CDSA Executive Committee Minutes January 12, 2019

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January Chicago DSA Executive Committee Meeting

January 12, 2019

Crossroads Conference Room

Approved February 9, 2019

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

Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Zoe C, Spencer C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Zev F, Tina G, Isa J, JP K, Lucie M, Heather M, Robin P, Leonard P, Amy P, Anthony Q, Zach S, Simon S, John T, Rachel Z

Committee Members Absent with Notice:

Sierra C, Lillian O

The regular monthly meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) of Chicago Democratic Socialists of America (CDSA) was called to order at 4:33PM January 12, 2019 by Lucie. Then the committee reviewed feminist process.

Joe moved to adopt the agenda. The motion was seconded. JP moved to amend the agenda by striking Section IV, Item l Electoral WG/branch dissolution. The motion to amend was seconded and adopted unanimously by members present. The motion to adopt the agenda as amended was then adopted unanimously by members present.

Joe moved to adopt the December EC minutes. The motion was seconded and adopted unanimously by members present.

Joe spoke on the current draft of the convention delegate election process and asked for members of the EC to review it and provide feedback. He also reported on the current state of the January chapter electoral endorsement vote of Pete DeMay, Jeanette Taylor, and Amara Enyia. Registration to vote was still active, but the chapter had not reached quorum

Spencer reported on the current efforts of the electoral ad hoc committee. All four endorsed candidates had received national endorsement. The Housing For All Day of Action had reached its turnout goal. The ad hoc committee would not seek to form a project committee, but would dissolve February 13 and perhaps look to form a get out the vote ad hoc committee in February.

John moved the electoral ad hoc committee’s proposal requesting a budget of $750 for printing and other expenses.  The motion was seconded and adopted. (24 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Waleeta C, Zoe C, Spencer C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Zev F, Tina G, JP K, Isa J, Lucie M, Heather M, Robin P, Leonard P, Amy P, Anthony Q, Zach S, Simon S, John T, Rachel Z; 0 Nays; 1 Abstention: Ramsin C)

Tim Thomas, Zoe, and Carrol S presented on Tim’s candidacy for Oak Park Village Trustee. Zoe moved for Chicago Democratic Socialists of America to endorse Tim Thomas in his race for Oak Park Village Trustee. The motion was seconded and after debate the motion was adopted. (16 Ayes: Joe A, Ramsin C, Zoe C, Spencer C, Ed C, Sean E, Anna F, Zev F, Tina G, Isa J, Lucie M, Heather M, Amy P, Anthony Q, Zach S, John T; 5 Nays: Will B, Melinda B, JP K, Leonard P, Rachel Z; 4 Abstention: Sean D, Waleeta C, Robin P, Simon S)

Ed presented his report as treasurer. In January, the chapter would move to a new accounting method that would make certain line items, like working group budgets, clearer. The account with Wintrust was active. He then presented on the 2019 budget. Ed moved to adopt the budget. The motion was seconded and adopted. (25 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Zoe C, Spencer C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Zev F, Tina G, JP K, Isa J, Lucie M, Heather M, Robin P, Leonard P, Amy P, Anthony Q, Zach S, Simon S, John T, Rachel Z; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions)

Leonard presented on the Reimagine Mayoral Forum occurring January 16. Leonard moved the proposal for the chapter to endorse the Reimagine Mayoral Forum. The motion was seconded and adopted. (21 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Zoe C, Spencer C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Zev F, Tina G, Isa J, Heather M, Leonard P, Amy P, Anthony Q, Simon S, John T, Rachel Z; 3 Nays: JP K, Lucie M, Zach S; 1 Abstention: Robin P)

The Healthcare Working Group presented on moving their ongoing work around Medicare for All legislation to become a chapter wide campaign. There was discussion of the current draft of their proposal and for the EC if they had any comments after the meeting to send them to Luke K, Sean Z, or the Healthcare Working Group’s email.

Leonard presented on his proposal to dissolve the Rapid Response Working Group and reallocate its tasks to the tech committee and to a new standing committee called the Safety Committee. Leonard moved this proposal which was seconded. Joe moved to amend the proposal to add the words “or their designee” after “Co-Chair of the Chapter” in the first page, fifth paragraph, third sentence. The amendment was seconded and adopted. The motion to adopt the proposal as amended to dissolve the Rapid Response Working Group was adopted. (25 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Zoe C, Spencer C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Zev F, Tina G, JP K, Isa J, Lucie M, Heather M, Robin P, Leonard P, Amy P, Anthony Q, Zach S, Simon S, John T, Rachel Z; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions)

Danny P, Dele B, and Shana E presented on their proposal to form an Internationalism Working Group. After discussion, Simon moved to postpone the proposal to form the working group until after the proposers had spoken with the political education officer. (20 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Zev F, JP K, Isa J, Lucie M, Heather M, Robin P, Leonard P, Anthony Q, Zach S, Simon S, John T, Rachel Z; 3 Nays: Spencer C, Ed C, Tina G; 0 Abstentions; Zoe C and Amy P had left at this point)

Jen Z presented on a proposal from the Anti-Racism Working Group for the chapter to endorse future actions at the Gary Jet Center in opposition to the deportation flights out of that airport. Joe moved the proposal with amendment striking reference of the Rapid Response Working Group and replacing with “the appropriate entity”. The motion to adopt the presented proposal was seconded and adopted. (23 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Spencer C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Zev F, Tina G, JP K, Isa J, Lucie M, Heather M, Robin P, Leonard P, Anthony Q, Zach S, Simon S, John T, Rachel Z; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions)

Lucie presented updates on the pre-convention conference the chapter was helping to plan. The current dates were April 12-14 and were unlikely to change. Chicago DSA would be allowed to send 50 people to attend.

Melinda presented on the progress of the Lift the Ban Campaign. The retreat had included thiry-five people. The next phase was to grow a list of supporters, continue canvassing in the Rogers Park and possibly Hyde Park against developers as well as expanding communications work with possible direct actions.

Will presented on the proposal of a process for the Labor Steering Committee to get pre-approval of chapter endorsement for strike actions and work stoppages. The motion was seconded and adopted. (22 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Spencer C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Zev F, Tina G, JP K, Isa J, Heather M, Robin P, Leonard P, Anthony Q, Zach S, Simon S, John T, Rachel Z; 1 Nay: Lucie M; 0 Abstentions)

Rachel announced the counter protest of the March for Life. Sean E said the Environmental Justice Working Group would be finalizing a proposal similar to the Medicare For All one to form a project committee.

Leonard moved to have the meeting adjourn at 6:41PM. The motion to adjourn was seconded and adopted.