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The following Resolutions propose various amendments to the DPCA Charter to be voted upon at the Global Meeting

Report of the Bylaws Committee

– as of 13 May 2017

2017 Bylaws Committee Report final.v5.docx

 

 

 

 

THE REPORT OF THE 2017 BYLAWS COMMITTEE

 

 

 

MAY 12, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Tom Schmid, Chair

Will Bakker, Secretary

Peter Alegi

Yasmin Mang

Merrill Oates

Rebekah Rollo

Adrian Smith

Orlando Vidal

Quaide Williams

 

  1.                Executive Summary

The 2017 Bylaws Committee (the “Committee) was formed in late February of 2017 for the purpose of reviewing Charter amendment proposals submitted by members of Democrats Abroad. These proposals were submitted for consideration by the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (“DPCA”) at the 2017 Global Meeting, which will be held in Washington D.C. from 12 to 15 May 2017. The Committee’s work involved four steps: (1) collecting and reviewing Charter amendment proposals; (2) proposing friendly amendments to sponsors and facilitating the negotiation of joint proposals between sponsors of competing resolutions; (3) preparing the submitted proposals for publication 45 days prior to the Global Meeting, and (4) conducting the Committee’s own substantive review of the published proposals and reporting its recommendations to the DPCA. The Committee’s recommendations are summarized in the table below:

 

Ch. Res.

Subject

Recommendation

1

Consistent terminology

Support

2A

Gender-based diversity

Divided report

2B

Sex-based diversity

Divided report

3

Super PACs

Amend

4

One person, one vote

Support

5

Int’l Chair’s responsibilities

Support

6

Member verification

Amend

7

Committee compliance

Support

8A

Non-compliant committees

Amend

8B

Non-compliant committees

Oppose

8C

Non-compliant committees

Oppose

9A

Excom expansion

Refer to a standing Bylaws Committee with specific instructions to propose a charter amendment at the 2018 global meeting

9B

Excom expansion

Oppose

10

Various riders

Refer to the Bylaws Committee

11

DPCA officer qualifications

Amend

12

CC election procedures

Oppose

13

Regional Vice Chair elections

Amend

14

Excom diversity

Oppose

15A

Vote apportionment

Refer to a standing Bylaws Committee

15B

Vote apportionment

Refer to a standing Bylaws Committee

16

Proxies

Amend

 

 

  1.            Organization, Purpose, and Procedure

The 2017 Bylaws Committee (the “Committee) was formed in late February 2017. International Chair Katie Solon appointed the following Committee members: Tom Schmid, Chair (Japan); Peter Alegi (Italy); Orlando Vidal (United Arab Emirates); Will Bakker (Luxembourg); Merrill Oates (Hungary); Quaide Williams (Germany); Yasmin Mang (Germany); Rebekah Rollo (Germany); and Adrian Smith (Mexico). As instructed by the International Chair, the purpose of the Committee was to collect and review Charter amendment proposals, to work with the sponsors to draft, edit or revise the proposals with the sponsor’s consent, and to report the Committee’s recommendations to the DPCA voting body. 

 

 

  1.        Limitations

Initial meetings of the Committee drew attention to the limited timeframe in which the Committee had to complete its work. With the 45-day notice deadline on March 29, 2017, it was felt that the Committee would need to prioritize preparing resolutions for publication. Consequently, it was decided that substantive review of the proposals by the Committee would take place after publication rather than before. Furthermore, it quickly became apparent that the certain resolutions would be controversial for a variety of reasons, which include: (i) the nature of the subject matter; (ii) the complexity of the subject matter; (iii) the limited knowledge of committee members on certain subjects, making it desirable for the Committee to hold hearings in order to conduct fact-finding and investigation; and (iv) the impacts of certain proposals, for example, those related to vote apportionment, warranted further examination. Accordingly, the Committee’s recommendations reflect the view that some proposals need more extensive review by a standing Bylaws Committee.

