Edits for Clarity & Consistency in DSA-LA Bylaws

Result: PASSED

Proposed amendment to DSA-LA Bylaws:

ARTICLE II. Mission

[...] DSA-LA should always be a deeply participatory organization whose processes and protocols reflects its values - democratic, transparent, and engaged in ongoing struggle against oppressive and unequal power structures. [...]

ARTICLE III. Membership

Section 2. Removal of Members

[...] Such an vote may also be called if a member is found to be in substantial disagreement with the principles or policies of the organization, if they engage in entryist behavior, or if they are acting under the discipline of any self-defined democratic-centralist organization. [...]

ARTICLE IV. Local Meetings

Section 2. Local Meetings

The Local will hold Local Meetings at least six times annually, ideally every other month, unless Local business requires additional meeting times. The time and place of which shall be set in a schedule published and distributed by the Steering Committee. [...]   

ARTICLE V. Organizational Structure

Section 2. Internal Resource Committees

[...] To maintain active Local Subgroup designation, Internal Resource Committees must:

[...]●Have at least one member working with the Communications Director Coordinator to ensure that Local communications accurately reflect and amplify Committee work

Section 3. Issue-based Committees

[...] To maintain active Local Subgroup designation, Issue-based Committees must:

[...]● Have at least one member working with the Communications Director Coordinator to ensure that Local communications accurately reflect and amplify Committee work.

Section 4. Campaign-based Working Groups

[...] To maintain active Local Subgroup designation, Campaign-based Working Groups Issue-based Committees must:

[...]● Have at least one member working with the Communications Director Coordinator to ensure that Local communications accurately reflect and amplify Committee work.

Section 5. Caucuses

[...] Caucuses are not eligible to receive Local resources, including funding or ongoing access to posting on Local public-facing communications channels. They also cannot propose a Local-wide endorsement as a group, and would instead need to partner with an Internal Resource Committee, Issue-Bbased Committee, or Campaign-based Working Group or submit the proposal as individual members (as outlined in Article VI, Section 3). [...]

Section 8. Local Subgroup Officer Recalls

[...] Any Local Subgroup Officer may be recalled by the Local Subgroup the Officer represents. [...]

ARTICLE VI. Local Decision-Making

Section 1. Local Mission and Organizational Priorities

[...] The Steering Committee will make these proposals available for members to review at least one (1) months in advance of the Annual Convention and provide time on the Annual Convention agenda to discuss and vote on proposed updates to the Local Mission and Priorities.

[...] All proposals and decisions made by the Steering Committee shall be guided by the Local’s Mission and Organizational Priorities. [...]

ARTICLE VII. Local Officer Elections Section

Section 1. Nominations Committee

A three-person Nominations Committee shall be established at least one month prior to every Local Officer election by vote of a Regular Meeting the Local membership. It shall solicit and receive nominations for the positions to be elected.

Section 3. Recalls

[...]Additionally, if a Local Officer is found to be in significant violation of the Local’s mMisconduct pPolicy, the Investigative Commission responsible for fact-finding and harm assessment may recommend removal from Local office [...]

ARTICLE VIII: Local Officers

Section 2. Recording Secretary

The Recording Secretary will be responsible for:

[...]

  1. e) transferring all records to their successor at the end of each their term. [...]

Section 4. Treasurer

[...] The Treasurer will prepare the annual Local budget, and deliver the Local financial report to the Annual Convention General Meeting of the Local, as well as periodic progress reports as requested by the Executive  Steering Committee of the Local.

ARTICLE XII. Delegates to National, Regional, and State Bodies

Delegates and alternates representing the Local to the National Convention and any other meeting of DSA bodies in which decisions binding on the lLocal are to be made will be elected by the full membership of the Local. [...]

ARTICLE XIV. Amendments

[...] The Steering Committee will make these resolutions proposed amendments available for members to review at least one (1) months in advance of the Annual Convention and provide time on the Annual Convention General Meeting agenda to discuss and vote on them. If any resolution proposed amendment receives a two-thirds supermajority of votes at the Annual Convention, the Steering Committee will update the bylaws accordingly.

A written resolution to amend these Bylaws endorsed by 25% of Local members may be brought in advance of the Annual Convention. If such a resolution is produced, a Special Convention may be called to debate and vote on that Resolution proposed amendment, with a two-thirds supermajority required to pass. No other resolutions will be considered at a Special Convention.