BYLAWS OF CENTRAL CONNECTICUT DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS OF AMERICA

ARTICLE 1: NAME. The name of the organization shall be the Central Connecticut Local Chapter (hereinafter “CCTDSA”) of the Democratic Socialists of America (hereinafter “DSA”). It shall be a non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the state of Connecticut.

ARTICLE II: PURPOSE. The CCTDSA is organized exclusively to promote social welfare. The purposes of the corporation are:

  • To share a vision of a humane social order based on popular and sustainable control of resources and production, economic planning, equitable distribution, feminism, racial equality, and non-oppressive relationships;
  • To develop concrete local and regional strategies for achieving that vision, making democratic socialism a reality in Connecticut;
  • To educate others about this vision and how concrete strategies can lead to democratic socialism in the context of the political systems of the United States of America.

ARTICLE III: ORGANIZING BODY AND MEETINGS. 

SECTION 1: MEMBERSHIP. Any person who supports the mission of CCTDSA, pays yearly membership dues to DSA, and resides and/or works in Central Connecticut shall be a member in good standing.  As mandated by the national constitution and bylaws, the Local Chapter may establish a Local Chapter pledge system of voluntary donations for its members. The payment of a Local Chapter donation may not be a requirement for voting or for holding Local Chapter office. 

SECTION 2: GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETINGS. General Assembly meetings shall be held on a regular basis, at least once a month, and at a regularly scheduled time and place, unless determined otherwise by the members. Meetings shall be run according to procedures approved by the members, except that the designated facilitator shall make all reasonable efforts to reach a consensus of those members present at the meeting. If, in the opinion of the designated facilitator, a consensus is not possible, the designated facilitator may entertain a motion on the matter at hand. The motion shall be disposed of according to the rules of order, normally a majority vote, except that decisions on endorsements in election campaigns must be adopted by a vote of two-thirds of the members present.

SECTION 3: PARTICIPATION AND VOTING. Members in good standing are entitled to vote in both Committee and General Assembly meetings of the Local Chapter and to run for leadership positions.

SECTION 4: QUORUM. A quorum of ten percent of active membership or twenty active members, whichever is greater, shall be required for valid General Assembly Meetings.

ARTICLE IV: STEERING COMMITTEE. 

SECTION 1: MEMBERS. The Executive Officers of CCTDSA along with the Branch Representatives shall compose the Steering Committee.

SECTION 2: MANDATE. The Steering Committee shall provide administration, facilitation, and oversight of CCTDSA operations in accordance with the mission and vision of the organization. The Steering Committee may govern itself through any reasonable decision making process, including development of meeting rules and norms or decisions by consensus. The Steering Committee is responsible for organizing a leadership election process annually.

SECTION 3: ELECTIONS AND TERMS. Executive Officers of CCTDSA will be elected and serve on the Steering Committee per the terms of Article V. Each Branch may elect a Representative to the Steering Committee at a proportion of one Steering Committee Representative per twenty Branch members and subject to a cap of two Steering Committee Representatives per Branch. Branches shall nominate these Representatives by secret ballot and members of CCTDSA shall elect them to the Steering Committee by simple majority by secret ballot at the following General Assembly. Each Branch Representative shall serve a one-year term, the beginning and ending dates to be determined by the members. Branch Representatives may be removed by a two-thirds vote of CCTDSA general membership. Any Branch Representative may resign in writing. Branches shall strive for equitable representation in selection of Representatives. 

SECTION 4: MEETINGS AND QUORUM. The Steering Committee will meet at least quarterly at an agreed upon time and place or by teleconference. An official Steering Committee meeting requires that each member is notified in writing or electronically via email or text message at least five days in advance of such meeting. One half of the duly appointed members of the Steering Committee shall constitute a quorum for conducting business. Unless otherwise specified in the bylaws, all votes by the Steering Committee require a simple majority of votes cast.

ARTICLE V: OFFICER POSITIONS AND DUTIES. 

SECTION 1: OFFICER ROLES AND CLASSIFICATIONS. The officers of CCTDSA will be classified as Executive Officers or Administrative Officers. The Executive Officers will be the two Co-Chairs and four Vice-Chairs. The Administrative Officers will be the Secretary and the Treasurer. No officer may hold more than one officer position at a time. Executive Officers will serve on the Steering Committee.

