Event:2020/11/05 Delegates

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Omni Delegates' Meeting - November 5, 2020 7pm-9pm

1. Joining info:

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


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
  • robb fnb
  • john he/they gws
  • yar she/her sudoroom
  • rachel she/her gws
  • maryann she/her csc
  • dennis
  • michael he/him ccl
  • ab he/him fye
  • shido he/him fye
  • patrik he/him ccl

Access Check In

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

Meeting Roles

  • Facilitator/s: robb
  • Explanation of hand signals: "deaf applause", "raised hand", "point of process", "direct response"(wildcard), etc.
  • Stacktaker: john
  • Timekeeper: john
  • Notetaker/s: yar, Patrik
  • Vibe Reader:
  • Who will out next meeting's agenda beforehand:
  • Next meeting's facilitator(s): shido


  • ANV:
  • CCL: michael/patrik
  • CSC: maryann
  • FNB: not robb
  • FYE: ab & shido
  • GWS: john & rachel
  • LL: dennis
  • Sudo Room: yar
  • Sudo Mesh:
  • Quorum:

Brief Announcements

Working Group Report-Backs

Building & permits



Finance & Fundraising

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?


  • nobody present


  • patrik: working on reopening plans, see discussions


  • maryann: lot of stuff online
  • 11/17 7pm EZLN anniversary event


  • no delegates here, but robb was at dover park meeting. stopped sunday meal that was happening outside omni.


  • ab: 2 sundays ago they were part of the temescal street fair. got whole side of telegraph between 48th & 49th. like first fridays but more accessible & calm. good experience
  • upcoming on sunday 11/15 with north oakland mutual aid to do a 2nd block bazaar - free store & art walk outside omni.
    • vicky didn't submit request yet


  • rachel: we twitterstormed biden & harris to get attention on caregiver issues during debate, got feedback
  • 11/16 poor peoples campaign sending car caravans to state capitals "moral monday"
  • 12/9 online fundraiser for 200 black women killed by serial murderers, to build a memorial in a park in LA
  • 12/17 intl day to end violence against sex workers - gws will do something


  • ride-ins past 3 months - outside films west oakland, downtown w/csc, berkeley @ ohlone park, follow the drinking gourd (had footage of ANV's farms)
  • 11/14 screening at community food market, west oakland

Sudo Room

  • holding on by a thread, still paying rent for now tho
  • if you see someone in sudoroom without a mask, you can call yar, she'll come over and deal with it

Sudo Mesh

  • nobody here

Conflicts, Mediation & Safe Space

  • Updates for any ongoing issues
  • Has anybody been asked to leave? asked to leave
  • Yar still intends to start a facilitated conversation with omni folks, apparently Ramy with CCL is already planning something, will reach out


new bank account

  • Need meeting minutes approving opening Self-Help Credit Union business accounts:
  • The following individuals have gathered on November 5, 2020. Omni Commons have agreed to open our business accounts with Self-Help Federal Credit Union. The following individuals will be authorized signers.
    • John Torok, President
    • MaryAnn Tenuto, board member
    • Robert Benson, Treasurer
  • Signed by Secretary


  • MaryAnn: isn't Mai resigning?
    • Robb: she's still in town
    • we'll just removed her from the list
  • consensus on adding john, robb & maryann: YES (sudoroom, gws, csc, ccl, LL, fye); ABSENT (anv, mesh)

CCL Lab Reopening Process

When do we reopen (and reclose)?

  • We want Alameda county to be in Moderate (orange) tier or better, and Contra Costa in Substantial (red) or better - see https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/#reopening-data
  • Waiting to install electronic lock (swipe card or RFID) on door to CCL/Sudo - need access log to be able to notify people in case of an infection



Accessing the lab

  • Max occupancy: 6 people - we have rearranged the lab benches to allow sufficient social distancing (no visitors - all of CCL is now wetlab space!)
  • Members will need to schedule one of 6 lab slots in advance through LabAgenda
  • Need to take a self-screening questionnaire before entering:


Last Meeting Notes


End of Meeting

This meeting ended at 8:23pm after barely an hour. A RECORD!