For meeting on Weds, an OMNI proposal for a tenant (non-member?):
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From: Rise Above Printing <info(a)riseaboveoakland.com>
Date: Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 1:24 AM
Subject: Re: [omnilogistics] [Critical] Cannot pass new member Rise Above
Hi Matt and Omni Collective,
Hopefully this is going to the whole list, if not can you please forward.
At the beginning of August I emailed my proposal to join the Omni with my
responses to the collective joining questionnaire. I sent this to David
Keenan and Niki who were my contact points at that time but I'm not sure if
it got forwarded to the group, so I'm pasting it below. Please let me know
what the next steps might be to answer the questions of the group or
further the discussion of my tenancy and/or membership potential.
It was great to be able to stay for the whole meeting tonight and I can
tell you all are going about your processes in a careful and smart way.
While my situation is time sensitive, I think it's important to give this
decision the time it deserves. If you could let me know what to expect as
far as the near future that'd be great.
Rise Above Graphics is a screen print shop run by myself and occasional
other helpers. We specialize in printing on fabric and clothing. We print
limited edition runs of artist designed t-shirts as well as doing custom
printing for a wide variety of customers. We also offer design services.
I started the print operation in 2005 after much trial and error and self
teaching. What started out small has gained a lot of momentum and now Rise
Above has an excellent reputation and almost more work that we can
sometimes handle. We print for many local artists, bands, shops, schools,
etc. and offer discounts for non-profits.
I've had a dream of joining efforts with others for a long time. When I was
ready to move into a public space I was fortunate enough to come across a
wonderful corner spot on Telegraph and decided to expand into an art
gallery as well. It was such a pleasure to spend 3 years there helping
artists and guest curators use the space for a wide variety of creativity
and expression. Rise Above and Smokeys Tangle developed the Temescal Art
Hop and maintained the Temescal First Fridays and I'm hoping we can both
find a way to resist being pushed out of the neighborhood and keep
supporting the arts in Temescal.
Now that I am being evicted from my spot, for condo conversion I'm looking
to find a place where I can both focus on my print shop and also be part of
a community with a cross pollination of ideas, efforts and energy.
To be honest I am concerned for the future of this neighborhood, which is
also my home. Instead of moving my shop elsewhere I'd much prefer to stay
and join the group effort to maintain conscious growth and resist rampant
commercialization and homogenization.
My income comes from customers who pay for my design and print skills. It's
not the most lucrative business but it has been maintaining itself (and my
daughter and I) for the past several years. I can contribute to the Omni
financially in the form of rent. I can also offer my print services to the
community for cheap or barter. I also envison working with the other
artists/printers/curators/teachers etc. within the collective on
collaborations of making, learning, art events, etc. The possibilities
actually seem kind of infinite at this point!
Looking forward to getting to know everyone more and talking more about all
Rise Above Print Shop + Gallery
On Aug 28, 2014, at 10:19 PM, Matthew Senate wrote:
I regret to bring this up just after what was largely a productive and
However, based on my conversations with sudo room members after the meeting
was over, I need to require that my abstain for this vote must be changed
to a block vote.
Unfortunately, the sudo room has not previously consented to adding a new
member collective. For a decision as serious as adding a new member, I hope
the other members of The Omni Oakland Collective can respect this change of
position, and the need to take time. I hear this strongly from our sudo
community and I hope this resonates with you all.
I wish I was more prepared and able to respond in a timely fashion during
the meeting today, but regretfully, I was not and did not.
You can see no such decision or approval to add Rise Above as a new member
collective was made this past meeting:
Nor on the 13th: https://sudoroom.org/wiki/Meeting_Notes_2014-08-13
The sudo room members were waiting for a more formal proposal answering the
questions here: http://wiki.omni-oakland.org/w/Join
Is someone willing to contact Rise Above directly, ASAP?