 

 

  1.         Committee Working Procedures

The Committee held its first meeting on March 10 th and met six times thereafter. All meetings were held via WebEx or other web-based conferencing platform.  Initial meetings focused on determining the scope of the work that was feasible for the Committee to complete, turning later to the procedure for conducting the substantive review of each Charter amendment proposal and drafting the Committee’s report.

 

The following steps summarize the collection and review process used by the Committee:

 

      Email to DPCA leadership setting a deadline for submission of Charter amendment proposals

      Proposals received were logged in a Google Form

      The Chair assigned proposals to subcommittees of 2 to 4 members for drafting, redrafting, revising, negotiating, etc. with the sponsor’s permission

      These proposals were published in the 45-day notice in advance of the Global Meeting

      The published resolutions were then reviewed by the full Bylaws Committee, and recommendations for each resolution were debated and voted upon

      The Bylaws Committee report, containing the Committee’s recommendations, was drafted collaboratively by the Committee members

 

 

 

 

  1.             Recommendations & Commentary

Ch. Res. 1 Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter by clarifying the consistency and usage of terminology, Proposed by Katie Solon (International Chair)

 

Recommend: Support

 

Commentary: The Committee viewed this proposal as non-controversial, as it was proposed by the current Chair solely to clarify the distinction between “DPCA member” and “member of Democrats Abroad” in the Charter. The text as distributed contains a typo introduced by the Committee rather than the author (“task force”). There is no need to formally amend the motion as the International Secretary is expected to fix such superficial errors. The Committee recommends that this proposal be adopted by the DPCA as an amendment to the DA Charter.

 

 

Ch. Res. 2A Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter to provide for leadership diversity   based   on   gender   rather   than   sex, Proposed   by   Julia   Bryan  

(International   Secretary) and   Christina   Skovsgaard (Norway)

 

Recommend: Divided Report

 

Commentary:

 

Introduction

The DPCA Charter, as well as the Charter and Bylaws of the Democratic Party of the United States, establish diversity requirements for party leaders.  The language used in these documents consistently requires that chairs and vice chairs be of “opposite sex”.  Although the original source of this language (its legislative history, if you will) exceeds the scope of this comment, it seems clear that the language was included in our foundational instruments to ensure that leadership positions are not dominated by men, which has historically been the case, and for the laudable purpose of ensuring that our party benefits from the diversity of perspectives and, perhaps most importantly, experiences of persons of both traditional biological sexes: male and female. 

However, this binary distinction does not appear to be consistent with the related — and also laudable — goal of accepting and including all people.  Although the Committee is divided on the terminology that should be used to amend our Charter’s diversity requirement, we are unanimous that the word “opposite” must be replaced by a different phrase, whether it is followed by “sex” or “gender”.  It is inherently discriminatory in all contexts, and changing this point will necessarily enhance the inclusivity of our diversity requirement.

We are also unanimous in our view that self-identification is sufficient for purposes of this requirement, and reject any need for further verification of any kind beyond said self-declaration.

Where the Committee is split, however, is whether this acceptance should be indicated by, as in this resolution, replacing the biological term “sex” for the social construct of “gender” (as in this Resolution 2A), or by keeping “sex” to avoid dilution of the original purpose of this section.

Argument of the Committee in Favor of Resolution 2A

Those members of the Committee who support increasing leadership diversity based on gender rather than sex do so because the proposed language is the most inclusive and the most closely aligned with the terminology that is commonly used within the LGBTQ community. [1] There is consensus in scientific, linguistic and other circles that “sex” refers to the biological aspects of being male or female while “gender” refers to the socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities, and attributes that societies commonly identify as being masculine or feminine. [2] Gender identity is an individual’s self-perception and what they call themselves. It is a person’s innermost concept of where they fall on the spectrum of male, female, a blend of both or neither. The intention of this resolution is to look beyond the binary option of male or female and expand the concept of diversity to include as broad a range of people as possible.

