I was talking to someone who had been to the Radical Routes Resist + Renew training, who, when I was describing Coop Brum’s decision making processes and culture asked “Have these people done any training on white supremacy?”
Apparently that RR training covered the overlap between middle class culture and white supremacy, and named behaviours such as ‘the worship of words’, alongside agendas and formal meetings as behaviours that reproduce white supremacy.
Leo criticises Sol Cafe people for not ‘bothering’ to join the forum, and asks, “I’m just not sure why you folks didn’t speak out at the AGM and the resulting week long decision making process about any of the other proposals. If you don’t agree with the decision making process, then why did you or do you not propose a different process?”
I’m not sure if at the time Sol Cafe people understood the decision making process enough to know that they disagreed with it. I think it might be more useful to consider what barriers people are experiencing which impact their engagement.
I’m fairly tech-savvy, but find the forum pretty confusing. Meetings don’t work for everyone, especially those from marginalised backgrounds who lack confidence, or experience a sense of cultural alienation in a formal meeting. Meetings that last for 4 hours are an additional barrier. But most of all, what I’ve been hearing from Sol Cafe people is that they find it difficult to engage with the, “negativity and censorious meetings which sap the life out of me. As well as the ideological purity thing.” “Meetings often left me feeling unenthusiastic and unclear, leaving a sense of don’t do/can’t do.” “I felt completely detached from anything coopbrum because their ways of interacting and relating to other humans feels so alien to me.”
It might also be relevant that one person at the AGM might not have spoken up because they had already experienced being talked over, and had felt that class and patriarchy were a big part of that interaction.