Bylaw Amendment Committee #1 was ratified by a majority vote in the November General Meeting. The committee put forward the following proposed amendments. Each amendment will be brought to a quorum vote at the December General Meeting on December 3rd.
If passed, these amendments will be added to the existing bylaws, available here.
If you are interested in these bylaw amendments or interested in working on the committee please contact the committee via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amendment 1: Proxy Voting
All votes to be held by quorum must allow members to vote by phone call, text message, instant message, or signed pre-written statement presented to a Steering Committee member.
Amendment 2: Law Enforcement, addendum to Article III
Law enforcement officers are not permitted to be chapter members, hold committee positions, be members of working groups, vote on any issue in the chapter. Members or attendees who fail to disclose membership in, or relationship with, law enforcement organizations to the chapter and all members of the steering committee in a clear and open manner are subject to immediate removal from the chapter by simple majority vote of the chapter membership in a general meeting or emergency meeting with the required quorum outlined in Article VII Section 4.
Amendment 3: Security and Infiltration, addendum to Article III
Individuals affiliated with groups that are anti-socialist, reactionary, anti-labor, or otherwise hostile to the chapter or its members, deemed so by 2/3 of a quorum of the chapter membership, are not permitted to be members and are subject to individual removal from the chapter by simple majority vote of the chapter membership in a general meeting or emergency meeting with the required quorum outlined in Article VII Section 4.
Addendum to Amendments 2 & 3:
In order for findings (such as those outlined in Amendments 2 & 3) to be made, another DSA member must present written charges against the member in question to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will set the date of a chapter meeting for deliberations on the issue. The member in question must receive a copy of the written charges and notice of the meeting a minimum of two weeks before that meeting takes place. An expelled member may appeal to the National Political Committee of DSA.
Amendment 4: Political party work, addendum to Article X
Material support, implicit endorsements, and work for political candidates or parties are subject to the same democratic process as explicit endorsements