Local Council Meeting Minutes: Feb. 18, 2018

East Bay DSA Local Council Meeting, February 18, 2018

Note: These minutes are not yet approved by the Local Council and should be considered a draft.

February 18, 2018
3–5:30 p.m.

Introductions and Opening Statements

Present and chairing the meeting was Molly, the chair. Also present were co-chair Mary Virginia, Jamie, Robbie, Zach, vice-chair Frances, Hannah, secretary Ben (recording the minutes of the meeting), Ari, and Jeremy (attending by phone). Absent from the meeting were Jeff L., Meagan D., and Ahmed K.

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved following revision.

Approval of Minutes

The Local Council unanimously approved the January 14, 2018 notes.



Molly gave the finance report in the absence of the treasurer.


The chapter received a new member national. We currently have 968 members. There are still questions of when we are receiving data and the quality of the data from national, and Sean has a plan to discuss data concerns with them. There is also a question about active membership and eligibility to vote. He also plans to raise the question of monthly dues.


The CARA request has come in for renewal. The secretary suggests the external organizing committee (EOC) discuss rates and representation with CARA. The EOC has agreed to take this on. The secretary will not be able to attend the upcoming bylaws meeting due to health issues. Jamie will substitute for the secretary in taking the minutes at the upcoming bylaws meeting.

External Organizing Committee

A representative from the EOC provided updates on the local and large canvases. There has been a huge success so far with the amount of canvassing. An upcoming meeting will focus on electoral work and shaping it prior to the June primary. The labor fundraiser raised considerable money and another labor social is coming up. March for our Health, which we voted to endorse, has moved to May 12. We endorsed the Bay Resistance campaign, and we're working with members of the Immigrants' Rights Caucus to invigorate rapid response networks around the Bay Area.

Internal Organizing Committee

The new member handbook is in the hands of many members. A designer and a writer are ready to do a quick turnaround once we have new bylaws so that the new handbook can be ready by the time of the next big canvass. The mobilizers program continues to move forward, and there is ongoing effort toward an evaluation. Four head mobilizers and 12 mobilizers are currently working on the project. The dues campaign is in full swing with phonebanks occurring every other weekend. Efforts are in place to reduce the confusion caused by difficulties in the data from national. Phonebanks have been a success and the people contacted have been generally excited about being members. Socialist Night School is happening tomorrow. The last session was huge. A pilot session of the census has been worked on, and the census is nearly ready to go out. The newsletter continues to go out regularly. Web development is being passed on to a group that is working on getting the website to be even more functional and more beautiful.

Convention Committee

The Convention Committee is too busy with the bylaws to plan the convention at the moment but is looking forward to having the bandwidth for the convention planning once the bylaws meeting has concluded.

Bylaws Committee

The Bylaws Committee is working to develop a strategy for making a tenable meeting with a workable agenda. The committee has sent out a message to the membership explaining how we will proceed. Jeremy proposes that the Local Council (LC) affirm the process put forward by the Bylaws Committee and the parliamentarian to limit the agenda of the bylaws meeting to six amendments of a reasonable size so that the meeting will keep to the stated time. The motion passes unanimously.

New Business

Special Meeting Proposal Quorums

Motion to Lower the Quorum Required to Agendize Proposals at a Special Meeting

Whereas a threshold of ten percent of members is required for a general membership meeting as described in our bylaws,

Whereas the requirement to add an item to the agenda of a general membership meeting is the collected signatures of ten percent of members,

Whereas this produces an undue burden on the motivator of a proposal to achieve the threshold before the membership can debate or discuss the proposal,

Therefore be it resolved that the threshold required to add an item to the agenda of a general membership meeting shall be twenty members.

This will take effect after March 1, 2018 and will not pertain to the agenda of the local convention.

Reasonable deadlines for submission shall be determined by the LC or Steering committee.

Clarification of Roberts rules policies on agenda creation and approval and the policies of time limits and extension of meetings shall be provided to all members in attendance at general membership meetings.

The majority of the LC voted in favor. The measure passes.

The vote count is one abstention, one against, eight in favor.

Endorsement of International Women's Strike

Proposed by Robbie N.

