On Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 10:11 PM, James Salsman <jsalsman(a)gmail.com> wrote:
I propose that the Executive Director ask donors to
support other organizations which are working for free college,[1-4]
single payer universal health care, shorter work weeks,[6-7]
payroll subsidies, and two-bracket taxation.
I believe all of these goals are favored by wikimedians, for
There may be wide support for these goals (or not). But there is not
necessarily wide support for some specific approaches.
--- Here's an example. My point is that what you conceive as a
quasi-universal political posiition among wikimedians... it's not.
Taking your proposal for free college, a lot of us support a fully public
education system accessible to everyone. And a lot of us strongly oppose
private sector meddling with the education system.
What would mean your proposal to donate for "free college"? Reading your
links, I assume it might be donating to the Foundation for California
Community College, and I think that would be definitely a no for a part of
the community for different reasons:
1. Why should Wikimedia promote lobbying specific to California? I would
rather support governments in Latin America to improve public education.
And that's just one of the possible possitions.
2. Those of us who oppose private sector in the public education system, do
NOT want to support an organization that promotes those kind of practices:
advertising education materials of their private donors, promoting private
sector involvement in the education system.
There is another problem: the WMF has insisted that funds it receives from
corporate donors do not influence WMF decisions. If WMF starts promoting
donations to organizations that promote private interests of WMF corporate
donors... that would be a vicious relation that would undermine WMF