The GA is comprised of all ORMA members who convene twice a year to discuss major issues facing the organization, the state, and the nation. The General Assembly sets a broad general agenda for the Representative Council. Members of allied organizations are invited to participate but may not vote unless affiliated individually with ORMA.
2020 ORMA General Assembly Report
On May 30, via Zoom, the 2020 ORMA General Assembly, composed of members from around the state, reviewed and discussed many of the major issues facing ORMA, Massachusetts and the nation. As ORMA members we worked together to clarify and set priorities for ORMA through to the November election.
The General Assembly opened with the recognition that our work as revolutionaries is very difficult and the challenges real. Michael Gilbreath provided a summary of ORMA accomplishments and successes, followed by statements from two of ORMA’s endorsed candidates in Massachusetts – Ed Markey in the U.S. Senate race and Alex Morse, candidate for US Congress in CD1.
Then all members broke out into groups of six to eight people to discuss priorities and actions ORMA should take. The specific focus of the morning breakout groups revolved around the question: “What are the actions that you most wish ORMA would successfully carry out in 2020?” Of course, there is no shortage of issues demanding our attention: war, poverty, racism, pollution, climate change, and immense social and economic inequities. Plus, we live in the age of COVID-19, and of Black people’s demand that white supremacy end. And that we all want to defeat Donald Trump in November. And here we are – ORMA – committed to setting priorities by a democratic vote of its members. There clearly remains great need for action on our chosen issues (listed below). In light of the upcoming national elections this year, the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, and the increased awareness of racism as a prominent feature of inequality in our society, our agenda is full of work to be done.
The afternoon full-group discussion focused on the question: “What could ORMA do to make the membership more engaged in ORMA and/or how can ORMA grow and have a far more active membership?” It was mentioned that the existing committees were all in need of more volunteers: people with tech skills or writing skills, an interest in electoral politics or political action at the state level, keeping track of calendars, planning events, responding to offers to volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here.
Together, we developed a list of 12 proposed areas of focus for the next 6 months, along with many specific actions that could be taken in support of each one. In a ranked choice vote, the following priorities were agreed on through the 2020 election: In descending order, they were: The Green New Deal, Dismantling of Structural Racism (White Supremacy), Medicare for All, Money out of Politics, and the upcoming 2020 Elections.
These will be the priorities of our community over the coming months. More details on how to get involved in working groups for each priority are provided below (sign up here to help).
Thank you to all who were able to participate in the General Assembly and help shape ORMA’s agenda from the ground up! Hopefully, we will be able to hold the 2021 General Assembly in person.
This is what democracy looks like!