02.09.2010

Our Citizen’s Union is a non-profit organization.  We depend on your support in one of three ways.

All of the above are very important.  We cannot survive without help and support in all three areas.

                                  Our Citizen’s Union

                                  PO Box 184

                                  Saugatuck, MI 49453

Your identity will never be revealed if you choose to remain anonymous.

02.09.2010

We will do everything we can to help our members, by collectively acting as one, whenever any single member is treated unfairly.  We will use our voting power to influence our elected officials.  We will use our purchasing power, or the use of a boycott if necessary, to influence businesses that have treated our members unfairly.

We will use our purchasing power, or the use of a boycott, to support American labor.  Where no labor union exists, we will represent our members and influence their employers should a labor dispute arise.  Where a labor union already exists, we will support the labor union.

We’re not against paying taxes but we want a say in where and how our tax dollars are spent.  We favor domestic investment on programs that will help us lead the world in education, environmental husbandry and social welfare.  Books not bullets!  Babies not bombs!

We will not accept wasteful spending by government officials at any level.

We will no longer sit back while fat, greedy, corrupt bankers, lawyers and politicians ignore and compromise our interests to satisfy their own or that of big business.

We plan to stop the elimination of the middle class and work toward getting the poor out of the slums and ghettos and into the middle class via education and employment. We will not allow the fortunate to succeed at the expense of the less fortunate. This country was founded by the “less fortunate.”

Our representatives will follow the letter of the law without exception. When they don’t and are caught, they will be subject to the same punishment as we are, if not more severe. We plan to destroy the “good-old-boy” network of lawyers, judges and politicians.

If our elected representatives do not act in our best interest at all times and in every situation, we will remove them from office. We will monitor their every action or lack thereof while in office. They will report to us.

We will not invest in foreign countries at the expense of our own. We want our tax dollars spent on domestic programs until we reach a point where we are satisfied with our own conditions.

We will not invest in, nor will we engage in any form of trade with any country that does not allow its people to be free.

We will not invest in, nor will we engage in any form of trade with any country that does not allow its people to elect their public officials.

We will avoid sending our children to war at all cost. We will hold our elected officials responsible and accountable for the lives of our children.  We will not allow them to indiscriminately send our children off to die in pursuit of their own selfish interests.  If our sons and daughters are to kill and be killed because another nation is threatening us with weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), our President and our Congress better make sure they exist and are pointed at us.  No more smoke and mirrors.

We will expose and dismantle the American War Machine that currently acts independently of our interests.  This doesn’t mean we won’t appropriately defend our freedoms; however, war for the sake of making bullets is unacceptable.

Members
Chapter Organizers
Chapter Directors
State Directors
Regional Directors
COO (Chief Operating Officer), CTO (Chief Technology Officer), CFO (Chief Financial Officer), CLC (Chief Legal Counsel)
National Steering Committee, National Advisory Committee, Grievance Committee
Executive Committee

Our Citizen’s Union (OCU) is a non-profit organization. We could not exist without our volunteer network. The positions advertised below are volunteer positions. Those that fill these positions get satisfaction from making a difference. They are standing up for what they believe in and making the changes they want to see in this country. They are not looking for a paycheck here but rather investing their effort in their future and that of their children and grandchildren.

Behind the Scenes Positions:

Researchers / Monitors
Gather research on current events for blog posts
Research political candidates
Research Businesses
Monitor elected representatives (local, state, federal)
Monitor Business Practices
Website Development
WordPress
Website Admin
New Member Registration
General Admin
Data Processing
Filing
Accounting
Bookkeeping
Tax Filing
Legal Issues
Grievance Negotiation
Non-profit Filings
Litigation
Marketing Material Development
Advertising
Retail Sales Material
Member Correspondence
Word Processing
Email
Writers/Contributors
Blog Posting

Boots on the Ground Positions:

Recruiters
New Member Recruiting
Volunteer Recruiting
Fundraisers
Corporate Donor Solicitors
Private Contribution Solicitors
Grievance Investigators
Incident Investigation
Negotiation
Merchandise Sales
On-line Sales
Picketing
Picket Line Volunteers
Demonstrating
Speakers
Picketing

Researchers/Monitors

Researchers gather information. This is a very important function because our decisions can affect the livelihoods and lives of many people. We rely on facts to make good decisions. If we decided to boycott a company or industry, based on the information we have, we want to be certain that information is accurate. If we decide to support a political candidate, or unseat an elected official, we want to be certain the information we’re using to make these decisions is accurate.

Depending on the nature of the issue, researchers will be given assignments at various levels (i.e. District/Township, City, County, State, Regional and National). Researchers are also encouraged to pursue their own interests and agendas and submit material for consideration. However, only information/issues that pertain to our core values will be posted.

Monitors keep track of the actions of individuals and/or organizations we’re investigating or monitoring.  The information gathered is communicated back to operations personnel for further processing. Whereas, researchers are usually working on new projects that have not yet been sanctioned, monitors are usually assigned to sanctioned projects.
Both the researcher and monitor function can be extremely rewarding and are the lifeblood of our organization. Those with investigative or investigator experience are certainly welcome and needed.

Website Development & Admin

Our website needs to be constantly expanded and maintained as we grow. WordPress is the program currently used. A visit to our site will give you a good idea of how much help we need in this area.

General Administration

As you can imagine, in an organization with 20 million members, there is plenty of administrative tasks to keep up with. The good news is that almost all of this can be done from just about any location with an internet connection.

Accounting

Although I like to think of us as an “Organization,” “Union,” or “Family,” the IRS sees us as a business. Even though we are a non-profit, we still need help accounting for our business transactions. Accountants, bookkeepers and clerical personnel are needed and welcome!

Legal Issues

We need attorneys willing to volunteer their time for the following:
Establishment, registration and filings to set up a non-profit corporation
Taxes
Litigation on behalf of our members

Marketing Material Development

The essence of this organization is in the strength we gain by increasing the size of our membership. We need marketing materials that will help us recruit members.

Member Correspondence

It is imperative that we communicate to our members on a regular basis. Our primary means of communication is email. We need volunteers to handle the flow of email in and out of the organization.

Writers

Writers will edit and write posting material. Information from researchers and monitors will be use to draft postings. Writers will take the drafts and finalize them for posting.

Contributors

We need volunteer to contribute posts to the site. The posts must be approved by the appropriate review committee.

Recruiters/Organizers

This is one of the most important functions in the organization. The more members we have, the stronger we are. We also need to recruit volunteers.

Fundraisers

Our Citizen’s Union is a non-profit. We depend on donations to cover operating expenses. Therefore, we need individuals who are experienced in fund raising.

Grievance Investigators

Members of OCU can ask for help and support if they feel they have been treated unjustly. The member must file a grievance detailing the nature of the complaint. Grievance investigators follow up with the member and the party that the member is filing a grievance about. We welcome members of organized labor unions with grievance/arbitration experience.

NOTE: OCU will not get involved in labor disputes on behalf of anyone who is already represented by a labor union or collective bargaining agreement.

Merchandize Sales

Merchandize sales volunteers sell OCU merchandize to generate funds for the organization.

Picketing/Demonstrating

This is real “boots-on-the-ground” activism. We need volunteers to walk picket lines and engage in peaceful demonstrations. This is where the rubber meets the road. When all other efforts to resolve an issue fail, our picketers and demonstrators go into action. This is usually accompanied by a boycott. Only those who are not afraid to be personally recognized as OCU members and activists should consider this.

Please contact us at info@ourcitizensunion.org if you would like to volunteer.