thunksalot | Indy Week

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Re: “Durham Police Officers Smell Marijuana at North Durham Home, All Hell Breaks Loose

If that had been a white, middle class person's house, and the home owner had said they didn't consent to a search, that would have been the end of it until they came back with a search warrant. End of story. There would have been no busting into the house, cuffing people, and waiting for an arrest warrant to arrive hours later and after the search had been conducted. Ridiculous. The resident's sense of outrage was 100% justified. Why has the HEAT unit not been dissolved yet? Or at least given a civil liberties lawyer as a constant chaperone?

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Posted by thunksalot on 04/11/2016 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Less than a year in, the Durham Co-op Market stirs up controversy

If the Board just does whatever consultants tell them to, why don't we just dispense with the board and let consultants run the co-op?

The claim that worker representation on the Board is a constant conflict of interest is just plain BS, promulgated by management class people and consultants. I am the employee-elected, voting member of the Board at the nonprofit where I work. I have been for two years. I've only needed to recuse myself one time. Our Board Chairs, by comparison, have had to recuse themselves multiple times over that same two years (mostly because of pre-existing relationships with outside consultants).

Because I am responsible for representing the perspective of my colleagues, I am usually one of the most prepared, if not *the* most prepared, people at each Board meeting. Volunteer board members, who naturally have lots of other things taking up the majority of their time and attention, often arrive having only barely skimmed the Board packet. They often express appreciation for the thoughtful perspective that I offer during our decision-making deliberations. (Having the opportunity for staff to "give input" from the sidelines is completely different than being an equal voting partner in decision-making.)

My experience is NOT unique. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of coops, nonprofits, and companies with worker representatives on their board. Including very successful ones like Weaver St, and Green America.

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Posted by thunksalot on 11/06/2015 at 12:04 PM

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