OMJP Structure & Process

Revised January 2005

The Olympia Movement for Justice & Peace promotes economic and social justice and peace through dialogue, education, democratic participation and non-violent direct action. OMJP's structure and transparent decision-making processes are designed to reflect our vision of a better world. We are mindful of and challenge inequalities and other impediments to inclusion and participation within our own organization.


OMJP is a horizontally-structured, non-hierarchical, grassroots community organization. There are no designated "officers," board members, or other authorities. OMJP produces events, e.g. conferences, forums, marches, rallies, and various direct actions. It also endorses and provides support for individual and group activities consistent with its mission and values. "Members" are those who self-identify as members, share OMJP's values, and attend meetings or otherwise contribute to OMJP's work. There are no membership fees. OMJP maintains an email list and a web site at


Meetings are OMJP's primary venue for discussion, planning and decision-making. Anyone can attend OMJP meetings, propose a project, and solicit OMJP assistance, participation and/or endorsement. For optimum consideration, proposals may by placed on the meeting agenda in advance. Meetings are facilitated. Minutes of each meeting are recorded and posted to the OMJP e-list.

The decision-making process is directed by the facilitator and consists of three potential steps:
  1. Consensus: Meeting facilitator calls for unanimous approval
  2. Majority Vote: If all are not clearly agreed, the matter is decided by majority vote
  3. Super Majority Vote: If strong opposition continues by one or more, the proposal will require approval by 2/3 present
Eligible voters are those who have previously attended at least one meeting.


Occasionally, decisions must be made between meetings. Examples are endorsement of imminent events, and response to true emergencies, such as Rachel's death and the commencement of US military attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Rapid Response Team is empowered by the larger group to make only those decisions necessary between meetings. RRT decisions are reported at the subsequent regular meeting.

The RRT consists of four individuals. Its decisions require 3/4 assent, or agreement by three of the four persons. Candidates are elected by the above process for 6 month terms every December and June. Desirable qualifications include long term commitment to OMJP and its mission and values, accessibility by phone or email within 24 hours, ability to make collaborative decisions, trustworthiness and integrity. The team members are:

January - June 2006
Nikki Miller
Holly Carter
Gar Lipow
Marco Rossi

July - December 2005
Gar Lipow
Larry Mosqueda
Trish Ryder
Alice Zillah

January - June 2005
Jonathan Coleman
Larry Mosqueda
Trish Ryder
Alice Zillah

another world is possible . . .