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Welcome to the Cass Lake Leech Lake Issues Forum!

This forum is a place to discuss local, public issues and share community announcements using real names with civility. Everyone with an interest in seeing the communities of the Cass Lake Leech Lake area thrive is welcome to be a member. The goal of this forum is to provide a neutral, non-threatening place to voice opinions and share our collective wisdom about the many issues faced by our interconnected communities. Join now and participate via e-mail or the web.

Purpose of the Forum - Short

The purpose of the Cass Lake Leech Lake Issues Forum is to build community across racially, geographically and historically imposed boundaries and barriers and to work toward consensus on issues that affect our many interconnected communities.

Intro Paragraph to Charter - Longer Purpose/Welcome Statement

Welcome to the Cass Lake Leech Lake Issues Forum!

This forum is a place to discuss local, public issues and share community announcements using real names with civility. Everyone with an interest in seeing the communities of the Cass Lake Leech Lake area thrive is welcome to be a member.


The goal of the Cass Lake Leech Lake Issues Forum is to provide a neutral, non-threatening place to voice opinions and share our collective wisdom about the many issues faced by our interconnected communities.

By increasing civic participation and encourging more input into solutions to area problems, the Cass Lake Leech Lake forum strives to increase communication between community members and influence political agendas locally and on a broader scale.

Goals

The Goals of the Cass Lake Leech Lake Issues Forum are:

  • To build communty and understanding between members across imposed barriers.
  • To open discussion about local issues not being addressed adequately in other political or public venues.
  • To encourage dialogue and the sharing of knowledge and experience among area residents that might otherwise not take place because of fear of speaking in public, travel expense or other restrictions.
  • To influence policy and agenda setting on a variety of levels by encouraging participation from elected officals.
  • To provide a billboard for area events.

Typical Topics

Topics that you might find here to discuss include:

  • A community issue that needs to be addressed (i.e. How can we organize a communtiy watch program to provide a greater sense of security in our neighborhood?)
  • Responses to political decisions affecting those invested in the Cass Lake Leech Lake area.
  • An explantion of a local issue designed to encourage discussion and a link to a related article or website intended to broaden members' perspectives.
  • An invitation to upcoming event; or the posting of a timely obituary.
  • Video or photo of a local event or pertinent speaker with an explanation designed to invite discussion and other perspectives.

Rules

The full text of rules governing E-Democracy.Org forums can be found here: http://e-democracy.org/rules/. However, your groups should pick out a few rules that you would like to highlight on your charter page.

Highlighted Rules:

  • Be civil. (Remember that the purpose of the forum generally is to encourage discussion.)
  • No attacks or threats. (Keep comments/posts focused on issues rather than on the person or people who promote conflicting ideas.)
  • Avoid false rumors. (Much of our inability to come together over issues is founded in rumor and misinformation. If you don't know for sure, ask a question for confirmation or qualify 'what you heard' rather than stating it as fact.
  • Keep topics within forum purpose. (offer links to tangential or related issues.)

Who Runs This Forum

Please, use this section to insert a short description of your steering committee, including references to any organizations that are playing a leading role in organizing the forum.

  • The Cass Lake Leech Lake forum is truly a grassroots undertaking. A steering committee of between 5 and 10 members representing as diverse a cross-section of the Cass Lake Leech Lake area as possible (including gender, race, age and various small communities) is ultimately responsible for decisions regarding the forum. Daniel LeClaire is currently the forum manager charged with moderating and maitaining the civility of daily discussions. As rules violatons arise and sanctions are imposed, members have the option to appeal decisions of the forum manager to the steering committee.
 

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