Bylaws

  1. Name

    1. The name of this organization will be Columbus Democratic Socialists of
      America, hereinafter “Columbus DSA”, a Local Chapter of Democratic
      Socialists of America
  2. Purpose

    1. Columbus DSA is working for the transition to a truly democratic society and
      is committed to building the institutions necessary to realize democratic
      socialism in our lifetimes.
  3. Membership

    1. Membership

      1. Members of Columbus DSA will be those persons who are members in good
        standing of Democratic Socialists of America, and who reside and/or work
        within central Ohio.
      2. Members will elect the Officers of Columbus DSA.
      3. Members will elect Delegates and Alternates to national, state, and regional
        bodies of Democratic Socialists of America.
      4. Members will deliberate on and approve priorities and policies for Columbus
        DSA.
      5. Members will advise the Coordinating Committee of Columbus DSA and the
        National Political Committee of Democratic Socialists of America when
        solicited
    2. Voluntary Donations

      1. Columbus DSA may establish a system of voluntary monthly or annual
        donations for its members.
      2. Donations to Columbus DSA will not be a requirement for voting or for
        holding office
    3. Privacy

      1. Care will be taken to protect the privacy of member records
    4. Suspension and Removal of Members

      1. A policy for the suspension and/or removal of members found to be in
        substantial disagreement with the principles or policies of Columbus DSA, or
        that consistently engage in disruptive and/or undemocratic behavior, will be
        established by the Coordinating Committee.
    5. Harassment & Grievance

      1. A Harassment & Grievance policy will be established by the Coordinating
        Committee.
      2. Harassment & Grievance Officers will be appointed by the Coordinating
        Committee as prescribed by that policy.
  4. Meetings

    1. General Meetings

      1. The General Meeting of the members will constitute the highest
        decision-making body of Columbus DSA.
      2. Columbus DSA will hold General Meetings at least quarterly.
      3. The Coordinating Committee will set the agenda for General Meetings in
        consultation with the members.
      4. The agenda for General Meetings will be sent to members in advance of the
        meeting. Notice may be sent by electronic means, but members that have
        not provided an email address may be contacted via phone or mail.
      5. General Meetings may coincide with Regular Meetings.
      6. A quorum of at least sixty percent of the average attendance of the last three
        General Meetings will be required to convene the General Meeting.
    2. Regular Meetings

      1. Columbus DSA will hold Regular Meetings, the date, time, and location of
        which will be set in a schedule by the Coordinating Committee.
      2. The agenda of the Regular Meetings may include, but is not limited to,
        announcements and reports, deliberation on chapter priorities and policies,
        and education in democratic socialist theory and practice.
      3. The Coordinating Committee will set the schedule and agenda for Regular
        Meetings in consultation with the members.
    3. Special Meetings

      1. The Coordinating Committee may call a Special Meeting with advance notice
        of seven days when an urgent matter requires deliberation.
  5. Officers

    1. Officers

      1. The Officers of Columbus DSA will be two Co-Chairs, a Secretary, a
        Treasurer, Chairs of Standing Committees, and two at-large representatives
        of the members.
    2. Term of Office

      1. The term of office for Officers will be one year from the date and time of their
        election or until a successor is elected.
    3. Vacancies

      1. In the event of a vacancy in any office, the Coordinating Committee will
        appoint a replacement until a Special Election for that office can be held at
        the next General Meeting.
    4. Recall of Officers

      1. Members may petition the Coordinating Committee for the recall of an
        Officer.
      2. Recall Petitions will require endorsement of three (3) members.
      3. The Coordinating Committee will be required to notify the officer in question,
        and appoint a Special Committee to investigate. The Special Committee will
        present the results of its investigation to the next General Meeting for a vote
        .
      4. Recall will require a two-thirds vote of the next General Meeting
    5. Co-chairs

      1. The Co-Chairs will be the coordinating officers of Columbus DSA.
      2. The Co-Chairs will facilitate meetings and act as public spokespersons for
        Columbus DSA.
      3. The Co-Chairs will report to the General Meetings on the deliberations and
        activities of the Coordinating Committee, at which time the minutes of those
        meetings will be available to the members
    6. Secretary

      1. The Secretary will be responsible for facilitating communication within
        Columbus DSA, for facilitating communication with Democratic Socialists of
        America, for answering all correspondence and queries, and for maintaining
        an up-to-date membership list.
      2. The Secretary will be responsible for taking and distributing minutes, and will
        have custody of these minutes and other records of Columbus DSA.
      3. The Secretary will transfer all records in good condition to their successor.
      4. The Secretary will temporarily assume the responsibilities of the Co-Chair, if
        neither Co-Chair is able to do so.
    7. Treasurer

      1. The Treasurer will be responsible for the funds and financial records of
        Columbus DSA.
      2. All funds collected by Columbus DSA will be turned over to the Treasurer,
        who will deposit them in the chapter account.
      3. The Treasurer will prepare an annual budget in cooperation with the
        Coordinating Committee and deliver periodic financial reports upon request
        of the Coordinating Committee.
      4. The Treasurer will transfer all financial records in good condition to their
        successor.
      5. Any expenditure above $100 must be approved in advance by a majority vote
        of the Coordinating Committee.
    8. Additional Duties

