CDSA Executive Committee Minutes March 9, 2019

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March Chicago DSA Executive Committee Meeting

March 9, 2019

Manning Library

Approved April 6, 2019

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

Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Spencer C, Zoe C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Isa J, JP K, Ryan L, Lucie M, Heather M, Lillian O, Robin P, Leonard P, Amy P, Anthony Q, Zach S, Simon S John T

Committee Members Absent with Notice:

Waleeta C, Sierra C, Tina G, Rachel Z

The regular monthly meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) of Chicago Democratic Socialists of America (CDSA) was called to order at 2:37PM March 9, 2019 by Leonard.

Lucie reviewed feminist process.

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 February EC minutes. The motion was seconded and adopted unanimously by members present.

Ed provided a report of the chapter’s finances. He was still working on how best to present the chapter’s finances as the chapter altered its bookkeeping. Also the new bank account made depositing and writing checks easier which would save time for future treasurers.

Ed also presented on the Debs dinner. Members could now purchase tickets. Sara Nelson, president of the AFA, would be the keynote speaker. 58 tickets had been sold thus far and likely the dinner would sell out. The chapter also now had a square reader account, with one square reader that would work with iPhone’s. Leonard said he had a few spare ones the chapter could also borrow.

Joe presented on the Internal Elections Committee. He moved to name Spencer C and Audrey S the chief and deputy teller respectively of the upcoming EC officer election. The motion was seconded and adopted. (21 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Spencer C, Zoe C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Isa J, JP K, Ryan L, Lucie M, Lillian O, Leonard P, Amy P, Anthony Q, Zach S, Simon S, John T; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions; Robin and Heather had not arrived yet)

Joe moved to name himself chief teller of convention delegate election and to form a committee of himself Leonard P, and Will B empowered to select deputy tellers for the convention delegate election. The motion was seconded and adopted. (21 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Spencer C, Zoe C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Isa J, JP K, Ryan L, Lucie M, Lillian O, Leonard P, Amy P, Anthony Q, Zach S, Simon S, John T; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions; Robin and Heather had not arrived yet)

Joe moved a set of amendments, attached in Item 1, to the EC Officer Election Process. The motion was seconded. After discussion, Joe moved to amend his motion by having the beginning of the section titled Counting Method & Ballot Formatting read “Elections of officers shall be conducted using instant runoff voting where a …” The motion to amend was seconded and adopted. (22 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Spencer C, Zoe C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Isa J, JP K, Ryan L, Lucie M, Heather M, Lillian O, Leonard P, Amy P, Anthony Q, Zach S, Simon S, John T; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions; Robin had not arrived yet) The motion to adopt the amended changes to the EC Officer Election Process were then adopted. (22 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Spencer C, Zoe C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Isa J, JP K, Ryan L, Lucie M, Heather M, Lillian O, Leonard P, Amy P, Anthony Q, Zach S, Simon S, John T; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions; Robin had not arrived yet)

Anna gave a report back on the general meeting. She said if anyone wished to give feedback to contact her.

Spencer gave a report back on the GOTV Ad Hoc. There was an effort to have a large day of action during the runoffs trying to include other chapters nearby to participate. In addition, there would be an effort to produce a report from those involved in the committee and others in the campaign to include various perspectives and lessons from the municipal election season.

Sean E gave a report back from the Wednesday Environmental Justice Working Group Meeting and next steps for the ComEd Municiplization Campaign. The project committee would likely break into four subcommittees of Research, Political Ed/Comms, Outreach, and Direct Action. EC members serving on the project committee would be Lucie, Will, Zach and Sean E.

Isa presented on the Medicare for All campaign. Next steps would be to determine roles and adapt the campaign from within a working group to the chapter. EC members serving on the project committee would be Isa, Lillian, and Waleeta.

Coleman presented on next steps for the formation of a committee to develop a Bernie 2020 campaign plan to be brought before membership at the June Convention. Ramsin proposed forming a committee to hold open strategy meetings for members to attend between now and June and to have this committee determine a full committee to create aforementioned campaign plan. After discussion of who would be interested in participating. Ramsin moved to form a committee composed of Zoe, Leonard, Anthony, Sean D, Lillian, Ramsin, John, Abby A, Melinda, Spencer, Ed, Coleman, and potentially a member of EJWG tasked with holding open strategy meetings to determine a complete committee for creating a campaign plan to be presented at the June Convention. The motion was seconded and adopted. (23 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Spencer C, Zoe C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Isa J, JP K, Ryan L, Lucie M, Heather M, Lillian O, Robin P, Leonard P, Amy P, Anthony Q, Zach S, Simon S, John T; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions)

Lucie, Zach, and Anna reported on regional conference planning. The chapter’s HGO’s Tanner and Marci would be attending along with 42 members selected by lottery. The chapter was expected to provide solidarity housing for 80-100 people, currently 70 people had volunteered to provide housing. The location of the conference should be selected soon.

