CDSA Executive Committee Minutes February 9, 2019

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February Chicago DSA Executive Committee Meeting

February 9, 2019

UE Hall

Approved March 9, 2019

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

Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Spencer C, Sierra C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Tina G, Isa J, Lucie M, Robin P, Leonard P, Zach S, Simon S, John T, Rachel Z

Committee Members Absent with Notice:

JP K, Ryan L, Amy P, Lillian O

The regular monthly meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) of Chicago Democratic Socialists of America (CDSA) was called to order at 2:02PM Februar 9, 2019 by Lucie.

Ramsin moved for the committee to move into executive session which was approved unanimously. After the EC left executive session it took a two-minute break.

Joe moved to adopt the agenda. The motion was seconded. The motion to adopt the agenda was adopted unanimously by members present.

Joe moved to adopt the January EC minutes. The motion was seconded and adopted. (18 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Spencer C, Sierra C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Tina G, Isa J, Lucie M, Leonard P, Zach S, John T, Rachel Z; 0 Nays; 1 Abstention: Simon S; Robin P was not present yet)

Ed provided a report of the chapter’s finances. The chapter’s bookkeeping would be switching to an accrual basis and would be able to provide chapter entities, like working groups, with reports of their finances. Also, the chapter had acquired a square account for credit card purchases by attendees at CDSA events.

Ed also presented on the Debs dinner. Members could now purchase tickets. Kevin R was still waiting on some responses for nominees.

Zach spoke on the chapter’s role in the planning of the pre-convention regional conference. An announcement for members to register if interested in attending would be sent out the following week. The chapter would help National in locating venues and finding solidarity housing as well.

Lucie presented on a proposal for selecting the chapter’s delegation to the regional conference. After discussion, Ramsin moved the proposal with amendments. The motion was seconded and adopted. (17 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Spencer C, Sierra C, Ed C, Sean E, Anna F, Tina G, Isa J, Lucie M, Leonard P, Zach S, John T, Rachel Z; 2 Nays: Sean D, Simon S; 0 Abstentions)

Anna presented on updates for planning of the March general meeting. The space was booked and the chapter needed to announce the meeting.

Will reported on the status of two strikes the chapter had endorsed. The Cook County College teachers strike had reached a tentative settlement. The Chicago International Charter School strike was ongoing.

The EC took a ten-minute break.

Dele presented on a proposal he with other members nationally intended to introduce at the National Convention allowing for state and regional structures and requesting some time at the March general meeting to present on this proposal. Melinda moved to refer adding this to the group who would write the agenda. The motion was seconded. Melinda added an amendment with instruction not to emphasize this presentation over campaign work. The amendment was seconded and adopted. (18 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Spencer C, Sierra C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Tina G, Isa J, Lucie M, Leonard P, Zach S, John T, Rachel Z; 0 Nays; 1 Abstention: Simon S) The motion to refer the proposal to committee with instructions was adopted unanimously by members present.

Spencer presented on the current state of the electoral ad hoc committee. The Sanctuary for All canvass had occurred, but there weren’t final numbers. The electoral ad hoc committee would have to dissolve February 12 according to the chapter bylaws. The Electoral Ad Hoc Committee had drafted a proposal to form a Get Out The Vote Committee to finish the election season. Lucie moved to adopt the proposal to form a GOTV Ad Hoc Committee. The motion was seconded and adopted. (20 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Spencer C, Sierra C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Tina G, Isa J, Lucie M, Robin P, Leonard P, Zach S, Simon S, John T, Rachel Z; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions)

Joe presented the national convention delegate election procedure. After discussion, Ramsin moved to defer voting on the procedure to the next EC meeting. The motion was seconded. Sean E moved to amend the motion to defer by holding the vote electronically. The motion to amend was seconded and adopted. (17 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Spencer C, Sierra C, Ed C, Sean E, Anna F, Tina G, Isa J, Lucie M, Zach S, Simon S, John T, Rachel Z; 1 Nay: Leonard P; 2 Abstentions: Sean D, Robin P) The motion to defer as amended was then adopted. (17 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Spencer C, Sierra C, Ed C, Sean E, Anna F, Tina G, Isa J, Lucie M, Zach S, Simon S, John T, Rachel Z; 1 Nay: Leonard P; 2 Abstentions: Sean D, Robin P)

Melinda and Tina presented on work from the Lift the Ban campaign and a proposal for a budget to fund the campaign through September 2019. Ramsin moved the proposal, which was seconded and adopted. (20 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Spencer C, Sierra C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Tina G, Isa J, Lucie M, Robin P, Leonard P, Zach S, Simon S, John T, Rachel Z; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions)

Simon presented on having the chapter facilitate an in-person meeting to discuss a national endorsement of Bernie Sanders in the 2020 presidential primary and the national exploratory committee proposal. Simon moved to form a committee of the EC staffed by Will, Ramsin, and Ed to plan the meeting. The motion was seconded and adopted. (17 Ayes: Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Spencer C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Tina G, Isa J, Robin P, Leonard P, Zach S, Simon S, John T, Rachel Z; 2 Nays: Joe A, Lucie M; 1 Abstention: Sierra C)

Toby M and Henry W presented on a potential chapter campaign to municipalize ComEd. A motion was made to present the campaign to a vote of membership at the general membership meeting in March. The motion was seconded and adopted. (20 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Spencer C, Sierra C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Tina G, Isa J, Lucie M, Robin P, Leonard P, Zach S, Simon S, John T, Rachel Z; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions)

Joe introduced a proposal written by JP K to create a subcommittee to write the March general membership meeting agenda. Ramsin moved to form a subcommittee composed of himself, John, Anna, Sierra, Leonard, Isa, JP, and Will to write the March general membership meeting agenda. The motion was seconded and adopted. (19 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Spencer C, Sierra C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Tina G, Isa J, Robin P, Leonard P, Zach S, Simon S, John T, Rachel Z; 0 Nays; 1 Abstention: Lucie M)

Dele presented on a proposal brought by the policy and research subcommittee of the Political Education standing committee requesting time on the March general meeting agenda. Ramsin moved to refer the proposal for time to the March general meeting subcommittee. (20 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Spencer C, Sierra C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Tina G, Isa J, Lucie M, Robin P, Leonard P, Zach S, Simon S, John T, Rachel Z; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions)

Isa and Luke K presented on a potential chapter campaign pressuring US House Representatives in CDSA’s boundaries on Medicare For All legislation. Isa moved to present the campaign to a vote of membership at the general membership meeting in March. The motion was seconded and adopted. (20 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Waleeta C, Spencer C, Sierra C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Tina G, Isa J, Lucie M, Robin P, Leonard P, Zach S, Simon S, John T, Rachel Z; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions)

Leonard moved to adjourn the meeting at 5:01PM. The motion was seconded and adopted unanimously by members present.