SECTION 2: ELECTIONS AND TERMS. Members of CCTDSA shall elect officers by simple majority by secret ballot once per year. Each officer shall serve a one-year term, the beginning and ending dates to be determined by the members. At least half of the officers must not be cisgender men. At least half of the officers must be people of color. Any officer may be removed by a two-thirds vote of the members. Any officer may resign in writing. 

SECTION 3: CO-CHAIRS. The Co-Chairs shall:

  • Ensure that all orders and resolutions of the members are carried out.
  • Facilitate General Assembly meetings. 
  • Sign or countersign all certificates, contracts, or other instruments of CCTDSA.
  • See that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws or as required by law.

SECTION 4: VICE-CHAIRS. The Vice-Chairs will share the duties of the Co-Chairs as delegated. Vice-Chairs are eligible to be elevated to Co-Chair by simple majority vote by the Steering Committee in the event that either Co-Chair resigns or otherwise is removed from office

SECTION 5: SECRETARY. The Secretary shall be responsible for maintaining accurate membership lists, keeping minutes and records of chapter meetings, and maintaining communication channels utilized by CCTDSA. 

SECTION 6: TREASURER. The Treasurer shall have custody of all funds of the organization and shall be responsible for the financial management of the organization. The Treasurer shall be responsible for presenting regular budgetary updates to the Steering Committee, as well as an end-of-year financial statement. The Treasurer shall be responsible for authorizing all expenditures in accordance with the wishes of the Steering Committee, and shall organize Local Pledge pledges, should CCTDSA decide to accept donations.

ARTICLE VI: COMMITTEES. 

SECTION 1: PROJECT COMMITTEES. A Project Committee is a subdivision of CCTDSA consisting of members committed to leading specific projects or campaigns in support of the CCTDSA program. No fewer than two members of the Steering Committee shall be responsible for helping to facilitate each Project Committee. Project Committees shall operate according to democratic principles. Project Committees must be chartered by the approval of two-thirds of the members present at the General Assembly upon petition of at least 10 members. Such approval requires consensus regarding the purpose, duration, and goals of each Project Committee. 

SECTION 2: ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEES. An Administrative Committee is a subdivision of CCTDSA consisting of up to three members committed to assisting in carrying out the administrative duties of CCTDSA. Administrative Committees must be chartered and members of an Administrative Committee must be elected by the approval of two-thirds of the members present at the General Assembly. Administrative Committees must be sponsored by and report to the Steering Committee or an Administrative Officer.

SECTION 3: MOBILIZING COMMITTEE. The Mobilizing Committee is a subdivision of CCTDSA consisting of members committed to leading internal and external organizing in support of the CCTDSA program. Members shall be responsible for attending Mobilizing Committee meetings, communicating regularly with a defined set of existing members and mobilizing them to participate in CCTDSA events, and recruiting and orientating new members. 

SECTION 4: DISSOLUTION. Any Committee may be dissolved by a two-thirds vote of the members present at the General Assembly upon petition of at least ten members of CCTDSA. 

ARTICLE VII: BRANCHES. A Branch is a subdivision of CCTDSA consisting of members residing within a defined territory or belonging to a particular affiliation. Branches shall be responsible for promoting and implementing the CCTDSA program. Branches shall conduct their internal affairs according to democratic principles. Branches may hold regular meetings. Membership in Branches defined by affiliation may overlap with membership in Branches defined by territory. All YDSA chapters within the territory of CCTDSA may also form Branches. Branches must be chartered by the approval of two-thirds of the members present at the General Assembly upon petition of at least ten members residing within a defined territory or belonging to a particular affiliation. Any Branch may be dissolved by a two-thirds vote of the members present at the General Assembly upon petition of at least ten members of CCTDSA. 

ARTICLE VIII: AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS. Members shall have the power to approve changes to these Bylaws. Proposed amendments to the Bylaws must be made by written resolution, endorsed by at least five CCTDSA members, and submitted to the Steering Committee in advance of a general assembly meeting. Any proposed amendments shall be announced to the members at least one meeting in advance of any vote. Changes may be adopted by a vote of two-thirds of the members present.
ARTICLE IX: DISSOLUTION. In the event of the dissolution of this DSA chapter, all remaining funds and assets are to be released to the national Democratic Socialists of America. If the national DSA is being dissolved, all remaining funds and assets are to be released to such other organizations that are organized exclusively for the promotion of social welfare and that will operate to further the common good and general welfare of the community included in this chapter’s stated boundaries.