      1. The Coordinating Committee may assign additional duties to an officer, with
        the consent of that officer, and so long as such assignments do not conflict
        with the responsibilities defined in these Bylaws.
  6. Coordinating Committee

    1. Composition

      1. The Coordinating Committee will be composed of the Officers of Columbus
        DSA.
    2. Duties

      1. The Coordinating Committee will coordinate the activities of Columbus DSA.
      2. The Coordinating Committee may receive reports from the Officers, Standing
        Committees, Working Groups, Study Groups, or Caucuses, and advise
        thereon.
      3. The Coordinating Committee will act on behalf of the members of Columbus
        DSA between General Meetings, will constitute the highest decision-making
        body between General Meetings, and will be subordinate to the General
        Meeting.
    3. Meetings

      1. Meetings of the Coordinating Committee will be held at the call of either of
        the Co-Chairs and may be conducted in person, via teleconference, or other
        electronic means.
      2. Officers of Columbus DSA will be given advance notice by electronic means
        of Coordinating Committee Meetings.
      3. Meetings of the Coordinating Committee will be open to any member.
        Members will have a voice in deliberations of the Coordinating Committee,
        but not a vote.
      4. A quorum of at least sixty percent of the Coordinating Committee will be
        required to convene a Meeting of the Coordinating Committee
  7. Standing Committees, Working Groups, Study Groups, and Caucuses

    1. Standing Committees

      1. Members may petition the Coordinating Committee to establish or dissolve a
        Standing Committee for purposes described in that petition.
      2. Members may appeal decisions of the Coordinating Committee thereon to
        the General Meeting. The Coordinating Committee will be required to include
        that appeal in the agenda of the next General Meeting, and will advise the
        petitioners in good faith.
      3. Chairs of Standing Committees will make a report to the Coordinating
        Committee Meeting on the activities of the Standing Committee at the
        request of the Coordinating Committee.
    2. Working Groups

      1. Members may petition the Coordinating Committee to establish or dissolve a
        Working Group for purposes described in that petition.
      2. Members may appeal decisions of the Coordinating Committee thereon to
        the General Meeting. The Coordinating Committee will be required to include
        that appeal in the agenda of the next General Meeting, and will advise the
        petitioners in good faith.
      3. Working Groups will make a report to the Coordinating Committee Meeting
        on the activities of the Working Group at the request of the Coordinating
        Committee.
    3. Study Groups

      1. Members may petition the Coordinating Committee to establish or dissolve a
        Study Group for purposes described in that petition.
      2. Petitioners may appeal decisions of the Coordinating Committee thereon to
        the General Meeting. The Coordinating Committee will be required to include

        that appeal in the agenda of the next General Meeting, and will advise the
        petitioners in good faith.
      3. Study Groups will make a report to the Coordinating Committee Meeting on
        the activities of the Study Group at the request of the Coordinating
        Committee.
    4. Caucuses

      1. a. Members may petition the Coordinating Committee to establish or dissolve a Caucus for purposes described in that petition.
      2. Members may appeal decisions of the Coordinating Committee thereon to
        the General Meeting. The Coordinating Committee will be required to include
        that appeal in the agenda of the next General Meeting, and will advise the
        petitioners in good faith.
      3. Caucuses will make a report to the Coordinating Committee Meeting on the
        activities of the Caucus at the request of the Coordinating Committee.
  8. Delegates to National, State, and Regional Bodies

    1. National Convention

      1. Delegates and Alternates from Columbus DSA to the National Convention of
        Democratic Socialists of America will be elected by the General Meeting.
    2. State and Regional Bodies

      1. Delegates and Alternates from Columbus DSA to state or regional bodies will
        be elected by the General Meeting.
  9. Elections

    1. Nominations

      1. An Election Committee will be appointed by the Coordinating Committee.
      2. The Election Committee will determine the process for nominations.
      3. The call for nominations will be published to all members at least one month
        before elections
    2. Voting

      1. All elections will take place at a General Meeting.
      2. Each member of Columbus DSA in good standing will have one vote.
      3. The Election Committee will establish the process for voting.
      4. Any member that cannot attend an election in person may submit an
        absentee ballot via electronic means.
      5. Absentee ballots will not be accepted after 12:00 PM on the scheduled day of
        the election.
  10. Amendments

    1. Members may propose amendments to these Bylaws by petition, endorsed
      by three (3) members, and submitted to the Secretary thirty days in advance
      of the next General Meeting.
    2. The Secretary will provide the members with twenty-one days notice of the
      proposed amendment(s).
    3. The Coordinating Committee will be required to include the proposed
      amendment(s) in the agenda of the next General Meeting, and will advise the
      petitioners in good faith.
    4. Approval of the amendment will require a two-thirds vote of the next General
      Meeting
  11. Rules

    1. Action Out of Order

      1. Any action taken by an officer or member of Columbus DSA in contravention
        of these Bylaws is null and void
    2. Prohibited Activity

      1. Columbus DSA will not engage in any activity prohibited by resolutions
        adopted by the Democratic Socialists of America National Convention or the
        National Political Committee of Democratic Socialists of America.
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