While the recent election shows that diversity based on sex has not lost its importance, it is important to recognize and accept good-faith self-classification of a person who, for whatever reason, does not choose to identify with their biological sex. [3]   Given the everyday challenges such people face, and the ability of the voting members of DA to recognize good-faith self-classification for what it is, it is our opinion that this change would not allow for manipulation which would affect the ultimate goal of reaching male-female parity in the Democratic Party.  Rather, allowing such self-classification would encourage a robust discussion within DA; such discussion and the resulting increase in awareness of these topics by DA members can only be beneficial for all involved.

Finally, the use of the word “gender” sends a clearer message of inclusiveness to those who do not self-classify into one of the two traditional genders. This message can resonate and encourage participation throughout the organization, with an effect beyond the technical procedures for filling our offices.

For these reasons, we recommend that Resolution 2A be adopted as is.

 

 

 

 

 

Ch. Res. 2B Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter to provide for leadership diversity based on a more inclusive definition of “sex”, Proposed by Merrill               Oates (Regional Vice Chair-EMEA; Vice Chair, Hungary)

 

Recommend: Divided Report

 

Commentary: [Omitted]

 

 

 

 

Ch. Res. 3 Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter by limiting the involvement of DPCA or DNC members in Super PACs, Proposed by Quaide Williams (Chair, Germany)

 

Recommend: Amend

 

Commentary: Some members of the Committee viewed the original Resolution as problematic and a potential infringement on the right to assembly, although it should be noted that others did not.  Upon discussion with the drafter of the Resolution, Quaide Williams, the Committee recommends amending the Resolution as laid out in Annex 1 .  Rather than disallowing DPCA members from joining a Super PAC, the Committee amendment will emphasize transparency by requiring disclosure of involvement in Super PACs. Further, the Committee amendment gives the Executive Board the ability to remove a DPCA member for violating the disclosure requirement if that member takes actions that are detrimental to Democrats Abroad. 

 

 

Ch. Res. 4 Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter by adopting a mandatory one-person-one-vote allocation system, Proposed by Quaide Williams (Chair, Germany)

 

Recommend: Support

 

Commentary: The Committee supports the proposal to adopt a mandatory one-person-one-vote allocation system. This proposal is substantially similar to the “Unity Proposal” submitted at the 2015 Global Meeting in the Dominican Republic. The proposal’s main feature is that it would shift the DPCA to a one person, one vote system of representation by the 2019 Global Meeting. The Committee notes that one person, one vote representation is used by the DNC, and Robert’s Rules of Order state the principle as one of the most fundamental to parliamentary procedure. Accordingly, the Committee’s recommendation is to support this proposal. The published resolution contains detailed commentary on the impact of other proposed changes.

 

 

Ch. Res. 5 Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter by improving the description  of   the   responsibilities   of   the   International   Chair, Proposed   by   Katie   Solon (International   Chair)

 

Recommend: Support

 

Commentary: The Committee viewed this proposal as non-controversial, as it was proposed by the current Chair in order to update and clarify the Chair’s job responsibilities. Key language added clarifies the right of the Chair to establish and dissolve “task forces, caucuses and councils” and to appoint their chairs or co-chairs. The Committee voted unanimously to recommend support of this resolution.

 

 

Ch. Res. 6 Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter by clarifying membership verification requirements, Proposed by Quaide Williams (Chair, Germany)

 

Recommend: Amend

 

Commentary: As submitted, the original proposal to amend the membership verification requirements of the Charter was not supported by the Committee.  The phrase “physical or electronic verification” was viewed as ambiguous. Moreover, some expressed concerns that the phrase prescribes a verification process that may be suitable now but may not be suitable forever. The Committee’s intent is to leave "verification" to be spelled out by the Executive Committee. Consequently, the Committee recommends removing this language and simply providing for a four-year backstop on membership verification by adding the following text: “. . . , provided that the methods and procedures require verification at least every four (4) years”. The full text of the Committee’s recommended text is attached hereto in Annex 2.

