A New ORMA
ORMA is in the process of adopting a new structure, where membership defines the direction of the organization, while geographic affiliates and caucuses send representatives to a Statewide Representative Council (RC), which itself selects a seven-member operations management and decision-making Coordinating Committee. For more on that model, view The Representative Council (RC) Model.
The first RC meeting is planned for January, 2018.
Our Revolution Massachusetts (ORMA) members came from everywhere in the Commonwealth to get a big job done. A Ratification Congress gathered on Sunday, November 12th at the SEIU headquarters in Quincy, Massachusetts. Over 120 members of ORMA toiled for over five hours to construct a cohesive group by voting on an Organizational Structure hammered out by an ORMA Transition Team.
Of the three presented models of governance, the Representative Council (RC) model was finally chosen and ratified at this Congress. In addition sixteen amendments were submitted in writing by members with time allowed for pro and con proponents to speak before voting. The recognized importance of what needed to be done kept a healthy attendance until the last ballot was cast. The rules of the day led to an acceptance that a supermajority vote prevailed. Amendments 1,6,7,11,12,14 passed. The General Assembly, Representative model surpassed with a 60% vote.
At the end of this long day, a general positive feeling pervaded the room. Participants mingled with attendees from various parts of the state, ended with a unity circle, and a strong acceptance of what had been accomplished. Filling slots and bylaws will be needed between now and a January Congress to present an operational governing organization.
Five Working Groups (“Bucket Groups”)
During its work between the July 29th launch and the November 12th Ratification Congress, the Transition Team executed its responsibilities through five working groups:
- Communications – Vicki Dzindzichashvili, Bottom-Liner
Responsible for internal/external communications regarding the transition team.
- Outreach & Inclusivity – Jeannette Rivera, Bottom-Liner
Responsible for ensuring that ORMA is able to represent all underrepresented communities, as well as increasing our membership in raw numbers.
- Program – Bruce Taub, Bottom-Liner
Responsible for what happens during the convention (speakers, breakout sessions, workshops).
- Structure – Caterina Strambio De Castillia, Bottom-Liner. Responsible for developing options for ORMA’s internal structure and means of decision making.
- Logistics – Caterina Strambio De Castillia, Bottom-Liner
Responsible for planning the non-program elements of the convention: where, when, housing, transportation.
Consider our community agreements from the meeting whenever you communicate with the group, especially over email. We’re all in this fight together. Let’s remember that the tone we set will undoubtedly influence the convention.
When sending/replying to an email, consider whether it really needs to be sent to the whole group. Debates and arguments, in particular, should not be broadcast to the email list. We can expect to disagree on a lot of things, but ongoing email arguments are demoralizing and result in an unmanageable volume of email.
We will strive to avoid personal criticisms, and focus on debating our ideas in a positive and collaborative way. We will arrive at the best outcome if we create a safe space to disagree.
We will be honest in our feedback with each other, while assuming good intentions on the part of others.
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