At each convention, members submit priority resolutions which help direct the work of our chapter. Priority resolutions are time-bound, large-scale chapterwide campaigns that require major chapter resources. The most effective priority resolutions have clearly outlined plans with actionable items that can engage members. Up to but no more than 3 priority resolutions may be approved. When submitting your proposal, please keep in mind the following guidelines:

  • Is it a winnable demand?

  • Does it create more socialists?

  • Does it build power?


In addition to priority resolutions, members may also submit amendments to our Bylaws and/or amendments to our Mission Statement and Organizational Priorities. All require a ⅔ supermajority to pass.

Timeline:

5/1/22: Submission period opens

6/14/22: Submission period closes at midnight.

6/16/22: All submissions will be shared with the membership for review.

After submissions have been published, any member is welcome to contact the lead authors in order to suggest amendments. This can be to improve language, add features, remove features, or even attempt to combine two complimentary proposals. An author can choose to accept the amendments. If they do, the changes will be incorporated. If they do not, the amendments may still be proposed and debated on the floor at Convention.

6/29/22: Deadline for amendments to be accepted.

7/1/22: Final version of resolutions to be debated will be published and shared with membership.

7/16/22: Convention!

Submission guidelines:

Proposals for amendments to the DSA-LA Bylaws, Mission Statement and Organizational Priorities:

Per our current bylaws, proposed amendments must be made by written resolution and accompanied by 25 signatures of members in good standing and submitted to the Steering Committee via email (steeringcommittee@dsa-la.org). Submissions must include the following:

  • Article # and title of bylaws provision you wish to amend or add

  • Lead contact

  • Full names, emails, and phone numbers of 25 members in good standing who endorse the proposed amendment (can include lead contact)

  • Proposed in-line edits or additional text of the proposed amendment or organizational priority

  • Motivation for the amendment, should not exceed 500 words

Proposals for Priority Resolutions:
Each proposed resolution must be submitted to the Steering Committee via email (steeringcommittee@dsa-la.org) by June 14 2022 at 11:59pm and must be accompanied by signatures of 25 members in good standing. Submissions must include the following:

  • Title of Priority Resolution

  • Lead contact

  • Full names, emails, and phone numbers of 25 members in good standing who endorse the proposed resolution (can include lead contact)

  • Proposed Chapter Resolution and Justification Guidelines:

    • Component 1 (500 words max): Description of the Chapter Resolution, including a detailed timeline, and Local resources required. Local resources include, but are not limited to: chapter’s monetary resources, members’ monetary resources, member mobilization and time, political capital, and production of materials.

    • Component 2 (500 words max): Organizational Priorities with which this proposed resolution is aligned and motivation for the resolution.

    • Component 3: Identify relevant goals of applicable Committee and Working Group platforms, which this resolution supports and advances. This component should describe ways in which other working groups may be expected to support the implementation of the resolution.

Campaign Working Groups

Campaign Working Groups will be formed to guide and support the implementation of all resolutions that are passed. We recommend authors to keep this in mind and describe ways that each working group will work with existing bodies to make sure the resolution is implemented.

Each Campaign Working Group will be directed by the Steering Committee and two appointed Co-Chairs, but will have opportunities for all interested members to learn about volunteer opportunities and provide feedback.

Thank you all for reading and we can’t wait to see you at our Convention!

-DSA-LA Steering Committee