The below Representative Council Model was approved by the Transition Team and submitted for consideration as the future ORMA structure. The model and six amendments (#1,6,7,11,12,14) were approved at the Ratification Congress on November 12th. The reconciliation of the Representative Model with Amendments should not be considered authoritative until approved by the RC in the near future.
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PRESENTATION OF STRUCTURE
At the November 12, 2017 Ratification Congress, members of the Structure team broke into three groups to present models they had worked on. This Representative Council model description was presented as one best designed to favor grassroots organizing by affiliates over equal representation by geography:
“Our power lies in our affiliates. We want our base to agree but we need people to get out and do work, and that happens in affiliates. Affiliates are natural sources of community, promote social connection, promote understanding through discussions. Sitting with a group is a reason why community is important.”
However, there are core provisions for both affiliated and unaffiliated member involvement. Specialized working committees are open to all. There are also caucuses based on shared identity affiliation, which elect their own representatives to the Regional Council. Virtual affiliates (not bound in a given region) may also form. Meanwhile, general ORMA membership joins in a general assembly twice a year to decide statewide issues, voted on in person and online
In addition, a seven-member Coordinating Committee, elected by the Representative Council, provides quick responses to time-sensitive issues, informed by the chairs of working committees. Coordinating committee and co-chairs work together to address emerging needs for decision and action, preventing circular discussions.
Building and growing new affiliates will always be a top priority for ORMA. We will always work to support unaffiliated members by coordinating organizing activities to help them.
Of 48 total eligible voters on the Transition Team, 42 voted for each model. The Representative Council model earned 25 first-rank votes, a clear majority in the first round without requiring instant runoff. After its selection, many submitted amendments to the model’s initial presentation were proposed, and votes determined which ones would be presented for online voting in the following days.
The Transition Team CC appointed an Elections Committee to implement the model amendment process and to handle ORMA leadership elections to follow. It joined a reconstituted Program Committee and Inclusion Committee to plan a first meeting of the RC with sufficient representation from affiliates, caucuses, and non-affiliated members.