Event:2020/09/03 Delegates

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Omni Delegates' Meeting - 3 Sep 2020 7pm-9pm

1. Joining info:

2. URL of these notes: https://omnicommons.org/notes

3. Please add items to the agenda below and send any proposals to consensus@lists.omnicommons.org prior to the meeting

4. For instructions on preparing and archiving these notes, please see the bottom.


  • Introductions [15 minutes]
    • Meeting Roles
    • Delegates Count
    • Access Check-in
  • Check-ins, Updates & Report-Backs [30 minutes]
    • Brief Announcements
    • Working Groups
    • Member Collectives
    • Conflicts, Mediation & Safe Space
  • Proposals & Discussions
    • Fiscally Sponsor Renegade.Bio's #TestThePeople events
    • Sponsor Critical Resistance's Imagine Freedom: Art Works for Abolition Project
    • EIDL loan application


Introduce yourself: Name; Preferred Pronoun; Affiliation; any brief announcements; say whether you're a delegate; let us know about any access needs you have†

  • WHY DO WE ASK PRONOUNS? To make space for people who are trans, nonbinary, gender noncomforming or otherwise vulnerable to being misgendered. It's not an invitation to make jokes or trivialize the idea of pronouns. If you are fine with the gender and pronouns society generally assigns to you, please just say what they are without fanfare or embellishment. Conversely, please don't pressure anybody to give their pronouns, as that can harm trans people who are closeted or questioning. The point is to prompt and normalize asking, but not to mandate or enforce. Thank you! <3 Yar

Access Check In

Is everybody able to participate fully in this meeting? Do people have unmet needs or concerns?

Meeting Roles

  • Facilitator/s: John T
  • Explanation of hand signals: "deaf applause", "raised hand", "point of process", "direct response"(wildcard), etc.
  • Stacktaker:
  • Timekeeper:
  • Notetaker/s: Jenny, John T
  • Vibe Reader:
  • Who will out next meeting's agenda beforehand:
  • Next meeting's facilitator(s):


  • ANV: Roya
  • CCL: Patrik
  • CSC: Mary Ann
  • FNB: Helen
  • FYE: inactive (Ish)
  • GWS: Rachel, Jane,John
  • LL: Benny
  • Sudo Room: N/A but not yet inactive (was delegate for last meeting on 8/20)
  • Sudo Mesh: Jenny [on pad, joining call later] unless another mesh delegate joins
  • Quorum: Yes (7 out of 8 active collectives)

Brief Announcements

Working Group Report-Backs

Building & permits

  • Meetings: only the kitchen group meets regularly, new times tbd
  • https://omnicommons.org/lists/listinfo/building
  • talk about pulling permit for basement demo
  • have the plans for kitchen renovation. money was only roadblock. but we can start on demo already - show progress



  • Meetings: Email for now
  • Join! https://omnicommons.org/lists/listinfo/comms
  • Dane: helping out with social media and working with Silver who's been updating our Instagram: instagram.com/omnicommons
    • Mary Ann wants to upgrade the website. Concerned when asking for money it's important to have an attractive website with photos & more spice.
      • jenny: we can add an image carousal to main page. send photos you like to comms@lists.omnicommons.org
      • patrik: can also feature the collectives a lot more
    • silver: been trying to feature the different collectives on Insta, send things to post there



  • will be sending proposal TO DELEGATES for extending mortgage forbearance next meeting (current forbearance period is up Oct 1) and extending balloon payment due date
    • we already approved this and Mary Ann wrote to Jesse - great!
  • no. Village termination of fiscal sponsorship request, tying up loose ends requires


  • Meetings: Tuesdays 2-3pm via:
    • This group needs more volunteers!
  • Join! https://omnicommons.org/lists/listinfo/fundraising
  • Sending out a similar support appeal soon, turning it into an ongoing GoFundMe
  • After that considering a kitchen campaign.
  • Switched meeting time to Tuesdays

Member Collective Updates

What is going on with your collective? What are you working on? What have you accomplished? Any events coming up? Any difficulties you are encountering that you need help with?


  • Roya: Up and down, hard day yesterday - but we all made it happen!
  • Bringing LITs (Leaders In Training) into the Omni on Saturdays. Will be in the Disco Room going through financial lit curriculum or with us in the ballroom doing CSA packing. Training them to run the CSA program. Me and Chi are officially staff members


  • Patrik: Approved one more person in the lab, Eddie, working on COVID promising antiviral using plant cells
  • Working on timing our reopening plans, changes from CA state and counties


  • CompArte - Sep 26 live event - Roberto organizing - https://www.facebook.com/events/749030232603314/
  • bad situation with Zapatistas right now, under attack by paramilitaries. Circulating a letter right now for people to sign on - check https://chiapas-support.org/ and join the email list
    • can also contact Mary Ann @ enapoyo [at] gmail [dot] com and she will sign for you. deadline is Sep 9. will post on omni lists & fb page
    • working with orgs internationally and sending to consulates as well as Mexico