 

 

Ch. Res. 7 Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter by updating country

committee compliance requirements, Proposed by Julia Bryan (International

Secretary)

 

Recommend: Support

 

Commentary: The Committee recommends this proposal be adopted as submitted because it clarifies universal existing and accepted practices in a way that gives both IT volunteers and Country Committees adequate time to accomplish this essential annual task.

 

 

Ch. Res. 8A Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter by providing for the

automatic dissolution of Country Committees that have been out of compliance               for four (4) years, Proposed by Shari Temple (Voting Representative, Germany)

 

Recommend: Amend

 

Commentary: The Committee agreed that a simpler method of removing or dissolving long-term non-compliant Country Committees was necessary, and therefore agreed with the basic idea behind this motion. However, the Committee also felt that it was important to allow non-compliant Country Committees every possible chance of becoming compliant.  We therefore recommend amending this resolution by giving the Executive Committee the right, upon a 7/8 vote, to delay dissolution for one year.  This would allow Country Committees who indeed wish to become compliant the chance to do so. We also recommend amending this resolution to clarify that country members, upon dissolution, would become members at large of the relevant regional organization, as proposed in Resolution 8b. Finally, in order to ensure that this process does not affect the current membership calculation, we included the language used in Resolution 8c that the amendment not go into effect until the next calendar year. The proposed amendment is attached as Annex 3.

 

 

 

Ch. Res. 8B Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter by establishing a process

to dissolve Country Committees that have been out of compliance for four (4)

years, Proposed by Alex Montgomery (Asia-Pacific Regional Vice Chair) and Kat Allikian (Chair, New Zealand)

 

Recommend: Oppose

 

Commentary: As the Committee has recommended an amendment to Ch. Res. 8A, they oppose this Resolution on the grounds that it is duplicative and the language is less clear than the language in the proposed amendment to Ch. Res. 8A. Note, however, that some concepts from this Resolution were incorporated into the Committee’s proposed Amendment to Ch. Res. 8A.

 

 

Ch. Res. 8C Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter by establishing a process to dissolve Country Committees that have been out of compliance for four (4) years, Proposed by Quaide Williams (Chair, Germany) and Adrian Smith (Mexico)

 

Recommend: Oppose

 

Commentary: As the Committee has recommended an amendment to Ch. Res. 8A, they oppose this Resolution on the grounds that it is duplicative and the language is less clear than the language in the proposed amendment to Ch. Res. 8A. Note, however, that some concepts from this Resolution were incorporated into the Committee’s proposed Amendment to Ch. Res. 8A.

 

 

Ch. Res. 9A Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter to expand the number of

DPCA officers on the International Executive Committee from eight (8) to

thirteen (13), Proposed by Quaide Williams (Chair, Germany)

 

Recommend: Refer to a standing Bylaws Committee with specific instructions to propose a charter amendment at the 2018 global meeting

 

Commentary: The Committee recommends further study and discussion of this worthwhile proposal after the global meeting. The motion above will accomplish the immediate goal of putting this idea before the DPCA for consideration. The author mentioned to the Committee that his intention was to expand the DPCA Executive Committee by 3 members rather than 5. In detailed discussion of the idea, the Committee concluded that the adaptable assignment of roles on the Executive Committee requires more development in order to avoid conflicts or complications with DPCA election procedures. The adoption (or rejection) of a related amendment during the 2018 Global Meeting would allow for this change in the 2019 DPCA officer elections, so the Committee recommends that the DPCA assign this task to a committee with that deadline.

 

 

 

Ch. Res. 9B Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter by the addition of two (2)

Vice Chairs to serve on the International Executive Committee, Proposed by

Maureen Harwood (DPCA member, Canada)

 

Recommend: Oppose

 

Commentary: The Committee carefully considered this proposal which is a simpler than the similar CR9A and concluded that CR9A provided a clearer rationale for an expanded Executive Committee. The Committee unanimously expressed opposition to this proposal but we note that it does indicate wide interest in the ideas common to CR9A and CR9B.

