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Toronto's Network reorganises

Matthew Clark — May 1983

The Toronto Disarmament Network, after months of complex and sometimes passionate debate, has adopted a new organisational structure which many peace activists believe will significantly increase its effectiveness.

The Toronto Disarmament Network was formed about two years ago by representatives of half a dozen Toronto peace groups in order to share information about events and interests of common concern. As originally established, the Network had no formal structure other than monthly meetings and temporary ad hoc committees organised from time to time around specific disarmament events.

Gradually the Network has come to see itself as a more direct and permanent base for city-wide events.

The new organisational structure reflects this change in attitude.

Under the new structure, policy making power remains with the monthly general meetings, and decisions will continue to be reached by consensus whenever possible.

However, a voting procedure has been established to be used in the absence of consensus. Membership status has also been formalised.

Groups may become full voting members by agreeing with the Network’s objectives and by paying a $50 annual fee. A group or an individual may become an associate member, with a voice at meetings but no vote, by paying a $25 annual fee. Observers are welcome.

This new structure establishes two permanent committees: coordinating and finance. The new structure also allows other committees to be established as necessary, and committees have been established to plan summer and fall disarmament actions. Proposals include demonstrations on August 6th and October 22nd, a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone campaign, and a joint conference with ACT (Against Cruise Testing).

About twenty organisations have already expressed their intention to join the new Network, and more are expected to join at the May general meeting. The Network invites interested groups and individuals to attend the May general meeting, which will be held at Bloor Street United Church (Bloor and Huron) on May 3, 7:30 pm.

The Network faces its future with a new feeling of solidarity and effectiveness in our efforts to achieve disarmament.