Will gave an update on the chapter’s strike solidarity work. UIC grad workers would be going on strike March 19. There would be a panel on the strike March 13 at 6PM.

Sean E gave a report back on the R3 coalition meeting they attended. The idea of the meeting was to generate messaging to create accountability to social movements in Chicago by elected officials. Sean moved to adopt the following resolutions: turnout as many people as possible to the 3/13 City Council meeting; ask the communications standing committee for any capacity in the messaging campaign; and continue conversations with R3 with respect to potential overlap between CDSA’s Chicago for All platform and R3’s holding elected officials accountable and further demands to be setup in the first 100 days post-runoff. The motion to adopt those resolutions was seconded and adopted. (23 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Spencer C, Zoe C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Isa J, JP K, Ryan L, Lucie M, Heather M, Lillian O, Robin P, Leonard P, Amy P, Anthony Q, Zach S, Simon S, John T; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions)

Christopher K presented on his proposal to participate in opposing the coup in Venezuela attached in Item 2. After discussion, the motion to adopt the proposal was rejected. (0 Ayes; 19 Nays: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Spencer C, Zoe C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Isa J, JP K, Ryan L, Lucie M, Heather M, Lillian O, Robin P, Leonard P, Amy P, Anthony Q, Zach S, Simon S, John T; 4 Abstentions: Zoe C, Ryan L, Lucie M, Simon S)

Sean and Sam presented on the DSA national eco-socialist working group’s Green New Deal: Guiding Principles. Sean moved for Chicago DSA to endorse the principles. The motion was seconded and adopted. (23 Ayes: Joe A, Will B, Melinda B, Ramsin C, Spencer C, Zoe C, Ed C, Sean D, Sean E, Anna F, Isa J, JP K, Ryan L, Lucie M, Heather M, Lillian O, Robin P, Leonard P, Amy P, Anthony Q, Zach S, Simon S, John T; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions)

Leonard moved to adjourn the meeting at 4:45PM. The motion was seconded and adopted unanimously by members present.

 

 

Item 1, Excerpts from Officer Election Process Proposal showing amendments

Note: Amendments, are in bold, strikethrough indicating removal.

Process

[…]

After nominations have been confirmed as being eligible, the names of candidates and, if available at that time, all candidate statements shall be sent out via electronic mail to the membership of the chapter along with a form to register to vote in the elections, and a form to submit questions for candidates to answer. If all candidate statements are not available they shall be sent out no less than 14 days prior to the election meeting.

Submissions for registration via the mailed form shall be accepted up to the opening of the election meeting. Submissions for questions to candidates shall be accepted for no less than 7 days after the form is first mailed. These questions may be directed at all contests or may be specific to a contest. The Internal Elections Committee shall oversee the selection of questions this includes, but is not limited to, combining questions of a similar nature, rejecting questions due to irrelevance, being in bad faith, or lack of space on questionnaire. The Internal Elections Committee shall send the final list of questions to candidates, who will have no less than 7 days to submit their responses to the committee before the responses are sent out to membership. The membership shall receive via electronic mail submitted responses no less than 7 days prior to the election meeting.

[…]

Counting Method & Ballot Formatting

Elections of co-chair shall be conducted by single transferable vote, all other elections officers shall be conducted using instant runoff voting. In both cases where a ballot is not required to be exhaustively ranked, candidates, and ties of least received votes will result in both candidates being removed simultaneously and their votes transferred. the order of candidate appearance shall be randomized on the ballot and write in candidates shall not be allowed. If an election is between two or fewer candidates, then a first past the post system shall be used.

 

 

Item 2, Proposal on opposing the coup in Venezuela

Resolved, that CDSA form a committee to oppose CIA white-supremacist coup in Venezuela, and all forms of U.S. interventionism; further, that CDSA send a contingent to D.C. for March 16th Day of Action on Venezuela.

Be it further resolved:

That the Executive Committee shall appoint three co-chairs to organize a permanent Sub-Committee on Anti-War and Interventionism generally, beginning with the current Venezuelan Crisis;

That at least one of those chairs shall be fluent in Spanish;

That one of those chairs be designated as a National Liaison in order to subscribe to the national DSA effort on google groups known as “dsa-venezuela-solidarity” and to organize a social media consciousness-raising effort

That the business of the Committee will be to organize actions co-extensive and analogous to those actions currently underway taken by our sisters and brothers in other DSA chapters nationally, including the planned March 16 National March;

That the Executive Committee shall appropriate, subject to applicable Rules and By-Laws, $600 to pay for CDSA to assist members, as determined by the Co-Chairs, in participating in the National March on Washington on March 16.

That these exigent Actions on the Venezuelan Crisis be ratified by the General Membership at the next meeting of the General Membership, and that the General Membership be asked to endorse and ratify the creation of the aforementioned Permanent Sub-Committee on Anti-War and Interventionism.