 

 

 

 

 

Ch. Res. 10 Resolution   on   amendment   of   the   Charter   of   Democrats   Abroad, Proposed by   Joe   Smallhoover (Chair, France)

 

Recommend: Refer to the Bylaws Committee

 

Commentary: In sum, the Committee felt that this proposed amendment was too complex and overly-broad to present to the membership in its present format. Discussion about the bylaws changes contained in the proposal focused on both individual issues and the far-reaching nature of several items that required further attention and study, such as proposed Riders 1 (media communications) and 6.2 (revolving countries for RVC Chair position). The Committee noted that many of the clean-up items contained in the proposed resolution would be fixed by the passage of Resolution 1 (Clarifying the Consistency and Usage of Terminology, Katie Solon). Accordingly, the Committee decided without objection to recommend that the proposal be referred to a Standing Bylaws Committee to investigate and report at a later point.

 

 

Ch. Res. 11 Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter to establish qualifications for DPCA officers, Proposed by Shari Temple (Voting Representative, Germany)

 

Recommend: Amend

 

Commentary: The majority of Committee believes that this resolution should be amended to strike the qualification of having attended a previous meeting and to minimize the DPCA membership requirement to “at the close of nominations” (but not from the floor). The discussion focused on problems of choice among qualified DPCA candidates in the regions, and a concern that such qualifications might limit available candidates.

 

 

Ch. Res. 12 Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter by noting that Country

Committees should adhere to the County Committee Election Procedures

Proposed by Merrill Oates (Regional Vice Chair-EMEA; Vice Chair, Hungary)

 

Recommend: Oppose

 

Commentary: The Committee unanimously opposed the resolution as drafted. The Committee’s discussion focused on the fact that Section 2.3(b) already addressed election standards, problems of the current CCEP in its application of 2017 CC elections, and contradictions between the current Bylaws and the current CCEP. The feeling was that reference to an outside document was inappropriate in the Bylaws as the document might change in name or substance.

 

Ch. Res. 13 Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter by clarifying the terms

for electing Regional Vice Chairs, Proposed by Merrill Oates (Regional Vice

Chair-EMEA; Vice Chair, Hungary)

 

Recommend: Amend

 

Commentary: The proposal clarifies that, for the election of the Regional Vice Chair, each country in the applicable region shall have one vote to be cast by the Chair and/or Vice Chair of each country committee. This proposal was not controversial. However, the proposal eliminates the language stating that the RVC election shall be held in the first quarter of odd-numbered years. A majority of Committee members felt that a time limit within which the RVC election must be held was necessary. A June 30 th deadline for the election was proposed, but was not adopted. The Committee, therefore, recommends that the proposal be amended by adding, “. . . , provided that the election shall take place prior to the conclusion of the Global Meeting in odd-numbered years.”  Additionally, the Committee recommends an effective date of January 1, 2018 so as not to interfere with the 2017 RVC elections. See Annex 4.

 

 

Ch. Res. 14 Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter by enhancing diversity  

on the International Executive Committee, Proposed   by   Katie   Solon  

(International Chair)

 

Recommend: Refer to a Standing Bylaws Committee

 

Commentary: The Committee voted to refer this Resolution 14 to a Standing Bylaws Committee. Recognizing that strict rules prescribing diversity criteria may prevent qualified individuals from being elected to positions that require unique skill sets, the Committee also recognizes that it is important to take concrete steps to increase the diversity of the Executive Committee.  As a result, the Committee instructs the Standing Bylaws Committee to propose one or more amendments to Democrats Abroad Charter that would increase the diversity of the Executive Committee based on a variety of factors including, without limitation, sex, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and educational background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ch. Res. 15A Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter by changing the method

of apportioning DPCA Voting Members to Country Committees, Proposed by

Katie Solon (International Chair)

 

Recommend: Refer to a Standing Bylaws Committee

 

Commentary: The Committee voted to refer this Resolution 15A and the similar Resolution 15B to a Standing Bylaws Committee. The group consensus was that the considerations raised by these Resolutions required further time and study by a Standing Bylaws Committee. The Committee instructs the Standing Bylaws Committee to consider proposals of the DNC regarding the vote allocation ratios, and to actively seek DPCA membership input on the voting apportionment issues.

