CDSA Executive Committee Minutes April 6, 2019

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April Chicago DSA Executive Committee Meeting

April 6, 2019

UE Hall

Approved May 11, 2019

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

Joe A, Melinda B, Waleeta 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, Simon S, John T

Committee Members Absent with Notice:

Will B, Ramsin C, Sierra C, Ed C, Tina G, Amy P, Anthony Q, Zach S, Rachel Z

The regular monthly meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) of Chicago Democratic Socialists of America (CDSA) was called to order at 12:15PM April 6, 2019 by Lucie.

Zoe moved to add 5 minutes to the agenda to discuss endorsing actions to delay the upcoming Lincoln Yards TIF. The motion was seconded and adopted unanimously by members present.

Lucie reviewed feminist process.

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

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

Leonard provided a report of the chapter’s finances and Debs Dinner. Tax forms were completed and after some outstanding checks cleared the chapter would be able to close the old bank account.

Lucie provided a report on the chapter’s strike solidarity with UIC graduate workers and CSO musicians strikes. The UIC strike was in the process of being settled, while the CSO strike was ongoing, the major ask of the workers was for people to picket with the CSO musicians on Wednesdays at Lunch and after work.

Spencer gave a report on the chapter’s electoral work in the 2019 Chicago municipal elections. Wins for CDSA endorsed candidates had been secured in five of the wards with the sixth still too close to call, but with the CDSA endorsed candidate in the lead. A report reflecting on the election would need to be written. Also determining the chapter’s relationship with endorsed elected officials would need to be done. Lillian moved to schedule a meeting the week of April 14 to discuss CDSA’s relationship with the socialist members of city council. The motion was seconded and adopted. (16 Ayes: Joe A, Melinda B, Waleeta 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, John T; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions; Robin and Simon had not arrived yet)

Anna gave a report on the status of the regional conference.

Joe gave a report on the status of internal elections and presented the issue that the EC needed to determine how many alternates to select in the delegate election. JP moved to have anyone who did not win a delegate position, but ran, be an alternate with the ordering of the alternates being determined by a count of the convention delegate ballots. The motion was seconded and adopted. (16 Ayes: Joe A, Melinda B, Waleeta 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, John T; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions; Robin and Simon had not arrived yet)

Joe moved a set of standing rules for EC online votes. The motion was seconded. JP moved to amend the rules by replacing the words “No call for” with “At the discretion of the co-chairs,” The motion to amend was seconded and adopted. (16 Ayes: Joe A, Melinda B, Waleeta 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, John T; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions; Robin and Simon had not arrived yet) The motion to adopt the set of standing rules as amended, attached in Item 1, were then adopted. (16 Ayes: Joe A, Melinda B, Waleeta 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, John T; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions; Robin and Simon had not arrived yet)

Sean E presented on a budget for the Democratize ComEd campaign. After discussion, Sean E moved a budget of $950 for the campaign for through June of 2019. The motion was seconded and adopted. (17 Ayes: Joe A, Melinda B, Waleeta 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, John T; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions; Robin had not arrived yet)

Lucie moved to endorse the Mother Jones May Day event, where endorsement would entail promoting the events through the chapter’s communication channels. The motion was seconded and adopted. (17 Ayes: Joe A, Melinda B, Waleeta 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, John T; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions; Robin had not arrived yet)

Zoe moved for the chapter to endorse the rally to delay the TIF vote on Lincoln Yards and 78 to occur Wednesday, April 10. (17 Ayes: Joe A, Melinda B, Waleeta 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, John T; 0 Nays; 1 Abstention: Robin P)

Leonard announced a national DSA security and de-escalation training call and a separate, upcoming marshalling and de-escalation training to occur in Hyde Park.

Melinda announced an upcoming Lift The Ban meeting and an action for the legislation as well.

Lucie announced a screening of a documentary, Knock Down the House, CDSA was contacted about.

Lucie move to adjourn the meeting 1:50PM. The motion was seconded and adopted unanimously by members present.

 

 

Item 1, Standing Rules of Order for Executive Committee Online Votes

Any member of the Executive Committee, or EC, may bring business to the EC when it is not in session by making a main motion in the committee’s google group. The motion must include the entire EC and the wording of the proposal to be considered in an editable, separate, linked or attached, text document. The motion may include how long the vote shall be open for, the time limit being no less than 12 hours and no more than 72 hours, if no length is stated it shall be assumed for 48 hours.

Motions using an online vote require a second and are debatable, but are not subject to subsidiary motions. A second must occur within 6 hours of when the motion was made by replying all to the email sent by the motivator. If no second occurs within 6 hours the motion shall not be considered by the EC. If there is a second the Secretary shall email the entire EC with a form to cast votes, and the email should include the original proposal. Only votes cast via the Secretary’s form shall be considered. Debate should be done by replying all to the Secretary’s email.

When the allotted time has passed. It is the obligation of the Secretary to announce the result to the EC, close the form, and record the results. It is the obligation of the member who brought the vote to the EC to inform relevant parties of the results and next steps.

The EC may consider only one online motion at a time. If an EC member wishes to move another proposal online immediately after the current proposal, they may contact the Secretary with their motion and the Secretary shall post their motion immediately after the announcement of the results of the previous vote. This new main motion shall be considered the EC member’s and not the Secretary’s. If multiple requests for motion are brought to the Secretary they shall be considered in the order in which they were received or if the motivators are willing, combined into a single motion.

At the discretion of the co-chairs, an online vote may overlap with a session of the EC or meeting of the general membership. No motion considered online shall be viewed as being part of the preceding or subsequent session of the EC.

Requirements for quorum and majority shall be in keeping with any session of the EC as outlined in the chapter’s constitution and bylaws and Robert’s Rules of Order.