General Membership

The OM General Membership (GM) stems out of the GA’s during the Occupy start up period. The GM is the governing body of the organization. Anyone who finds their values and vision lines up with OM’s Mission, Vision, and values can be a member of Occupy Madison. To learn more, see our Membership Form . Under no circumstance will sex, race, religion, color, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, age, handicap/disability, marital status, source of income, arrest record, conviction record, less than honorable discharge, physical appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic identity, political beliefs, familial status, student status, domestic partnership status, receipt of assistance, unemployment or status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, or economic status be a consideration in membershipping decisions.

Latest General Membership Meeting Notes:

September 10, 2017, 304 N 3rd Street, 7:00 pm

Members Present: Allen Barkoff, Luca Clemente, Matt Borman, Trina Clemente, Carol Weidel, Gene Cox, Chris Derek, Peter G

  1. Call to Order
    • Luca called the meeting to order at 7:10. By consensus, the members adjusted the agenda.
  2. Officers Reports
    • Secretary
      • Carol passed out copies of the August 13, 2017 GM minutes. The members approved the minutes as drafted.
  3. Residents
    • The residents met Saturday; Rob facilitated. Residents discussed the old format and chore wheel.
  4. Work Groups
    • OM Grow
      • The group discussed a temporary greenhouse. It is uncertain if this is prohibited by the approved plan.
    • Bees
      • the bees have mites but they should survive.
  5. Security Cameras
    • Rob and Peter are testing the cameras.
  6. Guidelines for Important Decisions
    • A recent board meeting made an unpopular, with those not present, decision. Those present discussed this decision. Those present favored the process of asking the GM making those decisions. For example, incident reports should go to the general membership for recommendations to the BOD and GMM
  7. Ground Rules for Meetings
    • Brenda sent out an email with the subject of “examples of guidelines for meetings” and a link
  8. Steward Leave from the Village
    • As of Friday, 9/15, Badger Care will no longer pay for his stay. Options are to:
      • OM pays $3,000 for another month.
      • He moves to a sober living house, paid for by OM (as was offered to another Steward).
    • Those present favor authorizing up to $3,000. Russ was not present, but on a call to him by Gene, he is in favor of this expenditure.
    • Gene and Trina moved that OM change the previously authorized 3 months sober living funds (at the May 28,2017 Board Meeting) from one steward to another. The members passed the motion by consensus.
  9. Adjournment
    • The meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm

recorded by Carol Weidel