  • Helen: trying to reduce messy footprint at the omni
  • otherwise continuing to get the food out!
  • rethinking walkin fridge conversion project, still havent gotten grant yet


  • Ish: not much going on due to covid, applying for spot at farmer's market
  • trip to LA and Joshua Tree, made some art with shido we're editing


  • Rachel: august siesta for GWS
  • int'l labor organizations organizing around domestic workers rights in peru
  • continue working with Haiti Action
  • poor people's campaign doing massive voter outreach and census outreach


  • Benny: upcoming screening on Zapatistas at oakland tribune parking lot - sep 11 @ 11pm? - temp checks @ entrance, distancing + masks etc - not sharing on social media yet, awaiting final approvals
    • something about damage to fix?
  • Also a screening 9/25 @ Community Foods in West Oakland (3105 San Pablo Ave) @ 7:30pm, in-house liblens film 'Follow the Drinking Gourd'
  • been active and receiving donations
  • john can promote on Occupy Oakland FB page
  • KPFA will be talking about our next event next week

Sudo Room

  • jenny: Sudo Room is currently broke and inactive. discussing proposal TO FINANCE for retroactive rent reduction
    • two months behind
    • i have mentioned this for the past few months (dont need to read that aloud)
    • redundant robb is redundant ;)

Sudo Mesh

  • Latest iteration of disaster.radio boards in production. A group in Portland is building a disaster.radio network [1]
  • Considering joining Electronic Frontier Alliance - https://www.eff.org/fight

Conflicts, Mediation & Safe Space

  • Updates for any ongoing issues
  • Has anybody been asked to leave? asked to leave
  • Robb to update Asked to Leave page re: Anthony
  • PKO left a lot of stuff in front entranceway and basement. Were approved to make protest kit on two dates, but that was months ago and still have their gear in basement


Fiscally Sponsor Renegade.Bio's #TestThePeople events

Discussion / Consenso

  • ANV: yes
  • CCL: yes
  • CSC: yes
  • FNB:
  • fye inactive
  • GWS: yes
  • LL: inactive, abstain
  • SR: abstain
  • SM: yes
  • Consenso: yes!

  • Submitted via Robb on 8/26
  • Subject: See you there? Sponsorships for Imagine Freedom: Art Works for Abolition

Dear Robb, I am a member of Critical Resistance and helping to support our upcoming Imagine Freedom: Art Works for Abolition art auction, running from September 29th to October 13th and will include some online events

Please join us for this event coming up! It's going to be great-- there’s a beautiful range of artists and cultural workers participating, ranging from our movement muralists and printmakers to elder and internationally renowned artists

We are doing outreach now-- would Omni and any other groups and networks that you are part of be willing to help boost this event and be a "Movement Sponsor"? Movement Sponsor involves:

  • boosting the event and spreading the word: post on social media 3x, share by email, newsletter or website 1-3x, and/or invite your membership and base!
  • bonus step: contribute to our programming and messaging on “Imagine Freedom: Art Works for Abolition”. Share a photo, a story or a few sentences on how “Art [can/does] Works for Abolition.” How has your organization or group used art to amplify or advance your campaigns or efforts? How have you used art to “Imagine Freedom”? We will include photos, quotations, and make beautiful materials to amplify how our movement has utilized art to work for abolition!

In return, we will list you as a Movement Sponsor supporter and share all event info (viewing links, etc) directly with you. RSVP by replying to this message saying YES and with your image or quotation about Art for Abolition. If the file is large, please add it directly here and include your org name in the File name.

We also are inviting sponsorship donations from $100+. If you are able to consider supporting in this way, all details in this Sponsorship packet. Donations are welcome! But most importantly, please let us know if you can be a Movement Sponsor! We'd love to have you on board. Social media images attached.

Visit the webpage here: http://imaginefreedom.art/

Thanks all! Any spreading the word is appreciated!

Best, Alexander

Discussion / Consenso

  • formal decision next meeting, but universal enthusiasm
  • jenny: would like to offer more than $100..
    • rachel: we are in a financial crisis, $100 is a good amount to contribute
  • roya: can boost in next CSA newsletter
    • jenny: omni is due for another newsletter as well
  • questions for collectives: sponsor w/ $100 contrib, or just boosting on social
  • send further questions to robb to relay

Proposal: Apply for EIDL Loan =

  • via fundraising on ?
  • long-term low-interest loan for loss of revenue during this period, which may or may not be forgiven
  • finance/fr wg decided to apply, but since it's a serious commitment thought it best to ask delegates
  • 30-year loan at 2.75% interest. amount determined by whatever's considered the amount of your loss (except they apparently don't ask for Feb - current 2020 financials..?)


  • jenny: please copy and paste the application questions into a doc so i can see the terms and respond to any finance or legal/ownership questions

Last Meeting Notes


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