Hello Omni Collectives & Community!
Our gofundme campaign has raised $25,888 from 290 donors.
The fundraising working group is reaching out to each collective for a
little support! We want to boost the campaign while boosting each
collective within the Omni. We are asking each collective to offer a
special incentive. Something that feeds the curious donor collective wisdom
Ideas on collective incentive can be workshops, new or reoccurring.
Example : Counter Culture Lab offers LAB 101 to donors who pledge $25 to
Collective incentives can also be merch or vendor items. Or even discount
Example : Acta Non Verba offers 50% off fruit CSA beetbox to donors who
pledge $19.99 to our gofundme.
We want the items to be very unique to your collective. For folks who are
curious about Omnis collective of collectives. This participation will
support the fundraising working group and the collective as a whole!
Let me know if this is something your collective can participate in. We
hope everyone can get involved! We hope to receive collective incentives by
We can support outreach and boost your collective with graphic designs
showcasing your collective offerings!
Abundance & Resilience,
You're getting this email either because 1) you're on the sudoroom discuss
email list, or 2) because I BCC'd you directly.
Tonight I'll be hosting Sudoroom for those who want to come hack on whatever,
in person, or through telepresence (see the last link in this email)
ALSO NOW FEATURING: SoftWEAR hacking too: most Tuesday evenings the sewing area
at Omni Commons (in the basement) is also active so bring your fabric and
textile projects and technical repairs; we've got heavy duty and serger sewing
machines available. You're also welcome to bring your own machine to have it
checked out and tuned up for tip-top operation or to just sew alongside others.
Remember that Omni Commons and Sudoroom policy is presently still that
EVERYONE SHOULD WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES INSIDE THE BUILDING
(if you want to eat something you should go outside)
in the past few weeks, we've had about 5-15 people over the course of the
evening, not including remote participants who logged in through telepresence
Jenny put it on the Omni calendar:
Here it is on the sudoroom page:
that says 7PM but I try to be there earlier.
if you get to the door (at the corner of 48th and shattuck) and you can't get
in, call me or someone else who's there to let you in! Email me if you don't
have my phone number. Actually a great way to get our attention is to join the
video chat link at the end of this email!
We don't always hear the doorbell and I don't answer it anyway!
You should get on this sudoroom discuss mailinglist! click here:
and you should donate monthly to sudoroom, monthly, by signing up here:
and if you want to make a one-time donation, you can go here:
if you can't make it in person: join the jitsi videochat with the room, and
chat with each other as well as a giant TV screen/speakerphone on the wall:
(don't worry if you're the only one in the "room", others will join eventually,
and if the camera is pointed at the floor, just yell until someone comes and
talks to you and then ask them to aim it back up into the room)
see you soon!
speaking for myself, I feel that it would be wrong for us to delay paying this
amount even though we would like to have more money in order to be in a better
position to get a loan, etspeaking for myself, I feel that it would be wrong
for us to delay paying this amount even though we would like to have more money
in order to be in a better position to get a loan, etc.
It's just not our money. It belongs to Safer DIY and we've been holding onto
it. It's not much different from if we were to go out and steal it out of
their account because we happened to have access to it, in my opinion.
So as an individual, i'm in favor of paying it immediately. I'll put this
question on the Sudoroom meeting agenda so that I can get a proper
representative position from Sudoroom.
If the above argument is not enough to convince whoever is reading this, I'd
like to point out that Omni wouldn't exist right now if it weren't for the
significant contributions of Sarah and David, well above and beyond what this
actual loan pays for. Considering we have a fire inspection coming up, we
really would be better off if we had a better relationship with them and were
able to ask for help with it.
On Tue, 4 Oct 2022, Yardena Cohen wrote:
> Sarah, we really appreciate DIY's help and good faith here. We
> understand you cannot extend the maturity date. If Omni does fall
> apart and lose our building, we want you to be first in line among our
> creditors for getting paid back. You WILL get paid back, but perhaps a
> bit late and with 6% interest. I think we all know that, and
> maintaining this firm date is part of making sure you get paid back.
> Unfortunately, this means Omni may be in default to you for a few
> Please know this is not personal, it's not because we don't value or
> respect you. I really hate the awkwardness of defaulting on a debt to
> our friends. I do hope that you all understand and respect our
> reasoning in turn.
