Process for the GA to set priorities for ORMA for 2020

What are the actions that you most wish that ORMA would successfully carry out in 2020?  And how would you determine if the action was successful?  ORMA sets its priorities by a vote of its members.  We last did this at the General Assembly in January 2019.  At that time we voted to have five priorities:  

Medicare for All

Green New Deal

Affordable Housing

Money out of Politics

Voting Reform  (Ranked choice voting, anti-gerrymandering, anti-voter suppression)

The need for action of each of these issues is at least as urgent now as in January, 2019, and the ORMA GA Planning Team, in consultation with the ORMA Coordinating Committee, is of the unanimous opinion that there is no reason for the GA to propose dropping any of these priorities.  In addition, in light of the upcoming national elections this year and the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, we know our action agendas will be full.

Each GA participant will be randomly assigned to a small breakout “room” in which priorities proposed by individual members, caucuses, or affiliates will be presented and discussed.  We are using random assignments to maximize the mixing of experiences and ideas.  In these breakout sessions, all proposed priorities will be brought up for consideration, so that every GA attendee will have an opportunity to address the issues. 

In the breakout sessions, priorities proposed by individual members, caucuses, or affiliates should be presented for consideration by all.  The GA Planning Team believes that every GA attendee will be given an opportunity to address these issues.  

A note-taker in each room will bring back your contributions.  We will then gather together to get report backs from each breakout.  Each note-taker is encouraged to report priorities that received endorsement by multiple members.

It is important that priority proposals include an outcome that allows us to measure our success.  For instance, suppose you propose a priority to achieve a more progressive Massachusetts Congressional delegation.  For this priority you could say that replacing Richard Neal with Alex Morse would be your measurable goal.  Or, as an alternative, you might say that holding 40 phone-banking sessions for Morse would be your goal.  The priority and its successful outcome measures are up to you.

After the GA, the ORMA Coordinating Committee will create a ballot of proposed priorities.  Members will then vote for their favorites by ranked-choice voting.

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