Lengthen Call For Amendments

Proposed By: Jared Russell

Article VI. Local Decision-Making

Section 1. Local Mission and Organizational Priorities

The Local Mission and Organizational Priorities should be revisited at the Annual Convention, and can be amended by submitting a formal proposal, endorsed by at least 25 members, to the Steering Committee at least two (2) months in advance of the Annual Convention. 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. Steering will put out a call for proposals at least four (4) months in advance of the Annual Convention. If any proposal to update the Local Mission or Priorities receives a two-thirds supermajority of votes at the Annual Convention, the Steering Committee will update the document accordingly.

Article IV: Local Meetings

Section 1: Annual Convention - Amendment proposed by Steering

Chapter Resolutions are time-bound, large-scale structural and/or campaign-based initiatives that require major Local resources. Chapter Resolutions must adhere to these Bylaws and shall be undertaken over the course of the year following their adoption by the Annual Convention. Chapter Resolutions can be proposed for consideration by submitting a formal proposal to the Steering Committee at least two (2) months in advance of the Annual Convention. The Steering Committee will make these proposals available for members to review at least one (1) month in advance of the Annual Convention and provide time on the Annual Convention agenda to discuss and vote on proposed Chapter Resolutions. Steering will put out a call for proposals at least four (4) months in advance of the Annual Convention.

Article XIV: Amendments

Proposed amendments to these Bylaws must be made by written resolution, endorsed by 25 members of Local members, and submitted to the Steering Committee at least two (2) months in advance of the Annual Convention. The Steering Committee will make these resolutions available for members to review at least one (1) months in advance of the Annual Convention and provide time on the General Meeting agenda to discuss and vote on them. Steering will put out a call for proposals at least four (4) months in advance of the Annual Convention. If any resolution receives a two-thirds supermajority of votes at the Annual Convention, the Steering Committee will update the bylaws accordingly.

JUSTIFICATION AND ORGANIZATIONAL PRIORITY ALIGNED WITH PROPOSED AMENDMENT

Under the Internal Organizing and Infrastructure heading, the third priority reads, “Maintain transparent decision-making processes which allows all members to democratically shape and engage in chapter decisions, avoiding top-heavy hierarchies and “gatekeeping.”” The fourth priority reads “Maintain workflow systems that support and empower all members to take on significant responsibility for ongoing cross-chapter communication and collaboration.”

Organizing the Annual Convention is a significant undertaking, so it makes sense that the deadlines for submitting amendments to the governing documents of the chapter are measured in months. However, drafting these amendments will often be done collaboratively by groups of members seeking input from one another. Members can begin drafting these amendments at any time, but the rich organizing environment in the chapter often means that they may not be aware of when the convention is planned for. Announcing the convention at least two months before proposals are due will give member more time to organize, collaborate, and draft updates to the documents. This will allow for more thoroughly considered amendments to be proposed, making the amendments and the voting process at convention stronger and more robust.

MEMBERS IN SUPPORT