CDSA Executive Committee Minutes December 15, 2018

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December Chicago DSA Executive Committee Meeting

December 15, 2018

Crossroads Conference Room

Approved January 12, 2018

Chairing: Lucie M & Leonard P
Minutes: Joe A
Committee Members in Attendance:

Joe A, Will B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Zoe C, Spencer C, Sierra C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Isa J, JP K, Ryan L, Lucie M, Heather M, Lillian O, Leonard P, Zach S, Simon S, John T, Rachel Z

Committee Members Absent with Notice:

Melinda B, Zev F, Tina G, Robin P, Amy P, Anthony Q

The regular monthly meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) of Chicago Democratic Socialists of America (CDSA) was called to order at 2:38PM December 15, 2018 by Leonard. Rachel Z then read through feminist process

Joe moved that the agenda be adopted. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by committee members present.

Joe moved that the November EC meeting minutes be adopted. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by committee members present.

Anna presented on the general meeting that had occurred December 8. She would share the feedback responses with the EC for them to review. Anna moved to have the spring general meeting March 2 or 3 and the June Convention June 1 or 2. The motion was second and carried unanimously.

Lucie presented on the state wide meetup of DSA chapters. There had been a state wide discussion and call after the meetup on Lift the Ban and how it fits into a housing justice platform. There was also an effort statewide to have a similar call on Labor and a Green New Deal statewide.

Joe presented a report as the secretary. A proposal for how to elect convention delegates would be brought before the EC in January. Based on feedback there are a number of people interested in running as delegates. Also, he reminded people to comment on the data policy that he presented. He presented on the need to clarify who would be receiving dues pins from the chapter in the mail. Ed moved that new members and monthly dues payers who opt in should receive pins. This motion was seconded and passed unanimously by committee members present.

Ed gave a report as treasurer. Ed said he would speak to Lillian after the meeting about reimbursement for LTB expenses. Ed will provide a 2019 budget to be voted on in January.

Lucie gave details on the regional pre-national convention conference that could occur in Chicago April 13 -15. The money would be provided by national, the chapter would be asked to provide local knowledge about space and housing. About 100-200 people would be expected. Lucie moved for CDSA to host a regional conference. The motion was seconded and adopted. (18 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Spencer C, Zoe C, Sierra C, Ed C, Sean E, Isa J, JP K, Ryan L, Lucie M, Heather M, Lillian O, Zach S, Simon S, Rachel Z; 4 Nays: Sean D, Anna F, Leonard P, John T)

Ed presented on the Debs Dinner Budget. Ed moved to have the budget adopted. The motion was seconded and adopted. (19 Ayes: Will B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Spencer C, Zoe C, Sierra C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F Isa J, JP K, Ryan L, Heather M, Lillian O, Zach S, Simon S, John T, Rachel Z; 3 Nays: Joe A, Lucie M, Leonard P)

Ed moved that the chapter switch its banking to Wintrust. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by committee members present.

Michelle F presented on a new logo for the chapter. Zach moved for the chapter to adopt the new logo. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by committee members present.

Zach presented communications policies for the chapter that had been approved in the communications standing committee. He moved for the chapter to adopt these communications policies. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by committee members present.

Spencer moved for the EC to amend the composition of the Electoral Ad Hoc Committee by reducing the required number of EC members on the committee from two-thirds to one-half; removing the position reserved for a representative of the Development Committee; and adding a liaison to Ugo’s campaign (filling this position with Max G). The motion was seconded. Ramsin moved to amend the proposed changes by substituting one-half for majority. The amendment was seconded and passed unanimously by committee members present. The main motion to amend the composition of the Electoral Ad Hoc Committee passed unanimously by committee members present.

Leonard presented on a proposal dissolving the Rapid Response Working Group and taking some of its functions and forming a standing committee. After discussion, Ramsin moved to table the proposal. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by committee members present.

Will presented on a proposal to restructure how endorsements of strikes were conducted. The proposal was moved and seconded. Ramsin moved to amend the proposal specifying that the Labor Working Group would specify what an endorsement would entail. Lucie moved to table the proposal. The motion to table was seconded and adopted. (14 Ayes: Joe A, Waleeta C, Spencer C, Zoe C, Sierra C, Ed C, Sean D, Isa J, Ryan L, Lucie M, Lillian O, Leonard P, John T, Zach S; 8 Nays: Will B, Ramsin C, Sean E, Anna F, JP K, Heather M, Simon S, Rachel Z)

Joe presented that the electoral working group had advanced one more candidate to a membership vote and were considering others still. Joe moved that any candidate advanced to a membership vote by the electoral working group in December would be determined by an electronic vote of the membership in the first two weeks in January. The motion was seconded and adopted. (17 Ayes: Joe A, Waleeta C, Spencer C, Sierra C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Isa J, JP K, Ryan L, Lucie M, Heather M, Leonard P, John T, Zach S; 8 Nays: Will B, Ramsin C, Sean E, Anna F, JP K, Heather M, Rachel Z; 2 Nays: Ramsin C, Lillian O; 3 Abstains: Will B, Zoe C, Simon S)

Spencer spoke about the four candidates the chapter had endorsed. The NEC had given a recommendation to for National endorsement of all four.

Lucie presented on the idea of the chapter forming a PAC. She moved that the EC empower the Electoral Ad Hoc Committee to pursue forming a PAC. The motion was seconded and passed. (12 Ayes: Will B, Spencer C, Sierra C, Sean E, Anna F, JP K, Ryan L, Heather M, Lillian O, John T, Simon S, Rachel Z; 4 Nays: Ramsin C, Ed C, Lucie M, Leonard P; 5 Abstains: Joe A, Zoe C, Sean D, Isa J, Zach S; Waleeta C was not present for this vote)

Lucie gave an update on the holiday party and its planning.

Ed moved that the chapter spend $100 to buy copies of the ABC’s of Capitalism. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by members present.

Anna reminded people to fill out the poll regarding when to schedule the next EC meeting around the Lift the Ban retreat.

Leonard moved to have the meeting adjourn at 5:01PM. This was seconded and passed unanimously by Executive Committee members present.