Voting intention for Guild Council 15/11/2012

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Voting intention for Guild Council 15/11/2012

Hi everyone,
below are my intentions for voting at Guild Council on Thursday 15th November 2012 (subject to change if convinced otherwise at Council)

If you have any questions/concerns/objections/opinions about my intentions or Guild Council, then email me at axs278@bham.ac.uk

(Council will be held in Guild Council Chambers from 5:30 6:00-10:45pm and is open to all.)

-Azfar

Motion title Summary of motion My voting intention
11a) My vote Motions in Guild Council that receive between 45-60% of votes For will be taken to online referendum for general students to vote on. For  Against (tentatively; may be open to this with some substantial edits, off the principle)
11b) Distinction motion Make clear distinction in Guild literature between liberation associations (BEMA, LGBTQ etc.) and student groups (societies etc.) For
11c) Bryn Gough room Rename ‘Basement meeting room’ in the Guild to the ‘Bryn Gough room’, after a recently deceased student of the University. For
11d) Filming Guild Council Guild Council should no longer be streamed online during sessions. Against (tentative)
11e) Ban on stereotyping and bigoted material “The Guild of Students will ban all material, including Guild publicity and commercial advertisements, that upholds or propagates racial/gender/sexuality-related/disability-related stereotypes…or which discriminates against poorer economic classes” For (with reservation, will request clarification on process)
11f) Academic numbers and stress Guild will support academics by lobbying University to increase spend on staff, cease compulsory redundancies and invest for their stress-related wellbeing. For
11g) Guidance documents Place control of Guild governance back into students’ hands rather than University-related bodies.
Write new guidance document for Guild bye-laws.
For
11h) Women’s motion “Mandate the Officer team to listen to women” ?
Not sure what’s really being asked for here.
11i) Guild Council guidance notes reform Re-write Guild Council guidance notes to better reflect Guild’s current needs. For (mostly; some reservations with certain guidance points)
11j) Safety Investigate feasibility of setting up a ‘walking bus’ system from the Guild after Guild events to Selly Oak, The Vale, Pritchatt’s Park For
11k) Barring police from the Guild Guild should not accommodate unmonitored police presence on premises (to within legal boundaries – will be permitted in on suspicion of crime etc.)Guild should not align with police initiatives/programmes before consulting Guild Council/students. For
11l) Capitalism beliefs “The Guild believes that capitalism does not benefit members of the Guild of Students”. For
11m) VPDR motion Change name of Guild ‘Vice President of Democracy and Resources’ to ‘Vice President of Democracy and Sustainable Resources’, better reflecting the aims of the role. For
11n) Living Wage Support a Living Wage campaign for student staff, and its implementation. For
11o) Fundraising “The Guild believes that RAG raids, as a fundraising activity, are non-alcoholic fundraising events” For
11p) Diversity in our University: Oppose the redundancy of Dr Nafafe Guild to support campaign against Dr. Jose Nafafe’s forced redundancy. For
11q) PGRs and Officer elections Increase accessibility of officer elections for Postgraduate Research Students, by giving extensions on registration period. For
11r) Student media Guild to actively support and and display student-produced media where possible. For
11s) Liberation autonomy Liberation group autonomy to be respected – make officers fully accountable to group members rather than to Guild Council, and allow for bye-elections of Liberation officers at their respective associations’ EGMs. For
11t) Understanding the Memorandum of Understanding Guild officers to write a report on the Guild’s Memorandum of Understanding governance document, and suggest its support, renewal or removal consequently. For
11u) GOG > SOG Place Guild Officer Group (Sabbatical+Non-Sabbatical Officers) above Sabbatical Officer Group in authority hierarchy of Guild. For
11v) Renewable Energy Convert Guild to renewable energy as soon as possible, and lobby University and appropriate bodies to do so too. For
11w) Democracy and Engagement Committee-Referendum Reduce number of student petition signatures needed to call for a referendum from 5% to 1.5% of total membership (250-400 students approx.) For
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