May 13th, 2012 Olympic High School Cafeteria 721 Ocean Park Boulevard Santa Monica, CA.
These guys meet even on Mothers Day.
Don't they have mothers? Aren't any of them married or aren't some of them Mothers themselves?
Read what they said next: Concept V:
Throughout our world services structure, a traditional "Right of Appeal" ought to prevail, thus assuring us that minority opinion will be heard and that petitions for the redress of personal grievances will be carefully considered.
Newcomers to A.A.'s General Service Conference are often surprised at the pains taken by the presiding officer to make sure the minority has a second opportunity to present its views. Even after extensive debate on an issue, followed by a vote in which a "substantial unanimity" is reached, those opposed are polled individually to see if they wish to speak further to their minority view. In fact, numerous instances can be cited in which this minority view is so compelling the Conference has then reversed itself.
This is A.A.'s "Right of Appeal" in action, and Bill says the same principle should apply to meetings of our area committees, trustee committees and boards. On an issue of grave importance, the minority has the actual duty of presenting its views.
This "Right of Appeal" recognizes that minorities frequently can be right; that even when they are in error they still perform a most valuable service when they compel a thorough-going debate on important issues. The well-heard minority, therefore, is our chief protection against an uninformed, misinformed, hasty or angry majority.
"Trusted servants," according to Bill, "do for the groups what the groups cannot or should not do for themselves." And in exercising their "Right of Decision" (see Concept III), trusted servants are almost always "a small but truly qualified minority"--whether in the form of area committees, staffs, boards or even the General Service Conference itself. It is incumbent upon them, therefore, in their own meetings, to pay special deference to the minority voice.
-from "The Twelve Concepts Illustrated," Concept V
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I could not resist and responding reminding these ..... that they never gave us the time of day, or did this group Ever discuss Predatory Behavior in AA in West LA. They are liars.
(In my opinion, AA cult members like to live in a fantasy that their special rules, traditions and concepts ...oh yes , the steps too, are very special and different then government.
At least in government I can go to my local City Council meeting and get my voice heard. This never happened at this monthly Westside district meeting in Los Angeles, CA where about 75 or so GSR's meet monthly.