> That said: Omni folks, we need to make a decision about this. We have
> enough unrestricted funds to cover this, but not by much. Paying DIY
> back on time would come with a steep opportunity cost - we'd have much
> less flexibility and much less to reinvest into shoring up our loan
> application. In particular, we could be using it to build more rooms,
> draw higher-paying events, and pay more people to fill major gaps in
> our finance & bookkeeping teams.
> We also have money in "restricted funds": 13k left over from the 2018
> kitchen fundraiser and 23k from the current gofundme which we
> explicitly told people would go towards the principle of our $1M loan.
> We could probably make legal/moral/ethical arguments in favor of
> spending either of those funds towards DIY. But I think that's
> something the whole community should be clear-eyed about. Thoughts?
> On Tue, Oct 4, 2022 at 11:34 AM Sarah Lockhart <sarah.ee.el(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear Omni Comrades,
>> I wanted to remind you, prior to the upcoming delegates meeting on Thursday, that this loan is due in less than a month. While we (collectively) did not stipulate a schedule of regular payments, we (Safer DIY) had hoped that Omni would have begun making payments by now. We also have received no communication about this debt, and no payment arrangements have been made yet.
>> The $7500 was fronted by Safer DIY at a time when Omni's cash flow was more limited. Safer DIY did so in good faith and solidarity. Please put the repayment of this loan on the agenda for the upcoming delegates meeting, and let me and David Keenan know when we can expect payment.
>> We expect to be paid in full, the full $7500, by the due date of November 1, as per the attached promissory note, signed by Omni.
>> Sarah Lockhart
>> consensus mailing list
> consensus mailing list
THIS IS IMPORTANT!
The following proposal was brought to the delegate's meeting a couple of
ago, and tonight in the meeting it was discussed.
Since I had not been attending delegates meetings for some time, I failed to
forward this proposal to this list so that sudoroom could discuss our
Since I am a Sudoroom member, I voiced my position through our delegate
is me) that I am against giving a committee the power to levy fines against
omni collectives/tenants/people, especially since we have not tried a
of simple communication between a cleaning collective and representatives of
Ultimately the other Omni delegates felt strongly about passing the
but they were willing to remove the provision giving the new Committee the
ability to "impose a monetary penalty" on groups or individuals they
were guilty of being messy. The proposal was partially passed as seen here:
yar: if we approve the proposal but delay the fine enforcement until after
october 6 meeting, and require another affirmative consensus decision
october 6 to give them that fine enforcement power?
jake: is ok with that
CONSENSUS: YES (CCL/Patrik ANV/Silver SUDOROOM/Jake FNB/Helen CLP/Billy
BLOCK: (none), PASSES!
I personally think it's unreasonable to trust a newly formed Committee with
the power to, for example, determine that Sudoroom is too messy and issue
"fines" of $50 per day until they feel that we have satisfied their
and I'm glad that the other delegates were willing to remove this provision
even though they were technically capable of overriding sudoroom's
This provision is set to be reintroduced at the Delegate's meeting on
6TH and Sudoroom needs to discuss our position, in order for our delegate to
represent us at that meeting.
Please see the link below for the proposed text of the new Committee (same
is in the meeting notes above) and discuss the provision that's slated for
October 6th Delegate's meeting.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2022 06:08:55 +0000
From: deskhandle <deskhandle(a)protonmail.com>
To: consensus <consensus(a)lists.omnicommons.org>
Subject: [omni-consensus] Cleanliness Accountability Committee proposal
At the delegate's meeting tonight, we discussed a proposal formulated by the
Events team which is linked above. This is a draft proposal and instructions
for how to suggest edits are on top of the doc. Please do not edit the
In short, it exists to create a new committee which will oversee the
cleanliness of the space, design and implement new systems to do so,
a monetary penalty for any space left out of order for both shared spaces
tenant spaces. If you're able to be an active and dedicated participant in
committee, please join us on Slack.
This committee would also be able to spend some amount of Omni funds to
the space regularly and keep it at a level of cleanliness that must be
maintained for Omni to exist. Please check this out and get back with any
thoughts, concerns, suggestions before it's voted on at the next delegate's
Community Liberation Programs
Come by Sudo Room tomorrow, *Sunday October 2nd from 2 - 6 PM* to build,
hack, or just hang out!
(Also, come see the difference after another big clean-up!)
If you have any questions or need help getting in, call my number below.
*Andrew R Gross, (he/him)*
412.657.5332 - shrad.org <http://www.shrad.org>