By Donald Green, unaffiliated Representative and Communications Reporter, January 6, 2018
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men [and women],
undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” Thomas Paine

Braving echos, keyboard tapping and some connectivity problems, members of the brand new Our Revolution Massachusetts governing model the “Representative Council” (RC) held their first meeting. The council is comprised of 29 members (see biographies) and were elected from every Massachusetts local affiliate and caucus including two unaffiliated representatives. Approving statements on the conduct of the assembly, and the upcoming Women’s March, Rand Wilson and Jeannette Riviera were elected as interim co-chairs. More information about the RC can be found on the Our Revolution website: http://ourrevolutionma.com/transition-process/representative-council-structure/

A Standing Ethics Committee was approved to examine disagreements among members and to ensure our time is spent productively. Selected members for this Committee included Solomon Steen (Cambridge), Alexa Reed (Disability Rep), Michael Gilbreath (Metro West), Nichole Mossalam (Malden), and Vicki Dzindzichashvili (Boston).

Recognizing that the Endorsement and Election Committee put in place by the Interim Coordinating Committee is now dissolved, a Task Force to study, and make proposals for gubernatorial and all endorsements by ORMA was formed by nominations from RC reps. The members of this group after a vote, includes Melinda Green (WFTGC), Liz Reardon (At-large), Enid Eckstein (Jamaica Plain), Ferd Wulkan in absentia (Franklin County), Nancy Stenberg (Greater Northampton) Chris Braiotta (Medford) and Rand Wilson (Alternate). The first meeting will be arranged by online polling.

The minority voters were permitted to voice their concerns bringing out potential points to be considered. RC Members emphasized the Gubernatorial Committee should be aware that ORMA will be a 501 c 4 and an organization that will has strict IRS rules on political activity, the  timely movement and accuracy of any material used to make decisions, and a need for a Bylaw Committee.

Everyone present agreed much had been accomplished, and a solid footing for the future success of ORMA was established. A Zoom meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 21st and a face to face at a venue TBD on February 4th. Hard work lays ahead, but, again from Thomas Paine:

“….yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value...”