Hi there, you have been asked to participate in this brief survey because we really value your thoughts and opinions. We are an ad-hoc group of anti-racist activists in the Bay Area operating under the name of BASAT (Bay Area Solidarity Action Team) who joined together to take ongoing accountable action as allies in solidarity with the BlackLivesMatter movement. We originally formed by putting a call out to white folks to step up in our role to end the white silence that perpetuates violence against Black folks; however, through the formation of affinity groups through people's personal networks and desires, we are not an entirely white group at this point; though the vast majority is. So far we have done two actions: the Oakland Tree Lighting ceremony redirect (12/5), and #ShutdownOPD (12/15).

While we are committed to continue taking action, we are now reflecting on the role of BASAT as a vehicle, what role it could play, or if it should continue to exist. Through organizing these actions, we amassed a large twitter feed, listserv, a national audience and readership of our principles and protocols, and lots and lots of people who are interested in continuing to take action with us.

Useful context: we did not all come together to vision what kind of infrastructure is necessary in the Bay, and BASAT did not emerge from that level of political thinking. Instead, it was an ad-hoc experiment of "building the plane while flying it" so that we could meet needs to execute big actions on a specific (fast) timeline. Our core tactical team was made up of 4 people who had strong relationships with both the Black leaders we were consulting with and many of the white activists who were invited to start BASAT. Now that we have some breathing room, we have an opportunity to step back and be more thoughtful about what we all want to create, what leadership and consultation should look like, and what our roles is. This survey is meant to help us assess our next steps.

* 1. How do you relate to BASAT?

* 2. How do you identify yourself racially? Please check all that apply

* 3. Anything else you are willing to share about yourself? (organization affiliation, affinity group name, your name etc.)

* 4. Do you think there is a need for a new group to organize and train white people to work accountably and take direct action in this movement in an ongoing way?

* 5. When BASAT announced its "principles and protocols," thousands of people around the country viewed it and engaged it as a resource. One of those principles was that we would take continued action in an accountable way. If we were to dissolve, our concern is the message that might send to our national audience about our continued action (even if we continue with other vehicles and names). When considering whether or not to dissolve BASAT, how important is this? Do we have a responsibility to continue, and to continue sharing our lessons and learning? Regardless of whether or not you ultimately think we should dissolve, which, if any, of the following ideas do you agree with?

* 6. If we dissolve, what do you think we should do with the resources that BASAT has built (twitter account, wordpress site with protocols, large email list of mostly white people in the Bay)?

* 7. How do you feel about the following scenarios?

  Absolutely Maybe I don't know Nah Hell no
Have BASAT continue as a group of mostly white people, who work in/with multi-racial coalitions or networks, continuing to follow direction from the Black groups that we have existing relationships with.
Dissolve BASAT, but continue our work as assorted affinity groups and comrades within other multi-racial spaces.
Dissolve BASAT, and put our efforts into supporting the formation of a new multi-racial vehicle, knowing that the opportunities for forming such a group are unclear at this moment and the viability of a new vehicle is uncertain.
Have BASAT itself become purposefully multi-racial, knowing that the DNA of the group already has a foundation in a large number of white participants
Other, please explain below

* 8. There are lots of questions to be answered about next steps for BASAT. Regardless of what is decided, those on the "tactical team" as well as others who have been in leadership roles are keen to rotate and transition roles, as well as horizontalize the process. Please share ideas about your personal interest and capacity to take on next steps for BASAT, or other ideas about structure.

* 9. We experimented with a hybrid model for how we organized. We were shaped like a horizontal decentralized body - but with a center or leadership core in order to make quick consultation with Black leaders and organizations possible and maintain the necessary security for organizing a mass direct action. If we were to continue as a white or mostly white organizing body, do you have any suggestions to improve this model?

* 10. Anything else you'd like the current BASAT organizers to know?

Thank you so much for your time and consideration. We will be reading through these and reporting back soon.

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