 

Ch. Res. 15B Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter by simplifying and

rationalizing the DPCA voting allocations for Country Committees, Proposed

by Merrill Oates (Regional Vice Chair-EMEA; Vice Chair, Hungary)

 

Recommend: Refer to a Standing Bylaws Committee

 

Commentary: The Committee also voted to refer this Resolution 15B proposing a simplification and rationalization of the DPCA voting allocations for Country Committees to a Standing Bylaws Committee for similar reasons as Resolution 15A. The issues raised are quite complex and interplay with other Bylaws provisions to an extent that needs to be carefully considered. 

 

 

Ch. Res. 16 Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter by aligning DPCA

proxy   rules   with   those   of   the   DNC, Proposed   by   Katie   Solon

(International Chair)

 

Recommend: Amend

 

Commentary: The intent of this proposed amendment is to limit the excessive number of proxies that can be held by any one individual, and by so doing encourage the direct participation of DPCA voters in our meetings and decision making processes.   Reducing the maximum number of proxies down from the current 4 proxies to just 1 proxy creates significant constraints that could mean that many votes are simply lost.

 

This committee suggests amending the proposal to two (2) proxies.   This would return the cap on proxies to the long-established level prior to the 2011 DPCA Charter revisions, and would also be consistent and in line with the guidance on proxies provided to Country Committees in the CCEP.

 

It needs to be noted that this section of the Charter only limits the number of proxies that can be held by an individual voter – not the number of votes that may be included in a proxy allocation.   The number of votes in each proxy will still vary depending on the person issuing the proxy and how many votes they may have been allocated by their country committee.   This also does not change the maximum number of actual votes that an individual can hold (currently set at 4 votes). The Committee also recommends adding an effective date of January 1, 2018 to clarify that this proposal will not impact the 2017 Global Meeting. See Annex 5.

 

 

  1.         Conclusion

The Committee respectfully submits the above recommendations for the DPCA’s consideration. Further, the Committee wishes to emphasize that it has not unilaterally amended any resolution that was submitted for consideration, and no resolutions were rejected

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

  1.     Appendix

 

Annex 1

 

Committee Motion to Amend Ch. Res. 3

 

The Committee moves to amend Ch. Res. 3 by replacing it with the following language.

 

WHEREAS, DPCA members should disclose membership in Super any position on the board or other governing body of and any involv e ment in fundraising on behalf of super   PACs if they hold or run for a DPCA office , and  

 

WHEREAS, such membership, when combined with actions taken which are clearly and objectively detrimental to Democrats Abroad, should be grounds for removal from office , subject to the due process procedures outlined in (new) Section 2.4(d) .

 

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Democrats Abroad Charter be amended as follows:

 

 

  1. Section 2.4(c) shall be reclassified as Section 2.4(d).

 

  1. A new Section 2.4(c) shall be inserted prior to the new Section 2.4(d).  The text of the new Section 2.4(c) shall read as follows:

 

“Failure to dis close potential conflicts of interest as required by Section 4.3(b) may constitute good and sufficient cause for removal pursuant to Section 2.4(d) if If a DPCA officer member fails to disclose potential conflicts of interest as required by Section 4.3(b) and such officer is later found to have taken any action s or acted in a way   that is detrimental to the DPCA or its goals , the failure to disclose may constitute good and sufficient cause for removal from office pursuant to Section 2.4(d) .”

