Instructions and Guidelines for 2018 Membership Convention Bylaws Revisions

Chicago Democratic Socialists of America, Bylaws Revision Committee
May 15, 2018

Comrades! The annual membership convention is being held on June 30, 2018 (more details coming soon). At this meeting we will not only be electing our officers, but debating and passing new Bylaws for the Chapter.

Chapter Bylaws are an important way to make sure the Chapter operates effectively and efficiently. The Bylaws Revision Committee is happy to present the proposed revisions to the current Bylaws. We are calling these revisions the Committee Revision.

The membership convention is a deliberative, legislative body–meaning you all are the legislators! To ensure robust debate and participation while also acting within the confines of the current Bylaws and Robert’s Rules of Order, we have prepared a variety of ways Members can participate leading up to and during the Convention:

1. Submit suggested comments on the Committee Revision to the Bylaws Revision Committee by May 30, 2018 at 7PM CST. The Committee will review these comments and either adopt or decline them by June 02, 2018. Use THIS FORM to submit comments.

NOTE: → → If your suggestion is not adopted, germane amendments to the Committee Revision may still be raised on the floor at the Convention. ← ←

2. Submit your own amendments (“Independent Amendments”) to the → current Bylaws ← by June 09, 2018. The Bylaws Revision Committee will review them, collect them, where applicable consolidate identical or substantially similar proposals, and publish them to the Membership no later than June 16, 2008. Use THIS FORM to submit proposed amendments to the current Bylaws (not suggestions for the Committee Revision!).

3. At the Convention, there will be debate and voting for the Committee Revision, proposed amendments to the Committee Revision, and Independent Amendments to the current Bylaws.

The Executive Committee is also organizing discussion groups/townhalls for early June to give insight into how the process will look on the day of the Convention, explain the bylaws elements, train on Robert’s Rules, and have discussions. There is a Membership Convention Discussion scheduled for Tuesday, June 5.

In the next few weeks, we will also publish a short guide to the floor procedure for the Convention with a Robert’s Rules cheat sheet.

If you have any questions, please email the Bylaws Revision Committee: politicaleducation@chicagodsa.org

 

CDSA Executive Committee June Meeting

May 22, 2018

The CDSA Executive Committee are the elected officers of Chicago DSA. At Executive Committee meetings, officers receive proposals from members, hear reports from the treasurer, plan general meetings and conduct other important CDSA business. Executive Committee meetings take place on the second Saturday of each month. At the June Executive Committee Meeting, we will be finalizing the agenda for 2018 Membership Convention on June 30.

 

Committee Revision Bylaws – Final Version

Chicago Democratic Socialists of America, Bylaws Revision Committee
June 3, 2018

This is the final version of the Bylaws Subcommittee’s proposed “Committee Revision” to the CDSA Bylaws. This version incorporates many of the comments submitted by members over the last two weeks. Some comments were fully accepted, others partially accepted, and a few were rejected. Members will have an opportunity to propose amendments to particular sections of the Committee Revision from the floor at the Membership Convention on June 30. The EC will be holding Q&A sessions and trainings on the Convention procedure over the course of June. There is a Membership Convention Discussion scheduled for Tuesday, June 5.

NOTE: There is still time to submit your own amendments (“Independent Amendments”) to the → current Bylaws ← by June 09, 2018. The Bylaws Revision Committee will review them, collect them, where applicable consolidate identical or substantially similar proposals, and publish them to the Membership no later than June 16, 2008. Use THIS FORM to submit proposed amendments to the current Bylaws (not suggestions for the Committee Revision!).

 

CDSA Chapter Officer Elections

Chicago Democratic Socialists of America, Executive Committee
June 5, 2018

Three officers will be elected at the Membership Convention on June 30.  If you would like to run for any of these positions, please email secretary@chicagodsa.org. The deadline to apply to put your name on the ballot is June 15.

Female Co-Chair: Co-Chairs are the public spokespersons of Chicago DSA and preside over Executive Committee meetings.

Secretary: The Secretary is responsible for taking minutes at Executive Committee meetings and general meetings, maintenance and security of the membership list, and custody of official email and other online accounts.

Political Education: The Political Education officer organizes CDSA educational events and forums.

Ideal candidates can commit to attending at least one meeting per month and to planning four chapter meetings per year.

You may also email secretary@chicagodsa.org with any questions about the nature of these officer roles, or for details of the election.

PLEASE NOTE: The Committee Revision of the CDSA Bylaws proposes to abolish gender requirements for co-chairs. The Secretary and Political Education officers, currently two-year positions, would be elected every year from now on.

 

2018 Membership Convention Updates

Chicago Democratic Socialists of America, Executive Commitee
June 16, 2018

Our 2018 Membership Convention is officially set for June 30, 2018 from 12-4PM at Hairpin Arts Center! Here are the some important updates before the meeting:

See you on Saturday 6/30 at 12PM at Hairpin Arts Center!