Endorsement for International Women's Strike Bay Area

Whereas The International Women's Strike organization has called for coordinated international demonstrations on International Women's Day to demand reproductive justice, labor rights and full social provisionings, including healthcare, and

Whereas DSA values reproductive freedom for all people, including universal access to abortion, as a part of our commitment to healthcare as a human right, and

Whereas DSA understands the importance of women (46% of union members in the United States) in its commitment to a revitalized labor movement, and

Whereas DSA is committed to building relationships of solidarity between diverse groups of people, and all those who seek to build a feminist, working class movement,

Whereas this march presents an opportunity to enact DSA's commitment to internationalism, and

Whereas a substantial demonstration is to be held Thursday March 8th, 2018.

Be it resolved that the East Bay DSA officially endorses and resolves to support the International Women's Strike Bay Area.

Be it further resolved that said support shall include driving member turnout through means including, the Socialist Feminist caucus, the newsletter, calendar, and social media.

Be it further resolved that such support will include developing messaging connecting the International Women's Strike Bay Area to socialist feminist principles more broadly, and to the Medicare for All campaign.

Be it further resolved, that the Local Council appoints Maura McDonald as a liaison to represent EBDSA in the organizing meetings of the East Bay strike planning coalition.

Be it further resolved, the appointed liaison will make regular reports to the EOC on the status of strike planning, as well as coordinating an EBDSA presence at the strike action itself. However all substantive organizing questions or decisions shall be brought back to the local Council before commitments are made.

The measure passed unanimously.

Naming a Single-Payer Liaison

Proposed by Zach M.

Motion to Appoint a Single-Payer Healthcare Liaison

Whereas EBDSA has been organizing on behalf of single-payer healthcare legislation for more than a year, starting with SB-562, the Healthy California Act, backed by the Campaign for a Healthy California, a coalition that includes California Nurses Association and more than a dozen other unions and non-profits.

Whereas the EBDSA membership voted to adopt DSA's national Medicare for All campaign.

Whereas EBDSA's work in support of SB-562 and DSA's national Medicare for All campaign includes extensive communication and coordination with numerous DSA chapters in and outside of California, as well as other organizations fighting on behalf of single-payer healthcare.

Therefore be it resolved that the EBDSA Local Council will vote to appoint a designated liaison to communicate with the Campaign for a Healthy California, the California Nurses Association, other DSA chapters, and other organizations like the East Bay Single Payer Coalition.

Therefore be it resolved that the appointed liaison will provide regular summaries of pertinent developments to the EBDSA Local Council and provide further information to council members upon request. The liaison will seek the guidance of the Local Council before committing to significant political decisions on behalf of EBDSA and its membership.

Therefore be it resolved that the EBDSA Local Council appoints Matt Stone to fulfill the role of official single-payer healthcare liaison.

The motion passed unanimously.

Naming Richard M., Maia A., and Miles L. Appointed External Organizers

Proposed by Zach M.

Naming Richard Marcantonio, Maia Averett, and Miles Lincoln Appointed External Organizers

Whereas Richard Marcantonio has been a valuable and dedicated contributor to EBDSA's canvassing rap training program, the January 13th Big Medicare for All Canvass and Social Housing Caucus.

Whereas Maia Averett helped to launch a new neighborhood single-payer canvassing group and has proven herself a skilled and reliable external organizer.

Whereas Miles Lincoln has been an highly active and productive contributor to the single-payer canvassing program and is one of the lead organizers of EBDSA's new Medicare for All Open Strategy Meetings.

Therefore be it resolved that the EBDSA Local Council will appoint Richard Marcantonio, Maia Averett and Miles Lincoln as Appointed External Organizers.

The motion passed unanimously.

Medicare-for-All Starter Kits

Ari moved that we allocate $540 dollars to purchase three Medicare-for-All starter kits at the solidarity level from national.

The motion passed unanimously.

Editorial and Email Calendar

Hannah proposed the development of an editorial and email calendar and that the current Internal Organizing Committee (IOC) appoint a member who will serve as an email coordinator and develop a system for tracking our communications and their impact on our work.

The motion passed unanimously.

Jacobin Launch Party

Jeremy proposed that EBDSA cosponsor a launch party for Jacobin's upcoming healthcare-related issue. The EOC will be tasked with identifying a main organizer for the event. Costs would be limited to printing. The target date for the event would be mid- to late March. The LC approves up to $400 for costs.

The motion passed unanimously.

Close of Business

After a strong reminder to the assembled members of the LC to use the Google Calendar, the chair adjourned the meeting at 5:29 p.m.