October Chicago DSA Executive Committee Meeting
October 13, 2018
Crossroads Conference Room
Approved November 10, 2018
Chairing: Leonard P
Minutes: Joe A
Committee Members in Attendance:
Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Waleeta C, Zoe C, Spencer C, Sierra C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Zev F, Tina G, Isa J, Heather M, Lillian O, Robin P, Leonard P, Anthony Q, Simon S, John T, Rachel Z
Committee Members Absent with Notice:
Ramsin C, Lucie M, Zach S
The regular monthly meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) of Chicago Democratic Socialists of America (CDSA) was called to order at 2:39PM October 13, 2018 by Leonard.
Leonard moved that the agenda be adopted. The motion was seconded. Simon moved to amend the agenda by adding 5 minutes to Section IV, Item j titled Ad Hoc Electoral Committee. The motion to amend was seconded and passed (19 Ayes; 0 Nays; 1 Abstention: John; Note: Tina and Robin hadn’t arrived at the meeting yet). The motion to adopt the agenda as amended was passed unanimously by committee members present.
After a review of September EC meeting’s minutes, Joe moved to adopt the minutes. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by committee members present.
Anna presented on the general meeting that had occurred October 7. Over 200 members had attended and passing the hat had covered most of the expenses. Anna gave a summary of responses to the feedback form that she had sent to members after the meeting that would be made available to EC members to review.
Joe provided a report as the Secretary. It focused on the handling of member data, ensuring people who did outreach to members should report instances of do not contact and moved members to the chapter.
Leonard explained to the EC that DSA’s national discussion boards required moderators and that the national office was looking for chapters to encourage members to volunteer. Leonard then reviewed some basic communication guidelines that media contacts should be cleared through communications, endorsements should not be implied in posts, and unless someone is empowered to be a spokesperson of CDSA don’t make a statement on behalf of CDSA.
Ed gave a report as treasurer. September’s income was low which was expected due to there not being any fundraisers. After the most recent T-shirt sales, Ed overviewed an interest in setting up an online store for CDSA merchandise through a union shop. Ed then moved that the chapter reimburse Spencer C $77 for pizza purchased for one of the electoral candidate interview meetings. The motion was seconded and passed (20 Ayes; 0 Nays; 1 Abstention: Spencer; Note: Robin hadn’t arrived at the meeting yet).
Ed moved a proposal provided to the EC ahead of time to start a committee for the planning of the Debs Dinner chaired by him and Kevin R. This motion for the proposal was seconded. Ed then moved to amend the proposal to strike the line “Have full use of the chapter’s communications apparatus (Facebook, Twitter, Action Network etc) in coordination with the chapter’s Communications Coordinator” The motion to amend was seconded and passed unanimously by committee members present. The main motion to form the Debs Dinner Ad Hoc Committee passed unanimously by committee members present.
Sean E presented on an upcoming Energy Policy 101 that the Environmental Justice Working Group was organizing. It would be an effort to educate members about the ComEd distribution contract in the city of Chicago in conjunction with the Citizen’s Utility Board and discussions around how to organize around this contract. Sean E moved for the chapter to endorse the event specifically so that Communications could promote the event. The motion was seconded and passed (21 Ayes; 0 Nays; 1 Abstention: Robin).
Will presented a proposal given to the EC ahead of time by the Labor Working Group to authorize the chapter spend $25 dollars per month for 12 months on a bulk SMS service. The purpose of the service would be to have one line dedicated to labor solidarity actions overseen by the Labor Working Group. The motion to adopt this proposal was seconded and passed (16 Ayes; 4 Nays; 2 Abstentions).
Sean D moved the proposal they gave to the EC ahead of time to create an Ad Hoc committee to organize the chapter’s electoral endorsements. Sean D moved to amend the proposal sent out with the following: adding to the end of Item 1 “and developing an electoral strategy to not only win races but build CDSA, grow socialism in Chicago, and move the working class to action.”; adding to the end of Item 2 “to be appointed by the CDSA Co-Chairs and Electoral Working Group Steering Committee”; replacing Item 3 with “Resolved that the Chapter Co-Chairs shall appoint 3 additional members to the Ad Hoc Committee to act as liaisons from CDSA to each endorsed campaign.”; creating a new item after item 6 “Resolved that the Ad Hoc Committee’s composition shall be at least 2/3 members of the Executive Committee of Chicago DSA and consist of no more than 9 members, in accordance with CDSA’s bylaws.”; adding to the end of item 10 “in collaboration with the Electoral Working Group and strategy document.” The motion to amend was seconded and passed unanimously by committee members present. Zoe moved to amend the proposal by adding to the end of item 3 “No member of the ad hoc committee shall be employed by any of the candidates or any of their campaigns.” The motion to amend was seconded and passed unanimously by committee members present. Spencer moved to amend the proposal by removing “Whereas the endorsement process passed by CDSA removed the existing three tier structure and treats all endorsements as Tier 2 or 3 endorsements.” The motion to amend was seconded and passed unanimously by committee members present. The motion to create the Ad Hoc Committee as amended passed unanimously by committee members present.
Simon moved that a list of members in and around the 33rd ward, coordinating with Lift the Ban, be provided to him to do outreach in promoting Rosanna’s office launch. This list would include name, phone number, and email. The motion was seconded and passed (13 Ayes; 2 Nays; 7 Abstentions).
Audrey presented on the Environmental Justice Working Group’s recommendation to leave the Illinois Coalition Against Fracking as the chapter’s major partner had left, that the coalition didn’t have the power necessary to win, and that the goal was no longer an outright ban on fracking. Joe moved to leave the coalition. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by committee members present.
Sean E presented on the progress of the socialist night school. They are still looking for facilitators. The intention would be to use UE twice a month for the first set of events that would cover an intro to socialism, housing, electoral work, imperialism and empire.
Simon presented on the development of a three year plan. There would likely be member meetings occurring over the winter.
Ed presented on the Illinois DSA meeting progress. The second weekend in December was selected to meet in Bloomington-Normal which has the capacity to organize the meeting and space.
Joe explained the EC’s obligation to discuss vacating the YDSA representative position on the Executive Committee. Mike Dewar, the current representative, had been absent without notice from the last three EC meetings. Mike was informed ahead of time of the seat potentially being vacated and had told the committee that he had moved away from Chicago. Joe moved to vacate the YDSA representative position on the EC. This motion was seconded and passed unanimously by committee members present.
Leonard presented on the Crossroads Giving Fund Project. If people were interested in participating, they could speak with Leonard.
Leonard presented on the Grassroots Collaborative intention to develop a platform and electoral strategy with a rally to push a progressive agenda. This has included good representation from candidates the chapter endorsed.
Melinda moved the proposal provided to the Executive Committee to form a project committee for the chapter’s involvement in Lift the Ban. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by committee members present.
Anna presented on planning for the next general membership meeting. Anna moved that the next general membership meeting be set for Saturday December 1. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by committee members present.
Joe moved to budget 500 dollars for a meeting space for the December general membership meeting. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by committee members present.
Leonard moved to have the meeting adjourn at 4:38PM. This was seconded and passed unanimously by Executive Committee members present.