves the Community for members of these constituencies.

Language oppression is also a barrier to full inclusion. We can overcome it by providing interpreting and engaging in language-liberation work at workshops whenever possible. (See Guideline G.3., Interpreting at Workshops.)

Having Coordinators is a good way to develop liberation leadership and encourage Wygelian groups at the local and Regional levels. 


[43] Outreach/Outreach Funds is/are financial assistance for people whose circumstances make it difficult for them to have access to RC. Outreach Funds can include Area Outreach Funds, Community Service Funds, and International Outreach Funds (held by the Re-evaluation Foundation).


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