Motion 11: To direct the World Board to create a project plan for WSC 2022 for a service pamphlet (SP) that explains “being under no surveillance at any time”.
Intent: To create an SP regarding “we are under no surveillance at any time” will help to clarify the confusion that members may experience when they see surveillance cameras in facilities where NA meetings are held.
Maker: Carolina Region Financial Impact: There is minimal cost in creating a project plan. The cost to NAWS would be in the project itself if the WSC were to adopt and prioritize the plan.
Rationale by Region: Many facilities have sophisticated security systems, sometimes even inside a room where an NA group meets. Their purpose is to catch a burglar or a serious problem such as an active shooter where a video record would assist the police later in an investigation. However, with technological advances and with the ever increasing amount of cameras and high-tech security systems it is leading to a huge confusion within the groups and areas.
What do we tell our members, especially newcomers, who may encounter cameras in the rooms as we read aloud our statement about “being under no surveillance at any time?” Now, some of our members do not want to attend the facilities with cameras or some are trying to cover the cameras, this is damaging the relationships with the facilities as well as causing disunity in the areas and groups. The groups/areas are suffering as well as the members, Clarification is desperately needed. We believe that a new SP clarifying the difference between being monitored by a security system for everyone’s safety, and the state of being under surveillance may help in a situation where the facility has cameras set up on a permanent basis.
World Board Response: This is certainly an old issue that has caused confusion among many members. NA only speaks for itself, so any surveillance we refer to can only be about NA. We have no control over outside entities. Service pamphlets do not require Conference action in order to be developed, but given our finite resources, we are asking the Conference to choose the items we focus on in the upcoming cycle. For an explanation of our approach to prioritization, see our remarks in the introduction to the IPs and service tools motions on page 40.
Policy Affected: None.