 

  1. Section 4.3 (Nominations) shall be reclassified as Se c tion 4.3(a).

 

  1. A new Section 4.3(b) (Nominations) shall be inserted after the new Section 4.3(a).  The text of the new Section 4.3(b) shall read as follows: amended by adding the following language to the end of its paragraph:

 

“To enhance transparency and ensure that the DPCA is aware of potential conflicts of interest, all candi d ate s for office must disclose whether the y individual currently (i) serve s on the board or governing body of a Super PAC with goals and/or responsibilities similar to those of the DPCA and/or (ii) raise s funds for a Super super PAC   with goals and/or responsibilities similar to those of the DPCA .  The obligation to disclose such potential conflicts of interest shall continue for as long as a DPCA officer is in office, regardless of whether the potential conflict of interest arises before or after such officer’s election.”

 

  1. The second sentence of the final paragraph of Section 7.2 shall be deleted and replaced by the sentence below .  The first and third sentences of the final paragraph of Section 7.2 shall not be changed :

“Elected members of the DNC need not be members of DPCA, but they shall be subject to the disclosure obligations in Section 4.3(b) and to the removal provisions in 2.4(c) .

 

 

 


 

Annex 2

 

Committee Motion to Amend Ch. Res. 6

 

BE IT RESOLVED, that Section 5.4(d) of the Democrats Abroad Charter shall be amended as follows:

(d) The Executive Committee shall establish from time to time the methods and procedures to be used by the Country Committees to verify and certify membership for all purposes under this Charter, with the maximum accuracy reasonably possible for an association such as Democrats Abroad , provided that the methods and procedures require verification at least every four (4) years.


 

Annex 3

 

Committee Motion to Amend Ch. Res. 8A

 

The Committee moves to amend Ch. Res. 8A by replacing it with the following language.

 

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Democrats Abroad Charter be amended as follows:

 

Section 5.10 shall be appended to Article 5 of the DA Charter as follows:

 

“If a Country Committee (i) fails to fully comply with the requirements of Section 5.4 for four (4) consecutive years or (ii) is suspended pursuant to Section 5.9 and fails to take the steps necessary to have such suspension overturned during the four (4) years after being suspended, then such Country Committee shall automatically be dissolved and removed from the DPCA without any additional notice or action being required on the part of the DPCA unless the DPCA Executive Committee votes by a seven-eighths (7/8ths) vote to delay dissolution and removal for a period of one (1) year.  If the DPCA Executive Committee votes to delay dissolution and the Country Committee fails to fully comply with the requirements of Section 5.4 or to take the steps necessary to have their suspension overturned within the 12 (twelve) months following the vote, then on the first anniversary of the vote to delay, the Country Committee shall automatically be dissolved and removed from the DPCA without any additional notice or action being required on the part of the DPCA.  Members of a dissolved Country Committee become members-at-large of Democrats Abroad.”

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the effective date of this amendment shall be January 1, 2019.

 

 


 

Annex 4

 

Committee Motion to Amend Ch. Res. 11

 

Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter to establish qualifications for DPCA officers

 

Proposed by Shari Temple (Voting Representative, Germany)

 

BE IT RESOLVED, that Section 4.3 of the Democrats Abroad Charter shall be amended as follows:

 

Section 4.3 (Nominations)

(a)     Prior to the election meeting, the International Chair shall appoint, after consultation with the Executive Committee, five (5) members of Democrats Abroad as an Elections Committee, at least three (3) of whom shall not be members of the DPCA members . Members of the Elections Committee shall not be candidates for office nor be elected to office.

(b)       It shall be the duty of the Elections Committee to call for nominations for officers and to determine which individuals whose names are submitted for nomination are qualified (as per Section 2.4(b) of this Charter) to fill DPCA offices. Members of the Elections Committee shall not be candidates for nor be elected to office. To be qualified for DPCA office, an individual shall have been a member of Democrats Abroad for more than six (6) months prior to the close of nominations for the DPCA election. If the qualifications of an individual are unclear or challenged, the Elections Committee may deem an individual genuinely residing outside the United States and its territories to meet the membership qualification by a majority vote of the committee.

