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(en) SDS* National Constitutional Convention Final Bulletin - Resolutions and Ratification

Date Fri, 02 Nov 2007 17:39:16 +0200


Proposal: 1. We propose that the national convention's decision making power be limited to making resolutions. Resolutions are binding, pending ratification by the membership. ---- 2. We propose that a ratification process for the decisions made at this convention be set up at the national convention along with a ratification collections committee to carry out the process within the next six months. ---- 3. This ratification process is designed for the purpose of implementing a democratic decision making structure. This is not to say that this process cannot be used to make other decisions. However, once we have a democratic decision making structure in place, this temporary ratification process will no longer be needed and should be dissolved.
Explanation:
1. Everyone should have a say in the deci-
sions that affect them, to the degree that
they are affected, and because there is no
way that the National Convention can be
representative of the membership of the
organization, and it can only be representa-
tive of the people who have the time and
money to attend.
2. This process will encourage debate and
discussion on structural questions at all lev-
els of the organization. It will empower
people by including them in the process.
3. We should not sacrifice democracy for
efficiency. We should be patient in creating
a structure that is truly representative of
our values and one that can effectively meet
the ends necessary to accomplish our goals
as an organization. However, we should
also have a sense of urgency.
4. We can not implement a structure that
the organization does not feel invested in.
Therefore we must encourage participation
on the discussion and decision of structure
on all levels.
Implementation:
1. The ratification collections
committee:
1. Forms for the purpose of producing,
distributing, and collecting ballots;
reporting on the results of the referen-
dum; making themselves available to
chapters and members to assist with the
distribution of ballots and understanding
all ballot questions; and moderating
methods and encouraging debate on bal-
lot questions on a national level (e.g., set-
ting up and moderating listservs, initiat-
ing conference calls, etc).
2. Cannot make any decisions affecting
other organizational bodies. It is intend-
ed only to facilitate the referendum
process.
3. Consist of twenty members, made up
of volunteers at the convention. Each
of the caucuses should have at least one
of their members on the committee.
These twenty volunteers shall then be
approved by a consensus of the conven-
tion attendees.
4. Include at least one member from
every region present at the convention.
5. Be held accountable to the member-
ship of the convention by being directly
elected and recallable.
6. Members are immediately recallable,
by the appropriate regional body.
7. Select its own method of meeting,
operation, etc. as it feels is appropriate.
8. Dissolve after the ratification process
is completed (six months from the con-
vention).
2. Resolutions decided on by the conven-
tion, not including passed action proposals
be compiled into a ballot-like pamphlet that
allow chapters to vote resolutions up or
down.
3. The ratification committee continue the
outreach committee's work of gathering a
list of all members and chapters (as tenta-
tively defined by the convention), to the
absolute best of their ability.
4. The ballots be distributed to the chapters
by the committee.
5. The issuing of ballots to members, vot-
ing, and counting of ballots will be admin-
istered by member's chapters, in such a
manner as they see fit.
6. Chapters count their ballots and report
the results to the ratification committee.
7. The ratification committee tallies the
results and reports them to the whole of
the organization.
8. Resolutions be carried by 2/3rds
approval of cast votes (chapters that cast
ballots, but do not answer a ballot question
will be assumed to have abstained from
voting on that question), unless otherwise
defined by the language of the resolution.
9. Resolutions be implemented as defined
by the language of the resolution.

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