Remove Formal Communications Liaisons

Lead Contact: Communications Director Arielle Sallai on behalf of the Steering Committee

ARTICLE V. ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

Section 2. Internal Resource Committees

Internal Resource Committees shall be Local Subgroups organized around a particular expertise, trade, set of Local goals, or area of knowledge or study and shall exist to provide resources in their areas of expertise to the Local at large. The primary activities of an Internal Resource Committee shall be internally focused: providing resources, tools, and training materials to the members of the local as well as assistance and expertise to campaigns, projects, and events initiated by or in conjunction with Issue-based Committees and Campaign-Based Working Groups.

All Internal Resource Committees are required to have a platform and mission statement, developed by the committee in accordance with Local policy and ratified by a Local-wide vote (see Article V, Section 6), and at least two officers elected by the committee (see Article V, Section 7). At least one of those officers must be designated as Chair, whose primary responsibilities will be ensuring that the Committee is fulfilling its required tasks and duties aligned with the platform, and another must be designated as Coordinator, whose primary responsibilities will be coordinating and communicating with other Committee and Working Group Coordinators as well as the Steering Committee about the progress of Committee work.

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

  • Have at least one member responsible for onboarding and screening new members, engaging in member retention efforts, and coordinating with the Membership Committee
  • Have at least one member working with the Communications Director to ensure that Local communications accurately reflect and amplify Committee work
  • Hold meetings a minimum of once per month, open to all members of the Local
  • Maintain and make available to Local leadership records of key debates and decisions

Section 3. Issue-Based Committees

Issue-based Committees will be established to maintain ongoing Local engagement and education around a core political issue by organizing discrete campaigns, events, and projects related to that issue. Issue-based Committees, as well as Campaign Working Groups, are the primary political units of the Local and they are to set specific political stances for the Local by undertaking initiatives in accordance with their platforms and mission statements.

All Issue-based Committees are required to have a platform and mission statement, developed by the committee in accordance with Local policy and ratified by a Local-wide vote (see Article V, Section 6), and at least two officers elected by the committee (see Article V, Section 7). At least one of those officers must be designated as Chair, whose primary responsibilities will be ensuring that the Committee is fulfilling its required tasks and duties aligned with its platform, and another must be designated as Coordinator, whose primary responsibilities will be coordinating and communicating with other Committee and Working Group Coordinators as well as the Steering Committee.To maintain active Local Subgroup designation, Issue-based Committees must:

  • Have at least one member responsible for onboarding and screening new members, engaging in member retention efforts, and coordinating with the Membership Committee
  • Have at least one member working with the Communications Director to ensure that Local communications accurately reflect and amplify Committee work.
  • Hold meetings a minimum of once per month, open to all members of the Local
  • Maintain and make available to Local leadership records of key debates and decisions

Section 4. Campaign-Based Working Groups

Campaign-based Working Groups will be established to organize around a single campaign and/or goal, with a defined strategy, purpose, and endpoint, and whose work does not fall squarely under the purview of any single Issue-based Committee. Such Working Groups will build external partnerships and emphasize coordination and engagement with Issue-based and Internal Resource Committees, as appropriate.

All Campaign-based Working Groups are required to have a platform and mission statement, developed by the committee in accordance with Local policy and ratified by a Local-wide vote (see Article V, Section 6), and at least two officers elected by the committee (see Article V, Section 7). At least one of those officers must be designated as Chair, whose primary responsibilities will be ensuring that the Committee is fulfilling its required tasks and duties aligned with its platform, and another must be designated as Coordinator, whose primary responsibilities will be coordinating and communicating with other Committee and Working Group Coordinators as well as the Steering Committee about the progress of Committee work.

To maintain active Local Subgroup designation, Campaign-based Working Groups must:

  • Have at least one member responsible for onboarding and screening new members, engaging in member retention efforts, and coordinating with the Membership Committee
  • Have at least one member working with the Communications Director to ensure that Local communications accurately reflect and amplify Committee work.
  • Hold meetings a minimum of once per month, open to all members of the Local
  • Have a clear campaign goal and defined strategy, and regularly organize events and projects accordingly
  • Maintain and make available to Local leadership records of key debates and decisions, including coalition partnerships

ARTICLE VIII: LOCAL OFFICERS

Section 3. Communications Director

The Communications Director will be responsible for

(a) Coordinating public-facing statements from the Local, including but not limited to the DSA-LA website, social media, and blog.

(b) Coordinating regular internal email newsletters and announcements.

(c) Coordinating a Communications Committee to facilitate communications initiatives, open to the entire membership that includes representatives from each Local Subgroup in the Local, to ensure that both external and internal communications accurately represent work done across all of the Local’s groups.

Explanation

Given the power and reach of our communications channels, it’s critically important that committees have a fluid means through which they can connect with the Communications Director to elevate their work. However, institutionalizing the ongoing relationship between Committees and the Communications Director through the formal role of Communications Liaison has proven to be ineffective.

Committees and the Communications Director have been equally unable to hold Communications Liaisons accountable to their responsibilities, and in most cases, Committee Chairs and Coordinators connect with the Communications Director directly. The latter is not inappropriate either,  because communications is not simply sharing our work — it is the work. Communications strategy is vital to the success of any event, action, or campaign, and our communications channels are a huge chapter resource.

To reach our ambitious communications goals — such as elevating our message on both the local and national level through increased engagement with reporters and on social media – the Communications Director should maintain consistent contact with committee leadership while coordinating a broad-based committee — much like Agit-Prop — that is open to the entire membership, and commit to building the infrastructure within that committee to fairly represent the chapter.  

ORGANIZATIONAL PRIORITIES THAT SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT PROPOSAL

  • Build organizational structures that can support and manage anticipated growth of the chapter.
  • Maintain workflow systems that support and empower all members to take on significant responsibility for ongoing cross-chapter communication and collaboration.

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