(c)            The names of the qualified individuals placed in nomination with the Elections Committee shall be forwarded in writing to the International Chair and other DPCA members of the DPCA by the Elections Committee, after their qualifications have been determined, at least forty-five (45) days in advance of the scheduled election meeting of the DPCA. Nominations of qualified candidates for office may be made from the floor at the election meeting. The elections shall be conducted by the Elections Committee.

 

 

Proposed: March 21, 2017

Annex 5

Committee Motion to Amend Charter Resolution 13

 

Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter by clarifying the terms for electing Regional Vice Chairs

Proposed by Merrill Oates (Regional Vice Chair-EMEA; Vice Chair, Hungary)

 

WHEREAS, the timeline for the election of RVCs is not in-sync with the recent modifications made to the timeline for Country Committee officer elections;

 

WHEREAS, there has been some confusion in the past regarding the allocation of votes for RVC elections;

 

WHEREAS, it is the role and responsibility of the RVC to work with, support, and represent the individual Country Committees in their region;

 

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Democrats Abroad Charter shall be amended as follows to clarify the timeline and voting allocations for Regional Vice Chairs:

 

  1. Section 6.2 (Regional Vice Chair) shall read as follows:

 

“Each Region shall elect a Regional Vice Chair at a meeting of the Region held in each odd-numbered year.  Election shall be by simple majority of the votes cast by the Chairs (or Vice Chairs) of the Country Committees in the Region in attendance. Each Country Committee will be allocated one (1) vote in electing the Regional Vice Chair, to be cast by the Chair or the Vice Chair. If both the Chair and the Vice-Chair are in attendance, then the single Country Committee vote will be divided into two (2) one-half (1/2) votes. Voting shall be in person, by proxy, or electronically. The term of office of a Regional Vice Chair shall be for a two (2)-year period or until the election of a successor at the next Regional meeting during an odd-numbered year, provided that the election shall take place prior to the conclusion of the Global Meeting in odd-numbered years.    Regional Vice Chairs must have their principal residence in the Region for which they are elected.”

 

2.     This amended Section 6.2 shall enter into effect on January 1, 2018.

 

Proposed: 12 May 2017

 

 

 


 


 

Annex 6

 

Committee Motion to Amend Charter Resolution 16

 

Resolution to amend the Democrats Abroad Charter by aligning DPCA proxy rules with those of the DNC

 

Proposed by Katie Solon (International Chair)

 

 

BE IT RESOLVED, that subsections (e), (f) and (g) of Section 3.7 of the Democrats Abroad Charter shall be amended as follows:

Section 3.7 (Capacity to Vote and Proxies)

(e)     General proxies may be given by:

  1. A Country Committee Chair, Vice Chair, or Voting Representative to: a member of the same Country Committee or a DPCA member of the same Region;
  2. DNC member (elected by Region) to: a DPCA member of the same Region;
  3. DNC member (elected at large Globally ) to: any DPCA member;
  4. DPCA international officer to another member of DPCA.

(f)          A proxy vote may be cast by a member of a Country Committee only if any member of such Country Committee has attended one (1) of the three (3) DPCA meetings held immediately preceding the DPCA meeting at which such proxy vote is to be cast.

(g)    No person may hold more than one (1) proxy two (2) proxies .  

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this amended Section 3.7 shall enter into effect on January 1, 2018.      

 

Proposed: May 12, 2017

 


[1] In accord with, e.g., GLAAD’s guide to fair and accurate terminology at www.glaad.org/reference/transgender and the Human Rights Campaign at www.hrc.org/resources/sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity-terminology-and-definitionsA

[2] This is not a new concept in the scientific community. Examples include “Sex and Gender are Different: Sexual Identity and Gender Identity are Different” Clinical Child Psychology & Psychiatry July 2002 Vol 7(3) 320-334, and the American Medical Association's Manual of Style , both available online.

[3] A highly visible example of this practice is the Television Academy’s categorization for the Emmy Awards:  www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/asia-kate-dillon-emmy-awards_us_58e66f55e4b07da813248728


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