The 2019 DSA-LA Annual Convention Is Here

The 2019 DSA-LA Annual Convention will be taking place on October 19, 2019 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PT).

This page will be your guide to all things convention-related! It will be updated on a rolling basis, so be sure to check in periodically.

[Latest update 2019-10-18 @ 1:00 AM ~ Convention Rules, Accessibility information, Food & Refreshments information, & Annual Convention Member Kit]

Please find a digital Annual Convention Member Kit here.

Register for Convention

If you're a DSA-LA member in good standing, you can register for the convention here.

Don't miss out!

If you can't be physically present, you can register a proxy. Provided you're a DSA-LA member in good standing, you may register for another member in good standing to vote on your behalf. Note: Members who join the week of the convention are not eligible to avail themselves of the proxy system.

Please fill out this form, by October 18, 2019 at 5:00 PM (PT) to register your vote with a proxy. Additionally, if you can only be at the Annual Convention for part of the day, you are encouraged to hand off your voting card to someone who can vote on your behalf for the rest of the day. Members present at the Convention may hold a maximum of 3 voting cards at any given time.

Want to bring a friend?

Observers are welcomed to this year's annual convention for a $15.00 fee. Observers must be invited by a DSA-LA member in good standing to attend. Observers can register here. The observer entry can be paid here or via Venmo or cash on the day-of. (If you are paying via our website please bring a digital or physical receipt of payment.)

Getting There & Parking

The 2019 DSA-LA Annual Convention will take place at:

  • Immanuel Presbyterian Church
  • 3300 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90010

You are encouraged to take public transportation if you are able to do so. The venue is located 2 blocks from the Wilshire/Vermont Metro station and near the 18, 20, 51, 204, 206, and 720 Metro bus lines.

If you are driving to the Convention: We have arranged for discounted all-day parking at the UTLA parking lot, across the street from the venue. The lot entrance is on Berendo, between Wilshire Boulevard and 6th Street. All-day parking will cost $6.50 per car and will be available starting at 8:30 AM (PT).

Agenda

[Updated 2019-10-17: The agenda that is linked in this section has been updated for formatting & to add detail.]

You may find the Annual Convention agenda here. We will be voting to approve the agenda and rules at the beginning of the meeting, so please be sure to arrive on time (sign-in begins at 8:30 AM, the Convention begins at 9:00 AM).

Procedural Rules

[Updated 2019-10-18: The Convention Rules that the Steering Committee will submit for adoption at the Annual Convention have been added to this section.]

We will be using Robert's Rules of Order, modified. The Convention will adopt Convention Rules at the start of the meeting, so please be sure to arrive on time (sign-in begins at 8:30 AM, the Convention begins at 9:00 AM).

Please find the proposed Convention Rules here.

You can find a basic tutorial on Robert's Rules of Order here. You can find a helpful Robert's Rules of Order cheat sheet made by Baltimore DSA here.

Proposals

Please prepare for the Annual Convention by reading all of the proposals in advance. You can find them here.

Straw Poll Results

We had 116 members participate in the 2019 DSA-LA Annual Convention straw poll. Detailed results can be found here.

The first question was to determine whether any bylaws change proposals should be added to a consent agenda (see the "Consent Agenda" tab in the Google Sheet). No proposals met the threshold of votes to be added to a consent agenda. We will therefore debate all proposed items at the 2019 DSA-LA Annual Convention (provided there is enough time).

The second question asked members to rank the bylaws change proposals (see “Bylaws Changes, Ranked” tab in the Google Sheet) and chapter resolution proposals (see “Chapter Resolutions, Ranked” tab in the Google Sheet) in order of most important to least important to discuss at the convention and was used to determine the order of the agenda (see “Agenda Order” tab in the Google Sheet). Proposals that tied were decided by a coin toss.

Accessibility

[Updated 2019-10-18]

  • Child Watch will be provided.
  • There will be a Lactation Room.
  • As a courtesy to fellow members, please avoid wearing strong scents.
  • Entrances and exits will be wheel chair accessible.
  • Fellow members with difficulty with mobility will be given preference to use pews at the front of the venue.

Food & Refreshments

[Updated 2019-10-18]

Light breakfast snacks & refreshments (granola bars, fruit, coffee, etc.) will be provided before the start of the Annual Convention. Lunch will be provided. There will be vegetarian, vegan & gluten free options along with refreshments.

Please note that members are strongly discouraged from consuming food inside of the sanctuary.

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