Bulletin: Convention-eering

Today we bring you a special Bulletin, as Philly DSA prepares for our biennial Local Convention, scheduled for June 26-27.

 

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Today we bring you a special Bulletin, as Philly DSA prepares for our biennial Local Convention, scheduled for June 26-27. Per our bylaws, the Convention is the highest decision-making body of the chapter. We will convene to vote for Steering Committee members and chapter priorities, as well as to deliberate general business as we do at our quarterly General Meetings.

This convention will be virtual and will take place on Zoom, in various sessions of between two and four hours both Saturday and Sunday. The committees involved in planning the Convention have been working hard to organize an engaging program that will feature work from across the chapter and promote comradeship among members. We hope that all members will prioritize attending on both days. However, voting will take place on the second day only (Sunday, June 27). 

Given the significance of the Local Convention in determining the work of the chapter for the next two years, there will be a higher standard of eligibility for voting. Absentee voting for Steering Committee members will be allowed for eligible members.

In order to be eligible to cast a vote for the Philly DSA platform, members must meet the following conditions:

  • Must be a member in good standing of Philly DSA
  • Must have attended at least one (1) Philly DSA General Meeting in either 2020 or 2021 prior to the Convention
  • Must be present at the time the vote is taken

In order to be eligible to cast a vote for the Steering Committee (comprising Officers, At-Large Members, and Permanent Committee Chairs) at the 2021 Philly DSA Convention, members must meet the following conditions:

  • Must be a member in good standing of Philly DSA
  • Must have attended at least one (1) Philly DSA General Meeting in either 2020 or 2021 prior to the Convention

Since the nominating of candidates for the Steering Committee will take place before the convention, and since there will be limited speeches among candidates during the convention, the requirement for being present does not apply. Absentee voting will be permitted via an electronic ballot, which will be sent to eligible credentialed members forty-eight (48) hours prior to the beginning of business on the second day of the convention. 

In order to cast a vote on regular business raised during the 2021 Philly DSA convention, members must meet the following conditions:

  • Must be a member in good standing of Philly DSA
  • Must be present at the time the vote is taken

Convention registration will take place starting in June, and members will be encouraged to register as soon as possible to avoid technical problems and to address eligibility questions. 

Nominations for Steering Committee and Plank submissions have already opened. Please use the respective forms to submit entries. Furthermore, all Steering Committee nominees will have the option to submit supplementary campaign materials in addition to their candidate statements. These materials will be distributed to the membership prior to the Convention. 

The following are important dates regarding the Convention including upcoming deadlines. 

May 28 Deadline to propose bylaws amendments to be deliberated on in the General Business portion of the Convention. Email phillydsa[at]gmail[dot]com with “bylaws amendment” in the subject line. 

May 30 Deadline to submit resolutions to be deliberated on in the General Business portion of the Convention. Email phillydsa[at]gmail[dot]com with “resolution” in the subject line. 

June 1 Platform plank submissions due.

[tentative] June 1 Credentialing open. Details to come. 

June 5 Convention Agenda published

June 9 Resolution submissions finalized

June 11 Resolutions published, amendment period open. Email amendments to phill[email protected] with “resolution amendment” in the subject line. 

June 16 Steering Committee Nominations closed, supplementary campaign materials for distribution due.

June 18 Deadline to submit amendments to resolutions

June 20 Final packet published (version 1): includes nominated candidates and plank submission

June 22 Candidate forum to take place virtually

June 25 Deadline to request an absentee ballot. Absentee voting begins (12pm)

June 26-27 Convention 

June 26 Credentialing ends

June 27 Absentee voting closes (12pm) 

Finally, the Convention Planning Committee is seeking a member who can commit to designing the 2021 Convention Packet. If you would like to help, please email phillydsa[at]gmail[dot]com.

Announcement: National Convention Delegate Elections 

As part of the DSA National Convention this year, which will take place online from August 1 to 8, Philly DSA will elect and send 27 delegates from our chapter who will vote on various proposals for the national organization and elect a new National Political Committee. The delegate election will use the Single Transferable Vote (STV) method, where you rank your preferred candidates first and then cast the vote. An OpaVote link and candidate statements will be sent on the morning of Saturday, June 5 and the election will be open until 11:59 pm, Saturday, June 12. You are eligible to vote if you are a member of Philly DSA in good standing. If you’re able to vote in the chapter General Meetings, then you’re able to vote in this election.

If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected].

 

This Week in Unions

  • AFSCME DC 33 CONTRACT ACTION! DC 33's 10,000 members — who clean our streets, provide water to our homes, and maintain essential transportation, health, and safety services and infrastructure — are demanding a fair contract from the Kenney administration. Come show some love for our city workers at DC 33's rally on Saturday, June 12, 10 AM in Love Park, and sign our petition in support of their demands!
  • TEAMSTERS LOCAL 623 CONTRACT ACTION! Teamsters Local 623 members are holding a rally on Thursday June 3, 7AM, at 15 E Oregon Ave, demanding fair and equal wages from UPS. UPS is attempting to divide the workers' solidarity by imposing a split wage scale. Join 623 members in saying NO to unequal pay for equal work and YES to living wages!
  • The next Labor Branch meeting will be Sunday, June 13 at 12:00-2:00 PM. If you're interested in getting involved in workplace organizing and labor solidarity, email [email protected] to get connected.

Events

Green Schools and Good Jobs: Ideas for Pennsylvania's Future with Rep. Fiedler
Wednesday, Jun 2 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm | Virtual

Training: Strategic Campaign Planning
Thursday, Jun 3 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Virtual

Housing Committee Meeting
Thursday, Jun 3 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Virtual

Green New Deal Commission Meeting
Monday, Jun 7 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm | Virtual

Our City Our Schools Committee Meeting
Saturday, Jun 12 | 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Virtual

Racial Justice Committee Meeting
Monday, Jun 14 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Virtual

Branch Events

BuxMont DSA May Socialist Social
Friday, May 28 | 7pm | Virtual

Buxmont DSA New Members Meeting
Tuesday, June 8 | 7pm  | Virtual

Delco DSA Reading Group
Thursday, June 10 | 8pm – 9:30pm  | Virtual

Delco DSA May Branch Meeting
Wednesday, June 16 | 7pm – 8:30pm  | Virtual


 

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Harassment and Grievance Process
In accordance with Article XIII of our Bylaws, a commission has been formed to receive, process, and review grievances for disciplinary action. To read more about the process or to file a grievance you can do so here.

 

Stay safe,

Philly DSA Bulletin Team

 

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