New members join through an application and voting process. If you're very interested in being part of Double Union but aren't sure whether you're “good enough,” please apply. Don't let impostor syndrome stop you!
Along with submitting an application, a qualification for membership is that you've met at least one member who is willing to say you seem like a reasonable potential member (such as that you'd respect the base assumptions, anti-harassment policy, and responsibilities of being a member). Please come to events to meet some of us! Or if you'd prefer a quieter opportunity to meet just a couple members over a cup of tea, email email@example.com and we'll set this up.
Double Union welcomes members with a broad variety of interests, skills, identities, backgrounds, and histories. What we have in common is a set of values (base assumptions) and an interest in supporting each other and Double Union.
To keep the focus on a great space for women (trans, cis, queer, straight, and not-fitting-into-those-labels/other), all members must identify as women in a way that's significant to them. Members must also be old enough to carry out any responsibilities. Guests of members may be any gender or age. We specifically encourage bringing (supervised) children to the space.
How do members use the space?
People work on many things in the space, including adding lights to bicycles, zine making, electronics, public speaking, finding jobs, contributing to open source software, printmaking and textiles, 3D printing, CNC machining, fiber arts, sewing/serging, and reading in the library. We encourage coworking in the space, as long as it doesn't interfere with events or members using the space for its primary purpose: working on projects in a safe and welcoming environment.
We have a very active members-only mailing list where events, workshops, and meetings are thought up and scheduled, as well as a members-only calendar. Any member can propose an event or workshop!
Membership benefits and responsibilities
This is the membership type you want if you would just like to work on your projects and not have to run the space.
- After attending at least two events (including at least one members meeting), you'll get a key code that lets you use the space whenever the building is open (generally 7am-6pm, Monday-Friday)
- You'll also be able to use the space in evenings and weekends when a key member is present
- Store your projects in the space (within reason)
- Pay monthly membership dues (what you can afford – generally between $10 and $50/month)
Key members literally have keys to the space, but are also key to Double Union.
If you are a key member, you can:
- Get into the space any time (a set of keys!)
Key members also have responsibilities:
- Lock and alarm the space when leaving as necessary
- Kick people out of the space if they are violating the anti-harassment policy
- Enforce the guest policy (not letting someone in the space that is not a member or guest of a member, unless a public event is taking place)
Voting members (who are usually also key members) choose to take on the additional responsibility of reviewing and voting on membership applications and adding new key members.
Some of our members include: