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Concept V Essay opening paragraph from The AA Service Manual:

"In the light of the principle of the "Right of Appeal," all minorities - whether in our staffs, committees, corporate boards, or among the Trustees - should be encouraged to file minority reports whenever they feel a majority to be in considerable error. And when a minority considers an issue to be such a grave one that a mistaken decision could seriously affect A.A. as a whole, it should then charge itself with the actual duty of presenting a minority report to the Conference."

Concept XII: Warranty V Essay comment from The AA Service Manual:

"In the long run, though, we shall have to rely mainly upon the pressures of A.A. opinion and public opinion. And to this end we shall need to maintain a continuous education of public communications channels of all kinds concerning the nature and purpose of our Traditions. Whenever and however we can, we shall need to inform the general public also; especially upon misuses of the name Alcoholics Anonymous. This combination of counter forces can be very discouraging to violators or would-be violators. Under these conditions they soon find their deviations to be unprofitable and unwise. Our experience has shown that continuous and general education respecting our Traditions will be a reliable preventive and protection in the years to come."

We feel encouraged, even compelled to file reports on this web site. It is not often that the majority is in considerable error, rather it is more like the staffs, committees, General Service Conference Delegates, corporate boards, trustees, and AAWS management that is in considerable error far too often. Also this "considerable error" is too often in direct contradiction to the desires and wishes of the AA fellowship as expressed in our Traditions and Concepts for World Service.

Many have sincerely tried in countless ways to get the blinders off people in AA. At times, it seems a waste of effort. Presenting a minority opinion to the Conference is frequently impossible due to personalities above principles, politics, rules of order technicalities, or vetoes from trustee's committees. We think the reports MUST go somewhere they may be seen by the AA fellowship. After years of experience serving the AA fellowship as trustees, delegates, DCMs, GSRs, Area Officers, Group Secretaries, Coffee Makers, Intergroup Reps, and in other positions, we now are falling upon our final retreat as was suggested by Bill in his essays on the concepts. We have reached "the long run" and have to rely on public opinion and the opinion of AA members and groups hoping they will heed our calls, notice the concerns we present then take action in their own groups and for themselves. We will maintain a continuous education using this public communications channel concerning the nature and purpose of our Traditions. Whenever and however we can, we will inform the general public; especially upon misuses of the name Alcoholics Anonymous. We hope these educational efforts will be very discouraging to violators or would-be violators of our Traditions and Concepts and that these deviators from our principles soon find their misadventures to be unprofitable and unwise. We hope our experience becomes a continuous general education about respecting our Traditions and will be a reliable preventive and protection to the AA fellowship from the destructive forces from within AA

It is difficult to present educational information about the corporations that are loosely associated with THE FELLOWSHIP of Alcoholics Anonymous when that information goes contrary to everything we have come to believe about AA. Information of this nature appears to be critical; and dozens of smarter folks than us, have warned us of the dangers of criticizing others. Our deepest wish is that there was no need to offer this educational web site. Even where we are harshly critical or are angry or frustrated at the violations of AA principles by our "trusted servants" we still wish that the other channels we repeatedly tried would have worked to stop the gross violations of AA principles.

Some articles on this site are written with passion. We understand this can sometimes be unproductive. In these cases the author simply feels very strongly about the issues. We also understand that we can be mistaken or misleading at times when using emotional enthusiasm for stressing a point. If we are mistaken, please call us on it if you will. We are building an interactive community here to help and educate... not destroy and discourage, so your comments are welcome. While we may not always heed your suggestions or embrace your comments, we always appreciate them, negative or positive. There is a link to contact us on every web page.

Thank you for your interest in and our various subdomains. Despite the problems our fellowship face, we hope every suffering alcoholic and AA member find a road of happy destiny to trudge.

Usher - Site coordinator

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Our GSOWATCH Home Page link directs you to the old GSOWATCH website, where most of our content originates. We are currently in the process of revising the content, appearance, and presentation of that content. You can see our 'work in progress' at GSOWATCH Revision's Home Page.

We currently host the AABBSG Website [AA Big Book Study Group]. We are attempting to make more of that content available at the new AABBSG Revised Home Page. The AABBSG is the group that published thousands of FREE Big Books in a variety of languages. The books were distributed to Seccion Mexico, jails and prisons all over the US, H&I committees, and in countries were the cost of our basic text was prohibitive. They retranslated the Big Book in to various languages. You can find online downloadable copies of these productions at our download page.

The General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., (AAWS) and Anonyme Alkoholiker Interessengemeinschaft e. V. (The German GSO - AAeV) were quite upset about this AA Big Book Study Group 12th step effort to carry the message, so they sued one individual member of the AABBSG. You can review some of that story at the German Litigations link.

Violating our Traditions and Concepts for World Service was not new to AAWS. They tired and failed to sue Frames of Mind and Creative Arts for producing sobriety tokens. As early as March of 1985 they were threatening folks about publishing the Big Book. They abandoned that effort after receiving this little surprise.

There are a lot of issues regarding AAWS and the violations of our Traditions and Concepts for World Service. After changing Article 2 of the Conference Charter from "Sections" to "Countries" they went after Section Mexico for publishing AA literature. You can review a lot of our information about that at our Section Mexico Litigations link.

Section Mexico broke away from Central Mexicana de Servicios Generales de Alcohˇlicos Anˇnimos, A.C on account of motives of money and power, the "Central Mexico Section" structure had dangerously deviated from the AA tradition and principle. So on August 24th, 1986 about fifteen hundred AA groups in Mexico decided to withdraw from Central Mexicana de Servicios Generales, A.C., and simultaneously approved the creation of a new general service structure, named General Service Conference, Mexico Section (Seccion Mexico de la Conferencia de Servicios Generales). At that time the Article 2 of the Conference Charter still referred to "Sections", so all was well and good. We're far from finished updating the Seccion Mexico Litigations page, but we hope you'll take some time to review what we've done so far.

At our IWS Controversy Documents link (Intergroup World Services) we've detailed most all of the communications between the IWS Group, IWS, Inc., and AAWS Inc. regarding the first "Little Big Books" and "The Study Edition". IWS Inc. was the "service arm" of the IWS Group, much like AAWS is the "service arm" of the A.A. Fellowship. IWS Inc. has dissolve and went out of business many years ago but where there is a vacuum, something usually fills in. Anonymous Press started shortly after IWS Inc. went out of business. Anonymous Press, like AAWS provides service to anyone who seeks out their services. Contrary to AAWS beliefs and the mistaken belief of many others, Anonymous Press is an entirely different thing from IWS Inc. It was a new, fresh start-up effort from the beginning and has no relation to the old IWS Inc.

In the future we hope to considerably improve our German Litigations Page and our Seccion Mexico Page. We hope to add a page about the Circle Triangle Litigations, and build a page about the copyright of the Big Book. If you have any content you'd like to see us cover or if you'd like to share with us, feel free to click on the "Contact Us" link at the top of every page.

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